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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterApril 2012 
In This Issue
Mobile Office in Transition
Healiing & Wholeness Service
Mission: Fishin'
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
John Knox Center News
From the Peacemaking Committee
From the Disaster Response Committee
From the Stated Clerk
Conference Opportunities
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links


John Knox Center
from the February 11, 2012 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
as of 02-29-12
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 Administrator




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Knoxville, TN 37928-0436

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Mobile Office in Transition
Presbytery building with realtor signThe PET staff, with the assistance and support of many in the Presbytery, is continuing the transition to a mobile office.  The office building at 609 Cedar Lane is up for sale and several interested parties have toured the facilities.  John Knox Center, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at UT-Knoxville, and the new Mercy Junction ministry in Chattanooga have been able to make use of furniture and office equipment, and numerous individuals and churches availed themselves of the free books, videos and DVDs at the Resource Center give-away days. 

The transition of our office systems - email, phone, database, document storage, and website - is taking place in stages.  Our email server has already moved online and our phones are in the process of moving from a traditional phone service provider to an Internet-based service.  Our database, working documents, and website will also soon move from our own server to Internet service providers. We expect this process to be completed in the next couple of weeks, at which point the staff will be able to work virtually anywhere (pun intended) that has electricity and Internet service.

There are many changes occurring, but a few things won't change, including our mailing address (P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville TN 37928-0436), our phone number (865-688-5581), our fax number (865-689-3364), our email addresses (the staff member's first name followed by, and our website (

While the many changes have been at times confusing, frustrating, and anxiety provoking, we are also looking forward to taking advantage of our mobility to be more present with you, the pastors and lay people of our presbytery.  We have already enjoyed several visits to churches through our monthly staff meetings - First Presbyterian Church in Greenback was our host in March and we will visit Eusebia Presbyterian Church in Seymour in April - and we plan to increase these to weekly meetings once we are fully mobile.  We encourage sessions to let us know if we might meet at your church in the future

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The Resource Center is moving

The fresh start is also a return to its roots of being managed by volunteers and focusing on education support for class settings. The best resources have been moved to the new location at First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir City. Please contact Connie Umbach at for more information and your resource needs!

Healing and Wholeness Service


Healing & Wholeness Services logo
You are invited to a Healing and Wholeness Service on Tuesday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Mars Hills Presbyterian Church, Athens. Come, let us worship together. The Support Mission Team hopes that we can gather together through worship. All are welcome, pastors, elders and church members. There will be a time for fellowship before worship.


Join us for lunch


The Connect Mission Team is sponsoring a lunch at the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church at 12pm immediately following the service of Healing and Wholeness. The lunch will be $6.00. Come stay and enjoy some additional opportunity for fellowship.

Mission: Fishin' - April 28

The Presbytery of East Tennessee Proudly Announces

The First-Ever


Mission: Fishin' logo
(In case of tsunami, make up date is May 5, 2012)


Sponsored by the Connect Mission Team of Presbytery, Mission Fishin' is an opportunity for congregations to get together around two of East Tennessee's favorite spring/summer pastimes - fishing for perch and a fish fry! The beautiful John Knox Center, overlooking Watts Bar Lake, is the site for this auspicious and unique event.


Styled after bass fishing tournaments, Mission Fishin' will determine who the best perch fisherpersons are in the Presbytery. Only fish broadly categorized as "perch" are eligible for the exciting prizes that will be awarded.  Non-fisherpersons may take advantage of the Frisbee golf course, the basketball and volleyball courts, or hike on the beautiful Caldwell Trail.

The tournament will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00am to 11:30am, followed by lunch and the award ceremonyIf you would like to spend Friday night at John Knox Center, please call them at 865-376-2236.
The entry fee for Mission: Fishin', which includes lunch, is a modest $15 for adults and youth 11+, $7.50 for children ages 5-10, and $1 for children under 5 years of age. Use of canoes is on a first come, first served basis at no additional charge.

Registration and details - including prize categories and "official rules"


We look forward to seeing you there!

Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery

Presbyterian Women stained glass window logoFriday, April 27, 2012 9:30 a.m. - 2:30p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville
620 State Street Knoxville, TN 37902

"Unchanging Hope"
Featured Speaker: Joanne Schuetz
Synod Global Exchange Representative of Living Waters to India

9:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee
$8 Payable to: First Presbyterian Church
by April 20th

John Knox Center News
Spring is in full bloom at the John Knox Center! Sail boat at John Knox Center

All of the sleeping critters are starting to wake up and make tracks all around camp. Speaking of making an impression, how would you like to mold young minds? We're looking for a few good staff to help us fill out dates in April and May. Have you ever wanted to lead a class about cooking over a campfire? How about fishing? Whatever your experience is in, you can be an important asset to our program. Training is available in our curriculum- all you need is the passion to teach and get kids excited about nature and the great outdoors. You can email our Program Specialist at  for details.

Life Changing Adventure....Life Changing Summer!


For 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.


From the Peacemaking Committee

Peacemaking Logo - DoveTHANK YOU to all Presbyterians in East Tennesssee who have expressed your commitment to peacemaking by contributing to the 2011 Peacemaking Offering on or around World Communion Sunday last October. To date, the Presbytery's Peacemaking Committee, the recipient of 25% of the total offering, has received $1,408 from 18 congregations. They are (in alphabetical order): Concord, Erin, Fairfield Glade, Farragut, First Knoxville, First LaFollette, Fountain City, Graystone, Highland, Kirk Hills, Lake Hills, Mars Hill, New Providence, Northminster, Second Chattanooga, Spring Place, West Emory, Westminster.


In 2011 the Presbytery Peacemaking Committee supported seven projects. One of them was the Children's International Summer Village in Louisville, TN.   Delegations of teenagers from 6 different countries spent two weeks learning to communicate with each other, appreciate their different cultures, and live together as members of one big human family sharing this planet. We co-sponsored a Martin Luther King community event in January at Beck Cultural Exchange Center, at which Madeline Rogero spoke and representatives from several community groups shared ideas. Also, three people from our Presbytery were sent to the 2011 multi-conference "Big Tent" in Indianapolis.


Everyone interested in peacemaking is welcome to the committee's meetings, which take place every other month. The next meeting is Monday, May 14th, at 5:30 p.m., at West Emory Church, 1035 Emory Church Road, Knoxville 37922, just off the Westland exit of Pellissippi Parkway. Donna Schall and Ann Owens Brunger are co-moderators of the committee. For more information, call them: Donna at 865-531-1788; Ann at 865-405-2281. They would be very interested in knowing how your congregation put to use your church's 25% portion of the Peacemaking Offering.
From the Disaster Response Committee

Aware of the amount of storm damage sustained by folks in Tellico Plains, your Disaster Response Committee has offered the Session of Center Presbyterian Church up to $3,000 in aid to be dispensed by the Session of that church to be used as they see fit in helping to rehabilitate their community. The money comes from funds made available by members of Presbytery through gifts made for such purposes.


Our prayers and hearts go out to all who have been affected by the recent violent weather.


Fritz Schilling, Chair

From the Stated Clerk

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Keep up on all the General Assembly news, overtures, and decisions at: You can set up an account or use the service as a guest. If you set up your own account, your news can be personalized as you follow discussions and overtures.


Question of the Month: Does the Moderator of a session meeting have a vote? Absolutely yes. The Moderator of a session meeting (usually the pastor of the church), is a member of session. S/he can vote on any and all matters before the body. The question for the moderator to consider is... do you want to vote? Should you? Some moderators vote on every matter. Some vote on none. If a matter comes to a tie vote, a moderator sometimes feels as though it's his or her duty to break the tie. That's not necessarily so. A matter receiving a tie vote fails, since no majority has been established in favor of the matter. If a session is so divided on an issue, should the moderator cast the deciding vote? Or, should the moderator lead the session in more discernment so a clear majority decision can be made one way or the other? So... yes, a moderator is free to vote in session meetings. But the session (including the moderator) is also free to ask, Why is the moderator exercising this right?

Conference Opportunities
The Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary

 Princeton Youth Forum banner

A webinar "Thriving Small Church Youth Ministry" with Stephanie Caro, is being offered April 16, 2012, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  There is no cost for this online course, but you must register to participate.  Webinar information


The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry is taking place on the Princeton Seminary campus April 23-26, 2012. The theme is "Create."   Information and registration


The next cohort of The Certificate in Youth and Theology program will kick off with a retreat April 21-23, 2012 at Princeton Seminary.  This program offers training in youth ministry that focuses on theological reflection and ministerial practice.  More information/apply for the 2012 cohort  


What Are You Waiting For?  July 30-August 2, 2012
2012 National Evangelism and Church Growth Conferences

Evangelism & Church Growth Conference logoFive of the ministries in the Evangelism and Church Growth Program area of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will host their conferences July 30-August 2, 2012, at the TradeWinds Island Resorts ( on St. Pete Beach, Florida. Each conference will provide individual learning opportunities, but will share group meals, worship and plenary speakers. The same registration and housing fees also apply to all conferences.  These include:

Youth Worker Conference
Collegiate Ministries Conference
Church Transformation Conference
Evangelism Conference
New Church Development Conference

Information and Registration 

News and Events Around the Presbytery

The Wonder of the Cross - April 6   


The Wonder of the Cross logoCenter Presbyterian Church in Tellico Plains invites you to join them as Sandy Childress and the CPC choir present a powerful Musical presentation remembering the final week of Jesus' life - The Wonder of the Cross.  Communion will be served at this special service.


Good Friday, April 6 @ 7pm

Center Presbyterian Church 

6265 Highway 360

Tellico Plains



Maryville College - Easter Sunrise Service


Maryville CollegeMaryville College's annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m., April 8, on Lloyd Beach. The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will deliver the sermon titled "Right Place, Right Time."  Scripture for the sermon will be the Easter story, as told in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.  Brass musicians will lead the music during the worship service, which is open to community members.


Lloyd Beach is located behind Lloyd Hall, on the southeastern end of the campus, and offers a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Chilhowee Mountains. The service is casual, and attendees who are not able to stand during the service are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Christian Funeral Seminar - April 10

Dr. Tom LongDr. Tom Long will be speaking at a free seminar on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, 10:00 am to noon with lunch at noon. This is sponsored by Rose Mortuary and seating is limited to 250. He will be talking about his experiences regarding death and dying highlighting his book, "Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral."  Reservations must be made by Tuesday, April 3 by calling either of the Rose Mortuary chapels, 865-523-2121 or 865-588-8578. This seminar is for anyone in the ministry, hospice caregiver, chaplain, Stephen Minister or those who have experienced loss.  Event Flyer  

Dr. Tony Campolo - April 14 an 15

Dr. Tony CampoloDr. Tony Campolo, preacher, educator, and founder of Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), will speak at Second Presbyterian Church on Saturday, (2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) April 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Dr. Campolo will be speaking on the relationship of the Christian faith and the American political environment highlighted in his book, Red Letter Christians.  Dr.  Campolo, Professor Emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA is among the most celebrated and sought-after speakers and writers in the United States. He has authored close to 40 books.
  For more information about Dr. Campolo, visit the EAPE web site at  Dr. Campolo's presentations are part of the inaugural Lowell Giffen Lecture Series.   

All You Should Know About Cataracts - April 18

EyeEveryone is welcome to attend the Health Luncheon Wednesday, April 18 at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge. Thomas L. Dahl, M.D. will speak on "All You Should Know About Cataracts." 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.  

News from the Sunset Gap Community Center, Cosby TN
Warren Frey, first GED graduate at Sunset Gap
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