Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving and in memory of Carole Lundin Psencik and Laurel Jensen Humphreys; and in loving memory of John Parks by Anne and David Parks.

General Community News

Meet the Vestry Candidates // Today, Parish Hall, 10:10 am // Come to the parish hall during the Sunday School hour to listen to and support your fellow Ascension members who are running for election to the Vestry. All adult Sunday School classes have been canceled for this event. Copies of the Annual Report will be available throughout the church today and next week.

Annual Parish Meeting and Report // Next Sunday, Parish Hall, 10:10 am // All members are encouraged to attend this important meeting that includes updates on the life of the parish, special presentations, and voting for new vestry members. Pick-up a copy of the Annual Report before leaving church this morning.

2017 United Thank Offering In-gathering at Ascension: November 12-December 3 // Join the Ascension United Thank Offering (UTO) this fall! UTO is an Episcopal ministry for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nuture the habit of giving daily thank to God. The focus for the 2018 UTO grants is our Presiding Bishop’s, “The Jesus Movement: Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care.” At Ascension, you can donate money using the UTO boxes and envelopes in the parish office beginning today through December 3. For additional information, contact Pat Rutenberg at

Welcome GiGi Logan! // A native of Fairfax, Virginia, GiGi Logan attended Barton College in Wilson, NC and graduated with BAs in Religion & Philosophy and History in 2006. After a short stint in Children and Youth Ministry near Charlotte, NC in 2008 she returned to Wilson and pursued her Associate’s degree in Paralegal Technology before God called her back into Youth Ministry at St. Timothy’s in Wilson in 2010. Her favorite pastimes are watching baseball, hunting for treasures at flea markets, British television, short hikes, beach combing for sea glass, swimming, and gardening. GiGi is happy to be joining the staff as the Director of Youth Ministry and is looking forward to working with the teens of Ascension. Her email is We’ll introduce GiGi to the parish at the Annual Meeting on November 19.

Thanksgiving Services // Two Thanksgiving services will be held this year. The first service will take place on Wednesday, November 22, at 4:00 pm by the fire pit on the hill. The second service will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 am in the chapel.

Youth and Children News

Tweens Bake Sale is Back // Please support the kids as they raise money for Christmas gifts for Angel Tree kids. Our sale is Sunday, November 19, before and after the 9:00 and 11:15 am services. Come buy lots of goodies to snack on!

Tween Youth Group // Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm // Tweens Youth Group will meet this week to prepare for our Bake Sale. We will meet at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served.

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 pm // We will meet our new Youth Director, GiGi Logan, and have dinner and games to get to know her.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Wednesday Night Groups // Compline and Contemplation continues this Wednesday along with Part II of the film Luther. This will conclude the presentation series on Martin Luther.

Parish Supper Menu // This week’s dinner features chicken tetrazzini, broccoli, mixed greens salad with mandarin oranges, almonds, and feta cheese, bread, and mixed berry crisp 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


Ascension Retreat at Kanuga // Save the Date! We are resurrecting an old Ascension tradition of a parish-wide retreat to Kanuga ( The 2018 retreat will begin on the evening of Friday, April 13, through the afternoon of Sunday, April 15. The cost is $200/person and fundraising events will occur throughout the year to defray costs for children. Make sure to check The Heavenly Post to preregister for this event. For questions or interest, see Brett Backus at or Janet Slabbekorn.

The Sisterhood heads to Pero’s // Thursday, November 16, 6:00 pm // The Sisterhood is mixing up their restaurant rotation with a trip to Pero’s at Rocky Hill.  This small neighborhood restaurant offers a wide variety of foods with a full bar. Take a break from the Thanksgiving planning and join us for an evening of good food and good company. RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-216-6588.

Ascension Trekkers: Rainbow Falls // Saturday, November 18, 8:30 am // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Rainbow Falls. Note that we will be leaving the church parking lot at 8:30 am. This 5.5 mile round trip is rated moderately difficult because of the elevation rise. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-690-2929.

Community Support

Family Promise Christmas Sponsorships // Family Promise sponsors families for Christmas and there are still 10 families who need to be sponsored this year. Would you or your family like to sponsor one of these families?  It’s a great family activity for the Christmas season. If interested or if you’d like more information, please call Family Promise at 584-2822.

Justice Knox Assembly // Monday November 13 at 7:00pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Martin Luther Blvd. there will be an assembly to hear stories that came out of our listening sessions about three community issues. Everyone present will vote for the issue that they feel should be researched this year. Please come to this assembly and join other Ascension parishioners as we listen, learn and vote!  It’s a great opportunity to serve our community together!

Foyer Fundraising

The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew’s Thanksgiving Feast // Sunday, November 19, Foyer // A limited quantity on smoked pork tenderloins will be available on Sunday, November 19, in the Foyer between services. These are not your normal 1-2 pound tenderloins, but 2-3 pound tenderloins! A suggested donation of $15 per tenderloin will help support the ministry of the Brotherhood. Take home and eat immediately or save it for later in the freezer.

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Coming! // November 19 and December 3, 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. Call Jinka McLaurin (865-531-4715) or text (865-414-6447) to reserve your order.

It’s not too late to turn in your 2018 Pledge!

You can still turn in your 2018 pledge. Your pledge will help planning for the 2018 budget. As of this week, 303 pledges have been submitted with $1.219 million in pledged dollars. Drop-off your pledge to the Parish Office any time!

Safety at Ascension

Given the recent shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, Chief Brent Gibson of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office worked with your church staff to help us understand the appropriate response should such an emergency ever happen at Ascension on a Sunday morning. Chief Gibson advised us (as a congregation) to respond in the following manner, in the event of either fire or shooting:

Run. Each person’s first response should be to leave the church sanctuary (nave) immediately. Always run away from fire or shots. Assuming the triggering emergency arises in the main part of the nave, those in each transept should exit the building through the transept doors. Those people sitting in the first 5-7 pews in the main part of the nave should also exit through the transept doors. Those worshipers sitting in the rest of the main part of the sanctuary should exit according to the path most reasonable given the circumstances. If you are part of the altar party, leave through the sacristy (preferably behind where the cross stands).  In any event, your key response should be to leave the nave as soon as possible.

Hide in Place. If you are unable to run during a shooting incident, due to your proximity to the emergency or due to physical inability, hide in place by dropping below the pew and scooting underneath to the extent possible.

Do not try to fight any attacker. As Chief Gibson told us, you will always lose the fight with your fists against a person wielding a gun.

See the safety page for the chart. Finally, in order for our Sunday officer to do his job effectively, it would be helpful if you do not engage him in long conversations. For more information on this approach to emergencies, go to:

For this and upcoming safety information for the Ascension community, head to

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Pam Brock, Jeff Guilford, Chuck Landguth, Margaret Nelson, Ryan Smith,
Brandy Starks-Holtcamp

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