September 19, 2016
Inside this Edition
Earth Care 2017 Planning Team

"7" Middle School Retreat  

In the Loop Summit: Lament & Hope, A Response to Violence in Our Community

Trinity Family & Friends Day

Kenwood PC Community Day & Pumpkin Patch Story-Time

Faith PC seeks a Full-time Parish Administrator and Book-Keeper

IONA Scholar John L. Bell Speaking at 1st PC of Howard Co. 

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Chestnut Grove Seeks a Director of Christian Education

First & Franklin Seeks a Child Care Provider 

Dr. Mary Mikhael Lecturing on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Good Shepherd PC

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

The Steering Cabinet will meet Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1pm

Large Church Leaders will meet 6pm Friday, Sept. 30 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County.

The Cuba Partnership  will next meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Hunting Ridge PC.

In The Loop Ministry Group will host its annual Mission Summit  from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church .

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will host a Leadership Training Workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.  

The Board of Pensions Retiree Luncheon will be held 11:30am Thursday, Sept. 29 at Pappas Restaurant in Carney. 

New Leadership 

General Presbyter Jackie Taylor receives a prayerful welcome following her installation at the 872nd Gathering last Thursday at 1st Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.

Hear jackie deliver her first sermon, "Flapping or Soaring" before members of the Presbytery.  

Additionally, TE Jack V. Carlson was installed as Moderator and RE Adrienne Knight was installed as Vice Moderator.
Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $185,599 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

Journey Through the Bible . . .
The Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group

by TE Ray Meute, 
Interim Pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church 

Five churches within the Susquehanna Ministry Group are currently partnering in a journey through the Bible. Members of Chestnut Grove, Fallston, Grove, Good Shepherd and Highland are using the chronological bible,
The Story, to learn together, deepen their faith and build community. 

Sunday, Sept. 11, was the first Sunday of this new adventure and four of the five pastors participating in The Story reported overwhelming success with high energy and enthusiasm. Higher worship attendance was also noticed.

The Story experience is designed as a whole congregation journey. Sunday school classes, small groups and worship services are all in synch through the 31-week exploration. The goal of the study is to help participants get a better grasp of the overall message of the Bible and see how it fits together to reveal God's gracious plans of restoration, and redemption. From the youngest members of the congregation to the oldest, all make the journey together.

Since the Bible is a vast, diverse, and sometimes confusing collection of literature  The Story  highlights the "Upper Story" of God's sovereign and providential plan of redemption by focusing on 31 key chapters from the Old and New Testaments, studied in chronological order. At the same time, it shows how that story interacts and intersects with the "Lower Story" of God's special people Israel and extends out to include all people.

As each of the five participating congregations makes this journey in their own community, they will also be journeying with those from the other four churches involved. The pastors of the congregations are meeting every two weeks to talk about the chapters and share ideas. They are also planning a "pulpit swap" in late October and they are sharing in the writing of liturgy for worship.

The Story website provides many extra resources including promotional materials that can be used by churches to invite the community into the experience. If you would like to investigate The Story go to . There are also preaching aids such as outlines, video vignettes, and other helps; much of this has been developed by churches who already took The Story journey. The five churches engaged in this mutual undertaking look forward to grasping God's Word in new ways and experiencing God in their midst as they embark on this exciting journey.

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

A planning team convened to organize Earth Care events next year will meet at 2pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. Professor Trisha Tull from the Louisville Seminary and Rebecca Barnes from PCUSA will work with our congregations to develop an agenda on environmental issues . To RSVP, email TE Sue Lowcock Harris .

Trinity Presbyterian Church  will host 
Friends & Family Day
during the 11am worship service on Sunday Sept. 25. 

Kenwood Presbyterian Church will offer Pumpkin Patch with story time from Oct. 15-31 .  The patch will be open weekdays from 11am-7pm; Saturdays, 9am-7:30pm; and, Sundays from 12pm-7pm.  There will be an assortment of pumpkins, gourds and other goodies

Faith Presbyterian Church seeks a  full-time parish administrator/bookkeeper.  For a job description, click here.  Interested individuals are asked to send their resumes to the church at 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Balto. MD 21239, Attention:  Scott McGill. 

Come gather Oct. 1 & 2 with the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for an extraordinary weekend of learning, singing and praying together led by John L. Bell, Scholar in Residence.   To learn more, click here

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Director of Missions.  The Interim Director of Missions (IDM) empowers the mission engagement of the whole church working in cooperation with WELCOME and other ministries to ensure that every member has an opportunity to Christian service.  To learn more and apply for the position, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, MD) seeks a part-time (20 hours) Director of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation .  Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to committee chair Robin Znamirowski , A full job-description is available by clicking Chestnut Grove

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church is looking for a qualified child caregiver to work Sunday mornings from 9:15am-noon, and occasional weekday evenings in our nursery. Must have experience caring for infants and toddlers. Background check and references required. Email inquiries or resume and interest letter to .


The Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will host Dr. Mary Mikhael in a lecture about the Syrian Refugee Crisis at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Joppatowne. 

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 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