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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter                    August , 2011


In This Issue
Stated Meeting of the Presbytery
School of the Laity
Loaves & Fishes Experience 2012
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Big Tent...Lasting Memories...Many Thanks!
Hunger Action!
Resource Center News
Being Presbyterian: Back to Basics
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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Presbytery Staff

Judd Shaw

General Presbyter

James McTyre

Stated Clerk

Lina R. Hart

Associate Presbyter

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

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

Office Fax:

Toll-free Number (TN only):

Office Physical Address:
609 Cedar Lane
Knoxville, TN 37912

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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Stated Meeting of the Presbytery


Sequoyah Hills sanctuary

The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Avenue SW, Knoxville, TN.  Registration will begin at 9:30am and the meeting will begin at 10:00am.


The packet for this meeting will be posted to the Presbytery website by the end of the day on Aug. 5.  

School of the Laity
Interested in learning more about your faith

Curious about Reformed Theology or  

our Presbyterian heritage?  

Thinking about the possibility of accepting  

a leadership opportunity

Then we have an innovative program just for you.


Since the Fall of 2010 our Presbytery has been offering a School of the Laity to an evolving group of interested and enthusiastic students who would love to have you join them.  You do not need to be an elder to take these classes; they're an opportunity for anyone to participate in some in-depth learning and discussion.


The School offers six courses, rotating over two years.  Each course stands alone, so you may begin at any point, and take them in any order. One year includes: Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, and Bible Study for Interpretation and Application. The other year includes: Christian Ethics, Reformed Theology, and History of Christianity.


This fall, the School is offering Christian Ethics, taught by Maryville College professors Bill Meyer and Andrew Irvine.


It will meet on the campus of Maryville College on October 8 and 29, from 9am to 3pm, with lunch at the cafeteria provided.  The cost for this course is $65 and registration is due by September 28.  Suggested readings will be posted on the School of the Laity page of the PET website (under News & Events).

Presbytery of East Tennessee logo 

Online registration 


Mail-in registration form 


For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Wilson,,  865-671-4132

Ron Keese,,  865-521-6851 
Loaves & Fishes Experience 2012

Loaves and Fishes 2012 logo 


Food for the Soul  

March 16 & 17, 2012  

At the beautiful Clayton Center,  

Maryville College 


Keynote Speaker:  The Rev. Lise Worthington, pastor of Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, and chef and minister of food and faith at Stony Point Conference Center -  


Preacher: The Rev. Thomas Daniel, co-pastor, Kairos Church, Atlanta -     


Music: The Rev. Bryan Field McFarland, singer/song writer and Hunger Action Advocate for Salem Presbytery -  


What is Loaves & Fishes?


A Friday night to Saturday afternoon, presbytery wide event with inspiring worship, keynote, workshops, and music for people of all ages from churches of all sizes. Read more... 


Loaves & Fishes 2012: Food for the Soul


Food and Faith are interwoven on nearly every page of the Bible.  Table fellowship was central to Jesus' ministry with his disciples, and the modern church more than ever must embrace table fellowship as a unifying act.  When we eat with others, we know them in ways we could not otherwise, we talk with them, we enjoy one another. Read more...  


Registration coming soon!
Presbyterian Women of PET
Fall Spiritual Retreats

For Women from every corner of Our Presbytery,

Three Individual and Unique Retreats,  

All Three Retreats with One Theme:


Blessed are You, O Woman!


Developed individually at each location and conveniently located in the three areas of our Presbytery, you're welcome at one - or all of them!  


Sept. 17th    Sat. 10 AM    Area 1 Retreat

Presbyterian Women stained glass window logoFirst Presbyterian, Rockwood


Sept. 24th   Sat. 10 AM      Area 2 Retreat

First Presbyterian, Lenoir City


Oct.  3rd    Sat. 10 AM       Area 3 Retreat

First Presbyterian, Soddy Daisy



LUNCH:  12:00 





Fall Retreat flyer  

Big Tent...Lasting Memories...Many Thanks!
By the Rev. Lina Hart, Associate Presbyter
Big Tent 2011 logo

Marjorie sat next to me at the Healthy Ministries Luncheon in a grand dining room at the second Big Tent Event in Indianapolis, IN.  She's a silver headed woman in an attractive pink pant suit from Rockville, IL, who did not initially know why she signed up to attend this luncheon.  After opening pleasantries, Marjorie could hardly contain her excitement telling me about the new parish ministry in which her church is involved.  Read more... 

Hunger Action!
Graystone Finds Creative Way To Do Mission


Rice and Beans

Graystone Presbyterian's mission committee sponsored a two day church wide yard sale that helped the congregation amass $1,237.00 to help the hungry. After doing some research, they felt moved to send the monies to our Presbytery's Rice & Beans Campaign because of its impact - and they were right! That is 2,790 pounds worth of Rice & Beans!


Every donation of $20 allows me to purchase wholesale 45 lbs. of rice and beans (a 25 lbs. bag of rice and a 20 lbs. bag of pinto beans) for food pantries in East Tennessee. Please send contributions to The Presbytery of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville, TN 37928-0436. Memo section: Rice and Beans.


Presbytery's Garden Harvest   


Tomatoes from the Presbytery's gardenThis summer's crop of tomatoes in the Presbytery's fourteen raised bed garden is a success, and the produce is being taken to nearby Fountain City Ministry Center and FISH Hospitality Pantries to supplement food packages for hungry families.


Cool weather crops of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage will be planted next. Raised bed gardening is a wonderful way to help supply food pantries with nutritious food and to reach out to the community in a new and exciting way.  Starting with one of two raised beds is a good idea, and it may have many who pass by wondering what wonderful new thing your church is doing in your community!

And Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." Mark 6:37   
Deborah Phillips
Hunger Action Enabler
Presbytery of East Tennessee
Office: 865-688-5581
Cell: 865-335-0342  
Resource Center News

By Laura Tappan, Resource Center Administrator 


What's new in the Resource Center? Books! Books! Books!  New books have been arriving at the Resource Center!  We have books for use with study groups, both large and small; new devotional resources; and books to help further your knowledge of theology and Presbyterianism.  Education: Seeing Jesus in John's Gospel by Boyd Lien. Five studies of The Gospel of John, alive with deep and rich theological meanings, focuses on who Jesus is as the Messiah and what it means to believe in him.  Church Development: Transitions : Leading Churches Through Change by David Mosser. Offers practical and spiritual guidance for pastors struggling to manage and respond to changes in our world today. Bible / Theology: Matthew's Gospel From Scratch : The New Testament  by Donald L. Griggs.  From the Sermon on the Mount to the lessons found in the Seven Parables of the Kingdom. Easily accessible to those with little or no knowledge of the Bible. Find these and more in What's New.


Faith Questions graphicMiddle School and High School Youth Resource News:

Do you need some fillers for in between curriculum studies for your Youth?  Do you need some short term studies on relevant topics for your Youth? Check out Faith Questions studies, a great, new curriculum containing short term studies on various topics that our youth have questions about!  We have samples of these studies in the Presbytery Resource Center that you can check out to review.  

More info on the Faith Questions topic studies.


Your Presbytery of East Tennessee Resource Center is located in the presbytery offices at 609 Cedar Lane, Knoxville. The Resource Center is a lending library of resources to help you in your church ministry. We have a treasure trove of books, videos, DVD's and Sunday School curriculum ideas -all at your disposal. I am ready to help you find what you need for your next Sunday School lesson, or officer training class. We can get resources to you where ever you are! Even if you're in Chattanooga, the information highway travels down I-75, and we can get the resources to you!

Call or email Laura Tappan, resource center administrator, for more information: 865-688-5581, 800-542-4246, Or, you can look it up on the web! Visit us on the website:, under Resources heading, click on Resource Center, and click on 'websearch' to look for resources.
Being Presbyterian: Back to Basics

It was brought to the Equip Mission Team's attention that many Presbyterians are not as familiar with their presbytery and church histories as we think they are. The following is another installment in a series of articles from "Presbyterianisms" by Maureen O'Rourke, Media Resource Center Director of Presbytery of the Cascades. The following excerpt is used with her permission.


Liturgical Colors


Celtic Peace by the Rev. John Stuart
Celtic Peace by the Rev. John Stuart

Liturgical colors are those specific colors which are used for vestments and hangings within the context of Christian liturgy. The symbolism of violet, white, green, red, and other colors may serve to underline moods appropriate to a season of the liturgical year or may highlight a special occasion.


The Presbyterian Church (USA) has sanctioned the use of liturgical colors and promoted their use in the 1993 (although their use was also promoted in the church's annual Planning Calendars beginning in the 1980s). 

 Learn more... 

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Educators & Teaching Elders (aka Pastors)

The PET educators gather frequently to share curriculum ideas, best-practices, Confirmation issues, Sabbath keeping, and much more.  Why not join in the discussion and be inspired in Christian Education.  We would welcome educators and teaching elders/ pastors to our informal group.  We rotate our quarterly meetings to be in the northern, middle and southern regions of the Presbytery.  Our next gathering will be August 4 at 11:00am to 1:00ish at First Presbyterian Church, Cleveland.  For more details and to make reservations for lunch, contact Laura Tappan at or Mark Lampley at


Christ Centered Yoga Classes offered at Fourth United Presbyterian!  


Four-week Series:  beginning Tuesday, August 16, 7:45-9:15pm


Yoga class graphicWe are very excited to offer yoga classes with a focus on scripture and the Christian journey.  These classes are designed as an introduction to yoga practice and are suitable for beginners or those with a bit more experience.  Instructor Lauren Hughes is the founder of Connection Yoga and will be offering this class as a 4-week series on Tuesday nights, beginning on August 16 at 7:45.  Come a little early for some light refreshment and fellowship.  Bring a yoga mat and some water.  The class is free, all students are invited to contribute what they can as a 'love offering'.  


4th United is on the corner of South Broadway and Glenwood Ave. The entrance to the church is on Broadway, you can park across Glenwood at Rose's Mortuary.

Older Adult Ministries Certification

October 10-11, 2011

Reformed Theological Answers to Questions of Middle/Older Adults 

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network logoOffered in conjunction with the Annual Conference of POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network), October 11-14, in San Antonio, TX


Course Description

Through study of scripture, Reformed creeds, and theological reflection, we will explore Reformed theological topics, with a particular focus on how these relate to middle-and older-adulthood: heaven; resurrection; realm of God's rule; guilt and forgiveness; bereavement; the nature of body/soul; cremation vs. burial or donation of body to science; organ donation; medical ethics related to end-of-life issues; aging as God's plan for human life; and the church as a caring and supporting community. Course Fee: $200

Details and registration information  


Montreat Conference Center - New Conference Offered!


Getting Unstuck graphicIf you have ever wanted to try a conference at Montreat Conference Center now is the time.  This new conference held Oct. 23-27, 2011, is for church professionals and lay leaders (ruling elders).  "Getting Unstuck" aims to help leaders move from what feels like worn out programming to getting unstuck and exploring new thinking/ programming. With Keynote leaders Craig Barnes and Cynthia Rigby and 14 workshops to choose from, you will have the opportunity to nurture your congregation and deepen your discipleship.  It's two hours from Knoxville and this would be peak season for fall colors.   


Contact Montreat liaisons for our Presbytery - Laura Becker ( in the southern region or Mark Lampley ( ) in the northern region - to make a brief presentation to your Session meeting or Wednesday night suppers.  We also have color brochures and displays.  See MontreatConference for more details.

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