Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of “my mother, Mrs. Eddie Loftin Wilson,” by Val Whiting.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Gianna Konstance Poppen, granddaughter of Yvonne and Bill Poppen.

General Community News

In-gathering of Pledges // Sunday, October 22, 2017, all services // Each year, members of the church are invited to bring their pledge cards forward to the altar as an expression of their giving, charity, and contribution to this community. If you have already submitted your pledge, you will find proxy cards in the pew to bring forward.

Ascension License-Plate Holders! // Once you have pledged, please pick up your Ascension License-Plate Holder for your car! The license plate holders are found at the pledge-thermometer board, which you are invited to sign. Thank you to all of you who have already turned your generous pledges in!

Vestry Nominations // Each year, five members of the Ascension Vestry complete their 3-year terms. Five new members are elected to serve in their place at the Annual Parish Meeting on November 19. Should you feel led to serve, or know of someone you would like to nominate to the Vestry, complete a nomination form located on the reception counter in the Parish Office and return completed forms to Tristen DeAngelo-Hicks by Sunday, October 29, by the end of Coffee Hour.

Annual Parish Reports // The Annual Parish Report highlights the work of various ministries, groups, and committees of the Ascension parish during the past year while looking forward to continued ministry. Should you wish to include a report in the Annual Report, please submit materials in person or email to Tristen DeAngelo-Hicks at

Parish Supper Menu // An all time favorite returns this week with balsamic glazed meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, French bread, and caramel cake. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email

Lunch Bunch featuring Tom Baker // Tuesday, October 17, 11:30 am // Join the Lunch Bunch as they hear Tom Baker, Executive Producer of Cobblestone Entertainment, speak about “How my dog helped me trust in God and overcome chronic worrying.” Lunch Bunch feasts on a pot-luck luncheon with a main dish provided by Carol Lundin. Bring $2 along with an appetizer, side dish, or dessert and your listening ears. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office.

Annual Pig Roast // Sunday, October 22, 5:00 pm // The Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s annual Pig Roast will be held Sunday, October 22, at 5 p.m. in either the Parish Hall or the front parking lot, weather (or sunset) permitting.  This annual event combines great BBQ, prepared by Ascension’s own Smoking Brothers, with great fellowship.  As before, there is no charge for the event, but donations will be requested to cover the cost of the event as well as to fund the Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s various missions throughout the year; this represents the Brotherhood’s primary fundraiser for its work with Volunteer Ministry Center, Tyson House and assorted other missions through the year.  In addition to non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be available.  We request that you sign-up in the Church lobby on the 15th, to let us know how many will be attending – this assists greatly in planning (however, if you are unable to sign up, don’t let that stop you from attending).  Also, please indicate that you are attending at the event post on the Church’s Facebook account and share the event.. Sign-up in the Foyer, or send an email to

All Hallows’ Eve Service and Boo Bash: We’re Dying to See You! // Sunday, October 29, 5:30 pm // Get ready for a fun, spook-tacular time at the All Hallows’ Eve Service, Boo Bash Party, and Trunk or Treat Competition! The service begins on the hill in the graveyard, then processes into the church for a brief service of spooky readings and haunting music. Then head to the parish hall for the Boo Bash with a costume parade, carnival, and boo-licious food. The party doesn’t end there! Head outside for the Trunk-or-Treat competition with awards for best overall, funniest, and most original. We also need candy donations, so drop off bags of your favorite candy to Sabra Martin in the parish office. For more information on how to sign-up for the Trunk-or-Treat competition, to donate candy, or for questions, email Sabra Martin at

Youth and Children’s News

Tweens Youth Group // Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm // Join us for an evening of fun and a pizza dinner. Tweens is open to kids in grades 3-5.

Childcare for the Pig Roast // Childcare will be available for the Pig Roast on October 22. Please RSVP to

Safeguarding God’s Children // The Safeguarding God’s Children class will take place on October 22, from 12:30-3:30 pm in Room 209. If you work with children or youth you are required to take this class. The next class will be on November 12 at 12:30 pm. Pre-Registration is required. Email for registration or more information.

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 pm // Middle School youth group will meet in the Youth Room for dinner and fun after Fall Break.

High School Youth Group // Today, 12:30 pm // High School Youth Group will meet in the Youth Room for lunch and youth group after the 11:15 am service.

Kindermusik on the Move! // Our wonderful Kindermusik program is moving to Fridays beginning next week on October 20 at 10:00 am. This is an opportunity for babies and toddler, along with their parents, to bring the beauty of music into their lives. Please email Megan Alden at for more information.

Outings and Opportunities

Ascension Trekkers: Cherokee National Forrest // Grab your coat, grab your hat, and head to Cherokee National Forrest with the Ascension Trekkers for this easy 4 mile loop hike around the lake. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

Sisterhood to the Holy Land Market and Deli // The Sisterhood is venturing to one of our favorite local spots, The Holy Land Market and Deli, located at 3601 Sutherland Ave. on Thursday October 19, at 6:00 pm.  The owners allow you to bring wine or beer with you, with no corkage fee. Please plan to join us for a fun evening of delicious food and even better company! RSVP to Laurie Nalle at, or 216-6588.  As always, all women of the church and your friends are welcome to join in!

FISH Food Pick-Up Volunteers Needed // Additional volunteers urgently needed for weekly pickup of ‘Rescue Food” donations from Trader Joe’s.  Use your pickup truck or FISH van.  For more information contact Burke Wallace at or 865-254-0582.

Volunteer Opportunities // There are still openings in the Chancel Master ministry and the Office Hospitality receptionists. For more information on Chancel Masters, email Allen Douglass at, and Office Hospitality,

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 is one parishioner’s reason for pledging:

“ I pledge because pledging allows our church to support our community both here in Knoxville and from afar. I pledge because pledging allows our church to support our clergy and lay persons in our earthly work for God. I pledge because pledging allows our church to support me as a child of God and as a church member. Why is pledging important to me? Pledging allows us all to be supported to do God’s work and to show his love to others and to our own church community.”

Giving faithfully ensures that many of the programs and events
that benefit all aspects of the church 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 does it cost to operate Ascension at the current ministry level?

The annual expense budget for Ascension is $1.7 million. 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, music 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, volunteering on Flower Guild, the Office Hospitality Volunteers, or some other church ministry.

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.

This week’s questions:

Does the Diocese receive some of my pledge?

You keep mentioning that the size of the pledge does not matter, that it is the participation that counts. Doesn’t the church need a certain amount of income in order to operate?

Check out the “Why do you pledge?” info card on
inside back cover 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, McKenna Estes, Jeff Guilford, Anne Johnson, Bill Moore, Cindy and Ron Moore, Susan Pannell, Nancy Platt

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