Parish Notices

Today is Anniversary Sunday!  At Coffee Hour downstairs in the Parish Hall following the 10:00 am service, we celebrate all couples whose anniversary in 2016 ends in a zero! A special thanks to the Ascension choirs, the Wednesday Lectionary Study Group, and the Women’s Bible Study for hosting Coffee Hour this morning. We will toast anniversary couples, including Jason and Priscilla Jenkins, 20 years; Bob and Cathy Wadley, 30 years; Ted and Julie Flickinger, 30 years; and John and Anne Nelson, 60 years!

The Chancel Flowers are given to the glory of God and by Anne Parks in memory of John Parks, loving husband and father.

If you would like to sponsor the Chancel Flowers, check out the chancel flower binder for more information on the communication counter in the Parish office.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration of the birth of Elisa Jacqueline Bosson, daughter of Brock and Julia Bosson, granddaughter of Brian Nancy Bosson, and great-granddaughter of Jacqueline Buchanan.

The Smokin’ Brothers fire up for Fourth of July! The saucy, smoke-lovin’ Smokin’ Brothers of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew are offering a deal you can’t turn down. For a $20 donation, you can get two quarts of award winning smoked pulled pork and award winning BBQ sauce. Only offered after the 10 am service on July 3rd, you can swing by the foyer to pick up a few quarts and head home ready for the festivities, or pick up extra to freeze for later! Donations will fund the mission work of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.

Save the Date! The In-Betweeners’ Chillbillies Concert is on October 21, 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!

FISH and Trader Joe’s, an amazing pair ~ Our FISH Hospitallity Pantries need additional volunteers to help once a week with picking up Trader Joe’s “rescue” food donations and delivering to our Scott Ave. FISH Pantry Food Warehouse.  For more information, please contact Burke Wallace at or 865-254-0582. Thank you.

If you are updating your computer and discarding a still good, used computer with Windows software, please consider donating it for use by FISH Hospitality Pantries, 865-588-9200.

Communications PSA! Do you lead a ministry at Ascension or in connection with Ascension? Do you head up special teams or projects? Send in your group’s email listing to the Parish Office to ensure our email listings are current. Email Virginia Branum or Andrew Morehead at

Family Promise heading to Trinity UMC ~ Family Promise week is fast approaching and the need is ever greater. Our Family Promise week has been moved to Trinity United Methodist on Western Avenue due to construction in the building. Ann O’Connor needs you to step up to help families in need. If you can volunteer during the week of July 3rd, please email Ann O’Connor at

Got a little time on your hands? Wondering what to do with that extra four to six hours? Get in touch with Virginia Branum in the Parish Office to see how you can donate your time to Ascension to help with front desk hospitality. Email Virginia at

Got the Book Worm Infection? Check out the Ascension Library, which has some of the latest releases, new collections, and fun classics in Christian literature. Stop by any time the Parish Office is open to check out, check in, or read your next favorite book.

More Summer Fun 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 is Anniversary Sunday ~ Gather for this special coffee hour celebrating anniversaries ending in zero, hosted by the Ascension Choir and the Women’s Bible Study Group.

July 3rd Red, White, and Bluejean ~ Celebrate July 4th weekend by breaking out your favorite pair of bluejeans, and come to a special coffee hour with the friendly faces of those serving in the Greeter ministry!

July 10th Ascension Farmers’ Market ~ From 9 am to Noon, a Farmers’ Market will be on site featuring local honey, fresh produce, hand-crafted items, and more! If you would like to sponsor or contribute to the Farmers’ Market, contact Deacon Sarai,, by July 6th. Refreshments will be sponsored by Ascension Cares!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Grace, Michael Brenner, Chuck Burton, Bettie Corey, Walt and Barbara Corey, Jim Key, Beverly Landguth, Sarah Patterson