Last Reading, This Year, of Church Rolls & Minutes
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Scholarships
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
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
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
by Aug. 24. Click
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,
to visit the church's event webpage.
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
First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.
Clerks who were unable to attend any of the May-June meetings should email the
to reserve a place a this last meting of the year.
STEWARDSHIP KALEIDOSCOPE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
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.
CRE Ledonia Kimball
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
If interested, email
Springfield Presbyterian Church
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
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
Presbyterian Board of Pensions
: (1) the first, entitled
Growing into Retirement Tomorrow . . . Today
provides guidance to those
considering retirement in 15 years; the second, entitled Render Unto Caesar, educates 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.
Presbyterian Mission Agency
, an agency of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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
or this link-
1001 New Worshipping Communities
is excited to bring a
event to the Northeast
(Sterling, VA) on Sept. 23
. It is a
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
Does your Insurance coverage meet the PCUSA Recommended Minimum Standards?
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
Jacqueline E. Taylor General Presbyter
William Nickels III
Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Dir. of Communications
Ministry Group Staff