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 honor of Rachel Starks, my mother, celebrating her 70th year of life, by Kristy Starks-Winn.

General Community News

Parish Supper Menu // The delicious dinners continue this week with: Olive Garden Salad, choice of lasagna or fettuccine Alfredo, and assorted mini desserts. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up by noon on Tuesday, October 10, at the parish office reception counter, or email

Lunch Bunch featuring Tom Baker // Tuesday, October 17, 11:30 pm // Join the Lunch Bunch as they hear Tom Baker, Executive Producer of Cobblestone Entertainment, speak about their film, One Dog’s Faith, in a talk 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.

Bishop George’s Retirement // Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm // What better way to show our appreciation and send Bishop George off to his retirement than to join him in celebration at Grace Point. Included in the festivities: Music by Zammarin, Friars for Hire BBQ ($10/plate $25/family), Gift Presentation, Eucharist at the Pavilion, and a show of limericks (George’s favorite rhyming scheme!). For registration information, limerick submissions, and more details, stop by the communications counter to see the poster. Love offering donations should be submitted to the Diocese office by Friday, October 20.

Youth and Children’s News

Tweens Pumpkin Sale Today // Sunday, October 8 // Please come buy a pumpkin from the kids to help with your fall décor! Money raised will go towards an upcoming service project. The pumpkins will be on sale after the 9:00 am service continuing until after the 11:15 am service.

Middle School Youth // No Sunday School or Youth Group this week due to Fall Break! See you next Sunday in Sunday School.

High School Youth // No Sunday School or Youth Group today due to Fall Break. See you next Sunday for Sunday School and Youth Group.

Fall Break! // If you have a group with Fr. Brett (Other Brothers Guinnessis, Lectionary Lunch, or Vino and Verses, High School and Middle School Youth), your groups will NOT meet this week due to fall break.

Outings and Opportunities

Family Promise: Golf Tournament Benefit // Saturday, October 28, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm // Come play some golf for Family Promise in a four person “power ball scramble” golf tournament. The cost is $75/person or $275/team, which includes golf, cart, lunch, golf shirt, and range balls. The putting contest is only $10.00! Head to the communications counter for more information.

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

Office Hospitality Volunteers Needed // If you are looking for a service to the church that helps you meet many members, keeps you busy, and happens only once a month, then OFFICE HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS might be for you! Due to retirements in our group, there are several spots available: the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm; 4th Monday of the month at 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm; and the 4th Wednesday of the month at 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Please contact Virginia Branum at, in person, or at 865-588-0589 for further information on joining the group! Men and women alike are invited!

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 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 pledges are higher. The most common pledge at Ascension for 2017 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. For more information on planned giving, see Venice Peek, or email her at

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.

This week’s questions:

What does it cost to operate Ascension at the current ministry level?

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?

My resources are limited. I give by singing in the choir, volunteering on Flower Guild, or the Office Hospitality Volunteers.

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:

Meriam Anderson, Pam Brock, Ellie Cottrill, Jon Dittrich, Jeff Guilford,
Anne and Jim Johnson, Jennifer Lytle, John McDonald, 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