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Dogwood Blossoms

Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
January 2015  
In This Issue
Youth Summit 2015
From the Peacemaking Committee
John Knox Center News
From the Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Women of PET
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Quick Links
Presbytery of East Tennessee  


Synod of Living Waters
Presbytery Staff
Judd Shaw
General Presbyter
865-688-5581 ext. 103

James McTyre
Stated Clerk
865-688-5581 ext. 104
Bri Payne
Executive Director, John Knox Center

Dana Hendrix
Office Manager
865-688-5581 ext. 101
Gwen Pyle
Financial Assistant
865-688-5581  ext. 102

Office Mailing Address
P.O. Box 5436
Knoxville, TN 37928-0436

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Youth Summit 2015!
"Play Full Life" 
Friday, February 27th- Sunday, March 1st 
Glenstone Lodge (Gatlinburg, TN)



Youth Retreat for 8th-12th graders with big group games, small group times, keynote speaker, music, and exploring around Gatlinburg!  


Register by January 23rd (postmarked): $115/person
Register by February 2nd (postmarked): $130/person

Money is nonrefundable.  

*If you prefer a single occupancy room,  

there will be an additional cost of $45.


Keynote Speaker: Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush  

Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. She helps minister to young people at lock-ins, retreats, mission trips, morning prayer breakfasts, and midnight vespers. She enjoys accompanying the youth through the joyous and turbulent waters that the adolescent years often provide.


Music led by Robert Heck

Robert Heck is a Studio Music and Jazz/Nutrition major at the University of

Tennessee-Knoxville. Robert is currently a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church and plays guitar on Sunday morning, Sunday nights, and will be playing for the college ministry "The Walk" next semester. He is looking forward to leading music for you all!


Youth Summit Flier

Youth Summit Leaders Form

Youth Summit Participant Registration Form


Contact Keli Shipley (PET Youth Committee Member) with any questions or 423.544.9551

From the Peacemaking Committee
Join us for the
8th Annual MLK Community Conversation
Friday, January 16, 2015
6:30pm light refreshments || 7:00pm program

Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN

Join us for an evening of music, reflection and conversation.
for more information: 865 776 5050 *
Event Flyer

John Knox Center News
Participants in 2012 Women's Retreat Sewing on the River
January 26-28, 29, 30, 2015
Monday-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Grab your stash, machine, and current projects and join us at John Knox Center for Sewing on the River. Come for 3, 4 or 5 days. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and a beautiful setting surrounded by friends old and new. Located in beautiful Roane county, John Knox Center is 143-acres of picturesque rolling hills and lake front. Call 865-376-2236 for more information or check our "Calendar of Events" at

Retreat Cost: $140 Monday-Wednesday
Additional $45 to stay Thursday
Additional $40 to stay Friday

Mission Project
Our project for this year will be rectangle pillows for chemo patients. These pillows take very little time to complete, but mean so much to those who will receive them. Just bring fabric, stuffing, and thread. Pillows should be approximately 6"x16". Pillows will be delivered to the patients in the East
Tennessee area after the retreat.

2015 Summer Camp Registration is Open!
Boy water skiing at Camp John Knox
Registration and information for all our camps available on our website -
From the Stated Clerk

Marriage Amendment History and Current Information:


There is a side by side comparison of the old W-4.9000 and the proposed amendment replacement along with other marriage information and resources at: 

Presbyterian Women of PET

News from Clover Hill Presbyterian Church


Clover Hill Presbyterian Church 
Clover Hill Presbyterian Church in Maryville has much to celebrate these days as they have called the Rev. Roy Scarbrough to serve as their pastor, effective January 1, 2015. This call required a 3/4 vote of approval by Presbytery as he had been serving as interim pastor at Clover Hill, and the vote to approve was unanimous! PW members have also benefited from the happy and energetic participation of Diane Scarbrough; Rev. Roy and Diane are double blessings for this church family!


The women at Clover Hill have an industrious quilting group of about fourteen members who enjoy a great fellowship as they work together each week to complete quilts for others that have pieced the tops; they also design, piece and quilt their own creations. Their signature quilt is the Smoky Mountains Wild Flower

and it takes about one year from start to finish to complete as every stitch is done by hand, and the finished product is absolutely beautiful! This quilt sells for $1,500 and these proceeds, as well as from the quilting for others, are used to support local missions and occasionally disaster assistance needs. Lovely note cards featuring pictures of the individual quilt blocks of the wild flowers are available for sale and they make a lovely and practical gift.  


L to R: Laura Huffstettler, Diane Scarbrough, and Sara Harless, (not pictured: Norma Lynn)

New PW officers were elected at their Christmas potluck luncheon and meeting held on December 11th. The officers were installed by Marilyn Suber, PWPET Moderator; the officers are Sara Harless, President; Diane Scarbrough, Vice President; and Laura Huffstettler and Norma Lynn, Co-Secretary/Treasurer. Judi Toole, outgoing President, was thanked for her great leadership and service.


News and Events Around the Presbytery
Interim Pastor Training  
Calvin Center, Atlanta GA
January 26-30, 2015

The Interim Pastor Training program is designed for Presbyterian Clergy (PCUSA) sensing a call to interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff members will also find this 5-day conference helpful.  This Presbyterian Interim Pastor Training course offers an excellent opportunity for leaders to hone skills such as how to say hello and goodbye in healthy ways, to help congregations heal and gain tools for understanding their congregation.

Training sessions at the conference include 30 hours of classroom instruction with plenty of time for personal attention.


Information and registration


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