Parish News

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Next Sunday: In-gathering of Pledges // Next Sunday, October 23, is the in-gathering of stewardship pledges. During the service, the congregation will be asked to come forward to the altar to place their pledge cards in the collection basket. If you have already pledged, “I Have Pledged” cards will be available for you to bring forward.

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Carol Schmid’s 80th birthday by Mary Spengler, Latie and Neal Culver.

Middle School Youth // October 19, 6:30 pm // Join in for pizza dinner, Bible lesson, and outdoor games!

High School Youth // October 16, 6:00 pm // You won’t want to miss youth group this Sunday evening! Come out to the church for pizza dinner, games, and a special discussion on contemporary issues and what our response should be as followers of Jesus. Hope to see you all there!

Parish Supper // October 19, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // Julie Teglas is back with an all-time favorite! The Parish Supper will feature Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad with Walnuts, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese, Bread, and Dessert. Adults are $7, and children are $4. Sign-up at the Reception Counter in the Parish Office.

Girls’ Reading Crew // Next Sunday, October 23, 5:00-6:00 pm, Room 105 // Our first book will be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. If you have a girl who is a reader and in grades 4-6, bring her to the Girls’ Reading Crew for reading, snacks, and fellowship. To register for this group, and to receive a schedule with details, send an email to

Chanticleer Tickets // October 24, 8:00 pm // $30/ticket // Chanticleer, hailed as the premier all-male SATB acapella group, is coming to Ascension. Tickets for the  concert are now available. Drop by Andrew Morehead’s office or visit to purchase your tickets! Today, tickets will be for sale in the lobby after the 9:00 and 11:15 am services.

Pig Roast: Funding Ministry Work of the Brotherhood // October 23, 5:00 pm // The Pig Roast BBQ Dinner, a fundraising event for the ministry work of The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, will include BBQ Pork, hot dogs for kids, beans, slaw, wine, and beer. The price is $10/adult and $5/child, with a $25 max per family. The evening will feature David Lovett and the Feral Brothers. Sign-up at the table in the Foyer. Your vestry is helping to serve the meal!

All Hallows’ Eve Service & Boo Bash // October 30, 5:30 pm // The All Hallows’ Eve Service and Boo Bash needs your help! This year the planners of the Boo Bash want to hold a Trunk-or-Treat after the Boo Bash Party. If you would like to sign-up to trick out your trunk and make this Halloween even more fun, sign-up in the foyer. Want to make this year’s Boo Bash a bit sweeter? The party needs your donations of candy to make this year great! Drop off your candy donations to Sabra Martin, queen of the night, to ensure this is another great year of Spook-tacular fun.

The Lunch Bunch: Change of Topic // October 18, 11:30 am // The topic for October’s meeting that was published (a presentation by Sylvia Peters) is November’s topic. This month The Lunch Bunch will feature Martha Weeks, communications coach and guest lecturer at the Stanford Business School and College of Business at The University of Tennessee. She will present “The Power of Story,” identifying and exploring your stories, how to tell them effectively, and the science and technique behind great storytelling. Bring $2, an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, and your story listening ears!

The Sisterhood // Thursday, October 20th, 6pm, Karen McKinney’s home (1947 Riversound Dr, Knoxville) // The Sisterhood is a congenial group of parish women who get together just for fun! Would you like to make more friends at Ascension? Join The Sisterhood this month as Jane Willoughby teaches us to make some excellent appetizers, which we will get to sample. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of the ingredients. We also encourage you to bring the adult beverage of your choice. Please join us for an evening of excellent conversation, company, and food! Please contact Laurie Nalle at 216-6588 or to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Daughters of the King // Today, after the 11:15 am service // The DOK is going to a luncheon after the 11:15 service. We have not yet chosen a place, and are taking suggestions from any member who wishes to attend. We will meet at the circle after the service. Come join us and join in some fellowship! Carpooling can be arranged.

Hurricane Relief // Episcopal Relief and Development has published information on how you can help with Hurricane Matthew Relief. Visit to donate to the relief efforts, or stop by the Communications Counter in the Parish Office to view/pick up a brochure with more information.

Ushers Needed // The Usher Ministry is in need of eight ushers. Four ushers are needed at the 9:00 am service, and four ushers are needed for the 11:15 am service. If you would be interested in joining this ministry, please contact Alan Wright, 805-0303,

Your Stewardship Committee would like to answer any questions you have regarding the 2017 stewardship pledge drive. On Thursday of each week, you will find three or four questions posed in the Heavenly Post that will be answered in the following Sunday’s bulletin and in the following week’s Heavenly Post (for those unable to attend church). This pattern will repeat throughout the pledge drive. If you have a question you would like answered, email the Committee at!

What does it cost to operate the Ascension at the current ministry level?

The annual expense budget for Ascension is $1.7million. If you divided the worship expense budget into Sunday per-seat participation, the cost per Sunday pew seat is $25. Moreover, far more ministry happens at and through Ascension than Sunday worship: weekly studies and gatherings, amazing outreach programs, youth programs, mission trips, nursing home and housebound visits, and so on. Your generosity pays to bring grace to many, many people, in many different forms.

Each year, the Church asks me to increase my pledge. What if I am on a fixed income and cannot increase my pledge each year?

Again, your guide in pledging should be a combination of your generosity and ability to pay. You are the best and only judge as to whether you can or should increase your pledge from year to year.

My resources are limited. I give by singing in the choir. (Or, performing some other church service.)

The reason the church requests all members to pledge is simple. We’re all in this together, and even if yours is a small pledge, your pledge will give you a sense of ownership in your church. Your pledge really does matter. It matters not only to the financial stability of the church, but it matters to your fellow-parishioners to whom you are looking to perhaps make up the difference. Again, we’re all in this together, and every pledge, regardless of size, is important.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Caroline, Pat, Lida Barrett, Barbara Comeaux, Bill Furlong, Ed Green,
Ernestine Lawrence, Ronald Long, Gwyn McKee, Rudie Mears, Val Whiting