Parish News

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Adult Christian Education // The Adult Sunday School classes will meet in a combined class today in the Parish Hall at 10:10 am to discuss the different options available.

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of Les Hargrove’s birthday by Carla Hargrove.

Baptism // 11:15 am service // Today we celebrate the baptism of Logan Scott Payne, son of Jason and Brooke Payne, and grandson of Herky Payne.

Bishop of Kondoa, Tanzania // Sunday, September 18 // The Rt. Rev. Given Gaula,  Bishop of Kondoa, Tanzania, and his wife, Dr. Lilian Gaula, will visit 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).

Youth Sunday School // Youth Sunday School kicks off today. This year, middle school and high school classes will both be participating in a curriculum that follows the Sunday lectionary readings. Note the room change: the middle school class will meet in the youth room, and the high school class will meet in Room 104 around the corner!

High School Youth // Sunday, September 11, 6:00-8:00 pm // Come out to the church for dinner and a surprise off-site excursion. You won’t want to miss out!

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:00 pm // Youth Room // Join in the fun as we have a pizza dinner, Bible lesson, and outdoor games!

Parish Supper // This week’s Parish Supper will feature Beef Stroganoff Lasagna, Green Beans, Mixed Greens Salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, bread, and a dessert. Please make your reservations in the Parish Office. Prices are $7/adult and $4/child.

LEGO My Bible! // Thursday, September 15, 4:30 pm // Garden Room // LEGO My Bible! begins this week. If your kids are in grades 2-5, consider stopping in each Thursday for an interactive Bible lesson through the use of LEGOS. Snacks and other games will be provided. Register by emailing Megan Alden at

Date Night // Due to the Fall Break schedule in October, we will have our next Date Night on September 30, 6:00-9:00 pm. Please RSVP to by September 28.

Children’s Registration // Have you filled out the 2016-2017 registration form for your kids? If you have kids in nursery through grade 5, there is a new form to fill out. Forms are available today in the Christian Education Wing. Please fill them out and return them to Megan Alden as soon as possible.

Family Promise Week // September 18-25 // Family Promise is in need of grocery shoppers, laundry specialists, and meal assistants on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24. Please contact Ann O’Connor at for more information.

The Ascension Party of the Year // The annual Greeter’s social at the Peiers’ home will be held in mid-October. Invitations will be mailed out with the October Greeter’s schedule. For those interested in this Party of the Year, consider joining the Greeter ministry. If you are interested, contact Sue Peiers at

Ascension Cares Volunteers // Don’t forget the Ascension Cares Jamboree on Thursday, September 15, at 6:00 pm at the Buckingham Community Clubhouse. RSVP by Noon on Monday, September 12, to Glenn Graber at or at 539-9949.

Ascension Trekkers // Wednesday, September 14 // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Abrams Falls. Contact Emily Vreeland at or 470-2518 to RSVP.

Foyer Groups are Back // Sign-Up Deadline: Sunday, 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

Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch starts back with a presentation by The Rev. Sarai Wender entitled, “What’s in your Backpack?” Don’t forget to sign up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or email Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.

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.

EfM // Don’t forget to sign up for EfM by contacting Gordon Irwin at or at 982-2572.

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

Adult Christian Education

–Fall 2016–

The aim of adult education at Ascension is about learning through relationships. This year we kick off our adult education curriculum, beginning September 11, 10:10 am, with three exciting parishioner-led learning opportunities. They are as follows:

The Forum Class: The Forum Class will engage Rachel Evans’ powerful book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. In this compelling memoir, Evans discusses how hypocrisy and pettiness of organized religion drew her away from the church, and how she found her way back to the church through the liturgy and sacraments.

Growing Through Giving: What does it mean to give as a Christian? Does giving simply mean sharing one’s talents and treasures, or does the call go deeper? Those in their forties and fifties explore these questions by engaging in topics such as the prosperity gospel movement, the psychology of giving, social entrepreneurship, and how different faith traditions view giving.

Retirement and Beyond Group: This group directly addresses, not just the challenges, but also the opportunities, of growing older through Richard Rohr’s acclaimed book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Each session will engage Rohr’s thesis, which emphasizes that when we lose a part of life, we often gain something far more deeply on a spiritual level than we often realize.

Each group tends to be divided by age. You are welcome to participate in any of the forums, regardless of life station. Also, this year we will modify the curriculum by offering three parish-wide adult Sunday school options scheduled for September 11, October 23, and, finally, a special Christmas presentation on December 18. [Two other dates are dedicated for combined Sunday School classes in the Parish Hall: November 13 for Vestry nominees, and November 20 for the Annual Parish Meeting.]

For more information on adult education, or to pass along comments,
please contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at