Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of T. R. Fehrenbach and Charles W. Fehrenbach.

General Community News

Baptism // Today we celebrate the baptism of Webster Paul White, son of Leigh Stevens White and Darin Paul White.

Special Thanks // Special thanks to guest bagpiper Kay Irwin and drummer John McClure for their contribution to today’s Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.

2017 United Thank Offering In-gathering at Ascension: Today // Join the Ascension United Thank Offering (UTO) this fall! UTO is an Episcopal ministry for the mission of the whole church. At Ascension, you can donate money using the UTO boxes. Please place your boxes in the narthex and your donation envelopes in the offering plate.

West High School Christmas Concert // Thursday, 7:00 pm // This Thursday, the choirs of West High School will again present their annual holiday program in Ascension’s nave. The program is open to the public and will certainly get you in the holiday spirit.

Advent Lessons and Carols // Next Sunday, 5:30 pm // Next Sunday, 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 next Sunday, December 10, in the parish hall.

The Lunch Bunch: Christmas Carol Sing-Along // Tuesday, December 12, 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

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.

Upcoming Service Times: Times are a-Changin’

Sunday, December 10 – Services at 7:45 am, 9:00 am, and 11:15 am

Sunday, December 17 – Services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am, with Nativity Pageant at 10:00 am

Sunday, December 24 – Sunday Morning Service at 9:00 am, Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 pm (music at 4:40 pm), 8:00 pm (music at 7:30 pm), and 11:00 pm (with incense, music at 10:30 pm).

Sunday, December 31 – Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am

Sunday, January 7 – New schedule with services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am with Sunday School at 9:15 am.

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 // Come hear Senior Warden, Andy Oakes, discuss the process regarding Rob’s resignation and upcoming transition at Ascension.

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.

Youth and Children News

Date Night Has Moved // This Coming Friday, 6:00 pm // Due to the Bishop Ordination, Date Night has moved to Friday, December 8th, from 6:00-9:00 pm. RSVP to

Drop ‘n Shop // Our popular Drop ‘n Shop for parents will be Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is an opportunity for you to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Kids will have time to play, eat, and enjoy friends for the afternoon. Please RSVP to by Thursday, December 7th.

Children’s Sunday School and Children’s Church Update // There will be no Children’s Church or Children’s Sunday School on Sunday, December 17, 24, or 31. We will see you all back on January 7th at 9:15 am for Children’s Sunday School. We wish you a blessed holiday season!

Youth Sunday School // Today, 10:10 am // Youth Sunday School will meet today at 10:10 am in the Youth Room. Get ready for a fun time with GiGi!

High School Youth Group // High School Youth Group will meet today at 12:30 in the Youth Room.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Parish Supper // Parish Hall, 6:00 pm // Get ready to get toasty on a cold day with Julie Teglas’ chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, sautéed mixed vegetables, salad, and lemon bars. Dinner is $10/adult, $5/child. Sign-up in the parish office by Tuesday!

Behind the Music // Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 pm // Join The Rev. Christopher Hogin for “Behind the Music,” and exploration of the stories behind some of our most beloved Christmas carols, both secular and religious, followed by a sing-along. The program begins with the parish supper at 6:00 pm with the program beginning at 6:45 pm, concluding by 7:30 pm. Childcare will be provided.

Foyer Fundraising

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Here! // Today, 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 // Today is the last day for orders! // Poinsettia orders will again be taken today in the lobby for flower delivery on the 10th. Plants ordered last week are available for pick up. Help the music department even as you decorate your home or office!

FISH Christmas Cards // Ascension-led FISH Hospitality Pantries is providing an excellent opportunity for you to give gifts to family and friends while helping to end hunger in our community. It is a great way to give gifts in tune with the season. FISH Gift Cards and information order brochures are available in the parish office or at

Giving Tree // The Giving Tree this year will benefit members of the Lyons View Neighborhood (the community nearest the church). 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 17.


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.