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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterMarch 2012 
In This Issue
Loaves & Fishes 2012
Resource Center Give-Away Days
GA Moderator Visit Cancelled
PET Online Resources
John Knox Center News
From the Stated Clerk
PET Educator Gathering
Ministry Security Training Course
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links


John Knox Center
Loaves & Fishes 2012
from the February 11, 2012 PET meeting
MissionInsite - web-based demographic service
PC(USA) News
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


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.


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Loaves & Fishes 2012
Registration Deadline Extended to March 9th

Loaves and Fishes 2012 Brochure Cover Food for the Soul

March 16 & 17, 2012  

at the Clayton Center of 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 -  


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


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


Loaves & Fishes brochure - check out all the class offerings before registering 

Online information and registration


Resource Center Give-Away Days

March 10 and 20 - 9:00am to 2:00pm


Girl collecting booksThe Resource Center is changing along with the shifts in the Presbytery office. With the change to a "mobile office" and no physical space, the Resource Center also loses space. Although a small resource center will be maintained (details will follow at a later date), there are 1000's of books, videos, equipment, etc. that must go. We invite anyone in the presbytery to come March 10 and 20, during the hours of 9:00 to 2:00, to pick up items they may be able to use. Church librarians, teachers, educators, pastors, and others will find items in the resource center to use in their study life and ministry. If you have questions, please contact Laura Tappan at the presbytery office - 800-542-4246, 865-688-5581,

GA Moderator Visit Cancelled
We regret to announce that the visit of Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly, that was scheduled for March 11 at New Providence Presbyterian Church has been cancelled due to a serious illness.  Please keep her in your prayers.
PET Online Resources
2012 PET Directory Now Available Online

The 2012 Presbytery Directory is available in PDF format on the Presbytery website, under Resources > Presbytery Meetings > Packets & Minutes. The Front Section has general information, lists of teams and committees, etc. and the White Pages Directory has contact information for members of the Presbytery.  These are located on the password-protected page of the website in order to safeguard personal information.  In the near future, we hope to have a searchable, database-driven directory available.

Yellow Pages Directory of Resources within the Presbytery
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.  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.

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John Knox Center News

Life Changing Adventure....Life Changing Summer!


Camp John Knox LogoFor 52 years summer camp at Camp John Knox has been part of the faith journey of thousands of children throughout our Presbytery and beyond!  This summer campers will be nurtured in their faith, gain confidence through success, and build lasting relationships with other Christians.   


For more information visit 


Bible Study Theme 2012:  Keys of the Kingdom


In Matthew 16:15-19, the Apostle Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus tells Peter that his confession of faith will be the foundation of the church and that he will give the Apostles the keys of the kingdom of heaven. In our creative Bible studies and worship, we will discover together the Kingdom of God and the keys to being disciples of Christ in our world today.


2012 Summer Camp Schedule

CRITTER DAY CAMP              June 11 - 15 Ages 4 - 10            $145
NATIVE WAYS DAY CAMP    July 9 - 13 Ages 4 - 10               $145
MINI CAMP                              July 5 - 7 2nd - 4th grades          $195
TBA ELEMENTARY CAMP     June 10 - 15 4th-6th grades        $315
NATIVE WAYS                      July 8 - 13 4th - 6th grades          $315
MARATHON                          June 17 - 30 4th - 12th grades     $475
MIDDLE ADVENTURE            July 15 - 22 6th - 9th grades        $545
NIGHT OWL                           July 15 - 20 4th - 9th grades        $335
HIGH SCHOOL ADVENTURE July 5 - 13 10th - Graduates        $565
COVENANT PARTNERS        June 3 - 15 Ages 16 - 18             $500
*Rising grade in fall 2012.

Devotion Entries Needed!

By Carl Stanfield, Summer Camp Staff 2012


Carl Stanfield and camper
Carl Stanfield and camper 

John Knox Center is making a devotional book that we can use this summer for staff and campers! This devotional book will be filled with little tidbits, thoughts, and devotions written by all kinds of people who have been touched in some way by camp and retreat ministry, especially at John Knox Center. For 52 years lives have been changed through this ministry. We are asking former campers, former summer staffers, camper parents, pastors, and others who are part of this ministry through the Presbytery to write a brief devotional. This devotion can be about any lesson the bible and targeted towards either a certain age group of campers or staff members. Include a bible verse, a brief explanation/lesson, and discussion questions and/or an activity! Be creative! It's best to keep these short and sweet, as we are planning on having a lot of them. After your devotion, please include your name and your involvement with camp ministry. For example: Carl Stanfield, camper 2001-2008, summer staff 2009-2012.  Read more... 


Please type up your devotion and send it to Bri Payne, Executive Director at by April 15. If you have any questions, please call (865) 376-2236. Thanks everyone for being part of ministry at John Knox this summer and beyond!


River Ridge Environmental Education Program


JKC TurtleIt's an exciting time at The John Knox Center! Spring is (slowly) making it's way across the soggy grounds and woods of our camp. Some early blooms are just beginning to bud out and the animals are making their selves known once again. With all this change in the natural environment, we are also making changes in our River Ridge Environmental Education Program. We have several new and re-worked classes for students to enjoy. We are also redoing our curriculum to meet with the newly adjusted Tennessee State Testing Standards. Are you a teacher? A scout leader? A parent looking to introduce new opportunities to your child's school experience? We still have a few open dates available for the Spring! To contact us about our many and varied program opportunities, please call the John Knox Center at 865-376-2236. Or visit us at


Beach Combing in East Tennessee?


Picking up litterEach year the level of Watts Bar Lake surrounding John Knox Center falls significantly over the winter.  Twice during this time the water level has risen quickly to flood stage, leaving debris not only on the several miles of shoreline but also into the fields and other areas.  We need your help to clean up the shoreline before the water rises to summer level again the end of April.  Treasure hunt, collect driftwood for craft projects, and help remove litter as a great day or weekend mission opportunity for youth and adults.  Please call our office (865) 376-2236 to make reservations to beach comb in East Tennessee as a group or individual!  

From the Stated Clerk

The Rev. James McTyre


PCUSA sealThe Office of the General Assembly has a newly redesigned website, This contains links to information about the upcoming General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh, as well as links to MANY helpful documents and resources.
The 2011-2013 Book of Order can be downloaded for free at:
Question of the Month: "What about our church's roll of INACTIVE Members?"

The 2011-2013 Book of Order no longer recognizes the designation, "Inactive Members." Your church is no longer required to maintain a roll of Inactive Members. But... your church CAN keep a roll of Inactive Members if it wants to continue the tradition. The question would be, Why?  Read more...

A vast repository of useful information for Clerks of Session (and a few pastors) is located at: 


The 2012 Minister ID cards are available at the Presbytery office or can be picked up at the May 1 meeting of Presbytery.

PET Educator Gathering

By Laura Tappan, PET staff


Educators from across the presbytery gathered in the presbytery office Resource Center on February 13. These educators are involved in all areas of church education: children's ministries, DCEs, youth directors, and adult ministriesRead more... 


The next Educator gathering will be held in late April or early May. The meetings are rotated to different regions of the presbytery. If you have an educator at your church who is not connected with the presbytery group, please contact Rev. Mark Lampley (Sequoyah Hills) - 865-522-9804, or


PET Educators gathering on Feb. 13 

Pictured: Seated on the couch from L to R: Brianna Cook - 1st Knoxville; Alyssa Murray - 1st Knoxville; Ginny Baker - Educator at large; Cheryl Child - Lake Hills; Jan Rybka - Bethel, Rev. Sharon Carter - Highland. Standing from L to R: Susan Mills - Korean, Knoxville; Peter Ahn - Korean, Knoxville; Crystal Fallesen - Rivermont; Matt Whittington - Rivermont; Rev. Mark Lampley - Sequoyah Hills; Laura Tappan - PET Staff; Will Purushotham - Bethel; Angela Grobe - Westminster; Leah Grundy - 1st Cleveland.

Ministry Security Training Course
March 22 - 9:00am to 4:15pm

A Ministry Security Training Course is being offered by the Presbytery's insurance carriers, Brotherhood Mutual and Bob Johnson Insurance, and the Center for Personal Protection and Safety on Thursday, March 22 from 9:00 am to 4:15pmThe cost is $149 per person and includes lunch.


Topics to be covered include:

* How to protect your children, protect your worship and protect your ministries

* Keys to recognizing signs of a potential crisis before it occurs

* Strategies for handling a difficult person in a public environment

* How to develop a Safety and Security Plan for your Church


More information and registration 


Brotherhood Mutual and Bob Johnson Insurance logos 

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Musical Comedy "Xanadu" at Maryville College - March 8-11

Xanadu graphicThe Maryville College Theatre Department will present the award-winning Broadway musical comedy "Xanadu" March 8-11 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.


"Xanadu," based on the 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John, follows Kira, a magical and beautiful Greek muse who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., to help a struggling artist, Sonny, achieve his dream of opening the very first roller disco.


Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 8-10 and 2 p.m. on March 11 in the Clayton Center for the Arts' 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), theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. MC students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

Read Xanadu press release 


1st Oak Ridge Health Luncheon, March 21 - Joint Replacement


Dr. Michael O'BrienEveryone is welcome to attend the Health Luncheon on March 21st at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge. Dr. Michael O'Brien, with Orthopaedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge, will speak on "Latest Developments in Joint Replacement." First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge is located at 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The program is free and open to the community. There is a $5.00 charge for the lunch. Please call 865-483-1318 for reservations


SAVE THE DATE!  Mission: Fishin - Sat. April 28

Fish and hookThe Connect Mission Team is hosting a fishing tournament and fish fry at John Knox Center on Saturday, April 28.  Fellowship, friendly competition and good fun are guaranteed for all, so SAVE THE DATE!!  More details to come...


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