Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Terry C. Harris by Natalie Harris; and in gratitude for the Centering Prayer groups at Ascension by Jan Neece. 

Reception for The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace // Today, after the 10:30 am service // A reception will be held in the parish hall after the 10:30 am service in honor of The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace’s work with Ascension during the interim period. 

Thank you to the Balloon Team // Thank you to Bryson Bosson, Debbie Ollard, Kerri Seaton, Judy Thompson, Megan Alden, Patrick Greene, and Rex Hurd for their wonderful work in lifting our spirits with helium happiness.

Mark Your Calendars: Bishop Brian Cole to Visit // Sunday, June 3 // The Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole will visit Church of the Ascension for his annual visit and to celebrate a service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation. Please come out for this special Sunday. 

Reaffirmations During Bishop’s Visit // Do you feel led to take a fresh step in your spiritual journey? Need a gentle nudge in the right direction? Or, simply, do you wish to reaffirm your faith? You can take that step with the visit of Bishop Cole. Part of the Bishop’s visit is to provide you the opportunity to reaffirm your faith amidst your church community. Should you wish to reaffirm your faith on Sunday, June 3, during the Bishop’s visit, please email Tristen in the parish office at

Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will walk the Sequoyah Greenway on Cherokee Trail Monday, April 21, leaving the church at 9 am.  This is an easy gently rolling path through a lovely Knoxville neighborhood that will be 3-5 miles, depending on group consensus.  Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP (

VBS: It’s Not Just for Kids // June 11-14 // You may remember the days of VBS with fun crafts, silly games, and songs, but what made it special was not just what you did, but the people who made it happen! This year, consider volunteering on one or all of the VBS nights. With many different support options available, you can find the right fit for participating in VBS. If you have any questions about what is involved, email Megan Alden at If you feel like jumping into this year’s VBS with wild abandon, head to You can sign up to be a volunteer on the central VSB site.

Stephen Ministry // Stephen Ministry is still recruiting for new Stephen Ministers. If you feel called to this care-giving/care-receiving ministry, stop by the parish office to pick up an application and drop off completed applications to the office. Applications are due soon, so make sure you have completed your forms in time for training.

Summer Quire is here! // If you have ever considered joining the choir, or thought you might sing for even just a season, Summer Quire is for you. The anthem repertoire is relatively easy and there is no regular Wednesday evening rehearsal. Call or e-mail the music department, or 865-588-0589, for more information.

Mark Your Calendars!! // Saturday, June 9 – Ascension Workday 8:30am – 12:30pm // We are looking for members of all ages to help in our 2nd Annual Ascension Workday. We will have projects for everyone! We need painters, yard workers, playground workers, pew cleaners – you name it we can do it!  Please look for the sign up sheets in the foyer. We will be communicating jobs and captains of each work group coming up. So watch for more details!!

Gifts and Talents – Beginning May 30 // Are you new to Ascension – or a seasoned member – and seeking ways to get involved in church life? An excellent resource is the introspective, informative and perhaps life-changing “Spiritual Gifts and Talents Workshop”. Here, in small groups, you can discern the unique gifts given to you by the Spirit while bonding with new and old friends. You will also learn how you might use your gifts to God’s glory in the church, the community or even the world. The cost is free but you will need to commit to all five classes, held on consecutive Wednesday evenings May 30th through June 27th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. A sign-up sheet is located on the office counter, with a deadline of Sunday May 27th. For further information, please contact Pat Bolan, 865-237-6271 or

Thank You from Bolivia// We wish to thank the following sponsors and donors for A Toast to Bolivia this past Friday: Manna Sponsor (food): An Anonymous Friend of Ascension
Ellen Lovett, Anne Parks, Ann Bird, Mary Rayson, Susan Pannell, Carole Lundin; In-Kind Food Donations: Brett and Carla Backus, Leo and Leslie Beale, Gary Harper, Katharine Hawks, Jason and Priscilla Jenkins, Lolita Kressin, Gourmet Market, David and Molly Smelser, Russell and Sarah Stair; and the following wine sponsors: Nebuchadnezzar Sponsor (equal to 20 bottles, the King of Babylon) An Anonymous Friend of Ascension, Suellen Roehl and Joe Cate, Danny and Rhoda Harb, Jason and Priscilla Jenkins , Robin and Janice Kell, Carole Lundin, Mark and Pat Medley , Greg and Jennifer Moffitt, Steve and Zsuzui Roth
Ted Smith; Balthazar Sponsor (equal to 16 bottles, a Wise Man) Dick and Sharon Bailey, Barbara M. Chubb, David and Ellen Lovett, Tom and Fredda Owens, John and Gigi Seivers, Joe and Wylene Vrba; Salmanazar Sponsor (equal to 12 bottles, an Assyrian King) Alan and Ellen Wright; Methuselah Sponsor (equal to 8 bottles, oldest man in the Bible) An Anonymous Friend of Ascension, Tom and Vicky Anderson, David and Jamie Bass, Richie and Mandy Brabham, Lisa Cope, Larry Crowson, Ralph and Anne Hillmer, Katie McHargue, Jill Monroe, Bill and Yvonne Poppen, Janet Slabbekorn, Russell and Sarah Stair; In-Kind Donations, Bob’s Package Store, and a very special thank-you to Leo Beale for the gift of his time, and expertise in selecting and pairing the wines for tonight’s event.

Parish-Wide Adult Sunday School

Wrapping Up the Year // The Forum, The Seekers, and The Sojourners will wrap up their program year with a final Sunday School class today. There are currently no Summer Sunday School offerings this year. Centering Prayer will continue to meet in the Library during the summer.

The Forum // Old Transept-Parish Hall // We will finish our study of “the fascinating and bizarre Old Testament book of Ezekiel.”

The Seekers // This group has provided a rich variety of subjects and speakers this past year. To continue that tradition, we’d like to hear from you! This last week, let’s discuss the topics of interest to you and your thoughts regarding leaders and speakers. Your input will help us to continue the same kind of quality Sunday School you’ve grown accustomed to!

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // Sylvia Peters will lead a discussion based on Romans entitled ‘ Paul’s Great Call To Love One Another’.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Parish Supper // 6:00 pm – Parish Hall // This Wednesday Night Parish Supper menu will feature chicken-artichoke-rise casserole, asparagus, tomatoes, and onions, salad, bread, and dessert. Pricing in $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/family max. RSVP to or sign-up at the parish office reception counter. This is the last parish supper of the program year.

Documentary Viewing: An Appalachian Dawn // Room 104 // Ready for something a little different? The second half of the movie “An Appalachian Dawn” will be screened for this Wednesday night’s programming. It is a true story of the town of Manchester, Kentucky, once mired in the hopelessness of vicious feuds, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption, and epic drug use until The Holy Spirit descended upon the city and transformed it into the City of Hope. The remainder of the film will be viewed with time for discussion.

Children’s News

Our last Tweens meeting until fall is TONIGHT, 5:30-7:00pm. We also invite all 2nd graders moving into Tweens this fall as well as any 3-5 graders interested in this group. Dinner served. Please RSVP

VBS is coming, June 11-14 from 6:00-8:30pm. We still need several volunteers! Please go to the following link to see the volunteer options and to register your kiddos:

Youth News

AYG Meetings // Tonight is our Year-End Potluck Event! We will meet at the Gazebo at West Hills Park from 6:00-8:00ish. Teens of all grades and their families are welcome to attend and bring a dish to share. Teens should plan to wear clothes that can get messy and bring a towel (just in case).

Milkshake Mondays // Every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm in the summer starting June 4 the youth (rising 6th grade-recent graduates) will be welcome to meet GiGi at the Cookout (321 Cedar Bluff Road) for fellowship, sharing of our summer plans, and the enjoying of milkshakes. No need to RSVP, just show up! Contact GiGi with further questions.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Dick Borreson, Jim Bowers,
Jim Brewer, Pam Brock, Jacqueline Buchanan, Barbara Comeaux, Carleton Fuller,
Pat Furlong, Ron McPherson, The Nelson Family, Elizabeth Page, Margie Parrott,
Ned and Beth Patterson, Darrell Potter, Harry and Dottie Stickley,
Dick and Barbara Strehlow, Tom and Pat Tarver, Daphne Wiggall, Richter Wiggall

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. The second list includes additional names as requested by you. The people on this list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.