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Dogwood Blossoms
Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
March 2015 
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Presbytery of East Tennessee


Synod of Living Waters
Presbytery Staff

Judd Shaw

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

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Presbytery Meeting - March 7
Postponed from Feb. 21 due to the weather

Northside Presbyterian Church
923 Mississippi Avenue

Registration: 9:30am
Meeting: 10:00am

To maximize parking, carpooling is recommended.  The packet for the meeting is available on the Presbytery website - 
The Big Tent is coming to Knoxville!

Mark Your Calendar!


Experience that deep sense of community that you'd expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians-a great big family reunion! This year Big Tent will offer fresh opportunities for spiritual growth in a setting that fosters camaraderie in a unique way. Unlike other Big Tents, this year's event will not be held at a large hotel.  Instead, it will take place on the University of Tennessee campus. The 2015 Big Tent will offer one all-inclusive price for your accommodations, meals, worship services, workshops, and breakout sessions. Previous Big Tents have consisted of various individual conferences. However, this year's conference will offer a wide variety of workshops and speakers-all designed to inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally. There will be something for the whole family, including children's workshops (offered by the John Knox Center staff!) and other activities.  


Visit for the schedule of events, dorm room layout, and other information.


*Registration will be open by March 30


Big Tent 2015 Featured Speakers

Preachers for Worship Services:

  • Laurene Chan, Director of Youth Ministries, Cameron House, San Francisco
  • Paul Roberts, President/Dean, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary
  • Jana Childers, Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Bible Study Leader:

  • Kang Yup Na, Associate Professor in Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics, Westminster College

Featured Breakouts Addressing:

  • Ministries of Advocacy and Renewal: Scott Weimer, Pastor, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta
  • Ministries for Poverty and Hunger: Sister Simone Campbell (Sisters of Social Service), Director of Network and author of Nun on the Bus
  • Ministries Equipping Leaders for Discipleship and Evangelism: Rodger Nishioka, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Seminary
John Knox Center News

Register for Camp John Knox!


Summer is almost here!

What makes summer at Camp John Knox so exceptional?

Everything!  From the games we play to the campfire songs, Camp John Knox gives campers a chance to expand their comfort zones and gain self-confidence and esteem. 


Hiking, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, campfires, and hands on nature classes are just the beginning! Each day is packed with  tons of activities. Give your child the opportunity to spend their days having a blast with new friends learning new skills and their evenings worshiping with the sun setting across the lake, singing praise songs around a campfire, and making thousands of memories. From Day Camps for our youngest to multi-adventure trips for older kids! We have fun sessions for all ages! Register online and secure your spot!


Churches!  Want your congregation to hear more about summer camp? Let us know and we will come and visit your church. A director would love to visit for a Sunday morning or evening or a Wednesday evening program; just let us know when you want us to come!  


2014 Staff Commissioned at Erin Presbyterian Church.
We would like to invite everyone to join us for our Summer Staff Commissioning Service.  The service is being held at First Presbyterian Church, 433 North Ocoee St., Cleveland on June 7, 2015 at 10:45.  Please come and meet our summer staff, and be a part of sending them out to do God's work this summer at Camp John Knox.   


Mercy Junction News
The Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center at St. Andrews a ministry of the Presbytery of East Tennessee and is devoted to advancing social justice in Chattanooga and the South. The center is located at 1918 Union Ave. in Chattanooga and is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. Midday prayers are Tuesdays through Fridays at 12:30 pm each day and the People's Sermon is Saturdays at 12:30 pm. For more information about the center or events, call 423.457.2519 or email

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Youth News
Youth Summit 2014
Youth Summit 2015 is here!

Feb. 27-March 1 in Gatlinburg, TN 


With approximately one hundred youth and adults planning to be a part of Youth Summit, the Youth Committee and Youth Council are excited about the upcoming weekend.  Michelle Thomas-Bush, our keynote speaker, promises to give us the opportunity to learn about living a playful life in our relationship to God and to one another.  Our Youth Council has been hard at work planning games and energizers as well as preparing to lead small groups.  


Thanks to everyone who is making this event possible!

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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,