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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter                            June, 2012 


In This Issue
John Knox Center News
Healing & Wholeness Service
School of the Laity
General Assembly News
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
From the Peacemaking Committee
Connect Mission Team News
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
Presbytery Staff

Judd Shaw

General Presbyter

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James McTyre

Stated Clerk


Bri Payne

Executive Director, John Knox Center


Dana Hendrix

Office Manager

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Gwen Pyle

Financial Administrator

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Knoxville, TN 37928-0436

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John Knox Center News

Summer Staff Commissioning Service - June 3 

11:00 AM at Second Presbyterian Church

2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 


Please come and join us for this service and meet the young men and women who will be working with your kids and youth this summer. We look forward to seeing you there!


Carl Stanfield and camper Please Pray for Our Summer Staff

This summer we have a fantastic staff filling a variety of roles. We will have people serving as counselors, lifeguards, support staff, nurses and chaplains. Please pray for energy, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Register for Camp John Knox today!

Camps are filling up fast, so register at

2012 JKC Retreats and Events

Camp John Knox LogoJKC Family Picnic: Sep. 16
Family Camp Out: Oct 12-14
Haunted High Ropes: Oct 27
Women's Retreat: Nov 2-4
Advent Dinner: Dec 7

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Kids Meet God at Camp!
Healing & Wholeness Service

Thursday, June 21 at 7pm 

New Hope Presbyterian Church

1705 Merchants Drive, Knoxville


A Presbytery Healing and Wholeness Service will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Knoxville.  All are invited for prayer, Scripture reading, and silent meditation organized by the Support Mission Team

Please join us before worship for a 6:00 p.m. potluck dinner sponsored by the Connect Mission Team.  Bring a dish or dessert to share.  New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1705 Merchants Drive, Knoxville, TN 37912. (865) 687-3911.
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School of the Laity
Register Now for Summer Class: Reformed Theology

The PET School of the Laity is offering a class on Reformed Theology, taught by Dr. Buran Phillips, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. It will meet at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens (205 North Jackson St.) on June 23 and August 18, from 9am to 3pm, with lunch provided at the church.

Suggested readings will be posted on the School of the Laity page of the PET website (under News & Events).
The cost for this course is $65, and registration is due by June 15. We are a group of very enthusiastic learners who would love to have you join us.

Online information and registration
Mail-in registration form  
General Assembly News

Logo of the 220th General Assembly  

The 220th General Assembly of the PC(USA) will meet in Pittsburgh, PA, June 30-July 7. Learn more at . Follow all Assembly business at  


Please be in prayer for all attending the General Assembly, especially our commissioners: the Rev. Emily Anderson, the Rev. Michael Stanfield, Elder Jack Danner, and Elder Connie Umbach; and our Young Adult Advisory Delegate, Jennifer Carter.   


Post-GA discussions concerning the actions taken there are in the works and will be announced soon. 

Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Bid for 2012 FootVol Parking Spots at UT-Knoxville!

UT logoThe UT-K Presbyterian Campus Ministry is now accepting bids for reserved parking spots for the 2012 FootVol season!  Simply mail or email in your bid of $175.00 or higher to the Presbyterian Campus Ministry before July 15th.  Winners will receive a reserved parking spot at the PCM (on campus), along with bathroom privileges in the PCM building, and use of our basement kitchen. 
Starting Bid: $175 
Mail to:  1831 Melrose Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 
Call: 865-394-9242

Bidding closes July 15th.  Winners will be notified by August 1, 2012.
From the Peacemaking Committee


Linda Macktaby
Linda Macktaby 

The Peacemaking Committee is happy to announce this year's International Peacemaking Speaker for PET will be Linda Macktaby, representing Lebanon and Syria. Each year, around the time of World Communion Sunday (Oct. 7 this year), PC(USA) provides speakers from around the world.


Linda Macktaby earned her M.Div. degree from the Near East School of Theology and works as youth program coordinator for the Forum for Development, Culture & Dialogue. As time allows, she also preaches at the Evangelical Church in Kfarshima, Lebanon. Linda will speak to the Christian presence in the Middle East and the role of youth in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Her schedule is not yet specific, but Linda will be available to PET churches sometime around Friday, Oct. 5 to Oct. 12. If your church would like to have Linda speak, please email Donna Schall (, including a first and second date/time choice. When confirmed, we'll provide her visit and speaking schedule, so that people can hear her at nearby churches.
Fellowship and Fun at
Mission: Fishin'

The participants in the April 28th Mission: Fishin' event at John Knox Center had a great time of fun, fellowship, and a fish fry.   


Jonathan Warren and familyFishing at John Knox Center
Pictured above, left to right: Lydia, Jonathan, Hannah and Siobhan Warren (Powell Presbyterian Church); Scott and Tyler Dawson (Graystone Presbyterian Church).
Brad and Charlie PalmerFishing in canoe
Pictured above, left to right: Brad and Charlie Palmer (New Hope Presbyterian Church, Knoxville); General Presbyter Judd Shaw, Hannah and Jonathan Warren.
And the winner is...

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Health Luncheon on "Fall Prevention" - June 20

Falling down stairsThe monthly Health Luncheon at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge (1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike) will be held Wednesday, June 20, at 12 Noon in Room 102 in the Activities Building. Jay Willard, Jr., Covenant Health Senior Physical Therapist, will speak on "Fall Prevention." The program is free and open to the community. Lunch is $5.00. (Note new location) Call 865-483-1318 for reservations. Come and bring a friend!

Presbytery Staff Meetings in June

The Presbytery staff will be meeting in the following locations in June:

June 4 - Concord Presbyterian Church, Concord
June 11 - Highland Presbyterian Church, Maryville
June 18 - TBA
June 25 - John Knox Center, Ten Mile

Let us help you connect!


Two people making a connection

If you have a guest speaker or educational event planned for your church and you would be willing for the whole presbytery to participate, please submit an article for our monthly newsletter (see details below).  If the Connect Mission Team can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact team moderator Brad Palmer - or 865-687-3911. 

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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,