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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter                             July, 2013


In This Issue
Register for the Big Tent
PET School of the Laity
John Knox Center News
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Maryville College News
PDA receives grant from Red Cross
Presbyterian Mission Yearbook
Columbia Theological Seminary
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
Presbytery Staff

Judd Shaw

General Presbyter

865-688-5581, ext. 103 


James McTyre

Stated Clerk

865-688-5581, ext. 104 


Bri Payne

Executive Director, John Knox Center



Dana Hendrix

Office Manager

865-688-5581, ext. 101 


Gwen Pyle

Financial Administrator

865-688-5581, ext. 102 


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

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Register for the Big Tent

August 1-3 in Louisville, KY  


Register by July 8 for the reduced fee of $295! 


The Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Big Tent event combines ten national conferences under one roof, gathering thousands of Presbyterian pastors, elders, and other church leaders to study, share, worship, and fellowship, and to build up the body of Christ.

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

It's been called "a giant Presbyterian family reunion" - and the 2013 Big Tent brings that reunion to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the PC(USA)'s national offices since 1988.


 More information and registration 

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, please let Dana Hendrix in the Presbytery office know ( so we can coordinate carpooling, if desired, and perhaps meet up while we are all in Louisville!

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PET School of the Laity

Bible Study for Interpretation and Application

July 13 and 27 


Devotional The 2013 School of the Laity Summer class will be Bible Study for Interpretation and Application, taught by the Rev. Les Rust.  The class will be held at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church (205 North Jackson St., Athens) from 9:30am to 3:30pm on two Saturdays - July 13 and 27.  The cost is $65 and includes lunch on both days. 


The registration deadline is Monday, July 8.


Registration and information 

John Knox Center News
Sunset at John Knox Center JOHN KNOX CENTER has the weekend of July 26-28 available to reserve.  Why not bring a group out for rest and relaxation before the school madness starts!!  Spend time on the Zipline, play disc golf, or just relax at the waterfront.   Call the office for rates and options at 865/376-2236.
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
at UT-Knoxville

Presbyterian Campus Ministry house at UT-Knoxville 2013 UT Football Season Parking!   


The PCM is currently taking bids for RESERVED parking spots for the 2013 UT football season.  Bidding starts at $200.  If you receive a spot it will be yours for the entire season along with use of kitchen, tv, and bathroom facilities at the PCM.  All money goes to support the campus ministry!  Mail in your bids now to 1831 Melrose Ave.  Knoxville, TN 37916 or email us at

Maryville College News

Montreat Middle School Conference  

"Rolling Away Stones"

  July 24 - 28


On the Maryville College campus


For Registration information and to see the fun.....

Montreat Middle School Conference
PDA receives grant from Red Cross
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance logo Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has received a $1.4 million grant from the American Red Cross to coordinate volunteer housing for Hurricane Sandy relief workers.     


The grant, which started May 31, enables PDA to assess potential hosting sites for relief workers, to establish those sites and get them up and running and to train people to manage and operate them.


Read the full article from the Presbyterian News Service  

Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
Order your 2014 Mission Yearbooks for a discounted  price
2014 Mission Yearbook cover  
The Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, the denomination's award-winning mission devotional, features stories from around the corner and around the globe. Thousands of Presbyterians use it every day to learn about other ministries, to be encouraged by the witness of others, and to connect with and pray for them as they serve.  The theme for 2014 is Young Adults.


The single copy price is $16.95 plus shipping.  By combining smaller orders, we can get a bulk price of $15.95 per book, including shipping.  Orders are due by Friday, August 2.  Please use the order form below and submit it to the Presbytery office with payment.  The books must be picked up at either Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga or Farragut Presbyterian Church - please indicate your preference on the order form.


Presbyterian Mission Yearbook Order Form 


Columbia Theological Seminary
Offerings from the Center for Lifelong Learning

Summertime, ordinary time, planning time, mission and youth trip time.  However you are spending time these days - make time to be a lifelong learner. We look forward to seeing you in the months ahead.


July 15-17 The Role of Religion and Race in U.S. Politics: A Post-Election Conversation on Christian Faith and Public Life (Montreat Lecture Series)

Aug. 16-17  An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy Horizons/Presbyterian Women Bible Study Weekend Course 


August 22-25 IMMERSION Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life 


Sept. 13-14  Parents:  Christian Educators on the Frontlines


September 19-22 Christian Poetry and the Christian Journey: Illumination and Mysticism in Blake, Hopkins, Merton, Levertov, and Oliver 


Bookmark our NEW website and browse the complete listing of courses.   To keep abreast of new additions, subscribe to Journeying Together & follow us on Twitter (LLatCTSeminary) or like us on Facebook (Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary and Spiritual Formation at CTS).


The Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary

P.O. Box 520/701 S. Columbia Drive,  Decatur, GA  30031

404.687.4577 or  

Columbia Theological Seminary  

News and Events around the Presbytery
Movie Night at Powell Presbyterian Church - July 19
Admission is FREE to "Oz The Great and Powerful" on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a concession stand with Popcorn, Drinks & Hotdogs.  Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Rd. Powell, TN 37918, (865) 247-9208  Next movie night: August 23.

Living Waters for the World Fundraiser - July 20

Living Waters for the World color logo Saturday, July 20 from 9-4 at the Wartburg Courthouse Square, the Wartburg Presbyterian Church will be hosting a fund raising booth for Living Waters for the World at the WECO Outdoor Show. We'll have items for silent auction, baked goods, books and more. Come enjoy a county fair-type setting, with lots of great music, vendor booths, and wonderful food, and help support this worthwhile mission. Hope to see you there!


VBS Resources Needed!

God's Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars New Prospect Presbyterian Church in Knoxville will have its VBS July 22-25 and is trying to find the following resources:


God's Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars

  • Leader's guides for kindergarten through middle school
  • Student books for kindergarten through middle school
  • Music video
Does your church have any of these it would be willing to share?  


Contact: Rev. Gerry Anders

New Prospect Presbyterian Church

4920 Prospect Road

Knoxville, TN 37922

Intergenerational VBS at Lancing Presbyterian Church
July 27

Lancing Presbyterian Church (204 Shady Grove Road, Lancing) will be holding an intergenerational Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 27 from 10-2 at the Lancing Fellowship Hall. Come join us for fun, food, and fellowship. Our topic this year is focused on healing and care giving. We'll be collecting items like Band-Aids, gauze Band-aid bandages, aspirin (both adult and children), cough syrup (both adult and children), and over the counter items for the Morgan-Scott Project. We will have activities for everyone ages 3-103 (sorry, no nursery is provided). So if you like to color, play BINGO, make crafts, sing, and listen to Bible stories about healing, then you won't want to miss this fun-filled opportunity. We hope you'll join us!

Internationally acclaimed speaker coming to Oak Ridge - August 18


Bill McKibben First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge is sponsoring a lecture by Bill McKibben on Sunday evening, August 18, 7:00 p.m., at Oak Ridge High School. Everyone across the Presbytery and beyond are invited and encouraged to attend.


McKibben, a Methodist, founder of, and dubbed "the planet's best green journalist" by Time magazine, will speak about fossil fuels and climate change.


McKibben's lecture will cap a full day of activities: First Presbyterian folks will join with other congregations at 11:00 a.m. for an ecumenical worship service focused on creation care. The congregation will then host a city-wide 100-mile potluck (at least one ingredient in any dish has to have been grown within 100 miles of Oak Ridge) at 1:00 p.m. on the church's soccer field.


For additional information, call the church office: 865-483-1318.

Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Brian Alderman
Books and diploma

On May 13th, Brian Alderman (pastor of Madisonville Presbyterian Church) received a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. His dissertation, written under Carol Newsom, was "Arguing with Job: Consolation and Quarrel in the Joban Dialogue."


Congratulations to our Earth Care Congregations


Earth Care Congregation seal First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge and New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga have been recertified as Earth Care Congregations by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries through January 2014.  


To become an Earth Care Congregation, a church must affirm the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. It must also complete projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.


The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God's charge to "till and keep" the garden.

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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,