January 4, 2016
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Remittance Notice 

Dramatic Production of the "Apostle" a Prince of Peace PC

Hunting Ridge PC Book Club focuses on Sykesville resident

Springfield PC Offers Interest Free Loans for Advanced Education Through the Ruth Gosnell Education Fund

Central PC Seeks and Operations Coordinator

Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

The  Leadership Planning Retreat will be held from 1pm on Monday, Jan. 7 to noon on Tuesday Jan. 8 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD

 Personnel Committee will meet at 1pm on Monday, Jan. 11.

The Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Tues., Jan. 12.

General Presbyter Search Committee will meet at 10am on Thurs., Jan. 14.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet 6:30pm on Tuesday, Jan. 19

Commission on Reconciliation  will meet  6:30pm on Wed., Jan. 27.

Interim Pastors will meet at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Hope PC.

Interim meeting at noon at Hope PC. 

Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.  As of this date $180,275.02 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry. We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches:

Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Cherry Hill
Christ Memorial 
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
First and Franklin  
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
St. John United
Woods Memorial    
IRS 2016 Mileage Rate 
Many pastors and staff drive their personal vehicles for church-related business, such as visitations or special events.  The IRS recently announced the new standard mileage rates for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rate will be:
54 cents per mile for business miles;  19 cents  per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and,  14  cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Some may remember the Presbyterian Youth Triennium - a gathering of thousands of young people from presbyteries across the nation - as a decisive moment in their spiritual journey.  Triennium is a wonderful event where students engage in worship, small groups, and recreation as they grow deeper in their faith. This year's Triennium will take place Jul 19-23 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
The theme of the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium is simply defined in one word: "GO," said Gina Yeager-Buckley, Triennium director and associate for   Ministries with Youth  in the   Presbyterian Mission Agency. "We felt God leading us to help some 5,000 young people take their next steps of faith. To focus not on the event itself, which we like to call 'the greatest five days,' but on what happens to them after the Triennium, as they 'GO' back into the world," 

Yeager-Buckley explained. This theme will be explored through the stories of Scripture, including:
  • The shepherds in Luke 2:8-30 who were terrified when the angel told them to "GO and see" the savior who had been born, 
  • The lawyer in Luke 10:25-37 who was encouraged by Jesus to "GO and do likewise," in the parable of the Good Samaritan, 
  • King David in Psalm 32 confessing his failures, and then knowing the joy of God's forgiveness, he discerns and is taught "the Way I Should GO," 
  • Moses in Exodus 3-7 (which means "to go") advocating for justice again and again- demanding Pharaoh, who held the Israelites captive in slavery, to "Let My People G0,"  
  • And the disciples in Matthew 28:16-20.  Even as some doubted what they had seen regarding the resurrection, Jesus came to them on the mountain commanding that they be a part of "God's great GO-mission" -of GOing into the world and making disciples. 
The Presbytery of Baltimore is excited to send a delegation of youth and adults to Triennium next summer. Registration is open to high school aged youth (rising freshman through graduated seniors in the summer of 2016). Adults 25 and older can be part of our delegation as an adult advisor, or can serve as a small group leader. To be considered as an adult advisor, please contact Joel Strom (link). If you want to be a Small Group Leader, you must apply through the Triennium website. Young adults, ages 19-24, can apply to be a part of work crew through the denomination. Our delegation, led by TE Joel Strom (Towson), will depart from the Baltimore area on Monday, July 18, and enjoy time together in dorms and reflection groups throughout the week. Transportation is provided by the Presbytery via chartered bus. To be a part of the Presbytery of Baltimore's delegation, you must register through our Triennium Registrar, Virginia Callegary (DCE, First Howard County).

The deadline for the trip deposit of $200 is due  January 20, 2016 - although registrations will be accepted until the bus has been filled. The remaining balance ($350 for youth) is due on or before April 20, 2016.  More details about the trip will be announced later. Payment information and the registration from may be obtained by clicking here.  
Have a question? Contact our Presbytery of Baltimore Triennium team at baltpyt@gmail.com or visit www.presbyterianyouthtriennium.org.  

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SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 is the last day that the Presbytery will accept remittances by mail for FY2015.  Remittances received after that date will be applied to FY2016. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.


Nationally acclaimed actor,  Brad Sherrill , returns to Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton for a one-night-only performance of his newest production, "APOSTLE," beginning 7pm on Sunday, Jan. 10. Click Apostle to learn more about this dramatic performance. 

Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church's Book Club will meet at 3pm on Sun day, Jan. 24 to discuss the novel, IN CARRIE'S FOOTPRINTS:  The Long Walk of Warren Dorsey . The book focuses on Warren Dorsey's roots in an African American community in nearby Sykesville and of his incredibly resourceful mother of 12, Carrie, the daughter of a former slave, who wanted a better life for her children.   

INTEREST-FREE COLLEGE LOANS AVAILABLE! The Ruth Gosnell Education Fund, directed by the Springfield Presbyterian Church, provides interest-free loans for full time college juniors, seniors or graduate students -- regardless of religion.  Loan applications are evaluated on academic performance, financial need and a short essay. Download the RGEF Form A, "Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Loan Application" at www.springfield-church.org or call 410.795.6152.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

Central Presbyterian Church is in search of an Operations Coordinator.  This position is critical to smooth running of the church's facilities' and creating the optimal environment for both internal and external ministries to operate. For details click Central. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to  HR@centralpc.org.


Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days 2016 Kick-off Event Faith Leaders to Issue Call-to-Action 6:30-8:30pm on Monday,  Jan. 11 at  St. Ignatius Church,  740 North Calvert Street in Baltimore.  This event is free but space is limited - Click here to RSVP Light refreshments will be provided.  Complimentary parking after 5 pm is available on the parking lot behind the Maryland State Highway Administration Building at 707 North Calvert St. 

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 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