868th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore
Granite PC Blessings for Bikers
Mt. Paran PC 300th Anniversary
Churchville PC Family Fun Golf Night
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings & BSO OrchKids at BMPA
Catonsville Concerts at 3: Jazz to Ragtime
Light Street PC Federal Hill Farmers' Market
Light Street PC Fall Community Yard Sale
Cross-Cultural Learning at New Life Korean PC
Woods Mem'l PC New Counseling Groups
Madison Ave. PC Bull Roast
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook seeks Organist/Choir Director
Being the Church in the City Summit
The Center seeks Part Time Administrative
Just Food Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary
PWP Fall Gathering
Health System Transformation
Spanish Language Classes
October is Pastor Appreciation Month
Prayers for Peace in the Middle East
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
will meet 1:30pm on Wednesday,
Ministry Group Conveners Lunch
will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9
BAD Ministry Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6pm at Ark & Dove PC
New Beginnings Event
will be held at noon on Friday, Sept. 11 at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Please pray for TE Terry Schoener's wife, Brenda, as the couple cope with her serious medical condition; and, also pray for the daughter of Craig Palmer, the former Interim General Presbyter, as he and his wife continue to care for their ailing daughter, Laura.
Praise God for the 300th Anniversary of Mt. Paran PC celebrated this month and the 160th Anniversary of Grace PC, which will be celebrated in October.
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.
As of this date $106,880.12 has been received toward the $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry.
Sessions of the following churches
who have already made part or all of their 2015 contribution
Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Christ Our Anchor
Christ Our King
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Prince of Peace
Covenant Clergy Support Groups Starting Fall 2015
by Rev. Dr. Stephen Melton, Pastor
Churchville Presbyterian Church
In my thirty years of ministry, the decision to join a particular clergy
p was one of the best decisions I made. From 2002 to 2010, the secon
d Tuesday of each month, I sat down with eight other mi
ers and shared my life and they shared theirs. I had tried oth
er clergy groups in the past and they left me discouraged, but this one was unique.
We were not there to fix one another, correct theology, or advocate for positions. We came together in the best sense of Christian community. We bore one another in love. We did this primarily by listening and giving one another a place to be brutally honest. In the tradition of a spiritual discernment group, we gathered believing God was there already just waiting for us to s
top the business of our ministry long enough to be ministered to ourselves.
Like you who may be reading this now, I was suspicious of joining any kind of clergy group. I recall a Christian Century article that articulated the resistance. Although ministers often suffer from loneliness, the idea of another meeting is not altogether attractive.
At most clergy gatherings, when pastors report on their ministries, they only skim the surface
and they tend to paint a rosy picture, especially if a denominational executive is present who has influence on pastoral placement. Some personal sharing might go on, but it usually revolves around complaints about workload, the stresses of ministry, the state of the church or the dysfunction of the denomination.
If some brave soul is vulnerable and speaks honestly about the challenges of ministry, the other pastors inevitably rush in to offer advice and recommend a solution....Pastors come away from such gatherings feeling vaguely dissatisfied and cynical...disappointed that in one way or another they had again missed a chance to offer one another support in ministry.
This had been my experience as well. For years I avoided clergy groups because they seemed weighed down with meaningless talk or dominated by a few members. Like many ministers, I often feel alone in the ministry, but I am wary of being transparent. I value the support of my peers, but I don't need another meeting to talk about nothing.
All that changed in 2002 when I was invited to join a clergy group in the Presbytery of Carlisle. This covenant group was intentionally different. The leaders had been trained with resources from the Alban Institute. In particular, they used "How to Build a Support System for Your Ministry" by Roy Oswald. As I read over the material, I felt drawn to the group. I was gratified when I was invited to join. For the next eight years I only missed three meetings - it was that important to me.
Beginning this fall we hope to start a similar group in the Presbytery of Baltimore. We will have an organizing meeting during the "Open Space" portion of the presbytery meeting at Central Presbytery Church, Thursday Sept. 17, beginning at 12:45pm. Another information meeting will be held a 2pm on Tuesday,
Sept. 29 at Churchville Presbyterian Church.
We will hand out materials and talk about the covenantal nature of the group. We hope you will join us and become part of one of our new clergy groups. Please contact me if you have any questions: Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Melton, 410.734.7344,
Pastor and Member of the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development
"Peer Power," Christian Braudaway-Bauman, The Christian Century, January 11, 2012, p. 22.
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Granite Presbyterian Church will host a
"Blessings for Bikers" event at the Woodstock Inn (1415 Woodstock Road, Woodstock Md.) from 1-2pm on Sunday, Sept. 13. Rev. Terrence Alspaugh will officiate.
All are welcome.
Mt. Paran PC
for a weekend of celebrating 300 continuous years of faithful worship, service to the community and sharing the gospel. Events are planned from
Friday, Sept. 18 thru Sunday, Sept. 20.
300th Anniversary Celebration.
Churchville Presbyterian Church will host a
Family Fun Golf Night at 6:30pm on Friday, Sept. 18. Come on out and play a round of
Putt Putt, and enjoy the fellowship and laughter we always have!! This is a fun evening for all!
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
will speak about
"Building Baltimore's Future,"
preceded by a short
BSO OrchKids performance
at 3pm on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill. A donation of $15 ($5 students) is suggested to attend this Tiffany Series event. or details, call 410.523.1542 or visit
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series presents Linda Loving in a compelling one-woman portrayal of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century spiritual figure described by Thomas Merton as the "greatest theologian for our time" at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2 at the church.
Catonsville Concerts at 3
is kicking off its 17th season of presenting free, live musical concerts in the Catonsville community! Please join us at Catonsville Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 when we present the eclectic jazz, ragtime, Dixieland and swing sounds of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. For details, call 410.747.6180.
Light Street Presbyterian Church's Session has approved plans to host a weekly Farmer's Marke
in Federal Hill.
Plans for the
Federal Hill Farmers'Market
6-12 vendors weekly
year. The market will open on Saturdays, from
2:30 - 5pm, beginning Oct. 24.
Light Street Presbyterian Church will also host its annual
Fall Community Yard Sale from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 17.
ousewares (NO used clothing ,please!);
to sort and
price items; R
a space for $25
; and, SHOP
for some real
bargains while supporting
the church's mission.
he church office a
t 410.539.0125 or email
Would you enjoy serving and learning cross-culturally this fall?
New Life Korean Presbyterian Church
on Rolling Road has a group of younger, engaged English-speaking members who meet weekly Sunday afternoons. For a couple of months this fall, the group would welcome some help with leadership and facilitation. To learn more about this opportunity, contact
Rev. Jeong Han
, New Life's pastor, at 410.744.5711.
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church's Counseling and Care Center is pleased to offer three new fall group classes to support families in the process of a divorce or bereavement. These groups will be facilitated by Aaryn Frick, LCSW-C, la state licensed therapist. Click Woods Counseling.
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
will host a Bull Roast from 2-6pm on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave in Baltimore. Donation - $55 per person. For details, click
Brown Memorial Woodbrook
king an Organist/Choir Director for one weekly service and 1 weekly choir rehearsal preceded by a handbell rehearsal. For more information please contact
Alex Short, email@example.com
The Center (
) is seeking a
part-time worker to help with administration and logistics
- 10 hours/week for 6 months at $15/hour; work can be done from home. If interested, please submit a resume to Miss Good at
Deadline to apply is Sept. 21.
From Sept. 24-26 -- Princeton Theological Seminary will host its first Just Food Conference
to cultivate conversations around food justice, food scarcity, the environment and opportunities for the church to engage in meaningful ways. Folks who come will also have an opportunity to visit the seminary's new Farminary! Or details, click Just Food Conference.
Presbytery Women in the Presbytery
will sponsor its
g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 a
at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
. Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of
After months of sponsoring forums across the state about health care access - the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative has released a report on Health System Transformation and is now seeking public comment on the report.
Do you work with the Hispanic community in parishes, schools, hospitals or other settings? Join Notre Dame of Maryland University for Spanish Language and Culture Part 1 classes on Tuesdays from September 22 through Nov. 24. For more information, contact Linda Stilling, SSND, at 410.532.5306, send an e-mail to
Day of Prayers for Peace in the Middle East
will be held at the Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland College Park on
Oct. 18 from 3pm to 5pm
for more information.