The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Ascension music programs by Janice and Robin Kell.
The white rose on the altar last week was given in celebration for the birth of Everett James Buckner, grandson of Allie Brown.
General Community News
Advent Lessons and Carols // Tonight, 5:30 pm // 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 will follow in the parish hall.
Reception for Rob // A reception in honor of The Rev. Rob Gieselmann’s service will be held after the 11:15 am service today, in the parish hall.
Inquirers’ Class // The Inquirers’ Class continues today in Room 209. Bring your questions and confusions to be answered by one of the clergy!
The Lunch Bunch: Christmas Carol Sing-Along // Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 am // Join The Lunch Bunch as they have their final program for 2017. Andrew Morehead will lead us in a Christmas Carol sing-along after lunch. Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share. RSVP at the reception counter in the parish office or by emailing email@example.com. Please note the change in date. The program is not the 12th but the 19th of December.
Giving Tree donations are due next Sunday, December 17.
Pick-up your poinsettia orders in the foyer today!
A Grace-Filled Christmas // Wednesday, December 13, 5:00 pm // People either delight in the period leading up to Christmas, or endure it with dread. On Wednesday, December 13, the Stephen Ministry group at Ascension will offer a service entitled, A Grace-Filled Christmas. It’s a time where all people 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 emphasizing hope and light. The service begins at 5:00 pm in the nave, followed by a community supper downstairs.
Nativity Pageant Sunday // Sunday, December 17, 8:00 and 10:00 am // The annual Nativity Pageant will be presented at the 10:00 am service on Sunday, December 17. The early service, at 8:00 am, will be the regular third Sunday of Advent liturgy. Kids, bring your baby Jesus figurine from your home nativity set to be blessed by Brett Backus.
The Sisterhood Dinner // Thursday, December 14, 6:00 pm, Janey Willoughby’s Home // Come to The Sisterhood’s December holiday party at Janey Willoughby’s home (1408 Dunwoody Blvd.) at 6:00 pm, this Thursday evening. Bring an appetizer, and a beverage of your choice. The Sisterhood is an open group of women of the parish who gather to socialize and support each other.
Ascension Endowment Opens Grant Proposals // The Ascension Endowment Fund seeks to enable the congregation to fulfill its mission more completely by developing its ministries beyond what is possible through the annual operating budget. Distributions from the Endowment Fund are used for a variety of purposes such as: outreach ministries and grants; seed money for new ministries and special one-time projects; and capital improvements of the church. The last proposal deadline for 2017 is December 31. Proposal request forms are available in print in the church office or on the church website at www.knoxvilleascension.org/endowment. Please complete and return proposals on or before the deadline via fax (865-584-7922) or mail (ATTN: Endowment Committee, 800 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN, 37919). All mailed proposals need to be postmarked by the deadline.
Adult Sunday School
The Forum Class // Old Transept-Parish Hall, 10:10 am // The Forum class will continue with an interactive conversation and discussion prompted by a chapter from The Good Book by Peter Gomes. Prior reading is not required to take part in the discussion!
The Seekers Class // Room 101, 10:10 am // You Say You Want A Revelation? The Book of Revelation is one of the most complicated books in the Bible. Its gross misinterpretation has caused fear, panic, and often violence within the last millennium. Even today, popular books and movies tap into human anxiety regarding end times scenarios extracted from this book. What exactly is The Book of Revelation addressing? Is it solely about predicting the future, or is it a commentary on the political and social issues happening at the time of its writing? Join The Reverend Christopher Hogin as we approach this complex work of prophecy that still speaks directly to us today.
The Sojourners Class // New Transept-Parish Hall, 10:10 am // What would our lives be like if there had been no Christmas? We will read and discuss the Christmas story from the Gospel of Matthew and Luke to learn how it brings purpose, joy, and love into our lives. No prior reading or preparation is required.
Contemplative Prayer // Library, 10:10 am // A relaxing and loving time of what Jesus referred to as “prayer in secret.” We begin with twenty minutes of silent prayer, letting God come into our hearts, followed by discussion and contemplation from read-aloud portions of the book Tears of an Innocent God by Elias Marechal. No prior reading or preparation is required.
Children’s Sunday School // There will be NO Children’s Sunday school or Children’s Church on Dec 17, 24, and 31. This allows our volunteers a much needed break and allows families to enjoy the Nativity Pageant together on December 17th. Please check the holiday schedule for times of services on Sundays so you don’t miss anything!
The Children’s Nativity Pageant will take place during the 10:00am service next Sunday. Come enjoy the re-telling of our Savior’s birth with your family. Enjoy some cookies in the parish hall afterwards.
Sunday School // Teen Sunday School today at 10:10 am in the youth room.
AYG Visioning // Today at 1:00 (following the reception for Father Rob) teens of all grades, youth volunteers and their parents are invited to gather in the Youth Room as we spend some intentional time talking about what the teens want their Ascension Youth Group experience to be like. We’ll do some plotting and planning for the future of the youth program, and discuss the creation of a set of core values.
Ascension Youth Christmas Party // This Wednesday, December 13 from 6:30-8:00 pm Youth of all grades are invited to our Ascension Youth Christmas Party in the Youth Room. Teens are encouraged to wear tacky Christmas attire to this festive and fun event. Donations of rolled gift wrap to be used by Family Promise will be accepted.
Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul
Parish Supper // Parish Hall, 6:00 pm // Wrap up the year the last Parish Supper: BBQ braised beef, buttermilk grits, asparagus and tomatoes, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta, bread, and red velvet cake. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child. Sign-up in the parish office by Tuesday!
Advent Lessons and Carols
Tonight- 5:30 PM
This evening, 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 in the parish hall will follow the service.
A Grace-Filled Christmas
Wednesday, December 13th- 5:00 PM
People either delight in the period leading up to Christmas, or endure it with dread. On Wednesday, December 13, the Stephen Ministry group at Ascension will offer a service entitled, A Grace-Filled Christmas. It’s a time where all people 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 emphasizing hope and light. The service begins at 5:00 pm in the nave, followed by a community supper downstairs.
Nativity Pageant Sunday – Sunday, December 17th
8:00 & 10:00 AM Services
Two services will be held on Sunday, December 17. The first, at 8:00 am, is Holy Eucharist Rite I celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent. The second service at 10:00 am will feature the Christmas Pageant, led and reenacted by children of the parish in various roles. Come support the children as they retell the story of Christ’s birth.
Christmas Eve-Sunday, December 24th
9:00 AM Sunday Morning Service
This service of Holy Eucharist will feature the prayers and liturgy for the fourth Sunday of Advent.
5:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
This service will begin with a twenty minute prelude of choral anthems and hymns with the Boys and Girls’ Choir and Ascension Singers. Childcare will be provided for this service. Drop off your kids in the nursery before the service.
8:00 PM & 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Services
These services will begin with a thirty minute prelude of choral anthems and hymns with the Parish Choir. Childcare will not be provided. If you have kids, skip the nursery and bring them to church to experience the Christmas Eve service! Note: the 11:00 PM service will feature the use of incense.
Christmas Day-Monday, December 25th
10:00 AM Christmas Day Service
One service of Holy Eucharist-Rite II will be held at 10:00 am on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. Take the opportunity to celebrate the entry of Christ into the world with your family on one of the most special mornings of the Church year. Note that childcare will not be provided for this service.
Sunday, December 31st
8:00 & 10:30 AM Services
There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church on this Sunday.
Sunday, January 7th
8:00 & 10:30 AM Services
9:15 AM Sunday School
Our new two service schedule commences on Sunday, January 7 with an early service of Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am in the chapel, Sunday School for Children, Youth, and Adults at 9:15 am, and a later service of Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am in the nave.
Please keep these individuals in your prayers:
Larry and Lesie Crowson, Marti Greenwood, Margaret Nelson, Bill Moore
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.