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Dogwood Blossoms

Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterJanuary 2012 
In This Issue
Hunger Action!
PET Youth News
John Knox Center News
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
Presbytery of East Tennessee  


Synod of Living Waters
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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
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

Office Hours
8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Call ahead if you plan to stop by between 12:00 and 1:00pm

Hunger Action! 

Cents-Ability Offering At Work in 2011


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 grant) 

Chattanooga Community Kitchen  ($500 grant)   

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

FISH Hospitality Pantries ($500 grant)

Good Shepherd Center, Madisonville ($500 grant)

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

Scott County Homeless Shelter's Food Pantry ($500 grant)

Ensure Fund (through First Presbyterian, Huntsville) for Scott County cancer patients ($500 grant) 


New Grant:

Roane County Cooperative Ministries' Garden Program for spring 2012 ($1,000 grant)


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

Look What We've Done Together!

(indulge me for a moment as I say goodbye)


Deborah Phillips
Deborah Phillips 

As many of you are already aware, the Hunger Action Enabler position in the Presbytery of East Tennessee has been eliminated, and I wanted to let everyone know that my last day will be on December 30th. It has been a wonderful experience to serve with you over the last five years, and I appreciate very much the faithfulness of so many to hunger-related ministries.


Together we have donated 15,000 pounds of beans and rice to food pantries and given 66 Cents-Ability grants for direct food relief and helping low-income families grow their own food. We've filled Red Buckets for missions during budget shortfalls, started using fairly-traded coffees and other products, and found ourselves breaking ground (literally) for vegetable gardens, as well as breaking bread together in your fellowship halls.

The Rice & Beans initiative is officially over when I leave, but the Serve Team will oversee the Cents-Ability offering going forward.


Thank you for all that we have done together to help alleviate hunger in our region and around the world. It has been a pleasure to serve with you in His name.


Peace and many blessings to you,

Deborah Phillips

PET Youth News
Confirmation Retreat: Baptism...What's the Big Deal?
Friday & Saturday,
February 24-25, 2012
Ropes course at John Knox Center

At John Knox Center

591 West Rockwood Ferry Road

Ten Mile, TN  37880



Confirmation classes of any size churches along with your Pastor, Youth Leaders &/ or Parents



Learn more about the church beyond your neighborhood. Get to know other Youth going through confirmation. Have fun at John Knox Center!

This Confirmation Retreat is...

     *Planned by the Smaller Church Ministry Group of the Support Mission Team,

     *Aware that many churches have only a few youth going through Confirmation,

     *Connecting youth with contemporaries throughout the presbytery,

     *A SUPPLEMENT to your church's Confirmation training, and

     *Recommending other RESOURCES at


Cost: $45 per person.  Online registration will be available in January.


For More Information Contact

Miki Vanderbilt or 865-690-5333

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


Save the Dates for YOUTH SUMMIT
Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2012 - In Gatlinburg - details forthcoming!
John Knox Center News
Jim & Sherrell Hayes Honored at Advent Dinner
Jim and Sherrell HAyes with Bri Payne
Jim & Sherrell Hayes with Executive Director Bri Payne

It was a night of celebration and recognition at the annual Advent Dinner December 2 at the John Knox Center.  Pastors, educators, and their families joined the Outdoor Ministries Team in recognizing the dedication of volunteers Rev. Jim Hayes (HR) and his wife, Sherrell. For the past three summers Jim and Sherrell have been a large part of the summer camp ministry.  In 2009 & 2010 they volunteered for one or two weeks, in 2011 they joined us for the entire summer as our Pastor in Residence and Camp Nurse.  Jim spent countless hours teaching Bible study, leading worship and helping both campers and staff grow in their faith through the camp experience.  From poison ivy to bumps and bruises, Sherrell patched up "boo-boos" and dispensed medications, keeping everyone healthy as a Registered Nurse (RN). Through their love and devotion for the campers and staff they developed strong relationships and became trusted mentors and friends. Jim encouraged other pastors "to spend a week as a Camp Chaplain to see the work God is doing at John Knox in the lives of young people."

Project:UnFinished - February 24-26, 2012

$115.00 includes 6 meals snacks and lodging

Quilt project at John Knox Center 

Enjoy a fun weekend sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, painting, etc. Bring those "unfinished projects" you never find the time to start or finish or bring a book, relax, and enjoy the fellowship. Our relaxed schedule allows you to enjoy the get-away as you like.


The retreat "officially" begins with dinner Friday at 6:00 pm but feel free to arrive as early as 9:00 am for coffee. A small refrigerator and microwave are available; just pack a sack lunch and a drink for an early start to the weekend.


Click HERE to register or call the office at 865/376-2236.

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Music is Our Chisel: A Celebration of the Music of Social Justice
Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:00 to 8:30pm - Beck Cultural Exchange Center
MLK event singers
The Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery invites you to attend an evening celebrating the music of social justice, the songs that have sustained movements through long, nonviolent struggles for change around the world. The event will take place at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave., and will feature Guy & Candie Carawan and Avon Rollins. Light refreshments will be served at 6:00pm and yes, there will be singing!  Event flyer

PET School of the Laity - Reformed Theology
March 3 and 31, 2012 at Maryville College

Maryville CollegeThe Presbytery's School of the Laity is offering a class on Reformed Theology this spring, taught by Maryville College professors Andrew Irvine and Bill Meyer.  The class will be held on two Saturdays in March and will include lunch at the College.  Any layperson may attend and previous School of the Laity classes are not a prerequisite for participation.  Registration information and advance reading assignments will be available soon.  For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Wilson, /  865-671-4132
Ron Keese, /  865-521-6851

"Here I am Lord ... but didn't you mean to send someone else?"
A Workshop at Loaves & Fishes - March 16-17, 2012

Wondering faceIs this you? Your usual pattern is to keep a low profile (hoping to be invisible) when 'responsibilities' are handed out?   Or you have been asked to do something you never expected to be asked to do? Or boredom has set in and you are so tired of doing the same ol' thing the same ol' way every time? HELP!  


Are there remedies for these situations? Is there information to answer questions? Who has done this before and knows how?


This workshop can give you the confidence to say "yes" to try something new and 'grow a little!  Led by friendly Presbyterian Women leaders who have experienced most of the situations you want to know about it will be informational and fun!


Learn how to find and use many wonderful resources available to you. Sharpen your skills for leading or planning a meeting.  


Interested in Missions?   Find practical how to's and wherefore's in this workshop. Walk away with practical ideas to become inclusive and flexible in your mission of witnessing to your faith. PLAN NOW TO ATTEND!


Loaves & Fishes LogoFind out more about this and other incredible workshop offerings at Loaves & Fishes 2012 - Information and Registration


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