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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter                        June 2014 


In This Issue
221st General Assembly
Church Safety Resources
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Nominees Sought for Presbytery Teams & Committees
Maryville College News
Presbyterian Campus Ministry at UT-K
Presbytery Educators Group
From the Youth Committee
News & Events Around the Presbytery
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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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221st General Assembly

June 14 - June 21, 2014 


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. The gathering begins and ends with worship, and in between there are celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations for everyone.

221st General Assembly webpage
Meeting Docket

Schedule of Events 


Serving as commissioners from our Presbytery are the Rev. Wendy Neff, the Rev. Miki Vanderbilt, Elder Brenda Hooper, and Elder Jeff Paris.  The Young Adult Advisory Delegate from our Presbytery is Benjamin Terpstra.  


Church Safety Resources
Brotherhood Mutual has a Safety Library with tips, tutorials, and checklists to help manage ministry risks.  Areas covered include:
  • Administration, Staff & Finance
  • Buildings & Property
  • Children & Youth
  • Disasters, Emergencies & Health
  • Foreign Missions & Travel
  • Risk Management Basics
  • Risk Management Forms
  • Risk Management Videos
  • Vehicles & Drivers
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery

Spring Gathering ~ Doors of Opportunity  


Installation of officers at Spring Gathering.
What a splendid day! On April 26, 96 ladies from 22 churches, as well as 5 ministry partners, came together to enjoy the day.  Our keynote speaker, Kathy Reeves, Mission Associate from Louisville, shared a slide presentation from the PW Mission Experience to Appalachia last June, "Into These Hills."


Display boards, from  various  churches highlighted the hunger ministries in which Presbyterian Women have been participating. In recognition of this year's mission emphasis on hunger ministry, canned food items were brought for the FISH ministry that Erin works with.    


The least coin offering was received and dedicated at the gathering, as well as the scholarship offering. $1668.38 was collected and awarded to seminary student Crystal Fallesen, of Rivermont.  Officers were installed for the upcoming year. Gifts were presented to several mission partners and it was a joy to have most of them represented at the gathering.


Thank you, Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville ~   


Remembering Loretta Teter


The June 2014 issue of the PWP Newsletter begins with a remembrance of Loretta Teter, a member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga and tireless volunteer, who unexpectedly passed away on May 23.

"We celebrate the life of Loretta and her service to the Lord. It is with heavy hearts that we learned of her passing. It is with joyful hearts that we remember her loving, faithful life and all of her many accomplishments. She will long be remembered, through every stitch made in a pillowcase dress or Alzheimer apron...She taught us so much about doing for the least of these, and loving and following God."


Additional information about Loretta and more PWP news are included in the PWP newsletter

Nominees Sought for Presbytery Teams and Committees

The Committee on Nominations needs your help to find teaching elders, ruling elders, and laypeople to serve on the Presbytery's mission teams and committees.  Please review the nomination form and prayerfully consider who you know that might be called to serve.  Self nominations are welcome.


Team/committee descriptions


For additional information, contact the Presbytery Office at

865-688-5581 ext. 101 or  

Maryville College News

Montreat Middle School Conference at Maryville College


A Knock at the Door - July 23-27

A great opportunity for Middle Schoolers in our own backyard!


Want to see some of the fun from last year?  Click HERE

Conference flyer

Breakfast with Maryville College at General Assembly

Maryville College Going to General Assembly in Detroit?  You are cordially invited for breakfast on Tues. June 17 at 7:00am in Room Brule A at the Marriott.   Please invite your friends from other areas as well.  Tickets ($12) may be purchased through the GA website or at registration desk, if available.  Hope to see you there!  Kathleen Farnham  


Presbyterian Campus Ministry at UT- Knoxville


UT logo Do you need a place to park for UT football games?  Do you like to tailgate in a comfortable, fun location on campus?  Did you know the Presbyterian Campus Ministry is currently taking bids for reserved parking spaces for football games?   Bids start at $200/space for the season!  However, we have a limited amount of parking spaces so if you want to be sure to get a space you might want to consider a higher bid!  Parking spaces at the PCM come with use of our basement kitchen, big screen TV, and bathrooms.  All proceeds go directly to the ministry of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry and anything over $200 is tax deductible.  Consider making your donation and getting an awesome parking spot for the 2014 UT VOL Football season!  Contact: or 865-394-9242


Attention Incoming Freshmen or Parents of Incoming Freshman!

Presbyterian Campus Ministry house at UT-Knoxville  

The Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides parking spaces for students involved in the campus ministry.  If you or your child might be involved at the PCM and needs a place to park for the 2014-2015 school year please contact us!  Parking spaces are reserved and cost $90/semester.  Don't pay too much to park in the parking garages where you might have to fight for a spot! Know you'll always have a parking space if you park at the PCM! Contact: or 865-394-9242

Presbytery Educators Group

Educators, full time, part time, church staff and volunteers!  


PEG (Presbytery Educators Group) meets quarterly to share ideas about Christian Education.  We also have an online forum to link us together. The address has changed to


Anyone in the presbytery interested in Christian Education (Sunday school teachers, youth directors, children's ministry directors, christian many more titles) is invited and encouraged to log in and share.  If you would like more information about the gatherings, please contact Mark Lampley ( or Connie Umbach (

From the Youth Committee

Wanted: Youth Council Members


Youth Council applications are being accepted until July 1. Our goal is to have a youth council representative from every church in the presbytery. Encourage your youth to apply! The rewards are many! For the youth involved it is like being a member of another youth group.

All churches should have received an application. For additional information, email Cheryl Child (


News & Events Around the Presbytery
Erin Vacation Bible School - Jungle Safari
June 9 - 13
9 am - Noon

Join us on a summer safari as we travel deep into the jungle to explore the nature of God! Kids will learn that God is...Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King.  Contact Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville - 865-588-5350 or

VBS flyer

First Presbyterian Church, Spring City experiences renewal
Take the seven member remnant of a divided church, add some Girl Scout ingenuity, mix in special cheers and a good dose of vuvuzelas, and what is the result?  Read the story of how First Presbyterian Church in Spring City found ways to connect with the youth of their town and experience a profound sense of renewal.

In recognition of their efforts, the church received the New Vision Banners at the May meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee.
The Rev. Linda Springer accepts the banners on behalf of the church from the Rev. Wendy Neff and General Presbyter Judd Shaw.

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