May 2, 2016
Inside this Edition

224th OGA Hosted in Baltimore

Order of the Day

Second hosts Adult Seminar on Immigration featuring Rev. Christian Iosso.

Catonsville Concerts at 3: Quintaero: French Chamber Music in Concert

West Side Ministry Group: Neighborhood Workshop 

Free Saxophone Concert at Faith 

Knox seeks Church Administrator

1st of Cumberland seeks Executive Administrative Assistant 

Hancock 175h Anniversary

2016 March and Vigil for Justice in West Baltimore 

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

Committee on Ministry Leader Team  will meet at 10am on Wednesday, May 4

Ministry Group Conveners will meet at noon on Wednesday, May 4

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 25

Investment Advisory Committee  will meet at 9am on May 11

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm Wednesday, May 18

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, May 3 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on May 25

Commission on Thriving Congregations meets at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17 

Interim Pastors will meet at noon on Tuesday, May 3

The Bay Area Disciples MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Ark and Dove PC.

Cuba Team will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 4

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, May 10

Our Shared Ministry 2016 

Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. We have now received $148,507 in pledges.  Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen.

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
Woods Mem'l

Clerks of Sessions
Annual Review  
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.    Click here.

Western Maryland
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock

Anne Arundel
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church, Glen Burnie.

North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson

Harford County
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air

871st Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore 



Renowned hymnist Dr. Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle - who
Dr. Mary Bringle
chaired the committee that created the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.'s new hymnal "Glory to God" - will be the guest speaker during worship service at the 871 st Gathering of the Presbytery of  Baltimore. The last Gathering before summer is just two weeks away! We'll come together once again as the Body of Christ from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, May 14 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 622 Joppa Farm Road in Joppa.


This Gathering, entitled  Singing for a Change , is a continuation of the Presbytery's year-long focus on race, class and poverty.  We'll feature choirs performing songs from the new hymnal and members offering reflective readings about last year's city uprising as well as their revelations about the pursuit of justice and equity in matters of race, class and poverty in our communities. During the Stories and Celebrations segment of the Gathering, Dr. Bringle will present a message of liberation and justice incorporating music from "Glory to God" and film clips of various liberation and justice movements from this country and around the world. 


Dr. Bringle is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College (Brevard, NC). A teacher at heart and a theologian by training (with a Ph.D. from Emory University and an assortment of publications in pastoral theology), she began writing hymn texts in 1999. Since that time, she has won a number of international hymn writing competitions and been featured as an "emerging text writer" by The Hymn Society in the US and Canada. She is currently serving as President of The Hymn Society and chair of the committee to create a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA.


During Stories and Celebrations we'll welcome several new pastors to the Presbytery and acknowledge the retirements of Teaching Elders Carol Davis (May 1), former interim pastor of Springfield Presbyterian Church; David Harris (June 1), current interim pastor of First & Franklin Presbyterian Church); and, Richard Link, (June 30) who has served 16 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. In the afternoon, we'll come together for Discernment and Decisions. We'll review the Presbytery's support of "An Appeal to Christian in the United States"; cast ballots for a Moderator, Vice-Moderator and Stated Clerk; review reports from various committees; and, hear an update from the General Presbyter Search Committee.


With such a full agenda, you'll want to join us for fellowship and a mid-day meal.  The gathering meal is only $9 and will feature an assortment of delectable sandwiches, salad and a dessert cookie from Bon Appetit╦Ő Caterers. Please note that sandwiches will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis on site to guests who have pre-paid online. Click here for the menu and to register for a Gathering Meal. The deadline for ordering a Gathering Meal is Friday, May 6, 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the 871st Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore.


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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   
Something BIG is coming to Baltimore in four years:  The 224 PCUSA General Assembly!   The bi-annual assembly will bring thousands of Presbyterians to Baltimore and it is OUR job to be the "hosts with the most," providing hospitality, arranging transportation, gathering the hundreds of volunteers needed, offering side trips to local and regional attractions . . . you get the picture.
The GA offices provide plenty of resourcing and guidance and, as the time draws closer, staff support.  But it won't happen without US, the members of Baltimore Presbytery.  If YOU are interested or if you know someone you think might be good, especially those with great organizational skills and creative planners, please email your name and contact information to  Wanda Morgan.
The next "Order of the Day" will be held 4pm on Thursday, May 19, at Ryleigh's Oyster (22 Padonia Rd., Hunt Valley). Pastors, join your colleagues in ministry for a refreshing beverage and some good old fashioned fellowship. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and strengthen the ties that bind us together.


Come to Second Presbyterian Church's Adult Seminar at 10am on Sunday, May 8  for a conversation with Rev. Christian Iosso, coordinator for the Presbyterian Church USA's Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy on PCUSA policy on international refugees.  Click here for details.

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Quintaero on May 15, 2016.  This talented woodwind quintet will present a concert of French chamber music at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.  The concert begins at 3 pm and is free to the general public. For more information, call 410.747.6180.  

Catonsville Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian of Howard County will join together at 6:30pm pm Thursday, May 26 for a dinner and workshop entitled Engaging in Your Neighborhood: How Your Congregation Can Get to Know Your Neighbors and Get Involved in Your Local Community.  All All West Side Story churches are invited to participate.

Faith Presbyterian Church is hosting a free saxophone concert featuring Seychelle Dunn-Corbin (saxophone) and Lucia Del Guerzo (piano) at 4pm on Sunday May 15 in the church sanctuary.

Knox Presbyterian Church seeks a   Church Administrator . For a job description and salary information.

The First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland seeks an Executive Administrative Assistant .

The 175th Anniversary of the Hancock Presbyterian Church will be celebrated the weekend of June 18-19. We'll sponsor a n informal Gospel concert by the Southern gospel family group, Cross Over; an ice cream  social on Saturday; and, host  guest preacher, Pastor Rick Spielman during Sunday worship,  followed by a catered dinner in the Social Hall.

Nearly 100 Presbyterians participated in an April 27 march and candle light vigil to mark the anniversary of last year's uprising in Baltimore City and our presbytery's commitment to address issues of race, class and poverty in our community. 

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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