This Sunday
Services will be held at 8:00 and 10:30 am this coming Sunday with a sermon by guest celebrant and preacher The Rev. Matthew Farr, Chaplain of The Episcopal School in Knoxville.

Make sure to check out the details about the Sunday School options and upcoming programming below.

Of note is the upcoming Ascension weekend.
Adult Sunday School
Combined Class: Resurrection
This 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 updates 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 return this week! The pricing is $10/adult, $5/child, with a $25 maximum per family. Dinner will feature chicken, artichoke, rice casserole, roasted vegetable medley, mixed greens salad with mandarin oranges, almonds, and Feta cheese, bread, and angel food cake with strawberries. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or email
Wednesday Evening Programming: Risen, Part II
Wednesday, 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. 
Feedback Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 6:45 pm, Parish Hall

Those who have participated in Wednesday night programming and those who have not, are invited to participate in a feedback and brainstorming session for the fall Wednesday evening programming. There will be no programming for Wednesday evenings after this planning meeting.
An Ascension Weekend
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 and to sign-up to volunteer.
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, an update on the roof, and an update on the budget. Please make plans to attend.
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.
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. Dinner will be served each night of VBS and we will have a water party on the last night.
Date Night
Friday, May 3, 6:00 pm

Date Night is coming next week, May 3, from 6:00-9:00 pm. It is not too late to register your child so you can enjoy a night out. RSVP to
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. Come celebrate a great year and watch our 5th graders graduate.
Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Sunday, May 19

Teacher Appreciation Sunday is Sunday, May 19! All the Family Ministry teachers in Sunday School and Children's Church will be celebrated on this special Sunday. Stop by the education wing on this day to receive a special treat.
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.
Family and Youth Ministry Picnic
Fun for the Whole Family
Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm

On Sunday, May 19 from 5:00-8:00 pm Children’s and Youth Ministries are pairing up to have a Family Ministries year-end potluck picnic at the Gazebo at the West Hills Park (410 N. Winston Road by the YMCA and Tennis Courts). Hot Dogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided by the church. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Due to park regulations, no alcohol is permitted. All families with school-age children and teens are welcome to join us for this time of fun and fellowship!
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 5/1, 5/8, and 5/15):
Cinco de KEY
Sunday, May 5, 4:00 pm

Please save the date for Sunday, May 5 as our “Cinco De KEY” meeting from 4:00-6:00 pm at St. Stephen’s in Oak Ridge. For those attending and needing a ride, we will meet in Ascension’s parking lot before and take the church van to Oak Ridge—Contact GiGi to arrange.
Senior Sunday
Sunday, May 5

Our Celebration of our Class of 2019 Graduating Seniors will be held on Sunday, May 5. We will have a Senior giving the sermon at the 8:00 and 10:30 worship services, and we will recognize our Seniors during the 10:30 worship service. Following the 10:30 service will be a light reception in the Parish Hall honoring our Seniors and allowing for parishioners to “adopt” them and send them care packages at college their freshman year.
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.
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 a 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.
Family Promise at Ascension
From May 19-26, Ascension will be hosting three or four families who are experiencing temporary homelessness as part of our outreach ministry to Family Promise of Knoxville. Many members of Ascension volunteer their time and services for various activities to help make the week successful. If you would like to be added to our volunteer list for this week or future weeks, please send an email to the coordinator, Barbara Corey, at Volunteers help buy groceries, do laundry, greet guests and act as evening hosts from 5 to 8 pm, stay overnight from 8 pm to 7 am, and provide meals during three nights. We also rely on the Brotherhood to set up and take down the beds and arrange the rooms needed. This ministry provides families experiencing homelessness the shelter, food, and hospitality they need at a difficult time in their lives.  
Cursillo Ultreya
Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm

The monthly Cursillo Ultreya meeting will be held at Ascension. The dinner theme is “taco fest.” For questions, email Pam Douglass at