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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
May 2009
In This Issue
PET Calendar
Hunger Action Alert - Update!
Board of Pensions News
From the Stated Clerk
Maryville College Summer Institute
Pandemic Disaster Response
PET Meeting at Maryville College
Hunger Action!
John Knox Center News
New Vision News
News From the Presbyterian Center, UT-K
PC(USA) News
News and Events Around the Presbytery
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PET Calendar
2009 Presbytery Meetings:
Tuesday, May 5 @ 10:00am - Maryville College, Maryville, TN
Saturday, August 22 @ 10:00am - Fountain City Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN.  (Packet deadline: July 31)
Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:00am -Rivermont Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN  (Packet deadline: Oct. 20) 
Area Pastor Lunches:
Gathering of Retired Ministers & Spouses - 5/19, 12:00 noon @ Mama Blue's, Knoxville
Middle Area Pastor Lunch - 5/21, 11:30am @ Nut N Fancy, Tellico Plains 

May Mission Team/ Committee Meetings:

Small Church Ministry Group - 5/7, 10:00am video conference
Peacemaking Committee - 5/11, 5:30pm @ West Emory
Finance & Stewardship Committee - 5/11, 6:00pm video conference
Committee on Ministry - 5/12, 11:00am @ Mars Hill
Equip Mission Team - 5/14, 10:00am @ Mars Hill
Connect Mission Team - 5/18, 10:00am video conference
New Vision Committee - 5/21, 10:00am @ TBA
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - 5/21, 12:00 noon @ Sequoyah Hills

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:
                   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.
Update on Response to Needs at Morgan-Scott
Ella Smith, Director of the Morgan-Scott Project, reports that the response from PET churches to the need for immediate financial support for the Good Earth Garden Program was tremendous. The seeds, plants, and fertilizer were distributed to families on April 25th and more than 375 families were served. For the first time, there was even enough money for canning jars!
Board of Pensions News
Helen Locklear, our regional BOP representative, sends monthly e-newsletters. The latest newsletter features the following information:
** Change in Retirement Savings Plan fund
** Open Enrollment for long-term care insurance
** No Experience Apportionment to be granted this Year 
**MGB Grant Program Guidelines revised
**Spring 2009 Board Bulletin
** Assistance Program fact sheet now available 
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.
PC(USA) 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.

PC(USA) 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.  The discounted "early bird" registration fee of $285 has been extended through May 8.  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
2009 Christian Life Conference
Montreat Conference Center, July 4-7
Theme: The Father's Love
1 John 3:1
Sponsored by Presbyterians for Renewal
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
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!
Pandemic Disaster Response
By Carl Schlich, Interim Executive Presbyter
The news is filled recently with concerns and rumors regarding what health officials are beginning to label an influenza pandemic.  Many of us are asking, what do I need to do to protect myself and my family, as well as asking what can I and my Church do to help alleviate suffering and hardship if and when this rises to epidemic proportions in our corner of the world.
Charles Montgomery and Fritz Schilling, who have been active in disaster relief on behalf of the Presbytery of East Tennessee for several years, have an answer to that helping part.  We can be a part of the action to support the management of disaster relief in the face of a possible epidemic.
Disaster Response Volunteer ProcessingDuring one of the last hurricane evacuations scheduled to come our way, the American Red Cross asked the Presbyterians to be responsible for setting up volunteer processing centers.  These centers, managed by Presbyterians, were the first step in preparing volunteers to work with the Red Cross in staffing shelters.  This work was invaluable for the Red Cross professionals who then could spend their valuable time and energy in training and organizing those who had volunteered to serve.
This service proved so valuable that the Knox County Health Department has asked that Presbyterians assume that same role in the event of health related disasters such as epidemics.  Charles and Fritz have enlisted Erin and Fountain City Presbyterian Churches to be prepared to be volunteer processing centers, and they are working on others.  Westminster, Second and Sequoyah Hills in Knoxville, as well as First in Lenoir City and New Providence in Maryville, are in the process of joining in that effort.
Charles writes, "The Knox County Health Department response to a swine flu epidemic will be to have some 400-500 volunteers be processed by us and then they will disperse these individuals to 8 or more schools in Knox County to administer vaccine, etc.  Other denominations are responsible for recruiting the 400-500 individuals; we Presbyterians will be responsible for processing them much as we did the shelter workers last year.   The Health Department's response will be quick and intense with the points of dispersing (PODS) operating for a short time, such as 48 hours, to administer vaccines and perform other functions as directed by the Health Department.  So pray that we can be ready, and we really need your help!  For your information, those of us who work in volunteer processing and our families would get vaccine on a priority basis, just as would the 400-500 volunteers we would be processing."
To volunteer to be a member of our volunteer processing staff, please contact Charles Montgomery, montymontgomery@comcast.net / cell phone (865) 805-2829, or Laura Tappan at the Presbytery office, Laura@presbyteryeasttn.org / 865-688-5581 / 800-542-4246.
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
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The meeting will be held in the Alumni Gym.  Registration will open at 9:30am and the meeting will begin at 10:00am. The packet for the meeting is available on the PET website - click here.
The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Saturday, August 22 at Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
Hunger Action!
Cents-Ability Offerings At Work in 2009

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Roane County Cooperative Ministries, Kingston
($1,000 grant)
R.C.C.M.'s Garden Project enables forty families to obtain seeds, plants, and fertilizer to grow food in their own gardens. Surplus produce is shared with family and neighbors. www.bethelpcusa.org/mnrnc04.html
Chattanooga Area Food Bank's Sack Pack Program ($1,000 grant)
On Friday afternoons, bags of nutritious, kid-friendly food are placed discreetly in the backpacks of school children who face hunger issues over the weekend.  www.chattfoodbank.org
Morgan Scott Project's Good Earth Garden Program ($2,000 grant)
The Garden Program provides seeds, plants, and fertilizer to hundreds of low-income families in economically-depressed Morgan and Scott Counties, so that they can produce a large portion of their own food. Extra vegetables are canned or frozen for winter or given to those who are unable to plant a garden because of failing heath.
For more information about our Presbytery's Hunger Program that encourages working together to alleviate hunger, please contact Deborah Phillips at Deborah@presbyteryeasttn.org.
John Knox Center News
A Day in the Trees - May 2
Join the staff of the River Ridge Environmental Education Program for a high flying day of adventure!
River Ridge Environmental Education Program logo**10:00am to 6:00pm
**Fly down our 100 yard Zip Line
**Climb up onto the Catwalk, Burma Bridge, Elvis Walk and Pamper Plank
**Swing out on our NEW Flying Squirrel
**Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided.
**$10 per person
**Call ahead to Register - 865-376-2236
Please Note: Special Safety Equipment is used on our Ropes Course and participants are given specific instructions for climbing. Children 12 yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must fit into a River Ridge approved harness. This is a bi-annual event and will happen again on October 24, 2009 from 10am-6pm.
Mother's Day Tea - May 9
tea cupCelebrate Mother's Day at the John Knox Center on Saturday, May 9 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Enjoy a luncheon with delicious food, games, and a celebration of a mother's spirit. We invite you to bring the women in your life to share this day.
"As a mother comforts her child, so shall I comfort you..."  Isaiah 66:13
Register online at www.johnknoxcenter.org  Click on "Calendar of Events"
Meet Chris Ford
Chris and Beth FordChris Ford, the new Interim Program Director, joins the John Knox Center ministry with a variety of camp experience. He worked seasonally at an Episcopalian summer camp in Florida, a YMCA camp in Atlanta, a day camp in Tallahassee, FL, and a Wilderness Therapy program in Northern Georgia.  The majority of Chris's programming experience comes from another Presbyterian camp, Heartland Presbyterian Center outside of Kansas City, MO. Chris served as the Assistant Program Director and eventually the Program Director for summer camp during his stay. Chris has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Florida State University in Recreation Management.  His wife, Beth, also has a degree in Recreation Management from FSU and has extensive experience in camping and youth programming. Chris enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, mountain biking, being outdoors, and watching Law & Order.
John Knox Center Summer Camp 2009
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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! Summer camp online registration for Camp John Knox is open and sessions are filling up quickly!
To register or for descriptions of camps go online at www.johnknoxcenter.org or call us at 865.376.2236.

Summer 2009 Schedule
Day Camp                   4 - 10 years       June 8 - 12          $140
Pioneer Day Camp       4 - 10 years       July 27 - 31          $145
Mini-Critter Camp     2nd - 4th graders   June 16 - 19         $210
Mini Camp               2nd - 4th graders    June 29 - July 1    $190
Critter Camp           4th - 6th graders     June 14 - 19        $310
Native Ways Camp     4th - 6th graders   July 5 - 10          $310
Elementary Marathon 4th - 6th graders   July 15 - 24         $390
"Game On" Camp     4th - 6th graders     July 26 - 31         $310
Night Owl Camp        7th - 10th graders   June 21 - 26       $325
Jr. High Adventure     7th - 9th graders    July 5 - 14         $525
Jr. High Marathon       7th - 10th graders  July 12- 24        $430
Sr. High Adventure     9th - Graduates     June 21 - July 1  $550
Covenant Partners     15 - 18 years       May 31 - June 19  $500

Camp John Knox

New Vision News

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Have you ever wondered why people don't visit your church?  After all, you can't imagine life without your church family.  If they would only visit, then they would experience the warmth and love that you feel every week.  Why don't they visit?  And if they visit, why don't they come back?
Next Sunday, check out your church.  The buildings you admire, the people you love, the programs you enjoy.  Does anything say "welcome" to people who don't know you?  Do you throw the doors open and let the neighbors get a hint of the glorious music within?  Are there members outside the building helping people park, maybe a Sunday School class meeting at a picnic table under a tree?  How about signs letting visitors know what may be happening at the church that week?
Do you have programs, other than Sunday morning, that may appeal to others?  If you do, how do you let the neighborhood know about them?  Next time you plan an event or program, ask yourself, "Does this appeal only to our members, or would it also appeal to my neighbors or my co-workers?"
Planning an event only for the church is important, but don't overlook the witness possibilities of events for the community.  Most importantly, don't have an outreach event without sending them home with information on the next event at your church.  Make up postcards, flyers, business cards, etc., that members can hand out to personally invite them to Sunday School or worship on a certain date.  Don't worry if it's not another big event - the important part here is the personal invitation.
Let's talk ideas, both about ways to attract visitors, and ways to keep them interested in learning more about your church.   Email me at
2009newvision@gmail.com  (yes, it's a new year - however, the 2008newvision@gmail.com account will continue to work) and let's talk about how to spread the Good News in a new way!
Donna Hoppestad, marketing consultant 
News from UT-Knoxville Presbyterian Center
UT logoAre 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.
PC(USA) News
PET Young Adults Selected for Mission Service 
Three young adults from the Presbytery of East Tennessee have been selected by the General Assembly Council to serve in mission on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  Sarah Terpstra of First Presbyterian Church, Oak Ridge will serve in Peru, Jacob Geerlings of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga will serve in Kenya, and Emily Brewer of New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville will serve in Guatemala as part of the International Young Adult Volunteer Program during the 2009-2010 YAV cycle. 

The International Young Adult Volunteer Program offers opportunities in Christian service and learning for young adults (21 to 30 years of age) in five sites around the world.  The job descriptions for the volunteers depend both on the needs of the partner and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer.  In each placement, the volunteer works with a church or organization, develops Christian community, and meets regularly for prayer and Bible study with other Young Adult Volunteers.
Young Adult Volunteer Program
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Scottish Troubadour coming to West Emory, May 12
Bruce DaviesIf you love Scottish music, Miki Vanderbilt, pastor of West Emory Church in Knoxville, invites you to a delightful, toe-tapping, never-to-be-forgotten concert by the outstanding performer and troubadour, Bruce Davies. This award-winning singer/songwriter from Scotland will be performing at West Emory Presbyterian Church, Westland Drive at Emory Church Road on block off Pellissippi Parkway (I 140), Knoxville on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:30 pm.
When Bruce made his twenty-fifth tour of the U.S. in 2007, he and his American fans, of which Miki is one, thought it would be their last chance to get together. However, such is the love that Bruce and his wife Sandra have for this side of the Pond that they are back for a working vacation and he will appear in concert at West Emory Church, at Miki's request and the congregation's delight, as one of only three venues in our country.
Often regarded as a "Scottish John Denver," Bruce has made five appearances at the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games as well as appearing locally on Channel 10 and nationally on ABC's Good Morning America, and television specials in Washington, DC, California and on the BBC. One reviewer said, "Many folk singers sing for the hands and feet, Bruce Davies sings for the head and heart."
A suggested donation of $10+ will be received with all proceeds over costs going to the Appalachian Network of Living Waters for the World. The folks at West Emory hope you will come and bring your friends. Check out Bruce's website for more information www.brucedavies.com.

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

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