June 29, 2015
Inside this Edition


BiG TENT: Scholarships Available


Deer Creek Harmony PC Needs Pews 


First & Franklin PC Selling Used Copier


Northminster PC Seeks a Praise Team Leader 


Chestnut Grove Seeks an Administrative Assistant


Second PC Seeks Associate Director of Music


Ashland PC Seeks Dir. of Christian Education


The Center's New Blog


"The Church in Changing Cuba"



Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office unless noted otherwise.) 

The General Presbyter Nominating Committee will meet 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, July 22 

The Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 22


Baltimore /Dakota Learning Camps group will meet 7pm to 9pm on July 14 at Catonsville PC 

Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for The Rev. Judi Johnson, who is recovering from surgery. Judi serves as coach of the Wild, Wild West Ministry Group.

And, also pray for CRE Ed Terry, pastor of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church, who is recovering from surgery.

New Interim General Presbyter Chosen

TE Mary Gaut

The Steering Cabinet and the Interim General Presbyter Search Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of TE Mary Gaut as Interim General Presbyter.


Mary will officially begin her duties with the Presbytery of Baltimore on July 15; she is under contract with the presbytery for one year.  Mary comes to this work after serving on many levels in our presbytery.  She served as pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church for 19 years and, while pastoring that congregation, served on numerous committees, commissions and entities of the presbytery.


In addition to leading the congregation of Maryland Presbyterian Church, Mary also served in the capacity of interim for five other congregations of the Presbytery of Baltimore.  And, she served on the team that helped to develop Ministry Group outcomes as our new vision was implemented.


In applying to be the Interim General Presbyter, Mary said:


The Vision and Ministry plan of Baltimore Presbytery offers a hopeful, bold and uniquely relational way for the presbytery to move into the future as a witness to the Gospel and agents of God's compassion, peace, justice and hope. But the vision is not yet deeply rooted in the heart of the presbytery and the details are still being worked out. Meanwhile, demographic trends, financial challenges and other cultural forces continue to impact the presbytery and its congregations. Many infrastructure issues (including communications, finances, clarification on ministry groups etc.) must be addressed so that the presbytery can be effective in the present and ready for the visionary leadership a new GP will provide.


The Steering Cabinet and Interim General Presbyter Search Committee are pleased that this role will be occupied by a colleague in ministry with vision, passion and a deep commitment to PCUSA.  We are confident that Mary Gaut will serve us well.  Please join me in welcoming her to this ministry among us.


In Christ,
Daris Bultena
Interim General Presbyter Search Committee

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Scholarships to Big Tent are available through the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development.  For details, contact Debbie Schmidt.



Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church must replace its wooden pews and is in urgent need of replacements.  Should you have  pews or know of a church that does have them, please email Rev. Susan Atkinson or call her at 443.252.1594.


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church has a a used Kyocera CS 4050 black & white copier with scanner for sale. It was purchased new in June 2009 and has been well maintained.  If interested, call Diane at 410.728.05545.

Northminster Presbyterian Church seeks a Praise Team Leader to oversee the contemporary music component of its Worship service. Click here for details.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, MD seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant & Program Coordinator to support  its congregation's mission and ministry. Click here for details.  

Second Presbyterian Church seeks a Part-Time Associate Director of Music.  Click here for details.


Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education. Click here for details. 




The Center's summer mission weeks are in full swing! Follow what God is doing through The Center's local partner congregations and visiting church groups at The Center's blog

www.thecenterbaltimore.tumblr.com   Read daily reflections from visiting group participants and view pictures posted by The Center.

"THE CHURCH IN CHANGING CUBA," featuring guest speaker

The Rev. Dr. Ofelia Ortega Su?rez of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba , will be held 12pm to 1:30pm on Thursday, July 2 at The Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway in Baltimore.  This
free program is sponsored by the  Central Maryland Ecumenical Council .  Bring your lunch and a drink.  For details, email cmecouncil@gmail.com or visit  www.cmecouncil.org.


taff Directory

 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek

Assoc. for Reconciliation


Susan Krehbiel

Dir. of Congregational Advocacy





William Nickels III

 Assoc. General Presbyter



Debbie Ingram Schmidt

Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services