Parish News

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Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower, by Phyllis Leonard Turner. St. Thérèse said she would spend her heaven doing good on earth and let a shower of roses fall from heaven. She is pictured in one of our beautiful windows. St. Thérèse believed in God’s good love for each person. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, is in our library.

Dedicated Choral Anthem // This morning’s 11:15 am offertory anthem, a new addition to the choir library, is given anonymously in memory of Neal Allen Wallis.

Combined Classes for Children and Youth // Due to Fall Break, children in K-Grade 5 will have a combined Sunday School class in room 211, and Middle School and High School youth will have a combined Sunday School class in room 104. Pre-K and nursery age children will remain in the nursery.

Girls’ Reading Crew // 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 an avid reader and in grades 4-6, bring them 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

Middle School and High School // There will be no High School Youth tonight and no Middle School Youth on Wednesday. Have a great Fall Break. Both groups will resume next week at the church at the regular times (Sunday at 6:00 pm for High School youth and Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Middle School youth).

Parish Supper // There will be no Parish Supper on October 12 due to Fall Break.

Chanticleer Tickets // October 24, 8:00 pm // $30/ticket // Chanticleer, hailed as the premier all-male SATB a cappella group, is coming to Ascension. Tickets for the  concert are now available. Drop by Andrew Morehead’s office or visit to purchase your tickets!

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.

Boo Bash // October 30 // 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.

In-Betweeners: RSVPs Due! // October 12 // If you are an In-Betweener (a “pretty close to 40” through a “somewhere around 70” empty-nester, non-nester, or leave-the-kids-at-home-nester), RSVPs for the Chillbillies and Food Trucks evening (October 21, 7:00-10:00 pm) are due by October 12 to Katie McHargue ( All you need for this event is your lawn chair, adult beverages, and your In-Betweener friends. While there is no charge for this event, donations are appreciated.

Ascension Trekkers: Gatlinburg Trail // October 12 // The Ascension Trekkers will be walking from Sugarlands Visitor’s Center to Gatlinburg and back on Wednesday, October 12. They will hike to Alum Cave Bluff on Saturday, October 15. Contact Emily Vreeland if interested in either of these ( or 470-2518).

Daughters of the King // October 16, after 11:15 am service // The DOK is planning to go to luncheon after the 11:15 service on October 16. We have not chosen a place, and are taking suggestions from any member who wishes to attend. We will meet at the circle after the service. Please RSVP to Liz Parmalee at either 865-719-0894, or Come join us and join in some fellowship! Carpooling can be arranged.

Bookworms Unite // Bring in your original Cedar Springs Bookstore receipts and drop them into the return book box in the Library. These receipts will be used to acquire additional books resources for the Ascension Library. Have you checked out a library book from the Ascension Library? Drop into the library to return your book or re-up the check out time.

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!

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.

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 norms for pledging at Ascension?

The average (mean) pledge at Ascension is just below $3,900. Typically newer pledges are lower for any number of reasons, although many most pledges are higher. The most common pledge at Ascension for 2016 is $1,200. The lowest annual pledge is $20 and the highest pledge is $50,000. Pledging varies widely and according to one’s ability, generosity, and circumstance.

Are there ways to give that will help with taxes?

Yes. You should consult with your accountant or tax advisor. However, all donations to a church are tax deductible. Also, if you donate appreciated stock, you will be able to deduct the value of the gift from your income on your federal taxes, and you will be relieved of having to pay taxes on the capital gain. You may be able to give to the church and treat it as your required distribution from your IRA or 401(k) (and non-taxable), but again, you should consult with your tax advisor.

What if I die during the year?

Because your pledge is not legally binding, your estate will not be obligated to honor your pledge. If you want your estate to do so, you can include such an instruction in your will.

Who at the church sees my pledge?

Pledges are made on a semi-confidential basis. The only people who will know how much you have pledged are the church’s bookkeeper, the pledge chairs, the rector, and the church administrator. Each of these people are duty bound to keep the amount of your pledge confidential.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

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