September 12, 2016
Inside this Edition
SDOP Deadline: Sept. 19, 2016
($8,000 in funds still available!)

Earth Care 2017 Planning Team

872nd Gathering 

Participate in Stewardship Acrostic for 872nd Gathering 

"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

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

Free Clergy Conference: Demystifying The Cancer Experience

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

Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10am

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.  

All Ministry Groups are encouraged to meet at a specific time set aside at the next Gathering at 9:30am on Thursday, Sept. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At this date, the Presbytery has received $184,599 in pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000.

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

COLA & Per Capita
Don't miss the vote at the 872nd  Gathering 
The Presbytery will be asked to approve increasing the 2017 minimum, base, and maximum salaries at each factor by 1.25% from the 2016 level as a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

Rationale: The Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) is 1.4% and for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) is 1.1% for the Washington-Baltimore region over the 12 months ending July 31, 2016.  The Presbytery Manual requires that we use the average of those two numbers, 1.25%. 

The Presbytery will be asked to approve the Presbytery's Per Capita for 2017 as $25.85, up 7¢, the first increase since 2014.   (The General Assembly portion goes up 38¢ to $7.50.  The Synod per capita for 2017 is $0.80.  The total is $34.15.)

The Center for EQ-HR Training presents a pilot program for pastors on Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Management from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at Riderwood Village Town Center Classroom
3140 Gracefield Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tuition: (including lunch) is $65.
Click  EQ-HR to register or contact TE David Harris to learn more.
The Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp: "What I did a t camp this summer. . ."
Baltimore-Dakota Learning Camps Partnership

Dever reads with a young camper 

by Dever Cunningham, 
Youth Counselor 
Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp 

This summer was the fourth year that my mom, brother and I volunteered at the Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp in the Upper Sioux Community -- also known as the Pejuhutazizi Oyate -- in Granite Falls, Minnesota. I love every year of the camp experience, which lasts a week for the Baltimore Dakota Learning Camp crew of staff, campers and organizers.

I've been a counselor for four years and I can't wait to go back and see the kids in my group. All of the kids in my group are amazing and brilliant in their own way. It's amazing to see how much they've changed over the year, and even better when they recognize me, even though I've changed a lot over the four years, too: getting taller; wearing different styles of clothing and hairstyles (first long then short, then long and tied back in a ponytail). 

I still cherish memories from my first year, like playing with the kids on the playground or my group eating lunch under the table for fun to make one shy boy na med 
Collecting frogs
B oston feel more comfortable. The second year was  even bett er as we enjoyed chasing frogs through the grass an d seeing if we could find one bigger than  the ones we had already caught. The third year was as much fun as all the others because we reunited with old friends and had lots of fun with robots. 

This year was the best yet, with more fun with robots built for sumo wrestling, new friends and a sleepover with the older kids. The playground outside the community center is a great place for all the campers to gather, letting groups come together for a pick up game of basketball or kickball
Getting ready for a Sumo robot battle
or just some time on the swings and jungle gym. All of the kids at the camp are awesome, especially the younger children. Many of them wanted to play with me even though they hadn't met me before; and, then, they wanted to follow me around the rest of the camp day even though they weren't in my group.

My experiences and my connection with these wonderful and special children are what makes me come back year after year. I fully intend to return again next summer even though I'm now in college and don't know what my schedule will be. Each year the camp gets better and better not just in structure or stations, but in the kids who come, and the joys they bring to the camp and staff every year.

The Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps is funded through your contributions to Our Shared Ministry.

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

This year, SDOP applications are due on Sept. 19. As of today, no one has applied for any of the $8,000 in SDOP grants.  If you are aware of community groups in need of financial support please refer them them to the application on the SDOP webpage

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.

Call for Stewardship Support at the September Gathering.
The Stewardship Team of the Commission on Thriving Congregations is looking for ( 8) people to participate in a walking, talking stewardship acrostic. You must be engaging and willing to wear an "alphabet letter" of the word "stewardship" on your clothing and share a scripted message about stewardship that will be provided to you. To participate in this fun activity, email Ledonia Kimball at

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

Kenwood Presbyterian Church will host a Community Day  from 10am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 17. B oy Scout Troop 16 will present a  safety demonstrations and flag retirement ceremony, the nearby Linover Home Association will hold a yard sale, and the church will offer  fun and games for kids and a silent-auction. All are invited!
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


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. 

A two-part conference entitled Demystifying The Cancer Experience for Clergy and Religious Leaders will held from 8am to 12noon on Thursdays (Sept. 15 & 22) a the Koch Cancer Research Building II, Classroom 111 (1st floor).  The event is free and includes lunch.  For details, click The Cancer Experience.

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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