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Order 2018-2019 Your Presbyterian Planning Calendar before May 25

If you have not already ordered your 2018-19 Presbyterian Planning Calendars, you may join in on a bulk order with your friends in the Presbytery of East Tennessee.

The 2018-2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar is wire-bound 8½" x 11" calendar, punched to fit standard binders, offers numerous useful features that keep you in touch with the church and its ongoing life and work. 

*Monthly calendar pages from June 2018 through December 2019
*Lectionary for the Lord's Day and special liturgical days
*Colors for the liturgical seasons
*Liturgical days, programmatic emphases and secular holidays
*Monthly planning suggestions and resources
*Synod, presbytery and GA staff directories
*Foldout synod/presbytery and world maps in color
*User-friendly size-easily fits into a binder

Regular per calendar price is $14.95 plus shipping - we are able to get a bulk order price of $9.25 per calendar, including shipping. Calendars will be delivered to two locations: Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Ch…
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Peacemaking Committee Brings Speaker on Racism May 26-27

From the Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of East Tennessee:

The Reverend Dr. David Billings is a United Methodist Minister and author of the 2016 book Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life. He has been an anti-racist trainer and organizer with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond since 1983 and has worked with anti-racist groups across the country. Born in McComb, Mississippi, he grew up in Helena, Arkansas, and now resides back in McComb. He holds degrees from the University of Mississippi, New York Theological Seminary, and Wisdom University. From the book jacket: "No one speaks to racism and its cure better than David Billings, a white Southerner who has seen it all. His is a voice that needs to be heard. It is a voice with perfect pitch." He and his wife Margery are close friends with Dorothy Mitchell-Kincaid of Alcoa.

David Billings' coming to Blount County has been endorsed by the Blount County Ecumeni…

Summer Camp at John Knox - Register Now!

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2018 Summer Camp Registration is Open Email Your Camper |Frequently Asked Questions Overnight Camp To Bring List | Day Camp To Bring ListAdventure Camp To Bring List
Overnight Check-In:  3:30 pm - 4:30 pmDay Camp Check-In: 8:30 am - 9:00 am  Check-Out:  4:45 pm Check Out:  3:30 pm
High School Camp Sessions (9th Grade* - Graduating Seniors)
Camp Session Dates Covenant Partners June 3 - June 15 Marathon Camp June 17 - June 29 Night Owl Camp July 15 - July 20 Senior High Adventure July 15 - July 25

Middle School Camp Sessions (6th - 8th Grade*) Camp Session Dates Marathon Camp June 17 - June 29 Middle School Adventure July 5 - July 13 Night Owl Camp July 15 - July 20

Elementary School Camp Sessions (4th - 6th Grade*) Camp Session Dates Marathon Camp June 17 - June 29 Native Ways July 8 - July 13

Mini-Overnight Camp Sessions (2nd - 4th Grade*)

Mediation Training Seminar Available

Dear Colleagues North Alabama Presbytery and the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley are delighted to sponsor a week-long mediation training seminar facilitated by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.  This training institute offers invaluable skills and knowledge to navigate conflict in congregations and Presbyteries, and is useful in a variety of other contexts as well.
Through a generous grant from our Synod, we are able to offer this workshop for $575 per person for the first 22 participants from the Synod.  This price includes the conference, all materials, and lodging and meals at Camp Maranatha where the training will be held.  This is a *significant* discount of over 50% – the usual registration fee for the conference alone is $750, and with lodging would be $1200. 
There is an informational brochure attached.  Please share this with your ministers, congregations, and committees, highlighting the special scholarship rate.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me…

The Wilderness Seminary

A program created by Equip
What is the Wilderness Seminary? Equip seeks to help clergy, educators, and lay leaders in the Presbytery of East Tennessee to gain competencies needed for more effective and faithful ministry. Equip will be launching a series of programs called The Wilderness Seminary of the Presbytery of East Tennessee to help church leaders (who find themselves in the wilderness of practical ministry) gain new theological education to better serve their congregations.
Watch for future announcements about upcoming workshops!
Our most recent workshop was Collaborative Divorce Training - held on April 12, 2018 at the Korean Church of Knoxville.The workshop focused on best practices for navigating divorce, defusing conflict, and avoiding triangulation, and was led by Emily Heird, a licensed counselor from Knoxville Counseling Services and Collaborative Divorce Coach.
For more information, contact Andy Morgan at andypmor…

School of the Laity

SCHOOL OF THE LAITY Interested in learning more about your faith?  Curious about Reformed Theology or our Presbyterian heritage?   Thinking about the possibility of accepting a leadership opportunity?  Then we have an innovative program just for you.
Our presbytery offers a School of the Laity.  Each course is held on two Saturdays and is be taught by Maryville College faculty or area ministers.  The cost for each course will be $65, which includes lunch both days. The School of the Laity is available to all lay persons.  You may register for any course, even if you have not participated previously, as each course stands alone.
For more information, call Corita Swanson at (865) 681-4710.
Montreat opportunities
Montreat Conference Center Montreat Conference Center, one of three PC(USA) conference centers, offers the following conferences in this fall and winter: Spirituality Retreat, Road Scholar (Elderhostel), College Conference, Ski Weekend for Youth, and Marriage Enrichment.  At two hours from Knoxville, it is very accessible and a beautiful place to retreat to.  More details about these conferences and ways to have a Session Retreat or Church-wide Retreat can be found at  While displays will be at upcoming presbytery meetings, questions (and information requests) can be addressed to Rev. Laura Becker ( or Rev. Mark Lampley (
Upcoming Conferences at Montreat Conference Center –
Road Scholars Experiences at Montreat (formerly known as Elderhostel) Road Scholars programs are offered at Montreat from early spring until December each year.  Participants come to Montreat Conference Center fr…