Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of my father, Dr. Frank Bell, on his birthday, by Mary Kathryn Crone.

General Community News

Today’s Anthem // This morning’s 11:15 offertory anthem for All Saints’, the first two movements of the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé, together last a little longer than the choir’s standard offertory anthem literature. The full Requiem will be heard with orchestral accompaniment on Sunday afternoon, March 11.

Vestry Nominations // It isn’t too late to submit vestry nominations for the Annual Parish Meeting!

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. The deadline is today.

Meet the Candidates // Sunday, November 12 // Vestry candidates that will appear on the 2017 Vestry election ballot will make their presentations during the Sunday School hour next Sunday, November 12, beginning at 10:10 am. Come listen to support your fellow Ascension members.

Annual Parish Meeting // Sunday, November 19 // The Annual Parish Meeting will take place during the 10:10 am Sunday School hour. 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.

Names of those for whom we remember and pray for today // This year we honor those who have died since All Saints Sunday 2016: Bob Parrott, Jim Key, Leo Holloway, Nancy Worsham, Anne Walter, Laurel Humphreys, Judy Mercer, Margaret Witte Weeks, Donald Bowman, David Eighmey, Dewdrop Rule, Jerome Seavey, Joyce Fowler, Lana McGee, Rudie Mears, Myra Turner, Jim Johnson, Colin Dougherty, Dorothy Weaver, Johnny Peiers, Chuck Schuchart, Vernon William Stephens, Douglas and Linda Young, Mary Youree Richard, Virginia Marx, Martha Barry Smith, Mary Ruth Gordon, Jewell Brown, Susan Hodge, Richard J. Hesse, Walter Javan Fraser, Jr., Nancy Linehan Ryan, Phyllis Maner, Alan McNabb, Samuel Chavez.

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

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.

Lunch Bunch // The Lunch Bunch will not meet in November. However, the fun will continue in December on Tuesday, December 19, with a seasonal carol sing-a-long.

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Coming! // November 19, December 3, and December 10, 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.

Wednesday Evenings — Food for Body and Soul

Parish Supper Menu // This week’s parish supper will include: beef stroganof lasagna, green beans, salad and French bread, and cookies. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/max per family. Sign-up at the parish office reception counter, or email

Compline and Contemplation // Wednesdays, 6:45 pm, Parlor // 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.

Martin Luther: From Rebel Rouser to Reformer: Movie Night // 6:45, Wednesday, November 8 // Watch the first half of Luther, a 2003 film featuring Joseph Fiennes, to complement last week’s presentation on Martin Luther. The second half will be shown the following Wednesday, November 15.

Youth and Children’s News

High School Youth Group // There will be no High School Youth Group this afternoon due to Happening and Clergy Conference. We will see you next week!

Nursery Appreciation Day // Today, 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.


Ascension Family 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. For questions or interest, see Brett Backus at or Janet Slabbekorn.

Ascension Trekkers: New Adventures // 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.  Details forthcoming.

Letter to the Parish

Dear Ascension Family,

As you may know, deacons serve in a parish at the pleasure of the bishop and can thus be reassigned to another parish at any time. You may also know that a deacon is not paid for his or her services. Finally, I am sure you are aware of the wonderful contribution our deacon, Sarai Wender, has made to Ascension this past year and a half. I cannot tell you how many women have told me of the superb job she did leading the women’s retreat several weeks ago!

Unfortunately for us, Bishop Young has reassigned Sarai to All Saints, Morristown beginning the first Sunday of Advent. Her last Sunday at Ascension will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26. She will preach that Sunday, and following the late service, we will have a special coffee hour in Sarai’s honor.

If you would like to make a financial gift for Sarai, you can send it to Ascension with Sarai’s name on the memo line. Meanwhile, feel free to write notes of thanks!


and with gratitude for Sarai’s ministry,

Rob Gieselmann

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

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Pam Brock, Ellie Cottrell, McKenna Estes, Jeff Guilford, Chas Law, Bill Moore,
Cindy and Ron Moore, Margaret Nelson, Nancy Platt, Dana Teagarden

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.