Parish News

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Parish Announcements

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of five years of marriage by Ben and Leah McClanahan.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Everly Ann Cohen, granddaughter of Bill and Yvonne Poppen.

General Community News

This morning we welcome Palmetto Voices and the women of the Choir of Salem College, under the direction of their director, Sonja Sepulveda, to the 10:00 am service.

Summer Time and the Sundays are Easy // Get ready for Breezy Summer Sundays as we being our summer programming today 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.

The Spirit Speaks in Many Languages // If you speak a foreign language (even if imperfectly), would you take time to let Rob Gieselmann or Janice Kell know? We might be able to use your help next week for the Bishop’s visit.

Interested in Being Confirmed? // Bishop George Young, III, will be visiting Ascension next 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 food for the reception after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, June 4, when we will celebrate the confirmands and the visit of Bishop George. If you would like to help, visit the reception counter in the parish office to check out the details.

VBS Blessing Barrel // Can you lend a helping hand by donating needed items or monetary support to acquire items for Vacation Bible School? Visit 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.

Gatherings and Outings

VBS is Almost Here! // June 5-8, 6:00-8:30 pm // Register online at

Date Night // Friday, June 2, 6:00-9:00 pm // Now, more than ever, is the time to take advantage of Date Night. The kids are home for summer and driving you nuts! Date Night is here to save your sanity. If you need a night away, sign up for Date Night on Friday, June 2, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Our nursery team will take excellent care of your kids and feed them dinner. RSVP to

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

Popcorn Theology: Coming in July

With the Sunday School program currently in hiatus, there are still opportunities for the parish to learn on a less formal basis. During the month of July, conversational gatherings called “Popcorn Theology” will be held. Here’s how it works. Various questions, such as “What’s the nature of evil?”, or “What’s your vision of heaven?” are drawn from a fish bowl, followed by a group discussion. These talks will take place in the parish hall during the time between the 8 and 10 am service. More details to come.

A Dream for Gracepoint

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.

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

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Charles, Mary Anne Beall, Judy Bowers, Jim Campbell, Ellie Cottrill, Larry Crowson,
Tom Hanaway, Beth Patterson, Brittany Shea

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