Parish News

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Parish Announcements

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of George Leopold Steiner by Mardel Fehrenbach, and in memory of Terry D. Harris by Natalie R. Harris.

The white roses on the altar are given in celebration for the birth of Whitacker Powell Sherrod, son of Matt and Liz Sherrod, and Caroline Haven Ritchey, daughter of Ellen and Chris Ritchey, granddaughter of Jim and Suzy Plank.

General Community News

Summer Time and the Sundays are Easy // Get ready for Breezy Summer Sundays as we being our summer programming next Sunday, May 28, with two services at 8:00 & 10:00 am. Nursery care will be available for the 10:00 am service beginning at 9:45 am. Stay tuned to the bulletin announcements, email, or online for our Breezy Summer Sunday schedule and additional offerings for the summer.

Interested in Being Confirmed? // Bishop George Young, III, will be visiting Ascension on Sunday, June 4. It is at this time that all who are interested in being confirmed may be confirmed. For for information, please contact Rob Gieselmann in person or by email,

A Special Reception  // The church is in need of volunteers to make dishes for the reception after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, June 4, that will celebrate the confirmands and the visit of Bishop George. If you would like to help, head to the reception counter in the parish office to check out the details.

It’s Never Too Late to Learn // Whether playing a musical instrument, attempting a foreign language, or even learning how to fix a kitchen sink, how we learn is often as important as what we learn. Parishioner, choir member, and master acoustic guitarist, Byron Moffett, will continue the two-week program on Wednesday night, May 24, that explores the specific habits and practice techniques that enable us to learn more effectively by sharing his own story, playing original acoustic guitar pieces, and offering theological insights. The talks begin after supper. Please visit the reception counter to sign-up for the parish supper beforehand.

Continuing the Exploration // The Adult Inquirer and Confirmation Class continues today in Room 209 at 10:10 am. Take a journey with Rob through history, tradition, liturgy, and theology as the class explores the Episcopal church.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper will feature beef stroganoff lasagna, green beans, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, bread, and angel food cake with strawberries. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Sign-up in the parish office or email This is the last parish supper of the program year.

VBS Blessing Barrel // Can you lend a helping hand by donating needed items or monetary support to acquire items for Vacation Bible School? Head to the Foyer to see how you can help make the ministry of VBS happen! Email Megan Alden,, for more information or questions.

Centering Prayer // The Centering Prayer class will meet throughout the summer at 9:00 am in the library. There will be twenty minutes of silent prayer followed by discussions of topics relative to the contemplative experience and written by authors of the members’ choice, including Keating, Rohr, Bourgealt, Merton, and others.

Youth and Children News

VBS is around the corner! // It is not too late to register your child. Dates are June 5-8 from 6:00-8:30 pm. All preregistered kids will receive the Maker Fun Factory music CD to start enjoying our VBS songs early! (one per family)

Tweens End of the Year Party // Today is the Tween’s End of the Year Bowling Party! Make sure you have RSVP’d to Megan ( We will meet at Family Bowl at 4:00 pm (213 Hayfield Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922). Bring money for snack. We will also have a short graduation ceremony for the 5th graders moving up into the Middle School Youth Group in the Fall.

Gatherings and Outings

The Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers are welcoming summer by going to Max Patch via Lemon Gap Trail and back on Wednesday, June 7, for a total of 10 moderate miles. The reward is 360 degrees of magnificent views. On Saturday, June 17, the Trekkers will go to Big South Fork National Park for a 4.5 round trip hike to Twin Arches, which are a sight to behold. Mother Nature is inviting all of us to explore and revel in all her glory, so please RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

The Episcopal Churchmen Conference: From Now On You Will Fish for People // August 18-20 // Featuring engaging speakers, a BBQ contest, and a wide range of activities, the Episcopal Churchmen’s Conference unfailingly delivers a fun weekend of spiritual growth. There is a wide range of accommodations and activities listed in the registration forms available on the communications counter in the parish office. For more information or questions, contact John Robertson at

The Sisterhood // The Sisterhood is open to all women in our parish and their friends who get together once a month to have a nice meal and good conversation. On Thursday, May 25, at 6:00 pm, The Sisterhood is going to an old favorite, Altrudas, located at 125 N Peters Rd. This old-style Italian restaurant has the best garlic rolls in all of Knoxville. They have a wide range of entrées that include fish, beef, chicken, or vegetarian that include salad and rolls. They also have a full bar, so no need to bring your own! If you would like to join the dinner, please contact Laurie Nalle at either 865-216-6588 or

A Dream for Grace Point

Bishop George Young has announced plans for construction of the Grace Point Lodge.  Overlooking Watts Bar Lake, the lodge will include 22 rooms with private baths hosting up to 44 guests. This new facility will have two large conference rooms, a large gathering area with fireplaces, and three screened porches. Renovation and expansion of the kitchen and dining facilities will complete the project.

Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center has long needed adequate lodging and meeting space for adults.  Bishop Young says, “This will enable vestries, clergy groups, parish groups of all kinds as well as prayer and contemplation gatherings to stay close to home as we build up and expand the Christian life and community of the people who are the Diocese of East Tennessee.”

Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center is well known for its first class summer camping program for children and youth.  Acquired in 2001, thousands of campers have enjoyed a meaningful Christian experience on these 250 beautiful East Tennessee acres surround by two miles of shoreline.  The recent completion of a new swimming pool has become the central gathering place for summer camp sessions.

This “Dream for Grace Point” campaign has a goal of $3 million.  Bishop Young hopes to have commitment of funds before his retirement later this year. Commitments may be made over a three year period directly to the Diocese or through Ascension.  Those donations passed through Ascension will be in memory of our recently dearly departed parishioner George Dixon.  George loved Grace Point and provided hours of service on its behalf.  For more information contact John Robertson at or Laura Nichols, assistant to the Bishop at 865-966-2110 or

* John Robertson will deliver an announcement today in worship on the “Dream for Grace Point.”

Bishop Search and Transition

Meet the Candidates

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that we announce the names of the nominees on the slate for the 5th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee.

The Rev. Brian Cole, Lexington, KY – Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky

The Rev. Hendree Harrison, Athens, TN – Diocese of East Tennessee

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Savannah, GA – Diocese of Georgia

The Rev. Canon Lance Ousley, Kirkland, WA – Diocese of Olympia

The Rev. Marty Stebbins, Wilson, NC – Diocese of North Carolina

Meeting Times and Locations

Meet the nominees at regional evening gatherings! Everyone—clergy, convention delegates, alternates, and parishioners—are invited and encouraged to attend worship and these small group conversations. Be sure to put one of these on your calendar and think about questions you would like to ask.

Chattanooga – Monday, July 10, 4-7:50 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 West 7th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Knoxville – Wednesday, July 12, 4-7:50 pm

Episcopal Diocese Office, 814 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932

Tri-Cities Area – Thursday, July 13, 4-7:50 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 161 E. Ravine Road, Kingsport, TN 37660

Election of Our New Bishop

Knoxville – Friday, July 28, 9:00 am

St. John’s Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Mary Anne Beall, Mary Ellen Bohm, Ellie Cottrill, Larry Crowson, Jeff Curnett,
Jeff Guilford, Gwyn McKee, Jessie Smith, Sharon Widner

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension maintains two prayer lists. The first list is for parishioners, staff, and their immediate families, and prayers are offered for these people during Sunday services. Their names can be found on the white prayer board in the office area. Names remain on this list, generally, for three weeks.

The second list is called the Supplemental Prayer list and includes additional names as requested by you. The people on the Supplemental Prayer list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Copies of this list may be found on the counter in the reception area. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.

Ascension Cares – No One Walks Alone

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry to ensure that ‘No One Walks Alone’ in times of spiritual or emotional crisis. This is facilitated by pastoral care leaders called shepherds. They see that the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries. An email to your Shepherd team will go to the clergy as well.

Team 1 Last Names A-L:

Team 2 Last Names M-Z:

To volunteer for a caring ministry, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin