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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
March 2014 
In This Issue
PET Young Adult Group Forming
Register for Mission Madness!
Overview of the Old Testament
John Knox Center News
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Maryville College
221st General Assembly
News and Events Around the Presbytery
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John Knox Center
Meeting Highlights from the February 22, 2014 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 01-31-14
Resource Center
Workshops & Conferences



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Financial Administrator

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PET Young Adult Group Forming

Kickoff Fellowship - March 7, 5:30-7:00pm

Knoxville Downtown YMCA Condos Lobby 

605 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902  


Knoxville Downtown YMCA 

From the Young Adult Team at First Presbyterian in Knoxville: We would like to invite you and your young adults to join us in kicking off the new PET Young Adult Group. The group is currently being defined as those that are out of college, married or single, but without children. We are having a kickoff fellowship event on March 7 from 5:30-7 downtown in the YMCA condos lobby that will include appetizers and a pizza dinner.  


Bethel Presbyterian has also invited any interested young adults to attend the Ice Bears game that evening at the coliseum after the fellowship event. After this initial event, we plan to start a "Theology Pub" series, hosted by different churches from the Presbytery at different locations each month. Sequoyah Presbyterian will host our first Theology Pub on Sunday April 6 at the Black Horse Brewery. More details about this event are to come. Please let your young adults know about the social next Friday, and if possible, RSVP with an estimated number by Wednesday March 5. RSVP's and any questions can be directed to Liz Key at 

Register for Mission Madness!

Saturday, March 29 at Farragut Presbyterian Church

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 

This event is FREE, but registration is requested by March 25 so we have an accurate idea of the number of attendees and their areas of interest. Please join us! 

Information and online registration  

Reproducible flyer
Church bulletin insert


Overview of the Old Testament
PET School of the Laity - March 29 and April 5

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


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


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

Maryville College  

Information and Registration

Reproducible flyer

Church bulletin inserts


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

John Knox Center News

Sewing On The River9!


Another great week of fellowship and amazing creations!  Thirty-nine women came together with their machines, stashes, and of course treats. The machines were humming as they turned out quilts, wall hangings and more.  We were blessed with a snowfall making the Center serene and beautiful and eighteen deer grazing in the field.  God is good!!


Registration is up for 2015 with 30 participants already registered.  Ginger said, "This is my favorite vacation all year!"


For more photos of the event, go to our Facebook page. You do not need a Face book account.


Register Now for Camp John Knox!

What makes Camp John Knox so
Sail boat at John Knox Centerspecial?

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?

Hiking, 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.

Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
World Day of Prayer - March 7
Praying hands
Friday, March 7 is World Day of Prayer. Presbyterian Women encourages all churches to join with Christians around the world in praising God's goodness, seeking God's guidance, and interceding for personal and corporate needs.

However you approach World Day of Prayer, just PRAY.

World Day of Prayer Worship Resources

Annual Spring Gathering - April 26

Presbyterian Women stained glass window logo 10:00am to 2:00pm  

Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville


Theme: Doors of Opportunity


Keynote speaker will be Kathy Reeves, Mission Associate, from Louisville staff. She will speak about the Presbyterian Women's Mission Experience to the Appalachia last June.  "Into These Hills"  It will be exciting to hear about this trip.


Coffee * Fellowship * Mission Displays * Annual Business Mtg


Least Coin Offering Collected     

Seminary Scholarship Awarded     

Mission Gifts Awarded


Lunch  *  Installation of Officers  *  Worship  *  Communion


Come and join us and bring a canned food item to support our Hunger Program efforts.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Maryville College
HORIZONS A Summer Youth Theology Experience
JUNE 8-13, 2014

One of the Lilly Endowment's 34 theological programs for high school youth, Horizons gives rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders an opportunity to explore their faith, plunge into service, build friendships and gain confidence - all with the end goal of preparing future leaders for the Church.

Horizons flyer

For more information contact:

Kathleen Farnham, Director of Church Relations
865.981.8217 |

Spring Religion Lectures - March 3 and April 3


Maryville College will host two divergent, thought-provoking lecturers in religion this spring. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Dr. Lynn R. Huber of Elon University in North Carolina will lecture March 3 at 7 p.m. in the College's Lawson Auditorium about her gender studies research into the Book of Revelations. Huber, who holds her Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, focuses on apocalyptic thought in addition to her work in gender studies. The title of her presentation is "Revealing and Rejecting Imperial Family Values: Revelation as Social Critique."


Following Huber's appearance, the lecture series will turn eastward with the presentation of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, the abbot of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery in New York State. He will speak April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the College's Lawson Auditorium. His presentation will be "A Tibetan Lama's Story: Bringing Buddhism to the West."


Born in 1938 in eastern Tibet, Lama Norlha entered a monastery at the age of 5. During the 1950's he fled on foot to India after Tibet became communist. He came to New York City in 1976, and lives there to this day. He is the director of several Dharma centers nationwide, including Milarepa Dzong in Happy Valley, near Maryville, Tenn.


Press release

221st General Assembly
June 14 - 21, 2014 - Detroit Michigan

The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held from June 14 to 21, 2014 at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan.  This biennial meeting brings together commissioners and advisory delegates from all 172 presbyteries, as well as other delegates and observers from around the world. Registration is now open.

Link to General Assembly website

Mass Youth Choir Invitation

From the Committee on Local Arrangements: We invite youth from your congregation to participate in a Mass Youth Choir for Opening Worship on Saturday, June 14, at 11:00 a.m. You may want to bring your entire Youth Choir or perhaps there are individual youth from your congregation who want to participate. Participants in the choir can be rising 8th graders through 2014 graduates.  Read more...
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Eusebia Pancake Feast - March 17


Eusebia Church's annual pancake dinner was snowed out by the Valentine's Day blizzard.  But the congregation has rescheduled it as a "St. Patrick's Day Pancake Feast,"  March 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  On U.S. 411 between Seymour and Maryville, the congregation promises southern-style, all-one-can-eat pancakes with breakfast sides and Irish (including Ulster-Scottish) sweets & beverages.  All proceeds will support the ministries to the needy of C.R.O.S.S. (Christians Reaching Out Serving Seymour).

Trauma and Spiritual Care Seminar - May 6

The Pastoral Care Department of UT Medical Center is hosting its 1st Annual Trinity Health Foundation Seminar on Trauma & Spiritual Care, May 6th.  This seminar is for area clergy, chaplains and lay leaders active in the spiritual care of their congregation.

The goal of the seminar is to provide a greater understanding of the multifaceted care of trauma patients
and families as well as learn effective ways to address these issues and be able to assist individuals in healing.


Online Registration available at or call 865-305-9704 for more information.
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