|Our Mission Statement|
Following Jesus Christ in the adventure in 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.
Lina R. Hart
Executive Director, John Knox Center
Hunger Action Enabler
Administrative Assistant &
Resource Center Administrator
865-688-5581Office Mailing Address
P.O. Box 5436
Knoxville, TN 37928-0436Office Fax
865-689-3364Toll-free Number (TN only)
800-542-4246Office Physical Address
609 Cedar Lane
Knoxville, TNOffice Hours
8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Call ahead if you plan to stop by between 12:00 and 1:00pm.
|Presbyterian Planning Calendars|
Orders due by April 15
This is your last chance
to get in on the Presbytery's bulk order for the 2011-12 Presbyterian Planning Calendars
. By combining many smaller orders, we can offer a reduced bulk rate of $6.85 per calendar
as opposed to the regular calendar price of $10.75 plus shipping from Presbyterian Distribution Service. Please click on the link to the order form below
and mail it to the Presbytery office with payment. Order forms must be in the Presbytery office by Friday, April 15
to be included in the bulk order.Presbyterian Planning Calendar order form
|Hunger Action! |
One Great Hour of Sharing
Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing
to share God's love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.Where does the money go?The Self-Development of People
ministry focuses on God's concern for all people through empowering the economically poor and oppressed. S.D.O.P receives 32%
of the OGHS offering.
April 10 is SDOP Sunday
- go to www.pcusa.org/sdop
for materials and other resources.The Presbyterian Hunger Program
works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes at home and abroad. PHP receives 36%
of OGHS offering.Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
responds to disasters in the United States and around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. PDA receives 32%
of the OGHS offering.When is the offering received?
Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday or both
, while many receive it throughout Lent
.View video on One Great Hour of Sharing
Rice and BeansMany pantries in the East Tennessee region are struggling
to serve unprecedented numbers of people and families. Please consider joining our Rice and Beans campaign
, which is low-cost and nutritious.Every donation of $20
will allow me to purchase wholesale 45 lbs. of rice and beans
(a 25 lbs. bag of rice and a 20 lbs. bag of pinto beans). Please send contributions to
The Presbytery of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville, TN 37928-0436. Memo section: Rice and Beans
.I welcome opportunities to speak about Rice and Beans and other projects of our Presbytery's Hunger Program.
Hunger Action Enabler
Presbytery of East TennesseeDeborah@presbyteryeasttn.org
|From the Disaster Response Coordinating Committee|
From disaster to human trauma to slow return to health
All of us have been witnessing again the awful scenes of a massive earthquake, homes and people afloat at sea, 128,000 dead and/or missing at last count, and a tsunami that hurtles across the Pacific. How do we in East Tennessee prepare to confront disasters that do and will occur in our area and to our neighbors?
Presbytery's Disaster Response Coordinating Committee is working on plans
, wants you to know what
we are trying to do and encourage you to volunteer
to help. Here are some of those plans:How
we work is part of a community-wide effort coordinated by Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
that includes the American Red Cross.
1) During community disaster response and recovery operations, the Presbytery of East Tennessee has accepted specific responsibility for the reception, processing, orientation and dispatching of people who want to help
. We call such folks Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers (SUV's)
. Volunteers from Presbyterian congregations will be trained through VOAD and the Red Cross to set up and staff Volunteer Processing Centers (VPC's)
to receive and involve these volunteers.
2) Presbyterian churches
in several different areas of the Presbytery will be designated as Volunteer Processing Centers.
In each church we will recruit and train a group of congregational members to be on standby for setting up and staffing a VPC. Several churches have already been designated VPC's by the American Red Cross and VOAD, and at least three (3) screening workshops have been held.
3) At the request of VOAD and the Red Cross
, the Presbytery will activate one or more Voluntary Processing Centers (VPC's) through which SUV's will be received, informed and trained
to work in a number of different skillful ways at a particular disaster scene. In this way we will seek to recognize the valuable contribution such SUV's can make by establishing the proper screening and placement of these individuals with the Red Cross or as requested by VOAD.The Disaster Coordinating Committee is beginning to identify churches to serve as potential VPC's
, locate members
of our churches who will help us develop these plans
and identify people to run these processing centers
when needed.PLEASE HELP US BE PREPARED
For questions, discussion, etc. contact:
Fritz Schilling (865) 691-4548 or email@example.com
|Big Tent 2011|
June 30 - July 2, 2011
Join with fellow Presbyterians
from around the country and the world at the Big Tent
, where nine national Presbyterian conferences
will gather under one roof and with one theme: "Grow Christ's Church Deep and Wide"
This event is for those who are new to Presbyterian conferences and organizations, as well as for members and previous attendees:
- Clergywomen's Leadership Institute/Young Women's Leadership Development
- Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
- Healthy Ministry Conference
- National Elders Conference
- National Multicultural Church conference
- Peacemaking Conference
- Presbyterian Communicators Network National Conference
- Racial Ethnic and Immigrant Ministries Convocation
- World Mission Matters
For those who don't want to affiliate with one conference, you will be able to choose activities from any of the conferences
to, in effect, create your own conference!Big Tent participants will worship together and break bread together.
They will visit the exhibit hall to learn more about agencies and organizations of the PC(USA) and to shop at the Presbyterian Publishing Bookstore and the Global Marketplace area. Workshop sessions on Friday morning and on Saturday afternoon will provide opportunities to choose from up to forty concurrent workshops
sponsored by the nine conferences and other PC(USA) agencies and ministries. There are also special Big Tent programs for children and youth.Registration is $285 per person
and includes Thursday dinner and Saturday continental breakfast. Lodging and travel expenses are separate. PLEASE NOTE:
There is a possibility that the location for the Big Tent may be changed
due to immigration legislation pending in Indiana. The 2010 General Assembly adopted a resolution that calls the Presbyterian Church (USA) to refrain from holding national meetings in states where laws exist that might subject participants to harassment or intimidation. We understand that any change in location will be announced by May 1
. Please register for the Big Tent now
so they have an idea of how many may attend - your registration will be completely refunded if the location changes and you cannot attend.
However, be cautious in making reservations for travel or accommodations
, as these may not be refundable.Big Tent Registration and InformationGrants
, especially for first-timers, may be available
to you through the Equip Mission Team or other sources - contact Lina Hart
for information (firstname.lastname@example.org
) . The Connect Mission Team is offering a scholarship to attend the Presbyterian Communicators Network conference
- contact Brad Palmer
for more information. (email@example.com
)The Peacemaking Committee is also offering scholarships
for first-time attendees - see related article below.
|Attn: Pastor Nominating Committees|
Attend Face-to-Face at the Big Tent, June 30-July 2
Church Leadership Connection (CLC)
, a joint ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council and the Office of the General Assembly, is sponsoring a Face-to-Face event at the Big Tent
. Ministers, candidates, church educators and others seeking a call may review church information forms (CIFs) and schedule interviews, and search committees
and middle governing body executives may review personal information forms
(PIFs) and make arrangements for interview times
. Face-to-Face will be open the following times during Big Tent:
Thursday, June 30
- 10:00am to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, July 1
- 9:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, July 2
- 8:00am to 3:00pm
For more information and to register to attend, call
888-728-7228, ext. 5225, or visit www.pcusa.org/clc
|From the Peacemaking Committee|
Your Peacemaking Offering at Work
The Peacemaking Committee distributes the 25% of the Peacemaking Offering
which remains with the PET after the offering is collected. At the January 2011 meeting, the Peacemaking Committee voted to give $500 to Heeding God's Call
- a new initiative of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
(PPF) and the Peacemaking Program of the PC(USA)
that addresses gun violence. Heeding God's Call (HGC) is a faith-based movement
that unites people to organize advocacy campaigns to encourage gun shops to adopt a code of conduct to deter illegal purchasing and trafficking of handguns.
It provides support and resources for faith communities to form multi-racial, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships working together, on both social and legislative levels, to prevent gun violence. It serves as a 'connection point' for congregations and partnerships to connect with, learn from and support the work of gun violence prevention organizations and efforts already in place; and advocates for faith communities to make commitments to raise voices and take action to prevent gun violence. More information
The Heeding God's Call/PPF group just recently hired a coordinator, Maggie Leonard, and is working on presenting workshops at the Big Tent in Indianapolis and the creation of videos to promote the work of HGC.Register Now
for the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent,
June 30 - July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis. (See related article on the Big Tent above.)The Peacemaking Committee will pay the registration fee of $285
for any "first-time" attendees to a Peacemaking Conference
. Contact Caroline Best at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Connect Mission Team News|
|Do you know how many times the word "connect" is used when we gather as a working/worshiping body?
At a recent meeting of our Coordinating Council it was 72 times
, while at our most recent presbytery meeting it was 43
Now before you start wondering about me, or ask me whether I was that bored at either meeting, or encourage me to get a life, let me ask you: What does it mean that we will use this word, over and over again? It is clear that we as a presbytery want to "connect" with one another.
So CONNECT! Already there is a group of churches in North Knoxville who have "connected" their youth groups
and have experienced wonderful results. Several churches in our Middle Kingdom have "connected" for Lenten Lunches and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship experiences
. Presently our brothers and sisters from Knoxville and Chattanooga "connect" monthly for lunch
. "Connection" is happening, but so much more needs to be done.
As moderator of the Connect Mission team, I encourage all of you to "connect".
Maybe our presbytery could be blessed with a several churches "connected" through Vacation Bible School. Or it is not too late to "connect "and create a Lenten event or combined Holy Week services. And there are still many areas of our Presbytery where colleagues would benefit from a regular lunch and fellowship time. Are you interested in creating such a program? Are you willing to pick up that phone, send an e-mail, or shoot out a text to get the "connection" going?
The Connect Mission Team is here to help you with resources, ideas and encouragement. We want your "connection" to work and flourish, and when it does, we hope you will send us pictures so we can "connect" your event with the presbytery.For example,
are any of you interested in forming a Presbytery Wide Choir
? If you would like to share your talents, whether it be singing or directing or even accompanying, please let me or the Presbytery office know
. More details later!
Blessings in all of your "Connections,"
Dr. Brad Palmer, moderator of the Connect Mission Team
(865) 687-3911 or email@example.com
|Serve Mission Team News|
A Year with the Moirs - Missionaries in Ethiopia
|Larry & Barbara Moir|
At the last Presbytery meeting, the Serve Mission Team invited churches throughout the Presbytery to adopt Larry and Barbara Moir
as missionaries for this year. The Moirs have a home and family in the Knoxville area and have given a presentation about their missionary work at Westminster to which the Presbytery was invited. Larry and Barbara live in Dembi Dollo in Ethiopia
where Barbara teaches at the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School
(BESS) and Larry teaches at Gidada Bible School
with both serving as advisors for BESS. Barbara teaches four English classes for grades 9 and 10 that have 70+ students each. She and Larry work with the scholarship students at BESS. They write, "We have about 40 students who receive financial assistance with their education. About 20 of them are from very poor homes, have no parents or are converted from the Muslim faith and have been abandoned by their family."Your church can support Larry and Barbara by building a relationship with them.
You can "friend" them on Facebook or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For the Presbytery to adopt the Moirs this year means that we would like all the churches of the Presbytery to build this relationship. You might think creatively about how your church could join in partnership with the Moirs. Maybe a Sunday School class could adopt them
? Maybe you will pray for their ministry in a worship service
? Or maybe you begin a lifelong friendship
? Please give Presbytery a face in supporting these mission partners.You can also support them financially.
They need money toward student scholarships, purchasing new textbooks that the government requires, purchasing fuel, and funds to support their travel around town, to the synod, to worship, and meetings.The address for Mission Giving for Larry and Barbara and BESS is
PCUSA --- PO Box 643700 --- Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
The school number is ECO #862104
If checks are sent, it should be noted on the check as well as in notes what the donation is being sent for
: i.e. student scholarship, Moir's travel/utilities, etc.
|John Knox Center News|
Register NOW for 2011 Camp John Knox!
Summer is almost here!
What makes summer camp at the John Knox Center so exceptional?
Everything! From the games we play to the campfire songs, Camp John Knox gives campers a chance to expand their comfort zones and gain self confidence and esteem.Hiking, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts projects, campfires, and hands on nature classes
are just the beginning! Each day is packed with tons of activities. Give your child the opportunity to spend their days having a blast with new friends learning new skills and their evenings worshipping with the sun setting across the lake, singing praise songs around a campfire, and making thousands of memories.For more than 50 years Camp John Knox has provided a safe, fun environment for campers to grow in faith, develop a positive self-image, and create friendships that last forever
and this summer will be no different. Something for all ages! From Day Camps
for our youngest to multi-adventure trips
for older kids! With fun sessions for all ages in between! Register online and secure your spot!Churches!
Want your congregation to hear more about summer camp? Let us know and we will come and visit your church
. A director would love to visit for a Sunday morning or evening
or a Wednesday evening program
; just let us know when you want us to come!Camp ScheduleOnline Registration
Looking For A New Home
For years the John Knox Center Dining Hall has been home to a beautiful old piano
. You may never have noticed the regal piece sitting in the corner during family camp or retreats, but it has been there for many years. The some times musical instrument and some times piece of furniture can be dated back to the early 90's through memories and pictures, however digging through our records have been to no use to find the origin of how we acquired the piano in the first place. No doubt it hummed with many a praise song in the early years, but it is no longer a practical option for music during our programs. Due to growth in attendance and the need for additional dining space we would like to find this piano a new home
. We are currently looking for a donated used full size keyboard and stand
to use during summer camp and retreats or a donor passionate about music to provide funds for a new model keyboard and stand
.Please contact our office with questions or for additional pictures
. Sorry, delivery not provided
. (865) 376-2236
|Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery|
PWP Annual Spring Gathering
The Gathering of Presbyterian Women from all over the Presbytery will be held at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville on Saturday, April 30
. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.
, pre-gathering singing at 9:45
and the worship at 10:00
.The Rev. Ella F. Busby will be our worship leader
and also install the new officers and leaders. She has several times been Plenary speaker and workshop leader at PW Churchwide Gatherings; at Synod PW Gatherings, retreats and conferences; Presbytery PW Gatherings, retreats and conferences, and Montreat Women's Conferences.If you are not a member of a PW circle at your church, you are still welcome to attend!
Enjoy fellowship with women from all over the Presbytery and find out what PW is all about!Early Spring PWP Newsletter with registration informationAttendees will be able to shop from all over the world.
Those coming are Shop The World Gifts, Rahab's Rope, PW Resources and Gifts, Partners for Just Trade, and Global Women.Together In Service projects for the Gathering: No.1: Building Bicycles for Bibanga and Bulape, Congo
- Sowing Seeds of Hope in Congo for 2 palm plantations at these hospitals;No.2: Recycle Books
- study books, devotional books, inspirational books - to share.The Fellowship of the Least Coin Offering will be collected
from all the churches' PWs, so be sure to bring it along. There will be a special time during the business meeting.
Save the Dates - July 18-22, 2012 - PW Churchwide Gathering in Orlando, Florida!
Plan now to attend this fantastic event! Women from all over the globe come to share their stories in Presbyterian Women in Mission, in Action, in Love.
Bring the Family - Activities are available for the whole family to enjoy.
Celebration Giving - Birthday Offering Materials
All materials for your PW group to celebrate the Birthday Offering are now available from the Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS) 1-800-524-2612 OR www.pcusa.org/pw
. The recipients of Birthday Offering gifts are published in HORIZONS. Invite one of your PWP Coordinating Team members to your Birthday Offering celebration. We'd love to come!
Hygiene Kits Needed for Japan
In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan
, there is a great need for the Hygiene Kits
(previously Health Kits). Instructions for making and sending hygiene kits is available on the PCUSA website
, or you can contact Lisl Jackson at email@example.com
A number has been established for financial support: 00117 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. More information
|MissionInsite offers new service|
Try the new Impressions Report
MissionInsite is a comprehensive and user-friendly demographic service that is available for any member of our presbytery who registers
(which is free
). They are offering a new free report that gives you overall Impressions of any study area you determine. As MissionInsite puts it:Impressions Report provides you with an "impression" of the character of your study area.
The two parts of an 'Impressions' Report are:
- 10 Indicators of Community Inclinations
- 10 Indicators of Community Mood & Values
MissionInsite's Impressions Report is created using 93 current information variables which attempt to capture people's beliefs, values and behaviors, providing insight into the motivations of people. Data is provided by Simmons Market Research, a division of Experian. With Impressions, you will gain insight into how a community is likely to respond to ministries and programs.
After selecting a study area on your map screen, you will find the Impressions Report available by selecting "Predefined Reports" from the Info box.Please email or call Lina Hart
- 865-388-2381 or 423-877-2422 or Lina@presbyteryeasttn.org
- if you would like the Presbytery's Agency Number for registering and/ or for exploring together an area of interest in your community.
|Maryville College News|
Inauguration of Dr. William T. "Tom" Bogart - April 13-16, 2011
The inauguration of the 11th president of Maryville College
will include a multitude of events, many of which are free and open to the public. Click HERE
to go to special web pages concerning these events - click on Inaugural Week Events
for a detailed schedule.Of particular interest to those in our presbytery:Thursday, April 14Panel Discussion: Faith's Role in Learning and the Maryville College Experience1:30-3 p.m
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts
Free and Open to the Public
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Morriss, Professor, University of Alabama School of Law; Panelists:
Reception for Clergy 4:30 p.m.
- Dr. Bill Meyer - Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Faith & Learning Committee
- Rev. Anne McKee - Campus Minister; Member, Faith & Learning Committee
- Dr. Gary Luhr - Exec. Dir., Assoc. of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
- Dr. Peggy Cowan - Professor of Religion; Member, Faith & Learning Committee
- Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the General Assembly, PC (USA)
New Providence Presbyterian Church - Youth RoomAll clergy are invited to robe and to participate in the processionalWith Heart and Hands and Voices: A Community Celebration of Worship5:30-6:30 p.m.
New Providence Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway, Maryville, Tenn.
Free and Open to the PublicFeaturing
Maryville College's Voices of Praise Choir
, combined New Providence Presbyterian and Highland Presbyterian choirs
, Maryville First United Methodist Church Evensong Handbell Choir, and additional music provided by Sam Newton and Peggy Rogers.Saturday, April 16The Inauguration of Dr. William T. "Tom" Bogart
Eleventh President of Maryville College10:30 a.m.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts
Featuring the Maryville College Concert ChoirFree and Open to the Public - Seating Limited
Summer Youth Get-A-Way, June 5-10Registration is open
for Maryville College's annual Summer Youth Get-A-Way
, a popular five-day retreat for high school students
, scheduled for June 5-10.
Sponsored by the College's Initiative on Vocation, the program is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders
and focuses on issues of faith, leadership and vocation.Churches may send up to four participants.
A limited number of spaces are available and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Room and board fees for four nights are $225
. Registration is due by May 1. More informationOnline registration
Summer Youth Get-A-Way Flyer
|News and Events Around the Presbytery|
Christian Theater Productions in Knoxville
Light Side Out
is a musical production by Sonshine Company, the elementary-age drama program at Erin Presbyterian Church
(200 Lockett Rd.). This year's show is an original script written by Cynthia House of Erin, and involves 36 children from throughout Knoxville. Shows are on April 1 & 2 at 7:30pm
and April 3 at 2:00pm. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Light Side Out flyerShadowlands
is a mainstage production by The Wordplayers
(1540 Robinson Rd.). It is the story of C.S. Lewis and his marriage to Joy Gresham. Shows are on April 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
and on April 3 & 10 at 2:30pm
. Tickets: $8-12 Shadowlands flyerThe Ungrateful Servant
will be presented by Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM)
at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
on Sunday evening, April 10, at 6:00pm.
KnoxCAM is a new performing-arts outreach opportunity that has 80 members, ages 16 to 82, from 21 Knox-area churches. They include singers, instrumentalists, handbells, actors, and dancers. This year's concert is inspired by the parable of The Ungrateful Servant (Matt. 18:21-35) and is based on true stories of God's ongoing provision in the lives of families dealing with addiction, divorce, and death. The concert is free. More information about KnoxCAM and how to get involved
Massing of the Colors and Memorial Service
The Knoxville Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars is sponsoring the Seventeenth Annual Massing of the Colors Ceremony and Memorial Service on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Second Presbyterian Church
, 2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. More information
Prior to the ceremony, the Knoxville Kiwanis Club will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:00 am
at Second Presbyterian Church. The breakfast is a fundraiser to support their summer camp for underprivileged youth with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.
Support Knoxville College through Retool Your SchoolKnoxville College
is in competition to receive funding to refurbish a building through Home Depot's Retool Your School program
for Historically Black Colleges and Universities: www.retoolyourschool.com Vote online for Knoxville College through April 22.
Alathea returns to Fountain City for May 4th ConcertFountain City Presbyterian Church
is pleased to welcome back the folk group Alathea. Alathea will be performing on May 4, 2011 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary
of Fountain City Presbyterian Church. The concert is free
, but a love offering will be taken up.
PET Churches in the News
An article in USA Today on March 14, 2011
entitled "America's churches can change the world" held up as an example programs in East Tennessee involving several of our churches
"In Maryville, Tenn., the Presbyterians are serving a meal Tuesday nights to anybody who wishes to come - the poor, elderly or just plain lonely... An even broader coalition of churches has joined forces to build Habitat houses and create emergency shelter for the homeless. Family Promise, they call it."New Providence Presbyterian Church
hosts the Tuesday night meals and Family Promise is supported by New Hope, Northminster, Northside
in Chattanooga; Big Spring, Highland and New Providence
in Blount County; and First Knoxville, Fountain City, Powell, First Lenoir City, New Hope, West Emory
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