July 31, 2017
Inside this Edition

Last Reading, This Year, of Church Rolls & Minutes 

Stewardship Kaleidoscope Scholarships 

Planning Calendars

Springfield PC Hosts Ronn McFarlane, Lute Musician

Mt. Paran PC Health Fair 

Mt. Paran PC Praise Festival 

Board of Pensions Seminars on Retirement and Clergy Finances

Presbyterian Mission Agency Seeks Executive Director

1001 New Worshipping Communities Regional Training 

American Heart Association Training and Equipment for Churches 

PCUSA Recommended Minimums for Church Insurance Coverage 

EQ/HR Five Day Workshop 
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Aug. 2
Transitions Team will meet at 11am on Thursday, Aug. 3

Credentials Team will meet a 10am on Monday, Aug. 14

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Aug. 23

Gathering Team will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Aug 23

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on August 23

GA Search Committee Review will meet at 9am on Friday, Aug. 25

GA-224 Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 30

Praise & Prayer
Please pray for Elder John Lawson, a member of Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church, who is battling a recurrence of cancer. He is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Agnes Hospital.  For many years, John has served as the chair of the Presbytery of Baltimore's Property and Loan Committee.

And, praise God for the ministry of TE David Norse , who has accepted a call to serve at Maryland Presbyterian Church effective Sept. 18; and, TE Aaron Frank who has concluded his ministry at Hope Presbyterian Church and is moving with his family to New York.  
Christ Our Anchor Focuses Mission on Mental Health

The mental health needs of family, friends and others within the community weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of Sunday worshippers at Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church in Anne Arundel County. "When we listen in on the joys and concerns we hear so much about mental health and addiction.  And, in listening to our surrounding community of all ages, what we hear over and over again is that one of the great unmet needs is in the area of mental health and addiction," said Rev. Jessica Lowry, pastor of Christ Our Anchor (COA).

According to the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, one in five county residents suffers from some form of mental illness. For many families, coping with mental health issues and addiction requires a sense of resilience - the sort of resilience often found through one's faith. "That's why this cause is so important to all of us who believe in hope," Rev. Lowry said. 

"We think the church could be a great witness in these areas by getting more involved. Many of our churches engage in obvious mission projects such as homelessness and hunger. I'm not saying that these things are not important - it's just that there are other needs just as prevalent in the community that people are talking about," she added.

In an effort to broaden its vision for mission, COA is planning two events to address mental health issues in the community.  The first event, a presentation on Resilience and Mental Health led by staff from the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, will be held 6:30pm on Monday, Aug. 8. Presenters will offer guidance to help individuals build toward better mental health and stability, regardless of their diagnosis. The presentation will also offer insight, from a positive and hopeful perspective, about the resilience of children and young people. All are welcomed; however, due to limited seating, attendees must RSVP Rev. Lowry at pastorcoapc@gmail.com by Aug. 24. Click www.mindresilience.org to learn more.

In a second mission effort, COA's has formed a team to participate in the annual  Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide awareness on Saturday, Sept. 16. The walk is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to people with mental disorders and understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Anne Arundel County, according to Mental Health officials. 

To join COA's team for the Out Of Darkness Walk or donate to the cause, click here to visit the church's event webpage.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

Last Reading of the Rolls & Minutes:  a final meeting this year to review church rolls and minutes will be held 7pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. Clerks who were unable to attend any of the May-June meetings should email the   statedclerk@baltimorepresbytery.org to reserve a place a this last meting of the year.


The  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL. from Sept. 25-27.  The Commission on  Thriving Congregations -Stewardship Ministry has a limited number of scholarships  available to reimburse registration costs on a first come first serve basis. Early registration $250 ends August 1st. Maintain documentation for reimbursement upon your return.  Contact  CRE Ledonia Kimball , 410.448.9164  ledoniak@yahoo.com  with your request. Within 75 days upon your return, submit a brief written description of how the scholarship helps the recipient support the Presbytery.

The Presbytery of Baltimore has a limited amount of 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendars for purchase at a cost of  $9 each. 
If interested, email  WandaMorgan
First-come, First-served. 

Springfield Presbyterian Church is presents  Grammy-nominated musician Ronn McFarlane in a free concert at 3pm on Sunday, Aug. 13. McFarlane imagines a future for the lute that builds on its magnificent music of the Elizabethan era as well as tunes from Scotland, Ireland and Italy. E njoy an afternoon of music, friends and good food.  For details, click here or call Linda Caviglia at 410.746.1221.

Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church will host a Free Health Fair from 10:30am to 2pm on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will feature health screening  and a panel of doctors and nurses to address general health concerns. Click Health Fair for details.

Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church will also host a Christian Praise Festival from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, Aug. 19. Join the congregation for great food, fun and fellowship. For details, click Praise Festival .


The Presbyterian Board of Pensions is planning two seminars: (1) the first, entitled Growing into Retirement Tomorrow . . . Today provides guidance to those considering retirement in 15 years; the second, entitled Render Unto Caesareducates church staff and clergy about structuring cost-effective Terms of Call and clarifies clergy tax issues.  Read the full workshop descriptions here. If interested in attending, email Martha H. Reisner, BoP Church Consultant or call 215.587.7049.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency, an agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking an Executive Director. The position is located at PC(USA)'s Louisville, KY, headquarters. The Leadership Profile, with details about the Mission Agency and the opportunity, can be located at  www.BoardWalkConsulting.com or this link- http://bit.ly/PMAExecDirector.

1001 New Worshipping Communities is excited to bring a Regional training event to the Northeast (Sterling, VA) on Sept. 23. It is a free event and lunch will be provided for participants. Our goal is to not only provide training for 1001 leaders but to also resource congregations on what we have learned from the field. Click 1001 New Worshipping Communities for more information.

Heart To Beat now offers congregations  American Heart Association Heartsaver training as well as used and refurbished AED sales and support with annual inspections.  Discount pricing for churches is available same day and is based off of the participant size. This certification is valid for a two year period. Visit  www.hearttobeatllc.com.

Does your Insurance coverage meet the PCUSA Recommended Minimum Standards? For  details, please contact Linda A. Senez, CPCU ( 443.345.1055 office / 410.409.5154 cell) Click here to learn more

A conference on Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills (EQ/HR-5) will be held Sept. 18-22 at 
at Claggett Episcopal conference center near Frederick, Md. Click here to register.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator
William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center