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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
May 2013 
In This Issue
Presbytery Meeting - May 7
Presbyterian Disaster Response
2013 Big Tent
Presbytery Educators
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Support Mission Team
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links


John Knox Center
Register for Summer Camp!

Meeting Highlights from the February 23, 2013 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 03-31-13
Resource Center
Workshops & Conferences



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Presbytery Meeting - May 7
John Knox Center logo The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at John Knox Center in Ten Mile, TN.

A workshop on the Board of Pensions proposed changes to the medical plan will be held in Abel Lodge from 8:30 to 9:30am.

Registration will be held in B Lodge from 9:00 to 10:00am.

The meeting will begin at 10:00am in the Pavilion.

The meeting packet is available on the PET website under Resources > Presbytery Meetings > Packets & Minutes.

In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at Bethel Presbyterian Church in KingstonA change in location will be announced on the home page of the Presbytery website (, on the Presbytery's voicemail (865-688-5581) and in a mass email sent to all churches and ministers. Please look for this information if there is any question concerning the location of the meeting.

Presbyterians Respond
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Boston Response


Following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, members of the PDA National Response Team are deployed to provide consultation and support to leaders of the faith community as they gather and assess their role in response to the violence in their community.       
 An initial report, prayers and worship resources are available online. 


Gifts to support the response may be sent to PDA designated for DR000015- Boston.

West, Texas, Response

The explosion of 25 tons of fertilizer at a plant in West, Texas, has devastated the community.
PDA National Staff and National Response Team (NRT) members have already been in touch with Grace Presbytery and pastors in the Waco area to offer support and resources to assist in the recovery of the town.          
 An initial report and request to join us in prayer are available online.
Gifts to support the response may be sent to PDA designated for
DR000015- West, TX.

Please Pray

Please keep the families and communities affected by these tragedies in prayer, that the hope of Christ will be evident, even through the chaos and trauma.   Please visit the web reports for prayers to share with your congregation.


From the Presbytery's Disaster Response Team:




It's Springtime in our section of the country and the threat of swift-striking storms is ever on the horizon!!!


Disaster Response Volunteer Processing Presbytery is prepared to put into action a system of responses to "Screen Simultaneous Walk-on Volunteers" and guide people to safety and help in case of a disaster. Here's how it will work:


1)  Judd Shaw, General Presbyter, on receiving notice of need from the Red Cross, will put one of at least 4 "Screening Teams" into action.


2)  Volunteers will be directed to the designated screening place (usually a church near the disaster site).


3)  Volunteers will then be registered, screened by members of the training team at that site and told what to do, where to go, and dispatched to their duty assignment.




2013 Big Tent

August 1-3 in Louisville KY2013 Big Tent logo


Under one roof, the 2013 Big Tent will combine 10 national Presbyterian conferences and a single theme: "Placing God's First Things First" (Matt. 6:33-34). It will take place August 1-3 at the Kentucky International Convention Center and nearby hotels in downtown Louisville.


All are welcome! This event is for those who are new to Presbyterian conferences and organizations, as well as for members and previous attendees of one or more of the ten partner conferences and organizations.

  • Compassion, Peace, and Justice Conference
  • Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
  • Healthy Ministry Conference
  • National Elders Conference
  • National Multicultural Church Conference
  • Presbyterian Communicators Network Conference
  • Racial Ethnic and Immigrant Ministries Convocation
  • Seminary Support Network Conference
  • Theology, Worship, and Education Conference
  • World Mission Conference

And those who don't just want to affiliate with one conference will have the opportunity to choose activities from any of the conferences to, in effect, create your own conference!

Registration and information
Presbytery Educators
Educator Certification 
certificate graphic Would you like to continue to strengthen your teaching skills in: Biblical Interpretation, Reformed Theology, Religious Education Theory and Practice, Human Growth and Faith Development, Worship and Sacraments?  How about in Presbyterian Polity and Presbyterian Program and Mission?  Why not be strategic in your continuing education and have it pay off?

If you are a pastor, educator, or church volunteer currently employed (even quarter time) or volunteering (at least 10 hours weekly) you can have professional guidance in not only learning these skills, but also getting credit for educator certification in them.  Be the best teacher you can!

Contact Presbytery Certification Advisor Mark Lampley at or (865) 522-9804 for more information.

Share your Vacation Bible School plans and resources

Connie Umbach, our volunteer Resource Center Director, has been collecting information from churches about their VBS plans in the hope that ideas and resources might be shared.  Here is a summary of responses so far.  To add your church's information, please contact Connie at
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery

Walking in the Light

Presbyterian Women stained glass window logo    

This is the theme of the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of Living Waters Triennial Gathering.


"The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night."  Exodus 13:21


Meeting will be held June 5-8th at First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.


There shall be workshops of all types.  Speakers will include the Moderator of Presbyterian Women National level, Mary Jorgenson, and Jan Catron, the author of a future Horizons Bible Study on migration.  Homemade crafts are being asked for as donations to the Oasis Gift Shop, as profit will go to an offering for Living Water for the World.


If you want to attend, here is the registration form.  For more information, or have a report given after the meeting, you may contact Gail Hardy, PWPET Moderator ( or Loretta Teter, PWPET Leadership/Resources Representative (

Support Mission Team
Church Leader Support Groups

We want to encourage all leaders in our Presbytery to meet regularly in a support group.  Our mission team believes this is so important that we are willing to provide grants to help facilitate growth in our leadership.  We will be providing grants of up to $250 for Teaching Elders, Christian Educators and Commissioned Ruling Elders.  If you already have a support group, fill out the application form.  If you don't have a support group, all you need is three others to form one in order to apply for the grant.  The Team will review requests at our quarterly meetings, which are usually 6-8 weeks prior to presbytery meetings (our next meeting is July 17, 2013).  Those of you who are ruling elders, please encourage a teaching elder, commissioned ruling elder or Christian educator to be part of a church leader support group.

Praying hands
Pray for One Another

The Support Mission Team of the Presbytery is encouraging churches and ministries in the Presbytery of East Tennessee to pray for one another during the season of Easter, ending May 18. Please share the weekly schedule with church leadership, prayer groups, PW, individuals, etc. Please copy and paste the list in your bulletins and newsletters


News and Events Around the Presbytery
Events at Eusebia Presbyterian Church
Eusebia Presbyterian Church, Seymour TN Eusebia (1701 Burnett Station Rd., Seymour) invites you to the following events:

Eusebia Famous Breakfast - Sunday, May 5, 9am.   

Blood Drive - Monday, May 6 MEDIC will be at Eusebia, 2-6pm, to again accept that most personal of food after.

Homecoming/Decoration Day - Sunday, May 19. Join us for worship at 10:45am and potluck lunch. Tour the cemetery. Plots available.


Strawberry Jam at Fourth United - May 19


On Sunday, May 19, 12-3pm, Fourth United Presbyterian Church (1323 Broadway, Knoxville) will once again open our doors to the neighborhood, offering free food and great music to all who come by.  Come hear our diverse musical offerings,and bring a friend!  Also, bring your own musical instrument or voice and join in with the jam!  There will be hot dogs and fixins, and strawberry short cake while it lasts. Artists will include Maggie Longmire, Tim Hughes, and members of the Carpetbag Theater. Hope to see you there!
Folk@Fourth Strawbery Jam 2013 poster
"Like" our Folk@Fourth Facebook page for more info on concerts coming up. (We have one each month this year!)

Rosewood Trio
The Rev. Don Grohman
The Rev. Don Grohman
The Rosewood Trio will present a free concert at the First Presbyterian Church in LaFayette, Georgia on Sunday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. The Trio members are: Melinda Grohman, violin, Don Grohman, cello, and Jim Boyle, piano and organ.   Don is the stated supply pastor at Mowbray Presbyterian Church in Soddy Daisy.  The concert will include both classical and popular music. The address of the Church is: 107 North Main Street, LaFayette, GA 30728-1193.   For the Trio's availability call 423-886-2372.


BuechnerFest at Montreat Conference Center 

BuechnerFest 2013 logo  

The Buechner Institute would like to invite you to our second annual BuechnerFest at the Montreat Conference Center, May 30 - June 2.


Founded at King College in 2008, The Buechner Institute is a place to engage in conversations of faith and culture.  Inspired by the works of award-winning author and ordained Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner, the Institute encourages thoughtful examination of life and learning.


Each spring the Institute hosts a conference to examine the works of Buechner and invite people from around the country to participate in the conversation.  Whether you are a long-time fan or someone who has only just heard of this "Beek-ner" guy, the symposium offers a chance to come read and enjoy good words in the beautiful setting of the North Carolina mountains. This year's conference will include presentations from Marilyn McEntyre, John McCutcheon, Thomas Long, Anthony Abbott and many more.


For more information and to register, please visit us at

Honduras Mission Trip is a Joint Venture
Honduras on the map  
Six people from the Mowbray Presbyterian Church will partner in a Honduras Mission Trip from June 7 to June 14 with the Rivermont Presbyterian Church. Rivermont not only graciously invited Mowbray to participate in the trip, but also made a $3,000 grant from their Jordan Fund. The Presbytery is also assisting with a $1,200 grant from the Ferguson Fund.  We at Mowbray very much appreciate this support as we expand the mission outreach of the congregation.

Maryville College Summer Youth Get-A-Way

The Maryville College Summer Youth Get-A-Way, June 16-21, is an exciting five day retreat that fuses discovering a potential for leadership with exploring the values of Christian faith in a complex world. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will spend the week contemplating how their gifts might answer the needs of the world. Students will both get away from their current busy lives and also get a way to live out their personal calling.


Team building activities such as a low ropes course and a climb up the Mountain Challenge Alpine Tower will help to sharpen leadership skills and foster a sense of community. Small discussion groups on issues of faith, leadership, and vocation help to broaden perspectives and promote learning.

Worship services led by MC Campus Minister Rev. Anne McKee, a guest musician, and the student campers will feed the spirit, and a hike in the Smoky Mountains will evoke the beauty of God's creation. A group service project will help to turn faith outward as campers begin to live out their calling to serve the world.


For more information:
2013 Summer youth Get-A-Way photo

Summer Activities for Kids - Hosted by 2nd, Knoxville  


KidShine camper and counselor KIDSHINE Performing Arts Camp 

June 10-14  9am - 3pm 

For Rising 3rd through Rising 8th Graders

2nd Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 

Cost: $150   

Register Online 


Camp KidJAM 

July 3rd-6th 

Rising 3rd through Rising 6th 

Fort Bluff Sports Camp, Dayton, TN 

Cost: $250 

Register Online 

Our Camp theme for 2013: Living Inside Out. Jesus said, "everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man." Jesus told many amazing stories and there's so much we can learn from them. This summer, we're going to discover the principles of those stories and then put them into practice in our everyday lives. It's time we started Living Inside Out!


For more information, contact Mia Hannahs at 2nd Presbyterian Church - 865-216-6100 or 
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