Faith & Film discussion on "Selma" at Granite PC
Cuban Tenor Francisco Alonso Diaz Performs at Faith PC.
Also at Faith PC, "Catch A Rising Star" Concert
Savvy Seniors: Age Related Driving Risks
Interfaith Domestic Violence Training for Clergy
Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse fall Gathering
PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month
In the Loop: Being Church in the City
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
General Presbyter Search Committee
will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 21
will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21
Committee for Preparation for Ministry
will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21
Committee on Ministry
will meet 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 4
Spiritual Leader Development Commission
will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30pm.
Reconciliation Commission will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28
Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 9am on Saturday Oct. 24 for
Leadership Training at
First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.
Baltimore- Dakota Learning Camps partnership meets 7pm on Oct. 13 at Catonsville PC.
Large Church Event
will be held Oct. 16 & 17 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.
certification will be held on Oct. 29 at Central PC.
Cuba Partnership will meet 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 4
Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held from noon to 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Hope PC.
God for the ministry of CRE John Brewington who will be commis
sioned as pastor of L
ochearn Presbyterian Church
during a worship celebration at 4pm on
Sunday, Oct. 25 at the church.
Please pray for members of the
as they travel to Central America to explore the Presbytery's Partnership with
. The members of the group are:
Andy Gathman (Chestnut Grove)
Deborah Baer (Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave.)
Laura Crihfield (Central)
Berniece Clark (Ashland)
Tanya Morrell (Brown Mem'l Woodbrook)
The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015 - CAQ
Clerks of Session, t
he CAQ 2015 is now available!
to complete the survey is Nov. 16, 2015
On Thursday, Oct.. 22,
Creation Justice Ministries
will co-host an inter-religious
Blessing of the Animals ceremony
. We are giving Congress an opportunity to pray for animals, in hopes that their convictions will be strong to protect public policies that b
less the animals.
Please invite your members of Congress.
Polity Conference & Mid-Council Meetings Seek to Strengthen the Denomination
The Rev. Veronica Goines at opening worship
-Photo by Randy Hobson
PORTLAND, Ore. --
In a rapidly changing church and world, no one is exempt from fear and anxiety, the Reverend Veronica Goines told more than 430 leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbyteries and synods gathered at the worship service that opened the annual Polity Conference and fall meetings last Friday.
"So many of us went into ministry for an ideal, and it's turned out to be an ordeal, and we want a new deal," preached Rev. Goines, pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City, CA.
But, "It's better to be in the mess with God than to be in the clear without God," she added.
Scores of mid-council leaders gathered over the weekend in Portland - the site of the 222nd General Assembly (2016)- to worship, learn and share ideas about how to respond to the shifting landscape of the denomination. Several members of The Presbytery of Baltimore attended the Polity Conference, including Interim General Presbyter Mary Gaut, Associate General Presbyter William "Bill" Nickels III and Stated Clerk Catherine Blacka.
The gathering included the Polity Conference, preceded by five other mid council leader events meeting concurrently for the first time: the Moderator's Conference, the Association of Mid Council Leaders annual meeting, the Association of Stated Clerks annual meeting, New Stated Clerks training, and the General Assembly Committee on Representation training event for synod committees on representation.
Strengthening the Church's leadership is one of the most important reasons for scheduling the Polity Conference and mid-council as one event. The new format includes time for mid council executives, moderators and stated clerks to meet separately as well as for conversation among the various groups. Strengthening these connections is vital at a time when "mid councils are in such transition and flux," said Jeff Hutcheson, president of the Association of Mid Council Leaders.
Mr. Hutcheson remarked that some presbyteries have combined the executive and stated clerk into one paid staff position. A few have eliminated all paid staff; and many have moved away from the title executive presbyter to reflect a less bureaucratic style of leadership. "The mission field is ripe. We're just trying to figure out how to align our structures to respond to where Christ is leading," he said.
"I think God is at work in and through our churches and our denomination. I think Christ is leading us to a new freedom and a deeper joy."
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. . . and the
Granite Presbyterian Church
Living Faith Fellowship
are co-hosting a
Faith and Film
from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, Oct.18. A light lunch will be offered; please RSVP by Oct. 15 to:
Faith Presbyterian Church
is pleased to present the highly acclaimed Cuban tenor,
Francisco Alonso Diaz
, in concert at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 18. Mr. Diaz is the artistic director of the Lyric Theater Company in Pinar Del, Rio, Cuba.
Also at Faith, at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 25
Shyanne Clark, mezzo-soprano, and Joanna Ford, soprano, will present Catch a Rising Star a concert of classical music, Broadway, spirituals and much more.
As age increases, older drivers experience multiple challenges on the road. The issue is not about being older, but the physical and cognitive issues with aging that impact fitness to drive safely. You can meet these challenges "head-on" by planning for your transportation. Join the Savvy Seniors from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for a discussion on age-related driving risks and tools and resources to manage those risks.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, join the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition (IDVC) of the Governor's Office for Community Initiatives (GOCI) for the third annual IDVC Dialogue & Training Session for Clergy of all faiths and domestic violence advocates. The goal of the day-long training and education session, is to strengthen Maryland faith and community leaders to take a stand against domestic violence. Registration is FREE! Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information.
Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse Fall Gathering
will be held at the Charlestown Retirement Community in the Cross Creek Meeting Room from 10am to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27. O
ur colleague, Ted Durr, will address "Temptation and Murder: as old as tomorrow" (Luke 4:1-13, Genesis 4:1-10). A summary of this topic is available to participants.
Please RSVP to Bob and Audrey Jewett at 410.203.1067 or email:
) by Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Directions available upon request.
We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Gathering!
Presbytery Women in the Presbytery
will sponsor its
g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14
at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
. Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of
Being Church in the City
Members of the In The Loop Ministry Group gathered Saturday for a leadership training on "Being Church in the City." Pictured above, participants join hands and sing hymns during worship on the lawn of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church at the close of the event.