April 16, 2018
Inside this Edition

Register for a Gathering Meal for the 879th Gathering

Presbytery Vacancy: Associate for Congregational Vitality

Clerks' Meeting Schedule

The Center needs Volunteers for a Special Workday

Grace PC Hosting Crab Feast. Get Discount Tickets Now!

Trinity Women's Day Service Featuring Gen. Presbyter Jackie Taylor

Havenwood PC seeks an Interim Organist 

Light Street PC seeks a Communications Director 

Hughes Memorial PC offers Free Tableware 
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
  • Ministry Group Conveners  meet 11am on Wednesday, Apr. 18
  •  COLA meets at 10am   Wednesday, Apr. 18 
  • CPM meets at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 18
  • GA Commissioners meet at 10am on Thursday, Apr. 19
  • Steering Cabinet meets at 1pm on Wednesday Apr. 25
  • Reconciliation meets a 6:30pm on Wednesday, Apr. 25
  • Spiritual Leader Development  meets at 1pm on Wednesday, May 2
  • Committee on Ministry meets at 2pm on Wednesday, May 2
Prayer & Praise 
  • Please pray for TE Christa Burns, Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, as she recuperates from a leg injury.
  • Please pray for TE Neta Pringle, Interim Pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, as she recuperates from a leg injury.  
  • Please Pray for Tawes DeWyngaert, as he recovers following a successful surgery. Mr. DeWyngaert is the husband of TE Susan DeWyngaret, pastor of Woods Presbyterian Church.
  • Please pay for Erik Burris as he recovers following a successful surgery. Mr. Burriss is the husband of TE Carrie Finch Burriss, Pastor of Kenwood Presbyterian Church.  
Participants gathered for the 2018 Pastors' Retreat

by Debbie Ingram Schmidt 
     Associate for Spiritual Leader Development 

On Wednesday, Apr. 11, seventeen clergy from the Presbytery gathered for a 24-hour retreat at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, Md. During their time together, some engaged in centering prayer or spiritual journaling while others practiced yoga or reflected alone. Open Space conversations took place late Wednesday afternoon and a lively game of Taboo rounded out Wednesday evening.
Two facilitators shared their gifts with those in attendance. Cecilia Amaral,
a psychotherapist and Spiritual Director who also offers classes through Well For the Journey in Towson, offered workshops on Centering Prayer  and Spiritual Journaling. Cecilia was also available for personal spiri tual direction during the retreat. The Rev. Kimberly Copeland, offered yoga sessions on both days of the retreat.
A retreat centered on spiritual practice, collegiality, and solitude was a draw for many who came. As one pastor said, it was "a way to make connections with other pastors in the presbytery which there is never time to do at Pres bytery Gatherings."  Some of those who attended reflected on what they found meaningful about their experience together:
"'Being together' and meeting other pastors was indeed the best part, just as I hoped."
"The Open Space discussions with mutual invitation around issues we all face."
"Centering prayer; one-on-one connection with a spiritual director; relationship-building with colleagues."
"Spiritual Direction, yoga, bonding with clergy-I need all three."
If you were not able to attend the retreat, make plans to be there next year! If you would be interested in helping to plan the next retreat, please contact Debbie Schmidt, Associate for Spiritual Leader Development.   

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

TAKE NOTE: The P resbytery of Baltimore  announces the following vacant position: 
   Associate for Congregational Vitality. The Deadline to apply is May, 7, 2018

2018 Schedule of Clerks' Meetings

Date   Time  Church  Location  Facilitator

Sunday, Apr. 29
2pm Good Shepherd PC 22 Joppa Farm Rd. (21085) J. Carlson
Thursday, May 17 7pm Harundale PC 1020 Eastway (21060) J. Carlson
Saturday, May 19 10am Hunting Ridge PC 4640 Edmomdson Ave. (21229) J. Carlson
Monday, June 11 7pm FPC of Howard Co. 9325 Presbyterian Circle (21045) M. Gaut
Saturday, June 30 10am Hancock PC 17 East Main St. (21750) M. Gaut
                                          Register Here

The Center Needs Volunteers!
Volunteers needed! The Center is holding a workday to spruce up its dormitory space for summer mission weeks:  Saturday, May 5, 9am - 2pm.  Some (but not all) tasks will require basic carpentry and/or painting skills.  To sign up, email Sara Clauss at  sara_elaine1977@yahoo.com 


Grace Presbyterian Church is hosting a Crab Feast on July 28 but tickets now available for $55. (The regular price of a ticket is $55.) For additional information call the church, 410.466.4000.

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a special Women's Day service entitled "Celebrating the Gifts of Women: Faithful Women are God's Witness" at 11am on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature General Presbyter, The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Taylor, as guest speaker.  

Havenwood Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Organist to begin employment on or before Apr.  29, with the expectation of providing music and accompaniment for worship services. Click here to view the job description 

Light Street Presbyterian Church is currently seeking a part-time Communications Director to manage communication across a number of different platforms (printed materials, website, and social media).  If interested, please click here to view the job description

Hughes Memorial Presbyterian Church is offering a supply of  tableware free to any church in need.  These dishes are in perfect condition with no chips or cracks: 70 bread plates, 207 dinner plates, and 200 coffee cups. To express interest in receiving the tableware: email  Deborah Gamble.  

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center