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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
December 2014 
In This Issue
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
APCE Annual event - Feb. 4-7
Youth Committee News
News and Events Around the Presbytery
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Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
"For generations, even before women had voice or vote
in the church, Presbyterian women...have understood
that staying connected through communication
makes all mission and ministry possible."
   Mary Cook Jorgenson, Churchwide Moderator,  

Presbyterian Women, Nov. 2014

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Staying connected is one of the most important and most enjoyable aspects of Presbyterian Women. Great things take place in each of our churches and we like to share these "happenings"with everyone in our Presbytery.


Mowbray Mountain rises on the west side of Soddy Daisy in southeast TN, and as one travels up the windy road to the top and then down the road a bit, there sits the lovely white Mowbray Presbyterian Church with the beautiful stained glass windows. Saturday, Nov. 8th, the adjacent social hall was abuzz with activity as the women and men of the church held their annual community turkey dinner and craft sale. The Mowbray mountaineers must have eagerly awaited the dinner, as despite the abundant amount of food, the turkey dinners sold out long before closing time. What a tribute to the cooks! The craft show had very creative hand-made items, themed gift baskets, and the most delicious things to eat and to stock our pantries for later enjoyment. The quart jars of "canned"green beans were some of the finest one could ever find, and the small jars of jams and jellies were jewel-like in color and just waiting to grace a dinner table. Mustn't forget the mouth-watering peanut butter fudge and Oh! so much more!


The Mowbray Phoebe's use the proceeds from their annual dinner and craft fair to support special needs in the community, The Chattanooga Room In the Inn, and Presbyterian missions. Ongoing community support includes helping with rehabilitation efforts (including finding work) of a young man injured in a motorcycle accident and subsequently paralyzed from the chest down; providing gift baskets for shut-ins and Christmas gifts for nursing home residents. The youth of the church help with the filling of the gift baskets and also deliver them. What a great opportunity for everyone to be an important part of this church family's outreach. We are inspired and blessed by the industrious women of Mowbray Presbyterian Church who work with such joy and enthusiasm.


Not to be outdone are the women of First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland who will be hosting the traditional Moravian Love Feast on December 7th at 6:00 p.m. This service seeks to strengthen the bonds and spirit of harmony, goodwill and congeniality, as well as to forgive past disputes and to love one another. The love feast is based on meals of the early church where food was eaten in unity and love. The tradition at First Presbyterian Cleveland is to serve sweetened buns and sweet coffee to those sitting in the pews and to have a simple table grace. Traditionally, songs and hymns are chosen that describe love and harmony. This is a beautiful service and everyone is invited to participate.


First Presbyterian Church is located in the historic downtown area of Cleveland and is adjacent to Lee University. The congregation has a rich and interesting history, beautiful sanctuary, spacious and inviting social hall and welcoming atmosphere provided by the very gracious members.  

APCE Annual Event - Feb. 4-7
The Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE) Annual Event will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from February 4th-7th, 2015Educators, pastors and church leadership are encouraged to attend this event that is full of inspiring plenary, worship and workshops!!

We know that circumstances and budgets differ across all churches and so there are ways to attend the event for every schedule and budget! You are invited to register individually for pre-events, excursions, certification or even just a day of the event.

Pre-Events include Certification classes, an all day seminar with Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, Large Church Conference, a half-day with Vera White of 1001 Worshiping Communities and excursions to the Washington DC area for tours and advocacy.

Read about all of the pre-events, pre-event seminars and  certification classes!   Early Bird Registration ends December 5th. This is also the deadline for pre-event registration and excursions!
Youth Committee News
The Youth Committee celebrates that 115 middle school youth attended Middle School Retreat at John Knox the weekend of Sept 26-28. Thanks to John Knox for hosting this event, to Carrie Nicely and Penny Laitos for coordinating the retreat, to Kally Elliott for being the keynote speaker, Reed Sorrels for providing music and to the Youth Council for their leadership.

Youth Summit will be Feb. 27-Mar. 1 in Gatlinburg at the Glenstone Lodge with Michelle Thomas-Bush as our keynote speaker. Registration forms will be emailed before Christmas.

News and Events Around the Presbytery
Fourth United hosts Boogertown Gap  Dec. 3

Fourth United Presbyterian Church (1323 North Broadway, Knoxville) hosts Boogertown Gap on Dec. 3 as part of their ongoing Folk@Fourth concert series.  Their music is

interwoven with stories, lore, and history from this area.  Liz Peterson and Will Doran will make an appearance singing and playing a selection of African American Spirituals, and Jim Myers will be in the house for a few of his original tunes as well!   


An informal dinner is served at 6:00pm, followed by some excellent music, all for just $10 per person at the door.  Keep track of future Folk@Fourth events on their Facebook page

Wartburg hosts benefit concert for Morgan Scott - Dec. 14

Tenor Andrew Skoog, accompanied by pianist Judith Bible, both of whom have played Carnegie Hall and opera houses around the world, will be holding a benefit concert for the Morgan Scott Project on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at Wartburg Presbyterian Church (205 Kingston St., Wartburg, TN). In lieu of admission, please bring a can of food, or a new toy for the Morgan Scott Project to use to help those in need. For more information, please contact Carolyn S. Anderson at  or 865-951-2805.
Eusebia Presbyterian Church calls first female pastor

One of PET's oldest congregations has called the first female pastor in its nearly 230-year-old history.


Seymour's Eusebia Presbyterian Church, founded in 1786, ten years before Tennessee statehood, will have as its shepherd the Rev. Jean Davidson, of Maryville.  She will begin her duties January 1.


A native of South Knoxville, she is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Jean taught science to middle schoolers before sensing a call to the ministry and entering Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, from which she received the M.Div. degree.  In addition to previously serving the Presbytery of East Tennessee as Director of Youth Ministry, she has been an Associate Pastor of congregations in Talledega, Al., Nashville, Tn., and Louisville, Ky.                

With her rescue dog, an Irish Terrier, Jean volunteers in Hardin Valley to assist children who faced with physical and emotional challenges. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, reading, natural history, history, and working with children and youth.


Eusebia would like to invite interested teaching elders and other individuals associated with PET to the January 4 Installation for Jean Davidson.  Installation will be at 2:00 PM at Eusebia Presbyterian Church, 1701 Burnett Station Road, Seymour, TN 37865.


Dwyn Mounger, who has served as the congregation's interim pastor for two years, says, "It's been good to see a relatively small flock not only capture renewed appreciation for its past, but also exhibit an eager openness to the future directions to which God is calling them. Newcomers have joined, as people from many parts of the U.S.A. discover the joys of living at the foot of the eternal Smoky Mountains."


Farragut Presbyterian Church offers Zumba classes


Looking for a way to shed those extra holiday pounds?  Ditch the workout and join the party!  ZUMBA Fitness is a fun-filled aerobics class which targets all the major muscle groups using Latin music and choreography.  These classes are designed for all levels of fitness from beginners to expert dancers.  Michelle Henry, certified ZUMBA Fitness instructor, leads the class and demonstrates modifications for the steps to increase/decrease the intensity and protect injured knees, backs, etc.  Classes are FREE, and FREE childcare is provided (please sign up for childcare in advance to ensure adequate coverage).  Classes are held at Farragut Presbyterian Church (209 Jamestowne Blvd.) Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 3:45-4:45For more information, or to request childcare, please contact Katina Sharp at 865-742-2292 or  Grab your water bottle, and get ready to join the party!
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