Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for our Ascension Family by Sharon Bailey and Dick Brower.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Henry Tanner Carathers, grandson of Frances and George Butler.

General Community News

We thank the members of the St. Cecelia and St. Nicolas Choirs of Holy Innocents’, Atlanta, along with their director, David Brensinger, for joining us this morning to sing for the 11:15 am service.

Ascension-St. Luke’s Work Day // Head to the narthex to see available positions for the May 20th Ascension-St. Luke’s Work Day. We have a lot of fun tasks and teams to serve on for the work day. Lunch is included along with fun and fellowship.

A New Wednesday Night Study // The Rev. Rob Gieselmann will lead a group discussion on the Gospel of Matthew. The presentation begins shortly after the parish supper Wednesday, May 10, at 6:45 pm. All are welcome. Come with questions, curiosities, and insights on how we find the voice of God speaking to us today in the pages of Scripture.

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.

Membership Directory and Information Update // Today is the Last Day // Drop by the communications area in the parish office to check your directory information to make sure your information is included and correct. Plus! You will receive a treat when you stop by.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper will feature Italian pasta bake, pesto broccoli, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Sign-up in the parish office or email

Sunday Afternoon Concert: Handbells // The Ascension Handbell Choir will present a brief concert of favorite selections this afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Graduates // Send in your information about high school and college graduates to Andrew Morehead at so we can list your graduate in the summer edition of the Parish Paper.

Youth and Children News

VBS Registration is Open! // Sign-up for our Maker Fun Factory at or by visiting the sign-up workbench in the Foyer. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Come help make the Maker Fun Factory a magical experience for a child at Ascension.

Tweens End of the Year Party // The Tweens End of the Year Party is May 21st from 4:00-5:30 pm at Family Bowl. Please be sure to RSVP at to attend this event.

High School Youth // You won’t want to miss our end of the year party! Come out tonight at 6:00 pm to Megan Jepson’s house (4253 Holloway Drive) for dinner and games! If you have never been to a youth group event before, this is a great chance to get to know others and to see what our youth group is all about. Hope to see you there! Contact Chelsea at or 817-723-9089 with any questions.

Middle School Youth // We will meet on Wednesday at the church from 6:30-8:00 pm for pizza dinner, a fun jeopardy game, and Capture the Flag!

Gatherings and Outings

The Lunch Bunch: Joni and Friends // Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch will feature a presentation by Joni and Friends, a summer family retreat program for families affected by disability. Come learn about this local ministry in Knoxville and the East Tennessee area while having great food and fellowship. Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Sign-ups are available at the reception counter in the parish office or by emailing

The Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Siler’s Bald on Saturday, May 20, leaving the church at 8:00 am to drive to Clingman’s Dome for a ten mile strenuous hike. Contact Emily Vreeland,, for more information or to RSVP for transportation.

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:

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Susan Bales, Jeff Curnett, Jeff Guilford, Gwyn McKee, Barbara Miller,
Carolyn Montgomery, Jerry Seavey, Sharon Widner