Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of twenty-five years of marriage and in thanksgiving for our children, Logan and Alexandra by Randall and
Donna Riggs.

General Community News

Extreme Summer Splash is Back! // We had so much fun last year that we are doing it again today after the 10:00 am service and ending at 1:00 pm. We will have a giant water slide, water balloons, and beach balls for the kids. In addition, we will have water toys on the playground for the little ones. Bring your lawn chair, sunscreen, swimsuit and towels. Lunch will be provided for the whole parish.

Foundation 60! // As you may have read in the recent letter to the congregation, many church families have already pledged to support the mini-campaign to finance the Sunday School HVAC and pay down some church debt. If you are amenable and have not responded with your pledge and/or gift, we would like to conclude this simple campaign during June. A special thank you to all who have given or pledged already! Your gift makes all the difference.

Next Sunday: Tie Sunday // This year for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, we would like to honor all dads by an expression of that tried-and-true Father’s Day gift, the tie! Tie-one-on, all parishioners, young and old, male and female, clergy and lay, are invited to wear your most outlandish and craziest tie to church in honor of your dad!

The Coffee Hour on Father’s Day is being hosted by the Great Commission Commission (GCC) and will honor Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, who are moving away from Knoxville in July to be closer to family in Cincinnati. Please join the reception in the parish hall as we honor Mary Lee and Paul for their ties of faith and service to Ascension and our community. The GCC is the Ascension new member ministry that promotes the triumvirate theme of Invite, Welcome, and Connect! You can learn more about or join the GCC by contacting Karen McKinney, the GCC Chair, at

A Special Thank You // A special Thank You to all those who made last week’s visit with Bishop George Young so wonderful: Julie Hembree and the Parish Life Commission, for hosting the coffee hour; Chelsea Krahulik and the Youth Ministry, for spectacular youth confirmations; all the fantastic new and seasoned adult members who participated as confirmands, were received, or reaffirmed their baptismal vows; Janice Kell and those who spoke foreign languages to help create a living version of the Acts Reading; the Altar Guild and Ascension Parish Choir for doing once more what you do so well each week; and finally and most importantly, George Young, for the past six inspirational years.

Apologies // A sincere apology to all parishioners who found last Sunday’s air-conditioned temperature to be too cold! The air-conditioning in the main part of the church is partially inoperable and the rest of the system is precarious, at best. The system broke several days before the Bishop’s visit, and your staff thought it best to turn it colder before the church filled with people on a busy day, just in case it should break again that morning. Hopefully the air this morning feels like its usual tropical temperature.

Gatherings and Outings

The Ascension Trekkers are Out on Adventure // Get ready for this 4.5 mile moderate hike as we visit the twin arches of Big South Fork on Saturday, June 17, beginning at 8:30 am in the church parking lot. This is the Trekkers’ first time to Big South Fork, so take advantage of a great weekend away from the busy city life. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

The Sisterhood: Monthly Outing // June 15, 6:00 pm // Home of Bettie Corey, 4040 Taliluna Ave. Knoxville, TN // While The Sisterhood is a loose knit group of women in the parish that normally meets once a month to go to a favorite restaurant, The Sisterhood has been invited to Bettie Corey’s house to gather for a great time of camaraderie, excellent conversation, and good food. If you would like to join the fun, RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-216-6588. Please bring your favorite finger food to share!

Justice Knox: It’s Time to Celebrate // Justice Knox welcomes everyone to come to First Presbyterian Church tomorrow night (June 12) at 6:30 pm. We will hear what has been accomplished since the assembly in April. There will be food available. We will celebrate together with other congregations! Please make plans to attend.

Volunteer Opportunities

Family Promise Week is Almost Here! // Our next Family Promise week will be June 18-25. Please contact Ann O’Connor at if you can bring food, grocery shop, do laundry, or spend the night. Since school is out, it is a great way to volunteer as a family! Being an evening host from 6:00-8:00 pm and playing with the kids is a great way for families to serve together.

FISH Pantries in Need of Delivery Drivers //  The FISH Hospitality Pantry at Ascension is in need of delivery team volunteers to meet the ever increasing need for food and basic household items. Traveling in teams of two, volunteers pick up bags on the third and fourth Thursday of the month in the Christian Education Wing and drive to their chosen delivery locations and drop-off FISH bags. If you could donate a few hours of your time each month to deliver FISH bags, email Kerri Seaton at

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Charles, Judy Bowers, Ellie Cottrill, Tom Hanaway, Jack Wallis

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: