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 loving memory of R. A. and Irene Johnson Eldridge by Claire Eldridge.

Special thanks go to Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, which has graciously loaned two of California artist Nancy Chinn’s banners to Church of the Ascension this weekend for the St. Francis service.

General Community News

Blessing of the Animals // Today, 4:00 pm // The annual Blessing of the Animals service will return on Sunday, October 1. Bring your pets, small and large, furry or scale-ly, to be blessed by our clergy and to participate in a brief service celebrating God’s creation. LAMBS Ministry will take a collection to benefit area pet rescue projects.

Parish Supper Menu // The scrumptious dinners continue this week with: chicken, artichoke, and rice casserole, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, mixed greens salad with mandarin oranges, almonds, and feta cheese, rolls, and pound cake with strawberry sauce. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email

Spiritual Gifts and Talents Workshop // Wednesdays, October 11-November 8, 6:30-8:30 pm // Are you new to Ascension, or a seasoned member, and seeking ways to get involved in church life? An excellent resource is the introspective, bonding, and perhaps life-changing “Spiritual Gifts & Talents Workshop” where, in groups of five or less, you can discern, and help others discern, the unique gifts given to each by the Spirit. You will also learn how you might use your gifts to God’s glory in the church, the community, or even the world. You will need to commit to all five classes, held on consecutive Wednesday evenings, October 11 through November 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the parish hall. A sign-up sheet is located on the office counter with a deadline of Wednesday, October 4. Consider eating at the parish supper beginning at 6:00 pm (information above).

Stephen Minister Recruitment is Open and Forms are Available! // Stephen Ministry is currently recruiting members for a new class scheduled to begin in January 2018.  Applications and  additional  information and instructions can be picked up at church at the front entry bulletin board or from the communication table located by the parish offices. Completed applications are due by this coming Friday, October 6th.  To become a Stephen Minister, an applicant must complete the 50-hour training course that begins in January and concludes in May. If you have questions, you may talk with any clergy who can connect you with a Stephen Leader.

Youth and Children’s News

High School Youth // Stay after church this Sunday for lunch and a hike at Ijams Nature Center. Join us for the fun!

Middle School Youth // Come out this Wednesday evening for dinner and some service as we make welcome bags for our Family Promise families. Hope to see you there!

Date Night // Date Night is this Friday, October 6. Please RSVP to for your child to attend. Don’t forget to tip the pizza man!

Tweens Pumpkin Sale // Please consider buying a pumpkin from the Tweens Youth Group next Sunday, October 8th! They will be selling pumpkins after the 9:00 and 11:15 am services. Money raised will go to their next service project.

The Last Supper and Smart Talks // Join us for the last Supper and SMART Talk, Wednesday October 4th. Dinner begins at 6:00pm (please sign up via the church office) and the talk begins at 6:30pm. Aaron Yarnell, with the Knox county Sheriff’s Office, will lead a talk on “What is Your Child Downloading?”. Children are on electronic devices more than ever before and are bombarded with so many apps and sites. Aaron will give us an eye opening program to show us how to discover what kids are really looking into on those devices. The talk is free. There is a small charge for the dinner.

Outings and Opportunities

Ascension Trekkers: Fall Foliage Hikes // The Ascension Trekkers have two hikes scheduled for experiencing the famous ET fall colors.  The first one is in the Smoky’s Elkmont area on Wednesday, October 4. It will be a moderate 8-mile trek from the Little River Trail, across Cucumber Gap, down to Avent Cabin, and homeward on Jakes Creek Trail.  On Saturday, October 21, Indian Boundary Recreation Area in the Cherokee National Forest by way of the Cherohala Skyway is the destination for an easy less than 4 mile hike.  Notify Emily Vreeland ( or 470.2518) for any questions and to RSVP.

Justice Knox Sessions // In 2016, Ascension gathered with twenty other Knoxville congregations to form Justice Knox, a citywide faith and justice ministry. Now, each year, a formal listening process is inaugurated in each congregation to identify community justice issues for which our congregations might advocate. Ascension has scheduled eight listening sessions and would love for you to be part of the process. A maximum of 12 people per session is advisable, so please let us know if you’d like to come. If interested in attending a listening session, please contact Sarah Ringer at

The Annual Hunger Hike is Back! // Today, October 1, 2:00 pm, Victor Ashe Park // Get ready to put on your walking shoes and head to Victor Ashe Park to Hike to end Hunger. Registration opens at 2:00 pm and the hike begins at 2:30 pm.

Chancel Master Ministry // Ready to get involved in the workings of worship? Want to learn more about the inner workings of worship? Chancel Masters help get worship started by ensuring everyone is in place for worship and finding substitutes should there be any need. Contact Allen Douglass at for more information or to sign-up to volunteer in this vital ministry.

Stewardship 2018

Questions and Answers

Why Stewardship Matters

There are presently 634 families at Ascension! Of those 634 families, 405 pledged for the 2017 budget. Here are some of the many ministries, groups, and events that receive funding through stewardship pledges and special donations:

Children’s Ministries (including Date Night, Tweens, VBS, Godly Play, Connect, Nursery), Youth Ministries (Middle School and High School Sunday School and Youth Groups, Mission Trips, and Happenings), In-Betweeners Events (such as the Chillbillies Party, Movies, etc.), FISH Hospitality Pantries, Community Chest, Family Promise, Justice Knox, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Sound Guild, Pastoral Care (Card Ministry, Grief, Flower Delivery, Hospital Visitors, Nursing Home Visitors, Ascension Cares, Newborns), Eucharistic Visitors, Bolivia Mission Trip (and its fundraising events), Lunch Bunch, Ascension Trekkers, VMC Food Ministry, Adult Christian Education (including Sunday School, Bible studies, lectionary studies, and special Wednesday night programming), Ascension Parish Choir, Ascension Singers, Ascension Handbells, Ascension Schola, Boys and Girls’ Choir, Stephen Ministry, LAMBs Ministry (Blessing of the Animals and Dog Days of Summer), Rally Day, Pentecost Sunday, Maundy Thursday, All Hallows Eve Service and Boo Bash, Epiphany Service and Feast, and more!

Giving faithfully ensures that many of the programs and events
that benefit families continue to operate.

Stewardship Questions

On Sunday of each week, you will find three or four questions posed in the bulletin. The answers to the questions will appear the following Thursday in The Heavenly Post weekly email, and again in the following Sunday bulletin. If you have a question you would like answered, email the Stewardship Committee at

Last week’s questions:

What are the expectations for giving at Ascension?

Ascension’s 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 can simply call one of the priests or let the bookkeeper 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 setup 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.

This week’s questions:

What are the norms for pledging at Ascension?

Are there ways to give that will help with taxes?

What if I die during the year?

Who at the church sees my pledge?

Check out the “Why do you pledge?” info card on
page 21 of the bulletin!

Just write, draw, or scribble your thoughts and drop them off in the collection box on the communications counter in the parish office. Your response might be featured in The Heavenly Post or the bulletin.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Pam Brock, Ellie Cottrill, Jeff Guilford, Tom Hannaway, Anne and Jim Johnson,
Jennifer Lytle, The Mast Family, John McDonald, Ron McPherson,
Bill Moore, Ed Whiting

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