October 12, 2015
Inside this Edition
Healthy Boundaries  
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

Triennium 2016

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

Steering Cabinet
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.

Healthy Boundaries 
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. 
Praise & Prayer 

CRE J. Brewington
Prai se  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 Guatemala partnership as they travel to Central America to explore the Presbytery's Partnership with CEDEPCA .  The members of the group are: Andy Gathman (Chestnut Grove) , Deborah Baer (Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave.) , Laura Crihfield (Central) , Berniece Clark (Ashland)  and Tanya Morrell (Brown Mem'l Woodbrook) .

Resources & Tips 
The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015 - CAQ

Clerks of Session, t he CAQ 2015 is now available!
The address for the web based survey is: https://caq2015.pcusa.org.  

The deadline
 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 on Capitol Hill. 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." 

This article was adapted from:
"More than 400 Mid-Council Leaders Meet Concurrently in Portland" by GA Correspondent  Eva Simon and published Oct. 10, 2015 by the Presbytery News Service. Read posts from attendees at the Polity Conference and fall meeting events on Twitter at  presbyga #policon15 .

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Granite Presbyterian Church and Living Faith Fellowship are co-hosting a Faith and Film discussion of  "Selma" from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, Oct.18.  A light lunch will be offered; please RSVP by Oct. 15 to:  fjowens@hotmail.com .

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.

The 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:   bobandaudrey1915@gmail.com ) 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 Fall Gatherin 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 PresbyTiding s.

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Presbytery's Clergy Care Team encourages all congregations to recognize their pastors in some way during October . Some ideas can be found here:   http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2014/10/10-ways-to-show-your-pastor-you-care.html

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.

taff Directory

 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy


William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications



Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services