Parish News

Click here to view the Parish Calendar for a full listing of events!

Coffee Hour // Coffee Hour in August will take place outside in front of the main nave doors. Refreshments will include coffee, lemonade, and donuts!

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of George Dixon by Kay Clayton and Ann Goldstine.

High School Youth // Sunday, August 21 // 6:00-8:00 pm // Come out tonight for a special outing to IJAMs! We’ll take a short hike, enjoy a picnic dinner, play games and talk about the ways we experience God in creation. Wear comfortable shoes, and be sure to show up at the church at 6:00 pm sharp. Parent pick up will be at the usual 8:00 pm.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, August 24 // 6:30-8:00 pm // Come out for pizza, a Bible lesson, and outdoor games!

Coming Soon: Middle School Youth Fall Retreat // September 16-18 // We will go to a camp outside of Asheville for Fall Retreat. Join in for a weekend of outdoor games, and awesome service project, Bible discussion, and fun in the beautiful mountains of Western Carolina. Registration forms are available from Chelsea or at the front desk, and the early bird deadline is coming up on August 24th! Scholarships are available. Email Chelsea with any questions:

Music Ensembles Open // Rehearsals for various choirs (Boys and Girls’, Ascension Singers, and Parish Choir) begin after Labor Day. Handbell rehearsals begin August 29th. All ensembles are open to new members, now and at any time of the year!

Ascension in August

“Movie on the Drive” // Friday, August 26 // 8:30 pm // The InBetweeners are hosting a movie night featuring the original Ghostbusters film. Popcorn is provided but bring a chair and your own snacks and beverages (no theater prices here!) to round out the experience. This event, for InBetweeners, is for those “40-ish to 70-ish” empty/non/leave the kids at home-nesters.

Rally Day // Sunday, August 28 // Kick off the year with Rally Day at Ascension. The luncheon will feature an old-time fried chicken lunch. Pricing is: $5 per child (ages 5-9), $10 per adult, and $30 per family. Please RSVP for the Rally Day lunch in the Foyer or by emailing T-Shirts are also available at any time for $10, any size.

Celebration of Ministry // Tuesday, August 30 // 6:00 pm // The Ascension parish family and community will celebrate our ministry together through the installation of Rob Gieselmann as the new rector of Church of the Ascension. Although the deadline to RSVP has passed, if you have any questions regarding your reservation, please contact the parish office.

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

The Diocese Needs Your Input!

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

5409 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

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.

We need your photos!

The Search & Nominating Committee is looking for a variety of photographs to use on the bishop search website. To this end, we invite you to submit your favorite photographs that capture life in our diocese.

They may be of parish events, photos taken during services or ordinations, or around your church property. Photos of children (and adults too!) at church, camp, Vacation Bible School, or Grace Point would also be great. Photos of our beautiful mountains, lakes, streams, city or rural life—anything showing the beauty and diversity of the landscape in East Tennessee are also welcome.

Photos need to be of high resolution. By submitting photos to the committee, you are giving permission for their use. You may send them to our email address at or add them to our Dropbox photo file at the following link:

Scan the QR code to go directly to the Dropbox file page:

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A Prayer for the Bishop Search

Most gracious God, who gave your only Son to be our Good Shepherd: Look favorably upon your Church, and guide the hearts and minds of those who shall choose a bishop to be a pastor to this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful leader, who will go with us out in the world, making disciples who make a difference; and nurture in your servants who wrestle with this call a spirit of wisdom and confidence, joy and humility; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Survey for the Search

The Search and Nomination Committee is seeking input via survey across the diocese. Head to or scan this QR code to participate in the understanding what our congregations think about where we live and move and have our being. More information is available on the information sheet on the Welcome Counter in the Narthex and on the Communication Counter in the Parish Office. Email for a paper copy.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Sr. Anna Kathleen, Ernestine Lawrence, Margaret Nelson, Chalmers Wilson