January 12, 2015

Inside This Edition 


2015 Pastors' Retreat


IRS 2015 Mileage Rate 


The Center Opportunity  


Shared Witness in Annapolis


In Plain Sight Film Viewing at Woods Mem'l PC


Ruth Gosnell Scholarship at Springfield PC


Faith & Racism Discussion


Central Maryland Ecumenical Council Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service


Earth Forum: Extreme Weather


Interfaith Power & Light Rally 


Presbytery Men Conference and Fellowship - July 2015




(Committee & Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office unless noted otherwise.)


Steering Cabinet meets Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 10am to 3:30pm.


Administration meets Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 11:30am to 1pm.


Investment Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3pm.


Susquehanna MG meets Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7pm to 9pm, location TBA.


West Side Story MG meets Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9:30am - 12:30pm at Springfield PC in Sykesville.


Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at www.baltimorepresbytery.org

Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson



Jacob is a junior at Rensselaer College in Troy, New York, pursuing a degree in engineering. Sarah is a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, and studying journalism. What do Jacob and Sarah have in common? They both received help toward their college expenses through the Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson Student Scholarship Fund.


This $5,000 Student Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to deserving high school students who wish to further their education at an accredited college or university. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson -- he, a long-time member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and she, a long-time educator in Baltimore City and County -- generously gave the resources to fund this scholarship. In selecting the recipient of this scholarship each year, priority is given to financially deserving students whose family income is modest.



  1. The student must rank in the top one-third of his/her class;
  2. The student must be involved in school or community service activities;
  3. The student must possess strong moral character;
  4. The student must be an active communicant member of a congregation in the Presbytery of Baltimore, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
  5. The student must attend an accredited college or university approved by the Scholarship Committee;
  6. The student must complete an application form and provide a copy of his/her scholastic transcript as well as letters of character reference;
  7. The student and his/her parents or guardians must provide evidence of financial need through disclosure of personal financial information and copies of tax forms from previous years. 

A Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and administer the Student Scholarship Fund. Applications must be received in the Presbytery Office by May 15.     

The Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson Student Scholarship Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or physical handicap in its selection process. All applications shall be kept in complete confidence and used only for the purpose of this scholarship.  


If you have qualifying students in your congregation, please encourage them to apply visiting the Presbytery's scholarship webpage using the application posted on the website. If you have further questions, please email me at: dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org.

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Presbytery .  .  . and the Wider Church


Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate the arts in worship.  


The New 2015 IRS Standard Mileage Rates: As of Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven; 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and, 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.


The Center, a partnership of the Presbytery of Baltimore, is seeking applications for weekend and overnight program staff. Work will be on a contract basis, and as needed throughout the year. For more information or to apply, click here. Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors or click here to read the announcement.






Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park will host a screening of the documentary

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom at 7pm on Tuesday, Jan. 13.  The film features six national programs -- including The Samaritan Women in Baltimore -- fighting sex trafficking across America. Visit www.inplainsightfilm.com to watch a trailer or click In Plain Sight for event details.

Springfield Presbyterian Church's Ruth Gosnell Education Fund provides interest-free loans to full-time college juniors, seniors and graduate school candidates for the 2015-16 academic year.  Regardless of religion, all applicants will be given impartial consideration; and repayment of the interest-free loan does not start until 6 months after graduation.  Click Gosnell for an application.  Applications must be received by March 1, 2015 at the Springfield Presbyterian Church.  For questions call the church office at 410.795.6152.





The Cathedral of the Incarnation will host a discussion on "Faith & Racism" from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, Jan. 17.  For details, click Faith & Racism.


Central Maryland Ecumenical Council announces Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at 7:30pm on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (4 E. University Parkway).  The scripture will focus on "Give Me a Drink" John 4:1-42 with a homily by Fr. Joseph Muth.  A reception will follow the Service. He event is sponsored by the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace, and St. Ignatius Catholic Community.  For details, call CMEC at 410.464.6194 or cmecouncil@gmail.com.


Earth Forum of Howard County 2pm on Sunday, Jan. 18.  The event, "Extreme Weather: How Will We Handle It," features Dr. R. Wayne Higgins, director of Climate Program for NOAA and OAR and U.S. Ambassador for Global Climate Services.  Dr. Higgins will build a three-part approach to understanding and responding to extreme weather and its impact.  You can also register to receive a free copy of National Climate Assessment by emailing your name, address and congregation to earthforum@firstpreshc.org, before noon on Jan. 13. Limit one per person.  For details, email earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call 410.730.3545.   


Interfaith Power & Light Rally 



            First Day of Session Rally to

Support 40% Renewable Energy

Wednesday, January 14th,

from 10am-12pm


The Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle,

Annapolis, MD 21401

RSVP: clara@gwipl.org



Presbytery Men Conference & Fellowship July 17-19, 2015  

Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Click Presbytery Men for details. 



taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional General Presbyter
 Deb Milcarek

Assoc. for Reconciliation


Susan Krehbiel

Dir. of Congregational Advocacy




William Nickels III

 Assoc. General Presbyter



Debbie Ingram Schmidt

Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events & Services  wmorgan@baltimorepresbytery.org 





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications