Parish News

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Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of Kayla’s and Caroline’s birthdays by Barbara Miller; and in loving memory of John Parks by Anne Parks.

White Rose // The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of William Michael Ladd, son of Philip and Amy Ladd, and grandson of Tom and Karen Ladd.

Annual Meeting of the Parish! // The Annual Meeting of the Church of the Ascension will be held NEXT 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.

Vestry Candidates Speak // Sunday School Hour, 10:10 am // This morning, the vestry candidates will speak during the Sunday School Hour. Come hear your fellow parishioners share their dreams for Ascension.

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

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 pm // We will have pizza, fun indoor games, and Thanksgiving prayer activities.

Girls’ Reading Crew // Tonight, Sunday, November 13, 5:00 pm // The Girls’ Reading Crew continues their discussion of A Wrinkle in Time.

Parish Supper // November 16, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s Parish Supper will feature hot chicken salad casserole, sautéed squash & zucchini, mixed greens salad with poppyseed dressing, bread, and dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing The price is $7/adult and $4/child.

Tasty Treats Bake Sale // The Tween Youth Group (TnT) is hosting coffee hour and a bake sale TODAY! Stop by after the 9:00 and 11:15 am services to find some goodies. We are raising money to support the Angel Tree Program by buying Christmas gifts for those children that are not as fortunate as us. The Tweens are also hosting Coffee Hour after the 11:15 am service with some snacks and refreshments.

Nativity Pageant: Role Casting // Calling all Angels, Donkeys, and Sheep (as well as other roles)! Our annual pageant this year will take place on December 18 during the 10:00 am service. We are excited for this new format for the children to tell the story of Jesus’ birth to the congregation as well as their families and friends. Please come to a meeting on Monday, November 21, from 6:00-7:30 pm to cast roles and get a detailed schedule for practices.

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Here! // November 13, Foyer // 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. Thank you, Jinka McLaurin.

The Lunch Bunch: Featuring Sylvia Peters // This 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 & Saturday, November 19 // The Ascension Trekkers will walk the Old Sugarlands Trail near Gatlinburg on Monday, November 14, a 6 mile round-trip hike on easy terrain, and, on Saturday, November 19, the 6.8 mile moderate “lollypop” trail to Albright Grove via Maddron Bald Trail. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

Thanksgiving Services // Ascension will offer two Thanksgiving services this year. On Wednesday, November 23, at 4:00 pm a service of “Thanksgiving in the Woods” will be held in the labyrinth garden. This simple, reflective service calls us to express our gratitude for God’s many gifts and to celebrate those blessings with an intimate communion. The second service will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, in the Chapel at 10:00 am with a traditional service of Word and Eucharist.

Daughters of the King // The Daughters of the King is a spiritual, praying order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church whose purpose is to deepen relationships with our Lord Jesus Christ, and to renew spiritual life through prayer, work, and witness. Gather outside at the drop-off circle after the 11:15 am service on November 20 to decide where to go for the monthly luncheon. Send questions of interest or RSVPs for the luncheon to Elizabeth Parmalee at 865-719-0894 or

The Sisterhood // Moe’s Original Bar-B-Q, Western Plaza Shopping Center // November 17, 6:00 pm // The Sisterhood is an open group for women of the parish to socialize in a closer setting. This month we hope you join us at Moe’s Original Bar-B-Q, which features a wide variety of meats and sides. RSVP to Laurie Nalle at 865-216-6588 or

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Shirley Black, Kimberly Ann Cox, Betty Graves, Beverly Hogin, Laurel Humphreys,
Kay Irwin, Margaret Nelson, Ronald Long, Bob Parrott, Virginia Perry

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 Emily Vreeland and Bettie Corey.

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