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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
April 2009
In This Issue
PET Calendar
Presbyterian Planning Calendars
Disaster Response Team
PC(USA) News
Board of Pension News
From the Stated Clerk
Maryville College Summer Institute
Summer Mission Opportunities
Are There Zombies Among Us?
PET Meeting at Maryville College
Hunger Action!
Hunger Action Alert!
John Knox Center News
New Vision News
Resource Review
News From the Presbyterian Center, UT-K
Older Adult Ministry
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Leaders Academy
News and Events Around the Presbytery
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PET Calendar
2009 Presbytery Meetings:
Tuesday, May 5 @ 10:00am - Maryville College, Maryville, TN
(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) 
Area Pastor Lunches:
Knox Area Pastor Lunch - 4/21, 12:00pm @ PET Resource Ctr. 

April Mission Team/ Committee Meetings:

Equip Mission Team- 4/2, 10:00am video conference
Serve Mission Team - 4/2, 11:00am @ Newton Child Dev. Ctr, Chattanooga
Support Mission Team - 4/2, 3:00pm @ Highland
Property Committee - 4/8, TBA
Committee on Ministry - 4/14, 11:00am @ Mars Hill 
Coodinating Council - 4/16, 10:00am @ John Knox Center
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - 4/16, 12:00 noon @ Farner
New Vision Committee - 4/28, 10:30am @ Mars Hill
Youth Committee - 4/28, 6:30pm @ 2nd Knoxville

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.
2009-2010 Presbyterian Planning Calendars
Last Chance! 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.   
Disaster Response Team
Spring Work Trip Scheduled for May 2-9
Plans for this year's spring work trip to Long Beach, MS are well underway.  Six skilled crew chiefs are already in place, as well as our cook, Mike Kirkland of Lake Hills Presbyterian Church.  The group is limited to 30 people and will stay at Long Beach Presbyterian Church.  For additional details, click here.
Please publicize this trip to your church communities! 
PC(USA) News
GAC Budget Cuts
The General Assembly Council is having to make drastic cuts in expenditures this year.  For more information, click here
GAC E-Newsletter
GAC Executive Director Linda Valentine sends out a monthly E-newsletter.  To view the latest edition, click here
Board of Pensions News
Helen Locklear, our regional BOP representative, sends monthly e-newsletters. The latest newsletter features the following information:
** BOP Dues Calculator
** 403(b) written plan requirement
** BOP Member Advocate
**Links to other BOP news items
To read the newsletter, click here.
From the Stated Clerk
By James McTyre
Be a far-sighted Presbyterian. Visit the Stated Clerk's blogsite at http://presbyopia.blogspot.com for resources and assorted news. 
Maryville College Summer Institute
The schedule of courses for Maryville College's 2009 Summer Institute have been announced, and registration is now open to college students wishing to get ahead or catch up on coursework and to other adults who want to explore new fields of study.
Complete schedules, course descriptions, class times and application information are all available on the College's website, www.maryvillecollege.edu. Fees are $280 per credit hour.
Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
Sharing not only the Gospel...but also our lives
April 27-30, 2009
Theme: 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.

PCUSA Big Tent 
At the downtown Atlanta Hyatt, June 11-13, 2009, ten General Assembly Groups and Committees are offering training workshops at the Big Tent.  For details and registration information, click here.
The Presbytery's Peacemaking Committee encourages attendance at the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent.  They are offering scholarships for persons attending the Peacemaking Conference for the first time.  For more information, click here
Faith & Environment: Embracing God's Call to be Green
The National Conference for Presbyterians for Restoring Creation at Montreat Conference Center, July 7-11.  For more information and to register online, click here or call the registrar at 800.572.2257, ext. 335.
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network
2009 Annual Conference, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 in Tucson, AZ.  For more information, go to the POAMN website, www.poamn.org
Elderhostel Experiences at Montreat
Elderhostel programs are offered at Montreat from early spring until December each year. 

Elderhostel participants come to Montreat Conference Center from every walk of life to learn together, to exchange ideas, and to explore the world.  From politics to poetry, fitness to mountain folklore, the Elderhostel program at Montreat touches on topics and activities that open minds and enrich lives.  Learn more at www.elderhostel.org   Type "Montreat" in the search field to bring up current programming.

Casa Del Sol Retreat Schedule for 2009
Check out the offerings at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico by clicking here
Summer Mission Opportunities
Smoky Mountain Mission Workers Needed

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In 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.
Summer mission trips to Louisville, KY
The 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
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Are There Zombies Among Us?
By Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
Like many of you, I am somewhat of an NPR groupie.  I awaken to Morning Edition coming through my clock radio.  I listen on my satellite radio while driving from place to place and church to church.  On the 17th of February, I heard Chris Arnold on Morning Edition introduce a new term to me. He was speaking of "Zombie Banks."  "A zombie bank," he went on to say, "keeps draining bailout capital from the government, but doesn't respond with any meaningful lending that helps the economy recover."  I pictured what looked like a bank... with tellers, doors that open during banking hours, a vault, elevator music playing in the lobby....but no loans being made, no transactions being carried out that banks usually carry out.  It looks like a bank, smells like a bank, sounds like a bank, but it is for all intents and purposes... dead.
Foggy churchyardI began having a very uneasy feeling that I had seen that in some churches as well.  They have stained glass windows, steeples, bulletins on Sunday, the correct hymnbooks in the pew racks, organ music in the background looking for all the world like a church, but for all intents and purposes... seem dead.  Zombie churches... what a disturbing thought.

To read the full article, click here.
PET Meeting at Maryville College, May 5

The Presbytery of East Tennessee will hold its Ninety-Ninth Stated Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Maryville College. Registration will open at 9:30am and the meeting will begin at 10:00am. The packet for the meeting will be available on the PET website by the end of the day on April 21.
Hunger Action!
Community gardening is growing at the Presbytery Office!
Advent Dinner*A small garden area is under way.
*Tomato plants will be planted in mid-April. 
*A canning class is being planned for several low-income families.
*Extra tomatoes will be taken to food pantries.
*A compost pile has been established.
*A designated container in the coffee room is being filled with used coffee filters and grounds, tea bags, banana peels, apple cores, and so on.
*Carl Schlich is going to plant a fig tree in memory of his mother.
If anyone would like to donate canning jars for the class this summer, please contact Deborah@presbyteryeasttn.org.
Morgan Scott's Good Earth Garden Program is in critical need of your immediate financial support. 
Advent DinnerThe Morgan Scott Project's Good Earth Garden Program provides vegetable seeds, seed potatoes, onion sets, cabbage and tomato plants, and fertilizer to low-income families, so that they can plant a garden and produce a large portion of their own food. Extra vegetables are canned or frozen for winter or given through Morgan Scott to those who are unable to plant a garden because of failing health.
The Good Earth Garden Program started in 1976 and has helped more families each year. In 2008, 300 families were served at a cost of $3,692.00; the program did not have the funds to serve all 350 families that registered. Morgan Scott's Director, Ella Smith, reports that the need is even greater this year because more factories in the area have closed or had huge layoffs, and the number of people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits in these very economically depressed counties has increased. The goal is to be able to help at least 400 families this spring.
Our Presbytery's Hunger Program hopes to be able to send a $2,000 Cents-Ability (Two-Cents-a-Meal) grant. Please help bridge the several thousand dollar deficit by sending donations to:
Morgan Scott Project
P.O. Box 8
Deer Lodge, TN  37732
Memo section: Good Earth Garden Program
John Knox Center News
Men's BBQ, April 25
Man playing horseshoesJoin us for a day of fun, food, fellowship and relaxation!  Come spend the day zipping through the trees, playing horseshoes, or just visit, eat, and relax by the lake.  The day "officially" begins at 10:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm, but feel free to bring your boat and/or your fishing rod and spend the entire day!  Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm followed by a short devotion service.  The cost is $15 per person.  For more information, click here.

Camp Staff Sought 
Camp John Knox
is currently hiring the best of the best for a summer of ministry! We invite you to consider being part of a fun and exciting ministry that seeks to provide safe camp experiences in which people discover the wonders of God's creation and build their faith in Jesus Christ.
JKC logo               Openings:
               2 Male Counselors
               1 Lifeguard
               1 Program Assistant

To view or download a flyer, click here.
New Vision News

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Happy Easter from New Vision!
Will Easter be a Welcoming Time?

Is your congregation ready for Easter? Will strangers from the community sense that you went out of your way to welcome them? I ask this question after thinking about Easter a couple of years ago. I went out with a group from a church, walked in their community, invited the neighbors and guess what? Some of the neighbors came! Research studies indicate that Easter (along with Christmas and Mother's Day) is one of the holiday times that people who do not have church homes may appear. With that in mind, can you imagine strangers coming in and members sliding down the pew to let them have the corner seat? Can you even imagine someone sharing their Bible or showing someone the restrooms so that they do not get lost? All of this can happen if we simply plan to welcome!
For ideas on how to plan to welcome, click here.

Easter Billboard

Four new Easter-themed billboards will be in our area beginning the end of March.  See if you can find them all!  (To see images of all four, click here.)  Boards will be up for 30 days.
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or would like for Donna to come to your church or committee meeting to discuss ways to make your church more welcoming, please email at 2008newvision@gmail.com, or call at 865.805.6772.
Resource Review: LifeSongs Music Collection
By Anne Brock, volunteer preschool teacher at Powell Presbyterian Church
LifeSongs songbookWhat a delight it has been to inspire little voices and hearts through the LifeSongs music collection from our Resource Center at the Presbytery of East Tennessee.  In these challenging times of austerity, it is a blessing to have these resources for the children's ministry of Powell Presbyterian Church.  We have utilized some of the music during the Advent season and plan to try it again for Easter.  The collection has been a fun teaching tool with a sound musical and biblical foundation.
To read more of Anne's review, click here.
News from UT-Knoxville Presbyterian Center
1.  The Presbyterian Center is in need of a bunk bed asap.  If you have one you'd like to donate to the PC, please email Kally Elliott at pcutk@utk.edu.
UT logo2.  Are you a UT Vol Football fan?  Do you drive around and around on game days looking for a place to park?  Consider parking right on campus at the Presbyterian Center in your own reserved parking space with use of a full kitchen and bathrooms.  Starting in July, the PC will be accepting bids for reserved parking spaces for UT football games.  All proceeds go directly to the ministry at the Presbyterian Center.  If you are interested in being on the mailing list for this great opportunity, please email Kally at pcutk@utk.edu.
3.  The Presbyterian Center is having a "work day" on Saturday, April 4th from 9am-12pm with lunch provided.  Please consider coming and working alongside the students at the Presbyterian Center - 1831 Melrose Ave., Knoxville.
Older Adult Ministry
What Is Older Adult Ministry?
Older Adult Ministry LogoIn 1985, a gift of $450,000 was left to the "Women of the Presbyterian Church US" for the sole purpose of starting Older Adult Ministries in local churches.  The project money was used to pay salaries of workers who moved into the church communities for three months to help the churches organize an Older Adult Ministry.  This produced a network of Older Adult Ministries that was based on the needs of each local church.
After the age of sixty, church members begin experiencing catastrophic changes in their lives which can cause great stress and sorrow.  Some examples are:  loss of spouse, reduced income, extended illness, loss of support groups, and trauma from moving from the big house.  In the later years, they can experience a gradual surrender of independence with a loss of specific goals, initiative, and self respect.
During this same period of their life they have the gift of time, experience, wisdom, skills, and motivation to help each other through this troubled time.
Older Adult Ministry is structured so that those members with gifts have a way of helping those with needs. The Presbytery of East Tennessee Older Adult Committee has developed a twelve-step program to help churches organize successful Older Adult Ministries. To learn more about Older Adult Ministries and how the Presbytery's OAM Committee can help, click here.
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Annual Spring Gathering, April 24
Presbyterian Women logo10:00am until 2:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
433 North Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 

Special Guest Speaker: Connie Rotters Blake
Following Lunch: Worship and Communion
led by the Rev. Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
The cost is $8 per person and registrations should be sent to Lisa Pitts, PW Treasurer: 2028 Southern Oaks Dr., Maryville, TN 37801/ph. 865-681-0612
For more information, click here.
Leaders Academy - Sat. April 25
The next Leaders Academy is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th at Powell Presbyterian Church from 8:30 am - Lunch. The registration fee is $7 per person (includes lunch, snacks and child care, if requested) for which you can participate in 2 workshops on such topics as:
*Clerk of Session Training - James McTyre, the Presbytery's Stated Clerk
*Becoming an Even Better Worship Leader - Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
*Christian Education Options in a Smaller Church - Cheryl Child, Director of Christian Education, Lake Hills PC
*Living Water for Appalachia - Tim Myrick, with Appalachian Network for Living Waters
*Basics on Using Mission Insite - Lina R. Hart, Associate Presbyter
Powell PC is located at 2910 West Emory Rd., Powell, TN.  For additional information and a registration form, click here.

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Community Garden Dedication
Community GardenNew Hope Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga invites everyone to the Dedication of the New Hope Presbyterian Community Garden on April 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm.  The address is 7301 Shallowford Road (directly across from the entrance to Hamilton Place Mall). A short dedication ceremony will be followed by a meal in the McMillian Building.  Please RSVP to the church office at (423) 892-0853 or fax (423) 892-0368. 

Middle Area Events During Lent
Lenten Worship & Luncheon at Farner Presbyterian Church, 138 Underwood Dr., Farner, TN. Wednesday, April 1 - Meditation from 12:00 until 12:20 pm, followed by a light luncheon.
Maundy Thursday Communion Service at Center Presbyterian Church, 6265 Highway 360, Tellico Plains - April 9, 7:00 pm.
Good Friday Service of Tenebrae at Epperson Presbyterian Church, 650 Epperson Road, Tellico Plains - April 10, 7:00 pm.
Congregations both inside and outside the Middle Area of the Presbytery are invited.
Multicultural Celebration in Sweetwater
DiversityThe Marcella Center for Arts & Education, which is housed in the former St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater, is hosting Diversity: An Area-Wide Multicultural Celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy the authentic native dress, customs, food, talent and flair of many different nations and cultures.  The event will take place at Sweetwater Elementary School, 401 Broad St., Sweetwater, TN.  The cost is $10 for adults, $2 for students and children 8 yrs. and under are admitted free.
To view or download an event flyer, click here.
Madisonville Creation Celebration
Celebrating CreationMadisonville Presbyterian Church is holding its 3rd annual Creation Celebration, a Free Community Earth Day event on Sunday, April 19 from 12:30-4:00.  The event will feature live music, food, a plant sale, children's activities, a Trash Art contest, international booths and special speakers.  Madisonville PC is located at 201 Main St. West, Madisonville, TN.  All churches in the Presbytery are invited to attend.  
To view or download an event flyer, click here.
Coalition for Appalachian Ministry Conference
Coalition for Appalachian Ministry logoYesterday's People...Today's People - Trends and Ministry in Appalachia is the topic for the conference being held by the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry, April 27-28 in Charleston, WV.  The mission of the Coalition For Appalachian Ministry is to make a positive impact where Reformed tradition and Appalachian culture come together by networking with church and community to provide educational and service opportunities.  For more information, click here.
Maryville College Summer Youth Get-A-Way
Maryville College
 Summer Youth Get-A-Way
for emerging leaders in your high school group
Maryville College
June 7 -11


Loaves & Fishes 2010 Update
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April 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)
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Resources for ministry, conference announcements, grant application forms, etc.
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.