March 26, 2018
Inside this Edition

Clerks' Meeting Schedule

One Great Hour of Sharing

Lenten Study: The Bible and The Lynching Tree

The Center has Two Weeks of Summer Openings for Groups!

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

Pastors' Retreat: The Person Behind the Pastor.

In The Loop Good Friday Service

Babcock PC "Know our Rights" Workshop Focuses on Immigration 

Granite PC Jazz Vespers featuring the John Lamkin Sacred jazz Quintet

Father-Son Duo Ken and Brad Kolodner featured in Old Time Folk Music Concert at Springfield PC

Trinity Women's Day Service Featuring Gen. Presbyter Jackie Taylor

Light Street PC seeks a Communications Director 

Maryland Presbyterian Church seeks an Administrative Assistant

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III Lectures on Higher Education and Society 50 years After Dr. King's Assassination 

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

The Presbytery's office will be closed Mar. 30 through Apr. 2 in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will reopen for business at 8:30am on Tuesday, Apr 3.
  • Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 28
  • Committee on Ministry meeta at 10am on Wednesday, Apr. 4
  • Spiritual Leader Development Commission meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Apr. 4
  • Gathering Team meets at 11am on Thursday, Apr. 5
  • Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at Catonsville PC
Praise  & Prayer
Please pray for the  Rev. Neta Pringle ,
Interim Pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, who is hospitalized at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center following surgery to her right leg. Rev. Pringle fell and injured her leg during a recent Sunday service. She received is recuperating well, and expects to be absent from the pulpit for at least a month while she receives physical therapy. 

"Say Something . . ."

"And t hey went out and fled from the tomb, for  trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for the y were afraid. " (Mark 16:8)

General Presbyter Jackie Taylor offers 
an Easter Message:

One Saturday, while housecleaning, I turned  on one of those home shopping channels. S oon I was listening to  a chatty host explain why I needed a particular garment.  At first her voice was background noise, but within minutes, I was glued to the screen listening intently to the casual, yet compelling presentation. It wasn't long before I was reaching for my laptop to place an order.

What did this woman say to separate me from my money? How did I become convinced? What is in any message that causes us to act, change, support or show up? There could be many psychological factors in play but the simplest explanation is: someone said something!

Thank God for leaks! If not, we might never know about Christ's ultimate victory over death. Somebody, somewhere told the whole story despite the women's silence. Somebody spoke up during the civil rights movement. Someone made some noise this weekend to spark an epic march to address gun violence. Someone told YOU about the saving power of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection on Easter morning.

Not all of us are preachers, activists o r speech makers. But we can all tell a neighbor about our congregation. We can quote a line in a sermon to a friend and most important, we can live like Easter Sunday makes a difference in our lives, giving and ministries. One by one, we can move the church from being "background noise" in our society, to being in the forefront of relationship building, community and social change. Surely our message is more compelling than a shopping channel - and if not - we have work to do!

So, after your Sunday sermon or your response, "He is Risen Indeed", what else are you going to say about your church and about your faith? How are you going to overcome your fear of the unknown and step outside of your church door and offer the gift of hospitality? What compelling message will you bring to encourage one to act, change, support or show up? Looking forward to finding out!!


Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

2018 Schedule of Clerks' Meetings

Date   Time  Church  Location  Facilitator
Saturday, Apr. 14 10am Govan PC 5828 York Rd. (21212) M. Gaut
Sunday, Apr. 29 2pm Good Shepherd PC 22 Joppa Farm Rd. (21085) J. Carlson
Thursday, May 17 7pm Harundale PC 1020 Eastway (21060) J. Carlson
Saturday, May 19 10am Hunting Ridge PC 4640 Edmomdson Ave. (21229) J. Carlson
Monday, June 11 7pm FPC of Howard Co. 9325 Presbyterian Circle (21045) M. Gaut
Saturday, June 30 10am Hancock PC 17 East Main St. (21750) M. Gaut

If you did not receive the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Palm Sunday, you may receive it this week on Easter. The OGHS is the greatest giving bargain in PCUSA! The one offering supports three phenomenal ministries: Presbyterian Disaster AssistancePresbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. When you give to OGHS, you are assisting in the empowerment of others as they move past physical, emotional, spiritual and/or other misfortunes and challenges. You can be a springboard for the beginning of their resilience. Although there are designated days for donations, they are accepted and useful at anytime and your thoughtfulness and generosity will be greatly appreciated. 
                                                                            Peace and blessings to you. 
The Lenten Study Series on The Cross and the Lynching Tree by Dr. James H. Cone moves to this week 
to Trinity Presbyterian Church  (3200 Walbrook Avenue).

Thursdays, Mar. 28 
We  will conclude our discussion of  The Cross and the Lynching Tree  by Dr. James Cone at  Trinity Presbyterian Church ( 3200 Walbrook Avenue)   Co me for a light supper at 6 p.m. and the study begins at 6:30pm Adrienne Knight will moderate the on-line participation via Go To Meeting starting at 6:30pm.  You can join the Lenten study from your computer or smartphone:

The Center has a couple of weeks that are still open for Summer 2018
We're opening two weeks for local youth to do a week of day trips. The first will be July 16-20 in Annapolis at the STAIR Literacy Camp. The second will be July 30-August 3 in Baltimore at the Woodbourne McCabe VBS. Members of the Center's staff will be on site each day to lead a devotion and debrief, and to serve alongside volunteers. It'll be a great way for young people to learn and serve in their city (and maybe complete school service hour requirements). Please help us spread the word! Contact McKenna Lewellen for details.

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." 

The Person Behind the Pastor: Who are You When You Are Not Being a Pastor?

Make plans to join your colleagues in ministry Wednesday & Thursday, Apr. 11 & 12 at Bon Secours Retreat Center for 24 hours of personal and spiritual refreshment in a beautiful, inspiring setting. There will be time for spiritual practices, including yoga, walking the Labyrinth, meditation and worship. There will also be Open Space conversations and plenty of time for relaxed conversation with others in ministry. The cost of the retreat is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Debbie Schmidt:

Sponsored by the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development


In the loop Ministry Group invites all to a special Good Friday Service. Join them for TWO Good Friday Worship Services at 12noon or 6:30pm at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church (4640 Edmondson Avenue). For more information, download flyer or bulletins.


Babock Presbyterian Church, in partnership with the  ACLU of Maryland, will host a  "Know Your Rights" workshop with a special  focus on immigration at 6:30pm on T uesday, Apr. 3.  In this workshop, participants will:
  • Find out what to do if you are asked about your immigration status.
  • Learn about your rights, how to prevent arrests, and what to do if an arrest occurs.
  • Get answers to your legal questions and tips for protecting your rights.
Spanish translators and childcare will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.        

Granite Presbyterian Church will present a Jazz Vespers featuring the John Lamkin Sacred Jazz Quintet from 5pm to 7pm on Sunday Apr. 8.  Refreshments, including homemade gumbo, will be available for sale during intermission.  This event is free of charge but a free will offering will be taken up prior to intermission.  For details please contact Frank Owens.


Ken and Brad Kolodner
, a dynamic father-son duo  will take center sage at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 15 in a concert of old time music at Springfield Presbyterian Church. The folk music concert features instruments like the hammered dulcimer, fiddles and banjos
For details, click Old Time Music.

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a special Women's Day service entitled "Celebrating the Gifts of Women: Faithful Women are God's Witness" at 11am on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature General Presbyter, The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Taylor, as guest speaker.    

Light Street Presbyterian Church is currently seeking a part-time Communications Director to manage communication across a number of different platforms (printed materials, website, and social media).  If interested, please click here to review the job description

Maryland Presbyterian Church is currently seeking an administrative  assistant to begin in April. For details about the position, click here.


"Holding Fast to Dreams: Higher Education & Society 50 Years after Dr. King's Assassination"
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC, will give the Carroll Lecture to mark the  50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King   at 7:30pm on Thursday, Apr. 12 at St. Mary's Seminary & University Laubacher Hall.  Registration required: visit

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