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 and in memory of my husband, Geoffrey Kressin, by Lolita Kressin; and in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, featured in one of the stained glass windows showering flowers upon the congregation. Her biography is available in the Ascension Library.

General Community News

Celebrating Baptisms // Today we celebrate the baptism of Laurel Elizabeth Ergen, daughter of William Frederick Krasny Ergen, and Elizabeth Noble Ergen; and Mary Catharine Van Vleet.

Adult Sunday School Continues // Four 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 on page 11.

Parish Supper Menu // The Parish Supper is back! The menu is summer vegetable lasagna, green beans, mixed greens salad and whole grain bread, and cookies. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family.

Stephen Minister Recruitment is Open! // Stephen Ministers are laypersons trained to give Christian care to those at Ascension who are going through transitions or a period of crisis.  We are currently recruiting anyone interested in becoming a Stephen Minister who is able to participate in a training class beginning in January, 2018. Training involves 50 hours of initial instruction in areas such as feelings, listening, maintaining boundaries, and confidentiality. More information can be found in the entry near the bulletin board display or on the Ascension website. There will also be an informational meeting on Sunday, September 17, during the Sunday School hour in room 209. Please join us!

Foyer Kickoff // The Foyer Supper Club will kick off the program with a lunch in the parish hall after the 11:15 am service on Sunday, September 17. Information will be provided about how the program works and who is in your group. If you have questions, please contact Janey Willoughby at

Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, September 19, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch will begin the program year with a presentation on techniques to improve your memory by Dr. Carrie Mills, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Hearing and Speech Center at the University of Tennessee. The Lunch Bunch is open to all parishioners and community members. Simply bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or email

Financial Statements Available // The monthly financial statement for the church is available on the communications counter in the parish office as well as on the website.

Looking for info on how to help with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? // Head to the communications counter in the parish office. For additional ways you can help, donate for relief through Episcopal Relief and Development.

Christian Education Survey // This is the last Sunday to complete an Adult Christian Education Survey! You can find copies in the parish office on the communications counter or in the Heavenly Post weekly email.

Youth and Children News

Supper and Smart Talks // Wednesday, September 13 // Our 4 week series, Supper and SMART Talks, begins this Wednesday. The dinner starts at 6:00 pm with the talk starting at approximately 6:20 pm. Our first speaker this week is Sarah Rimer Moss, a local social worker, speaking on “BE SMART” with gun safety in homes with children. You don’t have to attend the dinner to attend the talk and you don’t have to have a child in your home to come learn about this important safety talk! This series is for everyone. Please RSVP for the dinner by visiting the parish office or emailing RSVP for childcare at

Kindermusik Preview // Kindermusik at the Little Gym mobile classes start this coming Wednesday, September 13, here at Ascension. We will offer 3 classes for babies and toddlers with a parent or other adult. This coming Wednesday class is a FREE preview at 10:00 am for those registered or those wishing to try it out. Regular classes will begin the following week.

Middle School Youth // Come out next Wednesday evening for Dinner and a Movie!!!  You’ll have to come to find out what we will be watching and discussing.  Hope to see you there from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Youth Room.

High School Youth // Join us after church today from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Youth Room.  We will share lunch, a discussion, and then play Ultimate Frisbee!  Hope to see you there.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Bo, Dave, Elana, Jeff, Julia, Katherine, Hilda Boyd, Corinna Brock, Jordan Brown, Justin Brown, Alice Clayton, Rick and Louise Conrad, Tom Hanaway, The Mast Family,
Ron McPherson,Theresa Pepin

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