Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the marriage of Corey Meyerson to Bart Slabbekorn by Janet Slabbekorn.

General Community News

Annual Parish Meeting and Report // Today, Parish Hall, 10:10 am // All members are asked to attend this important meeting that includes updates on the life of the parish, special presentations, and voting for new vestry members.

Voting // Voting will be open in the parish office before, during, and after all services except during the parish meeting.

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

Thanksgiving Week Update // Please note the Thanksgiving week schedule. There will be no Wednesday Healing Service or Lectionary Study along with other cancellations.

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.

Curious about the Episcopal Church? // Inquirers classes will take place on Sunday, December 3 and 10 for all those seeking answers to burning questions about the Episcopal Church. This forum will be led by clergy during the Sunday School hour in Room 209.

Youth and Children News

Tweens Bake Sale is Today // The Tween Youth Group will be selling delicious goodies to raise money for Christmas gifts for Angel Tree kids. So, come support them by getting some treats to take home or to enjoy at the Parish Meeting. Donations are also welcome.

Nativity Pageant: We Need You! // Kids! We need you to participate in our Ascension Nativity Pageant on December 17. Many roles are available: Mary, Joseph, sheep, angels, shepherds, etc.! Come to the try-outs on November 29th, at 5:00 pm in the Children’s Church, Room 210. We will decide roles and try on costumes this day. Kids ages 4 to grade 5 are welcome to join.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Wednesday Night Parish Supper and Groups // There will be no Wednesday night activities or dinner due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.


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.

Webb Madrigal Singers Visits Ascension // Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 pm, Nave // The Webb Madrigal Singers will visit Ascension for a concert sponsored by Stephen Ministry. It is presented free of charge and is open to the public.

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.

Foyer Fundraising

The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew’s Thanksgiving Feast // This morning, 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! // Today, November 19 and Sunday, December 3, Foyer // The annual olive oil sale is back, and you can make a responsible, fair-trade purchase to benefit Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. Visit or call Jinka McLaurin (865-531-4715) or text (865-414-6447) to reserve your order.

Music Department Poinsettia Sale // Beginning Next Sunday, November 26 // The music department will take poinsettia orders next Sunday and December 3rd for deliver on December 3rd and the 10th. Consider your decorating needs as you visit the table in the foyer after services!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Pam Brock, Jeff Guilford, Marti Greenwood, 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