July 9, 2018
Inside this Edition

2018 Election Webinar: "Our Faith, Our Vote"

Board of Pensions 2019 Effective Salaries for Ministers and Non-Ministers

Guatemala Partnership 2018 Fall Trip

Free Communion Accouterments from Maryland PC

Prince of Peace PC seeks a Piano Accompanist

Catonsville PC seeks Part-Time Communcations Specialist

Babcock PC seeks Music Director

Transgender Pastoral Care Seminar 

Register for Graduate Theological Studies 

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
  • Gathering Team will meet at 11am on Thursday, July 12
  • In The Loop MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, July 17 at Hunting Ridge PC. Meal included. 
  • Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, July 18
  • Cuba Partnership will meet July 18 at 7pm at FPC of Howard Co.
  • Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, July 25
  • Spiritual Leader Development will meet 1pm on Wednesday, Aug. 1 
  • Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, July 22
Praise & Prayer

Please pray for  The Rev. Jeanne Gay
who is recuperating from emergency gall bladder surgery conducted last Tuesday. Rev. Gay serves as interim pastor of 
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
in Joppa, MD.


Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (left) and Cindy Kohlmann (right) Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly - Photo by Michael Whitman

Leadership in the Church
Leaders Seeking God's Will

by Joan Gray 
    Office of the General Assembly

Leadership implies movement and change. People who have no desire to go anywhere usually do not need a leader; they will be most happy with someone who functions as a guardian or custodian. Leaders, on the other hand, are heading for a destination and want to take others with them. They see things that could be and are drawn to put their energies into galvanizing others to make those visions realities.
The main task of a spiritual leader in the church is to lead others to seek and do God's will. Sometimes people take up this role of leadership eagerly. Others become spiritual leaders only with reluctance. Moses is perhaps the most famous example of a reluctant spiritual leader. He was not looking for a new occupation when he met God at the burning bush. He argued with God about his credentials and his competence for the job. Like Moses, some officers may feel unworthy and unqualified for their call. When we feel this way, it is empowering to know that, as the old saying goes, God does not call the qualified; God qualifies the called.

Leading our congregations to seek and to do God's will is our number one priority as ruling and teaching elders in the PC(USA.) This takes priority over keeping the roof on the building, recruiting Sunday school teachers, meeting the budget, or anything else. This statement raises the question of whether we can actually know God's particular will in any given situation. What about all the evil that has been done through the centuries by people who thought they were doing God's will? How can we be sure we are doing God's will and not our own?
Finding God's will is not a game of hide-and-seek with God hiding and us seeking. The truth is that, through Scripture, we already know more of God's will than we are often willing to do. We know that it is God's will that we love our enemies, turn the other cheek when attacked, forgive and pray for those who injure us, and reject opportunities for revenge. We know it is God's will that we live a moderate, healthful, modest life, being good stewards of our health and treating our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. We know that we are called to give sacrificially, beginning with a tithe of our income, so that God's work may go forward. We know we are to serve Christ by serving people who are poor, sick, imprisoned, naked, hungry, and friendless. 

We know that we are called to be peacemakers in a world full of conflict and violence. These clear precepts guide us in faithful decision-making. More than anything else, the daily struggle to make Christ-like choices and to order our lives and communities in line with God's will shapes us into discerning people. Those who practice this discipline come into the process of communal decision-making, such as a session meeting, equipped to listen for God's will for the church.
This article was originally published online June 25, 2018 by 
Presbyterian Outlook/ Presbyterian News Service. Read the full article.

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-Wide

Join us for "Our Faith, Our Vote: Interfaith Webinar on 2018 Elections" 
July 11, 2018 @ 
2 pm EST 

Board of Pensions announces  2019 median effective salaries for ministers and non-ministers .

Guatemala Partnership
Fall 2018 Trip: October 15 - 21, 2018
Women's Ministry and Leadership
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Free Communion Accouterments from Maryland Presbyterian Church:  
  • 12 Shiny Metal Communion Trays (each holds 35 cups)
  • 4 Dull Metal Communion Trays (each holds 40 cups)
  • 3050 Plastic Communion Cups

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church (Crofton, MD) is seeking a Piano Accompanist for Thursday choir rehearsals and Sunday worship services . Accompanist will be expected to fill in as both accompanist and conductor when the Music Director is away. Organ, conducting, and bells skills bonus. Starts Sept. 6. Salary $6,000/year. Resumes to church.office@popchurch.org .

Catonsville Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time communications specialist to help us  dynamically communicate CPC's ministry to our members, friends and the wider community. Duties include managing the church's website and social media sites,  and developing content, including video and audio assets. This person will also edit the monthly newsletter, and create other print media, such as program brochures and event fliers.  Interested? Please email Rev. Ken Kovacs or call 410.747.6180.

Babcock Presbyterian Church is seeking a music director for a single blended worship service with both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Solo voice, piano and rhythm guitar skills are a must, organ and running sound equipment is a plus. We are especially seeking a candidate committed to the servant leader model. For more information please call 410.828.8245.

Transgender Pastoral Care Seminar for Presbyterian Leaders
Presbyterian Outlook in partnership with  San Francisco Theological Seminary 
is hosting a  transgender pastor al care training starting on July 12 for Mid Council leaders. Each session is recorded and can be watched a t your convenience. So, if you are not able to participate in a class online, you will be sent a link after the class that you can watch later.  Scholarships are available for those with limited budgets for educational resources.   Click here to learn more 

Ready to Begin Graduate Theological Studies? 
Now is the Time to Apply! 
St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute is now enrolling students for the fall 2018 semester. Registration will open July 16 through Sept. 4. 
For questions or information on how to apply, please contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203,

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center