871st Gathering: Singing for a Change
Gathering 224th OGA Hosted in Baltimore
Order of the Day
Ferguson Scholarship Deadline
Towson PC Hosts Dr. Mary Bringle at Hymn Fest
Catonsville Concerts at 3: Quintaero: French Chamber Music in Concert
West Side Ministry Group: Neighborhood Workshop
Free Saxophone Concert at Faith
Knox seeks Church Administrator
1st of Cumberland seeks Director of Music Ministry
World Refugee Day - Join the Movement!
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 25
Investment Advisory Committee
will meet at 9am on May 11
Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm Wednesday, May 11
Commission on Spiritual Leader Development
will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7
Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on May 25
Commission on Thriving Congregations meets at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17
The Bay Area Disciples MG
will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Ark and Dove PC.
will meet at 2:30pm on Wednesday, May 18 in the library of Hunting Ridge PC
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. We have now received $148,507 in pledges. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen.
Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
Havre de Grace
Prince of Peace
Clerks of Sessions
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church,
North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air
Please join the
David C. Harris and the cong
First & Franklin Presbyteri
an Church as they celebrate his retirement and the conclusion of his interim pastorate at a 10:30am worship on Sunday, May 22, followed by a reception.
If your car isn't running properly -- or running at all --
wouldn't you like to know that the mechanic has been trained to diagnose the problem accurately and efficiently? Everyone, from tax preparers and mechanics to doctors and surgeons, needs to receive ongoing and informed training to do their job well. So why should it be any different for those who are responsible for the financial matters in your church?
Ministry is what church is all about, but it can't happen effectively if finances collapse. Many effective ministries have been minimized or closed because of poor financial decisions. Good decisions require good information, and providing staff with adequate training about church finance will help ensure such information is available. Here are some key elements to consider:
Some churches still use handwritten spreadsheets. Whether you have a small church or a large, complex ministry -- employing
inexpensive basic accounting software can minimize errors and speed up various processes such as bank reconciliations.
Internal Controls -
Policies and procedures serve to protect the church as well as individuals such as pastors, staff, volunteers and church members. Train staff or volunteers on the operations of the accounting department, policies and internal controls. It is also beneficial to have someone help you consider your operations' potential weaknesses.
Regulatory Environment -
New regulations are created frequently. These are often related to employment matters, and failure to comply could result in significant fines or penalties. The individuals responsible for these matters in your church should receive training to stay current and compliant.
Training Resources -
There are a variety of methods you can use to provide training to your staff, including low-cost webinars and online training classes. Some college education options are still beneficial for those involved in accounting for a church. You can also obtain practical hands-on training by networking with others in similar positions, being mentored by more seasoned professionals or investing in training from consultants or accountants who specialize in the nonprofit arena.
Focused, effective training can often be done in small increments of time over a longer period.
Training usually makes it into the initial budget, but it is one of the first items cut when expenses need to be trimmed. Remember the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? Training is prevention. It prevents frustration, burnout, errors, and poor decisions. Invest not only in your church's ministry, but also in the
people and processes that are so important to its success.
Training resources are available from the
Church Law & Tax Store
This article was adapted from "H
ow to Train Church Finance Department Workers" written by Vonna Laue, Church Law & Tax, April 2016. Read the full article here. Vonna Laue is an editorial advisor with Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Team. She has published articles in national publications and is the co-author of the book Essential Guide to Church Finances (Christianity Today, 2009).
Presbytery . . . and the Wider Church
The Presbytery of Baltimore will come together for the 871st Gathering , "Singing for a Change," on May 14 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Joppa. Registration begins at 9am. For details, click Gathering.
is coming to Baltimore in four years:
224 PCUSA General Assembly!
The bi-annual assembly will bring thousands of Presbyterians to Baltimore and it is OUR job to be the "hosts with the most," providing hospitality, arranging transportation, gathering the hundreds of volunteers needed, offering side trips to local and regional attractions . . . you get the picture.
If YOU are interested or if you know someone you think might be good, especially those with great organizational skills and creative planners, please email your name and contact information to
"Order of the Day"
will be held 4pm on Thursday, May 19, at Ryleigh's Oyster (22 Padonia Rd., Hunt Valley). Pastors, join your colleagues in ministry for a refreshing beverage and some good old fashioned fellowship. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and strengthen the ties that bind us together.
The deadline to apply for the Robert F & Rosa M. Ferguson Scholarship is May 15. This $5,000 Scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving high school students who wish to further their education at an accredited college or university. Select application by clicking
here; and, send to D
ebbie Schmidt at the presbytery office: 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Balto. MD, 21239.
Towson Presbyterian Church
Dr. Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle
weekend of music and learning
May 13-15. Dr. Bringle will be featured as theologian and hymn writer in a Hymn Festival that begins at 7:30pm. for details, click
Towson Hymn Festival
Catonsville Concerts at 3
Quintaero on May 15, 2016
. This talented woodwind quintet will present a concert of French chamber music at
Catonsville Presbyterian Church
. The concert begins at 3 pm and is free to the general public. For more information, call 410.747.6180.
Catonsville Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian of Howard County will join together at 6:30pm pm Thursday, May 26 for a dinner and workshop entitled Engaging in Your Neighborhood: How Your Congregation Can Get to Know Your Neighbors and Get Involved in Your Local Community. All West Side Story churches are invited to participate.
Faith Presbyterian Church is hosting a free saxophone concert featuring Seychelle Dunn-Corbin (saxophone) and Lucia Del Guerzo (piano) at 4pm on Sunday May 15 in the church sanctuary.
Knox Presbyterian Church
. For a job description and salary information.