Parish News

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Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for their family, Joey, Leah & Andy, and granddaughter Gracie, by Wylene and Joe Vrba.

White Rose // The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Claire Anderson McCorkle, daughter of Leah and Andy McCorkle, and granddaughter of Joe and Wylene Vrba.

Annual Meeting of the Parish! // The Annual Meeting of the Church of the Ascension will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016, following the 9:00 am service, at 10:00 am. At the Annual Meeting, the parish will elect five new members to the parish vestry. Requirements to vote are: you must be sixteen years of age, or older; and a registered communicant of the parish. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting and are qualified to vote, you may complete an absentee ballot. You may obtain an absentee ballot at the communications desk in the office. All absentee ballots must be returned before 5:00 pm on Nov. 18, 2016.

Names of those for whom we remember and pray for today //This year we honor those who have died since All Saints Sunday 2015: George Herbert Dixon, Jr., Donie Sykes Green, Virginia Marion Hoover, Beverly Emily Simpson Jones, Ernestine Ivy Lawrence, Betty Nagel Leverett, George Augustus Mears, Jr., Harold Dean Moser, Kathryn Alene Reynolds Smith, Chalmers Brown Wilson, Robert Anderson, Marcy Peek Baker, Christopher Collins, Tucker Cooper, Alma “Cookie” Cope, Alexis duPont, Bruce Elrod, Hope Knight Evans, Dorothy Maxine Ferren, John O. Hardiman, Elizabeth T. Johnson, Jack Jones, Dorothy Kormis, Jerome G. Levine, Francis Lloyd, Sr., Kim Molina, Rachel Monckton, John Muldowny, Carole Lundin Psencik, Mary Lee Peterson, Danny Phillips, Brenda Posey, Aud Ray, Louise Ryan, Bernice Cahn Shirley, Janet de Persio Sullivan, Neal Allen Wallis, Sherry Crowson Webster, Gene Wells, Virginia Wells, Jimmy Vreeland, Maizy Vreeland, Ted Vreeland.

High School Youth // Tonight, 6:00 pm // Come out for dinner, a great discussion, and fun games.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 pm // Get ready for more pizza, Bible lessons, and games!

Girls’ Reading Crew // Tonight, Sunday, November 6, 5:00 pm // The Girls’ Reading Crew continues their discussion of A Wrinkle in Time.

Parish Supper // November 2, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s Parish Supper will feature maple-apple pork tenderloin, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli, salad, bread, & dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing The price is $7/adult and $4/child.

A Bake Sale YOU Can’t Miss // The Tween Youth Group is having a Bake Sale after church on Sunday, November 13. The tweens have been learning about kindness and caring for others this semester. We are raising money to buy Christmas gifts for Angel Tree recipients. Come support a great cause AND get some goodies to take home!

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Here! // November 6 and 13, Foyer // Do you wonder where your oil comes from? Who tended the trees? Do they get your money for that bottle of oil? The annual olive oil sale is back, and you can make a responsible, fair-trade purchase to benefit Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. The oil for sale is made from Nabali olives, an indigenous Palestinian variety that produces one of the highest quality olive oils in the world. It is grown and pressed by Palestinian farmer cooperatives in the West Bank. The price is $15 per .5 litre bottle or $85 for a case of six. Call Jinka McLaurin (865-531-4715) or text (865-414-6447) to reserve your order.

The Lunch Bunch: Featuring Sylvia Peters // Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch November meeting will feature a presentation by Sylvia Peters, Director of Development at the Knoxville Museum of Art. As a national speaker and recent Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the YWCA, Peters’ presentation will continue the great programming The Lunch Bunch has in store. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office and bring $2 and an appetizer, side-dish, or dessert.

Ascension Trekkers // Monday, November 14 // The Trekkers will hike the fairly easy and flat Old Sugarlands Trail near the Sugarlands Visitor’s Center. There is much to see of historical importance as the area was once the Sugarlands community, named for the numerous sugar maple trees. The hike can be up to 6 miles depending on the consensus of the group. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

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 Emily Vreeland and Bettie Corey.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Jim, Betty Graves, Beverly Hogin, Laurel Humphreys, Ronald Long, Bob Parrott

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.