This Sunday
Services will be held at 8:00 am a nd 10:30 am this coming Sunday with a sermon by The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo. The United Thank Offering (UTO) will be gathered this Sunday. Baskets will be available in the narthex and chapel narthex to collect your UTO boxes. Please place UTO envelopes in the offering plate.

Make sure to check out the details about the Sunday School options and upcoming programming below.
UTO In-Gathering
Bring in Your Boxes!

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Envelopes and boxes are available at the church this week and Sunday. Please bring boxes and envelopes to worship with you. Boxes may be placed in the baskets in the narthex and chapel narthex. Envelopes may be placed in the offering plate.
White Oak Reschedule
Rescheduled: White Oak Community
Playground Clean Up
Moved to Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Due to forecasted inclement weather, the White Oak Community Playground Clean-Up has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 18. The ground will be too muddy. 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.
Adult Sunday School
Searcher and Explorer Class:
Prayer Book and Liturgy
Sunday, April 14, Parish Hall, 9:15 am

Taught by The Rev. Pat Wingo and The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, this class will discuss the seven sacraments of the Episcopal Church and what it means to live in a sacramental world. Class will not be held on Easter Sunday. The following weekend the class will be led by Mr. Ed Lester. The class will reflect on resurrection with the addition of film clips.

Small Group:
Learning about Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 14, Room 102, 9:15 am

The Rev. Christopher Hogin will teach this series of small group discussions. Today the class will discuss what Holy Week means. Class will not be held on Easter Sunday. The following weekend, the class will join the parish hall class for a discussion of resurrection led by Mr. Ed Lester.

Centering Prayer
Sunday, April 14, Library, 9:15 am

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This discipline emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with the All Holy.
Wednesday Evenings
"Food for Body and Soul"
Parish Supper and Programming

The parish supper will not take place this coming week. The supper will resume on Wednesday, April 24. Programming will also pause for Holy Week.
Make Sure to Save These Dates
Holy Week 2019 begins with Palm Sunday on April 14 and goes through Easter Sunday on April 21. 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
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.
AYG: Ascension Youth Group News
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 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, and 5/15):
Jump Jam
This Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm

All Ascension Youth are invited to join us for a trip to Jump Jam this Sunday, April 14, 2019. We will depart Ascension at 2:00 pm and return around 4:00 pm. Youth participating will need an Ascension Consent form filled out, as well as a Release Form for Jump Jam. We will not have High School youth group this coming Sunday due to our outing.
Middle School Girls’ Reading Club
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in the Youth Room

The Middle School girls have expressed an interest in forming a reading club as a continuation of the children’s girls reading club. We plan to meet about an hour prior to our regular Wednesday night youth group. We will begin by reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Girls interested in participating in this program should contact GiGi to be added to a reminder list.
The Lunch Bunch: Mike Combs
The Spirituality of Percussion
Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 am

The Lunch Bunch will gather in the parish hall for their monthly meeting featuring Mike Combs. Mike will demonstrate many of the percussion instruments that you hear all the time without knowing just how the sound is produced. He will cover symphonic and ethnic percussion as well as the emotional impact percussion can have on the listener. Mike Combs plays with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and recently retired as Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee. Make sure to bring $2/person and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share. RSVP by emailing
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.
Spring Hike Outings
The Ascension Trekkers will leave at 9 am on Monday, April 15 from the church parking lot to head into the Smokies for a leisurely easy walk in Cove Hardwood, a 1-mile loop resplendent with wildflowers and another short nature trail may be added. The following Saturday, April 20, Trekkers will leave the church at 8:30 am for a much longer hike down Sugarland Mountain and then further down Huskey Gap Trail to NFG Road for a total of 11 miles. Contact Emily Vreeland ( ) to RSVP or for questions.
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.
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.
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 will also be 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.