Parish News

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Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of her mother, Irene Johnson Eldridge, by Claire Eldridge.

A Special Coffee Hour // The stewardship season is upon us! This year, your Stewardship Co-Chairs, Sharon Bailey and Dick Brower, along with the enthusiastic Stewardship Team, invite you to attend a special Coffee Hour following the 11:15 am service today. The fare will be brunch-like, so bring your appetite!

High School Youth // Today, September 25, 6:00-8:00 pm // Meet at the church for pizza and a lively discussion with games!

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-8:00 pm // Youth Room // Meet at the church for pizza, a Bible lesson, and outdoor games! This week, wear active clothing and shoes.

Next Sunday: Blessing of the Animals // October 2, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary // Bring your pets and critters to the Blessing of the Animals service next Sunday. Brett Backus and Christopher Hogin will lead us in a service to celebrate our companions and the joys of God’s creation. Donations collected at the service will benefit Pantry for Feeding Pets and Lynne McCoy, a local wildlife rehabilitation specialist.

Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study // Wednesday Nights, 5:45-7:00 pm, Parlor // We have begun a new year and now is the time to join the conversation! A conglomeration of women throughout the parish, the Evening Women’s Bible Study meets to pray, meditate, discuss, and read the Bible. Contact Liz Parmalee at or 865-719-0894 for more information.

Ascension T-Shirts // Did you know that the sale of 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 // Ready for a delicious classic dinner at Ascension? This week’s Parish Supper will feature BBQ Chicken, Hashbrown Casserole, Vegetable Side, Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Feta, and Lemon Squares for dessert.

Ascension Trekkers: Easy Hikes Series // September 27, 9:00 am, Laurel Falls: This is a paved inclined trail to one of the most popular waterfalls and is 2.6 miles round trip. We will be back to the church by noon. October 3, 9:00 am, Little River Trail at Elkmont: This is a wide and flat lumber road in historic Elkmont. The length of the trip can be varied from 2-8 miles and includes a waterfall.

Hunger Hike // Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00 pm // Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road // Take steps to end hunger by participating in the 26th Annual Hunger Hike to benefit FISH Hospitality Pantries. Head to the communications counter to pick up information on how YOU can be a part of the solution to hunger in our area!

Engaging your Kids…Children’s Sunday School at Ascension

Pre-K–Age 2/3, Room 202: 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 204: 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:

Evan Carrigan, Kay Irwin, Wesley Lindsay, Pam McMillan