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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
February 2009
In This Issue
From the Stated Clerk
PET Calendar
Position Opening
Presbyterian Planning Calendars
Board of Pension News
Free Resources Available
Disaster Response Team
Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Youth News
Hunger Action!
News and Events Around the Presbytery
The Big Tent Event
New Vision News
Check Out MissionInsite
Discussion and Vote on GA Amendments

Members of the Presbytery will discuss and vote on the proposed Amendments and Ecumenical Statements from the 218th General Assembly at the Stated Meeting of the Presbytery on February 7.  Copies of these documents were distributed at the November Presbytery meeting.  Copies are available at the Presbytery office or you may access an electronic copy through the PC(USA) website by clicking here.
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PET Calendar
2009 Presbytery Meetings:
Saturday, February 7 @ 10:00am - Farragut Presbyterian Church, Farragut, TN
Tuesday, May 5 @ 10:00am - Location to be announced
(Packet deadline: Apr. 14)
Saturday, August 22 @ 10:00am - Location to be announced.  (Packet deadline: July 31)
Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:00am -Rivermont Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN  (Packet deadline: Oct. 20) 

February Mission Team/Committee Meetings:

PWP Coordinating Team - 2/4, 10:00am @ PET Resource Center
Committee on Ministry - 2/10, 11:00am @ Mars Hill
Older Adult Ministry - 2/11, 9:30am @ Mars Hill
Equip Mission Team - 2/12, 10:00am @ Mars Hill 
Support Mission Team - 2/12, 3:00pm @ Highland
New Vision - 2/19, 10:00am video conference
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - 2/19, 12:00 noon @ Sequoyah Hills
Leaders Academy/Small Church Ministry - 2/21, Highland

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 Deadlines for 2009:
                   Apr. 3
                   July 10
                   Oct. 9
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.
Position Opening: JKC Interim Program Director
John Knox Center has an opening for an interim program director to serve from Feb. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009.  For a position description, click here.
2009-2010 Presbyterian Planning Calendars
Order by April 24 for bulk discount
It is time to order the Presbyterian Planning Calendar for 2009-2010.  The bulk price remains at $6.60 each.  (The regular price is $10.50 each.) The order form and payments must be received by the Presbytery office by April 24 to be included in the bulk order.
To download the order form, click here.
Please note - the calendars will be delivered to the Presbytery office in Knoxville and must be picked up there.   
Board of Pensions News
Helen Locklear, our regional BOP representative, sends monthly e-newsletters. The latest newsletter features the following information:
**New Plan Benefits Part of "Stewardship of Self" Initiative
- Office Copay Waived for Preventive Care
- Financial Services Enhanced
- New Fitness Benefit Available
To read the newsletter, click here.
Free Resources Available
Have you visited your Resource Center lately?
Are you aware that the Presbytery of East Tennessee has a Resouce Center available for your use?  Larry Hitchens, pastor of Graystone Presbyterian Church, found resources that provided inspiration at a recent session retreat.  To read about it, click here.
Disaster Response Team
Come help continue Hurricane Relief efforts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Folks continue to suffer from Katrina, Gustav and Ike  --  hurricanes you recall from 2006, 2007, and 2008!!!  We still need your help. To find out how you can join us in the effort, click here.
National Stewardship Conference
Stewardship Kaleidoscope, a Presbyterian Stewardship Conference for elders, pastors, presbytery staff and volunteers, will be held March 9-11, 2009 in Kansas City.  For more information, click here.
Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
Sharing not only the Gospel...but also our lives
April 27-30, 2009
Exploring the perils and possibilities of relational youth ministry
For conference details and registration, click here.
PCUSA Young Adult Ministry Conference
The Young Adult Ministry Jam Conference will be held at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, May 27-30, 2009.  GA Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow and Carol Howard Merit, author of Tribal Church, will be featured speakers.
For more information, click here.

From the Office of Vocation 
Emotional Intelligence is important for healthy and effective ministry. Roy Oswald, Executive Director of the Center for EQ-HR Skills and Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute for 31 years, presents a series of educational events on this topic.  For more information, click here.
Casa Del Sol Retreat Schedule for 2009
Check out the offerings at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico by clicking 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!
Sweet, Sweet Spirit
By Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
There is a gospel song written some forty years ago by Doris Akers, which we sing in part:

There's a sweet, sweet spirit in this place and I know that it's the Sprit of the Lord.

There are sweet expressions on each face and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
...without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place....
I had that feeling on Sunday, January 25th, when the congregation of First United Presbyterian Church and the congregation of Fourth Presbyterian Church, both in Knoxville, met for their first worship service together.  They are petitioning the Presbytery of East Tennessee to merge as one Church, Fourth United Presbyterian Church. It was certainly a time filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit as these two parts of the Body of Christ met together with warm and joyful fellowship.

To read more, click here.
Youth News
PET High School Youth Summit
March 6-8, 2009
Live in the G+A+P (Grace, Acceptance, Peace)
Ezekiel 22:30 
Location: Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN
Keynote Speaker: Mark DeVries
For more information, click here
PC(USA) and YouthWorks have partnered together to bring summer mission trips to Louisville, KY for your youth group!
Serve alongside other Presbyterian youth and youth leaders at organizations that work with the homeless, children and the elderly. Evenings are designed to give participants insight into the lives of local residents and the culture of the area. Your group will also spend time at the national headquarters of the PC(USA) learning how missions is done locally, nationally and globally.
Limited Space Available - Sign Up Today!  For more information, click here.

Youth Mission Trip Photos

Hunger Action!  OGHS Celebrates 60 years 

One Great Hour of Sharing logo

Palm Sunday: April 5, 2009
Easter Sunday: April 12, 2009 
One Great Hour of Sharing began sixty years ago in the aftermath of World War II. A radio broadcast heard across the United States one Saturday night asked citizens to place generous donations in their churches' collection plates the next morning to relieve the devastating effects of WWII upon the world.
The PC(USA) offering is divided between the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Self-Development of People.
This special offering helps our most vulnerable brothers and sisters across the globe whose needs are increasing, and it shows God's love in a powerful and tangible way that makes a difference in the lives of so many people.
Further information about OGHS can be found at www.pcusa.org/oghs or by contacting Alan Krome at alan.krome@pcusa.org (888-728-7228 ext. 5168).
Deborah Phillips, Hunger Action Enabler
News and Events Around the Presbytery
UTK Campus Ministry Fundraiser
The Presbyterian Center UTK Campus Ministry is holding a fundraiser for our Guatemala mission trip!  "La Baila en el Rio!"
WhenFebruary 20th, 6:45-9pm
WhereVolunteer Princess Yacht (at Volunteer Landing next to Ruth's Chris)
WhatDinner, live music, silent auction, dessert auction, fellowship, friends, great cause!
Cost$30 per person
You can purchase tickets by sending a check to:  Presbyterian Center, 1831 Melrose Ave.  Knoxville, TN 37916.  Make checks out to "Presbyterian Center" and include in the memo that you are buying tickets for the fundraiser!
Leaders Academy
It's not too late to register for the Leaders Academy scheduled for Saturday, February 21st  at Highland Presbyterian Church, Maryville, from 8:30 am - Lunch. The registration fee is $7/ person (includes lunch, snacks and child care, if requested) for which you can participate in 2 workshops on such topics as Polity 101 (Carl Schlich), Marketing Your Church (Donna Hoppestad),  Keeping Them in the Loop (Mike Chamberlain) and Spiritual Gifts, Personalities and the Ministry of the Church (Jason Haas). Space is limited, so sign us soon. You can access the flier with more information and the registration form by clicking here.
Free Financial Counseling Seminar
West Knoxville's Parkway Presbyterian Church and the ORNL Federal Credit Union are offering a free seminar to help families better manage their finances in an increasingly difficult economic climate. 
The Financial Assessment Counseling Seminar (FACS) will help participants:

1. Assess their financial situations and develop financial plans.
2. Learn to use credit wisely, understand their credit reports, and identify ways to improve their credit scores.
3. Deal with the stress that results from financial issues and the current economic crisis.

The two-part seminar will be offered on Saturday, February 21, and Saturday, February 28, from 9 AM-noon at Parkway Presbyterian Church.  For more information, click here.

Maryville College Hosts Annual February Meetings
Rev. Otis MossThe Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, will be the speaker for Maryville College's 2009 February Meetings, scheduled for Feb. 24.
Moss, who heads the largest UCC church in the nation and whose parishioners once included president-elect Barack Obama and his family, will give two addresses - one at 1 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. - that will center on a theme entitled "Revive Us Again: Coming Together to Move Forward." The meetings will be held in the College's Alumni Gymnasium.  For more information, click here.
Christian Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson
Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, is hosting a dinner and concert by Andrew Peterson on Sunday, March 8.  Peterson is a Christian singer/songwriter who has recently received national acclaim with his latest album titled "Resurrection Letters Volume II."  Tickets for the dinner and concert are $25 each; tickets for just the concert (advance purchase only) are $10.  For more information, click here.
Confirmation Weekend at John Knox Center
As you plan for your confirmation classes, please put on your calendar the Confirmation Weekend scheduled for April 3-4 2009 at John Knox Center.  Sponsored by the Small Church Ministry Group this is designed to empower your already existing plans for confirmation at your church. More details later.
A New Thing at Rivermont, Chattanooga
CrossCurrents Service at RivermontCrossCurrents, the long awaited contemporary worship service, debuted on January 11, 2009. Eighty-seven people congregated at 9 am in the Commons to worship in a more informal setting with upbeat and praise-filled music, while also enjoying Equal Exchange/Fair Trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Joyfully, it was an intergenerational service.
Many members at Rivermont have expressed interest in such a service, not only for their own spiritual nourishment, but also as a way to reach out to neighbors who are not a part of a community of faith. To learn more, click here.
Smoky Mountain Mission Workers Needed
Sunset Gap LogoIn the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains there is a place where lives are being changed, hope's rays are illuminating those who are struggling, young and old mission workers alike are finding blessings as they repair homes for those who need improved shelter, and church teams are finding a closer walk with God in faith and good works.  This place is an historical Presbyterian Mission called Sunset Gap Community Center.  At Sunset Gap the ministry impacting the lives of the people of Appalachia perhaps more than any other in years is The Work-Camp Ministry.  Sunset Gap is located on the Cocke and Sevier County line in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  Demand for help has far outstripped the number of workers available to meet the need.
You may email the center and we will contact you to set up your mission trip of a lifetime.  We also provide facilities for planning retreats, confirmation class retreats and other gatherings after the summer work camp season. Visit the website at www.sunsetgap.org and email info@sunsetgap.org.  To read more about these opportunities, click here.
Loaves & Fishes 2010 Update
Advent DinnerApril 16 & 17, 2010
Sequoyah Hills PC, Knoxville
GA Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow has accepted our invitation to L&F 2010 to be the Keynote Speaker and the Rev. Rhashell D. Hunter, GA's Director of Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries, has agreed to be our Keynote Preacher.
Rev. Chip Andrus will serve as our worship/music leader for the event.
Cheryl Child, Lake Hills PC, is serving as the Chair of the L&F 2010 Planning Team.  The Team will need about 8 - 12 members.
There will need to be a Local Arrangements Committee (perhaps at least 12 churches) in Knoxville made up of representatives of area churches who can plan & implement arrangements like - food, hospitality, parking, hotels, room set up, etc.
Any interest in serving on these L&F teams &/or workshop ideas can be sent to Cheryl Child
cherylchild@gmail.com) or Lina Hart (Lina@presbyteryeasttn.org)
The Big Tent Event
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At the Downtown Atlanta Hyatt, June 11 - 13, 2009, ten General Assembly Groups and Committees will be offering training workshops at the Big Tent, including:
New Immigrants Ministries Convocation
National Multicultural Church Conference
National Elders Conference
Committe on Preparations for Ministry/Committee on Ministry/ Seminary Healthy Ministry Conference
Racial Ethnic Convocation
Stewardship Conference
Communicators Network
Peacemaking Conference
PHEWA Social Justice Biennial Conference
Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
If you are an elder, pastor, educator, &/or person interested in New Church Development, peacemaking, social justice issues, improving communications, concerned for health ministries, want to learn more about multicultural/racial ethnic/immigrant ministries or just want to connect with Presbyterians from around the world - in our own back yard... consider participating in this phenomenal event.  For more information go online at http://www.pcusa.org/bigtent/

New Vision News

Advent Dinner

Digital Billboards
Did you see the digital billboards Knoxville in December?  These billboards were provided free of charge to us as a Christmas gift from Lamar Advertising.

Christmas Billboard

 Thank you Lamar!
Marketing Training
Donna Hoppestad, PET marketing and outreach consultant, continues to travel throughout the Presbytery, encouraging and training churches to expand their missions outside the church walls.  Donna is available, free of charge to churches, to meet with congregations and/or committees concerning training in areas like Marketing Your Church to Your Neighborhood, Evangelism Presbyterian-Style, How To Be A Welcoming Congregation, and Greeter 101.  If you feel that Donna can be of any help to your congregation, please email her at
If you have not ordered your church banner yet, there is still time!  For more information on these FREE banners, please email
Advertising Update
Even though you still see billboards up around the PET area, our contracts have actually expired.  The companies are keeping up the boards that have not sold, to give us additional exposure.  Our boards will go up again in mid-March for the Easter season, and July, October, and December for Advent.  Each time they will be up for approximately 30 days.
If you have suggestions concerning the billboards or have ideas for great locations, please email
Check Out MissionInsite
By Lina Hart, Associate Presbyter
MissionInsite logo
Anyone in our presbytery is now able to log in on MissionInsite, a user-friendly, comprehensive demographic service. MissionInsite is FREE for churches in our presbytery to use because of a contract the presbytery set up in conjunction with MissionInsite and our Synod of Living Waters.  There are some MissionInsite services that churches can pay for if interested - like setting up a Congregational Plot ($75) of your membership (including visitors and other designees) or a yearly contract (about $500) for receiving monthly Mailing Labels of newcomers in your area. 
To learn how to start exploring MissionInsite, click here.
In Atlanta, Feb 26 & 27, 2009, MissionInsite is offering a training course for those interested in learning more.  Anyone from our presbytery may attend - there's no cost for registering, but lodging (at Simpsonwood), meals and mileage are not covered. The New Vision Committee (ref. - Mike Chamberlain <mcdc@tds.net>) is providing some limited scholarship money for a few participants who wish to attend.
Enjoy getting acquainted with Mission Insite.  Keep us posted of what you think of it, what you're interested in determining and how best we can use this powerful resource.
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