Parish News

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Inquirers Class // Sunday, December 4 & 11, 10:10 am, Library // Curious about The Episcopal Church or Ascension? Want to learn more about what drives ministry and worship at Ascension? Head to the Library to ask questions and learn more from our clergy. If you have any questions, but cannot make the meetings, send your questions to Rob Gieselmann at

Advent Lessons and Carols // Tonight, Sunday, December 4, 5:30 pm // Tonight, a candlelight service of Lessons and Carols for Advent will be offered by the Parish, Ascension Singers, and Boys and Girls’ choirs at 5:30 pm. A reception follows in the Parish Hall.

High School Youth // Today, December 4, 6:00 pm // You won’t want to miss the annual Christmas party tonight! Come out to the church for dinner, games, and fun Christmas activities like cookie decorating. We’ll also do a White Elephant gift exchange this year! To participate, bring a small, wrapped gift worth under $10. It can be something silly, funny, or even something random you find in your home!

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 pm // We will have a Christmas party this week! Come out to the church for a pizza dinner, Christmas themed games, and fun activities including cookie decorating.

Last Tweens Meeting // Sunday, December 11, 6:30 pm // Join us for some holiday spirit as we celebrate what a great fall we have had and get ready for the new year. Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to attend.

A Grace-Filled Christmas // 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 of 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.

Parish Supper // December 7, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s Parish Supper will feature chicken, artichoke, and rice casserole, vegetable medley, mixed greens salad, bread, and dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing The price is $7/adult and $4/child.

The Webb Madrigal Singers // Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm, Nave // All are invited to hear the Webb Madrigal Singers of the Webb School in Knoxville. This entertaining group will sing traditional Christmas carols and motets while wearing period Elizabethan costumes. Bring your friends for an evening with the Madrigal Singers. It is truly a treat!

Justice Knox // Today, Sunday, December 4, 10:10 am, Parish Hall // “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Knox is a new interfaith organization in Knoxville that actively uncovers injustice and mobilizes the community through the power of organized people. Come learn more about Justice Knox with fellow Ascension members during the Sunday School hour in the Parish Hall. We are striving to broaden awareness of this organization and there is no commitment to service with this meeting.

Wednesday Evening Study Group // Wednesday, December 7 & 21, 6:45 pm, New Transept-Parish Hall // Head to the Wednesday Night Study Group 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).

Drop and Shop // Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am // Do you need some time to get that holiday shopping done without the kids? Let our awesome nursery team care for them to help you have alone time to get shopping and organization done. Please register at

Family Promise is Back! // Sunday, December 11, through Sunday, December 18 // Family Promise, an interfaith housing effort that provides shelter, food, and emotional support to homeless families, will be in residence for a week. Ann O’Connor, coordinator and organizer for the week, is in need of volunteers. Contact her at (email preferred) or 865-567-1469.

Helping Children through Bridge Refugee Services // We are collecting crackers and juice boxes for the children of refugee services who come to our office and have to be there for many hours during meetings. Please drop off donations in the basket under the communications counter. Any type of crackers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to the many people who have already donated to the children of Bridge Refugee Services. If you would like to get involved with Bridge Refugee Services, contact Liz Parmalee at 865-719-0894 or

Ascension Marketplace

LAMBS Ministry Treat Sale // This Morning and Sunday, December 4 // Does Fido need a treat in his stocking? Want to spice up the bird feeder? The LAMBS Ministry will be selling pet treats in the foyer beginning on Sunday, November 27, to raise money for LAMBS.

Poinsettia Sale // The Annual Poinsettia Sale will take place in the Foyer this morning. Orders will be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 11. Proceeds benefit the music program at Ascension.

FISH Christmas Cards // Parish Office // Sending FISH Gift Cards helps to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in our community and promotes gift giving that is in tune with the spirit of the season. Volunteers will be on-hand in the Parish Office to assist you with FISH Gift Card purchases and donations.

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.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Linda Cater, Kimberly Ann Cox, Nancy Long, Gwyn McKee, Jill Monroe, Elizabeth Nall,
Margaret Nelson, Bill Schall

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 Bettie Corey and Emily Vreeland.

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