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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are Caregivers … God is the Cure Giver

Stephen MinistryThe Stephen Ministry is a confidential, lay-caring ministry grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Those who are hurting receive love and support through one-to-one caring relationships.  The ministry is named after Stephen, one of the first deacons in the early Christian church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the needs of people in the Christian community. Stephen Ministry was founded in St. Louis in 1975 by Kenneth Haugk, a Minister and Christian psychologist who recognized the need to extend the care that a Minister alone could provide. Millions of hurting individuals worldwide have since benefited from the ministrations of Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Ministry was initiated at Farragut Presbyterian Church in 2003 in response to a perceived need for extension of Pastoral care beyond what the ministers themselves could manage. It is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Lee Jameson Filston, R.N., M.Div. in recognition of her lifelong dedication of service as children’s oncology nurse, grief counselor, hospital chaplain and Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA. Funds donated in her memory from friends throughout the country were used to fund the Stephen Ministry program here.

Everyone goes through difficult times.   Having someone to walk with, to care, to listen, to share God’s love is what Stephen Ministry is all about.  Stephen Ministers provide this Christian care giving to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge.  Stephen Ministry helps Ministers enhance caring ministry by ensuring that quality follow-up care is available for as long as it is needed.  In addition to the usual Stephen Minister duties, the Farragut Presbyterian Stephen Ministers also perform hospital visits on a weekly/regular basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need lay caregivers when there are Ministers, counselors, and other mental health professionals?

The need for professional care providers will always be required in certain situations; and, as part of their training, Stephen Ministers are taught to recognize and respect a possible need for referral. Professional Counselors have received special training in mental health and intervention. Stephen Ministers are equipped to listen, care, and spiritually “walk with” their care receivers. Since Stephen Ministers are caregivers, not counselors, they do not work in situations that require the skills of a trained helping professional. In some circumstances, Stephen Ministers will provide care to a person who is already involved with a professional, but only with that professional’s knowledge and permission

What Does a Stephen Minister Do?

  • Meets regularly with the care receiver.
  • Prays with and for the care receiver.
  • Listens carefully and intently.
  • Acts as a sounding board.
  • Provides feedback as the care receiver explores feelings and thoughts.
  • Helps with direction to resources.
  • Encourages and comforts.
  • Accepts where the care receiver is on his/her journey.

What about confidentiality?

Stephen Ministers are thoroughly trained to recognize and respect the importance of confidentiality and how to ensure it is maintained.

How do you know if a person would benefit from having a Stephen Minister?

Most people who are going through any difficult time in life and who do not need professional help (doctor, counselor, therapist) would most likely benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister.

How Can I Refer Someone to Stephen Ministry?

  1. Identify someone who is hurting and in need of Christian care (you, a friend, or a relative).
  2. You, a friend or relative contacts a Stephen Minister, Minister, or the church office about this need.
  3.  The Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator will meet with this person to talk about the Stephen Ministry program.

Our Stephen Minister Referral Coordinators are Deena Ramey and John Montgomery.

How Can I Become Involved?

  • Pray daily for Stephen Ministry
  • Make referrals to Stephen Ministry
  • Inquire about becoming a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministers and Leaders at Farragut Presbyterian Church

Pam Bradshaw Jo McElhaney Deena Ramey*
Lucy Fleming Irma McGuffey Joanie Scheuer
Faye Greenlaw Gale Montgomery Becky Thomason*
Sharon Koch* John Montgomery Patricia Watson
Ken Ladrach Liz Preston

* FPC’s Stephen Leaders

Contacts

Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister, or do you know someone – perhaps a friend, coworker, or relative – who would benefit from a Stephen Minister?  Are you interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister?  If so, then talk with a Minister or Stephen Leader or call the church office, (865) 966-9547 or fpc@tds.net.

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Events on June 1, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 1, 2017 - 4:45 pm
  • TVP rehearsal/Rm A, Sanc, Narthex
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 1, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Description: Dr. Angie Batey is contact person./dz
  • Thursday Night Bible Study/Wilson Home
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 1, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 11720 N Williamsburg Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Elizabeth Wilson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 2, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 2, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • TVP rehearsal/FH, Rm A, Narthex
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 2, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Description: Dr. Angie Batey is contact person./dz
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Events on June 3, 2017
  • TVP rehearsal/FH, Rm A, Narthex
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: June 3, 2017 - 5:00 pm
    Description: Dr. Angie Batey is contact person./dz
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Events on June 4, 2017
  • Day of Pentecost
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 5, 2017 - 12:00 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 9:30 am
  • Fellowship Comm/FH
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 10:30 am
  • Sunday School
    Starts: 9:45 am
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • VBS Setup/Entire Church
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Katina Sharp is contact person./dz
  • SMSG/Parlor
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 6:30 pm
  • String Orchestra Rehearsal/Rm A
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 5:45 pm
    Description: contact person is Katina Sharp (865)742-2292 or KatinaSharp@aol.com./dz
  • Middle School Youth Group-Room D
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Events on June 5, 2017
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Hero Central"
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: 9:00 a.m. to noon every day.
  • BS 444 PLC/A, 2
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 5, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Events on June 6, 2017
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Hero Central"
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: 9:00 a.m. to noon every day.
  • Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group/Parlor
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 6, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Description: Joanie/Beth/Sharon are contacts./dz
  • NMD/B; OC/ Rm A
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 6, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Description: Worship & Music/A
    New Member Development/B
    Fellowship/YR
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Events on June 7, 2017
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Hero Central"
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: 9:00 a.m. to noon every day.
  • Prayer at Panera
    Starts: 7:30 am
    Ends: June 7, 2017 - 8:30 am
  • SMSG/Cancelled
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • Chancel Choir/Room A
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 7, 2017 - 8:30 pm
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Events on June 8, 2017
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Hero Central"
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: 9:00 a.m. to noon every day.
  • Rockers/Mimi's Cafe
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: June 8, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Mimi's Cafe, 10945 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Gloria Purjet is contact person./dz
  • Thursday Night Bible Study/Wilson Home
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 8, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 11720 N Williamsburg Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Elizabeth Wilson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 9, 2017
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Hero Central"
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: 9:00 a.m. to noon every day.
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Events on June 10, 2017
  • Rockers/Abuelos Mexican Restaurant, Turkey Creek
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 10, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant - Knoxville, The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, 11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Irene and Dave Rice are contacts./dz
    Dessert at Jan and Jerry Seiler's home.
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Events on June 11, 2017
  • Worship
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 9:30 am
  • Sunday School
    Starts: 9:45 am
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • Old Fashioned Picnic/FH
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Attendees bring desserts; Fellowship Committee provides the meal. Betsy Henderson is contact person./dz New members from this past year that joined will be honored. New directories to be delivered./dz
  • String Orchestra Rehearsal/Rm A
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 5:45 pm
    Description: contact person is Katina Sharp (865)742-2292 or KatinaSharp@aol.com./dz
  • Middle School Youth Group-Room D
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 11, 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Events on June 12, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 12, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Lectio Divina/Parlor
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 12, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • CEP Committee/Room 2
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm
  • Adult Line Dancing Classes/FH
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 12, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Description: Chuck Stuewe is contact person./dz
    This is an intermediate adult line dance class.
    Sorry, no childcare is available.
  • CE/Library
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 12, 2017 - 8:00 pm
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Events on June 13, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • PWC #1/Patricia Watson home
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • PWC #2/Library
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: childcare available. Michelle Henry is instructor./dz
  • Personnel/Parlor
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 8:00 pm
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Events on June 14, 2017
  • Prayer at Panera
    Starts: 7:30 am
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 8:30 am
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person.
    No childcare available./dz
  • PWC #3/Library
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: michelle henry is contact person./dz
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Events on June 15, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 15, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 15, 2017 - 4:45 pm
  • Thursday Night Bible Study/Wilson Home
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 15, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 11720 N Williamsburg Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Elizabeth Wilson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 16, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 16, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • BS Troop #912 overnight/FH, Kitchen
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 17, 2017 - 9:00 am
    Description: 6 boys, 2 adults on their way from Fairfield, OH to the Florida Keys. Darrell Sparks/David Metz are contact persons./dz
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Events on June 17, 2017
  • BS Troop #912 overnight/FH, Kitchen
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 17, 2017 - 9:00 am
    Description: 6 boys, 2 adults on their way from Fairfield, OH to the Florida Keys. Darrell Sparks/David Metz are contact persons./dz
  • Taiwanese Church/FH
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: June 17, 2017 - 2:00 pm
  • Foodies and Flock Tailgate/Nieman's home
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: June 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm
    Location: 613 E Fox Den Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Everyone will bring a tailgate food item to share. Pat Hickman/Betty Nicholls are contact persons./dz
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Events on June 18, 2017
  • Worship
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 9:30 am
  • Sunday School
    Starts: 9:45 am
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • SMSG/Parlor
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 6:30 pm
  • String Orchestra Rehearsal/Rm A
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 5:45 pm
    Description: contact person is Katina Sharp (865)742-2292 or KatinaSharp@aol.com./dz
  • Middle School Youth Group-Room D
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 18, 2017 - 7:30 pm
19
Events on June 19, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 19, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Lectio Divina/Parlor
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 19, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • Adult Line Dancing Classes/FH
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 19, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Description: Chuck Stuewe is contact person./dz
    This is an intermediate adult line dance class.
    Sorry, no childcare is available.
  • PC/Library
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 19, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Description: Administration/A
    Pastoral Care/B
    Property/2
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Events on June 20, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: childcare available. Michelle Henry is instructor./dz
  • Worship & Music/Rm A
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • Admin/Library
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm
  • BS #444/FH, SS
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm
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Events on June 21, 2017
  • Prayer at Panera
    Starts: 7:30 am
    Ends: June 21, 2017 - 8:30 am
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person.
    No childcare available./dz
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 21, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: michelle henry is contact person./dz
  • SMSG/Library
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 21, 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Events on June 22, 2017
  • Men's Breakfast/Narthex
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 8:00 am
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Clergy Group/Library
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Description: Rev. Matt is contact person./dz
  • West Area Pastors Lunch/Library
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 1:30 pm
    Description: Dana Hendrix/Rev. Matt Nieman are contacts./dz
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 4:45 pm
  • Thursday Night Bible Study/Wilson Home
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 22, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 11720 N Williamsburg Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Elizabeth Wilson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 23, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 23, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Feed the Homeless/VMC
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: June 23, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Description: Meet in church parking lot to carpool downtown. Dee Robinson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 25, 2017
  • PWCT/Library
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 9:30 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 9:30 am
  • Sunday School
    Starts: 9:45 am
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Worship
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • String Orchestra Rehearsal/Rm A
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 5:45 pm
    Description: contact person is Katina Sharp (865)742-2292 or KatinaSharp@aol.com./dz
  • Middle School Youth Group-Room D
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Events on June 26, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 26, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Lectio Divina/Parlor
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: June 26, 2017 - 12:00 pm
  • Adult Line Dancing Classes/FH
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 26, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Description: Chuck Stuewe is contact person./dz
    This is an intermediate adult line dance class.
    Sorry, no childcare is available.
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Events on June 27, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • PET Youth Ministry/Library
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Branham Lovingood is contact person. 423-295-5088./dz
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: childcare available. Michelle Henry is instructor./dz
  • Pack #444/2
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 8:00 pm
  • BS #444/FH, SS
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 8:00 pm
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Events on June 28, 2017
  • Prayer at Panera
    Starts: 7:30 am
    Ends: June 28, 2017 - 8:30 am
  • Zumba Fitness Class/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 28, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person.
    No childcare available./dz
  • Staff Meeting/Library
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: June 28, 2017 - 3:00 pm
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 28, 2017 - 4:45 pm
    Description: michelle henry is contact person./dz
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Events on June 29, 2017
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: June 29, 2017 - 10:00 am
    Description: Michelle Henry is contact person./dz
    shakeyourrumba@gmail.com
    No childcare available.
  • Zumba/FH
    Starts: 3:45 pm
    Ends: June 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm
  • Thursday Night Bible Study/Wilson Home
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 29, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 11720 N Williamsburg Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934, USA
    Description: Elizabeth Wilson is contact person./dz
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Events on June 30, 2017
 

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