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February, 2012

The Beacon

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

PASTOR Rev. John Stuart

SESSION Mr. Charles Snodgrass Clerk of Session

CONVENERS Joy Bornhoeft, Fellowship

Kelli Crisp, Discipleship

David Eggers, Stewardship

Outreach Team

LouL Tate, Creative Expressions

Dale Webb, Property

STAFF Nancy Berry, Organist

Michele Meer, Administrator

Cindi Stooksbury, Nursery

Joe Jaynes, Choir Director

Christian Ed., Vacant

Elizabeth Snodgrass, Youth Director,

A Message From The Pastor

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1) Dear Friends, Rev. John Stuart I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl this month. I’ve been watching live since 1984. When I lived in Scotland, the game began about 10:30PM and :inished around 3:00AM. I used to sit up watching it on my own with the usual array of chips, sandwiches, and a pot of Campbell’s tomato soup. I can remember wonderful players like Walter Payton, John Riggins, Dan Marino and John Elway who just captivated me with their skills. Their striving towards excellence gave their teams a lot of con:idence and brought noteworthy successes. The legendary Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” He also maintained that ‘Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.’ For almost two years, we have been renovating the church at Erin and pursuing a dream for the future. It hasn’t been easy – these are tough economic and theological times – but we have accomplished amazing things. We’re now into the last quarter of our rebuilding and we’re heading towards the winning end zone of this whole project. What we’ve done has involved a lot of patience and perseverance, faith and vision. When the work in the Sanctuary is completed this year, we will have a church place with a great potential for future ministries and missions that will see our church become a more effective vehicle for the Gospel in our community and across the world. Many people in our church have given a lot of time, talents, and money to support the work that’s going on. Others have not had or not taken that wonderful opportunity. As this last phase deals with the Sanctuary, it provides everybody with an ideal opportunity to give speci:ically to the most sacred area on the church campus. As Paul wrote in Hebrews, ‘let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ To us at Erin today, this could be written ‘let’s ful:ill the vision God has given us.’ May God be with and bless us all.


Moving Furniture, Moving Mountains.

BIRTHDAYS Feb 2 — Ginger Thompson Feb 4 — Julie Blanchard Feb 5 — Randy Bishop Feb 6 — Neill Murphy Feb 7 — Sonja Funk Feb 8 — Betty McHargue Feb 10 — Rob Lynch Feb 11 — Joshua Getz Feb 13 — Dan Gibbs Feb 14 — Bette Brasher Feb 17 — Janet Getz Feb 17 — John Lamson Feb 17 — David McKay Feb 19 — Marc Miller Feb 19 — Cecilia Stinnett Feb 20 — Anna McKay Feb 21 — Ashley Coke Feb 22 — Gant Dunaway Feb 24 — McLain Miller Feb 24 — Craig Stapleton Feb 27 — Mike Cate Feb 27 — Bob Luedeka Feb 27 — Aaron Sharp Feb 28 — Harter Crisp Feb 28 — Robbie Levering Feb 28 — Gaevin Miller

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Elizabeth Snodgrass Elizabeth Snodgrass is very excited to join the Erin staff as Youth Director! Born and raised in Knoxville, she graduated from Middle Tennessee State with a degree in organizational communications. After moving back to Knoxville to be closer to her family, she returned to Erin, where she also participates in the choir and handbell ensemble. During the week, she works at Connor's Steak & Seafood as a server and manager. Elizabeth loves creative arts, having spent several years Involved with high school marching band, color guard, and dance programs. In her free time, she loves to bake, listen to music, and watch silly movies. She's really excited about helping the middle and high school students as they grow as Christians and adults. The youth will be actively participating in service and fellowship activities each month, in addition to weekly Bible study and fellowship. First up is Souper Bowl Sunday, along with trips to John Knox and Gatlinburg!

Erin Presbyterian Church has been involved with the Compassion Coalition Furniture Ministry for many years, starting when the warehouse was located behind Cokesbury in west Knoxville. I don’t remember who at Erin :irst organized our team, but I do remember the fellowship we enjoyed with the volunteers from CC and with other church teams. I was attracted by the opportunity to carry out a “hands on” ministry, which had an immediate impact on people in our own community. This was a service to God’s people that we could share with our children, who often joined us in our trips to pick up and deliver furniture. One of the special parts of this ministry is that we are regularly invited into people’s homes and often learned about their challenges and joys, as we moved furniture in and out, helped set up beds and hooked up washing machines. I learned that people in need live all over our county and that in some cases, like the Hurricane Katrina refugees, included people who had never expected they would ever need help. I was also touched to see how often furniture donations came from people in modest homes, who perhaps appreciate the needs of the community better than those in more af:luent neighborhoods. It’s been a gratifying experience to serve God by donating our time and sweat to help individuals, rather than just by donating our money to people we’ll never meet. ~Larry Mckay, Outreach Team *The next Furniture Ministry is on February 18th at 8:30 a.m. We’d love to see you there!

A Christian author named Leo Buscaglia wrote a book called, Living, Loving, and Leaving a Legacy. The author says that God put every one of us here to live, to love and to leave a legacy. It is through our giving that we make love visible, and when we give boldly and live life to its fullest, we leave a legacy. It was Winston Churchill who said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." What will our legacy be? Will we give boldly and make a life that is really life? Let us now give God's tithes and our offerings.

GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET ProďŹ t & Loss Year-to-Date Comparison (Through January 27, 2012)

Jan 1 - Jan 27, 12

Jan 1 - Jan 27, 11

Income Creative Exp. Income Discipleship Income Fellowship Income Stewardship Income Memorial Income Outreach Income Offerings PW Income

0.00 0.00 436.00 0.00 75.00 0.00 20,971.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 420.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,820.16 0.00

Total Income



1,401.08 741.65 931.99 1,110.54 678.50 6,420.65 164.09 9,617.28 0.00 0.00 0.00

921.18 4,060.15 600.00 330.12 0.00 10,052.31 19.99 9,273.10 1,112.60 47.97 0.00





Expense Creative Expressions Property Team Discipleship Team Fellowship Team Outreach Team Stewardship Team Worship Team Pastoral Ministry Memorial Expenses Session PW Expenses

Total Expense

Net Income


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Profit & Loss Report (Through January 27, 2012)

Through Jan 27, 2012 Income 40000 · Capital Campaign 82,199.04

41800 · Non-Pledged Giving


41900 · Pledges


45000 · Memorials


Total Income Expense 60000 · Expenses


60100 · Administrative

97,981.31 137,716.84

60200 · Building and Property Security Total Expense


Net Income

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: Statement of Cash Flow (Through January 27, 2012 Through Jan 27, 2012 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net Income 20000 · Accounts Payable Net cash provided by Operating Activities

877,051.38 52,349.35 929,400.73

INVESTING ACTIVITIES 13001 · Building 13002 · Kitchen

-1,323,248.35 -30,932.20

Net cash provided by Investing Activities


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


485,238.82 485,238.82 60,459.00 60,459.00

Breadbreakers Dinner Our next dinner is Saturday, February 18 at 6:30 pm. Please call Suzanne Levering at 766-0909 for location information or to host an upcoming dinner.

The Pastor’s Art

Let’s Do Dinner! Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5:15 pm Outback Steakhouse Peters Road Contact Mary Scarbrough at 691-8658

FLOWERS The 2012 Flower Calendar is now posted in the Narthex. Church Members may sign up to sponsor the :lowers for a particular Sunday. Consider sponsoring :lowers in celebration of a special occasion, or in honor of/in memory of a loved one. The cost for a standard arrangement is $25.00. To do so, you may write your name in an un-occupied space on the calendar, and the administrator will contact you to obtain your information.

A number of people have expressed a lot of interest in the pastor’s unique art. People from all over the United States are purchasing his limited edition signed prints. If you would like to see his latest drawings online, just visit his art website at: ____________________________ Sunday school Connections Class

Please join us for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner in the Fellowship Hall on February 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm!

February 11 at 8:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall FIRST FRIDAY GAME NIGHT! February 3rd, 7 pm Fellowship Hall Join us for First Friday Game Night this Friday. 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 of:ice by Wednesday to request Nursery Care.

Most Sundays, the pastor teaches a Sunday school class before worship in the Noah’s Ark room of the education wing. The class starts at 9:45AM and 0inishes around 10:30AM. Each month, a different topic is presented and discussed. Participants are asked to bring along their Bibles and are encouraged to ask questions, share their Ideas, and exchange their opinions. The theme for February is “Prayer Changes Things.” Prayer is an essential ingredient of our Christian faith, but some people 0ind it hard to pray. This short series discusses different types of prayers, as well as focusing on how and what to pray for. Feb 5 Adoration Feb 12 Confession Feb 19 Intercession Feb 26 Healing Everyone needs prayer…and everyone is welcome to attend these classes. Come and join us!


FEBRUARY 5, 2012 Erin Presbyterian Church Knoxville FISH Hospitality Pantries

Souper Bowl Sunday is coming up soon! Get ready to tackle hunger with the Erin Youth as they take donations after the church service on February 5th. All donations will go to support the Knoxville FISH Hospitality Pantries.

FISH Hospitality Pantries (a.k.a. Hospitality Pantries, Inc.) operates four pantries in East, South, Northwest and West Knoxville. They currently provide food to more than 11,000 families every month. FISH focuses on what more can be done to help ensure that everyone gets enough to eat. In Knox County 57,000 people live in poverty -- more than 25% of them are children. Thousands of other families live near the poverty line and struggle for the basic necessities of live. The number of families who come to our pantries has more than doubled in the last two years. 6

February 2012 SUNDAY







5 Worship, Nursery, & Planet Worship 11:00 am

6 AA 7:30 pm

7 Let’s Do Dinner 5:15 pm

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Body Recall 4:00 pm

9 MOPS 9:15 am

3 Game Night 7:00 pm

11 Men’s Breakfast 8:30 am

13 PW Circle IV 7:00 pm

Friendship Force 6:30 pm

Handchimes 5:00 pm

16 SAM Council 10:30 am

3, 10, 17, 24 Bulle0n Team 10:00 am

Discipleship, Fellowship, & Property Team Mee0ngs 7:00 pm

Chess Club 5:00 pm

18 Furniture Ministry 8:30 am

SAM Lunch 12:00 pm

Body Recall 4:00 pm

Session 7:00 pm

AA 8:00 pm

Communion & Peacemaking 11:00 am CEX Team 12:30 pm Outreach Team 12:30 pm Personnel Team 4:00 pm Souper Bowl Sunday! 12pm-3pm 5, 12, 19, 26 SS & Nursery 9:30 am

20 Newsle(er Deadline 6, 13, 20, 27 Body Recall 4:00 pm

14 PW Circle II 10:00 am Staff Mee0ng 6:15 pm Stewardship Mee0ng 7:00 pm

(Pastor-led SS at 9:45 am)

21 Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner 5:45 pm

Worship, Nursery, & Planet Worship 11:00 am

28 Worship Team Mee0ng 7:00 pm

Wednesday Night Dinner (No WND on 22nd) 5:45 pm Adult Handbells 6:30 pm

23 MOPS 9:15 am

Breadbreakers 6:30 pm 25 Sonshine Co. 10:00 am

SonShine Co. 6:30 pm Pioneer Club 6:30 pm Oasis Bible Study 6:45 pm Choir 7:30 pm

DaySpring 3:00 pm Journey 7 4:00 pm EPC Youth Middle School 5:00 pm Such Is The Kingdom 5:00 pm EPC Youth High School 7:00 pm Erin Express 7:30 pm 7

The Nursery, Bulletin Team, and Planet Worship are very short on current volunteers. If you would like to be included in the volunteer pool for any of these valuable ministries, please email Thank you!

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



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

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