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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterOctober 2011 
In This Issue
Leaders Academy
John Knox Center News
Presbyterian Center @ UT-K
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
from the August 20, 2011 PET meeting
MissionInsite - web-based demographic service
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report 
as of 08-31-2011

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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Leaders Academy

At John Knox Center, Ten Mile, TN


Leaders Academy logoLeaders 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 Fee per person:

Weekend Rate: $ 45     Commuter Rate (not spending the night): $30


Workshops include: Understanding the Unique Appalachian Culture (Paul Rader), Spiritual Leadership (Wendy Neff), nFOG: Out of the Fog (Alan Payne), Praying the Scriptures (Jon Faraone), Resources for Ongoing Session Retreats and Renewal (Craig Hendrix), Training for Clerks of Session (James McTyre)

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2011

Online info and registration
Attn: Clerks of Session
Session Minutes Reading & Clerk's Training in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga-area Session Minutes Reading & Clerk's Training has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 23 at Northminster Presbyterian Church from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Church registers and session minutes for 2010 will be reviewed in round robin fashion.  Any clerks from outside the Chattanooga area that were unable to attend the reading in Knoxville are welcome to attend.  If you have questions, contact Stated Clerk James McTyre at or 865-268-9628.

John Knox Center News

John Knox Center logoMoonlight in the Trees

October 8, 5-10pm


$10/person - Call for rates for groups of 10 or more


Ever wanted to fly through the trees with only the moonlight shining down on you? Here's your chance!


Grab a friend and a coat and head out to the John Knox Center to join us for the Moonlight Zipline & Flying Squirrel extravaganza! The campfire will be roaring, s'mores will be melting, weenies will be roasting, cider & cocoa will be warming, and night hiking will be happening!


Call/Email today to Register!



Father & Child Campout

October 14-16

Campfire at John Knox Center Come on down for a weekend of outdoor bonding with the special child in your life!


$95 per pair, father and child

$35 per additional child


Camping * * Campfire cooking * * Fishing Canoeing * * High ropes challenges * * and more!


For more information or to reserve your spot, call 865-376-2236


2011 Women's Retreat

November 4-6, 2011
Sunset at John Knox Center
Make JKC's Women's Retreat your time to get away. That's what this retreat is about; taking a break from all the busyness that consumes life. You will be able to recreate with others in our community; enjoy warm conversations by a fire or around a tasty meal, play outside with others, and take nice peaceful walks.

$150 per person, includes sessions with keynote speaker Robin Humphreys, and special workshops such as Hula Hoop Instruction (Charity Edwards), Yoga, Stamp Art (by Ginny Baker), Hiking, Homemade Household-Green Clean, Knitting (Laura Rust), Kayaking, & more.

 Retreat Flyer
Online Registration
Presbyterian Center @ UT-Knoxville
We are changing our programming schedule and asking churches to help! 

Presbyterian Center UT-KnoxvilleIn the past, churches have supported the students at the campus ministry by bringing dinner on Sunday evenings.  Because of our schedule change we are now asking churches if they can bring the students dinner on WEDNESDAY nights instead of Sunday nights.  We realize that many of you have your own Wednesday night church suppers, but we are hoping that maybe you can prepare a little extra on those nights and share it with the students at the campus ministry.  We will eat between 7 and 8pm and can be flexible in that time frame. 

Please let Kally or Anthea know if you can bring dinner for the students by signing up at .  If you have any questions do not hesitate to call or email us!  865-525-7475 or pcutk@utk.eduThank you for your support!
Hunger Action! 

Cents-Ability Offering At Work

And Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." Mark 6:37


PET congregations reach out in hunger ministry together...

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)

Good Shepherd Center, Madisonville ($500 grant)


New grant

Food/Life Services of Campbell County ($500 grant)

Rice & Beans Campaign


Rice and BeansWe are inching closer to the half way mark of our goal of 10,000 pounds of Rice & Beans to food pantries in East Tennessee by Christmas!


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.


Rice & Beans Christmas gift cards will be available before Christmas! See below...

Simple Gifts Christmas Market


Photo of international marketSeveral of our churches have begun offering a wonderful opportunity to purchase meaningful Christmas gifts at their very own Christmas Markets.  Options for various booths include Equal Exchange fairly-traded coffees, teas, nuts, and chocolates, the Heifer Project, Partners for Just Trade, and Rice & Beans Christmas gift cards. If you would like to have a conversation about having a Simple Gifts Christmas Market at your church, please email or call me!


Deborah Phillips

Hunger Action Enabler 

Presbytery of East Tennessee 

Office: 865-688-5581
Cell: 865-335-0342
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Maryville College presents The Laramie Project - Oct. 6-9

The Laramie Project book coverThe Maryville College Theatre Department will present The Laramie Project Oct. 6-9 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theater Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year following the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who on Oct. 7, 1998, was discovered bound to a fence near Laramie, savagely beaten and left to die. Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance and led to calls for expanded federal hate crime legislation.  

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Haslam Family Flex Theatre.  Tickets, which are available at the Clayton Center Box Office, are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older), MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. MC students are admitted free.  Read more

Family Violence and Culture: A Conference - Oct. 14
8am-1:30pm @ The Foundry in Knoxville, TN


Wheel of Power diagramDid you know that often in domestic violence situations, the male comes to the counselor/pastor first in an effort to "pre-empt" the safe space?


Did you know that often in domestic violence situations, the female rarely knows that the situation she is in would be labeled "domestic violence"?


Did you know that domestic violence is much more than hitting, pushing and shoving, but includes financial control, isolation tactics and emotional manipulation? 


Did you know that a pastor or a counselor should NEVER, EVER counsel a couple together whose symptoms are characterized as domestic violence?

Sponsored by the Clergy Task Force Against Family Violence, this conference is for Clergy, Pastors, Youth Ministers, Ministers of Pastoral Care, Stephen Ministers, Lay Leaders, Counselors, Chaplains, Parish Nurses and Social Workers.


Keynote Speaker: Bishop James Swanson of the United Methodist Holston Conference  


Go to for more information  

Conference brochure with registration form 


Questions? Contact Rev. Colleen EM Maillie of Farragut Presbyterian Church and member of the Clergy Task Force Against Family Violence at 865.966.9547 or 


Washington Church Apple Festival - October 15


Washington Apple Festival

Washington Presbyterian Church's 2011 Fall Apple Festival
will be held on Saturday, October 15, from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the church's pavilion and park (7405 Washington Pike, Corryton).  Highlights again this year will be homemade fried apple pies, freshly squeezed apple cider, apple butter cooked over an open fire, and Ray Paden's pulled pork barbeque

There will also be other good food and drinks, fun and games for the children; a silent auction; a country market with treasures of all sorts and delicious baked goods; a farmer's market chocked full of home-preserved fruits and vegetables, plants, and fall mums; handmade quality crafts; horse-drawn buggy rides around the beautiful park; freshly ground corn; a hand-crafted quilt to be given to a lucky donor; an apple pie contest; and sweet instrumental music filling the air.   We invite everyone to come enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship with us as we raise money for our mission endeavors.

Yale Professor Dale Martin to Speak at Maryville College 

Dr. Dale Martin
Dr. Dale B. Martin

Dr. Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, will present a lecture titled "The American Idolatry of Family and Nation: Misuse of the Bible in American Public Life" at 7 p.m., Oct. 18, in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.


His lecture, which is free and open to the public, will address basic issues of interpretation of the Bible, mainly New Testament, politics and public use of the Bible and religion.  Read more 


First, Oak Ridge Health Luncheon - Project Lifesaver


Rick Morrow
Rick Morrow 

Project Lifesaver will be the topic for the Health Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 12 Noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge (1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike). Rick Morrow, Executive Director, United Way of Anderson County will speak about Project Lifesaver, which helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. The program is free and open to the public. There is a $5.00 charge for the lunch. Please call 865-483-1318 for reservations. Come and bring a friend!    


More information on Project Lifesaver  


Westminster College Young Presbyterian Scholars Program


Young Presbyterian Scholars logoWestminster College is a Presbyterian college located in New Wilmington, PA. Consistently ranked highly among all colleges and universities in the nation - and currently ranked first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" by - they hope to encourage students from across the nation to consider Westminster because of its Presbyterian connection.


The Young Presbyterian Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding PC(USA) students to apply to Westminster College and a scholarship of $17,500 per year.  Each year, they invite all PC(USA) congregations to nominate students to the scholarship and apply to the College.  This year, each congregation may nominate two seniors. The deadline for nominations is October 31


CRE Retreat/Open House - November 12

Open House signOn November 12, 2011 the Commissioned Ruling Elder Committee will host a Retreat/Open House inquiry get-together for all those interested in becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder (formerly called Commissioned Lay Pastor). Our plan is to begin a new class in 2012. During this gathering we will talk about the role of the CRE and offer opportunities to sit one on one with members of the committee along with present CRE's and faculty of the upcoming program. We strongly encourage your attendance at this event if you are contemplating serving the greater church as a CRE.


The event will be held at the House of the Woods of Maryville College starting at 9:00am and ending around 1pm. Lunch is provided.

If you have any questions, please call Dr. Brad Palmer 865-687-3911. Please RSVP at the Presbytery Office by November 2, 2011 - 865-688-5581 / 800-542-4246


College Bound Youth and Parents - SAVE THE DATE

Westminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting a College Fair of Presbyterian-related colleges on Sunday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m.  Hear about the basics in looking for a college, meet representatives, and enjoy light refreshments.  More information will be forthcoming to your churches and in the PET November newsletter.


Are you connecting?


Two people making a connectionThe Connect Mission Team is still searching for where "connection" is occurring in our presbytery. If you are joining with another church for any ministry or community event and wish to share it, please let the team know.  We would welcome your DVD's or other record of the event. We want to share that with presbytery at a later date.


Dr. Brad Palmer, Moderator of the Connect Mission Team  

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