September 14, 2015
Inside this Edition
868th Gathering 
Healthy Boundaries  
Mt. Paran PC 300th Anniversary
Churchville PC Family Fun Golf Night
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings & BSO OrchKids at BMPA
Catonsville Concerts at 3: Jazz to Ragtime
Light Street PC Fall Community Yard Sale

Light Street PC Federal Hill Farmers' Market
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

Free Hymnals from 1st PC of Bel Air

Being the Church in the City Summit 

CMEC Fundraiser for The Rev. Jack Sharp 

Intergenerational Discussion on Urban Education

The Center Seeks Part Time Administrative
Just Food Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary
PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month
Prayers for Peace in the Middle East

Massanetta Springs Seeks Exec. Director
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 
Trustees  will meet 10am on Tuesday,   Sept. 15

General Presbyter's Nominating Committee will meet 10am on Wednesday, Sept. 16

Committee on Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7

Thriving Congregations Commission will meet 6:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 15

Reconciliation Commission will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23

Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet 6:30pm Tuesday, Oc. 6


Guatemala Partnership will conduct a meeting via SKYPE at 8am on Tuesday, Sept. 22

Cuba Partnership will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at in the Woodmont RM of faith PC

Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps (BDLC) will meet 7pm Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Catonsville PC

Interim Pastors will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Hope PC.


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

West Side Story Ministry Group will meet at 11am on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Mt. Paran PC

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will meet 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Fallston PC 

Retiree Luncheon will be held 11:30am on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Matthew's 1600 in Catonsville

Healthy Boundaries 
certification will be held on Oct. 1 & Oct. 29 at Central PC.
Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for TE Terry Schoener's wife, Brenda, as the couple cope with her serious medical condition; and, also pray for the daughter of Craig Palmer, the former Interim General Presbyter, as he and his wife continue to care for their ailing daughter, Laura. 


Praise God for the 300th Anniversary of Mt. Paran PC celebrated this month and the 160th Anniversary of Grace PC, which will be celebrated in October.
God Bless!
Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.   As of this date $106,880.12 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches:

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!
the Work of Spiritual Leadership

by Rev. William V.P. Sitterley, Jr.

Just so you know where I am heading with this, I am going to conclude by promoting a workshop entitled "Re-Imagining The Work of Spiritual Leadership" on  Oct. 17.  Skip ahead if you will, but you might be interested in some background first. 
In December 2012 I read an article in The Christian Century that made a tremendous impact on me.  Co-authored by Roger Owens and Anthony Robinson, the article was entitled "Dark Night of the Church" - inspired by the classic "Dark Night of The Soul" penned by St. John of the Cross. While we have all been awash with articles talking about the decline of the church from a sociological perspective - not to mention articles on "5 Easy Steps to Turn Your Church Around" - this article was very, very different.  (Click here for the full text of the article that I have already highlighted for the busy executive!)  

Rather than offering simplistic explanations, this article spoke to my soul.  It represents a shift from a sociological narrative to a theological narrative. "For John of the Cross, the dark night of the soul was an experience - or absence of an experience - that God initiates and works in human persons in order to help them realize their fundamental union with God and liberate them for the perfect love of God and neighbor." The article expands on this while reflecting on the overall experience of the church these days. Could it be that this "darkness" is actually a kind of light?
While I won't go into more detail on that article now, I can see now that this article was profoundly significant in shaping my theological imagination as a leader in the church.  Dr. Roger Owens, one of the authors of this article, and Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will be our workshop leader on Oct. 17, at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, MD., from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  He will be helping us develop our biblical and theological imagination and learn how to create space to discern God's leading.  

Sponsored by the West Side Story Ministry Group, we felt that this event is important enough that we need to open it to everyone.   Registered attendees will be given a copy of the book "Community: The Structure of Belonging" by Peter Block to help  further develop our thinking.  Send an email to  to reserve a spot, and click here for a flyer with more information that you can share with others in your church.  I encourage you to consider this seriously.      

The Rev. William "Bill" V.P. Sitterley, Jr. serves as pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church. 

Take  noteTake Note /Act Now
Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

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:    300th Anniversary 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!

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings will speak about "Building Baltimore's Future," preceded by a short BSO OrchKids performance at 3pm on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill. A donation of $15 ($5 students) is suggested to attend this Tiffany Series event. or details, call 410.523.1542 or visit

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series presents Linda Loving in a compelling one-woman portrayal of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century spiritual figure described by Thomas Merton as the "greatest theologian for our time" at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2 at the church. 

Catonsville Concerts at 3  is kicking off its 17th season of presenting free, live musical concerts in the Catonsville community!  Please join us at Catonsville Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 when we present the eclectic jazz, ragtime, Dixieland and swing sounds of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. For details, call 410.747.6180.

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 .

Light Street Presbyterian Church's Session has approved plans to host a weekly Farmer's Market in Federal Hill.  Plans for the Federal Hill Farmers'Market include hosting 6-12 vendors weekly throughout the year. The market will open on Saturdays, from 2:30 - 5pm, beginning Oct. 24.

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.  

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 one weekly choir rehearsal preceded by a handbell rehearsal.  For more information please contact  Alex Short,   or 410.323.6519.

The First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air has 200 copies of the The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) available to any church or organization who would like them. If interested, contact TE Richard Link.

Rev. Jack Sharp
Join Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, GEDCO and Govans Presbyterian Church for a memorial fundraiser to celebrate the life of Rev. John "Jack" Sharp from 4-7pm on Sunday, Sept. 20 at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore. The event features an interfaith memorial service followed by a light reception. Suggested donation: $30. Proceeds will be divided among the three organizations.

An Intergenerational Discussion on the Inequalities of Urban Education will be held 5-7pm on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Weinberg Family Center Y in Baltimore.  For details, click Urban Education.

The Center ( ) is seeking a part-time worker to help with administration and logistics - 10 hours/week for 6 months at $15/hour; work can be done from home.  If interested, please submit a resume to Miss Good at  Deadline to apply is Sept. 21.

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.

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 a at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County . Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of PresbyTiding s.

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. 
Massanetta Springs, a presbyterian camp and conference center,
is seeking an Executive Director.  The candidate  will have demonstrated abilities in working with church or non-profit organizations, managing staff, finances and facilities, and leading marketing and fundraising programs.  Here is a full job description visit   

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
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications



Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services