October 8, 2018
by Presbyterian News Service
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and many of our churches recognized yesterday as Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday. Our congregations and clergy can play a vital role in our communities by providing meaningful assistance, participating in domestic violence prevention programs, and advocating for more public awareness and legislative action to reduce the likelihood of domestic violence.

If we are to respect the dignity of every human being, Jesus’s command to care for the most vulnerable among us must not go unanswered. This week, this month, and every day, may we lift up the stories of all those, past and present, who have been silenced far too long, praying that they may empower us to live into the gospel message of hope.  Click here for regional activities that your congregation can engage in to help raise awareness about Domestic Violence.

Prayer for Domestic Violence

God of shelter, give refuge to those who suffer violence and abuse in unsafe homes.
Bring your peace.

God of deliverance, release those who are enslaved and controlled by abusers, and give them sanctuary.
Bring your freedom.

God of compassion, defend the abused and the innocents who witness violence.
Bring your hope .

God of salvation, surround, guide and heal those who abuse and bully others.
Bring your light.

God of perfect love, move us toward holiness in our relationships with you, with one another and with creation.
Bring your assurance.

God of shelter and peace, deliverance and freedom, compassion and hope, salvation and light, perfect love and assurance,
hear our prayer.


A direct and compelling headline

All meetings held at the Presbytery of Baltimore's Office unless a different loc

  • Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet 7pm Tuesday, Oct. 9

  • Cuba Partnership will meet 7pm Wednesday, Oct. 17

  • Steering Committee will meet 1pm Wednesday, Oct. 24

  • Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet 2pm Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Catonsville PC

  • Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 24

The Presbytery is taking an inventory of member churches that have cemeteries for in-ground burials.  Church cemeteries are exempt from regulation by the state office of Cemetery Oversight. However, all exempt cemeteries (except those in which no burials have taken place within the previous five years), are required to file with the Office of Cemetery Oversight once every two years.

Results of Last Week's Poll:
What is the average number of church related meetings you attend each month?
  • 50% of respondents attend church related meeting 6-10 times per month.


Presbytery & Church-Wide
Per Capita: $35.73

Synod/Mid-Atlantic.........................$ .85
General Assembly............................$ 8.95
Background Checks
Background checks available through the Presbytery office. Member Churches in the Presbytery of Baltimore are now able to order background checks through Presidium at a much-reduced rate, by ordering them through the Presbytery office. Please contact Wanda Morgan at wmorgan@baltimorepresbytery.org for details; pricing varies according to the type of check which is desired. 
Webinar: "' I Was A Stranger and You Welcomed me: US Refugee Policies and the Church's Response"
Monday, Oct. 29 7 pm - 8:15 pm

Join Susan Krehbiel for a webinar discussion about asylum seekers and the Southwest border; refugee resettlement; and, local opportunities to engage your congregation in in the refugee crisis. Click here to learn more . . .
SDOP Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity for community engagement!
The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is prepared to establish partnerships with groups within the boundaries of the Presbytery of Baltimore who:
  • are oppressed by poverty or social systems,
  • want to take charge of their own lives,
  • have organized or are organizing to do something about their own conditions,
  • have decided that they are going to produce long term changes for their lives or communities,
  • will control the programs they own and will directly benefit from them.
If interested, click here for details

Second Presbyterian Church  invites youth and their families to join them from 6-9pm on Saturday, Oct. 6 for  "Fall Youth Fest"  during which the congregation will welcome the Rev. Grace Ji-Sun Kim. Rev. Kim is the author of  Mother Daughter Speak: Lessons on Life  (a message not limited to mothers and daughters). Join the congregation for a night of worship, energizers, mission project, and to share in a meal together. Please send RSVP to  acarlson@secondpresby.org .

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Carolyn Black-Sotir and friends with a stunning tribute to Leonard Bernstein on his 100th anniversary, "BRAVO; Bernstein on Broadway!" This free concert will be presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville. For more information, call 410.74.6180.

Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church seeks a Music Director Click here for job description.


Franklinville Presbyterian Church is offering 
10 dove-grey choir robes to any church in need.
If interested, email  edward.stuebing@gmail.com.

The EARTH FORUM of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will be held on Sun., Oct. 21, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD). A panel will discuss effective communication strategies with people who might not (really) be listening.... Examples used will be water pollution solutions and water policy issues. All interested persons are welcomed to this free program. Contact the church office (410.730.3545) for childcare for the youngest ones. Additional information at  earthforum@firstpreshc.org.

First & Franklin Spire Series

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church’s SPIRE SERIES kicks off their 2018-2019 music season on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. with Kurt Nikkanen performing a mostly J.S. Bach solo violin program. Mr. Nikkanen is the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Tickets are $20 general/$10 students. Click Kurt Nikkanen for details.
Springfield Presbyterian Church

Sunday, Oct. 14
A free will offering to be be collected
Reception to follow performance.

Discipline with Love
Saturday, Nov. 17 9:30am-11:30am
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church
Come talk about discipline in the church
Addressing the challenging topic of discipline in the church, this workshop considers the basics for effective,
loving discipline and provides recommendations
for helpful strategies in the classroom and other settings

Pumpkin Patch at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church
4640 Edmondson Ave.
October 15-31, Noon to Dusk
Come and get your pumpkins and get a taste of the country inside the city! Join us for fun family activities on Saturday October 20 from 2-4 pm and on Sunday October 28 from 4-7 pm (includes a bonfire and marshmallows!)

The Tiffany Series Features Trumpeter Sean Jones
Trumpeter Sean Jones will play for the Tiffany Series at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore. He will be joined by Peabody faculty members Alex Brown on piano, Kris Funn on bass, and Quincy Phillips on drums. Tickets are $20 general admission ($50 Patron) and are available at: ww.browndowntown.org/current-season. Students get free admission. NOTE: Free parking and shuttle service will be available. For more information, call 410-523-1542.


Clergy Finance Workshop
With Martha Reisner of the BOP
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9am - 1pm Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Baltimore 
Do you have questions about benefits? Taxes? Retirement? Whether you are new in ministry or approaching retirement, financial issues can be challenging and ever-changing. Martha Reisner, our presbytery's liaison with the Board of Pensions will be offering a morning workshop around these issues. Lunch will be provided and Martha will be available throughout the afternoon to meet with individuals about their own financial planning. 
If you plan to attend, RSVP to Debbie Schmidt: dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org
It is widely recognized that in life preparation is key, but how do we prepare ourselves and family members to face major life decisions surrounding the aging process, serious illness, and end-of-life care? Join Revs. Brandon C. Brewer and Scot Crannell for an important seminar entitled , "Starting the Conversation," at Massanetta Springs Oct. 19-20. Click here to learn more and register.
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