Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God by Brian and Nancy Bosson.

General Community News

Ascension’s 2nd Farmer’s Market Sunday // Today, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm // Ascension is hosting local farmers and artists for your enjoyment this morning. Take advantage of the opportunity to shop directly from local merchants following the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services. Come and relish the atmosphere while partaking in refreshments sponsored by the Labyrinth Guild.

Peanut Butter & Ice Cream Sunday // Sunday, July 23, is Peanut Butter and Ice Cream Sunday. Please bring jars of peanut butter or make a donation to FISH Hospitality Pantries and FISH volunteers will do the shopping for you! FISH is able to purchase food at much lower prices than retail, so your donations do more work. Thanks to special purchases and donated food items, $5 will feed a family of four for three days. Donation envelopes will be available in the pews beginning next Sunday. After the 10:00 am service, The Crusin’ Cone will return to cool you down from the Summer heat. Head out to the parking lot to grab an ice cream cone before going home.

Dog Days of Summer // Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am // Does Fido miss you while you’re at church? How well does your hound howl the hymns? Bring your furry friend to church on the Dog Days of Summer Sunday. LAMBS (Lovers of Animals Ministry and Bible Study) will have pet treats for sale between and after services.

Parish Paper Deadline // If you or your ministry needs to publish information in the upcoming Parish Paper, please submit your materials by Friday, July 21.

Gatherings and Outings

Sisterhood Heads to the Plaid Apron // Thursday, July 20, 6:00 pm // Plaid Apron, 1210 Kennesaw Avenue // The Sisterhood is a women’s group open to those who wish to enjoy food and fellowship. The Plaid Apron is a summer-time favorite, now serving all types of beverages. Their menu ranges from light sandwiches to full entrées. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at either or 865-216-6588.

Everlasting: Sisterhood Women’s Retreat // Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 22, Sewanee // Have you desired to escape from the busy routine? A spiritual respite to reinvigorate your faith? Consider joining other women of the parish at the Fall Sisterhood Retreat. This year’s theme is “Everlasting” and will be led by Deacon Sarai Wender. All workshops are optional. The deadline for the deposit to reserve a room is fast approaching, July 23! The cost for a private room is $275, and double occupancy is $215. The room price includes dinner on Friday night, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. An additional fee of $15 is required for workshop materials. Please drop off deposits (half the room rate + $15) to Beverly Hutto in the parish office with “Sisterhood Retreat” as the designation. Contact Janey Willoughby for more information at or 865-304-4233. If you have a financial concern, please contact Deacon Sarai Wender at

Volunteer Opportunities

Wanted: Chancel Masters // A chancel master assists the clergy with the logistics and setup of volunteers and the chancel for worship services by ensuring that Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, and all other personnel and items for the service are in place. Once the service begins, the Chancel Master’s role is finished! Contact Allen Douglass at 865-207-7110 or for more information or to volunteer!

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

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Anna Fraser.

To volunteer for a caring ministry,
contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Judy Bowers, Allie Brown, Ellie Cottrill, Sandra Emond, Mark Leitson,
Jim and Gwyn McKee, John Nelson, Margaret Nelson, Margie Parrott, Suellen Roehl, Steve and Lisa Sterling, Sam Swan

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. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.