Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God, in memory of my mother, Joyce Armsey, by Karen Armsey.

MOVIE NIGHT! // An encore viewing of the documentary film “An Appalachian Dawn” will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm in our newly renovated youth room, Room 104. This is the true story of Manchester, Kentucky, once mired in the hopelessness of vicious feuds, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption and epic drug use until The Holy Spirit descended upon the city and transformed it into the City of Hope. This inspiring film proves that miracles do happen and is suitable, and appropriate, for teens as well as adults. Free popcorn will be served!

The Ascension Trekkers // 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 (

Stephen Ministry Applications Due Soon // Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caregiving ministry.  God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in people who are faced with challenging life circumstances.  The ministry of Stephen Ministers has been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to our whole congregation.  In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class this Fall.  Applications must be turned into the church office by July 11th, so make sure to pick up your copy in the parish office.  You may also contact Barb Stephens at 859-391-4924 for more information.  Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has given you.

Hurting Parents // Parenting does not end when a child reaches adulthood. Sometimes parents find themselves supporting and upholding adult children through difficult times. Physical ailments, mental issues, depression, substance abuse, or any number of life challenges can bring parents back into the role of care giver. Additionally, some parents find themselves alienated from adult children. This is also deeply painful.  This summer Ascension is offering a gathering, not just to members of Ascension, but also to the wider community called, Hurting Parents. Drawing from the book, Hurting Mom: From Broken to Mended, the goal is to create a group that listens, shares, and supports one another as each person experiences difficult moments connected with an adult child.  The group will meet on Wednesday night for five weeks, beginning July 18, from 6 to 7:15 pm, and concluding on August 15. The Reverend Christopher Hogin will facilitate the first meeting. To sign up, please email Tristen Hicks at or drop by the clergy offices to sign up in person.

Save the Date: “Journey” A Women’s Retreat // October 22-24, University of the South, Sewanee, TN // An all women’s retreat is planned for October of this year. All women of the parish are invited to attend. The Rev. Sarai Wender will be our facilitator! There is a limit of 30 participants for this retreat, so make sure to get your RSVP in to Charlotte Wood at or 615-594-1781. The cost is $300. 

Children and Youth News

Summer Kindermusik // Next week, Wednesday, June 20, 10:00-10:45 am, our first summer Kindermusik event begins! There is still plenty of room for you and your baby or toddler. Its a wonderful class that teaches them the love of music early. Cost is $10.00/child or $15.00/family. Childcare provided for older siblings. To register or if you have questions:

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.

Gaga Ball Night // Come out to the West Side YMCA (pool entrance, 400 Winston Road) for AYG’s Gaga Ball night on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Bring water and please wear sneakers. No need to RSVP, just show up!

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.

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, The Family of Josh LuKosh,
The Nelson Family, Elizabeth Page and Family, 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.