Greater Loch Raven: Hiss UM says farewell to its familiar Smiley face

Things are changing at Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville.

Pastor Mark Smiley, who has been senior pastor at Hiss for the last eight years, has been appointed by Bishop John Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to the position of guide to the Western Region.


A new face at the church is the Rev. Timothy Andrew "Tim" Dowell, who was scheduled to preach his first sermon at Hiss on Sunday, July 1.

There will be a reception to welcome him on this coming Sunday, July 8, at 12:15 p.m.


Dowell, a pastor since 2001, served the Susquehanna Charge from 2001 to 2007 and Faith Point United Methodist Church from 2007 to 2012.

For the 14 years prior to 2001, he was an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation in Baltimore. In addition to serving his church, Dowell also serves on the District Board on Ordained Ministry, as well as supporting the conference Retreat and Camping Ministries.

The community is invited to the welcome reception for the Rev. Dowell on July 8. For information about service times at Hiss, call 410-668-5665 or go to the website,

Meanwhile, the congregation said an emotional goodbye to Smiley and his family on June 17 at a reception following his last service at Hiss.

Dianne Thompson, director of Evangelism and Communications, spoke highly of Smiley, saying, "He willingly and joyfully shares his many talents.

"The complexion of the church has become more culturally diverse (under his administration). Participation in small groups and study has increased as he has shared his teaching skills," she said. "He helped initiate a deaf ministry and our contemporary service at 9:30 is signed for the deaf; Sunday School attendance and Vacation Bible School attendance have grown."

She also noted that Smiley has participated in mission work in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Louisiana, and used his self-taught handyman skills at the Baltimore County Christian Workcamp every July.

Congratulations to the class of 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, whose members earned a total of $350,000 in scholarships at seven area Catholic high schools. Although this year's class was smaller than the 2011 class, students earned $50,000 more.


The 15 students earned 21 scholarships, ranging from $500 to full tuition. Scholarship winners are:

Brian McShalley, Stephen Spicer and Paul Wilson, all going to Calvert Hall College High School.

Eva Hill and Kaitlyn McIntyre, The Catholic High School of Baltimore.

Emily Arnold Sarah Aviles, Eva Hill and Zoe Spadaro, Institute of Notre Dame.

Olivia Thompson and Paul Wilson, John Carroll High School.

Kaitlyn McIntyre, Maryvale Preparatory School.


Caroline Cummings, Jordan Hendriks, Kara Howard, Grace King, Rachel Susie and Malaika Wainjahia, Mercy High School.

Sarah Aviles, Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Give blood at Immaculate Heart of Mary's community blood drive on Thursday, July 12, 1 to 7 p.m. in Cartwright Hall, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson. For details, or to schedule an appointment, call Garrett Brown at 410-663-4357.

Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, 9318 Old Harford Road, invites children to its Vacation Bible School from July 23-27, 9 a.m. to noon. The free program is open to children age 4 through fifth grade and the theme is "Olympion."

To register, call the 410-661-5777, or go to for a registration form.

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