Parish News

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

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God, by Bruce and Nancy Jones; and in celebration of the marriage of Dale Campbell Madden and Caroline Ellen Elder by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elder and the Madden family.

General Community News

Commissioning a New Shepherd // Today we welcome and commission our newest Shepherd, Anna Fraser, honor our outgoing shepherd, Emily Vreeland, and offer thanks to our current shepherds: Bill Perry, Annette Burton, Bettie Corey. The Ascension shepherds play a vital role in coordinating lay pastoral care services for our community. We are so grateful.

“Choose Some Shoes” Campaign Results are Astounding! // Thank you to all who donated to the “Choose Some Shoes” campaign. The church collected over 110 pairs of shoes along with other accessories to go to White Oak Elementary School in Campbell County.

Adult Sunday School Commences // Three adult Sunday School offerings are available. The Forum Class will begin with The Good Book by Peter Gomes, The Seekers will discuss biblical interpretation, and The Sojourners will discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. Centering Prayer will continue meeting this Fall with a discussion of Tears of an Innocent God by Elias Marechal. Times and locations are listed in the calendar. See page 13 for more details.

What is Centering Prayer? // Centering Prayer involves a 20 minute period of silence, prayer, fellowship “check-in,” and a discussion. The class will be reading Tears of an Innocent God by Elias Marechal. For those interested in the class, contact Pam Douglass at Or, simply wander into the Library at 10:10 am on Sunday to experience Centering Prayer.

Christian Education Survey // The Adult Christian Education Commission has prepared a survey to help plan for future Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs. The survey is available online in the Heavenly Post and hard copies are in the end of each pew. You can return hard copies by placing them in the baskets in the narthex or at the communication desk. The deadline for submission is September 10th.

EfM Enrollment is Here! //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 (EfM) 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. Contact Mardel Fehrenbach for more information at

Youth News

Middle School Youth Group-Head to Laser Quest // 6:00 pm, at Laser Quest // Join us from 6:00-8:00 pm this coming Wednesday, August 20, for a ton of fun. We will eat dinner there and play the rest of the time. More info will arrive in your weekly email news blast. Contact Brett Backus at if you would like to be placed on the email list.

High School Youth Group to Begin Today! // Today, the High School Youth Group will begin it’s program year with a lunch meeting after the 11:15 am service in the Youth Room. Lunch will be provided. We’ll have a fun time of ice breakers, games, and discussion about upcoming events.

Gatherings and Outings

Foyer Supper Club! // This fall, the Foyer Supper Club Program is making a fresh start! Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office to join the supper club beginning this fall with a dinner kickoff. Foyer Supper Club groups are primarily social gatherings of small groups of people within the church. By signing-up, you will be placed in a supper club group, and your group will meet every 4-6 weeks through the “school” year, either at homes or in restaurants (or both). Your foyer group will have the opportunity to decide whether to include a prayerful or spiritual element to the group, but mostly joining a supper club group will provide you the opportunity to get to know other members of Ascension. Contact Janey Willoughby at for more information.

A Blast from the Past // Interested in Gregorian chant? Want to learn how to read and sing chant notation in a low-obligation group? Consider the Ascension Schola. An introduction to chant workshop will be held on Satuday, August 26, beginning at 9:00 am (updated from last week). From there, regular rehearsals will be determined. For more information, contact Andrew Morehead at or 865-282-9986.

Pasta and Bluegrass Festival // Saturday, August 26, 5:00 pm // Central Baptist // Who wouldn’t love pasta and bluegrass? Head to the Pasta and Bluegrass Festival to support Family Promise. You’ll have the luxury of fifteen tastings of competition level pastas (gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan available) while listening to The Y’uns, The Trinity Boys, and other bluegrass bands. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop from an Italian Market with various artisan wares for sale. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/children (there’s a children’s festival too!). More information is at the communications counter in the parish office.

Ascension Trekkers Begin Fall Hiking Schedule // The Ascension Trekkers will welcome the Fall on Wednesday September 6 by walking along the Little River Trail from Elkmont to the Goshen Trailhead for a total of 7.4 easy miles. This is a beautiful trail for those concerned about agility and balance, and would be an ideal outing for those who’ve thought about joining the Trekkers.

Engaging your Kids…

Children’s Offerings at Ascension

Godly Play-Pre-K (Room 202) and Grades K-2 (Room 203): Godly Play is an engaging, interactive, and tactile learning experience for children. This learning model, based on Montessori techniques, encompasses all the faculties of your child in an immersive retelling of key Biblical stories.

Connect-Grades 3-5, Room 105: Witty humor, funny animations, and interactive Biblical stories all come together in the Connect program for preteens. Drop your children off downstairs for a captivating experience.

Ascension offers Children’s Church at both the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services during the program year. This child-friendly time let’s kids feel like they belong in the congregation while participating in an accessible service. Bible stores, activities, and music create an atmosphere of learning.

At Ascension, we care for your children including their faith, education, health, and safety. All staff and volunteers that work with children are trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. Parents with nursery aged children are given “parent pagers” to call parents to the education wing in case of need.

If you have any questions about any of our programs, facilities, or safety concerns, please contact Megan Alden, Director of Children’s Ministries, at or 588-0589 for more information.

Broadening your Mind…
Deepening your Soul…

Sunday Adult Offerings at Ascension

The Forum Class – Old Transept-Parish Hall – 10:10 AM: Hosting conversations about the Bible, its interpretation, and the abuse of scripture in the history of American Christianity, the Forum Class explores the many ways Scripture can speak living truths into modern life. To being the year, the Forum Class will use The Good Book by Peter Gomes.

The Seekers – Room 102 – 10:10 AM: Have you ever read a passage of Scripture and thought, what in the world does that mean? Do we read the Bible literally, figuratively, or as a book of history? Was Jonah really in the belly of a whale, or in a whale of trouble? The Seekers will explore the many ways to explore, interpret, and derive meaning from Scripture.

The Sojourners – New Transept-Parish Hall – 10:10 AM: Open to members of all ages, the Sojourners will begin their year with a study of Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. Afterwards, the class will embark on a series of studies which we have loosely titled “A Christian Response to Current World Issues.” These issues include climate change and resource management/scarcity including water and food. Depending on the preferences of the class, we may later discuss the Feminine in theology and Jesus as the personification of the Eternal Christ. All are welcome. The class will continue to direct, through general consensus, the upcoming study topics.

Centering Prayer – Library – 10:10 AM: Centering Prayer involves a 20 minute period of silence, prayer, fellowship “check-in,” and a discussion. The class will be reading Tears of an Innocent God by Elias Marechal. For those interested in the class, contact Pam Douglass at Or, simply wander into the Library at 10:10 am on Sunday to experience Centering Prayer.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Judy Bowers, Corinna Brock, Jon Dittrich, Anna Fraser, Howard Hess, Les Jeffress,
Chris Pannell, Carl Peiers, Lindsey Rogers, Linda Schmid, Dorothy Stair

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. 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:

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z:

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Anna Fraser.

To volunteer for a caring ministry,
contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at