February 5, 2018
Inside this Edition

878th Gathering: "Building Shalom in Our Communities" 

Necrology Report

Presbyterian Mission Agency Communications Workshop Scheduled 

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

Board of Pension Terms of Call 

Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Grove PC Free Concert

Havenwood PC Wine for a Cause to benefit Youth Hunger Program

Springfield PC Presents Pianist Aaron Thacker in Concert

Baritone Daniel C.X. Rich in Concert at Faith Presbyterian Church

Interfaith Power & Light" Clean Energy Job Act Advocacy 

Next Church Conference in Baltimore Feb. 26-28

Insurance Board Webinar: Keeping Your Congregation Safe/ Preventing Sexual Harassment in Your Church

NAPC Conference: "Dragons, Frogs & Other Fairy Tales of Women in Ministry 

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

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 7

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Catonsville PC

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Feb. 13 at Catonsville PC

Cuba Partnership will meet 7pm Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1st PC, Howard Co.

Praise & Prayer
Please pray for Pastor Ed Terry who will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday, Feb. 7.   Pastor Terry shepherds  Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown. Commissioned Ruling Elder Anita Bishop Johnson will preside over worship services during Rev. Terry's absence.

 New Commissioners to the
878th Gathering 

Meeting Papers for the 878th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore are now available for download on the website. Click here to visit the 878th webpage.
Additionally, there will be an Orientation for New Commissioners to the Presbytery's Stated Meeting at 9:30am before the Gathering. All are welcome!
Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People
by Susan Krehbiel, 
      Director of Congregational Advcacy

With over 65 million people on the move, our world faces the largest population of displaced persons in modern times.  In response, the U.S. Government is focused on how to limit humanitarian action and turn refugees away.  Do you wonder how the U.S. fits into the global picture?  How important is our voice "on the world stage"?  What difference does it make if the U.S. Government steps away from its historic role as a mediator in places of conflict and a leader in humanitarian response?  And what are Presbyterians doing about any of it?

On April 20, 2018, Presbyterians are invited to a one-day training, "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People," leading up to an ecumenical advocacy training weekend on the same theme.  Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in our country and abroad. In plenaries and workshops, we will analyze our current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to be advocates for peace and witnesses for love rooted in justice. 

Eighteen workshops will cover such diverse situations as:  human trafficking, the new sanctuary movement, the gap between the Church and Mass Incarceration, addressing root causes of poverty, the US immigration detention system, conflict and displacement from Syria and South Sudan, and skill building workshops such as how to stay in dialogue in divisive times.

Dr. Matilde Moros, the keynote speaker, is
Dr.  Moros
Assistant Professor with the Department of Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  She believes theological and social ethics must respond to sexual violence and racism which have led to the social exclusion of many peoples including Latin American and Latinx communities.
Rev. James Makuei Choul , panelist and workshop leader,serves as the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Relief and
Rev. Choul
Development Agency (PRDA), providing community-based relief efforts, rehabilitation and development to address the social and physical needs of the South Sudan people on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. He is a highly experienced advocate for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan, with a strong commitment to human rights and humanitarian issues.

Elmer Zavala , panelist and workshop leader, pastors the Presbyterian Hispanic Latino
E. Zavala
Ministry of Preston Highway, a new worshiping community in Kentucky comprised mainly of undocumented immigrants. The ministry focuses on house-church worship and relational, incarnational accompaniment.

Download this flyer to learn more; Register below or  contact Susan Krehbiel for more information, including scholarships.

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

FINAL NOTICE: Click here for general information.

Final Call:  Churches are requested to submit Necrology Reports to the  Stated Clerk 
by Feb. 6, Close of Business Day. The report will be read at the 878th Gathering.

You don't have to have a huge budget or a large staff to effectively tell the story of your work inside and outside the church walls. . .

Learn how to create excitement and energy in your congregation by using simple but powerful communications tools. On Saturday, Mar. 10, the 
Presbyterian Mission Agency's Communication Ministry will conduct a  FREE, full-day  COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Workshop materials and lunch will be provided for registered participants.  Space is Limited. To attend, email  Deborah Greene, Director of Communications.  by Feb. 26.

advocacy Announced for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day! Register Today - Space is Limited!
Advocacy Training Weekend , which includes Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day and  Ecumenical Advocacy Days , is scheduled for April 21-24, in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year's conference is
"Confronting Chaos, Forging Community - Racism, Militarism and Materialism." 

Take Note:  Board of Pension dues on Terms of Call form should be calculated at  37% of the effective salary.   Also,  Take Note , Terms of Call for Clergy must be submitted to the Presbytery office.

Need an interest-free loan  for the 2018-19 academic year to complete your college Junior, Senior or Graduate School studies?  The Ruth Gosnell Education Fund, directed by the Springfield Presbyterian Church, provides interest-free loans for those full-time students, regardles s of religion. To learn more, click Ruth Gosnell Education Fund and download an application. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1, 2018


Wine for a Cause: on Monday, Feb. 5, Havenwood Presbyterian Church will host two wine-themed events  to raise funds for Food for Thought, a program that feeds vulnerable students over the weekends. The wine instructor, Patrick Hicks, is a regional sales manager for Vineyard Brands (www.vineyardbrands.com). He travels the world inspecting, tasting and bringing wines to market. Participants must be over 21 to attend. 

Burgundy Wine Tasting Class (6-6:30pm) - A class to hone your skills and appreciation for beautiful burgundies. Only 15 seats are available for this class. The cost is $10/person payable by check or cash the day of the event. Registration: https://havenwoodburgundy.eventbrite.com.

Old v. New World Wine Sampling (7-8:30pm) - An event for folks who just want a decent glass of wine now and again. Come and taste and order only what you like. Orders taken at the event in Cash or Check only. Free event but registration is required: https://havenwoodwine.eventbrite.com

Springfield Presbyterian Church is proud to present  Aaron Thacker in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the church.  Aaron, Springfield's piano accompanist, is an accomplished musician who has performed extensively and served as rehearsal pianist for the North Carolina Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Peabody Conservatory and the Ford's Theater.  Please come and enjoy a wonderful FREE concert and some delicious food at the reception to follow.                                                  Click here to learn more . . . 

Faith Presbyterian Church presents baritone  Daniel C.X. Rich in concert of music by African American composers at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 23. 
Daniel has performed with several opera companies including the role of Surnani in an operetta commissioned by The Smithsonian and the Sultanate of Oman. He is a graduate of Morgan State, and currently a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. A meet the artist reception will follow.


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 as we gather in Annapolis to put our faith in action and call for more clean energy jobs in Maryland.  Together, we're advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that cares for our communities and Creation by:
  • Requiring half of Maryland's energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. 
  • Funding clean energy workforce development to ensure that our neighbors, particularly women and people of color, prosper in the clean energy economy.
  • Eliminating trash incineration from Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard. RSVP HERE!
What: Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Night
When : 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday, February 19th
Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St

Click here to learn more . . . .

Insurance Board Webinar:  Keeping Your Congregation Safe: Tips for Preventing Sexual
Harassment in Your ChurchClick here to learn more. . . (Feb. 7)

The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen invites all clergywomen to  Triennial 2018
"Dragons, Frogs, & Other Fairy Tales of Women in 
April 23-26, 2018  Montreat Conference Center. Click here to learn more.  

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center