January 28, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held Aug. 1-3 at adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels. Big Tent organizers contend Gathering in the city where the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held the following year (2020), continues the tradition of introducing Presbyterian to the host city; and, allows participants to explore issues impacting today’s Church through a variety of educational and missional opportunities.

This year's theme is “A Movement Beyond Institution” which is also the theme for the 224 th  General Assembly, with Romans 12:2 as scripture reference: “Do not be conformed to this world," but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The theme was chosen by The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. He remarked that "as we grapple with the emerging church of the 21st century, i t is imperative that we come together to listen, learn and envision the future. God, through Jesus Christ, is providing us an opportunity at Big Tent to go deep in our theology and faith while renewing our spirits.”

Since its inception in 2009, Big Tent has been a big Presbyterian family reunion, some say. It is the assembly between General Assemblies that brings us together to celebrate our church as the Body of Christ and engage in deeper conversations about how we can be the community we are called to be in this age; to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ as children of God whoever we are, wherever we are. 

Big tent organizers contend that Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers a variety of local attractions as well as the most affordable and comfortable accommodations for individuals and families who want to attend the event. An early – although, incomplete -- list of 2019 Big Tent events includes conferences on church leadership connection, National Asian ministry and Middle Eastern Pastor’s leadership Development; as well as, meeting on intercultural issues; mid-council leadership and young adult networking. Registration for the 2019 Big Tent is only $95, which excludes fees for accommodations, entertainment and food.  Additional event details will be published as they become available .  

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Harundale Presbyterian Church seeks Interim Pastor

Interfaith Concert at
Second Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church is hosting an interfaith concert entitled Music & Words for All Gods People at 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 28. The event features the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra.

Granite Presbyterian Church to Host Spring Bus Trip to "Jesus" Sight and Sound Production

Granite Presbyterian Church will host a trip on April 3 to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA to see a production of "Jesus". The trip is limited to 56 people, first-come; first-served. Children are welcomed. Click here to learn more about tickets to this event.

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will host a workshop on suicide and how to develop faith communities that companion the desperate into hope and connection . The workshop will be held Saturday, Mar. 30 from 9am to 3pm at Catonsville PC. The fee is $15, which covers the cost of workshop materials and lunch. Registration begins Wednesday, Jan. 16 at www.baltimorepresbyter.org .
Presbyterian Foundation Project Regeneration
Turn Burdens into Blessings
Theologically, churches aren’t buildings. They’re groups of people pursuing the collective call of Christ. The Presbyterian Foundation can help you consider the highest and best use of your church building.

·          A collaborative process that helps your staff and congregation consider other options for your church.
·          Professionally trained experts from the Foundation guide you through the process.

Project Regeneration is designed for congregations who are struggling to keep up with maintenance on an older building, and aren’t sure what to do. It’s a discernment process that helps your church think about your building, and the congregation’s relationship to it, in new ways.

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