Parish Notices

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Welcome to Dog Days of Summer! Following the 10 am service, bring your furry friend to mix and mingle at Coffee Hour, hosted by LAMBS ministry. Pet and people treats will be available. A dog-free transept is be available during worship for those allergic to dogs or barking. We request that cats remain at home.

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God; in thanksgiving for Dick and Peggy Phelps; and, in memory of Kermit and Virginia Duckett, Marilyn Carico, and Bob Gibson.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Anna Markley Hale, daughter of Tom and Kate Hale, and granddaughter of Tom and Terri Hale.

The Sisterhood, an group open to all women in the parish, is going to the Holy Land Deli on Thursday, July 21, at 6 pm to visit our old friends with a large selection of Middle Eastern and casual food. Bring your own adult beverage, for which there is no charge. We invite you to come along with us for great conversation and delicious food. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at either or 865-531-7344. We hope to see you there!

Safeguarding God’s Children will be offered from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Ascension today in Room 209. If you work with children or will this fall, this training is mandatory. Please take advantage of this opportunity to complete your training. Contact Megan Alden at to register or to find out more information.

Godly Play on Display ~ Attend our next demonstration of Godly Play this Thursday,  July 21, beginning at 11:30 am. We are using Godly Play for K-2 this fall, but all ages can enjoy.

The Trekkers ~ On Saturday, July 16, the Ascension Trekkers, Ascension’s hiking group, will return to the NC side of the Smokies for the 4.6 mile round trip easy hike to Big Creek where there will be toe-dipping or swimming in Midnight Hole and seeing Mouse Creek Falls. The trail along Big Creek is wide with only moderate incline. Contact Emily Vreeland for more information or to rsvp ( or 865-470-2518)

Next Sunday, July 24, is Peanut Butter Sunday, Ascension’s annual Food and Fund collection to support FISH Hospitality Pantries. The funds collected will help feed over 8,000 families served each month from the five Knoxville food relief pantries. Each $5 donation feeds a family of 4 for 3 days. An annual donation of $600 ($50 per month) means that one family can eat every day of the year. Last year, your donations provided Kid Boost Bags to over 11,000 children, and Travel Food Bags to over 2,900 people. More than 70 Ascension parishioners volunteer at FISH Hospitality Pantries. Contact Jim Wright at 207-8572 or for more information. Please make checks payable to FISH Hospitality Pantries. Visit for more information. Thank you!

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.

Today is Dog Days of Summer Sunday~ At the 10 am service, bring your furry friend to worship and let them howl a few hymns. Then, head outside to mix and mingle at Coffee Hour sponsored by LAMBS ministry. A dog-free transept will be available for those allergic to dogs or barking. We request that cats remain at home to relax in their own respective kingdoms.

July 24th is Peanut Butter Sunday ~ At both the 8 and 10 am services, bring jars of Peanut Butter and/or FISH envelopes to help support the ministry of FISH Hospitality Pantries. A special Coffee Hour will follow the 10 am service in the Parish Hall.

July 31st is Ice Cream Sunday ~ After the 10 am service, head outside to enjoy Coffee Hour with the Cruzin’ Cone sponsored by the Labyrinth Guild, which will have both an indoor labyrinth set up in the Parish Hall and outdoor labyrinth tours.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Michael Brenner, George Dixon, Julie Hembree, Melissa Hutcheson, Pat Medley, Jim Key, Sarah Ringer