Parish News

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A Special Welcome // A special welcome to guest bagpipers Wyatt Brown and Andrew Kerr, along with Mike Combs, Scottish drum.

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Reed Arrants by George, Kim, and Jean Arrants; and in loving memory of Bob Parrott by Margie Parrott and their family.

A Service in Memory of Bob Parrott // A service in memory of Bob Parrott will be held on Monday, November 28, at 2:00 pm with a reception following in the Parish Hall. The family has asked for memorials to be made to Church of the Ascension.

Congratulations! // Congratulations to the following parishioners elected to the Ascension Vestry at last week’s annual meeting: Chuck Burton, Allie Brown, Allan Willoughby, Marnie Page, and Bob Sowell. Thank you for your enthusiastic service!

Choose Our Next Bishop // Are you interested in helping choose our next Bishop? Do you know someone who is? Nominate yourself or another parishioner to serve as an Ascension delegate to convention. You would need to be available on February 10-11, and July 28. You can submit nominations to Tom Ladd, Senior Warden (, or to Rob Gieselmann ( The vestry will select delegates at its December meeting.

Inquirers Class // Sunday, December 4 & 11, 10:10 am, Library // Curious about The Episcopal Church or Ascension? Want to learn more about what drives ministry and worship at Ascension? Head to the Library to ask questions and learn more from our clergy. If you have any questions, but cannot make the meetings, send your questions to Rob Gieselmann at

Election Forum // Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm // Would you like the opportunity to process this year’s election with fellow parishioners? To try to understand the election from a Christian perspective and to look forward in faith? This Wednesday evening, November 30, following the parish supper, Rob Gieselmann will lead an open forum to discuss the election and its results in a responsible, thoughtful, and spiritual manner. Join Rob from 6:30-7:30 pm for this important dialogue.

High School Youth // Sunday, November 27, 6:30 pm // Come out to the church for the Advent Conspiracy. Dinner will be provided.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm // Come out to the church for the Advent Conspiracy. Dinner will be provided.

Parish Supper // November 30, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s Parish Supper will feature beef stroganoff lasagna, green beans, salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, French bread, and dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing The price is $7/adult and $4/child.

Do you like to bake? // Are you looking for ways to serve the church? The Holy Bakers are looking for a few new people to help bake communion bread for Advent and Lent (the seasons when we use loaf bread rather than wafers). If you are interested, contact Barbara Craig for more information:

Advent Lessons and Carols // Sunday, December 4, 5:30 pm // Next Sunday, a candlelight service of Lessons and Carols for Advent will be offered by the Parish, Ascension Singers, and Boys and Girls’ choirs at 5:30 pm. A reception follows in the Parish Hall.

The Webb Madrigal Singers // December 6, 7:30 pm, Nave // All are invited to hear the Webb Madrigal Singers of the Webb School in Knoxville. This entertaining group will sing traditional Christmas carols and motets while wearing period Elizabethan costumes. Bring your friends for an evening with the Madrigal Singers. It is truly a treat!

Justice Knox // Sunday, December 4, 10:10 am, Room 209 // “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Knox is a new interfaith organization in Knoxville that actively uncovers injustice and mobilizes the community through the power of organized people. Come learn more about Justice Knox with fellow Ascension members during the Sunday School hour in Room 209. We are striving to broaden awareness of this organization and there is no commitment to service with this meeting.

Family Promise is Back! // Sunday, December 11, through Sunday, December 18 // Family Promise, an interfaith housing effort that provides shelter, food, and emotional support to homeless families, will be in residence for a week. Ann O’Connor, coordinator and organizer for the week, is in need of volunteers. Contact her at (email preferred) or 865-567-1469.

Helping Children through Bridge Refugee Services // We are collecting crackers and juice boxes for the children of refugee services who come to our office and have to be there for many hours during meetings. Please drop off donations in the basket under the communications counter. Any type of crackers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to the many people who have already donated to the children of Bridge Refugee Services. If you would like to get involved with Bridge Refugee Services, contact Liz Parmalee at 865-719-0894 or

Ascension Marketplace

LAMBS Ministry Treat Sale // This Morning and Sunday, December 4 // Does Fido need a treat in his stocking? Want to spice up the bird feeder? The LAMBS Ministry will be selling pet treats in the foyer beginning on Sunday, November 27, to raise money for LAMBS.

Poinsettia Sale // The Annual Poinsettia Sale will take place in the Foyer on Sunday, November 27, and Sunday, December 4. Orders will be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 4 & 11. Proceeds benefit the music program at Ascension.

FISH Christmas Cards // Beginning Sunday, November 27, Parish Office // Sending FISH Gift Cards helps to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in our community and promotes gift giving that is in tune with the spirit of the season. Volunteers will be on-hand in the Parish Office to assist you with FISH Gift Card purchases and donations.

Giving Tree // Beginning Sunday, November 27, Foyer // The Giving Tree this year will benefit members of the Lyons View Neighborhood (the community nearest the church), Family Promise, and Bridge Refugee Services. Gift Cards in $20 denominations will be available for Food City, Wal-Mart, KUB, Kroger, and Target, and in $10 denominations for CVS, Walgreens, and gas-only Pilot cards. Please make sure to have your gift card donations in by Sunday, December 18. 

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Linda Cater, Kimberly Ann Cox, Jim Key, Gwyn McKee, Jill Monroe, Elizabeth Nall,
Nancy Long, Bill Schall

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 will remain on this list 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 at the Daily Office. Copies of this list may be found on the counter in the reception area. 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 Emily Vreeland.

To volunteer for a caring ministry, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin