Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God, and in memory of Baylis Crumpton and George Dixon, Jr., by Pat Crumpton and family: Jennifer, Jeff, Libby, Cathy, and George III.

General Community News

The white roses on the altar are given in celebration for the birth of Ada Laurel Bean, daughter of Adam and Leslie Bean; and Bowman Franklin Tallent, grandson of Geoff and Susan Eisenstadt, and great-grandson of Nancy Bowman.

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

Peanut Butter Sunday Results // Thank you to all who contributed to Peanut Butter Sunday.  So far 143 cash donations totaling $4355 have been received and more than 40 donations of peanut butter.  It is not too late to support Ascension’s Hunger Ministry.  Checks can be made payable to FISH Hospitality Pantries.

Blessing of the Backpacks // Next Sunday, August 6, 10:00 am service // Sharpen your pencils, pack your bags, school is almost here! Kids (and adults) bring your backpacks to church on Sunday, August 6, to have them blessed before heading back to school. The Coffee Hour will be dedicated to celebrating Chelsea Krahulik’s ministry at Ascension. We will miss you, Chelsea!

“Choose Some Shoes” // Along with Blessing of the Backpacks, the Children’s Ministry is holding a shoe drive for the kids at White Oak School in Campbell County. Every year, in this poverty stricken area, children come to school with shoes that are too big, too small, or inappropriate for the season. The principal would love to have a small “shoe shop” and be able to tell a child, “choose some shoes.” Please consider buying a pair of closed toed shoes, any size for kids in grades K-8, male or female. A collection barrel will be available in the Foyer. If you have any questions, email Megan Alden at

Get ready for Rally Day, and Ascension’s 60th Birthday! // Sunday, August 13 // Sign-ups for the Rally Day lunch are being taken in the Foyer. Catered lunch box meals will be available and priced at: $10/adult, $5/child, and $30 max/family. And yes, one of those options is vegetarian! The deadline to sign-up is Monday, August 7, by noon. The afternoon will feature a water slide for kids, activities for kids in the playground, and a giant cake. The Rally Day skit will take place at the 10:00 am service.

Youth News

Date Night // Friday, August 4, 6:00-9:00 pm // Are you needing an escape from the kids, if just for an evening? A respite from responsibility? Bring your kids to the church on Friday, August 4, beginning at 6:00 pm, and we will take care of the rest for the evening. Pizza is served to the kids, and small cost-defraying donations are gladly accepted. To RSVP, email

Tweens Youth Group Returns! // August 4, 6:00-9:00 pm // Tweens Youth Group, a socially engaging and faith forming youth group for kids in grades 3-5, will resume for the Fall semester on Friday, August 4, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Dinner will be served along with fun lessons and service projects. To find out more and to receive an events schedule, email Megan Alden at

Gatherings and Outings

Foyer Groups! // This fall, the Foyer Group Program is making a fresh start! Sign-up in the Narthex to join foyers beginning this fall with a dinner kickoff. Foyer Groups are primarily social gatherings of small groups of people within the church. By signing-up, you will be placed in a foyer group, and your group will meet every 4-6 weeks through the “school” year, either at homes or in restaurants (or both). Your foyer group will have the opportunity to decide whether to include a prayerful or spiritual element to the group (such as reading a book, or including a short prayer or meditation), but mostly joining a foyer group will provide you the opportunity to get to know other members of Ascension.

Hike This One! Ascension Trekkers venture into Tremont // Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 am // While only a two mile round trip, this hike is considered a moderate hike due to some steepness and roots and rocks. The reward for this work? Views of a lovely waterfall, rocky outcrops for a scenic lunch, photo opportunities, and all in a half-day hike! Sign-up with Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

“Kick Some Brass” Handbell Camp // Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am // Interested in handbell? Looking for an opportunity to minister through music in an alternative to choir? Head to the handbell camp on Saturday, August 12. The opening session, at 10:00 am, will be a meet-and-greet and introduction to the handbells. Email Andrew Morehead at

A Blast from the Past // Interested in Gregorian chant? Want to learn how to read and sing chant notation in a low-obligation group? Consider the Ascension Schola. An introduction to chant workshop will be held on Satuday, August 26, beginning at 9:00 am. From there, regular rehearsals will be determined. For more information, contact Andrew Morehead at or 865-282-9986.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Judy Bowers, Larry Crowson, Les Jeffress, Sister Anna Kathleen, Mark Leitson,
Bob McGee, John Nelson, Margaret Nelson, Chris Pannell

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.

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