This Sunday
Services will be held at 8:00 and 10:30 am this coming Sunday with a sermon by The Rt. Rev. Brian L. Cole, our chief pastor and Bishop of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee.

Bishop Brian will be leading a discussion of the landscape of the present and future of the Episcopal Church during the Sunday School hour.

We congratulate the following confirmands who will receive confirmation at the 10:30 am service this Sunday: Rachel Thomas, Alexander Thomas, Eleanor Walker Mitchell, Reagan Tyler Mast, and Robert Maxwell Richardson (of St. James).

Please note! Service times change next week, Sunday, June 9th, to 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
Parish Paper
June-July 2019 Edition

The latest issue of the Parish Paper is here. This PDF copy has an updated calendar due to some last minute changes. Please review this for some additional summer music events.
Summer Quire is Here!
If you would like to sing with the choir, even if just for a season, consider joining Summer Quire. There is no regular Wednesday evening rehearsal in the summertime and the music becomes a little easier. Call or e-mail the music department at or 588-0589 for more information.
Family Ministry News
VBS Registration is now OPEN!

VBS is almost here! June 10-13, 6:00-8:30. Dinner will be served each night. Our last night will feature dinner plus the Cruisin’ Cone Ice Cream Truck and a Water Slide. Click on the button below to register yourself as a volunteer or your child as a participant. Our theme is ROAR-Life is Wild-God is Good
Date Night
Friday, June 7, 6:00-9:00 pm

Get your RSVPs in early to Your kids will have fun with a pizza dinner, activities, and movies. A suggested donation of $5/child will help ensure we have food for the kids.
Summer Kindermusik
Tuesday, June 18, 10:00 am-10:45 am

If you would like to try out a Kindermusik class and see if it is a good fit for you and your child, join us on June 18 from 10:00-10:45 am. This is a music class for parents with their children. If you need more information or to register for June 18, email
Chelsea the Chicken
She's Flown the Coop
and Landed at Ascension

Chelsea the Chicken has landed at Ascension this summer. She is one silly chicken! She will be spending the summer with us and we are excited. Kids! Watch each weekend for a Chelsea sighting starting THIS SUNDAY, June 2. Also, each Sunday, Chelsea will be laying 3 eggs around the church. Inside those eggs you will find a special message. Keep all the messages you may find. Make sure you read them and bring them back on August 18 for a special “Sunday Funday with Chelsea.” There will also be a box in the education wing for you to leave Chelsea messages telling her about your summer, or drawing her special pictures (see the back page of your Sunday bulletin for drawing space). Chelsea loves everyone just like God. We are so happy she will be with us this summer.
Milkshake Mondays
Every Monday, 7:00-8:00 pm
Beginning this Coming Monday

The youth (rising 6th grade-recent graduates) will be welcome to meet GiGi at the Cookout (321 Cedar Bluff Road) for fellowship, sharing of summer plans, and the enjoying of milkshakes. No need to RSVP, just show up! Contact GiGi with further questions.
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.
Ascension Trekkers: Spring City and Piney River Pocket
Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 am

On Wednesday, June 5, The Ascension Trekkers will drive to the Spring City area for a 6-mile hike in the Piney River Pocket Wilderness Management Area. It is rated moderate because of the length, has a wide river for swimming, a swinging bridge, rock overhangs, and some creek crossings (if there’s been much rain). Contact Emily Vreeland ( by Monday if interested in this adventure.
Trekkers Summer Newsletter
The latest Ascension Trekkers newsletter is out. Emily Vreeland is the fearless leader of the Trekkers and publishes a newsletter once or twice a month with updates on upcoming hikes, possible outings, and other tid-bits on the hiking culture in the East Tennessee area. Click on the button below to read more!
Concert by St. Peter's, Charlotte
Make plans to attend the concert given by the Choir School of St. Peter’s, Charlotte, on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 pm. And if you might be in a position to help with housing young choristers overnight after the concert, please contact the music department.
Great Times with The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood had a great turn-out for their May outing to Casa don Gallo for a late Cinco de Mayo celebration! All women of the parish are invited to join The Sisterhood for their monthly outings. It is a great way to meet women of the parish. Make sure to put this coming outing on your calendar.

Please join The Sisterhood for “Ladies Night Out” on Monday, June 17 at Altruda’s Italian Restaurant!  Altruda’s is located at 125 North Peters, Knoxville.  We will meet at 6:00 pm.  Please RSVP to Charlotte Wood at  or call 615-594-1781 by June 13. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tennessee Episcopal Churchmen Conference
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
August 16-18, 2019

Registration for the Tennessee Episcopal Churchmen Conference is open and there are many activities and lodging options. This year's speakers will feature Johnny Majors, Drew Maddux, and Tony Eubanks. You can click on the button below to register.
Vestry Listening Sessions
We will be offering two more opportunities for members of the parish to attend upcoming Vestry Listening Sessions. The next dates on the calendar are:  Sunday, June 9th, at 9:00 am and 11:30 am and Sunday, July 14th, at 9:00 am and 11:30 am. The 9:00 am session will take place in the parlor, and the 11:30 am session will take place in both the parlor and Room 209. These sessions were well-received and well-attended earlier this year and gave parishioners a chance to ask questions and express their thoughts. The Vestry is committed to being open and transparent with the entire congregation regarding issues that impact us all. We hope that you will take the opportunity to attend.
Communications Information
Due Dates for Publications

Bulletin and The Heavenly Post - Information for the weekly Sunday bulletin and email is each Monday at 5:00 pm. This will help us ensure that it arrives to each staff member in a timely fashion for publication.

Monthly Parish Paper - The deadline for the parish paper is the 15th of the month prior to the month of publication. (i.e. the deadline for the February issue is January 15th). The next deadline for the Parish Paper is July 15th for the August issue. Be thinking of your "Back to School, Back to Church" announcements and events.