July 18, 2016
Inside this Edition
Call for Workshops for November 2016 Presbyterian Learning Day

Commission/Committee List

Called to Lead: Women's Fall Mission Trip to Guatemala

"7" Middle School Retreat  

Madison Avenue PC 
Line Dance Social

Harundale PC seeks a part time pastor's administrative assistant

Havenwood PC Seeks an Organist and Music Director

Hope Springs seeks a Director of Community Outreach

WVMAW Flood Recovery Mission Trip

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute New Doctor of Ministry Program
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

COM  will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 3

Commission on Thriving Congregations  will meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 19.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 5pm on Sunday, Jul. 24 at the home of Keith Glennan

Committee for Preparation for Ministry will meet 3-5pm on Wednesday Jul. 20 in Catonsville

The Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Jul. 27

The Cuba Partnership
meets 2pm to 3:30pm the third Wednesday of each month. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At his date, he Presbytery has received $173,963 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000. 
Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
Woods Mem'l

Praise & Prayer

We pray for the 65 youth, 11 adult leaders and 1 college volunteer who are making their way to the Triennium Conference at Purdue University. May they have safety on the road, may new friendships be forged and may God use this time to prepare and inspire a new generation of leaders.

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Changes in the SDOP Program

by Deb Milcarek
Associate for Reconciliation
By now I hope that you are familiar with the continuing work of the Self Development of People Team in the Presbytery of Baltimore.  Known as the "local" SDOP Team, we have granted thousands of dollars over the years to community-based groups who are attempting to build better lives.  From Western Maryland to Baltimore City, several of the groups that we "seeded" have gone on to significantly grow and advance in their missions.

In the past, the deadline for applications has been in December.  Due to staff changes at the national level, the timeline has been moved forward by several months.  Therefore, the deadline for application for the 2016 SDOP funds is Monday, September 19, 2016 .  Please make any groups that might be interested in applying of this important change aware of the new deadline. Click SDOP for more information and an application .

At this time we are looking to expand our SDOP Team. Being part of the team involves an evening of training and then approximately two meetings to discern how best to award funding.  Please contact Deb Milcarek if you are interested in joining this unique ministry of our Presbytery. 

Self-Development of People (SDOP) has been a ministry of the Presbyterian Church since 1970.  It provides funding for local community development efforts that are envisioned by economically poor people who become empowered by controlling their projects themselves, and who directly benefit from their hard work.  Since this ministry began, thousands of community groups have entered into successful partnerships with our national SDOP committee. 

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Take Note/Act Now

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The Gathering Team is now issuing a call for workshops for the
November 12 Presbytery Gathering. In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Roberts of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and Dr. Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be keynote speakers in a program addressing the Church's Response to Institutional Racism. To submit an idea for a workshop, please contact Jack Carlson, at jvcarlson47@gmail.com , or 410.978.1017.

WHO'S SERVING ON WHAT? The Nominating Committee seeks to fill a number of vacancies. Click here to see a current list of committee/commission members  and where the Holy Spirit might lead you to serve within our Presbytery.



Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Line Dance Social from 2-6pm on Saturday, Aug. 13.  Tickets are $15.00.  Lite food will be served.  Come join us for Fellowship and Fun! Call RE Bobbie Tilghman at  443.310.3419  for tickets and information or view the flier.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, MD has an i mmediate opening for a part-time Organist and Music Director. This is an exciting opportunity available to a qualified candidate  who can coordinate music for our diverse music ministry.  Interested applicants should email their resume to Havenwoodsearch@gmail.com

Harundale Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time pastor's administrative assistant. Contact Rev. Dr. Tracey Davenport at 410-766-4338 or tracey@harundalepc.org.


Hope Springs seeks a Director of Faith Community Outreach. For a job description or further information, click here.

The West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and WorkCamps (WVMAW) is sponsoring a Flood Recovery mission trip October 16-22 that focuses on flood-ravaged areas in the state. The week-long mission trip cost $300; a daylong trip cost $75. WVMAW is a long term recovery agency working in partnership with the Presbytery of West Virginia. If interested, contact Robin Ray or click WVMAW.
St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute has launched a new Doctor of Ministry Partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary. This partnership opens a pathway through which students can take half their coursework with our exceptional faculty teams, ecumenical student body, and accessible class schedule, then finish in Ashland's vibrant, established program with faculty and student colleagues from around the country. Applications for this fall are still being accepted. For more information or to apply, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203). 

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 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
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