Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of our parents, Harry and Polly Montgomery, by Kay Clayton and Ann Goldstine; and in honor of Heidi Brenner’s birthday by a friend.

General Community News

Stewardship Results! // The Stewardship In-Gathering brought in 266 pledges and over 1.1 million in pledged dollars. Thank you to all who have helped us make it closer to our goal of 450 households. If you haven’t turned in a pledge yet, you can still do so! Make sure to grab a license plate holder from the narthex and sign the pledge thermometer board.

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 today by the end of Coffee Hour.

Worship Survey // Ascension is seeking your feedback on your worship attendance this year in a brief survey. You can find paper forms on the communications counter in the parish office, online at, on our Facebook page, or in the weekly email. Thank you to all who have already submitted your responses.

Has someone close to you died this past year? // Remember him or her on All Saints Day, to be celebrated on Sunday, November 5. Those who died this past year will be remembered in prayer at the altar. Call or email ( the church office by November 1 to have your loved one included. Also, there will be a table in the narthex if you would like to include a picture or small memorial for someone who has died (for whenever they have died).

Parish Supper Menu // You haven’t lived until you’ve had Julie Teglas’ sausage-rice casserole, roasted asparagus, tomatoes, and onions, mixed greens salad with apples, cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese, sunflower seed and grain bread, and maple baked apples with vanilla ice cream. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email

All Hallows’ Eve Service and Boo Bash: We’re Dying to See You! // Tonight, 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.

Tweens Youth Group // This Friday, November 3, 6:00-9:00 pm // We will be planning our Bake Sale while having dinner and fun.

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm // Meet at the church for dinner and Bible lessons.

High School Youth Group // Join us after church today for Disc Golf. Meet in the Youth Room for lunch and then play a round of Disc Golf at Admiral Park. Hope to see you!

Nursery Appreciation Day // Sunday, November 5, 9:00 am-12:00 pm // If you utilize the nursery for your kids or grandkids please be sure to stop by tell our wonderful staff how much you value them! They work hard every Sunday plus our many other events to make sure the kids are safe and enjoying their time with us.

Date Night // This Friday, November 3, from 6:00-9:00 pm is Date Night, a chance for you to escape the kids and hit the town! Make sure to RSVP to for your kids to be included in this fun evening.

Young Families/Young Couples Social // Friday, November 3, Brickyard Beer and Wine // Dropping your kids off at Date Night but not sure what to do or where to go? Head to Brickyard Beer and Wine to meet other young Ascension couples. Brickyard Beer and Wine is located in Bearden across from Nama and Shuck at 5121 Kingston Pike.

Compline and Contemplation // Wednesdays, 6:45 pm, Room 104 // Join Sr. Anna Kathleen for the daily office of Compline, a service of quietness and reflection at the end of the day. For those who desire, a period of approximately 20 minutes for contemplative prayer or meditation will follow.

Ascension Trekkers Update // The Ascension Trekkers will tackle cooler weather by working up a sweat climbing up the Chimney Top Trail to the new lookout built for viewing while the real chimneys recover from fire damage.  We’ll leave the church at 9 am on Wednesday, November 1.  This is a nearly 4 mile RT strenuous hike because of the extreme steepness, so it is not for beginners. On Saturday, November 18, Trekkers will be going on a less strenuous but longer hike on a trail yet to be determined.  Watch for future announcements in the Heavenly Post and service leaflets.  This will likely be an all day outing, leaving the church at 9 am.

Martin Luther: From Rebel Rouser to Reformer // Over five hundred years ago, a shy, pious, and often depressed Roman Catholic monk rocked the world of western Christendom with his 95 theses. From these proclamations sprang forth the Protestant Reformation, a movement that changed the theological and political landscape of both Europe and the North America. Come join The Reverend Christopher Hogin this Wednesday night (6:45 pm) as he explores the life and theology of Martin Luther, and the legacy that continues to shape us all today.

Don’t Forget! Time Change // Next Sunday, November 5, is the time change. Make sure to “fall back” and turn your clocks back one hour!

Parish Paper Deadline // November 1, 5:00 pm // If you would like information about your ministry or group in the Parish Paper for the end of the year (covering mid-November-January), please submit your materials to by 5:00 pm on November 1.

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.

FISH Food Pick-Up Volunteers // FISH Hospitality pantries is in need of volunteers to pick-up food from Trader Joe’s. Contact Burke Wallace at

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Pam Brock, Ellie Cottrill, McKenna Estes, Jeff Guilford, Chas Law,
Cindy and Ron Moore, Margaret Nelson

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:

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