Parish News

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The flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary by Bill and Pat Furlong.

A Grace-Filled Christmas // This Wednesday, December 14, 5:00 pm // The Stephen Ministry group at Ascension will offer a service entitled, “A Grace-Filled Christmas” in which all people, regardless or where they are in life, can experience the holiness of the season in a quiet, contemplative manner that both affirms the dignity of those who struggle during the holidays, while at the same time emphasizes hope and light. The service will be followed by a community supper downstairs in the parish hall.

High School Youth // Tonight, December 11, 6:00 pm // You won’t want to miss the last youth group of the semester! Come out tonight from 6:00-8:00 pm for dinner, a service project, and games together.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 pm // Our last meeting of the semester is Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm. Come enjoy pizza, games, and a service project! We will be doing a Christmas carol sing-along with our Family Promise friends.

Tweens Youth Group // Tonight, December 11, Room 105, 6:30 pm // The last meeting of the year is tonight. Come join the fun as we celebrate the season and prepare for next year! All kids in grades 3-5 are welcome!

Behind the Music // Sunday, December 18, 5:30 pm // Join The Rev. Christopher Hogin and The Rev. Sarai Wender in “Behind the Music,” an exploration of the stories behind some of our most beloved Christmas carols with a sing-along. You will never listen to these carols the same again. The program will begin with dinner in the parish hall. Activities for children will follow the sing-along. Nursery care will be available.

The Sisterhood Dines In // Willoughby House, 1408 Dunwoody Blvd. Knoxville, 37919, Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm // The Sisterhood consists of ladies who like to go to new, independently owned restaurants once a month, where we enjoy good conversation along with great food at reasonable prices. This month, however, we are invited to Jane Willoughby’s house. We ask that each person bring an adult beverage of choice and an appetizer to share. To prevent duplicates, we ask that you tell us what you would like to bring when you RSVP to Laurie at laurie9989@comcast.net or 865-216-6588.

We Make the Road by Walking // Wednesday, December 21, 6:45 pm, New Transept-Parish Hall // Head to the Wednesday Night Book Study as we continue with Advent and Christmas excerpts from Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road by Walking. No pre-reading is required, though you may wish to read the scripture passages beforehand (Psalm 34:1-18, Matthew 1:1-17, and Luke 2:8-20).

Parish Supper // Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s Parish Supper will feature sun-dried tomato chicken pasta, pesto broccoli, Caesar salad, bread, and red velvet cake. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing announcements@knoxvilleascension.org. The price is $7/adult and $4/child.

Kondoa Pilgrimage Information Meeting // Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 pm, Church of the Good Samaritan // The multi-parish pilgrimage to Kondoa, Tanzania, is now scheduled for April 27-May 13, and will be led by The Rev. Dorrie Pratt, Rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd. Anyone interested in going to Kondoa should attend the next meeting at The Church of the Good Samaritan on Cedar Bluff Road on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 pm to discuss the itinerary, costs, and deadlines for participation. If you have any questions, feel free to call The Rev. Charles Fels at 865-567-2461.

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The Christmas Roast Beast is Here! // The Smokin’ Brothers of The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew are smoking pork tenderloins for Christmas feasts. Orders will be taken before and after services on Sunday, December 11 & 18. Requested donations are $10 for 1, $15 for 2, or $20 for 3. Donations will be accepted prior to smoking tenderloins. They will be smoked Friday, December 23 and available for pick up from 4:00–6:00 pm the same day at the outdoor entrance to the kitchen. Parishioners might consider freezing some for New Year’s celebrations. This fundraising event will help support the many ministries of The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.

Giving Tree // The Giving Tree this year will benefit members of the Lyons View Neighborhood (the community nearest the church), Family Promise, and Bridge Refugee Services. Gift Cards in $20 denominations will be available for Food City, Wal-Mart, KUB, Kroger, and Target, and in $10 denominations for CVS, Walgreens, and gas-only Pilot cards. Please make sure to have your gift card donations in by Sunday, December 18. 

Advent and Christmas Events Calendar

A Grace-Filled Christmas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 5:00 pm

The Stephen Ministry group at Ascension will offer a service in which all people, regardless or where they are in life, can experience the holiness of the season in a quiet, contemplative manner that both affirms the dignity of those who struggle during the holidays, while at the same time emphasizes hope and light. The service will be followed by a community supper in the parish hall.

Christmas Nativity Pageant
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 10:00 am

Come witness a reenactment of the Nativity as children of Ascension lead us through the story of Christ’s birth.

Behind the Music
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 5:30 pm

Join The Rev. Christopher Hogin and The Rev. Sarai Wender in “Behind the Music,” an exploration of the stories behind some of our most beloved Christmas carols with a sing-along. You will never listen to these carols the same again. The program will begin with dinner in the parish hall. Activities for children will follow the sing-along. Nursery care will be available.

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 5:00, 8:00, & 11:00 pm

A choral prelude including favorite congregational hymns will preceded each service. The 5:00 pm service will be modeled closely to the 9:00 am Sunday morning service, friendly for all families. Incense will be used sparingly during the 11:00 pm service. Child care will be available during the 5:00 & 8:00 pm services.

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016 – 10:00 am

The parish office will be closed from Monday, December 26, to Friday, December 30.

New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2017 – 7:45 & 10:00 am

Festival Eucharist for the Epiphany
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – 6:00 pm

A service of Holy Eucharist celebrating the Epiphany will feature Carols and Lullabies by Conrad Susa with accompaniment by guitar, harp, and marimba. Dinner will follow in the parish hall. The price is $15 per adult, $6 per child 11 and under, and a maximum of $40 per family. Call the parish office at 588-0589 for reservations.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Carla Backus, Linda Cater, Virginia Marx, Margaret Nelson, Margie 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 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

shepherd1@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z

shepherd2@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Emily Vreeland.

To volunteer for a caring ministry, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin
at christopher@knoxvilleascension.org.