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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterOctober 2012 
In This Issue
Connect Mission Team
From the Stated Clerk
Maryville College
Support Mission Team
Peacemaking Committee
John Knox Center News
Disaster Response Team
Campus Ministries
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
John Knox Center
Meeting Highlights from the August 18, 2012 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 08-31-12
Workshops & Conferences




Presbytery of East Tennessee




Synod of Living Waters
Presbytery Staff 
Judd Shaw
General Presbyter
865-688-5581 ext. 103

James McTyre
Stated Clerk
865-688-5581 ext. 104
Executive Director, John Knox Center
Office Manager
865-688-5581 ext. 101

Gwen Pyle
Financial Assistant
865-688-5581 ext. 102

Office Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5436
Knoxville TN 37928-0436

Office Fax:

Office Hours:
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday
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Connect Mission Team
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

At the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Cumberland County Playhouse c  

Friday, November 16, 2012

7:30 P. M. (Central Time) 

Cost: $24/ticket


Join us for a Presbytery-Wide Gathering of fun and fellowship for a wonderful theatrical experience. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's amazing joyful Bible tale of Joseph and his brothers set to an exciting pop beat is one to be remembered in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." We are encouraging every church in the Presbytery to get a bus or carpool to Crossville for this event.


Meal arrangements have been made, with a room for us to gather, at the LaCosta Mexican Restaurant. (Take Exit 317 off I-40. Turn toward Crossville. Located just off interstate, on right next to Walmart in The Crossing Center). We will be served from 5:00-6:45 p.m. and everyone is responsible individually for the cost of the meal.



Please contact MARY WILSON as soon as possible at 865-680-2239 OR with the estimated number of tickets for the performance as well as reservations for LaCosta Restaurant.



Please make payment by check, made payable to Presbytery of East TNMail to: Mary Wilson, 1034 Harrogate Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923  


Event flyer in color

Event flyer in black and white 

From the Stated Clerk
Session Minutes Reading and Clerk of Session Training


Saturday, October 6, 2012


Mars Hill Presbyterian Church  

205 North Jackson St., Athens, TN


Please register so we'll know how many materials to create.  




If you have any questions, contact James McTyre, Stated Clerk. / 865-688-5581 ext. 104  


Sexual Misconduct Prevention Seminar


Tuesday, October 23, 2012



This seminar is open to all pastors, educators, and other church leaders in our presbytery.  Choose one of our regional video conference centers:  


Athens: Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 North Jackson St. 

Chattanooga: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 4791 Hal Drive  

Knoxville: Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd.




Sexual misconduct in the church is the abuse of the children of God, the abuse of authority, and is, at the most basic level, sin. As leaders and as members of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, we must do all we can to train ourselves to prevent the sin of sexual misconduct our places of ministry. We can prepare ourselves to properly respond to acts and allegations of misconduct if and when they occur. You can make this annual training part of your concerted effort to stand together in the prevention of all forms of sexual misconduct.


Register today for the annual Sexual Misconduct Prevention Seminar of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, co-presented by Bob Johnson Insurance. We thank you in advance for taking part and taking a stand.

Maryville College
You're invited to be our guest at Meet Maryville
A preview day for prospective students and their families.

Maryville College students on campus Saturday, October 6 or Saturday, November 10
Check-in begins @ 9:30 a.m.
Program begins @ 10 a.m. and includes a full day of activities.

Meet Maryville is one of our best events for students and families
to experience Maryville College. Register today to secure your spot!

Get more information and register online at: or call 865.981.8092

And remember, you can always plan your own personalized campus visit by calling our Admissions Office or visiting our website.

The Importance of Being Earnest - October 4-7

Comedy and Tragedy masks The Maryville College Theatre Department will present Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" Oct. 4-7.


In the play, two young gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use the same pseudonym, "Ernest." All goes well with their secret identities until they both fall in love with two young women while using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities and desperation to be christened just to change their name for the sake of deceiving the ladies.


Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 4-6 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Haslam Family Flex Theatre.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, MC theatre alumni and area students. MC students, faculty and staff are admitted free, although a printed ticket is required for admission. You may purchase tickets online or by calling the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.
Support Mission Team
Service of Healing and Wholeness

Sunday, October 7, 2012
6:00 p.m.
New Hope Presbyterian Church
7301 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga
(423) 892-0853

You are invited to a service of Healing and Wholeness on Sunday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m.  Take this opportunity to reflect, pray and listen to God.  The Reverends Stephenie Hill and Keith Jones will be leading the service.
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Peacemaking Committee
International Peacemaking Speaker here October 6-9


Arda Aghazarian, International Peacemaker Our Presbytery is fortunate to have Arda Aghazarian, an Armenian Palestinian Christian, as our visiting International Peacemaker Oct. 6 through 9. The voluntary denominational Peacemaking offering, usually received in early October, supports visits from representatives of many countries who have been on the front line of peace and justice issues.


Arda was grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem and studied at Birzeit University in the West Bank. Inspired to work for human rights and conflict resolution, she was a producer/presenter for a radio station whose aim was to build bridges between Palestinians and Israelis. She is currently the media and advocacy coordinator at the YWCA of Palestine.


The Peacemaking Committee encourages you to attend one of Arda's presentations, as listed below:


Saturday, October 6  

9:00 am - Presbyterian Women Fall Retreat, Graystone Presbyterian, Knoxville  


Sunday, October 7

9:45 am - Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville - Adult Sunday School  

                (contact: Donna Schall)                                     

6:00 pm - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville  

                (contact: Dr. Ellen Anderson)


Monday, October 8

10:00 am - New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga  

                  (contact: Marilyn Suber)

6:00 pm - Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston  

                 (contact: Rev. Wendy Neff)


Tuesday, October 9

1:00 pm - Maryville College chapel service, then Prof. Scott Henson's

                class in International. Aid & Organizations

Evening - Maryville College meal & discussion with students  

                (contact: Rev. Anne McKee, Campus Minister)

John Knox Center News

Fall is here and John Knox Center is busy with retreats and events!  


Come and join us for one of our scheduled events or get your youth group, scout troop or other organization together and plan a weekend camping on Second Peninsula.


Camp site Family Campout (October 12-14): Celebrate the fall season as a family by grabbing your tents and joining other families to camp on 2nd Peninsula.  You provide the camping chairs and sleeping bags and we will provide the food, fun activities, and campfires.  Activities include hiking, canoeing, archery, high ropes and more!  There will be plenty to keep kids young and old busy, but if relaxing is what you are in the mood for grab a chair and put your feet up!   The cost is $95 for 1 adult and 1 child ($35 for additional adults and/or children). Register Online at 


Girl on zipline at John Knox Center Haunted High Ropes (Saturday, October 27): Spend an afternoon enjoying the beauty of camp in the fall while flying through the tress on our high ropes elements. Gates open at 11am and the fun goes until 4pm. $15 gets you an all inclusive pass including entry, unlimited high ropes access, lunch and trick or treating. $10 gets you entry, lunch, and trick or treating. E-mail us today at to register groups of 5 or more.        


Visit or "like" John Knox Center on Facebook for updated information about these and other events.  We look forward to seeing everyone this fall!

John Knox Center Community Connection


Girl with snake from the Nature Center at John Knox Center Fall is in the air and festivals are springing up all over east Tennessee. This is a great way for John Knox Center to connect with our communities, promote upcoming events, and share the resources available to groups looking for an ideal retreat space.  If you know of a community event or festival, give us a call (865) 376-2236 or send an email to  Below are the ones on our calendar so far, but follow us on Facebook for updates and new additions.  Come by and say Hi to the John Knox Center staff at these events!


September 29th - Bethel Presbyterian Fall Festival, 10 am-12 pm, Kingston, TN

October 6th - Rockwood Fall Festival, 10am - 5pm, Rockwood, TN

October 20th - October Sky Fall Festival, 10 am - 4 pm, Oliver Springs, TN

October 20th - West Emory Presbyterian Pumpkin Patch, 10am - 2pm, Knoxville, TN
Youth Committee
Hero Up! graphic The Youth Committee has been very busy planning activities for the youth of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Our theme for our middle school and high school fall retreats is The Hero. We are basing our theme on Romans 5:6-8. We had more than 80 youth, volunteers and parents at this year's middle school retreat at Camp John Knox (Sept. 28-30).

We are looking forward to our High School retreat (Oct. 26-27) as well where we will have one HUGE lockout! We will bowl, eat, sing, worship, play games and have an awesome time. The lockout will be held in the Knoxville/Maryville area. We hope to have another lockout in the Chattanooga area next year. Plans are well under way for Youth Summit too!

If you have youth who are interested in any PET youth activities or you have questions and need information, contact Will Purushotham at or Hannah Norris at
Disaster Response Team

Disasters happen. Over the past few years, we've seen this with hurricanes and floods in distant places like New Orleans and Nashville, and also far closer to home with the recent tornadoes that swept across east Tennessee. We can't prevent these disasters, but we can be prepared.


The Presbytery's disaster response team is working to ensure that we are as prepared as possible. We want the churches to be prepared in case a disaster should strike the church, and also for churches to be prepared to go into action should a disaster strike the community.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance logo To that end, we have three main responsibilities. The first is to send mission teams to areas affected by disasters. We have sent one group to Nashville to help with flood relief work, and any future trips will be publicized across the Presbytery in hopes of giving all interested individuals a chance to join in this work. For us to do so, however, requires a request from the presbytery exec in the presbytery affected by the disaster. To show up before the affected Presbytery is prepared to host teams adds an additional burden to an area already placed under stress.


American Red Cross logo Secondly, we are working closely with the Red Cross in the hope of establishing churches throughout the Presbytery as training centers for Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers. If disaster strikes, these centers will be able to help direct and train volunteers who arrive on location in hopes of serving others in need.


Thirdly, we are working to help churches and individuals be prepared in case disaster strikes. We are encouraging churches to develop disaster readiness plans, and we are publicizing any information that can help individuals, such as the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency's free app that can be downloaded to give individuals access to traffic cameras as well as information to help be prepared in the event of a disaster.

Ready TN graphic  

 Thank you for your support, and please feel free to contact Fritz Schilling ( with any questions you may have about your Presbytery's efforts to be prepared!

Campus Ministries
UT - Knoxville - Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Presbyterian Campus Ministry house at UT-Knoxville Here at the Presbyterian Campus Ministry we are off to a wonderful beginning of the school year!  Some of the highlights include:

1.  An extremely WELCOMING Welcome Week!  We fed the masses with BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and pizza!  We even had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at most of our gatherings!

2.  New programs at the PCM.  Pizza, worship and fellowship make up our Wednesday night gatherings.  Sunday evenings we have "Brinner" (breakfast for dinner) and a short Bible study with members of First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. 

3.  We participated in the Tim Kerin Fund Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank.

4.  We are headed to Montreat for a Fall Retreat at the end of September. 

5.  Our basement is coming right along with renovations!  We can't wait to welcome you to our new space! 

6.  We will be attending College Conference at Montreat, January 2-5.  In the past we've had several students from other East TN colleges join our UTK group for the conference.  If you know of someone who'd like to attend the conference with us, please let me know ASAP!  I have to register our group on October 1st!

If you have a flat screen TV you'd like to donate to the PCM we'd be happy to take it off your hands!  All donations are tax deductible!

Call the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at UT-Knoxville at 865-394-9242 or email
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News and Events Around the Presbytery
1st Annual ERIN ART EXHIBIT - October 5-7

String of Fish By Sue Toney Rayburn
String of Fish by
Sue Toney Rayburn
Friday, October 5th - 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, October 6th - 10am - 4pm
Sunday, October 7th - 12:30pm - 3pm

Erin Presbyterian Church
200 Lockett Road, Knoxville, 37919
Contact: Joelle Smith, / 865-588-5350

No Entry Fee ~ Free Parking

Jim Hilty
John House
Sue Toney Rayburn
Heather Ritchie
John Stuart
Joe Tate

Selected original art works by Artists and Limited Prints of the pictured watercolor by Sue Toney Rayburn will be available for
purchase by check or cash. Any profits will be used for enhancement of the arts at Erin.


Exhibit flyer

October 17 Health Luncheon - Signals from the Heart

Dr. Milan Sheth First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge (1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike) welcomes you to attend the October 17 Health Luncheon at 12 noon in Room 102. Dr. Milan Sheth, Cardiologist with Parkway Cardiology in Oak Ridge will speak on Signals From the Heart. Learn the signals of a heart attack, valve problems or congestive heart failure. The program is free and open to the community. Lunch costs $5.00. Call the church office for reservations at 865-483-1318. Come and bring a friend!

Eusebia Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin 1701 Burnett Station Road, Seymour, TN
Beginning October 7 

Eusebia Presbyterian Church is selling pumpkins to support missions.

Washington Presbyterian Church Apple Festival

7405 Washington Pike, Corryton, TN
Saturday, October 20 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Washington Apple Festival
Get there early for apple butter, fresh cider, and fried apple pies - they run out early!  Enjoy Ray Paden's famous barbecued pulled pork for lunch.  All proceeds benefit missions.

West Emory Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkin Festival sign 1035 Emory Church Road, Knoxville
Saturday, October 20 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Don't forget to get your special pumpkin at the West Emory Pumpkin Patch - the pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Oct. 13!  The Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 20 will feature games for the kids, bake sales, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, crafts and much more.  All proceeds support missions.
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