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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterFebruary 2012 
In This Issue
Register for Loaves & Fishes 2012
Presbytery Meeting - Feb. 11
PET Confirmation Retreat
Youth Summit 2012
School of the Laity
GA Moderator to Visit PET
PET Healing & Wholeness Services
Connect through the Yellow Pages
John Knox Center News
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links

Presbytery of East Tennessee  


Synod of Living Waters
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

Join Our Mailing List
Register for Loaves & Fishes 2012!
Loaves and Fishes 2012 brochure
Food For the Soul

March 16-17, 2012

The Clayton Center for the Arts  

at Maryville College


A two day worship and workshop event.


"Following Jesus' command to feed His sheep, we invite you to join in the conversation about the many aspects of food and faith."


Worship. Serve. Celebrate!


Presbytery Meeting - February 11
The 110th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville (6500 Northshore Drive SW) on Saturday, February 11Registration is at 9:30am and the meeting will begin at 10:00am.  The meeting packet and appendices are now available on the PET website.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville TN
PET Confirmation Retreat
Baptism logo - hand with water
Friday & Saturday
February 24-25, 2012

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! 


Get more information and register online  

Mail-in Registration Form 


Deadline for Registration - Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Youth Summit 2012: OCCUPY

March 2-4 in Gatlinburg

 OCCUPY logo

Youth Summit is fast approaching and it is time to get ready! Youth Summit is set for March 2 - 4, 2012, in Gatlinburg and is open to all youth in grades 9 - 12. All of our activities and overnights will be at the Edgewater Hotel (402 River Road, Gatlinburg, 37738), except Saturday night banquet, which will be at Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church (237 Regan Dr.). We hope you will be able to join us for this fun and exciting event!  Cost: $80 per person


Registration is required and must be postmarked by February 24.


Youth Leaders Letter - Important info!

Youth Summit Brochure and Individual Registration Form

Church Group Registration Form

Room Assignments Form 

School of the Laity - March 3 & 31
Spring 2012 - Reformed Theology

This spring, the PET School of the Laity is offering a class on Reformed Theology, taught by Maryville College professors Andrew Irvine and Bill Meyer.  The class will meet on the campus of Maryville College on two Saturdays - March 3 and 31 - from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Lunch in the cafeteria will be provided.  Required readings are posted on the School of the Laity page of the PET website (under News and Events).  The cost for the class is $65 and registration is due by February 24.

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

GA Moderator to Visit PET - March 11
Please join us to welcome Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly, to the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Cindy will meet with interested presbyters and members to answer questions and talk about issues facing the PC(USA) today.
Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly of the PC(USA)
Sunday, March 11
New Providence Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway
Maryville, TN

You are invited to stay for dinner afterward.  Please RSVP to New Providence at 865-983-0182.
PET Healing and Wholeness Services
Sponsored by the Support Mission Team

Healing and Wholeness Services will be offered throughout the Presbytery on months that we don't meet for Presbytery, with the first beginning in April.  Our communities, church members, congregations, and the Presbytery are always in need of healing and wholeness and this is one way place we can gather for worship together.  This year is a time to come together through worship.  After worship there will be an opportunity for fellowship.  There will be one bulletin, but three meeting places: Northern, Middle and Southern parts of the Presbytery.  Please be in prayer about these services.  If you or your church is asked to participate, please prayerfully consider it.  More information will be provided at the February 11 Presbytery meeting.
Healing & Wholeness Services logo
Connect through the Yellow Pages
Sponsored by the Connect Mission Team

Yellow Pages graphicIn working with churches during our time of Listening Visits, we saw a need for quick response to questions from church sessions and congregations. The result is the Presbytery Yellow Pages.  


Like the phone company's yellow pages, our Yellow Pages list people or organizations who have gifts/knowledge by subject.


The Presbytery of East Tennessee Yellow Pages offer direct contact between your church needs and the person who can help. It is a way to get outside the walls of your church and receive new ideas from those with wide experience. Please take advantage of this new resource.  


Click on this link - PET Yellow Pages - to go directly to a document that you can download or print.  We are in the process of making this available on the PET website.


The Yellow Pages is maintained by Jim Wessel at  or phone 865-482-4145. Contact him with questions and with people/organizations that should be added.

John Knox Center News


John Knox Center with contact info2012 Events & Retreats

January 23-26          Sewing on the River

February 24-25        Confirmation Retreat

February 24-26        Project:UnFinished

March 15- Nov 15    Camping Available* 

April - May                Environmental Education

June-July                  Summer Camp

August-November    Environmental Education

Sept. 16                    Family Picnic

October TBA             Family Camp-Out

October TBA             Moonlight Zipline

November 2-4            Women's Retreat

December 7               Advent Dinner


*Call for reservations


John Knox Center 

Office: (865) 376-2236  

Fax: (865) 376-1719

Quilts, Massage, and a Sewing Shop at John Knox Retreat


The warm January weather was the perfect setting for thirty-two women to share four days of renewed Christian fellowship with great food and laughs around the fire at the John Knox Center.  Many quilts, wall hangings, scarves and more (many for charity organizations) were made along with 142 pillows for cancer patients.  


This 7th Annual Sewing on the River retreat featured some unique amenities.  Elaine Lindsay, owner of "Loose Threads" in Harriman, TN converted a cabin to a sewing shop complete with fabric, thread, books, patterns, and more and participated in the retreat.  After days of sewing, tense muscles were soothed with chair massages by licensed massage therapist, Jennifer Marks of Knoxville.  Guests were invited to also take a few moments for themselves in a cabin set aside as a Sabbath Space.  Devotion materials, watercolor painting, and other reflective options were provided to give guests a spiritual "break" from the energy and excitement of crafting and creating.  "We look forward to coming to John Knox every year.  The new cabins are GREAT! We can't wait 'til next year." - Linda Wert, Farragut Presbyterian.


If you missed this event there is still time to register for Project:UnFinished, February 24-26.  More information and registration

2012 Sewing on the River participants 

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Derek Webb posterMaryville College - Feb 7


Join the MC campus community by bringing your high school and college age young adults to Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College on Tuesday evening Feb. 7th at 7:00pm.  The MC Center for Campus Ministry presents Derek Webb, a talented and thoughtful musician/songwriter, as part of the February Meetings, a college tradition since 1877. The concert is free and open to the public.


Please check out the link below...your young people may already be fans! 


Sweets & Sounds of KTown Concert - February 19

Sweets & Sounds ConcertFourth United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville (1323 Broadway) is hosting a concert to benefit Casa de Sara on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00pm. Featured performers include Bill Snyder, Wendell Werner, Liz Peterson, the Fourth United Singers and many more.  The concert MC will be Robin Wilhoit.  Tickets are $10 and include dessert. For more information and to purchase tickets by phone, call 865-690-3323. 
Buy tickets online

Fourth United also has a growing "cafe worship" service on Sunday mornings and a new clothes closet to provide casual and business clothing to people in need free of charge.  Click on the links to check out these exciting new ministries!

PET Churches Named Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care Congregation sealNew Hope Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga and First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge have been named Earth Care Congregations by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries.  To become an Earth Care Congregation, these churches affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life and completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

Tusculum College - Theologian in Residence

Rev. Landon Whitsitt
Rev. Landon Whitsitt

The 2012 Theologian-in-Residence series will celebrate its 21st year by exploring the "open source church," in which the basic functions of mission and ministry are open to anyone. The series, co-sponsored by the Holston Presbytery and Tusculum College, will be led by the Rev. Landon Whitsitt, executive and stated clerk of the Synod of Mid-America whose book about the "open source church" was published in April 2011.  Sessions will take place every Tuesday in February.

Spread the News!
We invite you to share your news with us.  All articles and news items must be submitted by the 20th of the month prior to publication.  Send your information to Dana Hendrix,