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 honor of Virginia Perry, whose birthday is today, by Bill Perry.

General Community News

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.

Looking for info on how to help with Hurricane Harvey? // 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 // 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 available in the parish office on the communications counter. The deadline for submission is September 10th.

Excitement at Ascension! // Recently we have had the 60th Celebration along with Rally Day, the beginning of three services and Sunday School, the eclipse and NOW we have the new Guide Book Directories coming to you in the mail! They should arrive in your mailbox in the next two weeks. If you have any difficulty in getting your copy, please email Virginia Branum at These advertisers helped provide this service at no cost to our congregation. Thank you: Sharon Bailey and Dick Brower Realty Executive Associates, Grayson BMW-Mini-Hyundai-Subaru, Rose Mortuary Funeral and Cremation Services, Stanley’s Greenhouse, American Holiday Van Lines, Parkside Grill, Lakeside Tavern, The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Dignity Memorial-Berry Highland Memorial, New Patch Series from P.R.A.Y. and Guide Book Publishing.

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

Love Offering: Voluntary Retirement Gift for Bishop George and Kammy Young // The Standing Committee is opening up donations to the entire diocese and is asked everyone to be as generous as they are called to be in honor of Bishop George. Please send in your gift with “for the Bishop’s Voluntary Gift” in the memo line to The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, 814 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932. The deadline for submission is mid-October. A celebration of the bishop’s ministry is planned to take place at Grace Point on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Pilgrimage with Bishop George and the Appalachian Ministry Resource Team // Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8:00 AM, Diocese House // Each year, the Appalachian Ministry Resource Team (AMRT) selects ministries or non-profits in East Tennessee for a pilgrimage visit with the bishop. This year, we’ll be visiting ministries in Knoxville, Hixson, and Cleveland to learn about valuable work being done in our diocese and share the information with all in the diocese. You are warmly invited to participate! Space on the bus is limited to 18! Reserve your seat by contacting Eric Haralson, AMRT Chair, at or 865-806-3505. Contact Eric if you would like an AMRT member to visit your parish.

Episcopal Church Women Gathering Featuring Regina Mullins of Thistle Farms // Saturday, September 16, 9:30 am, Grace Point // Special guest Regina Mullins, outreach manager for Thistle Farms will share her incredible story of survival, peace and redemption, as we continue our theme of “Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation.” Regina will be accompanied by others from Thistle Farms who will display some of the terrific products developed to celebrate Thistle Farms 20th Anniversary. Items will be offered for sale! Ascension’s very own Sarai Wender will be the featured preacher. Cost: $20.00 includes lunch and printed material. Pick up a registration form at your parish office. Come and bring your friends! The deadline is Saturday, September 9.

Youth and Children News

Sunday School Changes for Labor Day Weekend: Today, children in grades K-5 will have a combined Sunday School class and meet in the Children’s Church room from 10:00-11:00 am. Pre-K kids will go to the nursery. We will resume regular classes the following week.

Date Night has Moved! // Due to the first Friday in September falling on Labor Day weekend, we are moving Date Night to September 8, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Please RSVP to

Kindermusik Update // The first class on September 13 will be a free preview class. So whether you’re registered already or you would just like to come see if it is something you and your child would like, then please come to this preview. We will meet on this first day at 10:00 am in the Children’s Church room.

First Service Project for the Tweens Youth Group // The Tweens Youth Group is going to their first service project this semester! They are headed to Ronald McDonald House on September 8 to make cookies for the families. We will leave the church at 6:15 pm on the van and return by 8:15 pm. Please make sure you have signed a permission slip for your child and return it to Megan or bring it on Sept. 8. Tweens lasts from 6:00-9:00 pm.

High School Youth Group: We will NOT meet today due to Labor Day weekend. See you next Sunday!

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, September 6, 6:30-8:00 pm // Join us this Wednesday for dinner, continued Bible Study, and then…Ultimate Frisbee! Hope to see you there!

Gatherings and Outings

Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will hike four miles of the Little River Trail on Wednesday, September 6. Ascension’s very own Sally Guthrie will lead the hike. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-690-2929.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ushers // Alan Wright, coordinator of the Usher ministry at Ascension, is looking for those who are interested in ushering. If you would like to give ushering a try, or would like to join one of the usher teams, contact Alan at

Chancel Masters // Chancel Masters ensure that everyone is in place before the service begins, finds substitutes, and then rings in the service. If you’re interested in this interactive volunteer position, contact Alan Douglass at

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Bo, Julia, Katherine, Jeff, Elana, Corinna Brock, Jordan Brown

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