Parish News

for May 29, 2016

For a view of all the events at Ascension, click here to see the parish calendar.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration of the birth of Ada Marie Simpson, daughter of Michael and Mary Jane Simpson.

Honoring Service through Ministry ~ Join us at both the 10:00 am service and the Coffee Hour afterwards in honoring Faye Beach as we recognize her long term of service to Stephen Ministry.  Faye was commissioned as a Stephen Minister in 2008, and since then she has served as a Stephen Minister, peer group facilitator, and, after attending a leadership conference in 2011, has co-led the Leadership Team with Kathy Ambrose.  We greatly appreciate Faye’s eight years of service.

Thank you, Andrew Morehead, for creating this summer’s bulletin format! Although we will return to the longer format beginning August 1, this summer’s abbreviated format will offer you the opportunity to engage the Book of Common Prayer in a new way, especially if you are not familiar with it. This morning, following the 10 am service, after you’ve had a chance to get some coffee, Rob Gieselmann will offer a primer on the Eucharistic rite found in the prayer book and used during all Sunday services. This short class (20-30 minutes) will be held in one of the transepts in the church.

Date Night is this Friday, June 3, 6:00-9:00 pm! Register your kids for Date Night fun and pizza dinner at

Save the Date! June 12th is Extreme Summer Splash! Bring your swimsuits, beach towels, beach chairs, and goggles and get ready for a splash down. This great summer event is for ALL ages…so stick around after the 10:00 am service for some lunch and lots of water fun!

Middle School Youth (including all rising 6th graders!) ~ This Wednesday, June 1st, is Skate Day! We will meet at the church at 1 pm and take the church van together to Skate Town. Bring $10 a person for admission, skate rental, and snacks. Parent pickup will be at the church at 3 pm  If you have any questions, or if cost is a concern, contact Chelsea at

Note: We are still looking for a few more adult chaperones for the skating trip. Let Chelsea know if you would be willing to join us!

Calling all Youth: Come out to the 10:00 am church service next Sunday, June 5th, for Confirmation. Support your friends who are taking this important step, and join together afterwards for a reception in the parish hall!

High School Youth (including all rising 9th graders!) ~ Come out next Sunday, June 5th, for an escape game! We will meet at Breakout Knoxville (211 Center Park Drive, Suite 3040) at 6 pm sharp. Afterwards, we will go to the nearby IHOP together to hang out and eat.  Parent pickup will be at IHOP (313 Lovell Road) at 8:30 pm. Bring $14 for the game as well as money for food at IHOP.

Special note: You MUST sign up ahead of time for this activity, no exceptions. Email to sign up!

FISH needs you to deliver! Take advantage of an existing opportunity to explore Knoxville and to help people in need. Ascension’s FISH Hospitality Pantry needs volunteers to deliver food one or two days a month, for about two hours per day. For more information, contact Kerri Seaton at 865-281-8302, or Ora Henson at 865-712-8373 and feel free to leave a message on either phone.

The Ascension Trekkers are taking a road trip on Wednesday, June 8th, for their next hike to Roan Mountain near Elizabethton, TN. This is a 5.6 mile round trip, easy-moderate hike on rolling balds with 360 degree views as well as the up close views of azaleas and rhododendrons. Contact Emily Vreeland for more information and to RSVP at or 865-470-2518.

Need to update your communication information and preferences? Stop by the table underneath the Foyer TV, or go to our website under “Communications” to update your information and to submit your idea for a new name for the Parish Paper.

Special Project! During announcements on Sunday, June 19, Braden Mast will describe his Eagle Scout project to the congregation and ask for your support. His project will be a refurbishment of a previous project that exists on the church property. Stay tuned …

Summer Livin’ at Ascension

Each Sunday this Summer is themed whimsically to make church and especially coffee hour a fun opportunity for you to socialize with your church family in a relaxed and summer-lazy atmosphere. The themes vary widely and include meaningful themes like Peanut Butter to raise money for FISH, and Dog Days of Summer with Fido joining the rest of us for church.

We kick the Summer series off with Hat Sunday and our Bishop’s (George Young’s) annual visit next Sunday, with confirmation, and a lovely reception following. During announcements on June 5, you will be invited to don your favorite whimsical hat, or use one that will be provided, to welcome George (who will wear his own whimsical mitre).

June 12th Extreme Summer Splash after the 10:00 am service.
See the announcement on page 4.

June 19th Father’s Day Sunday ~ The Bolivia Mission team will be
commissioned at the 10:00 am service. Celebrate Father’s Day
with a fun coffee hour and (hopefully) lunch.

June 26th Anniversary Sunday ~ Gather together in a special coffee
hour celebrating anniversaries ending in zero!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Colin Dougherty, Pat Furlong, George Mears, Pat Medley,
Bob Parrott, Kathryn Smith, Margaret Weeks