|October is Pastor Appreciation Month|
October is Pastor Appreciation Month and the Support Mission Team celebrates the ministry of the parish pastors, non-parish clergy, retired pastors and CLPs who live and serve in the Presbytery of East Tennessee
. We praise God for guiding you in your work with congregations and the Presbytery.
During this month we urge pastors to reflect on your calling
and the way God has led you through the years especially centering on the positive ways you have served God and the positive influences you have experienced in your pastoral and personal life. Pledge to do one thing in the coming year to care for yourself and/or enhance your effectiveness in your professional or family life.
During the month we urge each congregation to do something special for their pastor/s
whether it be sending a card, placing a notice in the church bulletin or newsletter, or giving a gift card to do something extra as a person or family. You can certainly think of a creative way to show your pastor your appreciation for his/her care of the congregation.
Corita Swanson, moderator of the Support Mission Team
|Campus Ministries News|
Presbyterian Center at UT- Knoxville
The Presbyterian Center at UTK would like to invite you and your session, youth group, committee, or any other group in your church to worship on Sunday nights at 6pm on campus
. We have an uplifting joyful time of worship together and then continue our fellowship by eating dinner together after worship. Please let Kally know if you are planning on bringing a group to worship!
The Presbyterian Center at UTK is looking for working computers
for our student computer room. If you have a working computer that you'd like to donate, please contact the Presbyterian Center at email@example.com
Rev. Kally Elliott
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1831 Melrose Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Cents-Ability Grants in October
The Cents-Ability offering continues to be a special way for the churches in our Presbytery to collectively make an impact on hunger. Bulletin inserts with a current list of Cents-Ability grants will be sent electronically at the beginning of the month. Also, a current grant list is available at www.presbyteryeasttn.org/mission-teams/serve/hunger-program.asp
by clicking on the Cents-Ability logo.
New grants this month:
*An additional $500 to the Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville for a total grant of $1,000.
*An additional $200 to Sunset Gap's food pantry for a total grant of $500
*$500 to Campbell County's Food/Life Services
Red Bucket Sunday Update: We're More Than Halfway There!
The outpouring of concern for the four missions affected by this year's $30,250 budget reduction to the Serve Team has been tremendous. So far thirteen of our 75 churches have contributed more than $15,700!
"If you pour yourselves out for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness..."
Presbytery of East Tennessee
|New Vision News |
The Great Commission and
A New Vision for Churches and Congregations
in the Presbytery of East Tennessee
By Donna Hoppestad, marketing consultant
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
What has happened some of us in the PC(USA) during the last forty years cannot continue another forty if we intend to survive as a church. Some of us have become inwardly focused and maintenance-oriented, where outreach and evangelism happens by accident more than by strategy and training. We should all be growing in faithfulness and inviting others into that growth. The goal of this portion of the New Vision Program is to assist churches in following Jesus' instruction - "go...and make disciples." Somewhere, change must begin, so in the Presbytery of East Tennessee, CHANGE HAS BEGUN.
1. Have a firm meaning of what it means to be a disciple: We cannot encourage others to explore our faith if we do not first know how to discern and discuss our own faith.
2. Have an understanding of the community: a) What every church member needs to know about the culture around them; and b) How to identify cultural trends in the community.
3. Be aware of differences AND similarities between your church and your community: Why you attract whom you attract and why you miss with others.
4. Have a firm marketing foundation: What every church member needs to know about marketing.
5. Have realistic goals and strategies to achieve those goals: a) Becoming culturally "strategic" in order to build a culture of both numerical and spiritual growth both for the church and for the community; and b) Learning to build bridges to the community around you.
6. Identify both strengths and stumbling blocks: a) Getting your team on board to go to the next level; and b) Developing specific goals and realistic timetables to achieve those goals.
Check out the newsletter in November for how A New Vision can help you achieve these goals. For more information, please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org
|John Knox Center News |
8th Annual Women's Retreat
Nov. 6-8, 2009
Join us for a relaxing weekend with NO STRESS!
"You couldn't have asked for a better weekend." said one of the 7th Annual John Knox Center Women's Retreat participants. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and colorful fall foliage make John Knox Center the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend of fellowship and spiritual retreat for women from around East Tennessee.
Join us for a relaxing weekend away where you can restore your balance and renew your spirit. You can 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. There is also time for rest, reflection, and appreciation of God's creation on your own. The theme for 2009 is "Seeing Past Ourselves, Compassion for Today" with Susan Entner joining us as the keynote speaker.
Susan is the Area Coordinator for Compassion International and has spoken at many women's retreats and conferences. There will also be great program options including soap making 101, the exciting Zipline, and ever popular massage therapy. November 6th - 8th, 2009 at the John Knox Center.
or call 816-376-2236 for more information. Register now online!
Meet the River Ridge Staff!
The River Ridge Environmental Education Program employs six naturalists
, all of whom love sharing the wonders of God's creation with others: Elizabeth "Eli" Collins, Charlie Creagh, Lindsay Beene, Erin Burnett, Mike Knoerr, and Sean Prockter. To read their biographies, click HERE
Work Day at JKC - Saturday, October 17
8:00am to 5:00pm
Grab your paint brush and take an active role in the ministry of the John Knox Center. We need your help!
Several buildings including the Dining Hall, A-Lodge, & Cabin A-5 need a facelift. This work day will be dedicated to priming and painting
. For those who just aren't painters, we will also be landscaping trails
in A unit and B unit with new gravel.
Come with a group or on your own. We'll provide lunch and plenty of ice water! Bring your rollers, brushes, ladders, and a gallon of Kilz.
This is a great way to contribute to this valuable ministry while
enjoying the fellowship of others at this beautiful place. Call the
office at (865) 376-2236 or send an e-mail email@example.com
to let us know you are coming.
Long drive, or just want to get an early start? Come Friday evening
and we'll provide sleeping accommodations and continental breakfast
John Knox Center
591 W. Rockwood Ferry Rd.
Ten Mile, TN 37880
For a flyer about other fall events at John Knox Center, click HERE
|Association of Presbyterian Educators|
Annual Conference in Nashville, January 27-30, 2010
It's right in our back yard!! The annual APCE (Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators) Conference will be in Nashville, January 27 - 30, 2010.
Opening night with Amy Grant... worship that engages all the senses to glorify our living Lord... and workshops for teachers, youth leaders, parents, educators, pastors, musicians on topics like - Goodbye Class Chaos, Going Green - Children Lead the Way, Christian Education for Smaller Congregations, Motivating God's People to Learn More Effectively, Mission Beyond the Short Term Trip, Powerful Ministry on a Tiny Weeny Budget, Biblical Feasting - The Spirituality of Taste, Live Long & Prosper in Youth Ministry and dozens more. There are also in-depth seminars, tours, and of course the amazing Market Place with thousands of resources, books, and other resources to empower any ministry of your church. The event is not cheap, but it's also priceless. Look online for more information - http://www.apcenet.org/
If you need any personal testimonies about how enriching this event can be, talk to Crystal Fallesen at Rivermont firstname.lastname@example.org
, (who already has her hotel reservations), Melanie Rasnake at New Providence in Maryville email@example.com
, or Lina Hart (865-388-2381, Lina@presbyteryeasttn.org
). Many pastors and youth leaders have also attended for an equally inspiring experience. If funding could be a major obstacle keeping you from attending
, consider partnering with your church and the Presbytery by submitting a Conference Registration Form - found on the Presbytery's website http://www.presbyteryeasttn.org/
under the Forms section of Resources. The APCE event's deadline for an Early Bird rate is December 1, 2009
. The Equip Mission Team
would need the form submitted to the Presbytery's office by October 15th
in order to review the requests at their end of October meeting. That may be their last meeting of the year.
|Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry|
November 3-5, 2009
Kanuga Conference Center
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Rodger Nishioka, professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.
Kenda Creasy Dean, Associate Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Pam Driesell, pastor of Oconee Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia
Leadership also includes...
Sarah Arthur, Brent Strawn, Mark DeVries, Fred Edie, Jeffrey Tribble, and more.
Fees: The fee of $580 includes tuition, materials, coffee breaks, all meals, and
double occupancy lodging for three nights (Tuesday-Thursday). Commuter rate of
$356 includes tuition, materials, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner each day.
|Presbyterian Women News|
PW SUNSET GAP DAY
for all our women is coming up on October 8th
. Come at 10:30
. Lunch will be $7.00. Please bring staples: cooking oil, flour, sugar and oatmeal. SAVE THE DATE FOR PW'S FALL GATHERINGS
...CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES!
Three destinations. Two dates... October 17th
at Knoxville at Concord Presbyterian Church or Fairmont Presbyterian Church.
If that date is not good for you come to Chattanooga
on October 24th
at Second Presbyterian Church.
All three Fall Gatherings will begin at 9:30 in the morning
, a light lunch will be provided and the afternoon session will end at 2:00
The Gatherings all center around the theme "God will and does wonders with us as women" and bring us an opportunity to be encouraged in the missions and efforts we support and give our energies to.
|News & Events Around the Presbytery |
Covenant Network Gathering and Fundraiser - Oct. 1
Pam Byers, the Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
, will be attending an East Tennessee gathering of the Covenant Network at First Presbyterian Church, Oak Ridge
, on Thursday October 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian invites you to come for delightful desserts, live music and even livelier conversation. Bring your checkbook to support the purpose of the Covenant Network. Just a few items will be auctioned off for fun - a dinner party hosted by Chuck and Kerra English and a "Skipperdees" concert/church music gig. Please RSVP to Kerra Becker English if you plan to attend, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. The Covenant Network seeks to:
*support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA);
*articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision;
*work for a fully inclusive church;
*find ways to live out the graciously hospitable gospel by living together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA).
More information about the Covenant Network can be found on their website www.covenantnetwork.org
World Communion Sunday Celebration - Oct. 4
The Middle Kingdom Churches
will be gathering for a celebration of World Communion Sunday on October 4 at 6:00pm at the Epperson Presbyterian Church
. Clusters of churches in our area have been meeting all through the summer to discover and create new ways to minister to one another. We are excited about all these possibilities as well as more opportunities just to connect with each other. We also mourn the passing of the Rev. Bill Childress, whose extraordinary ministry brought nearly 60 years service to the Middle Kingdom of our presbytery.
"Feed the Faith" Fall Festival at Powell PC - Oct. 4
Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 West Emory Rd. in Powell, is hosting its annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 4 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. The theme is "Feed the Faith." The Festival will feature lots of food, live music, hay rides, a bounce house, children's activities, a cake walk, crafts and the much-anticipated Pastor Dunk. All proceeds go to support missions.
Pumpkin Patch at West Emory - Oct. 11 - 31
12:30 pm to 6:30 pm
More than 1,500 big orange pumpkins will be arriving soon to blanket the front lawn of West Emory Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Last year the church sold almost $12,000 worth of the colorful gourds and enjoyed hosting hundreds of families during this annual event. The proceeds from this year's Pumpkin Patch will go to provide clean water systems in Appalachia through Living Waters for the World and to help those in our community through Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM).
We will also host a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.
There will be games, art activities, hay rides, bake and craft sales. Everyone is invited. West Emory is located a few blocks east of Pellissippi Parkway on Westland Dr. and Emory Church Road. For more information go to www.westemorychurch.org
32nd Annual Apple Festival at Washington PC - Oct. 24
Washington Presbyterian Church
, 7405 Washington Pike in Corryton, is hosting its 32nd Annual Apple Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The Festival features apple pies and baked goods, Bar-B-Q sandwiches and ribs, fresh cooked apple butter and fresh pressed apple cider, fried apple pies, a country market, great music, and a silent auction. All proceeds go to support missions.
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