Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Virginia and Bruce Elrod by Francie Elrod.

General Community News

Stewardship Ingathering! This morning is Stewardship Ingathering, the Sunday when we offer our 2018 pledges to God in thanksgiving for our wonderful families and church. If you have already pledged, you can pick-up a card in the narthex (“I pledged!”) to offer in the basket, and if you have not yet pledged, you can bring your pledge/envelope to church or pick a card to complete at church. And don’t forget to sign the thermometer board and pick-up your “Ascension – 60 Years of Grace!” license plate holder. As always, your parish family is deeply thankful!

Vestry Nominations and Annual Parish Report Submissions // 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 and annual report submissions to Tristen DeAngelo-Hicks by Sunday, October 29, by the end of Coffee Hour.

Parish Supper Menu // Get ready for a classic dinner with hot chicken casserole, vegetable medley, mixed greens salad, grain and seed baguette, and apple galette. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email announcements@knoxvilleascension.org.

Annual Pig Roast // Today, 5:00 pm // The Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s annual Pig Roast will be held today at 5 p.m. in either the Parish Hall or the front parking lot, weather (or sunset) permitting.  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.

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 sabra@knoxvilleascension.org.

Middle School Youth // The Middle School Youth Group is going to the Corn Maze this week! There will be NO regular meeting on Wednesday, October 25, so we can head out to the maze on Thursday night, October 26. We will leave a bit earlier to have more time in the maze. Meet at the front of the church at 5:30 pm.

High School Youth Group // No regular High School Youth Group this Sunday. Plan to come hang out and celebrate with our church family at the Pig Roast later today. Hope to see you there!

Kindermusik // Kindermusik classes will NOT meet this Friday, October 27. They will be back at 10:00 am on November 3rd.

FISH Food Pick-Up Volunteers // FISH Hospitality pantries is in need of volunteers to pick-up food from Trader Joe’s. Contact Jim Wright for more information at jwright@knoxvilleascension.org.

It’s Not Too Late! // Stephen Ministry has extended the application deadline for a class that will now start in September 2018.  Stephen Ministry is a vital pastoral ministry at Ascension and we encourage members of our parish to prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister. This lay training course will provide you with knowledge and skills needed to make a  difference in the lives of others in our parish. Applications are available on the communications table in the church office. If you would like more information, please talk with any member of the clergy or call Barb Stephens at 859-391-4924.

Stewardship 2018

In-gathering is today!

This morning is Stewardship In-gathering, the Sunday when we offer our 2018 pledges to God in thanksgiving for our wonderful families and church. If you have already pledged, you can pick-up a card in the narthex (“I pledged!”) to offer in the basket, and if you have not yet pledged, you can bring your pledge/envelope to church or pick a card to complete at church. And don’t forget to sign the thermometer board and pick-up your “Ascension – 60 Years of Grace!” license plate holder. As always, your parish family is deeply thankful!

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 stewardship@knoxvilleascension.org.

Last week’s questions:

Does the Diocese receive some of my pledge?

Yes. An Episcopal Church is organized not only by the local church, but also by the regional diocese. Through the diocesan office and bishop, the local church enjoys the benefits of scale as certain local programs are led by and supported by the larger diocesan staff. Also, our bishop supports and leads the clergy in their ministry, as well as connects the local church to the national church. Twelve percent of your gift is donated to the diocese.

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?

Yes. In that respect, the size of your pledge does make a difference. Thank you for asking!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Pam Brock, Ben Davidson, 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

Team 1 Last Names A-L: shepherd1@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z: shepherd2@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Anna Fraser.

To volunteer for a caring ministry,
contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at christopher@knoxvilleascension.org.