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

September 2012

A Message From The Pastor 3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is geƫng along well. Dear Friends, Mon Sept 3 Labor Day Holiday Church Of ice Closed Tues Sept 4 Let’s Do Dinner Parkside Grill 5:15pm Wed Sept 5 Wed Night Dinner 5:45pm Fri Sept 7 Family Game Night 7:00pm Sat Sept 8 Men’s Breakfast 8:30am Sat Sept 8 PW Fall Gathering 10:30am Wed Sept 26 WordPlayers 6:30pm

The sanctuary is looking great and sounding fantas c. Last month, we had a wonderful wedding full of guests and I was very proud of how the church appeared. It was a great occasion and a perfect way to introduce our church to the wider community. Later on this month, we get the opportunity Rev. John Stuart to do it all over again when a member of the congrega on gets married at Erin. These are great mes for our wee church and I just want to write a big THANK YOU to all of you. What you have accomplished here will be a blessing to many in the years to come. The last Sunday in September is our Homecoming Sunday. It will be a special service of thanksgiving for all of the work that has been completed. I’d like to encourage you to bring your family and friends to the worship service. I’m calling the day a BASE Sunday – Bring Along Someone Else. If everybody was to invite a rela ve, friend, or neighbor, then we could double our a endance that morning. The hope is that when other folks get to see what we have and do here, they will want to become a part of the growing fellowship at Erin. I know that some of you worry and wonder how to invite someone to church. Here’s a way of helping you using the le ers in the word PRAY. P = Pray for someone specifically before you invite them to church. Ask God to open their hearts and minds to the invita on that you will make, and pray that you will ask them at the right me, with the right words, and in the right manner. If you prayerfully prepare your own heart and mind to the task of asking, you will not be anxious about it. R= Reach Out. At some point, you have to make the invita on vocally. You want to do this naturally and without ar ficially introducing the invita on into any conversa on. Rela ves and friends know who you are, so if you try to insincerely offer an invita on, they will reject it. Talk regularly about being at Erin in small posi ve ways concerning the worship, the programs, the renova ons, and the people. When you give the invita on, let them know how pleased you will be to have them ‘come and see’ what’s going on.

A= Accompany them to church. Offer to give them a li or meet them for coffee/breakfast before church at a predetermined loca on. Driving into a new parking lot or walking through the doors of a church for the first me is a bit daun ng. If you accompany your guests, you will help them to feel at ease much quicker. Sit with them throughout the worship service and leave with them a er church. Thank them for taking the me to come to church. Y= Y do this? The work of the church is to reach out to the local community with the Good News. Your family, friends, and neighbors are only human and they will go through mes of stress, trouble, illness, and crisis. They will need to know that God loves them all of the me and that He is accessible to them in all circumstances. By invi ng them to church, you may be opening a new door of faith, hope, and love for them to experience. I hope that all of this helps you. Please invite people to come to church on Sunday September 30th for our special homecoming and thanksgiving service. It promises to be a remarkable occasion and a wonderful way to open up your loved ones, dear friends, and good neighbors to Jesus Christ. May God bless and be with you all. ~John


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS 6 ······· Joe Jaynes 6 ······· Joshua Stinnett 7 ······· Lydia Foster 7 ······· Donald Quinley 8 ······· Ann Jenkins 12 ····· Estelle Duncan 13 ····· Eva Lynch 16 ····· Jane Ellen Jackson 16 ····· Madeline Stinnett 17 ····· Aiden Lamb 19 ····· Allyson Streckfuss 20 ····· Buster Quinn 20 ····· Jamie Webb 21 ····· Larry McKay 26 ····· Tad Geschickter 26 ····· Apryl Quinn 27 ····· John McKenry 29 ····· Nicole Waters

On Wednesday nights, a er dinner, the pastor will be leading a discussion group in the Heritage room from 6:45-7:30PM. The first mee ng will take place on Wed Sept 5th. At the ini al mee ng, the pastor will be looking for sugges ons with regard to topics, books, and issues that may be useful and suppor ve to our members and guests.

Erin Family Game Night September 7 7:00pm Fellowship Hall We will be playing Mexican Train Dominoes and Hand and Foot! Feel free to bring other games. Popcorn and so drinks will be provided—bring a snack to share!

Wednesday Night Dinners are Back!

Church Of ice Hours Mon - Fri 8:30am—3:00pm

Tired of cooking dinner every night? Never fear, Wednesday Night Dinner will soon be here! Weekly dinners will resume on September 5th. Our wonderful chefs, Dan & Be y, are working hard to prepare a menu of delicious meals for your enjoyment!!

Need to add or change a birthday? Contact the Church Of ice at 588-5350 or admin@erinpresbyterian.org

We do request that you make reserva ons by noon on the preceding Tuesday by calling the Church Office at (865) 588-5350 or comple ng the reserva on form found in the Sunday bulle n.

NEWSLETTER Submissions to “The Beacon” are due on the 20th of each month. Your articles may be submitted by calling 588-5350 or emailing to admin@erinpresbyterian.org .

PRAYER CHAIN

Would you like to receive weekly prayer requests by email, phone, or even text message? Call or email the Church Of ice to sign-up for the communication of your choice!

UPDATE YOUR INFO If your contact information has changed, please call or email the Church Of ice at admin@erinpresbyterian.org to update your information. 2

Wednesday Night Study

On the menu for Sept 5: Poppyseed Chicken Casserole, BuƩered Carrots, Baby Lima Beans, Tossed Salad, Biscuits and Blueberry Pineapple Cream Bars.

The Erin Choir Needs YOU! The choir has resumed weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm in the choir room. Do you have an interest in li ing your voice in praise somewhere other than the shower? Then the Erin Choir is the place for you. Your voice will be welcome in every sec on: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. No formal vocal training is required ... just a willingness to learn. And we welcome all ages, from senior high school students to senior adults! We believe that God is worshipped in many ways. Consequently, the Choir is commi ed to performing a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary. More importantly, we strive to have fun with the music and with each other. In addi on to singing, we share joys and concerns and support one another with prayer and compassion each week. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Please join us and experience it for yourself. ~ Joe Jaynes


Pastor’s Sunday School Class for September Throughout the month of September, Pastor Stuart will be teaching a special 5week class on the Scots’ Confession. This is part of our Presbyterian heritage and is contained in our Book of Confessions. The document was wri en by six Sco sh ministers, including the infamous John Knox, in 1560. It was used by the Sco sh church to secure the work of the Reforma on by maintaining Scotland as a Protestant na on. It arose out of turbulent mes and confronted the various religious philosophies of its day. The work is grounded in an absolute and uncondi onal commitment to the Triune God who creates, sustains, rules, and guides all living things. In our increasingly universalist and secular culture, the Confession speaks to the people of God about their need to have an unwavering devo on to His Holy Word. The Confession is divided into 25 short chapters and the pastor will look at five chapters each week. If you would like a copy of the first five chapters in advance, please pick them up at the church. Copies will be available each Sunday in the document rack next to the church office door.

Fair Food Campaign—Recipe for a Change The PC (USA) Campaign for Fair Food establishes a food ethic. Awareness of how our food is produced, processed, transported and distributed can open our eyes to how our menu choices relate to God’s call to do jus ce and to use wisely the earth’s resources. With the recent opening of Publix and Trader Joe’s here in Knoxville, we have an opportunity to make a choice for jus ce and conserva on! One program that has been leading the way for fair food is the Coali on of Immokalee Workers. This is a collabora ve, working program between farm workers, Florida growers, and willing buyers (i.e., grocery chains) to ensure that Florida tomato pickers have fair wages and working condi ons. Of the major grocery chains, both PUBLIX and KROGER have, for years, refused to join the Fair Food program. TRADER JOE’S and WHOLE FOODS are par cipa ng. There are many ways to support Fair Food and wise use of the earth’s resources: buy local when you can; buy at stores suppor ng the Fair Food program; buy foods in season so they don’t have to be shipped long distances (more to come in future newsle ers). Right now, you can send a message to several supermarket chains encouraging them to join the Fair Food Program. By going to the Interna onal Jus ce Mission (IJM) website’s “Recipe for Change” (www.ijm.org/recipe-for-change), you can quickly send a simple message to the big supermarket chains not yet par cipa ng in the Fair Food program. IJM, supported by the PC(USA) Campaign for Fair Food, has designated Sept. 1 as “Recipe for Change” Na onal Day of Ac on. ~ Outreach Team (Donna Schall)

Eleanor and Hugh Jaynes would like to Thank ALL of the Erin Family for their prayers, love and food during the me of Eleanor’s surgery and recupera on.

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Children’s Sunday School Classes (2012-2013) The Preschool and Elementary Sunday School Classes will be using the PCUSA We Believe Curriculum. All classes will be held in the Family Life Center. The theme of the Preschool curriculum is “We Belong to God.” During the Fall quarter, children will learn the fundamental truth that “I am a child of God, God created me, and God loves me.” Lessons are based on those key Old Testament stories of Crea on, Moses, the Ten Commandments, and Samuel. The Winter quarter focuses on Advent texts to help children prepare for Christ and Christmas and Epiphany texts to encourage them to receive Christ as the shepherds and wise men did. PreK-Kindergarten Class (ages 3 – 5 years old) Teacher: Ms. Stacie Armsworth Room: FLC1 The theme of the Elementary curriculum is Worship. Fall quarter lessons focus on “We Worship God” and include studies of Old Testament texts from Psalms, Exodus, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings. Children will learn how the people of Israel worshiped God and how worship developed through song, prayer, and stewardship. The Winter quarter theme is “We Worship Jesus Christ” and follows the birth narra ve of Jesus through the New Testament. The children also will study the sacrament of bap sm and how the Lord’s Prayer offers a model for our prayers. Lessons con nue through the Spring quarter with the theme “We Worship the Holy Spirit.” 1st – 3rd Grade Class Teacher: Mr. Joe Jaynes Room: FLC4

4th and 5th Grade Class Teacher: Ms. Brooks Eggers Room: FLC3

Pioneer Club Begins Wednesday Sept. 5th 6:30 –7:30 pm Family Life Center Seeking young explorers (4 years old – 5th Grade) for Pioneer Club every Wednesday Night. Join us as we “travel” to different countries and explore other cultures, languages, history, art, and more. In September, we will visit Nepal and go in search of gers, rhinoceroses, and leopards, oh my! We’ll learn a tradi onal Nepalese gree ng, sample exo c spices, and maybe hike Mt. Everest! Contact Joy Bornhoe for more informa on. 4


PW Fall Gathering Monthly Circle Mee ngs Monthly Circle Mee ngs begin again in September Evening Circle: Monday, Sept. 10 at 7pm at the home of Mary Scarbrough. Day Circle: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10am in the church Parlor.

Erin Presbyterian Women will host their Annual Fall Gathering on Saturday, September 8th at 10:30am in the Parlor. Join us for refreshments, fellowship, and an introduc on to this year's Horizon Bible Study: Dispatches to God’s Household – The General Epistles by Nancy Benson-Nicol.

The six books of the New Testament explored in this study—1 and 2 Peter, 1–3 John, and Jude—teach us what it means to live in community and belong to the household of God. A subset of New Testament le ers known as the General Epistles, these le ers were wri en to be shared and read aloud in early Chris an communi es. Meant to inspire and comfort the faithful in first-century Asia Minor, these le ers con nue to speak to us today as we grapple with how to live in community as disciples of Christ. We invite you to the Fall Gathering to learn more about Erin PW, our mission, and Bible study. For more informa on, contact Joy Bornhoe at 207-9122.

PWP Special Invita on Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery (PWP) invite you to a end the Fall Spiritual Retreat. Come to Graystone Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 6 at 9:30am and visit with PW sisters from neighboring churches. We are hos ng Arda Aghazarian our Interna onal peacemaker (see page 6 for more informa on on Arda). And I know all of us want to hear Sharon Carter as she presents the overview of this year’s Horizon bible study tled "Dispatches to God's Household, The General Epistles". As a special gi , Erin will share half the cost of the luncheon of $8.00. so decide today and contact either Joy Bornhoe at the office or Sonja DuBois before Sept. 20, 2012. Transporta on to Graystone can be arranged. See you there!

Let’s Do Dinner When:

Tues, Sept 4 @ 5:15Pm

Where:

Parkside Grill, 338 N. Peters Rd

Contact: Mary Scarbrough 850-5351 Barbara Brazelton 693-3749

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Interna onal Peacemaking Speaker to Visit Our Presbytery is fortunate to have Arda Aghazarian, an Armenian Pales nian Chris an, as our visi ng Interna onal Peacemaker Oct. 6 - 9. The voluntary denomina onal Peacemaking oering supports visits from representa ves of many countries who have been on the front line of peace and jus ce issues. Arda was born and reared in the Old City of Jerusalem and studied at Birzeit University in the West Bank. Inspired to work for human rights and conflict resolu on, she was a producer/presenter for a radio sta on whose aim was to build bridges between Pales nians and Israelis. She is currently the media and advocacy coordinator at the YWCA of Pales ne. In addi on to speaking during the PWP Fall Retreat on Oct. 6, Arda will be speaking at Erin Presbyterian in the Adult Connec ons class on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Erin Welcomes New Members On the last Sunday in August, Erin was delighted to welcome six new members into our congrega on. All of the people had been regularly worshipping with our church for a while. We hope and pray that they will enjoy being a part of our family of faith and that God will help them to encounter and experience new friends in our church. Welcome to:

Gary and Kay Pennington Mike and Lynne Jones Jim and Lori Hudson This brings the number of new members joining our congrega on to Ten (10) people for 2012. Regular a enders to our worship are encouraged to par cipate in our membership classes led by the pastor. If you would like to par cipate in the next membership inquiry class, please contact or talk to the pastor.

Crea ve Expressions Presents The WordPlayers in The Case of the Missing Bodies In this clever piece, playwright Tom Long takes the story of the apostle Peter's escape from jail; puts it into the language and ac on of a Humphrey Bogart detec ve movie; and gives us 45 minutes of comedy with a message. Wednesday, Sept 26 6:30pm

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Tammy Murphy

Larry McKay

Kim Jaynes

David Draper

Diana Chappell

Mike Cate

(Class of 2013)

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COMMUNION SERVERS

Jamie Webb Farrah Linkous

Justin Bornhoeft Brooks Eggers Don Quinley

Elizabeth Snodgrass Erin McCallum Kim Jaynes Joy Bornhoeft

Middle Schooler Staff David Eggers Sean Gahan

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Betty Gibbs

Donna Schall

Mike Cate

Mary Nelle Cate

Stacie Armsworth

Dave Leckie

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Cecilia Stinnett

Kim Pennington

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Keith Stump

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Rob Lynch

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Eva Lynch

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Tammy Murphy

Neill Murphy

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SUNDAY VOLUNTEERS -- SEPTEMBER 2012

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Suzanne Levering

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Anna McKay

September 30

Can you volunteer to fill one of this month's empty spots? Need to "swap" your spot? Contact the church at 588-5350 or admin@erinpresbyterian.org. Or, sign-up on the "Sunday Volunteer" board in the Narthex!


Welcome Erin’s New Church Administrator/Office Manager Please join the Erin Personnel Commi ee in welcoming our new Church Administrator/Office Manager, Joelle Smith. Joelle comes to Erin with over 20 years experience in Office Management and Bookkeeping. She is a former Microso Trainer and a Cer fied QuickBooks User. She has experience in desktop publishing, website design/maintenance and calendar management as well. Joelle has been married to Mike for 16 years and they have 2 beau ful daughters, Lindsey (14) and Megan (11). When she is not at work, Joelle is busy being a volleyball mom and chauffer and volunteering with her girls’ ac vi es. The Smith family lives in Farragut and a ends First Bap st Concord. You can reach Joelle at admin@erinpresbyterian.org or by calling the office.

“Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” ~Andrew Murray

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


Sept 2012 Newsletter