Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of my mother, Shirley Law, by John Law.

General Community News

This Sunday: Storytelling Sunday // Long before the advent of media entertainment communities gathered and listened to stories. Today, Ascension will host a “Storytelling Sunday,” featuring nationally recognized and master storyteller Charles “Cuz” Headrick. “Cuz”Headrick specializes in Appalachian oral history, tall tales, and humorous anecdotes, accompanied by an occasional song and guitar piece. So come, pull up a chair, grab a tall glass of lemonade, and listen to stories in the Parish Hall.

Today: Education for Ministry (EfM) Graduation // Every baptized person is called to ministry.  But often we are uncertain what that call means in our everyday lives. Through the Education for Ministry program, faithful adults are encouraged to experience the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition in a supportive small group setting. Through the process of study, worship, conversation, and reflection, participants seek to examine their own beliefs in relationship to tradition, history, and culture with the intention of discerning what it means to be effective ministers of God’s love. Today we honor three students who have completed the four-year course of study: Terri Bond, Mardel Fehrenbach, and Ned Patterson. Information about the EFM program will be available following the service, or by contacting Mardel Fehrenbach at (914)329-9082 or

Red White and Blue-jean Sunday! // Wear your bluejeans next Sunday, July 2, in honor of the Fourth of July! Don’t have blue-jeans? Try a red, white or blue bandanna. Let’s celebrate God’s gift of freedom that we all enjoy throughout our country.

Reaching Summer Heights: Hike Sunday // Everyone in the parish is invited to participate in Hiking Sunday on July 9! The Ascension Trekkers and the Ascension Bell Choir are collaborating to offer hiking foods after the 10:00 am church service for coffee hour and to lead easy hikes at Ijams Nature Center. Sign-up sheets are available in the parish office so carpooling can be arranged depending on who prefers a shorter hike vs a longer one. This is a family friendly opportunity to wear your tennis shoes and shorts to church, and to traipse around one of Knoxville’s natural jewels. For questions, email or contact Andrew Morehead at

Popcorn Theology // Beginning Sunday, July 9, 9:00 am in the Parish Hall // Head to the Parish Hall beginning Sunday, July 9, for “Popcorn Theology,” a random topic open discussion forum in which the topic of the day will be drawn from a fish bowl. Coffee and donuts will be available. “Popcorn Theology” will continue through Sunday, July 30. Note: The Sojourners class will join “Popcorn Theology” for July.

Ascension Endowment Opens Grant Proposals // The Ascension Endowment Fund seeks to enable the congregation to fulfill its mission more completely by developing its ministries beyond what is possible through the annual operating budget. Distributions from the Endowment Fund are used for a variety of purposes such as: outreach ministries and grants; seed money for new ministries and special one-time projects; and capital improvements of the church. The proposal deadlines for 2017 are July 31 and December 31. Proposal request forms are available in print in the church office or on the church website at Please complete and return proposals on or before the deadline via fax (865-584-7922) or mail (ATTN: Endowment Committee, 800 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN, 37919). All mailed proposals need to be postmarked by the deadline.

Gatherings and Outings

Candidates for Bishop to be in Knoxville for you to meet! // Plan to attend the July 12 “walkabout.” A walkabout is your opportunity to meet the five candidates for Bishop of East Tennessee. At this session, to be held at Diocesan House, 940 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, 4:30-7:50 pm, you will hear each candidate answer questions about their vision for our Diocese. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! For information on the candidates, go to The Bishop election is scheduled for July 28.

Girls Night Out // This summer, parishioner Margaret Anne Fuller, will host a weekly Wednesday evening gathering at her home for young women (college age or a little bit beyond) aimed at seeking a deeper spiritual connection with others, with the topic and format ultimately decided by the group. The gathering continues June 21, at 6:30 pm. Supper is provided, as well as the lively conversation. If interested, please contact Margaret Anne Fuller at

Ascension Trekkers Continue with Summer Offerings // On Wednesday, July 5, a hike is planned for the Smokemont Loop along Chasten Creek, which is reported to be an easy trail with many views of cascades. On Saturday, July 15, the Trekkers plan to hike the 7.5 mile moderate-difficult Roundtop Trail to the Townsend ‘Y,’ although plans may be altered due to weather and conditions. Send your RSVP or inquiries to Emily Vreeland at or 865-690-2929.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Ellie Cottrill, Gwyn McKee, Jim McKee

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 at the Daily Office. Copies of this list may be found on the counter in the reception area. 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:

Team 2 Last Names M-Z: