Parish News

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Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and by members of the Flower Guild in honor and memory of Lillian Jones who was a talented and dedicated member of the Flower Guild for many years. The arrangements on the altar today were designed by Lillian herself and created by Anne Parks and Lillian’s special friend and protégé, Clara Parman.

Today: Blessing of the Animals // 4:00 pm, Sanctuary // Bring your pets and critters to the Blessing of the Animals service. Brett Backus and Christopher Hogin will lead us in a service to celebrate our companions and the joys of God’s creation. Donations collected at the service will benefit Pantry for Feeding Pets and Lynne McCoy, a local wildlife rehabilitation specialist.

The Youth Sponsor Coffee Hour // After the 11:15 am service // The Middle School and High School youth hope that everyone will join us for Coffee Hour today. We are excited to host you for refreshments and to give you a glimpse into all the wonderful things that are going on in the youth program this year. Thank you, Ascension Youth!

Welcome Bags // The Middle School Youth put the Welcome Bags together for Ascension visitors today. It was a lot of work, and we want to give them a big thank you!

High School Youth: Coffee Hour and Greek Fest // Today, October 2, 1:00 pm // After hosting Coffee Hour, we will head out to Greek Fest down the street at St. George’s. Bring $2 for admission as well as around $10 to buy lunch and snacks, but please talk to Chelsea if cost is a concern. This will be a great time to support our neighbors down the street, to experience an awesome cultural event, and to enjoy a fun afternoon together! We’ll head out from the church around 1:00 pm and return around 3:00 pm. Hope you can join!

Service Opportunity for High School Youth // Tuesday, October 4, 4:00 pm // There is a special service opportunity this week! We will head down to the Volunteer Ministry Center to prepare and serve dinner for our neighbors in need. Meet at 4:00 pm sharp. We should be back at the church no later than 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for service hours.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 pm // Laser Quest // You won’t want to miss out on our special laser tag evening this week. Note the unusual time and location: we will meet at Laser Quest (8083 Kingston Pike) at 6:00 pm sharp. We’ll enjoy pizza dinner together as usual, and we’ll get to play two games of laser tag! Bring $13 to cover your games, but please talk to Chelsea if cost is a concern. Parent pick up will be at Laser Quest at 8:00 pm.

Ascension T-Shirts // Did you know that the sale of Ascension t-shirts help defray the cost of Rally Day? These Ascension themed shirts are only $10 a piece and are light-weight and comfortable. Head to the communication counter to purchase your very own Ascension t-shirt.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, October 5, 6:00 pm // Parish Hall // Ready for a delicious classic dinner at Ascension? The Parish Supper will feature Baked Rigatoni, Steamed Broccoli, Caesar Salad, Bread, Cookies. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office, or email

Ascension Trekkers: Easy Hikes Series // October 3, 9:00 am, Little River Trail at Elkmont: This is a wide and flat lumber road in historic Elkmont. The length of the trip can be varied from 2-8 miles and includes a waterfall. Email Emily Vreeland,, or call 470-2518 for more information.

Hunger Hike // Today, October 2, 2016, 2:00 pm // Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road // Take steps to end hunger by participating in the 26th Annual Hunger Hike to benefit FISH Hospitality Pantries. Head to the communications counter to pick up information on how YOU can be a part of the solution to hunger in our area!

Safeguarding God’s Children // November 6, 12:30-3:00 pm // If you work in any Children’s Ministry or Youth programs, you must take Safeguarding God’s Children. Please send questions and RSVPs to

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 are the expectations for giving at Ascension?

Ascension expectations are for membership participation. We are a community of people that share a common faith. Sustenance of the parish depends upon each person finding a meaningful ministry through which to share his or her talents, attendance at regular church worship, personal devotion, and financial giving. Hence, participation in the annual pledge drive is one of the expectations of membership.

The amount of giving will be different for each parishioner. The national church sets the tithe (a percentage of one’s income, most often ten percent) as the “standard of giving” for Episcopalians. God’s standard is different. God looks for generosity, for people to give with grateful hearts. Each person can pledge, but the amount of one’s pledge will depend upon one’s sense of gratitude, bounded of course by expected income and other financial resources.

What if my income changes during the year? 

Your pledge is not a legally binding contract. If your circumstances change during any given year and you need to decrease your pledge, you simply call one of the priests or let the church office know. Likewise, if you receive a bonus or raise during the year, you should feel free to adjust accordingly.

Are there benefits to setting up online regular payments? 

Yes. You can set-up online giving through your bank, and your donation will be transferred automatically in the manner you desire (weekly, monthly, etc.). By automatic payments, you save the worry of writing checks, maintaining giving envelopes, or reconciling quarterly giving statements. Also, by automatic giving, the church will enjoy a regular stream of income with which to maintain operations during the summer months when giving drops naturally.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Lida Barrett, Evan Carrigan, Ed Green, Kay Irwin, Ernestine Lawrence, Wesley Lindsay, Gwyn McKee, Pam McMillan, Rudie Mears