This Sunday
Services will be held at 8:00 am and 10:30 am this coming Sunday with a sermon by The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo.

The parish-wide class will hold a popcorn theology session with all three priests on stage to answer questions. Come toss your question in the popcorn bucket and see which questions are asked. The Forum class will meet.

Please note, Children's Sunday School classes are cancelled for this weekend. Children's Church will be observed as usual.
Thanksgiving Services

Don't forget! Today the Thanksgiving in the Woods service will be held at 4:00 pm in the Labyrinth Garden and the Thanksgiving Day service will be held tomorrow, November 22, at 10:00 am in the church.

Note: The Lectionary Class and the Healing Service are cancelled today due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The parish office will close at Noon.
Update on Heating

Recently, the parish has received frequent news about the heating system in the Christian Education Wing. There is currently a temporary process in place to activate the main heating system, and maintenance continues to work towards a permanent solution.
Adult Sunday School
Popcorn Theology

This popular exercise consists of participants’ submissions of theological questions into our popcorn bucket. One or more questions will be picked randomly from the bucket and addressed by not one, not two, but all three of our priests: Pat Wingo, Sara-Scott Wingo, and Christopher Hogin. A gold mine of knowledge!

No Sunday School Next Weekend // All parishioners are invited to attend the Ministry Fair. Come see all the great opportunities in our community.
Parish Questionnaire: Adult Ed
The Adult Ed Commission is looking toward 2019 when we will reinstitute the small group Sunday School format with either 1-week stand-alone topics or those that span from 2-6 weeks. Toward that end, we would like to hear from you! Please note: The Forum Class and Centering Prayer Group will continue as before. You can click on the link below to fill out the form online or you can also find a paper copy of this survey in the parish office on the communications counter.
Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Next Sunday’s 10:30 am service will feature a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan. Those of Scottish heritage are encouraged to bring clan tartans to be blessed.
The Ministry Fair
Beginning at 9:15 am in the Parish Hall

The ministry fair is almost here. Make sure to come to the parish hall before the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 2, to explore all the different ministries, inreach, and outreach opportunities at Ascension. You might just discover something new!
Adult Christian Ed Wednesday Evenings
"Food for Body and Soul"
Parish Supper
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall

The parish supper will feature a meal to warm your soul with chicken enchiladas in white sauce, sautéed vegetable medley, salad, bread, and chocolate chip cookies! Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child with a $25/maximum per family.

November 28: Movie Night with Fresh, Free Popcorn // The Red Balloon A 1956 French fantasy-comedy-drama written, produced and directed by Albert Lamorisse, this short film elegantly captures the adventures of a boy who befriends a seemingly sentient balloon and follows it through the streets of Paris. “…a poignant symbolization of dreams and the cruelty of those who puncture them.” (Bosley Crowther, film critic for the New York Times), the film won the 1956 Oscars for Best Writing and Best Original Screenplay and the Palme d’Or for short films at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. (Please note: although this is a French film, there is no dialogue and no sub-titles.) Click here to read the NY Times Critic blog on this film. It's a great overview.

Next Wednesday, December 5: “God Moments: Another Evening of Testimonials” // John 9:11, 25 “But I know this…I was blind…I went and washed, and now I see.” If we have met Christ, we have a story to tell. Testimonials are not something Episcopalians tend to routinely share, but they can provide support and encouragement to those who may not believe in, or at least need to hear of, these small miracles. Come hear 5 more of your fellow parishioners share the inspirational stories of times when God/The Holy Spirit has worked in their lives.
Guide to the Holidays 2018
Sunday, December 2 and 9, Foyer

As programming and fundraising efforts build up as we approach the holidays, we've compiled a list of the services, events, fundraising, and "fun for the family" opportunities around Ascension.

Important Note: There is one thing we would like to highlight. Only Sunday, December 16, will see services at 8:00 and 10:00 am. All other Sundays will observe the usual schedule.
Family Ministry News
A Huge Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the TWEENS Bake Sale last weekend. It was a great success and we will make a lot of kids happy on Christmas through our Angel Tree shopping.
Children's Sunday School Schedule

There will be no children's Sunday school this Sunday in order for the teachers to have a break on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 
Nativity Pageant Roles
Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 pm

Nativity Pageant roles selections will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Join us in the Children's Chapel, Room 210, so we can select roles and do a brief costume check. Anyone wanting to try out for the following parts, please arrive by 6:00 pm: Mary, Joseph, or Narrators. 
Date Night
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm

Come let us take care of the kids while you enjoy a night out at a holiday party or just relax at home. Pizza will be served! RSVP to
TWEENS Shopping Trip
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm

The Tweens big shopping trip to buy Angel Tree gifts is December 7 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Arrive at church by 6:00 pm. The church van will leave by 6:10 pm. Dinner will follow. For questions, email
Harlem Globetrotters Trip
Sunday, December 9

On Sunday, December 9 the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town and Ascension Youth (grades 6-12) are going for a fun fellowship event! We’ll be meeting at Ascension at 2:00 to see their 3:00 performance at Thompson-Boling arena. Space is limited to 13, first come, first serve. Cost is $10 and any food purchases will be on your own. Contact GiGi at  to sign up!
AYG High School Mission Trip 2019

Our Mission Trip for 2019 will be the week of June 8-14, 2019 and we will be serving the community of New Orleans, Louisiana through YouthWorks. Details are still in the works. Cost to our teens will be $300 per person. To secure your spot, a $100 deposit and your AYG release forms will need to be turned in no later than Sunday, December 16, 2018. This trip is open to our teens currently in grades 8-12.
Youth Confirmation

It’s not too early to start thinking about Youth Confirmation class! Starting in January we will have a youth confirmation class for those youth wishing to learn more about their faith in pursuit of becoming confirmed members of the Episcopal Church when Bishop Cole comes for his visitation in June. Plans are still firming up, but if you are a teenager who would like to be a part of this journey, please email GiGi at  to sign up.
Great Ideas for Christmas
Come pick up your church merch!

Thank you all for your kind support of our youth programs through our Ascension Gear fundraiser!  If you would like to order some Ascension Gear in time for Christmas,  contact GiGi at ...we have a few extra items available for sale and plan to place one last order before Christmas.
Sisterhood Christmas Party
The Sisterhood Christmas Party
Monday, December 17, 6:00 pm

The Sisterhood has planned a Christmas Party at the home of Charlotte Wood. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and festive drinks. Please RSVP by December 3 to Charlotte Wood,, or call 615-594-1781.
You are warmly invited!
The congregation of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church and The Rev. Brett Backus will celebrate their new ministry together on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm , welcoming Fr. Brett as the new rector.

Join Bishop Brian and Deacon Sarai Wender in the celebration with special guest C. Byron Moffett, guitarist and composer. All are welcome.

A reception will follow the service.
St. Elizabeth   is located at  110 Sugarwood Dr Knoxville .
Invitation to a Baptism
Please Save the Date
Saturday, January 12, 1:00 pm

The baptism of Annalyse, the granddaughter of Anna Fraser and Doug Goode will be on Saturday, January 12, at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Farragut. The service will be at 1:00 pm and a reception will follow. Please come and join in one large family!
FISH-ing for Diapers
One of the most requested items people ask the Ascension Pantry for is diapers. If you have little ones-as the white roses on our altar so often show-you know how important that item is. If you have an extra package or two, please consider donating them to the pantry when you stop by the FISH table at the Ministry Fair on December 2. All sizes will be joyfully welcomed. Thank you.