Summer Camp 2017 at
John KNOX Center
Presbytery's VISION STATEMENT
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19).
Thus, the purpose of the church is to develop disciples. The purpose of the Presbytery of East Tennessee is to support this process. We have a spiritual mandate to follow Jesus’ calling to go forth and make disciples of all people.
CONNECT with one another in community: Identify and pursue opportunities to enhance the connectedness and corporate life of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, developing means of communication that will foster collegiality and trust and strengthen relationships among member congregations. This new sense of connection will open us to new visions and dreams as the Spirit leads.
SERVE our world in love, justice and peace: Promote mission participation across the Presbytery, including the evaluation of current mission endeavors and mission funding.
SUPPORT our churches, pastors and leaders: Support those who carry out ministry, education and mission in the Presbytery and its member congregations.
EQUIP children, youth and young adults for a life of discipleship through faith development and spiritual nurture.
Check out this video produced by the Serve Mission Team! Together in Mission
In the Spotlight
Family Picnic at John Knox Center
Sunday, September 17 - 591 West Rockwood Ferry Rd., Ten Mile, TN
We would love to have you join us at the John Knox Center Family Picnic this Sunday, September 17th. Come and enjoy a day at camp with great food, fun activities and fellowship. Camp opens at 1:00 and the day ends at 5:00. Admission is $10.00 for adults and kids 10 and under are free. (Children 10 & under free when accompanied by a paying adult, limit 1 child per paying adult). We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers all afternoon. Bring your family and friends and cool off in the lake swimming and canoeing, visit our Nature Center, and fly through the tees on our ropes course. We look forward to seeing you at camp!
GATLINBURG/SEVIER COUNTY WILDFIRES UPDATE
From Greg Bennett, CRE on behalf of the Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church:
Gatlinburg Presbyterian continues to provide missions to Sevier County by providing housing for mission groups coming to and serving our community following the wildfires. Through GPC’s partnership with Presbyterian Didaster Assistance (PDA), Live-it Ministries, and Mountain Tough, GPC is continuing and will continue to provide this necessary service to our community. Since March, GPC has provided a place to stay for 11 groups consisting of 205 people in total for 68 nights. Although not all of these groups have done mission projects in support of the wildfire rebuilding and recovery, each of these groups have provided some sort of needed missionary service in the time they have been here. According to Jim Kirk, the Associate for Disaster (US), “Gatlinburg has been a very popular host site.” GPC is grateful for all of the groups which have honored us with their time and efforts in our county. In a meeting held by Live-it Ministries in Sevier County on July 20 Ken Link of Mountain Tough told the group of representatives from local churches that the primary focus of mission work in the county for the next two years would be in support of families recovering from the winds and the fires.
GPC is still expecting 6 more groups totaling 123 people who will be staying for 123 more nights before the end of the year. We would like folks to continue spreading the word that there is still much to be done in our community and that GPC would like to invite anyone who wants to bring a group to contact PDA, Live-it and Mountain Tough concerning opportunities.
Finally, the City of Gatlinburg and Sevier County wants everyone to know that businesses are open. GPC not only welcomes mission groups but also retreat groups to stay with us, and vacationers to worship with us on Sunday mornings. Any and all of your prayers and support in these endeavors is very appreciated and welcome.
We will ontinue to provide updates as our response plans develop. Monitor the Presbytery's Facebook page for updates.