Parish News

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

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my husband, Ed , and in celebration of Eddie’s, my son’s, birthday by Barbara Miller.

White Rose // The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Hazel Marie Sanders, daughter of Trent and Camille Sanders, and granddaughter of Mark and Barbara Sanders.

Bishop of Kondoa, Tanzania // This morning we welcome The Rt. Rev. Dr. Given Gaula,  Bishop of Kondoa, Tanzania, and his wife, The Rev. Lilian Gaula, who are visiting Ascension to promote their work in the Kondoa region, known as one of the most rural and underdeveloped regions of Tanzania. A special presentation will be open to all in the Parish Hall during the Sunday School hour (10:10-11:00 am). Thank you, Bishop and Mrs. Gaula, for your ministry among us.

Welcome Supper // Don’t forget to RSVP to the Welcome Supper (those new to or interested in Ascension) Evite. The Welcome Supper is being held this Thursday evening, 6 pm, in the Parish Hall. If you are new to Ascension and did not receive an Evite, and would like to attend, please email Rob Gieselmann at

Stewardship Season // The stewardship season is almost upon us! This year, your Stewardship Co-Chairs, Sharon Bailey and Dick Brower, along with the enthusiastic Stewardship Team, invites you to attend a special Coffee Hour following the 11:15 am service next week, Sept. 25.

TnT-Tween Group // Tonight, September 18, 6:30-8:00 pm // TnT-Tweens is a fun, interactive group for kids in grades 3-5. We hope to see you here tonight!

Middle School Sunday School Class // Today only! Head to Room 104 for a combined Sunday School class in light of the fall retreat.

High School Youth // Today, September 18, 6:00-8:00 pm // You won’t want to miss out on our special youth group tonight! We will be joining our Family Promise guests for dinner and providing an ice cream sundae bar. Meet in the youth room for this fun evening together. Parent pick up will be at 8:00 pm.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 pm // Youth Room // Meet at the church for pizza, a Bible lesson, and outdoor games!

Ascension T-Shirts // Did you know that the Ascension t-shirts help defray the cost of Rally Day? These Ascension themed shirts are only $10 a piece and are light-weight and comfortable. Head to the communication counter to purchase your very own Ascension t-shirt.

Parish Supper // This week’s Parish Supper will feature Chicken Enchiladas, Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Corn Saute, Salad, Bread, and Fudge-Glazed Brownies. Please make your reservations in the Parish Office. Prices are $7/adult and $4/child.

The Sisterhood // Thursday, September 22, 6:00 pm // All women of the parish are welcome to the next Sisterhood dinner at Savelli’s Italian Restaurant (3055 Sutherland Avenue). Please RSVP to Liz Parmalee at or 865-719-0894 as there is a limit to the seating availability.

Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Alum Cave Bluff and those who wish will hike all the way to Mt. LeConte on Saturday, September 24. Those interested may contact Emily Vreeland for more information and to RSVP ( or 470-2518).

Trekkers Newsletter // Want to stay informed on the latest news from Ascension Trekkers? Email Andrew Morehead to be placed on the Trekkers e-newsletter mailing list!

Bishop Search and Nomination // The Bishop Search website has launched! Head to for more information. Check out the posters outside Andrew’s office for additional details about the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee.

Foyer Groups are Back // Sign-Up Deadline: Today, September 18 // Foyer Groups is a fellowship ministry at Ascension in which new and long-time members come together over a dinner at a parishioner’s home. Groups are at most 7-8 people, and, while childcare is not provided, families with children are invited. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing Babs Richardson at

Spiritual Retreats: Cursillo // Have you felt a calling to do something deeply spiritual? To get away and learn new skills to keep God foremost in your life? East Tennessee Episcopal Cursillo is for you! It is not too late to apply for the upcoming Cursillo retreat weekend in October. A spring retreat is also planned for April 27-30. Please contact Pam Douglass, or Maribeth Manoff, for more information.

Nursery // Some of the parent pagers have wandered away. If you have taken one home, by chance, please return it at your earliest convenience.

Engaging your Kids…Children’s Sunday School at Ascension

Pre-K–Age 2/3, Room 204: Do your children need a fun, playful environment to begin encountering Biblical stories? Head to the education wing to begin the fun!

Godly Play-Grades K-2, Room 205: 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.

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.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Jim Bowers, Jimmie and Barbara Comeaux, Carla Hargrove, Kay Irwin, Ernestine Lawrence, George Mears, Bobbye Reynolds