May 15, 2017
Inside this Edition
Clerks' Meetings 

Clergy Retreat

Annual Women's Day at Lochearn PC

Music of Three Faiths at Se cond PC 

Cherry Hill PC 70th Anniversary!

Catonsville Concerts at 3: "Ayerheart"

Mental health First Aid Certification Training at Grace PC

1st PC of Belair seeks Christian Educator and an Office Administrator 

Havenwood PC seeks a Part-time Church Office Administrator

Deadline for Young Adult Volunteers

Hurricane Season is Upon Us -- Get Prepared! (Insurance Board)

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Regional Conference 

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

Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) will meet 10am on Wednesday, May 17.

The Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet 3pm on Wednesday, May 17 at Catonsville PC.

The Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 24

Commission on Reconciliation meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 24

Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Thursday, May 25.

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, May 25

Cuba Partnership  will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, May 17

In The Loop Ministry Group meets at 6pm on Tuesday May 23. Location TBA.

Here's a question:   What's the most important thing your congregation's doing, the most crucial ministry your church is engaged in?  Whatever answer you come up with, chances are that nurturing disciples is likely to be a part of it.
The Book of Order lays it out: The church is faithful to the mission of Christ as it "Nurtures a covenant community of disciples of Christ" - BO F-1.03
I imagine you were nurtured as a disciple, weren't you... or, rather, I figure you are being nurtured, since no matter when your formation started, it's a life-long process for any disciple.  Which means that, for churches, disciple formation is work and responsibility that never ends.
So, how's your church doing with this?  Could it use some help, some encouragement, a few good resources?  If so, I invite you to come and to bring others with you to a Symposium the Commission on Thriving Congregation is offering on the last Saturday in September.  We're calling it:
                Sharing Sacred Stories - Forming Christ's Disciples
We've engaged as our keynoter the storyteller/actor Frank Runyeon - a Princeton grad who also studied at Fuller, Yale Divinity and General Seminary.  He'll help us explore some stories in Luke's gospel that can shape disciples profoundly.
We'll be offering practical workshops on intergenerational ministry, on nurturing leaders as disciples and on building a pathway for formation.

We're planning a set of "Ted Talks" to help us look at disciple formation from various angles - Formation by Facebook; formation in the immigrant context; formation through small groups; and others.  There's even going to be some open-space time for participants to use as they are led.
And, note this: we're building in a youth track, too.  We're inviting middle and high school age students - they'll be able to have their own special conversation with the keynoter on the topic of "Hollywood Versus Faith".
It's going to be a rich day, a rich resource for pastors and elders, youth and youth leaders, and others who have disciple formation interests and roles.  So, share the word and save the date - the symposium will be held  9am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 30 at the First Presbyterian Church Howard County.  Registration will open in June.

Bill Nickels,
Associate General Presbyter

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Presbytery and Church-wide

Minutes & Rolls Reviews  Now Scheduled!

North Baltimore City and County  - Wednesday, May 17, 7pm 
Babcock Presbyterian Church 
8240 Loch Raven Boulevard
Towson, MD 21286
Western Maryland  - Saturday, May 20, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church
17 E. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750
Anne Arundel  - Saturday, June 3, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church
1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Howard County  - Thursday June 8, 7pm
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, 
Columbia, MD 21043

Clergy, CRE, CE Retreat: There are still rooms available for the Retreat on the May 18-1 9 with Carol Howard Merritt . The cost is $170 and scholarships are available. For more information, contact .


Join the Women's Group of Lochearn on Sunday, May 21, 11 am, in celebrating their Annual Women's Day. Our guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, General Presbyter of the Baltimore Presbytery.

Second Presbyterian Church will host "Words and Music of Three Faiths" at 7pm on Sunday, June 18.  the event features music by the famous Peabody Consort accompanied by poetic readings from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. This event is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). For details, click Second Presbyterian Church.

In preparation for  Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church's 70 th Anniversary , the congregation is preparing a special souvenir booklet.   Please be one of the  churches in our Presbytery recognized as helping us celebrate such a grand occasion.   The pricing for the ads is attached.  Thank you all so much!
Pastor Keith O. Paige
Click here for flier and booklet

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Ayreheart , featuring renowned lutenist Ronn McFarlane, and offering an eclectic mix that includes elements of  folk, Celtic, Renaissance and bluegrass music , using the most popular instruments of the Renaissance with some modern additions.  The concert is at 3pm on Sunday, May 21 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church in Catonsville.  The concert is free, no tickets are required.  For more info, call 410.747.6180.

Become a member of the first responders for mental health first aid.   On Saturday, J une 24,  at  Grace Presbyterian Church and  NMJ Ministries will provide the Mental Health First Aid 3 year national certification training for members,  clergy,  friends, and veterans. This is an 8-hour course and will meet from 9am til 5:30 pm.   Registration deadline:  June 11, 2017.  Cost:  $30.00  (This cost has been supplemented with a grant from Mental Health Association of Maryland).  This includes material, light breakfast, and lunch.   Please Contact Pastor Wade  at 410.466.4000.  You may also sign up on line at Space is Limited.

1st Presbyterian Church of Belair seeks to fill two positions: (1) a part-time Christian Educator and Youth Director for its  Sunday School, youth program and Vacation Bible School who will plan fun activities for families on a regular basis, Children's church, and the mission trip for youth. Inquiries maybe made to Alison Halsey. And , (2) a Part-time 
Church Office Coordinator who will  oversee the office, maintain the equipment, order supplies, create weekly bulletin and newsletter, and other duties as assigned. Hours are 9am-12noon weekdays. Must have computer skills and some knowledge of the Presbyterian Church.  Inquires may be made to Bob Tayson.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time self-starting Church Office Administrator to help facilitate day to day operations.  Applicants need to be proficient in interpersonal communication, database management, the full suite of Office products, working with volunteers, and website maintenance. An ability to keep confidences is essential. A more complete list of duties is available upon request.  Expected hours are M-F from 9-2. Wages and vacation days are negotiable.  Please send resume, cover letter and references to Elaine DePoy, co-chair of the search committee, at no later than May 22 .


The final date to apply for the 2017-18 Young Adult Volunteer year is fast-approaching. June 1st is the final day for young adults to apply to a formative year of service at one of our 16 national sites. Thank you so much for all your efforts this recruitment season. Click here to learn more.

Tis the season -- Hurricane season, that is!    Learn what you must do to become prepared. 

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
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

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center