August 31, 2015
Inside this Edition


868th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore


Healthy Boundaries  


Granite PC Blessing of the Bikers


Mt. Paran PC 300th Anniversary


Churchville PC Family Fun Golf Night


Light Street PC Federal Hill Farmers' Market


Light Street PC Fall Community Yard Sale


Cross-Cultural Learning at New Life Korean PC


Woods Mem'l PC New Counseling Groups


Madison Ave. PC Bull Roast 


Brown Mem'l Woodbrook seeks Organist/Choir Director


Being the Church in the City Summit 


Creation Justice Ministries 


Just Food Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary


Spanish Language Classes


October is Pastor Appreciation Month


Prayers for Peace in the Middle East


Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 
Spiritual Leader Dev. Commission
will meet Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30pm

Personnel Committee will meet 1pm on
Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Gathering Team will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Sept. 2

Steering Cabinet will meet 1:30pm on Wednesday,  Sept. 9


Ministry Group Conveners Lunch will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9 

BAD Ministry Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6pm at Ark & Dove PC


Cuba Partnership will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 1  at Hunting Ridge PC

Baltimore/Dakota Learning Camp will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Catonsville PC

New Beginnings Event will be held at noon on Friday, Sept. 11 at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.   As of this date $106,680.12 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches who have already made part or all of their 2015 contribution :

Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
Woods Memorial   

God Bless!
No Third Term for
Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons
PCUSA Stated Clerk

The church lives its life through the liturgical seasons. Those seasons remind us of the biblical story and prepare us to celebrate the gift of God's grace in Jesus Christ. In Advent we live in a season of expectations-the expectations of awaiting the promise of new life and a new way of living.
I firmly believe the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has entered into a new chapter of its common life. That chapter is full of much promise as we continue to follow God into the world. It also is my belief that this new chapter needs new leadership. I am therefore officially announcing that I will not stand for a third term as Stated Clerk.
It has been a great privilege for me to serve in the church in a variety of ministries. In every setting I have met wonderful people who are extraordinary witnesses for God. I have seen unselfish, faithful service from small children to mature saints. All of these images and stories I will carry with me always.
It has been a great honor to work with a talented staff-people giving of themselves because they strongly believe in their call to the work. It is a staff that is always striving to find ways to help, to encourage, and to listen to the wisdom of the greater church. We are blessed to have such servants.
Most of all I want to thank my wife Kathy. She has been an honest supporter and good listener. She has helped me to stay grounded. Her theological insights open my eyes daily to new visions of God.
The Lord has been good to me during these years. God has sent me friends to encourage and friends to challenge. The Holy Spirit has filled in for my many gaps. The gift of faithfulness in the life of Jesus Christ has inspired me to journey on the road with other disciples during this time of great change. I look forward to the future that God is calling the PC(USA) toward.
The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  
Parsons was ordained in 1979 and served two congregations over 15 years. He also served as executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Holston for six and a half years. Parsons began working in the Office of the General Assembly in August 2000 and was elected Stated Clerk for his first term in 2008. A new Stated Clerk will be elected at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 18-25, in Portland, Oregon. The work of the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee is underway, and the committee is currently seeking church-wide input.

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Granite Presbyterian Church will host a "Blessings for Bikers" event at the Woodstock Inn (1415 Woodstock Road, Woodstock Md.) from 1-2pm on Sunday, Sept. 13.  Rev. Terrence Alspaugh will officiate.   All are welcome.

Join  Mt. Paran PC  for a weekend of celebrating 300 continuous years of faithful worship, service to the community and sharing the gospel.  Events are planned from Friday, Sept. 18 thru Sunday, Sept. 20.   Click:   300 Year Celebration.

Churchville Presbyterian Church will host a Family Fun Golf Night at 6:30pm on Friday, sept. 18.  Come on out and play a round of Putt Putt, and enjoy the fellowship and laughter we always have!! This is a fun evening for all!!

Light Street Presbyterian Church's Session has approved plans to host a weekly Farmer's Marke t in Federal Hill.   Plans for the Federal Hill Farmers'Market include hosting 6-12 vendors weekly throughout the year. The market is slated to be open on Saturdays, from  2:30 - 5pm, beginning Oct. 24.
Light Street Presbyterian Church will also host its annual Fall Community Yard Sale from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 17.  DONATE your unwanted  h ousewares (NO used clothing ,please!); VOLUNTEER to sort and  price items; R ENT a space for $25 ; and, SHOP for some real  bargains while supporting  the church's mission.  For details, call t he church office a t 410.539.0125 or email lightstreetchurch@verizon .

Would you enjoy serving and learning cross-culturally this fall?   New Life Korean Presbyterian Church on Rolling Road has a group of younger, engaged English-speaking members who meet weekly Sunday afternoons. For a couple of months this fall, the group would welcome some help with leadership and facilitation.  To learn more about this opportunity, contact Rev. Jeong Han, New Life's pastor, at 410.744.5711 or  

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church's Counseling and Care Center is pleased to offer three new fall group classes to support families in the process of a divorce or bereavement.  These groups will be facilitated by Aaryn Frick, LCSW-C, la state licensed therapist. Click Woods Counseling

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Bull Roast from 2-6pm on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave in Baltimore.  Donation - $55 per person.  For details, click Bull Roast

Brown Memorial Woodbrook is see king an Organist/Choir Director for one weekly service and 1 weekly choir rehearsal preceded by a handbell rehearsal.  For more information please contact  Alex Short,   or 410.323.6519.

Join Creation Justice Ministries for the ecumenical World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, 2015. Free ecumenical creation care prayer resources are available at

From Sept. 24-26 -- Princeton Theological Seminary will host its first Just Food Conference to cultivate conversations around food justice, food scarcity, the environment and opportunities for the church to engage in meaningful ways.  Folks who come will also have an opportunity to visit the seminary's new Farminary!  Or details, click Just Food Conference.

Do you work with the Hispanic community in parishes, schools, hospitals or other settings? Join Notre Dame of Maryland University for Spanish Language and Culture Part 1 classes on Tuesdays from September 22 through November 24. For more information, contact Linda Stilling, SSND, at 410.532.5306, send an e-mail to  or visit 

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Presbytery's Clergy Care Team encourages all congregations to recognize their pastors in some way during October. Some ideas can be found here:

A Day of Prayers for Peace in the Middle East will be held at the Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland College Park on  Oct. 18 from 3pm to 5pm. Click  Peace for more information. 

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