This Sunday
Services will be held at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 am this coming Sunday with a sermon by The Rev. Patrick J. Wingo. Make sure to bring bells from home to ring during the 9:00 and 11:15 services. Kids, bring flowers from home to flower the cross.

Services will return to 8:00 and 10:30 am next Sunday, April 28.

Make sure to check out the details about the Sunday School options and upcoming programming below.
Brotherhood Smoked Tenderloins
Smoked pork tenderloins will be available for pick-up on Saturday, April 20, from Noon to 2:00 pm and after services on Easter Sunday. These are the larger 2-3 pound tenderloins! Suggested donation of $15 per tenderloin. They also freeze well for future dinners and parties! Limited quantities are available, so make sure to grab them while you can.
Adult Sunday School
Easter Sunday School
Sunday, April 21

Sunday School for adults and children is cancelled for Easter. Classes will resume next weekend.

Combined Class: Resurrection
Sunday, April 28, Parish Hall, 9:15 am

All adult Sunday School classes will be combined on Sunday, April 28. The class will be led by Mr. Ed Lester. The class will reflect on resurrection with the addition of film clips and discussion.

Parish Meeting
Sunday, May 5, Parish Hall, 9:15 am

All adult Sunday School classes will be combined on Sunday, May 5, for the parish meeting. This is an extension of the vestry listening sessions as well as a report of what has been noted from those sessions. Also being presented are updated on the nave roof and the budget. We invite all to attend this meeting as it is important in the life of our parish.

The Bible: Our Book, Our Story
Sunday, May 12, Parish Hall, 9:15 am

Taught by The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, this class will explore a brief history and survey of the Bible and an exploration of the power of metaphor and story.

Celebrating a Year of Sunday School
Sunday, May 19, Parish Hall, 9:15 am

All classes from the year will gather to share fellowship and celebrate learning. We will discuss our favorites from the year and talk about interest in offerings for next year.
Wednesday Evenings
"Food for Body and Soul"
Parish Supper
Wednesdays, Parish Hall, 6:00 pm

The parish supper will resume this coming Wednesday, April 24th. The pricing is $10/adult, $5/child, with a $25 maximum per family. Dinner will feature beef stroganoff lasagna, green beans, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, rolls, and chocolate chip cookies. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or email

Wednesday Evening Programming: Risen
Wednesday, April 24th and May 1st, 6:45 pm, Parish Hall

The Wednesday Evening Programming will feature the movie Risen, a hypothetical story about a Roman Tribunal in Judea charged with finding the missing body of Jesus Christ. The movie will be shown in two parts between April 24th and May 1st. 
Make Sure to Save These Dates
Holy Week 2019 begins with Palm Sunday on April 14 and goes through Easter Sunday on April 21. GiGi Logan, Ascension Youth Director, invites all to our services this Holy Week 2019 in this short video above.

We've developed a page with each special service and dates on our website. Click on the button below to read up on each service.

Make sure to bring bells from home for ringing on Easter morning at the 9:00 and 11:15 am services. Kids are encouraged to bring flowers from the garden to decorate the cross at the 9:00 and 11:15 am services.
Family Ministry News
VBS Registration is now OPEN!

Join us for ROAR this summer, June 10-13 th  each night from 6:00-8:30pm. Click on the button below to register yourself as a volunteer or your child as a participant.
Family Easter Service and Egg Hunt
This Saturday, April 20, 3:00 pm

The Family Easter Service and Egg Hunt will take place on April 20 at 3:00 pm. Please join us for this special event. The service will be led by the children of Ascension followed by a fun egg hunt around campus. If you would like to donate PRE-FILLED plastic Easter eggs you can drop them off at Megan’s office anytime before the 20th.
Date Night
Friday, May 3, 6:00 pm

Date Night is May 3rd from 6:00-9:00 pm. RSVP to if you would like your child to participate.
TWEENS End of the Year Party
Friday, May 3, 6:00 pm

The Tweens End of Year party will be May 3rd from 6:00-9:00 pm. It will be a fun evening of games and food as we celebrate what a great year we have had at Ascension. All second graders who are moving up in the fall to 3rd grade are also invited to attend.
White Oak Reschedule
Rescheduled: White Oak Community
Playground Clean Up
Moved to Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Due to the inclement weather last weekend, the White Oak Community Playground Clean-Up has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 18th. This is a great opportunity to sign-up for volunteering at this great outreach opportunity. Lunch will be provided for the afternoon. Email Megan Alden at to sign-up.
AYG: Ascension Youth Group News
Holy Week Calendar Changes

There will be no Sunday School or High School Youth Group this Sunday.
Dinner Angels

Dinner Angels is a program in which parents and other parishioners are invited to sign up to serve dinners to our youth and share in a wonderful fellowship opportunity. Want to try out a new recipe? Have a flair in the kitchen? Just willing to feed a small crowd? We welcome home-cooked meals and catered meals and we welcome and encourage our dinner angels to attend youth with us after serving so that our youth may connect with our adult parishioners, and vice versa. Our sign-ups, details, and schedule are available online:

Wednesdays—Middle School Dinners (Especially 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, and 5/15):
The TEA with GiGi and Andrew
All New Events at Ascension

The TEA with GiGi and Andrew is a weekly Facebook Live show about all that is going on at Ascension. It streams live at 3:00 pm on Thursdays from GiGi's office. You can click on the video above to watch it on YouTube.

This week's TEA had a great interruption from a favorite person.
Spring Hike Outings
The Ascension Trekkers will keep on trekking in the merry month of May, starting with a drive to Cove Lake State Park to hike Devils Racetrack trail on Wednesday, May 1st. This is a 5.3 mile round-trip and has a rating of moderate. On Saturday, May 18th, the hike will be on the Black Mountain Trail in Cumberland Mountain State Park for a moderate 7.5 miles. The Easy Monday hike will be on Monday, May 20th, to go see some waterfalls on the Cherohala Skyway for 2-4 easy miles. Details on each of these will be in upcoming announcements. Contact Emily Vreeland ( for questions or to sign-up.
FOMA: Aaron Tan, Organist
Free and Open to the Public
Monday, April 29, 7:30 pm

Winner of the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Aaron Tan has won numerous noteworthy contests and scholarships on both organ and piano. Currently studying at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Aaron also serves as Organ Scholar at Church of the Resurrection, New York City.

Aaron will play works by J. S. Bach, Distler, Mendelssohn, Demessieux, Bizet, Karg-Elert, and Vierne.
Special "Save-the-Dates"
Ascension Workday
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 am

Mark your calendars for another Ascension Workday. Steamboat sandwich lunch will be served to all volunteers. Outdoor and indoor projects will be available. Plant dedications for flowers are available. Visit the Foyer for Greenscape Sponsorships!
All Parish Meeting
Sunday, May 5, 9:15 am

An all-parish meeting will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 9:15 am in the parish hall. This is a continuation of the vestry listening sessions and an update on the parish. Please make plans to attend.
Save the Date: Family Promise Golf
Friday, May 17, 9:00 am

Golfers of Ascension, please save the date to join the fun at Williams Creek for the 2019 Golf Tournament benefiting Family Promise of Knoxville. The cost is $75 per person or $275 per team. The format is Four Person ‘Power Ball Scramble” and includes golf cart, lunch, and range balls. The putting contest is only $10.00. Check out information at the communications counter for sponsorships.
FISH Food Pick-Up Drivers
The FISH food relief ministry has a rather urgent need for additional drivers couple hours weekly to pick up donated food with one of their U-Haul type trucks. For more information about this ministry opportunity contact David Lovett at 865-776-1711 or Jim Wright at 865-207-8572 Thank you.
Justice Ministry
There will be a discussion about Justice Knox and the upcoming Nehemiah Action Assembly after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, April 28th. A light lunch will be served in the old transept of the parish hall. Please come if you would like to know more about this organization, if you are a network member, or if you are interested in attending the Nehemiah Assembly on May 6th. These are exciting times and a wonderful opportunity to stand together with solutions for some of the justice issues in Knoxville. If you have questions contact; Valerie Biberdorf, Ann O’Connor, Sarah Ringer, or Greg O’Connor.