Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God, in memory of Lesie Crowson, beloved mother and grandmother, on the occasion of her birthday, and in honor of Larry Crowson, on the occasion of his and Lesie’s 65th wedding anniversary, by Beth Banick and family; and in memory of our greatly missed friend, Lesie, by the Flower Guild.

Confirmation // Please keep the following individuals in your prayers and congratulate them if you happen to see them on their confirmation/reception: Adam Lee Bean, Leslie Ann Mattingly Bean, Aron Mast, John D. Seivers, Gigi L. Seivers, Kevin Eisenstadt, Elizabeth Weatherall, and Phyllis Cooper Pace.

Bolivia Mission Team // Please keep the Bolivia Mission Team in your prayers as they travel to Bolivia to work. We will commission the team at the 10:00 am service today. The following members are headed to Bolivia: Brett, Carla, Haven, and Bella Backus, Dana Teagarden, Stephen and Caroline Miller, Natalie Foster, Molly Smelser, Carole Lundin, Marsey Williams, Tim Wheeler, and Mark Minton.

Centering Prayer to continue through Summer // The centering prayer group will continue to meet in the old transept of the parish hall through the summer after the early service (approximately 9:00 am). We also plan to view a Keating film and discuss various topics.

VBS Begins Next Week // We still need a few more ADULT volunteers to help with VBS. Please register at, on the Ascension website, or by contacting Megan Alden. Come join this great fun! Our last evening, June 14, will include the Cruisin’ Cone Ice Cream Truck and a huge water slide and hot dog dinner.

Want to help with VBS but can’t volunteer? Consider making a donation! Our donation board is out in the Foyer with many choices. Just take a tag and return the item on that tag by June 10th into the bucket in the Foyer. Monetary donations are also welcome. 

Ascension Trekkers // Wednesday, June 6 // The Ascension Trekkers will hike in Greenbrier on the Graveyard Ridge/Rhododendron Creek Manway/Injun Creek trails which combine for a total of 5 moderate miles. There are sights to see and streams to cross in this lovely hike. Make sure to RSVP to Emily Vreeland,

Sign Up for the Ascension Work Day! // Saturday, June 9 – Ascension Workday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm // 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!!

The Sisterhood goes to Sea // Monday, June 18 // The Sisterhood will have their “Ladies Night Out” at a new location of a local favorite restaurant which has received rave reviews, Chesapeake’s on Parkside Drive. They specialize in seafood (flown in daily) and steak, but also offer chicken, burgers, and more. So, there is something for everyone! Please RSVP to Charlotte Wood, or 615-594-1781 by Friday, June 15.

Thank you // Thank you to Julie Teglas and all the volunteers who helped with the reception after the 10:00 am service today. 

Ascension Guidebook and Parish Directory // We are currently updating the Ascension Guidebook-Parish Directory distribution this fall. If your current information for your address, phone, cell phone, email, family status (death, divorce, children, or new members) has changed, please send the correct information to Virginia in the parish office. 

If your information was incorrect last year or if you were not included in the Ascension Guidebook-Parish Directory, please respond with that correct information. You are welcome to put it in writing and place it in Virginia’s mailbox in the staff workroom or send an email to The deadline for updated information is Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

In fact, you can use the last page in this bulletin as a note to Virginia! Just fill in the blanks where information should be updated and drop it in the offering plate or in her mailbox.

Did you know? // Did you know that Ascension now publishes two weekly podcasts and a weekly live announcement/talk show? Did you know that Ascension is on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, as well as iTunes, Google Play Music, and Radio Public podcasts? We are expanding our communications outreach to more of your favorite platforms. If you want to know more about these or other projects, contact Andrew Morehead at 

Congratulations to the following graduates of the Ascension community.

Morgan Arrants, Belmont University, Masters in Sport Administration;

Benjamin Arrants, University of Kentucky, B.A. continuing to an MBA;

Logan Bowers, West High School, Continuing to ETSU;

Andrew Hale, University of Tennessee Law School;

Margaret Roddy, Rice University, Bachelors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Dick Borreson, Jim Bowers,
Pam Brock, Barbara Comeaux, Anna Fraser, Pat Furlong, Sally Guthrie,
Ellen and David Lovett, The Family of Josh LuKosh, The Nelson Family,
Elizabeth Page and Family, Margie Parrott, Ned and Beth Patterson, Darrell Potter, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick and Barbara Strehlow

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.