Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Jean Campbell and Emily Campbell Taube on their July birthdays and in continuing celebration of our 50 year anniversary by Jim Campbell.

A contribution to the Endowment Fund has been given in honor of Phil and Linda Tisue in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

You Don’t Want to Miss This! Reception for Pat Wingo and His Family // Make sure to put Sunday, July 29, on your calendar for a reception in honor of Pat Wingo and his family after the 10:00 am service. More info to come!

Stephen Ministry Applications Due Soon // Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caregiving ministry.  God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in people who are faced with challenging life circumstances.  The ministry of Stephen Ministers has been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to our whole congregation.  In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class this Fall.  Applications must be turned into the church office by July 11th, so make sure to pick up your copy in the parish office.  You may also contact Barb Stephens at 859-391-4924 for more information.  Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has given you.

Save the Date: “Journey” A Women’s Retreat // October 22-24, University of the South, Sewanee, TN // An all women’s retreat is planned for October of this year. All women of the parish are invited to attend. The Rev. Sarai Wender will be our facilitator! There is a limit of 30 participants for this retreat, so make sure to get your RSVP in to Charlotte Wood at or 615-594-1781. The cost is $300. 

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 2018 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.

Ascension Trekkers: Clingmans Dome to Andrews Bald // Wednesday, July 11 // Due to the July 4th holiday, our usual first Wednesday hike has been moved to the following week. We’ll travel to Clingmans Dome and hike out to Andrews Bald and back for a total of 4 easy-moderate miles (it’s a long gradual ascent hiking back to the parking lot). The views from here are stupendous! RSVP to Emily Vreeland at

The next easy hike will be on Monday, July 16 at Seven Island Wilderness Park just a few miles east of Knoxville.  Most of this is relatively flat as it meanders along the French Broad River although there is a short hill at the beginning of the hike.  The distance can be 3-7 miles depending on the will of the group and it is suggested that hikers wear sun protection.  The final hike of July will be on Saturday, July 21 to hike from the Huskey Gap trailhead near Sugarlands Visitor’s Center to Little River Trail which ends at Elkmont for about 7-8 miles.  This will be a shuttle hike with the first 2 miles a gradual ascent to the junction of Sugarland Mountain and then descending for 2 miles to join Little River for the relatively flat last 3 miles.  If there is anyone who doesn’t want to hike but would be willing to be the shuttle driver, feel free to volunteer.

Ascension Directory Information Drive // Please, come by  the foyer inside the glass doors today from 8:45 am to 10 am and from 11:30 am to Noon.  Virginia Branum will be receiving updates, additions and corrections for our Parish Directory.  Forms will be available and you’re welcome to fill them out and hop into church! We want the latest information on: home address, home phone, cell phone numbers, email addresses! Our deadline is July 15th.

Hurting Parents // Parenting does not end when a child reaches adulthood. Sometimes parents find themselves supporting and upholding adult children through difficult times. Physical ailments, mental issues, depression, substance abuse, or any number of life challenges can bring parents back into the role of care giver. Additionally, some parents find themselves alienated from adult children. This is also deeply painful.  This summer Ascension is offering a gathering, not just to members of Ascension, but also to the wider community called, Hurting Parents. Drawing from the book, Hurting Mom: From Broken to Mended, the goal is to create a group that listens, shares, and supports one another as each person experiences difficult moments connected with an adult child.  The group will meet on Wednesday night for five weeks, beginning July 18, from 6 to 7:15 pm, and concluding on August 15. The Reverend Christopher Hogin will facilitate the first meeting. To sign up, please email Tristen Hicks at or drop by the clergy offices to sign up in person.

EfM Enrollment // Do you sometimes struggle with how best to express your faith in your every-day life?  Do you sometimes wonder how it all fits together, this liturgy we practice, our church history, our individual faith and beliefs, and this often overwhelming world we live in? Are you ready to explore your Fatih more fully, to move on to the “next level”? Perhaps you are ready to consider EFM.

EFM is a program of study created by the School of Theology at Sewanee to help ordinary Christians face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world.  If you think you may be interested in EFM, there will be a table set up in the foyer this Sunday from 8:45 until 10, and again following the 10:00 AM service, from 11:30 until noon.  EFM brochures will be available and someone will be there to answer your questions.  For further information about Ascension’s EFM group contact Mardel Fehrenbach at or 914-329-9082.

Update on the Parish Paper // The Parish Paper will now be published monthly! We need additional volunteers to meet once a month to help mail the Parish Paper. Email Andrew Morehead,, to come hang out, snack, and prepare the Parish Paper for mailing. The due date for the next Parish Paper will be July 16th for the August issue.

Tech4Ministries Workshop // Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 pm, beginning in the Parish Hall // Does your ministry use Audio-Visual equipment at Ascension for regular meetings or special events throughout the year? Andrew Morehead is holding the first in a series of workshops to educate ministry leaders in the church on how to operate the different A/V equipment at the church. RSVP to Andrew at Future topics will include “Digital Tools for Collaboration” and “Publication Practices and Tools at Ascension.”

Summer Music Workshops // Four workshops will be offered this summer for handbells and Gregorian Chant. Email Andrew Morehead,, or stop by his office for more information and to RSVP for one of the workshops.

Long-term Care Visitors // Recently, five more church members have moved out of their homes and into facilities in Knoxville that offer independent living, assisted living, or nursing care. There is a small group of volunteers set up under the umbrella of Ascension Cares to make monthly visits to each of these friends. We need more volunteers to assure that all are visited. You can help by giving 30-60 minutes of visitation to one or two people a month on a day of your choice. Please contact Fr. Christopher at 588-0589 or or Ellen Lovett and 776-1717 for more information.

Hospital Visitors // Due to a combination of illnesses and vacations this summer, the hospital visitor volunteers are experiencing a shortage in volunteers. If you can serve in a short-term manner, give Sallie Gray a call, 936-0007, for more information.

Children and Youth News

“Choose Some Shoes” Drive is back! // We had such a great response last year as we gathered new shoes for the kids at White Oak School in Campbell county. The kids absolutely loved all their shoes. We are accepting new shoes again this month in prep for the start of the new school year in August. White Oak will have 160 kids this school year and is a PreK-Grade 8 low income school. Many kids come to school with the wrong size shoes or shoes not appropriate for the season. Please consider buying a new pair of shoes for a boy or girl in sizes for PreK to size 11. Make sure they are closed toed shoes that can make it through winter. We will have a collection barrel in the foyer beginning July 15. Questions:

Kindermusik // Our next Kindermusik Summer Event is July 18 from 6:15-7:00pm. Come try it out with your baby or toddler. Music has been shown to boost brain development in children. Our teacher, Karalyne Ley, will lead a class and answer questions about our Fall program. Cost is 10.00/child or 15.00/family. Childcare is offered for older siblings. Just mention you need it when you register. We look forward to lots of fun! Register at:

Change of Date // Due to the July 4th Holiday, we are moving DATE NIGHT to JULY 13. Same time 6:00-9:00 pm. Dinner and Summer Fun will be served.  Please RSVP to by July 12. 

Nursery Renovation! // We are very excited that our nursery will be getting a new face-lift. During this time, July 9-23, our Nursery will be located in Room 105 downstairs for Sunday services, and in Room 210 for Date Night. 

Milkshake Mondays // Every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm in the summer the youth (rising 6th grade-recent graduates) will be welcome to meet GiGi at the Cookout (321 Cedar Bluff Road) for fellowship, sharing of our summer plans, and the enjoying of milkshakes. No need to RSVP, just show up! Contact GiGi with further questions.

AYG Movie Night // Ascension Youth will be having a Movie Night on July 11 at 7:00 pm in the recently improved Room 104 (around the corner from the youth room). All teens from rising 5th grade through recent graduates and friends are welcome to attend. Popcorn will be provided. See you there!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Jim Bowers, Pam Brock,
Phillip Carrigan, Phillip Carrigan’s Mother, Pat Furlong, Sally Guthrie,
Sam McNutt, The Nelson Family, Ned and Beth Patterson, Darrell Potter,
Suzanne Seger, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick and Barbara Strehlow

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. The second list includes additional names as requested by you. The people on this list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.