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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterNovember 2010
In This Issue
Presbytery meets Nov. 2
Campus Ministry at UT-K
John Knox Center News
PET Educators share resources
General Assembly Forums
Hunger Action!
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Our Mission Statement
Following Jesus Christ in the adventure of ministry, we will...

CONNECT with one another in community;

EQUIP congregations for faithful ministry;

SUPPORT our churches, pastors, and leaders;

SERVE God's world in love, justice, and peace; and

ADMINISTER the operations of the Presbytery.
Quick Links
Hunger Program

John Knox Center
Loaves & Fishes Experience
Meeting Highlights from the August 21, 2010 PET meeting
MissionInsite - web-based demographic service
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 09-30-10
Resource Center
Workshops & Conferences

Presbytery of East Tennessee

Synod of Living Waters
Presbytery Staff 
Judd Shaw
General Presbyter

James McTyre
Stated Clerk

Lina R. Hart
Associate Presbyter

Executive Director, John Knox Center
Office Manager

Deborah Phillips
Hunger Action Enabler

Gwen Pyle
Financial Assistant

Laura Tappan
Administrative Assistant and Resource Center Administrator

Office Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5436
Knoxville TN 37928-0436

Office Fax:

Tollfree (TN only):

Office Physical Address:
609 Cedar Lane
Knoxville, TN

Office Hours:
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday
Call ahead if you plan to stop by between 12:00 and 1:00pm

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Presbytery Meets November 2
gavelThe One Hundred Fifth Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Tuesday, November 2 at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville.  Registration opens at 9:30am and the meeting will begin at 10:00am.  Meeting materials are now available on the Presbytery's website.
Campus Ministry at UT-Knoxville
Five Opportunities to Serve YOUR College Students!

1. The UTK Presbyterian Center is looking for a fun space to hold our fundraiser. If you have a great space that you'd like to donate to the PC for a night of fun and funds please contact Kally at
2. Visit our website each week for updates about our activities and you can even make a donation to the campus ministry via Paypal!
3. Join us for our November 20th Work Day at the PC!
4. Help send a student to the 2011 College Conference at Montreat. The cost for the conference is $163 and many of our students need help getting there.
5. Pray for the campus ministry and our outreach to college students at UTK Presbyterian Center UT-Knoxville(the REAL UT).

Rev. Kally Elliott
Campus Minister
Presbyterian Center
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1831 Melrose Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916
work: (865)525-7475
John Knox Center News
Advent Dinner is coming!

Advent WreathThe staff of John Knox Center would like to invite all church professionals for an evening of celebration, fellowship, and delicious food at the annual Advent Dinner on Friday December 3, 2010. Appetizers will be served at 6:00 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.

This is an opportunity for all of us in ministry around the Presbytery of East Tennessee to enjoy a wonderful evening together without the worries of meetings or business.

Children are not only welcomed; we encourage you to bring your whole family. There will be a special program for your children in the JKC Nature Center with our staff and dinner served afterwards. This will be a fun experience for your children and you have a wonderful evening in the dining hall. The cost for children is $5.

Please register online or call our office to RSVP, so we can plan accordingly. ~ ~ 865-376-2236.

PET Educators share resources
Educators got together recently at Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga for sharing Scripture and prayer, planning for Advent, resourcing one another for Confirmation, and digging into homemade lasagna. As the autumn colors decorated the periphery of the meeting, our educator group celebrated ministries of learning and serving with the purpose of giving God the glory. Educators met in the Spring at the presbytery office, then during the Summer in Athens, and most recently this Fall in Chattanooga. We have been blessed with good group attendance and plan to meet this January in the middle kingdom. If you would like to participate in future educator gatherings, contact Laura Tappan at the presbytery office (865-688-5581, 800-542-4246) or Mark Lampley at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church (865-522-9804).

PET Educators

Pictured are: back row - Laura Tappan (PET Staff), Mark Lampley (Sequoyah Hills); middle row - Ginny Baker, Angela Grobe (both Westminster), Melanie Rasnake (New Providence), Crystal Fallesen (Rivermont), Delilah Jane Phillips (Northside, Chattanooga); front row - Susan Mills (Korean, Knoxville), Loretta Bradley (Shiloh). Not pictured but attended gathering: Jan Newman (First, Soddy Daisy), Leah Grundy (First, Cleveland).
General Assembly Forums 

The Presbytery of East Tennessee will host three forums in December to provide information about the General Assembly amendments that will be voted on by our Presbytery in February. 

Tues. Dec. 7 at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 North Jackson St., Athens

Thurs. Dec. 9 at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga

Tues. Dec. 14 at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville

Each forum will run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  Our commissioners to the General Assembly will serve as presenters: Rev. David Bell, Rev. Sharon Carter, Elder Corita Swanson, Elder Harvey White and Ms. Megan Paris (our Young Adult Advisory Delegate).  Everyone is welcome to attend.

More information about the proposed amendments is available on the Presbytery's website.

Hunger Action! 
Red Bucket Special Mission Offering

Red BucketLast year, there was a $30,250 budget shortfall to the Serve Team's budget, and 18 churches participated in what was dubbed Red Bucket - as in keeping our mission entities from being "in the red" in 2009. Total donations were just under $20,000, which was two-thirds of what was needed.

This year, the shortfall to the Serve Team's budget is even greater: $48,367. It also affects more than Newton Child Development Center, the Morgan Scott Project, the Marcella Center, and Sunset Gap; it also affects our two campus ministries.

The Serve Team is encouraging all 75 PET churches to participate in the Red Bucket offering, so that this very difficult financial transition will be eased as the entities seek other avenues of support going forward.

Buckets can be covered with construction paper if red ones are difficult to find. Churches decide when they want to take up this offering. The Presbytery office will accept donations at any time, but the sooner the better! Please mark the memo section: Red Bucket. The money will go to the entities based on the percentage that they would have received from the budget.

Pinto Bean Project Hits 100

Pinto BeansThe Pinto Bean Project's original goal of 50 bags has been met and doubled! To date, 100 bags have been purchased and delivered to Sunset Gap, Claiborne Hunger Ministry, Montgomery Village Ministry in Knoxville, Food/Life Services of Campbell County, Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville, Sevier County Pantry, Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, Morgan Scott Project, and Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Congregations can become part of the Pinto Bean Project by sending donations to: The Presbytery of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville, TN 37928-0436 (memo section: Pinto Bean Project). The cost of one 50 pound bag is $25. I am purchasing the bags from Sysco and making arrangements to deliver them to food pantries within the Presbytery as needs are brought to my attention. It has been wonderful to see groups within our churches find creative ways to raise money for this project!

Cents-AbilityCents-Ability's Impact in 2010

Congregations can connect with the Presbytery of East Tennessee's Hunger Program through our Cents-Ability offering. Grants from this offering are making an impact on the effort to eliminate hunger in East Tennessee.

Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville ($500)
Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County ($500)
Food/Life Services of Campbell County ($500)
Chattanooga Area Food Bank's Sack Pack Program for Children ($500)
Chattanooga Community Kitchen ($500)
Sunset Gap's Food Pantry ($500)
FISH Hospitality Pantries ($500)
Claiborne Hunger Ministry ($500)
Roane County Cooperative Ministries' Garden Project ($1,000)
Fountain City Ministry Center ($500)
Morgan Scott Project's Good Earth Garden Program ($500)
Church World Service ($60.50 - Haiti relief efforts)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ($60.50 - Haiti relief efforts)
Scott County Emergency Food Assistance ($400.00)

New in November:

Scott County Emergency Food Assistance's grant from last month will be raised to $500
Morgan Scott Project's Emergency Food Box Program ($500)

"Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Deborah Phillips
Hunger Action Enabler
News and Events Around the Presbytery
All Saints' Day Concert at First, Knoxville - Oct. 31

Stained glass windowSunday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. - Choral Evensong for All Saints' Day presented by the Chancel Choir.  First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.  Free and open to the public.  Nursery provided.  For further information call (865) 546-2531.

Concert flyer

Faith & Courage Exhibit at First, Sevierville - Nov. 1 - 24

First Presbyterian Church Sevierville
is pleased to announce the Second Annual Faith and Courage Exhibit, recalling the service of the nation's Military Chaplains.
  November 1-24, 2010; Hours:  Monday - Friday, 10 - 4; Weekends by appointment.

A Special Worship Service to recognize the service of our veterans
will be held on November 14, 2010 at 10:45am.  Chaplain Thomas Chadwick, USN (ret) will preach.  He is from the Presbyterian Council on Chaplains and Military Personnel.

Exhibit and service flyer

Letter of invitation from First, Sevierville

Contact:  Brenna Smith or Pastor Terrye McAnally

500 Belle Avenue

Sevierville, TN 3862


KIN Concert at Graystone - Nov. 7

The Knoxville Interfaith Network (KIN) is hosting a special concert on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3pm at Graystone Presbyterian Church, 139 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville.  Featuring:
  • Sheryl Howard, director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Anna Thomas, music director for 1st Presbyterian, Oak Ridge
  • Nancy Brennan-Strange, music director of John XXIII Catholic Campus ministry
  • Alan Eleazer, former music director of Concord Methodist and Church Street United Methodist churches
  • Karen Gilat, cantor at Temple Beth-El Synagogue
  • Ballet Gloria

Hosted by Rev. Chris Buice, TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and former TV news anchor Edye Ellis.  Cost: $10 per person

American Boychoir in Concert at First, Knoxville - Nov. 7

Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. - American Boychoir in Concert at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.  Free and open to the public.  Nursery provided.  For further information call (865) 546-2531.
The American Boychoir
American Boychoir Concert flyer

Christmas concert available for group events

The Joy Singers, the senior adult choir at Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, offers a 40-45 minute music concert "Favorite Carols and Christmas Songs" with piano accompaniment for senior adult programs, retirement groups, shut-ins, hospitals, or church functions. To schedule this program for your church or social group, please contact: Don Townsend, 599-7961 cell or

Rubenia - A Story of God's Faithfulness
by Carolyn Brannon Snyder - Elder, Rivermont Presbyterian

Carolyn and Rubenia
Ruby and Carolyn

I first met Rubenia, or "Ruby", in the summer of 2009 at the Pan American Health Center, a children's home where we volunteer on Rivermont's mission trips to Honduras.  I soon learned that Ruby was ten years old, and that she and her twelve year old brother, Dennis had run away from home and were living under a bridge when they were found by a Pan Am worker, Iris. Iris had found them while taking a walk, and had brought them to live at Pan Am until other arrangements could be made. They were living at the center when we visited for a week.

I fell in love with Ruby that week.  I fell in love with her determination. Even though she was missing her left foot and ankle and two fingers from her left hand she had no idea she had a disability.  She ran and played with the other children and even climbed a bell tower to ring the bell announcing VBS.  She brought a lot of joy to my life and found a special place in my heart.

When I returned to the States, every time I prayed, her face would be before my eyes.  I felt that God wanted me to help her.

Read more about Ruby and Carolyn.

PET well represented at Wee Kirk Conference

Sixteen people representing 7 churches in the Presbytery of East Tennessee attended the Wee Kirk Conference held at Montreat Conference Center Oct. 18-20. The purpose of the Wee Kirk Conference is to inspire, equip, motivate, encourage and provide rest and refreshment for pastors, CLPs and leaders of small churches (under 200 members). Our churches represented at the conference include Concord, First - Lenoir City, New Hope - Chattanooga, New Hope - Knoxville, Powell and First - Sevierville.

Maryville College Alumni Awards

Carl McDonald with Alumni CitationMaryville College alumnus Carl McDonald, a member of the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry and New Providence Presbyterian Church, was honored with an Alumni Citation on October 23. The Maryville College Alumni Citation is awarded to former students who have, according to the guidelines, "rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who have rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College."  To find out more about Carl and his accomplishments, click HERE.

Dr. Tom Bogart with John Trotter
Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart and John Trotter.
John C. Trotter
, a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, received the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni at the same Oct. 23 event.  The Kin Takahashi Award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has, within 15 years of his or her graduation of Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.  To learn more about John and his accomplishments, click HERE.

Montreat Conference Center

Montreat Conference Center, one of three PC(USA) conference centers, offers the following conferences in this fall and winter: Spirituality Retreat, Road Scholar (Elderhostel), College Conference, Ski Weekend for Youth, and Marriage Enrichment. At two hours from Knoxville, it is very accessible and a beautiful place to retreat to. More details about these conferences and ways to have a Session Retreat or Church-wide Retreat can be found at While displays will be at upcoming presbytery meetings, questions (and information requests) can be addressed to:
Rev. Laura Becker (
Rev. Mark Lampley (
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