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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterSeptember 2011 
In This Issue
The Roaming Presbytery
John Knox Center News
PET Middle School Retreat
From the Stated Clerk
Hunger Action!
Being Presbyterian: Back to Basics
From the Peacemaking Committee
Leaders Academy
School of the Laity
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 20, 2011 PET meeting
MissionInsite - web-based demographic service
PC(USA) News

PET Budget Report

as of 07-31-11
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:

Toll-free (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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The Roaming Presbytery
As you probably have heard by now, the Presbytery staff is experimenting with the concept of a "mobile" office - one that would not be defined by four walls and a roof, but by our involvement with and service to the churches and people of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Part of this experimentation process has been to have monthly staff meetings at various churches around the Presbytery.
Roaming Gnome
When Jon Faraone, pastor at Center Presbyterian Church in Tellico Plains, called to confirm our plans to come visit them in August, he referred to it as the "roaming" presbytery, which immediately brought to mind the Roaming Gnome of commercial fame.  And like the Roaming Gnome, we are learning a lot in our travels "abroad" in the Presbytery and enjoying our time with our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

At Center, we were warmly welcomed by Jim Black and Roberta Childress, who shared with us the many wonderful ways in which Center Church is reaching out to the community.  Roberta proved to be an incredible source of information about the history of the Presbyterian Church in this part of East Tennessee. On our way to lunch, we stopped by the fellowship hall to visit with several ladies of the church who have a quilting ministry.  Their creations were amazing!

Then Jon led us on his motorcycle (FYI - the church sign says "Bikers Welcome") to a neat little sandwich place by the river where we continued our meeting and were tempted by goodies of all kinds.  By the time we left Tellico Plains, we all felt a closer bond with the good folks of Center Presbyterian Church.

In September, we will be visiting First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.  If you would like to have us come to your church soon, please give us a call! 
The PET Staff visits Center Presbyterian Church in Tellico Plains, TN
Pictured in front: Lina Hart
Pictured L to R: Gwen Pyle, Roberta Childress, Jon Faraone, Judd Shaw, Laura Tappan, Dana Hendrix and Bri Payne
Behind the camera: Deborah Phillips


John Knox Center News
Introducing the new JKC Blog!

John Knox Center blog graphic

Welcome to the new John Knox Center blog! Check here for stories, updates, pictures, and other info about John Knox Center events, Camp John Knox, and River Ridge school programs.

Annual JKC Picnic - September 18 

Picnic at camp photoA Picnic at camp, that sounds like a great idea, huh? Camp's going to provide the food? Even better! And there will be activities for my kids and me to do together? Wow! The Annual JKC Family Picnic is coming up right around the corner, September 18th, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable day to spend at camp... Read more


Fall Festivals


Does your church have fall festival coming up? We would love to be a part of it. We can provide portable programming to add to the experience for your community, including bringing critters from the nature center, games, and activities. Call our office to get on our calendar!

PET Middle School Retreat

Under Construction graphicUnder Construction


"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phil 1:6 


WHO:     ALL Middle School Youth

WHAT:   Fall Retreat               

WHEN:   Fri., Sept. 30 - Sun., Oct. 2, 2011

WHERE: John Knox Center

WHY:     We are all under construction! God  

               is not finished with you yet.  

               What does He have planned for you? 


Deadline for Registration:  September 16, 2011  $75.00 per person

Retreat letter
Retreat Brochure
Church Group Registration Form

Questions?  Contact Mark Curtis: 865-983-0182,; Will Purushotham: 865-376-6340,; or Laura Tappan: 800-542-4246, 865-688-5581,

From the Stated Clerk

Constitution of the PCUSA available for FREE DOWNLOAD

2011-2013 Book of Order 

The download link for the 2011-2013 Book of Order is 


The Book of Confessions of the PCUSA is available at 


New Form of Government Training


How the New Form of Government (nFOG) affects (or doesn't change) your local church will be the subject of a class at the Leaders Academy, October 28-29, 2011, at the John Knox Center.  (See Leaders Academy article below.) 


PET Manual


The Manual of the Presbytery of East Tennessee is available on the Presbytery's website under About Us 


Session Minutes Reading and Clerks Training


Open bookThere will be two (2) gatherings for CLERKS OF SESSION to bring their Session Minutes and Rolls for review.


Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, 3:00pm at Northminster Church, Chattanooga


Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, 3:00pm at  

Lake Hills Church, Knoxville


Sexual Misconduct Prevention Seminars


There will be two (2) regional Sexual Misconduct Prevention Seminars for pastors, other church professionals, and elders. All clergy, ruling elders in limited pastoral service, and educators are required to attend a Misconduct Prevention training at least once every three years. These seminars are presented by PET and by our insurance carrier.


Mon., Sept. 19, 2011, 8:30 - 12 noon at Northside Church, Chattanooga

Tues., Sept. 20, 2011, 8:30 - 12 noon at Lake Hills Church, Knoxville

is available online at
Hunger Action!

Hunger Hike logo21st Annual Hunger Hike

(2.25 mile walk)


Sunday, October 2, 2011

TVA Pavilion at Lakeshore Park, Knoxville

Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.

Hike commences at 2:30 p.m.


Contributions designated to the hunger organization of your choice.


Cents-Ability Offering At Work

PET congregations unite in hunger outreach...

Roane County Cooperative Ministries' Garden Program ($1,000 grant) 

Morgan Scott Project's Good Earth Garden Project ($1,000 grant) 

Claiborne Hunger Ministries ($500 grant) 

Fountain City Ministry Center ($500 grant) 

Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County ($500 grant) 

Sunset Gap's Food Pantry ($500) 

Chattanooga Food Bank's Sack Pack Program for children ($500) 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service ($155 grant each) 

FISH Hospitality Pantries ($500 grant)


New grant:  Good Shepherd Center, Madisonville ($500 grant)


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
Being Presbyterian: Back to the 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. Committee acronyms and other terminology have made some feel left out of conversations or confused about church topics. Whether you are a born-Presbyterian, or have recently joined our ranks, there may be terms with which you are unfamiliar. Maureen O'Rourke, Media Resource Center Director of Presbytery of the Cascades, wrote "Presbyterianisms" to help explain some church terminology. The following excerpt is used with her permission.


Cover, Book of ConfessionsThe Book of Confessions


The Book of Confessions outlines the beliefs of the Presbyterian Church (USA) by declaring the creeds (statements of belief) from which the Church's leaders are instructed and led. To affirm, declare, acknowledge or take a stand for what one believes to be true is what the word confession means here. This book is Part 1 of the Church's constitution.


If you're a history enthusiast, you may actually enjoy reading The Book of Confessions. It includes the official texts of the eleven confessional statements. Each creed is introduced by an informative essay providing historical and theological background.   

Read more  

From the Peacemaking Committee

International Peacemaker Majd Lahham to visit East TN 


Majd LahhamInternational Peacemaker Majd Lahham from Syria will be speaking at churches and to Maryville College students in the Presbytery of East Tennessee September 30 - Oct. 7.


A member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Damascus, Majd serves as assistant director of the program for Iraqi refugees with International Orthodox Christian Charities, providing education, vocational training, community service projects, relief items, and psychosocial support.  He looks forward to speaking about Christian presence in the Middle East, the Damascus encounter program, and his work in outreach and relief to Iraqi refugees in Syria.


His tentative schedule is as follows:


Saturday, Oct. 1, speak at the Presbyterian Women's Area 3 Spiritual Retreat at First Presbyterian, Soddy Daisy


Sunday, Oct. 2, speak at 9:30 am to the Connections adult Sunday school class in the Fellowship Hall at Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville followed by 11 am Worship at Graystone Presbyterian Church, Knoxville


Tuesday, Oct. 4, speak at the Maryville College Worship at 1:15 pm in the Center for Campus Ministry


Wednesday, Oct. 5, speak at Second Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, at 6:15 pm in the Helwig Fellowship Hall


Thursday, Oct. 6, speak at Presbyterian Women's Circle meetings at New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville


Arranged through the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky, the International Peacemakers Program has been in existence since prior to 1988. International Peacemakers are leaders who are engaged in peacemaking in their own areas of the world. They are invited by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to visit with Presbyterians in the United States and to help us understand the peace and justice concerns of others around the world. This sharing translates into a better understanding of the peace and justice issues in our own communities.


For more information, contact Caroline Best, 865-414-1066 or
Leaders Academy
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29 at John Knox Center

Leaders Academy is

  • For training church officers - ruling elders, deacons, clerks, and teaching elders
  • Planned by the Small Church Ministry Group of the Equip Mission Team and
  • An ongoing leadership development program for leaders in churches of all sizes.
  • These workshops are intended to SUPPLEMENT a church officer's training

Registration fees: Weekend Rate: $45      

                                 Commuter Rate (not spending the night): $30


Registration Deadline - Submitted/ Postmarked by Thurs., Oct. 20, 2011  


Online information and registration
Reproducible flyer and mail-in registration

For More Information Contact: 

Miki Vanderbilt 865-690-5333 or

Laura Tappan  865-688-5581 or 1-800-542-4246

School of the Laity

Fall 2011 - Christian Ethics


This fall, the PET School of the Laity is offering a class on 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.  Suggested readings will be posted on the School of the Laity page of the PET website (under News & Events).The cost for this course is $65, and registration is due by September 28.  We are a group of very enthusiastic learners who would love to have you join us.


Please note: You do not need to be an elder to take these classes; they are an opportunity for anyone to participate in some in-depth learning and discussion.   


Bulletin Board Flyer 

Mail-in registration form 

Link to online registration
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Lancing Heritage Days - Support Living Waters for the World on Sept. 3

You are invited to come join us at Lancing Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. for Lancing Heritage Days, which will be held on the Lancing Town Square. Come enjoy a variety of activities, including the annual Lancing School reunion, the quilt show, classic car show, great music, and food.

Living Waters for the World color logoWhile you're enjoying Lancing Heritage Days, please stop by our booth for Living Waters for the World, and see what we have available for sale and silent auction. All proceeds of our fundraiser go to Living Waters for the World. Lancing and Wartburg PCUSA have been involved in sending clean water systems to places in need, both overseas and in Appalachia, since 2006. Our goal is to raise $2,500. For more information or to donate, please contact Carolyn Anderson at

U2Charist worship event at Maryville College - Sept. 11  


U2Charist graphicWhat do you get when you cross the music of Irish rock band U2 with Holy Communion? It's called a U2Charist, and it's coming Sun., Sept. 11, to the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College.


This unique worship event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, is hosted by Maryville College's Center for Campus Ministry and Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa. The event is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit ministries related to One Millennium Goals: Strength for the Journey, an East Tennessee AIDS/HIV ministry; Family Promise of Blount County, a homeless ministry; and The Welcome Table, a food and fellowship ministry in Maryville. Read more / Concert Poster


Organ Concert at Fairfield Glade Church - Sept. 16

 Rodney Barbour, organist

Rodney Barbour, nationally acclaimed organist, will be presenting a concert Friday, Sept. 16th at 7PM CST on the Fairfield Glade Community Church's Rodgers Trillium organ. Tickets for $10 will be available at the door, 521 Snead Ave., Fairfield Glade, TN. 
Concert poster

Inca Son Concert at Fourth United Church - Sept. 23


Inca Son graphicInca Son, an internationally recognized band from Peru, is coming to Fourth United on Friday, September 23 at 7pm.  This is an amazing opportunity to experience this band in an intimate setting.  They have performed all over the world.  You can find out more about them at their website:


Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to Casa de Sara ( Casa de Sara is a school in Santa Cruz, Bolivia which is funded and run by a local Knoxville group under the direction of Lori Santoro.  Call 690-3323 for tickets and more information. Bring the whole family!!! Children 6 and under are free!!  Concert poster  


Maryville College worship series focuses on "Faces of Faith"

Maryville College 

Who inspires you in your faith? Whose story in Scripture or faith tradition is most relevant to you?


The Maryville College community will explore those questions - and others - this fall in a chapel series entitled "Faces of Faith." Held every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM), community worship is open to Maryville College faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the publicRead more 


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Erin Presbyterian Church

MOPS logo MOPS groups are non-denominational Christian communities that strive to meet the needs of every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS recognizes that urban, suburban, and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single, and married moms all share a similar desire to be the very best moms  

                                              they can be.


A MOPS group of approximately 15-20 Christian moms meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd., Knoxville.  The cost is $40 per semester.   

More info / MOPS flyer 


Lunch-Time Theology at First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville - Nov. 14


First Presbyterian Church, KnoxvilleCan the Presbyterian Church (USA) be Reformed?


Lecture and Dialogue: Rev. Dr. William ("Bill") Wood, Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte  

Dr. Wood grew up in Johnson City and has ably served multiple Presbyterian congregations.  His longest tenure was with the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC, which grew from 1200 member to 2200 member during 25+ years as the pastor.  Says Dr. Wood, "I will talk about the PCUSA and what I think it will take to turn around a denomination that is in a precipitous decline."  Presbyterian ministers, educators, musicians, and other church leaders are invited to join in a lunch conversation with Dr. Wood.


Date and Time: November 14, Noon

Place: Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville

Contribution toward lunch cost: $5


The kindness of letting the church know of your attending will assist in the appropriate lunch preparation.

Phone: 865-546-2531



What's happening at Knoxville College


Knoxville College was founded in 1875 as part of the missionary effort of the United Presbyterian Church of North America to promote religious, moral, and educational leadership among the freed men and women.  Since 1931, it has been a liberal arts college.  The leaders of Knoxville College have launched The Renaissance of KC campaign with six strategic initiatives.  Learn more through Knoxville Collegethe following links:


Strategic Initiatives brochure

Latest Newsletter

Knoxville College website


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