March 6, 2017
Inside this Edition
Clergy Retreat

Healthy Boundaries
 
Susquehanna Parish MG's Spring Discipleship Event

Workshop at Havenwood PC: Ruling Elders & Deacons Learn to Serve Communion

Faith PC: Celebrating the African Diaspora

Catonsville Concerts at 3:Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

Spire Series: Piano and Cello Concert
 
Earth Forum at 1st PC of Howard Co.

Earth Action Weekend

Roland Park seeks organist/pianist

"Walking While Black," Film Screening at Central PC

POAM Conference 

Strong City Conference 

Presbyterian Outlook: Women History Month Resource 

Board of Pensions

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

Steering Cabinet (Executive Session) will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Mar. 7

Steering Cabinet (Whole Group) will meets at 1pm on Wed. Mar. 22

Trustees  will meet at 9am on Tuesday, Mar. 7    

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 8

New Clergy Orientation will be held at 10am on Thursday, Mar. 9

Permanent Judicial Committee will meet at 10 am on Thursday, Mar. 9

Commissions on Thriving Congregations & Spiritual Leader Development will meet together at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Mar. 21

Commission Reconciliation  will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 22

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Mar. 30

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Interim Pastors meet a 12noon on Tuesday, Mar. 7 

Healthy Boundaries Training will be held 8:45am On Thursday Mar. 16 at Central PC

COLA will meet at 10am on Thursday, Mar. 16

Cuba Partnership Team  will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 1st PC of Howard Co. 

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership meets at 7pm on Tuesday, Mar. 14

Uptown Ministry Group will meet Mar. 23 at Govans PC

West Side Story Ministry Group will meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Mar. 28 



by TE Rev. Michael L. Moore, 
TE Rev. Michael Moore
      Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church

On Friday, April 14, the Presbytery of Baltimore's Apostle/Disciples group is hosting a Good Friday event with a twist. Instead of the "Seven Last Words" sermon traditionally offered on Good Friday, we'll look ahead to the "Seven First Sayings" after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The service will be held from 12noon to 3pm and feature seven women, each of whom will preach a sermonette on one of seven first sayings or "utterances" after the resurrection:  "Who are you looking for?"; "Don't be afraid"; "What are you concerned about?"; "Peace be with you"; "Go into the world"; "Have you caught any fish?" and "Wait for the gift." The women include Minister Doris Loftin of Pleasant Rock Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Tracey Davenport of Harundale PC, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Felton of Madison Ave. PC, Rev. Deborah McEachran of Hunting Ridge PC, Rev. Dr. Barbara Whipple of the Historic Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco of Second PC and The Rev. Kate Foster Connors of The Center.

I must confess I have a personal reason, as well as, a recent observation, for trying to bring these diverse women together to celebrate on Good Friday. I lost my mother two years ago and still receiving the ripples of faith and wisdom after her death. She was a profound woman in my life of extraordinary impact on the man I am today. As I thought about the first seven sayings each word reflected a message my mother had delivered to me over the course of her life.

My mother's first response to me was "Don't you cry little baby." She was first to respond, "let me walk you to school."  She was the first to give me a sense of self, "Don't you forget you are not better than anyone else, but no one else is better than you."  And, she was the first to simplify life for me, "You're a smart boy reading all those books but let me make it simple for you, "Do Right!"

Secondly, observing the recent "Woman's March on Washington, DC was an opportunity for powerful witness. The march on January 21, 2017 was a worldwide protest to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights.  Women were the first to respond to Donald Trump's statements -- some of which were regarded as "offensive" and "anti-women"-- following his inauguration as President of the United States.  It was a powerful witness.

My mother taught me that there is a certain dignity I must respect about woman. I shall never forget her words to me one day as a child that reminded me that despite her being my mother she also had a personal dignity that she demanded to be respected.

My mother for a time was employed as a maid and she worked in what I believed were homes of wealthy people. Often she would take me on the trolley car with her to these homes. The employers would call her "Ms. Willie." She would often have replied "Yes, Ma'am" or "yes, sir."

Coming home with her I decided to call her Ms. Willie."
I won't tell you what she did, however she said to me" "Michael, when I work for people I endure certain offenses, ignorance and tolerate it because I have five boys to raise including you. "You never have the right to call me 'Ms. Willie." "I'm your mother!"
I will always be mother to you.", but you know what? "You just lost that right today." The rest of the day my name to you is Mrs. Willie Alzena Moore!

"You got it?" I said yes Momma, I mean yes "Mrs. Willie Alzena Moore."

On Good Friday we will recognize diverse woman as first responders to the tomb of Christ. The women found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They realized then that Jesus had risen from the dead, just as he promised. They also knew that they had been the first to hear the news of his resurrection. 
I invite you to attend. I invite you to come and listen.

May God bless you and your families in this time of Lent.





In addition,  Knox Presbyterian Church will sell fish dinners for $15 each following the event; and, an offering will be collected to raise financial support for 
Acts 4 Youth's Shine into Womanhood, an educational program for young girls. Additional information about the 
"7 First Sayings" will be published later on the Presbytery's website. 

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Presbytery and Church-wide


Mark your calendar for the 2017 Retreat for Clergy, CREs and CEs on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at Bon Secours Conference Center in Marriottsville. This year, we welcome author Carol Howard Merritt who will explore spiritual woundedness as we find it among people who have been hurt by their experience of the church and among clergy who have had difficult relationships with their congregations. Plan to join us for stimulating discussions and collegial conversations.  Click here for registration or 

The Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will hold a Spring Discipleship Event at First Church Bel Air from 8:45am to 12noon on Saturday. Mar. 18. The event will feature worship and a presentation on ways to develop as an Earth Care Congregation. Participants may then attend one of three workshops:  Engaging the Senses in Worship;  Listening to God Together; and Evangelism in the Real World.   The Ministry Group would be pleased to have any members of the Presbytery at large join it for this enriching event.


Churches

Havenwood Presbyterian Church's Teaching Elder, The Rev. David Willerup, will host a workshop at 7pm on Mar. 6 at the church to train elders and deacons how to serve communion in the home or at the bedside of a church member. Read more about it here and then sign up here. There is no fee, although an offering to cover administrative is welcomed.

Faith Presbyterian Church will also host an Evening of Music Celebrating the African Diaspora at 7pm on Friday, Mar. 10 with James Mayo III as Conductor. This is a free, public event; however a free will offering will be collected. Click African Diaspora Concert to view flier. 

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents  the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra at  3pm on Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017. 
The concert will feature two classic silent movies, with the orchestra providing musical accompaniment from the authentic original scores.  For details call 410.747.6180.

As part of its Spire Series, First & Franklin Presbyterian Church will host a concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday Mar. 14 featuring Dariusz Skoraczewski on cello and Michael Sheppard on piano. For details, click  Spire Series.

First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. will host EARTH FORUM from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, March 19. They've invited a host of gardeners, cultivators, and tenders of the earth to share their insights and advice with participants on how to develop backyard habitats.  The Earth Forum is free and childcare is provided for infants and toddlers. For details, call 410.730.3545 or visit earthforumhc.org.

Central Presbyterian Church will host a screening of "Walking While Black -- LOVE is the Answer," a film by A.J. Ali and Errol Webber at 7pm on Monday, Mar. 20. The film explores the conflict between m inority communities coping with daily racial profiling and the scrutiny of police by an an anxious public. Admission is free.
Click here for details.

Roland Park Presbyterian Church seeks a skilled organist/pianist to work in close collaboration with the Director of Music to begin on or about June 11, 2017.  This is a 8-12 hour per week 12 month position with 5 weeks of paid vacation.  Salary range of $13,500-$18,500 based upon experience.  Visit www.rolandparkchurch.org for more details or click here to view job description.  



Other 
Register now for the  7th International Conference on Aging and Spirituality scheduled for June 4-7 in Chicago, IL. This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network. Click here for general information and click here to register .

Registration is now open for the 10th annual Strong City Baltimore Neighborhood Institute! The Institute, to be held Saturday, April 29, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the  Baltimore Design School, is an annual networking and skill-building conference. Click here to learn more.



March is Women's History Month. This month the Presbyterian Outlook is offering a weekly liturgy or activity for personal or group devotionals. Click here for more details.

Prayer & Praise 
Please pray for   Susan Krehbiel , the Presbytery's  Director of Congregational Advocacy , and her family. The Krehbiels are mourning the death of Susan's father,  The Rev. David E. Krehbiel , who died Feb. 23 at his home in Ann Arbor, MI. A Memorial Service is scheduled for a later date. He was 84 years old.

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And, please pray for the family of TE Rev. Ben Jones who died Feb. 24.  Rev. Jones was a long time minister member of the Presbytery of Baltimore.  During his pastorate he served at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown, and then more than 20 years as pastor of the Emmitsburg and Taneytown churches.  Click here to read more about Rev. Jones.
 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org 


  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter


Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
  
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
dgreene@baltimorepresbytery.org
 
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services