Parish News

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

Baptism // Today we baptize Rebecca Ann Backus, daughter of Kathryn and Eric Backus, and niece of Brett Backus; and Ada Elizabeth Greenwood, daughter of Amanda and Andrew Greenwood, and granddaughter of Marti and Stuart Greenwood.

High School Youth // Sunday, August 14 // 6:00-8:00 pm // Don’t miss our youth group kickoff tonight at the church. Come out for pizza, games, and the chance to hear about what this year will hold!

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, August 17 // 6:30-8:00 pm // There will be pizza dinner, a Bible lesson, and outdoor games on this Wednesday meeting. Wear comfortable, active clothing and shoes!

A Change of Venue // Guinessis, the men’s theology-on-tap group that usually meets at Pero’s, will meet at Rooster’s in Rocky Hill for a change of pace and venue. For information, email Brett Backus at

Family Promise // Saturday, August 20 // 5:00-7:30 pm // Central Baptist, Bearden // Family Promise of Knoxville is holding their annual pasta event, “Pasta and Bluegrass Festival,” to benefit their work to house, maintain, and improve the lives of homeless families while keeping them together. Tickets and sponsorship forms are available on the communications counter in the Parish Office.

East Tennessee Episcopal Churchmen Retreat // August 19-21 // DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN // Registration for the oldest gathering of lay persons is still open and will remain open through the first day of the conference. The Brotherhood will compete in the BBQ contest. Don’t miss this amazing fellowship opportunity. Head to for registration and more information.

Sisterhood // Thursday, August 18, 6:00 pm // Dead End BBQ, 3621 Sutherland Ave // The Sisterhood is open to any and all women of the parish. Come out for great food and fun. No reservations are necessary this month. Questions? Email Laurie Nalle at

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 the ministry of Rob Gieselmann with his installation as the new rector of Church of the Ascension. While there is no cost, please RSVP by Friday, August 19, for dinner by signing up in the Foyer or by sending an email to

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Sr. Anna Kathleen, Evan Carrigan, Michael Johnson, Jinka and Les McLaurin,
Eleanor Mitchell, Margaret Nelson

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

5409 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. More information on the next page!

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.