August 22, 2017
Inside this Edition
Order a Gathering Meal for the 876th Gathering on Sept. 14 at Knox PC

Disciple Formation Symposium

Self Development of People Call for Applications. 

Commission on Reconciliation Partnership Dinner 

Havenwood PC Adoption Forum 

Mount Hebron seeks a Christian Educator and a Youth Minister

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 

Connecting Mission Leaders Conference for Small Churches.

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.)
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

Interim Pastors' Group meets at noon on  Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Christ Our King PC in Bel Air.
The Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Good Shepherd PC in Joppa.

Prayer & Praise 
Please pray for TE Dorothy Boulton, Associate Pastor of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, who is mourning the loss of her step-father, Joseph A. Renton, 99, who died Aug. 16 in Upstate New York.
Praise God for the  long awaited renovations  occurring at
Roland Park Presbyterian Church
! Walls will come down and space will be reallocated to enable the church to "w
iden its welcome"   -- ensuring that it continues to be a place where God's people gather to worship, fellowship and serve for years to come.
New Approach to Staffing the Presbytery's  Office of the Stated Clerk 
TE John "Jack" Carlson & TE Mary Gaut

The Stated C lerk Nominating Committee is pleased to announce our candidates for the part-time position of Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Baltimore: TE Jack Carlson and TE Mary Gaut. Well-known for their commitment to the Church, Jack and Mary have a deep understanding of the requirements of the Stated Clerk's office and sincere loyalty to the Presbytery of Baltimore.

Jack Carlson and Mary Gaut applied as a team. They plan to fill the position part time, with Jack working as the Stated Clerk and Mary filling in as the Associate Stated Clerk. Mary will focus on the record-keeping and administrative functions and serve on the Property and Loan Commission and the Administration Committee. Jack will be responsible for Presbytery minutes, serve on the Steering Cabinet and Gathering Team, offer polity advice as requested, receive written allegations of wrongdoing, and staff and train the Permanent Judicial Commission and Investigating Committees or Administrative Commissions as needed.

"The practical part of splitting the job is that it gives us an opportunity to stay involved and work together," said TE Carlson, who currently serves as Moderator.  " We've held a lot of different positions and we think that we know our way around the Presbytery and the Book of Order," he said. 

Meanwhile, TE Mary Gaut, who worked with Stated Clerk Catherine Blacka while serving as Transitional General Presbyter, said she has " come to appreciate the importance of good records and resourcing and [hopes] to continue the high standards that she set."

The Presbytery will vote on the two candidates for the Stated Clerk's position at its 876th Gathering on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. RE James Parks has agreed to serve a second year as chair of the Steering Cabinet to enable Jack Carlson -- who steps down next month as Moderator --  to serve as Stated Clerk if the measure is approved.
The 2017 Stated Clerk Nominating Committee, consisting of Lindley DeGarmo, Jeanne Gay, Rae Jean Goodman (chair), Ledonia Kimball, and Cindy Prevatte, was formed in March 2017 to fill the position of Stated Clerk to the Presbytery of Baltimore. The position was advertised in the POB Tidings, sent to Stated Clerks  of adjacent presbyteries and session clerks of POB churches, and posted on the Church Leadership Connection website. After the first posting the committee received only one application, from someone outside the presbytery, who eventually declined the position. We then re-opened the search and received several more applications, all Teaching Elders from our presbytery. All of the applicants were interviewed face-to-face.

For further questions, please email Rae Jean Goodman.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide


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

In 2016 the Presbytery of Baltimore's Self-Development of People was honored to be able to support four projects.  The Youth Empowerment Summer Camp was a 3 week youth camp in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood, Youth in Business is a youth-led entrepreneurship program at Jubilee Arts, Glenwood Life Recovery Center designed a recovery garden and the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project are a collective of youth gathering to organize the voices of young people in Baltimore.  The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is prepared to establish partnerships in 2017 with groups within the boundaries of the Presbytery of Baltimore who:
  • are oppressed by poverty or social systems,
  • want to take charge of their own lives,
  • have organized or are organizing to do something about their own conditions,
  • have decided that they are going to produce long term changes for their lives or communities,
  • will control the programs they own and will directly benefit from them.
Please visit the Presbytery's SDOP webpage for more information and an application.   The deadline for receipt is Oct. 2, 2017.

The Commission on Reconciliation invites all to a Partnership Dinner from 6-8pm on friday Sept. 15 at the Center 210 W. Madison St. This is an opportunity for fellowship with all of our mission partners: Guatemala, Cuba and the Dakota Presbytery. To RSVP, email Deb Milcarek. Learn more about it here.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church is hosting a six week forum for all adoptive parents . The forum is sponsored by adoption Connection.  "As adoptive parents we know that what looks like normal behavior may have deeper issues attached . . ."   -TE David Willerup. Click Adoption Forum to learn more.

Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church seeks to fill to positions: a part-time Christian Educator (5 hours per week) for students in pre-school and middle school; and, a part-time Youth Minister (12-15 hours per week). If interested, please contact TE Adrian Pratt.  

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 event is open to all.


The Outreach Foundation Small Church Initiative is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the  Connecting Mission Leaders Conference in Oct. 26-28 in San Antonio, TX. Click Small Church Initiative.

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