October 16, 2017
Inside this Edition
Per Capita 2018

2018 Winter Trip to Guatemala 

Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop

"Becoming A Blessed Community" series at Havenwood PC

First and Franklin PC presents Pianist Paul Bisaccia in a Concert of George Gershwin Music

Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch 

Dickey Memorial PC Spaghetti Dinner and Auction 

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Hosts Screening of Climate Change Documentary: Merchants of Doubt 

Faith PC Hosts Benefit for Victims of Natural Disaster in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Mexico

Catonsville PC seeks a Church Sexton 

Dickey Memorial PC seeks a Music Director/Organist 

Burgundy Choir Robes and Matching Stoles available free from Maryland PC 

Community Viewing of "Same Kind of Different as Me" Partly Sponsored by Central PC

NEXT Church Community Organizer Certification Training at Light St. PC 

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute Hosts Free Lecture on Stress, Resiliency and Spirituality  

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday Oct. 18 at Catonsville PC

Administration will meet at 10am on Friday Oct. 20

224th General Assembly COLA Team will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 25

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25

Transitions Team will meet at 1pm on Oct. 25

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Nov. 1

Gathering Team  will meet at 11am on Thursday, Nov 2


Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet at 6:30 pm On Tuesday, Oct. 17

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25 a First PC of Howard Co.

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet a 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 1


Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group w ill offer a training entitled "Deepening Discipleship: An Inter-generational Approach" on Oct. 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. 
Click Susquehanna to learn more 

West Side Story Ministry Group will meet from 9:30am to 12noon on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia

The Wild Wild West Ministry Group will meet for lunch meeting at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport from 11am-1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Guatemala Team meets at 5pm on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1st of Annapolis PC.

The Interim Pastors Support Group will gather for a lunch meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Christ Our King PC in Bel Air.

Prayer & Praise 

Please pray for  Mark Knight , 55, the brother of  Moderator Adrienne Knight , who is hospitalized in Colorado Springs, CO following a recent diagnosis of cancer. 
Meet the Presbytery's Stated Clerk & Deputy Stated Clerk 

Sated Clerk Jack Carlson & Deputy Stated Clerk May Gaut
At the Sept. 14 Presbytery Gathering, the Revs. Jack Carlson and Mary Gaut were elected to the positions of Stated Clerk and Deputy Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Baltimore. Here's a little information about us, and a brief guide to how we hope this plan will work.

Jack Carlson retired from Highland Presbyterian Church is Jan. 2016, after 13 years of service there. He was ordained by Washington (PA) Presbytery, and in addition to his ministry at Highland, also served churches in Lockport, NY, and Hyattsville, MD. Before coming to this Presbytery in 2003, he worked as a pastoral counselor for two pastoral counseling services and then in private practice. In the Presbytery, Jack served on the Committee on Ministry, including a term as Chair; as a member of the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development, and most recently, as Moderator of the Presbytery.

Mary Gaut recently retired after serving the  Presbytery as Interim General Presbyter from June 2015 through Sept. 2016.  Prior to that she was pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson for nearly 20 years. She also served as Interim pastor for five congregations in the Presbytery.  She was ordained in 1981 by the Louisville (Union) Presbytery and served as associate pastor of a congregation there.  Prior to seminary studies she worked in the fields of journalism and public relations & advertising.  She has served on the Committee on Ministry;  the Commission on Thriving Congregations; and, she chaired the Personnel and Representation committees and the Presbytery Trustees.

Mary and Jack intend to work closely together, collegically carrying out the duties of the office of the Stated Clerk. Jack will carry the title of Stated Clerk for official communications and documents, but both are available to answer questions and research information for the Presbytery.  Here is a breakdown of the responsibilities of the Stated Clerk, and which of us will be generally responsible for fulfilling them. 

Jack will be responsible for maintaining the minutes of Presbytery and preparing them for Synod Review, and will serve as the conduit for official communications among governing bodies; he will receive any written allegations of wrongdoing, and will train and staff Investigating Committees and Administrative Commissions as needed. In addition, Jack will staff the Gathering Team, preparing necessary documents and arranging for space for Gatherings; serve ex-officio on the Steering Cabinet and serve as secretary to Cabinet meetings; staff the Permanent Judicial Commission; provide ecclesiastical advice and counsel to the Moderator and other agencies of the Presbytery, our congregations and individual members. As directed by the Presbytery, he will be available to advocate on behalf of the Presbytery in the higher governing bodies of the church, in ecumenical settings, and in civil courts.

Mary's duties will include maintaining the Rolls of the Presbytery, preparing statistical reports for higher governing bodies, and overseeing the submission of the Annual Statistical Report of each congregation. She is also available to offer counsel and advice to congregations and individual members of Presbytery, and to work with Gathering Team to arrange meetings, as needed. Mary will staff the Property and Loan Commission, serve as secretary to the Administration Committee and to Property and Loan, and will serve as Parliamentarian for Presbytery Gatherings. In partnership with the Administration Committee she will manage bills and overtures that originate in the Presbytery of Baltimore or in other Presbyteries or the General Assembly, referring them to the appropriate committee or commission for their advice.

Together, Jack and Mary will share the responsibility for review of Session Records and training for Stated Clerks, mainly working geographically. They will share duties and responsibilities for planning and carrying out Presbytery Gatherings.  Both the Stated Clerk and the Deputy Stated Clerk will share the email address of statedclerk@baltimorepresbytery.org .  Jack can also be contacted via email at  jcarlson@baltimorepresbytery.org ; and, Mary can be contacted at  mgaut@baltimorepresbytery.org .

We want to encourage you to contact us at the Presbytery office, 410.433.2012; or, feel free to call Jack at 410.978.1017, and Mary at 410.404.2161. We're happy to answer routine questions, clarify nuances in our polity, and research tougher questions, using the resources available to us in Louisville. Together, we have combined total of 74 years of ministry; Mary has been in Baltimore Presbytery since 1989, and Jack since 2003.  We love Baltimore Presbytery and look forward to serving you in the office of the Stated Clerk.  

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

2018 PER CAPITA Approved 
($25.85 Presbytery; $7.73 GA; and .80 Synod = $34.38 Total) 

For details, click here: Guatemala /  Application.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church will host a series of discussions to expand the congregation's understanding of the impact of racism both nationally and regionally. The discussions will include study and prayer and movie clips to provoke discussion. The discussions will occur at 7:30pm on Thursdays (10/19/ 10/26 11/2 and 11/19) at the church. All are welcome.  
Click here to RSVP

As part of the  Spire Series, First and Franklin Presbyterian Church  will host pianist Paul Bisaccia  in a concert featuring the music of  George Gershwin's  "Rhapsody in Blue"  at 7:30pm on Friday, Oct. 20. General Admission is $20; students $10. Click   Spire Series  for details. 

Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church's Great Pumpkin Patch
is now open 10am to 7pm through Oct. 31. 

Additionally, on Saturday, Oct. 28 the church will host a FREE (lest the cost of a pumpkin) Pumpkin Party from 11am-4pm which will include food, music, crafts and activities maybe some pumpkin cooking demonstrations?  Proceeds from the pumpkin sales will go to the much needed repairs to the HRPC organ as well as the National Organ Transplant Foundation.

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to b enefit the church's building fund from 6-9pm on Friday, Nov. 3 in its fellowship hall. All are welcome. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door.  For details, call 443.271.3183 or email 

At 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 5 -- Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will show a screening of the film "Merchants of Doubt,"  a 2014 documentary that exposes highly orchestrated PR efforts to debunk climate change in order to protect corporate profits.  Click Climate Change to learn more.

Faith Presbyterian Church will host a concert to benefit victims of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Islands and Mexico at 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 12. Click here for details.

Catonsville Presbyterian Church seeks a church sexton who will be responsible for on site operations and maintenance of its facilities. For details, click Catonsville Church Sexton .

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hiring a Community Music Director/Organist!  This new position will work with both the church and community on all things musical, and it offers the opportunity for creative growth.  It is a quarter-time position (10 hrs/week onsite).  Click Music at Dickey to learn more about this position.

Maryland Presbyterian Church has 26 Burgundy Choir Robes with stoles available for any church that might need them.  Please notify the church if you are interested at:  mpc@mpchurch.org   or 410.825.0719 They can be picked up from the church at: 1105 Providence Road  in Towson.


Helping Up Mission of Baltimore is hosting an exclusive, Pre-Release Red Carpet Charity event of SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, at White Marsh AMC Loews on Oct. 18  in order to raise awareness and support for our life-saving programs and services. You are invited! Tickets are required and you can register at http://bit.ly/2xzHy69. Tickets have generously been underwritten by members of Central Presbyterian Church and others  in the community. Click here t watch a trailer of the movie.

NEXT CHURCH Community Organizer Certification Training will be held Oct. 23-27 at Light Street Presbyterian Church. Click here for more information

Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality will be the topic for a free public lecture at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25,  as well as, a workshop for those in ministry from 9am to 12noon on Thursday, Oct. 26. Both events, made possible by a Science & Theology grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will be led by Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., DMin and are sponsored by St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute. To register, visit www.stmarys.edu/ei.

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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

John "Jack" Carlson

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center