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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of my wonderful daughter, Tilly, who turns 20 today, congratulations, Tilly! by Rob Gieselmann.

General Community News

A Warm Ascension Welcome to Bishop George D. Young, III // We extend a special Ascension welcome to Bishop George D. Young, III for his annual visit to Church of the Ascension. Today is particularly special in that it is Bishop George’s last visit to Ascension before retiring. Today he will  baptize Elizabeth Leigh Garner Ellis, confirm the 2017 class of youth and adult confirmands, and extend reaffirmation to the congregation.

Prayers for our Bolivia Mission Team // It is time! We depart this coming Friday.  Once again we give you all our heartfelt thanks for your support and generosity.  We now request your prayers for our safety, God’s guidance, and for all our Brothers and Sisters in Bolivia.  Your 2017 Mission Team includes: Fr. Brett Backus, Carla Backus (Haven and Bella), Rev. Chelsea Krahulik, Will Deaderick, Tracy and David Edmundson, Jaime, Grace, and John Bass, Ben Busby, Molly Calhoun, Molly Smelser, Carol Lundin, Allie Brown, Marsey Williams.

Gatherings and Outings

VBS is Almost Here! // June 5-8, 6:00-8:30 pm // Register online at

The Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers are welcoming summer by going to Max Patch via Lemon Gap Trail and back on Wednesday, June 7, for a total of 10 moderate miles. The reward is 360 degrees of magnificent views. On Saturday, June 17, the Trekkers will go to Big South Fork National Park for a 4.5 round trip hike to Twin Arches, which are a sight to behold. Mother Nature is inviting all of us to explore and revel in all her glory, so please RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

Justice Knox // It’s time to celebrate! Justice Knox welcomes everyone to come to First Presbyterian Church on Monday June 12 at 6:30.  We will hear what has been accomplished since the Assembly in April. There will be food and we will celebrate together with other congregations! Please plan to attend.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Family Promise // Our next Family Promise week will be June 18-25th. 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 6-8 and playing with the kids is a great way for families to serve together.

A Dream for Gracepoint

Bishop George Young has announced plans for construction of the Grace Point Lodge.  Overlooking Watts Bar Lake, the lodge will include 22 rooms with private baths hosting up to 44 guests. This new facility will have two large conference rooms, a large gathering area with fireplaces, and three screened porches. Renovation and expansion of the kitchen and dining facilities will complete the project.

This “Dream for Grace Point” campaign has a goal of $3 million.  Bishop Young hopes to have commitment of funds before his retirement later this year. Commitments may be made over a three year period directly to the Diocese or through Ascension.  Those donations passed through Ascension will be in memory of our recently dearly departed parishioner George Dixon.  George loved Grace Point and provided hours of service on its behalf.  For more information, contact John Robertson at or Laura Nichols, assistant to the Bishop, at 865-966-2110 or

Popcorn Theology Coming in July

With the Sunday School program currently in hiatus, there are still opportunities for the parish to learn on a less formal basis. During the month of July, conversational gatherings called “Popcorn Theology” will be held. Here’s how it works. Various questions, such as “What’s the nature of evil?”, or “What’s your vision of heaven?” are drawn from a fish bowl, followed by a group discussion. These talks will take place in the parish hall during the time between the 8 and 10 am service. More details to come.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Charles, Mary Anne Beall, Mary Ellen Bohm, Judy Bowers, Jim Campbell, Ellie Cottrill,
Larry Crowson, Tom Hanaway, Beth Patterson, Brittany Shea, Jessie Smith

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: