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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
May 2014 
In This Issue
Presbytery Meeting
Christian Marriage Study Resources
WANTED: Youth Council Members!
From the Finance & Stewardship Committee
John Knox Center News
Serve Mission Team News
From the Stated Clerk
PET Board of Pensions Events
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 03-31-14
Resource Center
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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Bri Payne
Executive Director, John Knox Center



Dana Hendrix

Office Manager

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Gwen Pyle

Financial Administrator

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Knoxville, TN 37928-0436

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Presbytery Meeting - May 6
Sail boat at John Knox Center John Knox Center
591 West Rockwood Ferry Road
Ten Mile, TN

Registration in B Lodge - beginning at 9:00am

Meeting in the Pavilion - 10:00am

The May 6 Stated Meeting of Presbytery will be held at "your place on the lake" - John Knox Center.  Attire for the day is "camp casual."  All the day's details are available in the meeting packet on the Presbytery's website.
Christian Marriage Study Resources

Churches in the Presbytery of East Tennessee are encouraged to study the subject of Christian Marriage in accordance with the action taken by the 220th General Assembly. The Presbytery's Task Force on Christian Marriage has created a study guide consisting of discussion questions and supplemental handouts, as well as an accompanying DVD.  


The printed resources are available on the Presbytery's website - - under Resources > Forms and Publications > Christian Marriage Study. The DVD may be requested by calling or emailing Karen at New Providence Presbyterian Church - 865-983-0182 /

WANTED: Youth Council Members!
Youth Summit 2014 in Gatlinburg 


The Youth Committee is seeking applicants for the Presbytery of East Tennessee's Youth Council!  


Youth Council Application 


We are looking for high school youth who want to be leaders in the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Youth Council meets monthly and helps lead both the Middle School Fall Rally as well as Youth Summit. Our goal is to have every church represented!


If you need more information, contact Cheryl Child at 865-577-8510 or

From the Finance & Stewardship Committee
Ann Owens Brunger, Vice Moderator, Finance & Stewardship Committee
The Finance and Stewardship Committee is happy to report that the projected 2014 Presbytery budget deficit is shrinking to a more manageable size.  Since the committee's report to Presbytery on February 22, additional pledges from congregations and individuals have been received.  Now expenses are projected to exceed income by $25,650 -- very different from the previous 6-digit shortfall.

The Finance & Stewardship Committee would like to thank all the individuals who have made personal pledges totaling $10,575 to support the Presbytery's mission in 2014.  If you have not yet made a commitment, pledges and contributions may be mailed to Presbytery of East Tennessee, attn: Gwen Pyle, P.O.Box 5436, Knoxville, TN 37928-0436
John Knox Center News
Summer Camp Staff Commissioning Service 
Sunday, June 1 - 11:00am
Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville 
Pictured here are members of the 2013 Camp Staff, many of whom are returning to John Knox Center this summer. 
We invite you to join in the commissioning of the Camp John Knox Summer Camp Staff at Erin Presbyterian Church (200 Lockett Rd., Knoxville) Sunday, June 1 at 11:00 am.  Come and support these young people following their call to God's service this summer at camp.

Want to join them at camp this summer? 
Register now!
Serve Mission Team News
Mission Madness Infects East Tennessee!


The Serve Mission Team's event for the mission-minded - Mission Madness - attracted more than 90 participants on Sunday, March 29 at Farragut Presbyterian Church.  Those in attendance shared their passion for mission and learned about how churches in East Tennessee are or can be involved in mission efforts here and around the world.  The Serve Mission Team extends its heartfelt thanks to folks at Farragut for their warm hospitality and assistance, and to the many volunteers who served as workshop leaders and fulfilled the many tasks associated with such an event.

A highlight was the debut of a video created to highlight the many mission efforts supported by the Presbytery of East Tennessee.  Click this link to view the video:

Together in Mission
The video is also available on DVD by request - contact Dana Hendrix at 865-688-5581 ext. 101 or

Update from Sunset Gap Community Center, Cosby, TN

Sunset Gap Logo Saturday, April 19th found the Board of Directors meeting at Sunset Gap.  Things are going well there.  Campers have signed up for many weeks this summer.  Permits for a new septic and sewer system have been submitted to the state. An Easter Egg hunt was held that afternoon, enjoyed by all with punch and cake afterwards. The Fourth of July will find fireworks, dinner, and an auction. Mark your calendar now for a fun time.  For details check the website, or call Sunset Gap - 423-623-4313. 


Update from Morgan Scott Project, Deer Lodge, TN   


Ella Smith 
The Serve Mission Team visited Morgan Scott on April 1, 2014. Mrs. Ella Smith, executive director, had lunch prepared and shared a lot of information about the activities and programs sponsored by MSP. It is evident that Morgan Scott is one of the most successful mission projects that the Presbytery sponsors and it deserves even more support than is being provided. In addition to assistance from the Presbytery and many of our churches, Morgan Scott receives support from other denominations, primarily the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. The consistent leadership provided by Ella over the past seven years has enabled the project to make a highly significant impact toward lifting citizens out of poverty. Key to the success of Morgan Scott is the commitment to education. According to Ella, the three "Rs" in this area refer to "reading, writing, and the road out of town."
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From the Stated Clerk
Mark Your Calendars        

The annual reading of Session Minutes and training for Clerks of Session will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9am-12pm, place to be determined.

The annual Sexual Misconduct Prevention Seminar will be on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Clark Brandon of Fountain City Presbyterian Church will lead a seminar on Creating and Maintaining a Misconduct Prevention Policy for Your Church. 9:00am-12:00pm, place to be determined.
PET Board of Pensions Events 
Representatives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Board of Pensions will share important information at the following events:
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Board of Pensions Benefits Overviews

August 12 - 2:00 to 3:30pm at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga
August 13 - 10:00 to 11:30am at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, Knoxville

Board of Pensions Seminars
Growing into Tomorrow...Today - A Retirement Planning Seminar
Sept. 23-24, 2014
Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens, TN
8:30am to 5:00pm both days
Seminar flyer

Getting in Shape Fiscally - A Financial Planning Seminar
Sept. 25, 2014
Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens, TN
8:30am to 5:00pm
Seminar flyer

All BOP plan members will receive invitations to these events with information about how to register.   
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Montreat Conference Center
Summer Conferences


Montreat Conference Center's Summer Conference Season is about to begin! You won't want to miss the newly-renovated Assembly Inn! Make plans to be there (or look into opportunities for the fall). Details here:

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.

Program flyer

For more information contact:
Kathleen Farnham, Director of Church Relations

2014-15 Presbyterian Planning Calendars


If you have not already ordered your 2014-15 Presbyterian Planning Calendars, you may join in on a bulk order with your friends in the Presbytery of East Tennessee.


The 2014-2015 Presbyterian Planning Calendar is wire-bound 8" x 11" calendar, punched to fit standard binders, offers numerous useful features that keep you in touch with the church and its ongoing life and work. Calendar pages begin with June 2014 and end with December 2015.

  • Monthly calendar pages from June 2014 through December 2015
  • Lectionary for the Lord's Day and special liturgical days
  • Colors for the liturgical seasons
  • Liturgical days, programmatic emphases and secular holidays
  • Monthly planning suggestions and resources
  • Synod, presbytery and GA staff directories
  • Foldout synod/presbytery and world maps in color
  • User-friendly size-easily fits into a binder

Regular per calendar price is $14.95 plus shipping - we are able to get a bulk order price of $9.25 per calendar.


Calendars will be delivered to two locations: Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga and Farragut Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. You will be notified when the calendars are in and ready to be picked up.


Please complete the order form and mail it with a check made payable to The Presbytery of East Tennessee. Orders must be received by our office no later than Friday, May 16. If you have questions, please contact Dana Hendrix - 865-688-5581 ext. 101 / 

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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,