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Presbytery of East Tennessee E-Newsletter
October 2016 
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John Knox Center
Meeting Highlights from the August 20, 2016 PET meeting
PC(USA) News
PET Budget Report as of 06-30-16
Workshops & Conferences




Presbytery of East Tennessee
Presbytery Staff
General Presbyter
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Stated Clerk
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Executive Director, John Knox Center
Office Manager
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Presbytery Meeting - Nov. 1
Lake Hills Presbyterian Church
3805 Maloney Road, Knoxville

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Meeting begins at 10:00a.m.
The meeting packet will be available on the Presbytery's website on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
International Peacemaker Visits
Rev. Luis Fernando Sanmiguel from Colombia, who has significantly participated in peacemaking efforts between Colombia's government and guerilla groups for years, is visiting East Tennessee Oct. 4-9. For more info, please email or call Donna Schall -

Rev. Sanmiguel's speaking schedule

Tues., Oct 4 - Maryville College chapel at 1:15pm in the Center for Campus Ministry; New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville (703 West Broadway), at 6:15pm in Eastminster Hall.

Wed., Oct. 5 - Second Presbyterian Church, Knoxville (2829 Kingston Pike) after dinner, 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. 
Thur, Oct 6 - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville (6500 Northshore Dr. SW) at lunch; Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston (203 S. Kentucky St.) after dinner.
Sat, Oct 8 - Presbyterian Women Retreat at First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville (620 State St.)
Sun, Oct 9 - First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville (620 State St.) for Sunday school
Meet Maryville College

For more information, go to
From the Climate & Energy Stewardship Team
Global Food Week of Action / World Food Day

The connections between climate change and its harmful effects on water and food production are well known. From the Presbyterian Hunger Program Post (Fall 2016), we learn that:
  • Local waterways are often contaminated by heavy metals, sediment, and chemicals in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, such as for hydraulic water fracturing (fracking) and coal mining
  • Water has been called the "oil of the 21st century" and is increasingly a cause of violent conflicts
  • Each year bottled water production in the U.S. requires an equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil
  • Floods, drought, hurricanes, typhoons, and fires lead to increased hunger and poverty
  • Industrial agriculture emits greenhouse gases while also consuming and polluting local water sources
  • Agroecology and healthy local community food systems help combat climate change by trapping carbon in healthy soils and reducing transportation miles of food
October 9-17 is Global Food Week of Action, which includes World Food Day on October 16.

Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food and those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated! The global Food Week of Action is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty. Beyond examining our food choices, we must also recognize the lingering roots of racism embedded in our food system, which was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits the environment and workers in the food chain.

For more on what individuals and congregations can do in support of food justice, go to
From the Hunger Committee
Bread for the World Sunday, October 16
"Feeding the Hungry" both physically and spiritually is one of the clearest mandates Jesus left for our ministry. While our Savior accepted food donations and shared them fairly to great effect, a modern economy is more complicated. Besides church food pantries and community gardens, feeding the hungry in our society involves government policies on distribution of surplus foods, farm price supports, WIC women, infants and children food subsidies, tax incentives to companies that contribute to food pantries, and allocation of foreign aid. Since churches have tax exempt status, we are limited in opportunities to lobby our government.

Bread for the World is a Christian lobbying organization on hunger issues. It began in the 1970s in response to devastating famines in Africa and Asia, which have been alleviated through better farming, granaries and transport systems for food worldwide. Bread for the World's most noteworthy achievement was to propose in 2000 the Millennium Challenge Goals, the first of which was "To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger" to the Bush Administration, which implemented them.

On Sunday, October 16, Bread for the World proposes that congregations hold services that emphasize hunger and feeding programs. The high point of the service is an offering of letters to Congress advocating programs that improve food availability. At its website, Bread for the World has sermon suggestions and Sunday bulletin inserts that would help in organizing the service (

Sample Prayer for Bread for the World Sunday "O GOD, you hear the prayers of all who cry out to you in distress. Open our ears to those in need and transform our hearts, so that we who have been abundantly blessed may be a blessing to others, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. "

Scott Brunger, Presbytery Hunger Committee
Haunted High Ropes at JKC
October 29, 2016
Gates Open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hot Dogs and S'mores Available 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
 $15/person all inclusive
(Entry, unlimited high ropes access, lunch, trick or treating)
$10/person admission
(Entry, lunch, trick or treating)

Come out and play on all of our High Ropes elements.  We will have theHigh Ropes Course, Zip Line, and Flying Squirrel open! Bring the whole family for fun, food and trick or treating!

John Knox Center 

591 West Rockwood Ferry Road
Ten Mile, TN 37880
Phone: (865) 376-2236
News and Events Around the Presbytery
Erin Presbyterian Church - Donation Drive for KARM

A Weekend for All Creation at Mercy Junction

Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Sept. 30-Oct. 4 with vegan food, protests of animal cruelty, fasting, preaching and a traditional -- and not so traditional -- blessing of the animals.

The center welcomes Sarah Withrow King, a Christian animal rights activist and author of the recent book "Vegangelical: How Caring for Animals Can Shape Your Faith," to Chattanooga for the weekend. King is also co-director of CreatureKind, an organization which engages the church on farmed animal welfare issues.  Find more information at the Mercy Junction Facebook page.

Scots-Irish Lecture at Second Presbyterian, Knoxville October 9 at 7:00pm

As its beginning series for its future 200th anniversary events in 2018, Second Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, (2829 Kingston Pike), will host a special lecture by Billy Kennedy from Belfast, Ireland-a well known journalist, lecturer, and author of the Scots-Irish Chronicles- on Sunday evening, October 9, 2016, at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Among his many books is his The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee. The lecture is free and open to the public! He will discuss the history of the Scots-Irish role in the development of the United States. More information here. Contact phone (865) 693-1980

Fourth United Presbyterian Hosts Series on Racism
October 19 & 26

Fourth United Presbyterian Church, Knoxville (1323 North Broadway) is hosting a two-part series on racism October 19th and 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Everyone is invited. Click here for an article about the series.  For more information, call 865-522-1437 or go to

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