September 17, 2018
Inside this Edition
Per Capita Rate

2019 Cuban Encuentro

WSSMG Quarterly Meeting & 
Church Leadership Training 

Granite PC sponsors "Active Shooter Response" Event

Brown Mem'l Pk Ave. PC Sponsor Nature Discussion with Doug Tallamy

Fall Youth Fest at Second PC

Tiffany Series at Brown Mem'l Park Ave

Ark & Dove PC seeks Music Director 

Chestnut Grove PC Vacancies

Farm to Table Event

Massannetta Springs "Starting the Conversation" 


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

  • Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Catonsville PC
  • Cuba Partnership will met at 7pm on Wednesday, Sept. 19
  • Uptown Metro MG will meet Saturday, Sept 22 for Elder Training 
  • Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Sept. 26
  • Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept 26
  • In the Loop MG will meet at 5pm on Sept. 28 a Faith PC

  • Praise & Prayer 

    Please pray for The Rev. Harold J. Cahill, pastor of Babcock Presbyterian Church, who  is preparing for a surgical procedure on Sept. 20.

     880th Gathering Highlights
    880th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore Sept.13, 2018
     FPC of Cumberland  Sept.13, 2018
    Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Dir. of PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Addresses PoB 880th Gathering
    Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Dir. of PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Addresses PoB 880th Gathering

    P reaching for Elders

    by The Rev. Jeanne Gay, Interim
         Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

    Does your church expect its elders to be able to preach? Or, are you an elder who feels a call to preach?

    Learn just what it takes to prepare and preach a sermon in a workshop entitled " Preaching for Elders" --  one of eight learning opportunities offered  as part of the Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group's 2018 Fall Discipleship Event: "Worship and Music". The event will be held 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. 

    The Susquehanna Parish MG is delighted to invite its leaders and members of its 11 churches, as well as those from other churches in the Presbytery of Baltimore to attend this event, which is focused on congregational and spiritual leader development. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5; contact Rev. Stephen Melton to register
    The workshop on Preaching for Elders will be led by the Rev. Jeanne Gay, Interim Pastor at Good Shepherd
    Rev. Jeanne Gay
    Presbyterian Church in Joppa, MD. This four hour workshop is designed to prepare church leaders to preach in their own or other churches. Some of the subjects covered will include exegetical vs. testimonial preaching; the purposes of preaching; and, structuring and presenting the sermon.

    The workshop will also include individual and group exercises and whole-group discussion. A panel of preachers will offer best practices in preaching and helpful tips. Those participating in this workshop will gain a set of tools for creating and preaching sermons.   If you're interested in participating, you need to do two things right away:
    1. Register for the event by contacting either Stephen Melton ( or 410-734-7344) or Jeanne Gay ( or 419-707-1562).
    2. Order a copy of the book to be used: A Sermon Workbook: Exercises in the Art and Craft of Preaching(Thomas H. Troeger and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Abingdon Press, 2013). 
    Once registered, participants will receive a description of the pre-work for the workshop, both reading and exegesis. Advanced preparation for this workshop is highly recommended and will result in a more rewarding experience for its participants.

    Take Note/Act Now

    Presbytery and Church-Wide

    PER CAPITA: $35.73

    Presbytery                           $25.93
    Synod of Mid-Atlantic     $     .85
    General Assembly            $   8.95

    West Side Story MG is delighted to team with Uptown Metro MG for an exciting leadership training session on  Saturday, Sept. 22 2018. Click here to learn more.


    Granite Presbyterian Church will host a program on "Church and Community Response to Active Shooter Events" conducted by the  Baltimore County Police Department from 7-8:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 25  No advance registration is required; however, be advised that traffic detours en route to the church may delay arrival time.

    Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a special evening beginning at 7pm on Sept. 25 with Doug Tallamy, nationally renowned expert on the benefits of restoring our landscapes, bird populations, and pollinators using native plants . For details, click Nature .

    Second Presbyterian Church invites youth and their families to join them from 6-9pm on Saturday, Oct. 6 for  "Fall Youth Fest" during which the congregation will welcome the  Rev. Grace Ji-Sun Kim . Rev. Kim is the author of  Mother Daughter Speak: Lessons on Life   (a message not limited to mothers and daughters). Join the congregation for a night of worship, energizers, mission project, and to share in a meal together. Please send RSVP to .

    Also at Brown Memorial The  2018-2019 season Tiffany Series presents internationally renowned jazz trumpeter Sean Jones, chair of the Peabody Institute's Jazz Department) in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 21.  Tickets are $20; students get free admission.  Patron tickets, which give much appreciated added support the Tiffany Series, are $50 (and you get a free CD).  Tickets to all concerts are now available on the Tiffany Series Current Season webpage: ( ).

    Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church seeks a Music Director. Click here for job description.

    Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church seeks to fill two positions:
    • Administrative position -- 24-hours/week during school hours. In addition to secretarial tasks, the position involves work with communications, ministry coordination and providing a front-line office presence. This position requires a real energetic, hands-on, self-starter who can handle lots of different tasks and responsibilities. 
    • Youth worker position  -- 10 hours/week; mostly Sunday mornings and evenings. Requires individual with strong personal faith and a passion for sharing it with youth. If interested in either position click here to learn more or email Rev. Andy Gathman.


    It is widely recognized that in life preparation is key, but how do we prepare ourselves and family members to face major life decisions surrounding the aging process, serious illness, and end-of-life care? Join Revs. Brandon C. Brewer and Scot Crannell for an important seminar entitled , "Starting the Conversation," at Massanetta Springs  Oct. 19-20. Click here to learn more and register.

    taff Directory

     Jacqueline E. Taylor
    General Presbyter 

     Deb Milcarek
    Assoc. for Reconciliation 
    Judy Johnson
    Ministry Group Staff

    Chuck Brawner
    Financial Administrator

    McKenna Lewellen 
    Center Coordinator

    John "Jack" Carlson
    Stated Clerk 
      Debbie Ingram Schmidt
    Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

       Deborah Greene  
    Dir. of Communications
    Laura Mullen
            Book Keeper

    Mary Gaut
    Deputy Stated Clerk

    Susan Krehbiel
    Dir. of Congregational Advocacy

     Wanda Morgan
    Dir. of Events/Services

    Kate Foster Connors 
    Dir. of The Center