Welcome to Christ Church!
Christ Church is a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, part of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.
We are a warm and open community, and we hope that you will be able to visit us in person.
Our mission is "To know Christ and to make Christ known." We come to know Christ in our worship, study, spiritual formation, and fellowship. We seek to make Christ known by active, Spirit-filled ministry in our church, community, and the world.
Our commitment to Christ is growing and bearing fruit in our lives. You are welcome to come and worship with us, and to see if you would like to join us in our mission.
God Bless You,
The Rev. Kim Hobby, Rector
Episcopal News Service
September 12, 2017
Whether it is the pain of the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, or Hurricane Harvey, or Hurricane Irma, or wildfires in the West, or an earthquake in Mexico, there’s been a lot of pain, a lot of suffering and hardship. In times like these, it’s easy to grow weary. It’s easy to be tired. And it’s easy to be downcast, and to give up. What can I do?
There’s a passage in the Book of Hebrews, in the Tenth Chapter, which says this:
Recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and sometimes persecution, and sometimes just being partners with those who were so treated. For you had compassion . . . so do not abandon your confidence; it brings great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what. We can pray. We can give. If possible, we can sign up and go to work. We can pray for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. The areas that have been affected as we pray include the Dioceses of Texas and West Texas, Western Louisiana and parts of Louisiana. We can pray for all of those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. Episcopal dioceses that have been affected include the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Southeast Florida and Southwest Florida and Central Florida and Florida and parts of Georgia and Central Gulf Coast. We can pray for all of the peoples in these areas. We can pray.
And we can give. We can give to the Hurricane Fund of Episcopal Relief & Development, for our donations actually help, they help in strategic ways. They really make a difference. If possible, we can sign up. We can sign up to volunteer through Episcopal Relief & Development, again, all on their web site, we can sign up, and when there are volunteer opportunities, we can know about those and possibly participate.
We can’t do everything, but we can do something. We can pray. We can give. We can go to work. The one thing we cannot do, is to quit. The truth is, we don’t do it alone. Jesus in the Great Commission, said after calling His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, He ended that Commission by saying, “And remember, I am with you always.”
In the Presiding Bishop’s Office, there is a crucifix that has Jesus sacrificing His life for the cause of love on the cross. It’s a different kind of crucifix. On this one, the artist has sculpted Jesus on the cross, dying as an act of love, but even more than that, holding someone, someone deeply in need, that this Jesus who sacrifices and gives His life, gives His life for us, and for all who are in need. That’s the Lord we follow who has been raised from the dead. And we are not alone.
God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in the hollow of those Almighty hands. Amen.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Anglican News Service
September 12, 2017
The Office of the General Assembly (OGA) announced the hiring of two well-known Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders to staff positions in its newly-reconfigured Mid Council Ministries area.
Laurie Griffith, currently OGA’s manager of judicial process and social witness policy, will assume a new role as Associate Director for Constitutional Interpretation.
The Rev. Tricia Dykers Koenig will be the new Associate Director for Mid Council Relations. Both will start their new jobs on September 18.
“For both positions we had excellent candidates and are heartened that our church has such fine leadership across the country,” noted Kerry Rice, OGA’s deputy stated clerk.
Griffith is expected to be “an articulate interpreter of theology grounded in Scripture and the Reformed tradition as reflected in the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions,” Rice said. In addition to providing support to those that have constitutional questions, the Associate Director will also manage a “constitutional table” made up of other OGA staff who often answer constitutional questions so that responses to constitutional queries from around the church will be consistent and coordinated.
Dykers Koenig will be expected to enable strong and effective communication and common ministry between mid councils, OGA and other PC(USA) agencies. In addition, she will be charged to put put her community organizing skills to work to connect mid council leaders with skills, resources and each other in order to strengthen leadership across the church.
Griffith, a PC(USA) ruling elder, has served in OGA since 2002, In addition to her work in constitutional services, she has straddled the church and secular worlds, providing advice and counsel about Presbyterian polity, order and history in secular litigation and to secular attorneys who have represented the church. She is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and attended two years at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Dykers Koenig, a graduate of Duke University and McCormick Theological Seminary, has served two pastorates and for the past 17 years has served as national organizer for the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which for 20 years has sought “to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ … by furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons and working for the unity of the PC(USA).”
General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II said, “I am confident that the Lord has guided us in the process of hiring new leadership for the Office of General Assembly. Twenty-first Century ministry requires us to focus on transforming the work of the whole Church. I believe that each one of our new leaders has a proven track record of both understanding and engaging ecclesiastical reform.”
Nelson reaffirmed the value of Mid Councils in the PC(USA). “Our initial challenge in this period is to strengthen Mid-Councils in an effort to resource and train congregations for growth and ministry impact,” he said. “Church Leaders and congregations must develop an ability to engage the seminary, sanctuary and streets to be effective in this global age.”
Two OGA searches are continuing: for a Director for Mid Council Ministries and for a Manager of Call Process Support.