Parish News

for June 5, 2016

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

A special Ascension welcome and thanks to Bishop George Young for leading us in worship and confirmation this morning! Today’s loose-undesignated offering will be dedicated to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund.

All are invited to come to the Parish Hall after today’s 10:00 am service for a special coffee hour in honor of those who were confirmed or reaffirmed in today’s 10:00 am service.

Those being confirmed today are: George Stuart Butler, Jr., Janice Kay Clayton, Jillian Sarah Edmundson, Myles Grant Anthony Everson, Trey Nicholas Everson, Zachary Heath Fathy, Harriet Ann Montgomery Goldstine, Emmitt Howard, Lucas Andrew Howard, Timothy Scott Jeffcoat, Ava Belle Elizabeth Peer, Robbie Joe Poteete, Ashley Nicole Shaffer, Jeremy Scott Shaffer.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration of the birth of Rebecca Ann Backus, daughter of Eric and Kathryn Backus.

Extreme Summer Splash is next Sunday, June 12! Bring your swimsuit, beach towel, beach chair, and goggles and prepared to get wet. Stay after church for some lunch and water fun activities with your church family and friends! ALL AGES WELCOME!  We will end at 2:00pm. Volunteers are still needed so if you can help contact

Do you have some extra LEGOS around your house? Are you tired of stepping on LEGOS  and saying “If only I had a place to take you!” Well, now you do. Please drop them off to Megan Alden for a new Children’s Ministry program. We especially need some people figurines and lots of the bases. A tub is in her office just waiting! Drop them off all summer long!

High School Youth (including all rising 9th graders!) ~ Join us tonight for an escape game! We will meet at Breakout Knoxville (211 Center Park Drive, Suite 3040) at 6 p.m. sharp. Afterwards, we will go to the nearby IHOP to hang out and eat. Parent pickup will be at IHOP (313 Lovell Road) at 8:30. Bring $14 for the game as well as money for food at IHOP. Special note: You MUST sign up ahead of time for the breakout game. Email to see if spots remain. If you cannot make it for the breakout game portion, meet us at IHOP at 7:30!

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.

Curious to know what goes on in the Library at Ascension? Want to see the latest and trending books? Or, do you need to turn in those books, DVDs, or CDs you checked out a few months ago? Stop by the Ascension Library to turn in that old stuff and check out the latest. Stop by Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, and Friday 9am-3:30pm.

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.

Today we kick the Summer series off with Hat Sunday and our Bishop’s (George Young’s) annual visit with confirmation, and a lovely reception following. During announcements, 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 12.

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,
hosted by the Ascension Choir.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Pat Furlong, George Mears, Pat Medley