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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter                        August , 2012


In This Issue
112th Stated Meeting of Presbytery
From the Peacemaking Committee
Rice & Beans
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112th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee

Saturday, August 18 at Northminster Presbyterian Church 

Northminster Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
The 112th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Saturday, August 18 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 4791 Hal Drive, Chattanooga. 


Registration - 9:30am
Meeting - 10:00am

The meeting packet will be posted to the Presbytery website on Friday, August 3.
From the Peacemaking Committee

International Peacemaking Speaker here Oct. 6-9 


Peacemaking Logo - Dove Each year part of the voluntary denominational Peacemaking offering supports visits to many Presbyteries by a dozen or so representatives from as many countries, all of whom have been on the front line of advocating for and/or actively participating in peace and justice issues. Our Presbytery will be visited by Arda Aghazarian, an Armenian Palestinian Christian.


Arda was born and reared in the Old City of Jerusalem. She studied at Birzeit University in the West Bank after the Second Uprising "Intifada." This inspired her interest in human rights and conflict resolution. Having taken courses in media and film, she was a producer/presenter for a radio station that aimed to build bridges between Palestinians and Israelis. She is currently the media and advocacy coordinator at the YWCA of Palestine.


If your church would like to have Arda visit Sat., Oct. 6 or Mon./Tues., Oct. 8 or 9, please contact Donna Schall ( or 865-531-1788). People are also encouraged to attend her already scheduled visits:


Sunday, Oct. 7  

Erin Presbyterian Adult Sunday School

Westminster Presbyterian in evening


This International Peacemaker visit is in conjunction with World Communion and Peacemaking offering Sunday, Oct. 7.   If your church has not been participating in the Peacemaking offering and would like more info, please contact Donna Schall or Ann Brunger ( or 865-577-0287 at church).

Rice & Beans
Rice and Beans Rice and beans are still on the menu in the Presbytery of East Tennessee.  When Deborah Phillips served as our Hunger Action Enabler she was able to direct dollars donated to fight hunger to the purchase of 50 lb. bags of rice and beans for various food pantries at the lowest possible wholesale price.  This initiative appeared to die when Presbytery's severe budget cutting caused Deborah's staff position to be eliminated.

Presbyterian volunteers at the South Knoxville FISH pantry found a way to re-start the rice and beans program.  Graystone Presbyterian Church now has a contract with the food distributor Sysco, that also supplies John Knox Center.  Rice and beans are ordered and delivered to the church.  Lake Forest Presbyterian Church and Graystone have worked together on this project and, to date, have pooled $3,000 to buy huge quantities of this nutritious food.  A side benefit is the mobilization of the whole church family -- from age 6 to 84 - to get together, have fun, and re-package the rice and beans into quart bags for distribution at the nearby food pantry.

If your Knoxville area church would like to buy quantities of rice and beans at wholesale prices, please contact Ann Brunger at 865-405-2281.
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