Parish Notices

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The flowers are given to the glory of God, and in loving memory of John and David Rayson by Mary Rayson.

This Sunday is Ice Cream Sunday! The Labyrinth Guild is hosting Coffee Hour with an indoor/outdoor feature you cannot miss. After the 10 am service, first head down to the Parish Hall to grab your food and walk the indoor labyrinth. Then, head out the kitchen door to grab an ice cream treat from the Cruzin’ Cone. Special activities for kids include face painting and balloon animals. We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Livin’ at Ascension series this summer.

A Tremendous Thanks ~ Thank you to all who helped to make Peanut Butter Sunday, July 24th, such a great success, and thanks for your kind acknowledgment, at the 10 am service, of my 30th anniversary of coming on staff at Church of the Ascension and the founding of FISH Hospitality Pantries. Our shared ministry and your support these 30 years have been a great gift to me. While we have raised a significant amount this past Sunday, it is never too late or too often to make your contribution to support Ascension’s hunger ministry. Gratefully, Jim Wright.

TnT-Tween Youth Group is back for another great year!  We are meeting Friday, August 5, for a “Back to School Bible Bash.” If your kids are in grades 3-5 this year, let them join in the fun. TnT Tweens meet from 6:00-9:00 pm and dinner is served.

Curious about Godly Play?  The next demonstration of Godly Play is August 3 beginning at 11:30 am in Room 203. All are welcome to come watch a story and be led through a wondering journey. Godly Play is our new program for children in grades K-2 for Sunday School, but the timeless stories and creative storytelling are for all ages.

Looking for service and volunteer opportunities? Go to for more information.

Do you have Ascension’s new giving app? Drop by the parish office to check out how you can get the new online and mobile giving option.

The Search for the 5th Bishop
of the Diocese of East Tennessee

The Diocese Needs Your Input!

Sunday, August 21, 3pm Church of the Good Shepherd

5337 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville, TN 37928

You are invited to attend and participate in a holy conversation hosted by the Search & Nominating Committee (SNC). As we begin the formal process of searching for our fifth Diocesean Bishop, the SNC needs your input on where we are as a diocese (our strengths and challenges, our assessment of our recent history, our hopes and dreams for the future) and what qualities we would like to see in our next bishop. Members of the SNC will be present to update you on the work of the Committee and what the process looks like going forward through the next year. We hope to engage as many parishioners throughout the diocese for accurate representation. Every voice is important as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance in this process.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Michael Brenner, Joan Bustamante, George Dixon, Bobbie Frank, Donie Green,
Julie Hembree, Melissa Hutcheson, Michael Johnson, Lillian Jones, Jim Key,
Margaret Nelson, Sarah Ringer