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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
February 2014 
In This Issue
Presbytery Meeting - Feb. 22
Spring 2014 School of the Laity
Maryville College
Are You Mad for Mission?
Tusculum College
John Knox Center News
Presbyterians for Peace & Justice
News and Events Around the Presbytery
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Presbytery Meeting - Feb. 22
The 118th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery will be held on Saturday, February 22 at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens, TN

9:30 am - Registration and fellowship
10:00am - Meeting begins

In addition to regular business, there will be the reading of the Necrology to remember teaching elders and ruling elders who entered the Church Triumphant in 2013, and a presentation by the Christian Marriage Task Force.

Parking will be available at the church and nearby at Tennessee Wesleyan College - volunteers will be available to guide you.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  The packet for the meeting will be available on the PET website by February 8.
Spring 2014 School of the Laity
Overview of the Old Testament
March 29 and April 5 at Maryville College

Devotional This spring, the PET School of the Laity is once again offering its Overview of the Old Testament, taught by Maryville College professors Peggy Cowan and Phil Sherman.


It will meet on the campus of Maryville College on March 29 and April 5, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with lunch at the cafeteria provided.  


Links to online registration and suggested readings will be posted on the School of the Laity page of the PET website (under News & Events).

  The cost for this course is $65. Registration is due by March 20. 



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 If you have any questions, please call Corita Swanson at (865) 681-4710.

Maryville College
February Meetings - Feb. 24-25

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, preacher, workshop leader, consultant and writer, will be the guest speaker for Maryville College's 2014 February Meetings, scheduled for Feb. 24-25.


Nelson, a third-generation Presbyterian pastor, is the director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. The Office of Public Witness is a prophetic office of the denomination and implements the social justice agenda of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) through advocacy with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.


Nelson will develop his theme of "Speaking Truth to Power: The Work of Justice in a World of Violence" in two presentations, given Mon., Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and Tues., Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.


On Sun., Feb. 23, Nelson will preach during morning worship at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge. At 7 p.m., he will speak at New Providence Presbyterian Church in MaryvilleRead more 


Maryville College Annual Report

Learn about the relationship between Maryville College and our Synod and Presbytery in the 2013 Annual Report.
Are You Mad for Mission?
Mark your calendars for Mission Madness March 29 
Sponsored by the Serve Mission Team

Members of all East Tennessee Presbytery churches who are passionate about mission are encouraged to attend a half-day Mission Madness event on Saturday, March 29 at Farragut Presbyterian Church.  This will be an opportunity for all to learn about Presbytery-supported mission entities, hear about what other churches are doing in many areas of mission, and find ways to collaborate and expand all our mission efforts!  The event will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and is free of charge. Watch for further details!
Tusculum College
February 4, 11, 18 and 25

The 2014 Theologian-in-Residence series will explore how early Christian identity was formed in response to persecution. The series, sponsored by Tusculum College with partial funding from Ron Smith, will be led by Dr.
Travis B. Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum College. The title of the lecture series will be, "The Situation and Strategy of 1 Peter: Examining the Formative Influence of Persecution on Christian Identity."

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John Knox Center News

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Register Now for Camp John Knox! 


What makes Camp John Knox so special? 

 Everything!  From the crazy games we play to the campfire songs, Camp John Knox gives campers a chance to explore their faith, take safe risks, and gain confidence through success. 



What do we do at Camp John Knox?


Boy water skiing at Camp John KnoxHiking, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, campfires, and hands on nature classes are just the beginning! Each day at camp holds opportunities to learn new skills, explore God?s creation, build friendships that last a life time, and make thousands of memories.  At the end of a busy day, gather around a campfire and worship as the sun sets across the lake.


How old do I have to be to come to Camp John Knox?


Camp John Knox offers something for everyone.  With everything from Day Camp for the youngest campers (4-10 years old) to Adventure Camps for older kids, we have something for all ages.  Check out our website,, to learn more about all the camps we offer.


How do I register for Camp John Knox?


Register online and secure your spot for Camp John Knox 2014.




Presbyterians for Peace & Justice

Twenty-two Knoxville area Presbyterians marched the one and a half-mile length of Martin Luther King Blvd. January 20.   The event highlighted the city's annual interfaith, multiracial parade in celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and martyr's birthday.


Rendezvousing at downtown First Presbyterian Church, the marchers, ranging in age from eight to senior citizens, piled into vans driven by the Rev. William Pender and the Rev. Max Reddick.  They lined up behind a sign carried by enthusiastic Westminster Church teenagers: "Presbyterians for Peace and Justice," with the PC(USA) logo.


Other congregations represented in the group included Eusebia, Knoxville First and Fountain City, and Rocky Springs, whose stated supply pastor is veteran civil rights activist and author the Rev. Eugene Thomas.
Knoxville area Presbyterians line up for Martin Luther King Birthday parade. Special guest of the group is Mahatma Gandhi, towering above and behind.
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Westminster Presbyterian Church hosts Dr. Lauren Winner
Feb. 22

On Saturday, February 22nd at 7:00pm Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville will host Dr. Lauren Winner
, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. The title of Dr. Winner's presentation will be "Overlooked Images for God." Dr. Winner will explore often-overlooked biblical images for God and will also draw upon contemporary movies, anthropologists' musings, and the writings of medieval mystics. 



In addition to being a professor, Dr. Winner is also the author of a number of books including Mudhouse Sabbathand Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. She is also a frequent lecturer and has appeared on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered."


The public is invited to the Saturday evening presentation in the main sanctuary. It will be followed by a Q&A session and then refreshments in the Schilling Gallery. The church is located at 6500 Northshore Drive SW, Knoxville.

Lake Hills Presbyterian Church hosts David LaMotte
Feb. 23

Lake Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville invites you to join them for their Enrichment Event on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 6:00pm. David LaMotte will be our guest speaker and singer. Many of you may know David from the Montreat/Black Mountain area. Dinner will be catered by The Entertainer. The cost for the dinner and concert is $25.00 with reservations being due by Wednesday, February 19. Reservations may be made by calling Lake Hills at 865 577 8510. If you prefer to come only to hear David LaMotte, the cost is $10. The program will begin at 7:30. The church is located at 3805 Maloney Rd. in Knoxville.

Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery - Spring Gathering

April 26, 2014 at Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.  More details to follow...

Ever wonder about Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)?

Here is a handy information sheet with everything you might want to know about the special offerings that are taken up through the year - One Great Hour of Sharing, the Peacemaking Offering, the Pentecost Offering, and the Joy Offering.
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