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April, 2012

The Beacon

A PUBLICATION OF ERIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 200 Lockett Rd. — Knoxville, TN 37919 — (865) 588-5350 —

PASTOR Rev. John Stuart


Clerk of Session

CONVENERS Kim Pennington, Fellowship

Charles Snodgrass, Discipleship

Rickey McCallum, Stewardship

Mike Pierce, Outreach

Susan Miller, Creative Expressions

David Stinnett, Property


Nancy Berry, Organist

Michele Meer, Administrator

Cindi Stooksbury, Nursery

Joe Jaynes, Choir Director

Joy Bornhoeft, Family Ministry

Elizabeth Snodgrass, Youth Director,

A Message From The Pastor Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25 Dear Friends, Rev. John Stuart

As most of you know, I’ve been writing regular devotions for several years, which I send out by email and post on the Internet. Members at Erin and people from all over the world often read what I have written. Sometimes I get feedback from our church folks and international emails from people that I have never met. Recently, I received an email about a devotional which I had written years ago called “God Will Find You.” The concluding remarks on the email both humbled and amazed me: “After reading the story and even though I am a Muslim, I loved Jesus more than even before.” –HB, Saudi Arabia.

I had no idea that Muslims near Mecca were actually reading my devotions. God works in mysterious ways and the Internet is now providing wonderful opportunities to communicate Christ’s words and His Gospel to people all across this planet. What began as a small spiritual growth devotional message to our staff and elders has now blossomed into a life changing ministry around the world. Our church may be small in Knoxville, but our work is being felt around the world! At the end of last month, I electronically published my fifth book of devotions and called it “God Will Find You.” I dedicated it to HB and other God-seekers all over the planet. I think it’s my best e-book of devotions so far, and I hope that many people will find it and use it for their own faith journey with Christ. Thank you, Erin, for allowing me to do this. In years to come, other people will get to read the messages that I write from my study at Erin Church and hopefully it will bring them closer to God. Perhaps like HB from Saudi Arabia, they will also be able to say: “I loved Jesus more than even before.” God bless us all,

APRIL BIRTHDAYS 1—David Snodgrass 2—Carol Robbins 3—Kathryn Bornhoeft 3—Henry Thomas Ritchie 4—Becky Cameron 5—Peggy Cuany 6—Karen Price 9—Dan Berry 9—Craig Strad 14—Erin Mccallum 16—Margaret Garrett 16—Sierra Henshaw 16—Peter McKay 17—Jennifer Gahan 18—John House 21—Melinda Massengill 22—Seth Dunaway 22—Cathy Satterfield 25—Josh Evans 26—Joseph McLeod 30—Aaron Foster 30—Ann Rust


Submissions to “The Beacon” are due on the 20th of each month. Your articles may be submitted by calling 588-5350 or by sending an email to

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________________________________________ CLASS OF 2014 ELDERS

Last month, you got to know Don Quinley. this month, we bring you the Statements of Faith from two more incoming elders. ________________________________________________

Allyson Streckfuss I was raised in the coastal area of Texas, where my family was Southern Baptist. I became a Christian and was baptized at the age of eleven. I joined the Presbyterian faith when I was twenty. I became active in the Pastoral Care and was Youth Director for three years. When my family settled in Houston, we joined Northwoods Presbyterian Church, where I became active in Congregational Care and worked with the Wednesday Night Dinner program. I joined Erin Church with my family in 2000, after my youngest discovered Creative Ministries, and the rest was history. I have always felt called to the area of care giving, being either pastoral care or congregational care. My family has been blessed beyond measure with the fellowship, friendships, and care we have received at Erin. Being aware of all the changes in our church (PCUSA) as a whole, I am excited and grateful to be called to serve as an elder at this time.


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I believe the phrase "journey of faith" to be an accurate description of my walk with Christ and my experience of God. As a child, I went to church occasionally and liked it well enough. As an early adolescent, I continued to go to church even after my parents stopped going. There was something there that appealed to me, and I actually enjoyed confirmation classes. In later adolescence, as my life spun out of

control, I stopped going to church and did not go back until that spin-out was complete and I had crashed some 10 years later. At that time it seemed natural that I should somehow re-connect with God. It was at that time I returned to school, finding two things there that significantly shaped me spiritually. One was a top-notch religious studies department where I was able to satisfy both my newfound love of learning and my yearning to grow closer to God at the same time. The other was the woman who later became my wife, a friend whose faith was unique in my experience at that time, someone who was, and is still, quite an inspiration to me in my own walk. I was raised and confirmed in the Presbyterian church, but I also spent several years in the Baptist church serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. I have also belonged to Congregational and Community churches. Cynthia and I came to Erin in 1995 with a group of spiritual refugees seeking a church home and, though we are the only ones from that group remaining, we have found it to be the best church home we have ever had. I have served on Session at Erin two times prior to this. I view the Christian Church today as torn by two dysfunctional extremes. One extreme seems to subscribe to the notion that everything is okay and that our faith should never challenge or inconvenience us. It espouses that being a good person is enough to assure salvation, largely making Christ's sacrifice meaningless. The other extreme seems to concern itself with being right, subscribing to the notion that simply having the "right" beliefs is enough to secure salvation. The love of Christ is lost, thus making His sacrifice meaningless in a different way. Both of these extremes are destructive to the church and, by extension, to all Christians. In addition to these challenges, the church faces the challenge of remaining relevant and being a priority in a world where fewer and fewer people find it so. Erin is not immune from any of these challenges and as a congregation we need more than ever to support each other as we journey together to grow our faith and spread the light of God to a community and world increasingly in need of it. I love Erin and with God's help will work to the best of my ability as an elder to help us navigate the challenges we face at this time.

The One Great Hour of Sharing special offering, which benefits the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger, and Self-development of People programs, comes this year on Easter, April 8. If you can't be at church, please send your contribution to the church office. The Complete Handel’s The Messiah will be performed by The U.T. Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra on APRIL 15, 2012 Tickets are FREE, and general admission, which means first-come/first-served. The oratorio will be presented at the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive, (on campus). The Erin Youth Group Pancake Breakfast was an overwhelming success- we raised over $700 to put towards our trip to Montreat! Thanks to everyone who came and supported this fundraiser! The Middle School youth group is having their spring lock-in Friday, March 30, and the High School youth group spring lock-in will be Friday, April 27. Games, discussion, crafts, and a small service project will be included for both groups, and friends are welcome to participate. On Saturday, April 28, the youth groups will be serving at FISH Hospitality Pantry in North Knoxville. Parents and students will be meeting at 9:15 am to carpool to the pantry, and will return to Erin around 1:30. Anyone who would like to join us in service is welcome, and please contact Elizabeth Snodgrass for more information. The annual Youth Silent Auction is coming up Wednesday, April 25 and Sunday, April 29. All proceeds will go towards our Montreat Conference trip, so mark your calendars!

Presbyterian Women Erin PW will celebrate the Gifts of Women on Sunday, April 29th, during worship. Erin Church is proud to have an active women’s ministry since 1897, when a group of eight women organized the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society. The name soon was shortened to the Women’s Missionary Society and today is called Erin Presbyterian Women. Written records of the group date back to 1900 and include a list of 35 past and current Moderators. For over 115 years, the women of Erin have served their church and community in Christian love. On April 29th, we honor women who contribute their gifts to the church and community, lift up issues of women’s rights, and focus on the role of women in our communities and world.

PW of East Tennessee - Annual Spring Gathering Friday, April 27th, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville Contact Joy Bornhoeft (207-9122) by April 15th if you are interested in attending. 3

Easter Services and Festivities April 5, 2012

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service 6:30 pm

April 8, 2012

Easter Sunrise Service 6:10 AM Tate’s School of Discovery Meet at the flagpole for our sunrise worship service.

26th Annual Brandon Breakfast 9:30 AM Fellowship Hall

Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 AM Playground All children up to Grade 5 are invited to join our Easter Egg Hunt after breakfast. Be sure to bring your own basket for collecting eggs.

Worship Service 11:00 AM Sanctuary

This year, the eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt were purchased from Sunny Bunny Easter Eggs. This is a charitable organization that has been around since 1966, and employs over 250 people with disabilities. The eggs have been specially designed so that almost any person, regardless of their ability, can assemble them. Each egg is stuffed with either a toy or candy by one of these individuals. This is a wonderful company that provides meaningful employment for people with varying needs.


SonRise National Park VBS

June 18th – June 21st Monday – Thursday, 9 am – Noon Kids will be awestruck by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, wildflower meadows, and amazing animals like soaring eagles and herds of caribou. As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope!

VBS Planning Meeting Tuesday, April 17th

It’s Baseball Time! Friday, May 4th 7:00 pm

Join us for a group outing to the Smokies Baseball Game. It’s a Star Wars themed night, so “may the force” be with us as our home team plays the Montgomery Biscuits. The night ends with an “out of this world” fireworks show! Look for a sign-up in the Sunday Worship bulletin. The cost is $7 per ticket. Please submit your reservations and payment to the church office by April 15th. Also, there is a $3 per car charge for parking at the stadium (to be paid that night). The Tennessee Smokies recently received the 2011 President’s Award as the “organization of the year” in Minor League Baseball. This national award is given to the “complete” baseball franchise for significant contributions to the community, its league, and the baseball industry. The Smokies are the first Southern League Club to win the award since its inception in 1974.

Discipleship Teacher Workshop Saturday, April 28th 9:30 am – 11:30 am Family Life Center

The Discipleship Team will hold a teacher workshop for all Sunday School teachers (Elementary/Youth/Adult) and volunteers (Planet Worship/Pioneer Club) on Saturday, April 28th. Please mark your calendars now for this important meeting.


Let’s Do Dinner! Breadbreakers Dinner Our next dinner is Saturday, APRIL 21 at 6:30 pm. Please call Suzanne Levering at 766-0909 for location information or to host an upcoming dinner. Remember: If you will be needing child care, please let the church office know at least 48 hours prior to the dinner.

Tuesday, April 3 at 5:15 pm Sullivan’s - Franklin Square Contact Mary Scarbrough at 691-8658 or Barbara Brazelton at 693-3749. Each Sunday, the pastor teaches an adult class in the Noah’s Ark room from 9:45AM to 10:30AM. Each month, he chooses a different subject for the participants to discuss. Throughout April the topic will be about Sharing Our Faith. The schedule is as follows:

GAME NIGHT! April 13, 2012, 7 pm Fellowship Hall (Game night will NOT be held on the first Friday this month due to Good Friday) Join us for Game Night on April 13th! Children age 5 and up can join the adults, and bring their own board games or cards. Nursery Care may be requested for pre-school age children. Please contact the church office by Wednesday to request Nursery Care.

Join us for Wednesday Night Dinner each Wednesday in April at 5:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a delicious, homemade meal, great company and let someone else do the dishes!! Wednesday May 2nd will be our 2nd Annual Erin Chili Cook-Off. Who will take home the trophy this year? Look for more details to come! 6

4 Week series: How Can I Share My Faith?

APRIL 14 at 8:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall

Apr 1 How Do I Share My Faith with Family? Apr 8


Apr 15 How Do I Share My Faith with Friends? Apr 22 How Do I Share My Faith with Neighbors and Co-Workers? Apr 29 How Do I Share My Faith with Strangers? You can read John’s latest devotions on his blog “Heaven’s Highway” at: There is a link to it on our church’s website. You can also receive the email devotions on a regular basis by subscribing to them. Just send an email to and ask to be subscribed. We’ll then add your email address to the devotions list. You can also read about John’s e-books for Kindle at his author website on Amazon. The website address is: B005MAJRNE.

There are a lot of generous people who give because they have felt blessed by God. I have NEVER heard one of these say, “I wish I had not been generous.” I have never met a tither who regretted giving the tithe. The Christian motive for giving generously is Thanksgiving! God has given us all we have. God has given Jesus. God has given us life. What more can God give? We do not give in ORDER to receive. We are ALREADY recipients of God’s gracious goodness. We give in order to say, “Thank you, Lord.”

GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET Profit & Loss Year-to-Date Comparison (Through March 29, 2012) Jan 1 - Mar 29, 12

Jan 1 - Mar 29, 11



Discipleship Income



Fellowship Income





Memorial Income



Outreach Income






Total Income





Income Creative Expression Income

Stewardship Income

Expense Creative Expressions Ministry



Discipleship Team



Fellowship Team



Outreach Team









Memorial Expenses






PW expenses



Payroll Expenses







Property Team

Stewardship Team Worship Team Pastoral Ministry

Total Expense Net Income


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Profit & Loss Report (Through March 29, 2012) Mar 29, 12 Income 40000 · Capital Campaign 41800 · Non-Pledged Giving 41900 · Pledges 45000 · Memorials Total 40000 · Capital Campaign

84,554.04 946,907.00 5,548.48 1,037,019.52 1,037,019.52

Total Income Expense 60000 · Expenses 60100 · Administrative 60200 · Building and Property Security Total 60000 · Expenses

49,038.48 111,008.62 160,047.10 876,972.42

Net Income

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Statement of Cash Flow (Through March 29, 2012 Mar 29, 12 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net Income


20000 · Accounts Payable


Net cash provided by Operating Activities


INVESTING ACTIVITIES 13001 · Building 13002 · Kitchen Net cash provided by Investing Activities

-1,323,248.35 -30,932.20 -1,354,180.55

FINANCING ACTIVITIES 25000 · Line of Credit Net cash provided by Financing Activities Net cash increase for period Cash at end of period


471,455.10 471,455.10 46,596.32 46,596.32

April 2012 SUNDAY







1 Communion 11:00 am

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Body Recall 4:00 pm

3 Let’s Do Dinner 5:15 pm

4, 11, 18, 25 Body Recall 4:00 pm

12 MOPS 9:15 am


14 Men’s Breakfast 8:30 am

CEX Meeting 12:30 pm

AA 7:30 pm

Friendship Force 6:30 pm

Handchimes 5:00 pm

19 SAM Lunch 12:00 pm


Sonshine Co. Dress Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.

Outreach 12:30 pm

9 Sonshine Co. Set Building 6:00 pm

Discipleship, Fellowship, & Property Team Meetings 7:00 pm

Kids Art Club 5:00 pm

26 MOPS 9:15 am

20 Sonshine Co. Presents A Place In Space 7:30 pm

21 Breadbreakers 6:30 pm

22 Sonshine Co. Presents A Place In Space 2:00 pm 29 Personnel Meeting 12:30 pm

PW Circle IV 7:00 pm

10 PW Circle II 10:00 am Sonshine Co. Set Building 6:00 pm

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 SS & Nursery 9:30 am

Staff Meeting 6:15 pm

(Pastor-led SS at 9:45 am)

Stewardship Meeting 7:00 pm

Worship, Nursery, & Planet Worship 11:00 am DaySpring 3:00 pm

17 VBS Planning Meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday Night Dinner 5:45 pm Adult Handbells 6:30 pm SonShine Co. 6:30 pm Pioneer Club 6:30 pm Oasis Bible Study 6:45 pm Choir 7:30 pm

MAY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE 27 High School Lock-In 5:00 pm

Sonshine Co. Presents A Place In Space 7:30 pm 28 FISH Pantries Youth Outreach

6, 13, 20, 27 Bulletin Team 10:00 am Body Recall 4:00 pm AA 8:00 pm

Journey 7 4:00 pm EPC Youth Middle School 5:00 pm Such Is The Kingdom 5:00 pm Erin Express 6:00 pm EPC Youth H.S. 7:00 pm **NO CEX Programs on the 8th this month (Easter). CEX will meet on the 1st instead.


Erin has its own website on the internet at You can read about our ministries and missions, projects and programs, staff and beliefs on the various pages of the website. Current and archived newsletters can be read online and a whole host of other material and links is constantly available. The pastor’s collectible artwork and latest drawings can be viewed at his site called “Stushie’s Art.” You can find this at Erin also has its own page on Facebook where the pastor, staff, and church members highlight forthcoming events and share some church photos. If you are a member of Facebook, just search for the Friends of Erin Presbyterian group or visit the following link: https://

ERIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 200 Lockett Road Knoxville, TN 37919-4808 Ph: (865) 588-5350 Fax: (865) 584-7775 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

OUR VISION: To be a hearth of faith; a lighthouse in our community; a beacon of God’s Word.

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