Parish News

May 15, 2016

A Time for Celebration  Please come to the Parish Hall after the 11:15 am service to celebrate the ministry of The Rev. Amy H. Morehous at Ascension.

A few service tips:

Prayers: Have you noticed empty time/space during prayers for you to offer a prayer? Feel free to say the name of someone you know who is in need during this time, and feel free to say that person’s name out loud!

Altar Rail: Is your knee causing you pain? Do you find it difficult to kneel? Please feel free to stand while receiving communion, particularly if you are in pain or have trouble getting up from kneeling.

Kneeling During Worship: You will notice that a number of people like to kneel during prayers of confession. Although your body posture should be comfortable for you, the basic guideline is: Stand to worship; Sit to listen; Stand to pray; Kneel to confess.

Coffee and Water: Unless you have a unique dietary or medical need, please respect  the worship of your fellow parishioners by leaving your coffee and water in the car.

We celebrate the birth of James Brooks Alexander, son of Brent and Lawrence Alexander, and grandson of Jim and Cindy Alexander. Congratulations!

We extend our sympathy to Jan Evridge on the death of her brother, Mike Williams.

Adult Christian Education will conclude today. The Thirties-More-or-Less will meet in the New Transept-Parish Hall, the Middles will meet in Room 102, the Empty Nesters will meet in room 101, and Retirement and Beyond will meet in the Old Transept-Parish Hall.

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Next Sunday, May 22! Sunday school and Children’s Church Volunteers…this is for you! Please come by the education wing to receive your gift and thanks for doing an awesome job this year! Thank you, thank you for all your help!

Godly Play Begins! A demonstration will be held this Sunday in Room 203. Come watch the mystery of a lesson as it unfolds! Parents and interested individuals welcome to attend. Come by at 10:15 during the Sunday school hour and plan to stay and enjoy this spiritual event. Godly Play is program we will use of the kids in grades K-2 this fall.

Summer Quire is here! If you would like to consider joining the choir, even if just for a season, consider the Summer Quire. The music is easy and the rehearsal commitment is minimal. Call the music office at 588-0589 for all the details.

High School Youth, come out tonight from 6:00-8:00 for the last youth group of the semester! There will be pizza, cake, and great time together as we reflect on the year and celebrate Pentecost. Hope you all can make it out!

Middle School Youth will not meet on Wednesday. Have a great last week of school!

The Visitation Ministry need you.  If you are wondering how you might help those in our community who are in the hospital, or if you feel called to visit those who need company, contact Sallie Gray at or at 865-936-0007 for more information.

The Lunch Bunch will meet on Tuesday, May 17, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. The Rev. Jim Anderson is the guest speaker and has a great talk in store for you. Bring $2, an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to this engaging fellowship at Ascension. Please sign up on the reception counter in the Parish Office.

A creative and fun hiking adventure!  The Ascension Trekkers will take a sunset hike to Sutton’s Ridge from the Lower Mt Cammerer on Friday, May 20, leaving the church at 3pm. This is a 4.8 mile round trip hike rated easy-moderate and includes about a 200 yd ascent near the beginning of the hike. Hikers should be prepared to take their own dinner meal to eat while watching the sunset, layers of clothing for lowering temperatures after dark and a flashlight or headlamp. Contact Emily Vreeland for more information or to RSVP at or 865-470-2518.

Summer Giving Options at Ascension  Going on vacation soon? Wondering about completing your pledge while away? There are many options for giving at Ascension.  If you have any questions about your pledge or giving options available to you, drop by the Parish Office to see Linda Hawley or Beverly Hutto, or email them at

Construction Zone Ahead!  Beginning tomorrow, renovations will begin on the Education Wing HVAC system. The foyer television will have current room numbers for meetings. If your group or ministry meets in any of these rooms, or is in need of accommodations, please email Virginia Branum at for room availability and information.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Anita, Andre Bergeron, Colin Dougherty, Jan Evridge,
Carole Lundin, Bob Parrott, Kathryn Smith, Rachel Starks,
Myra Turner, Margaret Weeks