Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God, in memory of Ed Miller and in thanksgiving for our children and grandchildren by Barbara Miller; and in loving memory of Estelle Johnson on her 111th birthday, by Ann Lamb.

Baptisms // Today we celebrate the baptism of three children. Louise Patterson Hargis, daughter of Michael Hargis and Louis Patterson Conrad Hargis; and Simon Alexander Poole and River Quinn Hitchcock, children of Zachary Hitchcock and Melissa Poole Hitchcock.

VBS Begins Tomorrow // Today is the last day to Pre-Register your child for Vacation Bible School. We begin tomorrow night, June 11, at 6:00 pm! Head to to register.

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 today into the bucket in the Foyer. Monetary donations are also welcome. 

The last evening of VBS, June 14, will be Family Fun Night // Parents/Guardians are encouraged to stay for a hot dog dinner and special guest, The Cruisin’ Cone Ice Cream Truck! We will also have a water slide. So kids, pack your swimsuit! Parents, bring a lawn chair! It’s time to have fun!

If your child(ren) pre-registered for VBS, they may pick up one of the music CDs with all the VBS songs TODAY in the education wing! They can hear all the fun music in preparation for Monday night. One CD per household.

Next Sunday: Welcome The Rev. Pat Wingo // Next Sunday will be the first Sunday for our new interim, The Rev. Pat Wingo. Make sure to come out to welcome Pat!

Ascension Work Day Thank You // Thank you to all who came out to Ascension yesterday for the annual workday. 

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.

Milkshake Mondays // Every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm in the summer 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.

The Ascension Trekkers // We will venture to an area new to many of us on Saturday, June 16 – We’ll drive to the Abrams Creek Campground via the Foothills Pkwy and hike a loop:  Cane Creek to Cooper Road to Hatcher Mtn trail to Little Bottoms and back to the campground for a total of about 8 moderate miles with average elevations gain/loss of 200 ft, stream crossings, and some difficult spots.  We’ll leave the church at 8:30 am in the van for this all day outing and hikers are reminded that because of the recent heavy rains, there may be mud and overgrown areas.  Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP (

On Monday, June 18, the Trekkers will return to beautiful Cumberland Mountain State Park for the easy 4-mile Pioneer trail hike around the lake and then for a buffet lunch at the Lodge.  The trail is rolling and a typical mountain trail with roots and rocks but no steep or complicated areas although some may want to use hiking sticks.  We will leave the church at 9:00 am.  Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP (

Ascension Guidebook and Parish Directory // We are currently updating the Ascension Guidebook-Parish Directory for distribution this fall. If your current information for your address, phone, cell phone, email, family status (death, divorce, 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.

You can use the inside back cover of this bulletin to update your information. Just place the tear off in the offering plate or place in Virginia Branum’s mailbox in the staff workroom.

New Music Workshops // Interested in Gregorian Chant or ringing handbells? Four summer workshops will take place in August: Introduction to Handbells Workshop, Intermediate Handbell Workshop, Introduction to Gregorian Chant Workshop, and Intermediate Gregorian Chant Workshop. The handbell workshops will take place on Saturday, August 11, and the chant workshops will take place on Saturday, August 18. If you are interested, please see or contact Andrew Morehead, 

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Lynn and Abby Aberdeen, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Valerie Biberdorf, Jim Bowers, Pam Brock, Barbara Comeaux, The Fleeman Family, Anna Fraser, Pat Furlong, Bo Gehring, 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.