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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-NewsletterNovember 2012 
In This Issue
Hurricane Sandy
Church Enrichment Workshop
Maryville College News
John Knox Center News
Presbytery Educators Group
Youth Committee
Peacemaking Committee
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
John Knox Center
from the August 18, 2012 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
as of 09-30-12
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
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Executive Director, John Knox Center
Office Manager
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Gwen Pyle
Financial Assistant
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Knoxville TN 37928-0436

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A Call to Prayer

Grace and peace to the members of the Presbytery of East Tennessee,


The "Perfect Storm" has hit the Northeast and many people have been affected by the wind, rain, snow and floods. The Presbytery's Disaster Response Team will be in touch with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to see how we can respond. On Sunday, let us lift up our hearts in prayer for all of the people who have been touched by the storm. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we affirm the power and presence of God who calmed the sea and the wind long ago, and is present and active today. Let us pray together for the peace of Christ to prevail in this time of crisis in the lives of our sisters and brothers of the Northeast.





PDA Hurricane Sandy Appeal logo  

 From the Presbyterian Mission Agency:


"The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all."


These are the words of John Donne, written upon listening to the knells that rang each day announcing the deaths of plague victims in 17th-century London.


On All Saints' Day, as we remember those saints whose witness prompted our faith in Jesus Christ, let us also remember our brothers and sisters throughout the Caribbean and North America who are now faced with the challenges of long-term recovery in the wake of this historic storm.

Empowered by your gifts, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the needs identified by mid councils in the affected areas. Trained National Response Team members are being deployed to provide a ministry of presence, to help with assessments, and to fulfill other identified needs. Cleanup buckets and Gift of the Heart kits are being considered to help in many aspects of the cleanup and recovery process. Your generosity will make a big difference in the effectiveness of this work.

Stand in the GAP for those affected by Sandy


GIVE. Even after the clouds have lifted, long-term challenges brought by Sandy will face millions; we ask that you prayerfully consider giving online. You can give $10 now by texting PDA to 20222.

ACT. Assemble Gift of the Heart kits used most often following flooding in the United States. Contact the PDA Call Center at 866-732-6121 for details on how to volunteer your team's skills for efforts on the ground.


PRAY. Pray for individuals and communities affected by the storm. Pray that the hope of Christ will be evident in our response.


We know God is at work even in the aftermath of disasters. We invite those who have seen the hand of God at work around you during these trying days following the impact of Hurricane Sandy to  share your story with PDA and others. 

Presbytery Meeting - Nov. 13
Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville TN
Erin Presbyterian Church
200 Lockett Road
Knoxville TN


Registration - 9:30 a.m.

Meeting - 10:00 a.m.


The meeting packet is now available on the Packets & Minutes page of our website.

Church Enrichment Workshop

Tusculum College - November 10


Tusculum College logo Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies Office of Enrollment would like to invite all pastors, associate pastors, youth directors, church leaders, and other interested persons to attend Kingdom Connection: A Church Enrichment Workshop on Saturday, November 10th at the Tusculum College campus in Greeneville.


The event will be held in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This free event will feature creative worship services, a panel discussion led by experienced clergy, and Tusculum faculty and staff providing interactive training sessions on:

  • Understanding the various learning styles and needs of people in your church
  • Useful techniques and strategies for teaching children and adolescents presented by Dr. Diane Casteel from Tusculum's Education Programs
  • Effective techniques and strategies for helping adults achieve deep and lasting learning presented by Dr. Melanie Narkawicz chair of Tusculum's Master of Arts in Organizational Training and Education Program
  • A special presentation by Tusculum's Dr. Travis Williams from his ground breaking study "Reading 1 Peter Again For the First Time: Re-envisioning Early Christian Suffering and Resistance".
  • Our Father in Heaven: A theological language and biblical studies enrichment session
  • A panel discussion on developing effective mid-week programming at your church

Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register by emailing Clay Wilkerson, Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment representative at or telephone at 423-636-7330.

Maryville College News

Meet Maryville - November 10


You're invited to be our guest at Meet Maryville, one of our best events for students and families to experience Maryville College.  


Saturday, November 10
Check-in begins @ 9:30 a.m.
Program begins @ 10 a.m. and includes a full day of activities. 


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. 

Maryville College students on campus   

Fine Arts Showcase - Nov. 8-10


Maryville College invites the public to campus Nov. 8-10 for a Fine Arts Showcase, which will highlight the fine and performing arts at the College. The event coincides with the fall "Meet Maryville" event, which is hosted by the College's Admissions staff and is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college.


The series of events kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 8 with a performance by the Maryville College-Community Concert Band, directed by Tom Delozier, in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.


The next event begins at 7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 9 in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall and will feature the MC Jazz Band, student and faculty soloists, and theatre monologues performed by the MC Theatre Department.


A reception and art walk featuring student artwork will follow in the lobby of the recital hall. During the reception, students and their families will have the opportunity to talk to Dr. Bill Swann, chair of the Division of Fine Arts, as well as Emily Emadian, fine arts admissions counselor, about the College's fine arts programs.


On Sat., Nov. 10, Off Kilter, the College's small vocal ensemble, will perform at 3:45 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Also on Saturday, the annual Invitational High School Choir Festival will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts. 


A detailed schedule of events can be found online at For more information about the Fine Arts Showcase, please contact Emadian at or 865.318.0497.

John Knox Center News
Advent Dinner buffet Annual Advent Dinner for Church Professionals and Families

Church professionals and families are cordially invited to join the John Knox Center family for an evening of celebration, fellowship, and delicious food at the annual Advent Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2012.  This is an opportunity for our partners in ministry to gather and enjoy an evening together.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6:00 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00 p.m.  Children are welcome; we encourage you to bring your whole family.  There will be a special program for your children with our staff and pizza and Christmas cookies. This will be a fun experience for your children while you have a wonderful evening in the dining hall.

The cost is $15.00/person and $7.50 for children 10 and under.  Please visit our website,, to register and for more information. 
Presbytery Educators Group
Educators (unpaid and paid), including clergy who work in Christian Education, regularly meet for sharing best practices, curriculum ideas, children and youth programming, fellowship and more.  Our October meeting, held at First Church, Lenoir City, brought in men and women from the southern, middle and northern areas of the Presbytery. 

APCE logo If you would like to know more about such ministries and/ or fellowships, in addition to opportunities for scholarships to attend the annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) in Orlando, February 6-9, please contact Mark Lampley at or (865) 522-9804.
Youth Committee

Fall Middle School Retreat Recap 

Hero Up! graphic
The Fall Middle School retreat was a great success. Our theme for the retreat was THE HERO. Our key verse was Romans 5:6-8. We had more than 80 students and adults registered for this awesome event. Our retreat was held at Camp John Knox and our speaker was the Rev. Bob Hill who serves as the pastor to the Presbyterian (USA) campus ministry at UTC. Carter Cross who serves as the youth worship coordinator and Allen Wilson who is a student at UT led worship music. The students played games, worshiped and listened to great messages. Our youth council did a great job of leading games and motivating the middle school students to participate in all of the activities. Thank you to the John Knox staff, Youth Committee and Youth Council for a great event!


Peacemaking Committee



Ann Owens Brunger, Co-Moderator, Presbytery Peacemaking Committee


Arda Aghazarian, International Peacemaker "Who is Arda Agahzarian?" we wondered, as we anticipated the visit of an International Peacemaker sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and funded by our annual peacemaking offering. October 5-10 Arda spoke at Graystone, Erin, Westminster, New Hope (Chattanooga), Bethel, and Maryville College.


We discovered that some aspects of Arda's identity are straightforward and others are impossibly complicated. Arda Aghazarian is a delightful, intelligent, articulate 32-year-old, whose birthplace and current home is the birthplace of Christianity, the Old City of Jerusalem. Her neighborhood church is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. One wouldn't expect a stylish young woman in jeans with an Ipad and the hip email address to emerge from such ancient surroundings. But this Jerusalemite is decidedly a member of the modern generation.


Arda is a college-educated Armenian Palestinian Christian who speaks Arabic, Hebrew, Armenian, French, and excellent English. She is on the staff of the Jerusalem YWCA.  Read more...  

News and Events Around the Presbytery

Health Luncheon: Scams Against Seniors 


Wednesday, November 4 

First Presbyterian Church

1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge

12 Noon in Room #102


Our speaker will be Margaret Chuinard, Special Agent, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation - Elderwatch Council. Health Luncheon programs are free and open to the community. There is a $5.00 charge for the lunch.  Please call 865-483-1318 for reservations.


Special Benefit Auction for Family Promise of Knoxville

Family Promise logo
Thursday, November 8th

at First Farragut United Methodist Church

12733 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37934

Preview at 5:30
Live Auction begins at 6:30


The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.  They are an affiliate of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Proceeds from the Art Auction support Family Promise of Knoxville and the New Day Center at the former offices of the Presbytery of East Tennessee at 609 Cedar Lane.   


A new, larger day center space is the first step in allowing the program to grow and serve more families in need. The IHN shelter program has served 22 families this calender year. A larger day center and second IHN rotation would allow this number to double.

Artwork for auction The auction features more than 200 pieces of fantastic art and early framed documents. Featured pieces include - early Bible leafs - Tennessee Sports prints - Elvis and Marilyn Monroe pieces - 1968 Original Beatles Poster - Incunabula Printings (before 1500 AD) - Framed Artifacts - and local artists.  (Sponsored by Esquire Galleries, LLC

Knox Area Rescue Ministries Fall Events
Knox Area Rescue Ministries logo
Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is spearheading several community events this fall to benefit not only those who come through its doors for food and shelter, but others in need throughout the Knoxville community.
(Full press release)

Veteran's Day: KARM's annual Veteran's Day celebration, Sunday evening November 11 will recognize and honor homeless and needy veterans. A special celebratory dinner will begin at 4:45pm, with a recognition ceremony at 6pm in the KARM Chapel.

Baskets of Hope: KARM's annual Baskets of Hope giveaway, which supplies boxes of food and a turkey for a complete Thanksgiving dinner for six, is scheduled for Sunday, November 18 2pm-4pm under the overpass next to KARM at 418 N. Broadway.

Thanksgiving Celebration:
KARM will continue its annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11am until 1pm to all in need who come on Thanksgiving Day at 418 N. Broadway. Coats for the Cold: The annual Coats for the Cold drive, which annual provides nearly 8,000 freshly dry-cleaned used coats to all who are in need, will be Saturday, December 1, 8am-12noon at the KARM Thrift Store, 733. N. Hall of Fame Dr.

To learn more about all the above events, visit or call 865.673.6540.

Tour of Greece - Spring, 2013

Ancient Greek ruins Dr. William Pender, (Ph.D. in New Testament and Pastor of First Pres., Knoxville) and Rev. Judd Shaw, General Presbyter, are organizing a tour to Greece in the spring of 2013, open to pastors who would like to organize a church group as well as to individuals in the presbytery.  Two options: eight-day land trip with an optional 3-day, Mediterranean cruise; departure date: April 20, 2013.  The eight-day trip, all inclusive of airfare (from Knoxville), lodging, two meals a day, etc., is $3276 (double-occupancy).  For more information, contact Dr. Pender at or 865-546-2531.

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