May 14, 2018
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Shared Ministry at Work: Ministry Group Activities 

Clerks' Meeting Schedule

Presbytery Investment & Loan Program 

BAD Hosting Stewardship Training with Orlando Carr, Presbyterian Foundation

Knox PC Paint & Praise Party

Grace PC Hosting Crab Feast. Get Discount Tickets Now!

Madison Ave. PC Women's Day Featuring Rev. Stephanie Graham, Peekskill PC in New York

Trinity Women's Day Service Featuring Gen. Presbyter Jackie Taylor

Oak Crest Village in Parkville seeks Part-time Pastoral Associate

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
  • Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on May 23   
  • Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, May 16  
  • In The Loop MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 15 at Lochearn PC 

  • Ministry Group Conveners will meet 12:30-2pm on Tuesday, May 22

  • Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on May 23
  • Cuba Partnership will meet at 7pm  on Wednesday May 16 at First PC of Howard Co.
829 Gathering Highlights
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
  • Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey (1st PC o Belair) and Rev. Dr. William Hathaway (1st PC of Annapolis) presided over worship service and, afterward, conducted a workshop on recognizing God's presence in our lives. The couple was honorable retired.
  • Rev. Brandon Frick was transferred to the Presbytery of Heartland; and, The Rev. Dottie LaPenta, HR, from the Presbytery of National Capital.
  • Change to the Manual: a Commissioned Ruling Elder who can  administer the Sacraments at the place of the commission may also administer those sacraments when requested to serve as pulpit supply . . .
The full Minutes for 879 Gathering will be posted online at a later date.
Seminar for Church Administrators

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Administrative Personnel Association (APA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is sponsoring a one-day certification seminar for church support staff in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. 

The seminar,  entitled  Office Administration and Spiritual Growth & Discipline will be held 8:30am to 5:15pm on Friday, June 29 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia. The $20 registration fee includes credit for participation in two classes and l unch. 

Click here for Invitation and Brochure.
Most agree that the role of church administrators has changed tremendously. Today, th e church offers more than a sanctuary and a sermon; the needs that are brought to it are far more complex and varied.
The 21st-cent ury church is now a conglomerate, offering spiritual as well as community programs such as day care centers, grade schools, high schools, training institutes, youth organizations, senior citizen programs, help for coping with divorce, drug rehabilitation, vocational training,  ministry to those who have issues like incarceration, HIV/AIDS and poverty. Churches are also increasingly serving as centers for social advocacy work as well as resources for economic development, local business and housing.

All of these facets require qualified personnel to run them; qualified personnel require human resources and business management; and human resources and business management require the application of state and federal rules and regulations. Someone has to be a steward of the interest of the church and its leadership. In growing churches, it often becomes important that someone other than the pastor be able to respond to the many issues that occur on a daily basis.

This person ensures that the direction set by the pastor is implemented, and that there is accountability. The pastor certainly cannot do it all. This is where the role of church administrator becomes so important. He or she is the valuable liaison between the pastor, the staff and the membership.

The APA seminar offers church administrators an opportunity to learn best practices and fellowship with others who share their responsibilities. APA is a professional association approved by the 2016 General Assembly where leaders of the Presbyterian Church recognized the importance of continued education and personal growth as an investment in the value of a lay professional within our ministry teams. For more than 40 years APA has been certifying employees of PCUSA entities in various levels of education to strengthen and enhance administrative skills, leadership development, technology prowess, financial management and personal spirituality.
A portion of this article was reprinted from The Church Administrator,     published online Dec. 31, 2000 by Ministry Today.   The full article may be viewed by clicking here.

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide
TAKE NOTE: Read about Ministry Group Activities and learn how your contributions to Shared Ministry are being used. CLICK HERE

2018 Schedule of Clerks' Meetings

Date   Time  Church  Location  Facilitator
Thursday, May 17 7pm Harundale PC 1020 Eastway (21060) J. Carlson
Saturday, May 19 10am Hunting Ridge PC 4640 Edmomdson Ave. (21229) J. Carlson
Monday, June 11 7pm FPC of Howard Co. 9325 Presbyterian Circle (21045) M. Gaut
Saturday, June 30 10am Hancock PC 17 East Main St. (21750) M. Gaut
                                          Register Here

The Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program is offering a two percent investment rate , two year fixed rate term note for new applicants. Click here for details


The Bay Area Disciples are hosting a Stewardship Training led by O landa Carr of the Presbyterian Foundation . The event will take place at Harundale Presbyterian Church  from 9am to noon on  Saturday, June 2. All church leaders of the Presbytery are invited! Please contact Jon Nelson with any questions.
Knox Presbyterian Church is hosting a Paint Party from 3-5pm on Saturday, June 9. This fun art class includes light refreshments, uplifting spiritual music and fellowship with other amateur artist-- as well as your very own 11" by 14" masterpiece. Space is limited; admission is $35 per person. All proceeds will support the installation of an outdoor digital sign. Click Paint Party for details.  
Grace Presbyterian Church is hosting a Crab Feast on July 28 but tickets now available for $55 . (The regular price of a ticket is $55.) For additional information call the church, 410.466.4000.

"Here I Am Lord, Use Me" is the theme for  Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church's Annual Women's Day Celebration  on  Sunday, May 20, 2018. The guest speaker will be  The Rev. Stephany Graham from the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Peekskill, NY.  Praise and Worship will begin at 2:30pm and he Worship Hour will follow.

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a special Women's Day service entitled "Celebrating the Gifts of Women: Faithful Women are God's Witness" at 11am on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature General Presbyter, The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Taylor, as guest speaker.  

Oak Crest Village Retirement Center in Parkville seeks a part-time pastoral associate. Click for details.

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