June 12, 2017
Inside this Edition

Save The Date: November Gathering 

Updating the Presbytery Directory

PCUSA Denominational Rolls and Statistics Available OnLine, All Year 

"THANKS" from the Gathering Team

Big Tent Scholarships Available

Stewardship Webinar: Hate Talking About Money and What to Do About It

Read the June Edition of the Ministry Group Communique

Fallston PC Named Outstanding Partner Organization

Central PC Screening "Walking While Black" 

Franklin Presbyterian Church Rain Garden Workshop 

Knox Presbyterian Church Celebrating 87th Anniversary

Synod Men's Conference focuses on Disabilities

Stewardship  Kaleidoscope Conference

Tenants' and Users' Liability Insurance Policy

Leadership Institute/ Union Presbyterian Seminary Summer Courses
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)

Cuba Partnership will meet 7-9pm on Wednesday, June 21 at First PC of Howard Co.

Trustees will meet at 9am on Tuesday, June 13

Commission on Thriving Congregations meets at 6:30pm om Tuesday, June 13

CRE Support Team will meet at 2pm on June 22

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on June 23, Catonsville 

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, June 28

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 28 

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet 1 pm on Wednesday, July 5

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, July 19

Churches for Middle East Peace Partners & Friends
For Immediate Release: 50 Years Too Long  Churches for Middle East Peace (cmep.org) hosted "50 Years Too Long," an advocacy event marking 50 years since the Six Day War and the beginning of Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories.  The event took place June 4-6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Participants heard from various speakers on the conflict and ended the event by meeting with their congressional offices. As part of that event an ecumenical letter, signed by the leaders of twenty different Christian denominations and organizations, was sent to President Trump asking him to work for peace and an end to the occupation. Below is one paragraph from the letter, seeking peace for Israeli and Palestinians. 

Read more about it:
140 Years of Faithful Fellowship: 
The Hyde Family & Faith Presbyterian Church


"Where there are strong family ties to the church, each institution is mutually reinforced through the union - and, thus, made stronger still."




by RE Paula Burger, 

Faith Presbyterian Church


On Sunday, nearly a hundred friends and family of Faith Presbyterian Church gathered in its fellowship hall to celebrate the Hyde family. Members of the Baltimore church for 140 years, earlier generations of the Hydes were counted among Faith's worshippers long before

Bill Hyde

the church was chartered in 1865; and, William(Bill) J.  Hyde, 94, still worships there on Sundays.


Those who gathered to honor Bill and his family reminisced about their contribution to Faith's emergence as a community-focused church. In fact, much of Faith's history from 1876 to 1962 was chronicled by Bill's parents, William and Lillie Hyde. Their family story begins in the mid-19th century when Bill's great grandfather, Moses Hyde moved to the Baltimore area and founded a soap company. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and, likely, involved in establishing Faith Church in 1876 as a mission endeavor of First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore.


The church was originally housed in a former blacksmith shop at Gay and Chase Streets. Its attendance grew quickly during the first two years, requiring the congregation to move across the street from the blacksmith shop. There, a framed building was erected on a part of a burial ground and dedicated in 1878 as Faith Chapel. 


Bill's grandfather, Frances A. Hyde was an elder of First Church and served subsequently as an elder and trustee at Faith.  Another Hyde, Edward I. Hyde, Bill's grandfather's brother, was also an elder. In these early years, other members of the Hyde family also contributed leadership, with Enoch Pratt Hyde, serving as a deacon and trustee at First Church, and Harry C. Hyde holding those same positions at Faith.


Bill Hyde's father, William Henry Campbell Hyde, was the first male child to be baptized at Faith Church on Nov. 30, 1878.  And, as the Hyde Family flourished, so did Faith Presbyterian Church. By 1923, a new English Gothic sanctuary had been built adjacent to the Chapel and, subsequently, a community building was added to facilitate programs for a very large Sunday school enrollment of over 900! This imposing structure at Broadway and Biddle streets was a central factor in the Hyde family's life, with regular attendance (going on foot or by streetcar) at Sunday school and a worship service featuring sermons of up to two hours.


The stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression took Bill's family to southern Maryland where they eked out a living for ten years working the land and waterways. Once the economy improved, the family returned to Baltimore and Faith Church. Bill's father served here as a deacon, an elder, Sunday school teacher, and active participant in the Men's group. Bill's mother played the piano for the Sunday school and was active in the Women's Association and Clifton Circle.


Bill had stints as a trustee of Faith Church, from 1955-57, 1970-1972, and 1978-1981, as well as a long career as sound engineer, and frequent lector reading from the Hyde family Bible. His wife, Miriam, was an elder and for many years maintained the church library, which is now dedicated to her memory. Bill's brother Earl was a particularly engaged Faith member, serving as an elder and Clerk of Session, chair and member of numerous committees, and Superintendent of the Church School


Faith Church continued to grow its physical plant, moving in 1951 to a new church edifice on Loch Raven Boulevard to accommodate a congregation of 1200 members. Like most churches these days, Faith has not sustained such impressive numbers, but it has continued to have a wonderful congregation of authentic and diverse folks who are dedicated to this especially welcoming and unique community of faith. And, Faith is committed to the City where we are seeking, standing and serving. 

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide


What is your congregation doing to address some of the root causes of racism, classism or poverty? The November presbytery meeting on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Harundale Presbyterian   Church will focus on some of the ways our congregations are addressing these issues and  how your congregation can get involved.  At that Gathering, there will be a room dedicated to displays showcasing the ways our congregations are impacting their communities. Workshops will present some of the models our congregations are using to bring hope and healing to their communities.
We are letting you know about this many months in advance because this can only happen with your help. Would you like to set up a display about a ministry in which your congregation is involved? Is your church addressing root causes of racism, classism or poverty in creative ways that other churches could learn from through a workshop? If so, you can reserve a spot for a display or suggest a workshop topic by contacting Debbie Schmidt: dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org. The deadline for workshop submissions is September 15, 2017 and for display space, Oct. 13.

It's time to update the Presbytery of Baltimore's Directories for 2017-2018. Click the link: DIRECTORY UPDATE  to review the current information and email Wanda Morgan if corrections should be made.  Please respond no later than July 28
PCUSA Denominational Rolls & Statistics On-Line:  churches and presbyteries can now  access the year-end statistics online reporting system . To access the site you'll use the same we bsite previously used, http://oga.pcusa.org/stats The Portal replaced the eMinister link. Use the same username and password you previously used for eMinister and statistics. You'll find a helpful user guide in the welcome area. Go to the Online Statistics Entry system

The Presbytery of Baltimore's Gathering Team THANKS all who attended the May Gathering and submitted an evaluation. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!  
Wanna to Go To Big Tent?  
Scholarships are still available.
Check out the June Edition of the Presbytery of Baltimore's Ministry Group Communique . . . Click Here 

Congratulations to Fallston Presbyterian Church for being honored in 2016 and 2017 as Outstanding Partner Organization by the Harford Family House, which benefits homeless families.

Central Presbyterian Church in Towson will again feature a screening of "Walking While Black" at 7pm on Monday June 12. This showing will also include discussion with Chief Melvin Russell , commander of the Baltimore Police Department's Community Collaboration Division. 

Please join Knox Presbyterian Church in our celebrating our 87th anniversary  beginning at 10:30am on Sunday, July 16.  Our theme is "Transformed and Renewed to Do Great Things in Christ and our speaker is the Rev. Michael L. Moore, Pastor.  A picnic lunch will follow the worship service. Dress is casual. 


The 2017 Synod Men's Conference entitled "What Does The Lord Require" will include discussion about those who are disabled in support of Presbyterians for Disability Concerns. The conference, held July 14-16 at Massanetta Springs, VA., costs $40 for first-time attendees. For details, click Synod Men's Conference.

SAVE THE DATE!! Stewardship  Kaleidoscope Conference  Sept. 25 -27, 2017 at  St. Pete Beach, Florida 
Trade Winds Grand Resort. Click Stewardship Kaleidoscope.

What is a TULIP?  TULIP is a Tenants' and Users' Liability Insurance Policy, also known as "Events Coverage." It is used by institutions who permit "third parties" to use their facilities for specific events. It protects both the "facility user" (e.g., event host or visiting organization) and the institution against claims by third parties who may be injured or lose property as a result of participating in an event. Click here to learn more.

The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary is offering several interesting courses this summer:

Check out these and other events offered by The Leadership Institute at  www.upsem.edu/leadership-institute .  We hope to see you soon!

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

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

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center