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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterDecember 2010
In This Issue
An Inspiring Sermon...A Faithful Response
Leaders Academy 2011
Hunger Action!
John Knox Center News
From the Stated Clerk
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.

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Hunger Program
John Knox Center
Loaves & Fishes Experience
Meeting Highlights from the November 2, 2010 PET meeting
MissionInsite - web-based demographic service
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 10-31-10
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

Bill Keeler

Bri Payne
Executive Director, John Knox Center

Dana Hendrix
Office Manager

Deborah Phillips
Hunger Action Enabler

Gwen Pyle
Financial Assistant

Laura Tappan
Administrative Assistant & Resource Center Administrator

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P.O. Box 5436
Knoxville, TN 37928-0436

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609 Cedar Lane
Knoxville TN

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An Inspiring Sermon...A Faithful Response
By Judd Shaw, General Presbyter

Wow!  What a great sermon!!!  Wow!  What a faithful and tremendous response! The November presbytery meeting began with worship and a challenge. The Rev. Anne McKee, Campus Minister at Maryville College, read from Deuteronomy 14:22 - 27 and preached on the importance and responsibility of being a member of a gathered community. She highlighted the reality of our Presbyterian Polity that Ministers of Word and Sacrament are not members of a congregation, but members of the presbytery. She stressed the significant relationship between all of the member congregations of the presbytery, and that as a gathered community we are partners in mission and ministry.

As the passage from Deuteronomy stressed tithing, the sermon drew a correlation between all of the organizations that are not bashful about asking the membership for financial signs and expressions of support and the gathered community of presbytery that traditionally never takes up an offering at a meeting. The sermon pointed out that Ministers of the Word and Sacrament are never asked for financial support of the gathered community of which we are members - the Presbytery. In the end, Anne challenged all in attendance by calling for an offering and making a pledge for 2011.

The response was faithful and generous. The loose offering totaled $1,410 and 32 commissioners pledged over $11,000 toward the 2011 budget.

Wow!  What a great sermon!!!  Wow!  What a faithful and tremendous response!!!

Leaders Academy 2011
Saturday, February 5, at Mars Hill PC, Athens, 8:30am - 1:30pm

Pastors, Educators, Teachers, Elders, Visionaries, Disciples:

This Leaders Academy, sponsored by Equip's Small Church Ministry Group, will be held at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens. There will be refreshments awaiting you along with Les' good coffee when you arrive at 8:30 am. After mixing and mingling among fellow Presbyterians, a time of welcome (by Miki Vanderbilt, pastor at West Emory) and morning prayers (by Heidi Johnson, the new designated pastor at Northside, Cleveland), you'll have a opportunity to learn about such things as "Creating Healthy Congregations: Caring for, responding to and managing life together as the Body of Christ" with Miki Vanderbilt, hear more about "Youth Ministry Together" from smaller church pastors - Brad Palmer, David Webster and Jonathan Warren, or figure out more about "Making Disciples, Making Leaders" from our very own General Presbyter Judd Shaw. After a short break, if you missed it earlier, you can take Judd's class on "Making Disciples, Making Leaders" or do the "Christian Education Exchange" with Melanie Rasnake or find yourself (and your church's situation) in Chuck Traylor's "Toto, I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore!"

Good food, practical applications for your church and great camaraderie are yours for only $10 and a Saturday morning. 

Information and online registration
Hunger Action! 
Alternative Christmas Gift Idea

Pinto BeansIf you would like to make a donation to the Pinto Bean Project in honor of family or friends this Christmas, I will send a Pinto Bean Project card (made at the Presbytery office) to the recipient!

What you will need to do:

Please send your donation to the Presbytery of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville, TN 37928-0436. (memo section: Pinto Bean Project) by December 15th.

On a separate piece of paper, please list:

1. the name and address of the recipient
2. the name and daytime phone number of the giver (in case I have a clarification question)

The cost of one 50 pound bag is $25.

As needs have been brought to my attention, bags have been given 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.

Red Bucket Update

Red BucketSo far, seven churches have raised $5,400 during the Presbytery's Red Bucket Mission Offering for our UTC and UTK Campus Ministries, Morgan Scott Project, Newton Child Development Center, Sunset Gap, and Marcella Center.

For more information about the Red Bucket Mission Offering, click HERE.

Presbytery Garden's Broccoli Ready To Be Harvested For Food Broccoli from the Presbytery's GardenPantries...

Deborah Phillips
Hunger Action Enabler
John Knox Center News
Pass the stuffing, please...

Sewing on the River Heart PillowsThe John Knox Center and the ladies attending Sewing on The River in January will be making heart pillows for breast cancer patients. If you or your group would like to donate stuffing for this project please call the office at (865) 376-2236. Thank you!
A Demographics Service FREE for our Presbytery users...

especially Elders, Deacons, Pastors, Teachers, Parents, Youth, Older Adults, those interested in NCD, Transformation, Outreach Committee members, etc.

There are several upcoming Free 30-minute Webinars introducing you to using the new MissionInsite System. All you have to do is sign up with Michelle Saxon, Client Relations Manager - 877-230-3212, ext. 327 or email to reserve your place. You will need an internet connection on your computer and a phone to take advantage of this Webinar. In this user-friendly Webinar you will learn more about this new system built on Google Maps. Orientation includes basic navigational skills for getting around the MI opening pages.

Webinar Dates and Times (all Eastern Standard Time):

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:00 PM EST

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:00 AM, EST

Wednesday, January, 12, 2011 - 10:00 AM EST

Take advantage of this new technology, new way of understanding your neighborhood and new way of learning.

For more information about using MissionInsite in your church, contact Lina R. Hart 865-388-2381 or 423-877-2422 or .
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From the Stated Clerk
Dear Church Leaders,

The Presbytery of East Tennessee takes very seriously our responsibility to train and assist churches and church leaders in the prevention of any form of sexual misconduct. Our Sexual Misconduct Policy mandates that each active pastor and lay pastor in the presbytery attend the presbytery's annual training seminar at least once every three years.

The presbytery has now made seminars and training materials available online, at the presbytery's website, After viewing the seminar in completion, you will have the opportunity to self-certify that you have viewed the videos and read the written materials posted there.

If you have not yet attended one of our training seminars, I ask that you view the seminar online as soon as possible. At the presbytery's home page, put your cursor over Resources, then click on Misconduct Prevention. There, you'll find links to streaming video presentations, handouts, and the Misconduct Policy. View the videos, then self-certify that you have done so. Also, if you have not certified that you have read the Sexual Misconduct Policy, please download, sign, date, and mail the certification form to the presbytery office. Both certifications will be kept on file in the presbytery office.

If you would like to receive a DVD of the seminar, please contact, to request that one be mailed to you. With the DVD and the downloaded companion materials you can provide group training for your church or session.

If you have any questions about the materials, or would like someone to come to your church to lead the presentation and discussion, please let me know at

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as together we work to make each part of God's house, and all God's children safe.

James McTyre
Stated Clerk
News and Events Around the Presbytery
REMINDER - General Assembly Forums

The Presbytery of East Tennessee is hosting three forums this month to provide information about the General Assembly amendments that will be voted on by our Presbytery at the February 26 meeting at Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

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, 3805 Maloney Rd. SW, 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.

Information about the proposed amendments

Maryville College Financial Aid Night - Dec. 14
Maryville College
Maryville College is hosting its annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m., Tues., Dec. 14 in Fayerweather Hall's Lawson Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Although presented by Maryville College financial aid staff, this is a general information session to help prospective students and parents, regardless of the type of college they are considering.

Parents and students will learn what they need to do to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Tennessee State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans. Terminologies, student eligibility, timelines and information on grants and loans will be explained. From institutional aid to state and federal aid programs, this financial aid primer will help decipher the terms, raise the issues, review best approaches and answer financial aid questions.

Participants will also be briefed on the Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship Program, as well as the importance of searching out free money awards like scholarships to help pay for education costs.

For more information, call 865.981.8100.

Preaching Effective Sermons - Presentation by Dr. Wm J. Carl III

Dr. William J. Carl IIISAVE THE DATE!
Friday, February 11, 2011, 8:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville

Dr. Wm. J. Carl III, President of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Seminary, will address clergy on the topic Preaching Effective Sermons with special emphasis on "A Brain Technique for Communicating Without Notes."  Lunch will cost $5.00  per person. Following lunch there will be a worship experience with Dr. Carl preaching a sermon.  This event is being partially underwritten by the Support Mission Team.

Registration information will be sent to all clergy in the Presbytery.

Dr. Carl ( will come to our event on Friday morning following his lecturing for the Joe Gammon series on Thursday, February 10th - Thompson Cancer Survival Center, across from Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital. Topic: "Brains, Bodies, Beliefs and Behavior." Contact Chaplain Doug Hair to receive the publicity mailing. (
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