August 14, 2017
Inside this Edition
Order a Gathering Meal for the 876th Gathering on Sept. 14 at Knox PC

Last Reading of Church Rolls & Minutes for 2017
Disciple Formation Symposium

Mt. Paran PC Health Fair 

Mt. Paran PC Praise Festival 

First & Franklin PC seeks Part-Time Director of Christian Education

Frederick PC seeks Director of Youth Ministry

West Side Story Ministry Group hosts Book Discussion on The End of White Christian America 

Board of Pensions Seminars on Retirement and Clergy Finances

Get a Graduate Degree in Theology at St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute

Insurance Board Webinars 

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Courses for CREs
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Credentials Team  meets at 10am on Monday, Aug. 14

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

Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Aug. 23

Gathering Team meets at 3pm on Wednesday, Aug 23

Commission on Reconciliation meets at 6:30pm on August 23

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

GA-224 Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) meets at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 30
Presbyerian Office of Public Witness -  Call to Action!
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
100 Maryland Ave NE # 410, 
Washington, DC 20002
Now more than ever your voice is needed in the nation's capital!  As our political leaders move to pass policies that would devastate the most vulnerable - both in our own country and abroad, it is critical that we speak truth to power.  Come to Washington to demand a  Faithful Budget!            Click HERE to RSVP
  9:00am: Briefing
11:30am: Press Conference
12:30pm: Meet at Congressional Offices      3:30pm:  Worship and Debriefing
Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Workshop  

by Kimberly Ashby Secrist
Pastor of Fallston Presbyterian Church 
TE Secrist Ashby
Sometimes you come across a continuing education workshop that has a lasting impact for years.  I was invited to just such a workshop in 2008 - by the fledgling Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Training.  This workshop helped me get real data on my skills in relating to my congregation, my staff, and even my family. 
 Then I could use that data in trying some new ways to handle situations I encountered on a regular basis.

That week-long workshop experience changed the way I think about and handle so many difficult issues, as well as my day-to-day interactions, and it still has an impact today, nine years later.


Every now and again, we have one of these workshops close by.  Next month is one of those times.  I invite all clergy, all ministry staff members, all elders to consider whether or not you can take a week for such a life-changing time.  The conference on Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills (EQ/HR-5) will be held Sept. 18-22 at Claggett Episcopal conference center near Frederick, Md. Click here to register.


This core EQ-HR Center workshop is an intensive four to five day session designed to enable participants to learn about, build, and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group session. Prior to the workshop, participants complete a 360-degree emotional intelligence survey, which includes their own self-assessment and the confidential assessments of up to 20-30 other people who work with the participant in different roles.  Participants receive the results during the workshop and have the opportunity to work on learnings from those results throughout the workshop experience.


Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emerging skills.  As group life unfolds, participants give and receive feedback regarding the impact they have on others in the group.  Participants will learn both inter-personal and intra-group communication skills.  The content of the workshop revolves around the competencies of emotional intelligence that differentiate outstanding from average leaders, and is based on the core assertion that emotional intelligence skills can be learned and improved throughout one's life.



Scholarship are available to attend the conference. For further information, email TE Kimberly Ashby Secrist or TE David Harris 


Prayer & Praise 

Wanda Morgan
Pr aise God for the ministries of  Certified Ruling Elders Donna Lea  and  Anita Bishop-Johnson , who will be installed as Associate Pastors of  Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church  on Sunday, Aug. 20 during the congregation's 11am service.  Senior pastor, Ed Terry, will officiate.

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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 to reserve a place a this last meting of the year.

Looking for ideas and inspiration to season and stimulate your church's Disciple Formation ministries?   Take advantage of the opportunity we're providing congregational leaders and youth at a symposium called S haring Sacred Stories - Forming Christ's Disciples The symposium will be held 8:30am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 30 at First PC Howard County in Columbia. The event offers a rich day of worship, presentations, conversations and a nutritious meal. Early Bird Registration is just $10 before Sept. 1.
Click here to register

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 .

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education and Arts for a period of 9 months, 4-6 hours per week/$400 per month to instruct its multi-age children's ministry program. Candidates should possess a mature Christian faith, exhibit a love of learning and the arts, and be a team player.  The start date for this position is Sept. 10. For a detailed job description, call 410.728.5545 or email

Frederick Presbyterian Church, Frederick, MD Seeks Candidates for Director of Youth Ministry
 This part-time position (12-15 hours weekly) entails planning, coordinating, and implementing youth ministry activities to create a program integrating fellowship, fun, service, and faith exploration.  To apply, click Frederick Presbyterian Church.

As part of an ongoing discussion on Race, Class & Poverty -- the  West Side Story Ministry Group will host a presentation by Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America .  Jones -- a  leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics -- will explore the relationship between religion, demographics and politics of our nation. The event will be held from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.


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.

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute is now enrolling students to begin the journey to a Master of Arts in Theology or Ministry, Master of Divinity, or Doctor of Ministry. Students are also welcome to simply take classes for personal interest. Fall classes begin Aug. 31. All courses are offered in a convenient evening/Saturday schedule. To learn more, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203).

The Insurance Board is offering free webinars to help churches practice safe ministry. The webinar topics include: "Abuse Prevention Self Assessment", "Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do" and "How to Avoid Background Screening Litigation". For details click Insurance Board or contact the representative Linda Senez at 443.345.1055 /  410.409.5154.

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is offering eight online courses in its CLP/CRE (Christian Leadership Program for Commissioned Ruling Elders) lay ministry program.  The fall term runs from  Sept. 5 to Dec. 16  and tuition is $390.00 per course. To learn more, click CRE courses.

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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

Wanda Morgan
Presbytery of Baltimore