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 appreciation for our families, the Ascension community, and our 42nd wedding anniversary, by Jim and Pam Brock.

General Community News

Stewardship Kick-Off is Next Sunday // Sunday, September 24, after the 11:15 am service // The 2017 Stewardship Campaign will begin with a champagne celebration at the Coffee Hour following the 11:15 am service.

Stephen Minister Recruitment is Open and Forms are Available! // 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 today during the Sunday School hour in room 209. Please join us!

Foyer Club Luncheon // The Foyer Supper Club will kick off the program with a lunch in the parish hall after the 11:15 am service on today! 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 // This 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

Todd Wilson in Concert // Tuesday, September 19, 7:30 pm // Friends of Music and the Arts opens the program year with an organ concert featuring Todd Wilson of the Cleveland Institute of Music. This concert is presented free of charge and open to the public. Bring your friends and family!

Parish Supper Menu // The Parish Supper is back! The menu is citrus marinated and grilled chicken, zucchini and squash sauté, cilantro rice, garden salad and bread, and lemon squares. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, 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.

Ascension is reinvigorating the Psalm 139 Ministry (Newborn Ministry)! // The ministry provides meals to families who have just welcomed an infant through birth, adoption, or other circumstances. These meals offer reassurance and comfort in an otherwise frantic and unnerving time! The ministry operates off an easy-to-use website and allows you to pick a convenient date/time to bring a meal (home-made or purchased) to the family. By signing up to volunteer in this ministry, you are only agreeing to receive emails and not obligated to participate in requests. Please contact Leah McClanahan,, or 865-661-5505, if you are interested in joining.

Youth and Children News

Supper and Smart Talks // Wednesday, September 20 // The Supper and SMART Talks continue this Wednesday at 6:20 pm. Come see our own Nursery Director, Ashley Lesley, tackle the topic of bullying. She will give guidelines for families and concerned adults to help young people who are facing this form of harassment. Ashley is a clinical therapist at the Kingston Academy in Roane County. Please RSVP for the dinner by visiting the parish office or emailing RSVP for childcare at

Who wants to get messy? // The Tweens want to get messy! They will have a guest speaker, Joe Platt, this Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 pm, who will teach them about harvesting pumpkins from our church pumpkin patch. We hope to sell them in the beginning of October to raise money for a service project. Joe has an agriculture degree focusing on soil and crops. Please come for the fun! Tweens is open to kids in grade 3-5.

Kindermusik // Kindermusik classes continue this coming Wednesday, September 20, here at Ascension. We will offer 3 classes for babies and toddlers with a parent or other adult. For more information, contact Megan Alden at

High School Youth // There will be no High School Youth Group today. Fr. Brett will be off campus. See you all next week!

Middle School Youth // Come out this Wednesday for a dinner, Bible lesson, and Toilet Brush Hockey! Hope to see you there from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Outings and Opportunities

Education for Ministry (EfM) Open House // Thursday, September 21, 6:00 pm, Parlor // It’s not too late to register for Education for Ministry classes! The first class will be open to all interested persons. Materials for the course are $375. Have questions? Email Mardel Fehrenbach at

The Annual Hunger Hike is Back! // Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm, Victor Ashe Park // Get ready to put on your walking shoes and head to Victor Ashe Park to Hike to end Hunger. Registration opens at 2:00 pm and the hike begins at 2:30 pm. Your donations will support FISH Hospitality Pantries in feeding 8,000 families each month. Sponsor sheets are available at the communications counter in the parish office. To get involved, contact Anne Trisler at (865) 765-2170 or

The Sisterhood Heads to Charlotte’s House // The Sisterhood has been graciously invited to Charlotte Wood’s home (10224 S. River Trail in the River Sound subdivision) on Thursday, September 21, at 6:00 pm. Charlotte will provide a watermelon gazpacho soup and crackers, and has suggested that everyone bring your favorite salad to share. Water, tea, and coffee will be provided, so bring any adult beverage you would like. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle, or 865-216-6588.

RSVP for the InBetweeners Fall Event! // October 6, 2017 – 6:30-10:00 pm // Join us for the annual In-Betweener event with the Chillbillies at Scott Davis’ barn located at 1515 Ashland Springs off Northshore! Please remember this is an Adult-only event. So, grab your lawn chair, your adult friends, and your party spirit! Food and Beer/Wine Trucks will be on-site to fulfill your cravings (who can say no to BBQ from a Food Truck?), but we need your RSVPs by September 29. Date Night is conveniently that night from 6:00-9:00 pm, so RSVP your kids to and make sure to pick them up by 9:00 pm. Your child will have fun watching films, playing games, and eating a pizza dinner. Have questions or need to RSVP? Email Katie McHargue at

Ascension Trekkers: The Sinks // Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 am, Parking Lot // Get ready to hike this beautiful trail as the Trekkers head to the Sinks and Meigs Creek. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-690-2929.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Hilda Boyd, Jordan Brown, Justin Brown, Alice Clayton, Rick and Louise Conrad,
Jayme French, Tom Hanaway, The Mast Family, Ron McPherson

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