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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
October 2008
In This Issue
October Devotional
PET Calendar
PC(USA) News
Board of Pension News
Montreat Conference Center
For Christian Educators
Interim Pastor Training
Taste and See
Amendments from the GA
November PET meeting at Coker Creek
Hunger Action!
Youth Ministries
News From John Knox Center
New Vision News
News and Events Around the Presbytery

October Devotional

By the Rev. Mike Chamberlain, Northminster

Tom Ehrich of the Church Wellness Project discusses a well-worn concept in the business world called "Best Practices."  "Best Practices" seems best defined as a way, process or activity that is more effective at delivering results or outcomes that are the most favorable for the benefit of a community.
Mr. Ehrich goes on to say that it takes more energy and had less reward to fix negatives in a congregation that to identify a positive best practice and implement that practice.  This statement reminds me of a situation I faced in a church a good number of years ago...

To read the rest of the devotional, click here.
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PET Calendar
2008 Presbytery Meetings:
Saturday, November 15 @ 10:00am - Coker Creek Village, Tellico Plains, TN
(packet deadline: Oct. 28)

October Mission Team/Committee Meetings:

New Vision Committee - 10/2, 10:00am @ First, Sweetwater
Serve Mission Team -
10/2, 10:30am @ Sunset Gap Community Center
Older Adult Ministry Meeting - 10/8, 9:30am @ Mars Hill
Equip Mission Team - 10/9, 10:00am @ Mars Hill 
Committee on Representation - 10/14, 11:00am @ First, Harriman
Committee on Ministry - 10/14, 11:00am @ Mars Hill
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - 10/16, 12:00pm @ Concord
Coordinating Council - 10/28, 10:00am @ First, Knoxville
Youth Committee - 10/28, 10:30am @ Farragut

Events at John Knox Center:

Information on events and activities at John Knox are available on the JKC website.
For the latest meeting and events information,
go to the presbytery website: www.presbyteryeasttn.org

and click on the Calendar of Events link.

Church Info-Pak Deadline:
                  Oct. 17
These Info-Paks include information for pastors and sessions, notices of churchwide events, resources for church educators, and the presbytery calendar.  Info-Paks are mailed to all churches, affiliated colleges and agencies, at-large and retired ministers, and current members of PET mission teams and committees.


PC(USA) News
Middle governing body leaders find hope in anxious times
"Be calm and courageous, no matter what," Peter Steinke told the PC(USA) 2008 Polity Conference on Church Leadership in Anxious Times.
To read the Presbyterian News Service article, click here.
Board of Pensions News
Here's what you'll find in the latest newsletter from Helen Locklear, our regional BOP representative:
*Adoption Agreement required for organizations participating in Retirement Savings Plan
*New Optional Death Benefits program details for 2009
*Open Enrollment for Supplemental Death Benefit Program and Optional Dental Program 
*May Clinic Health Assessments available
*Info on Penions.org 
To read the newsletter, click here.  
Montreat Conference Center
For CLPs
Montreat Conference Center's Continuing Education for Commissioned Lay Pastors and Preachers, October 22-24, 2008 new fall conference brings CLPs together from across the country to encourage each other, share "best practices," and find renewed energy for their calls to ministry. Speakers will include Jack Haberer, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, and Marcia Myers, director of Vocations, PC(USA).  For more information, click here.

For Young Adults
Singles, couples, and families with children are welcome to attend Young Adults Weekend at Montreat, Oct. 24-26.  The theme is "All Year Round: The Litergical Year at Home and in Community."  For more information, click here
The Presbytery's Equip Mission Team is offering grants to cover the registration fees for this conference. Contact Mark Lampley (MLampley@SequoyahChurch.org
or 865-522-9804) for more information.
For Christian Educators
MSAPCE Fall Retreat
Oct. 27-28, 2008 
The theme of the MidSouth Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Fall Retreat is The Spirituality of Play.  The retreat is being held on Oct. 27-29 at Camp NaCoMe near Nashville, TN.  For more information, click here.
Interim Pastor Training
Jan. 12-16 2009
The Calvin Center in Hampton, GA is sponsoring Interim Pastor Training Level I and Level II, Jan. 12-16, 2009.   For more information, click here.
We Want Your News!
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with the information and support you need to keep in touch and connected with your fellow Presbyterians in East Tennessee. This monthly publication features news and events from around the presbytery, resources to assist you in your ministry, and devotionals authored by our members.
We invite you to share your news with us!  All articles and news items must be submitted by the 20th of the month prior to publication. Send your information to Dana Hendrix, preferably in electronic format.  Her e-mail address is Dana@presbyteryeasttn.org.
Spread the News!
Don't keep the good news of our presbytery to yourself!  You can easily forward this newsletter to others (friends, family, church members, etc.) by using the convenient "Forward email" link at the bottom of this newsletter.  To help them get on the list to receive our newsletter directly every month, you can tell them to go to our website -- www.presbyteryeasttn.org -- where we have a sign up button right in the middle of our home page.  We appreciate your help!
Taste and See
By Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
pine forestSome of my fondest memories at every stage of my life have been those where I have enjoyed experiences with nature which have carried me closer to a feeling of being at one with God.  The smell of the pines on the way to my favorite fishing hole, lying on a bed of pine needles watching a hawk do what he is best at doing, making slow circles high in the sky, join me with the one who created it all for you and me to enjoy.  I can hear the crows, the wind rustling the dry corn husks, the insects buzzing and it's like an anthem.  I enjoy the smell of snow, the sight of changing leaves, the bursting of new growth in the spring, the sharp sting of cold salt water spray during a walk on a winter beach, and know again the love of God.

To read more, click here.
Amendments from the General Assembly
In 2009, our presbytery will be asked to vote on the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the PCUSA. These amendments are the result of activity at our last General Assembly. In preparation for informed voting, please begin now to study the amendments.

The Book of Proposed Amendments is available online at http://www.pcusa.org/generalassembly/amend.htm  (click on "Downloadable/Printable Book of Proposed Amendments")
The Rev. James McTyre, Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of East Tennessee
November PET Meeting at Coker Creek
Coker Creek VillageThe next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Coker Creek Village and Retreat Center near Tellico Plains.  Churches in the "Middle Kingdom" of the Presbytery are hosting the meeting, including the Epperson, Farner, Brown Hill, Center, Fork Creek, Etowah and Wilson Station churches.  The Connect Mission Team is making plans for fellowship activities on Friday evening for those who wish to come and spend the night. Accommodations will be available at Coker Creek Village, as well as the nearby Tall Pines Lodge and Cabins and the Lodge at Tellico.  Details and information regarding reservations will be sent out soon.
Hunger Action!
Advent DinnerFood Pantries Experiencing Surge in Numbers
I am receiving reports from food pantries across our Presbytery that the number of people needing assistance has risen somewhere between 10 to 20 percent in recent months.
The Good Samaritan Center in Loudon County reports that a lot of people are being laid off, and many who have had their hours cut in half cannot afford the gas to get to work five days a week for four hours a day.
The Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville had a record-breaking month in August: 1,566 people were served (up from 1,200 the previous month).
Ella Smith, Director of Morgan-Scott Project, wrote in a recent newsletter that Morgan-Scott has spent $24,558 in emergency aid during the first six months of this year. This figure is close to the total amount of emergency aid monies spent in 2007.
With the unemployment rate at 12 percent in Scott County, the Scott County food pantry is experiencing an increase in activity that is driven partly by the economic down turn and exacerbated by gas prices. Rev. Fairchild, First Presbyterian Church (Huntsville), notes: "In this rural county, people have to drive some distance for the very basics, and there is no public transportation to fall back on. ETHRA provides a van that drives a handful of people to medical appointments, but not for such routine things as grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions."
FISH Hospitality Pantries' Northwest Knoxville location recently served a record-breaking 674 families in one day.
Our Presbytery's Cents-Ability offering provides grants to these pantries and others throughout our region. As the need has risen across the Presbytery, I pray that our response to Jesus' directive, "You give them something to eat," will increase as well.

Deborah Phillips, Hunger Action Enabler deborah@presbyteryeasttn.org
Youth Ministries
High School Fall Retreat 
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Where: Horn's Creek Resort, Ocoee, TN
When:  Nov. 1-2, 2008
Speaker: Brian McFarland
Worship: Trent Mueller
Registration: $65 Earlybird Rate if postmarked by 10/13
$75 if postmarked by 10/20
Click these links for the Fall Retreat brochure and the registration/waiver forms.
News from John Knox Center
7th Annual Women's Retreat, November 7-9, 2008 
Autumn is a beautiful season here on the Tennessee River.  The days are warm and sunny; the nights are cool and crisp, a wonderful balance of God's creation.  We are made to have balance as well, but with the stress of everyday life often our time of Sabbath or rest is lost.  Join us for a relaxing weekend away where you can restore your balance.  Look forward to a time of spiritual renewal, delicious food, and great conversation surrounded by friends old and new.  Enjoy a relaxed schedule that offers valuable opportunities to build quality relationships - with God - and with one another.  You can customize your experience by choosing program options to fit your style.  There is also time for rest, reflection, and appreciation of God's creation on your own. 
Among the special offerings are massage therapy, canoeing, a nature hike, a Thanksgiving centerpiece craft project, and a holiday cooking class.  To learn more and to register online, click here.

Women's Retreat at JKC

New Vision News

New Vision

The marketing and advertising portion of the NEW VISION program continues, with an increased focus on individual churches as the regional advertising winds down for the fall.  In the interest of good stewardship, the Equip Team at their September meeting voted to cancel all television ads through the end of the year.  Billboards will still be up, but at a reduced number through December.  This in no way reflects the Equip Team's support of the advertising program, but will reduce the amount spent in order to stay within the guidelines that the Presbytery approved in September.  The marketing and advertising program is now being planned for 2009 and beyond, subject to Presbytery's approval.
To learn more about New Vision, including the church banner program, evangelism and community outreach ideas, click here.

News and Events Around the Presbytery
First United, Athens Named to Historic Register
First United Presbyterian Church, Athens TN
First United Presbyterian Church in Athens, TN, built in 1892, was recently placed in the National and Tennessee Registers of Historic Places by the National Park Service.  The National Register is a list of properties "significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture - a comprehensive list of the significant evidences of our national patrimony."
Church Anniversaries
It's been a busy time for church anniversaries in the Presbytery!
First Presbyterian Church in Etowah, TN
First Presbyterian Church of Etowah celebrated their 100th annivesary on September 14.
Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN
Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Knoxville celebrated their 150th anniversary.
First Presbyterian Church in Soddy Daisy, TN
First Presbyterian Church of Soddy-Daisy
will host a two-day celebration on October 4th and 5th for its 180th continued year of preaching and ministering to the community about the good news of Jesus Christ.  Saturday will be a full day of gospel music and food plus games for the children.   
Sunday, October 5th is World Communion Sunday and the Rev. Terry Newland, our Synod executive, will bring the Word of Jesus Christ to all who attend.  We will have a lunch after the service and all are invited.  Come help us celebrate the wonderful ministry of Jesus Christ who heads our church.  Location: 10612 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy.  Phone: 423-332-2327

Powell Presbyterian Fall Festival

Sunday, October 5 - 2:00pm to 6:30pm
Powell Presbyterian Church
2910 W. Emory Road, Powell
Bluegrass and gospel music, children's activities, crafters' booths, BBQ and baked goods.
Washington Presbyterian Apple Festival
Saturday, October 11 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Washington Presbyterian Church
7405 Washington Pike, Corryton
Fried apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, country market,
BBQ sandwiches and ribs, music, silent auction. 
All proceeds go to missions.
Happenings at Maryville College
Appalachian Lecture Series
Two Appalachian writers and one historian will visit the area this fall as part of Maryville College's annual Appalachian Lecture Series. The 2008 lineup includes Tony Earley, a fiction writer from North Carolina; Jane Hicks, a poet and fiber artist from East Tennessee; and Dan Pierce, a North Carolina historian.  For more information, click here.
Fall Community Conversations Series
"A Young Person's Guide to the Fall Election" is the title of Maryville College's Fall Community Conversations Series, which will bring several guests to campus for four separate events.  One seasoned political journalist, one documentary, three young alumni with experience in the political process and a satiric duo all will offer insights on the election. The events get underway Sept. 9.  For more information, click here.
Quick Links

Mission Team Blogs: 

The Tool Box - Equip

Resources for ministry, conference announcements, grant application forms, etc.

Care Cafe - Support

Special events for clergy and their families, area clergy lunches, conference info, link to BOP, etc.