January 20, 2015

Inside This Edition 


2015 Pastors' Retreat


The Center Opportunity  


Catonsville Concerts at 3: US Army Field Band 


Ruth Gosnell Scholarship at Springfield PC


Joan Howe Pastel Landscapes on Exhibition at Woods Gallery


Advocacy Training Weekend: Breaking the Chains


Human Trafficking Awareness Event in Howard Co.


Next Church: March 16-18 in Chicago


Workshops at the Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary


Presbytery Men Conference and Fellowship - July 2015


PC(USA) Regarding Ruling Elders 




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


Personnel Committee meets Tuesday (today)  Jan. 20 at 2pm


Steering Cabinet meets Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 10am to 3:30pm.


Administration meets Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 11am to 1pm.


Investment Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3pm.


Commission on Reconciliation meets 6:30pm om Wednesday, Jan. 28


Bay Area Disciples MG meets 7pm on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Chris Our Anchor Presbyterian Church


Uptown Metro (H4H) MG meets 7pm on Thursday, Jan. 29


Cuba Orientation Meeting, 9am-12noon on Saturday, Jan. 31





Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at www.baltimorepresbytery.org

Prayer & Praise 

Please continue to pray for Brenda Schoener, wife of TE Terry Schoener (formerly of Woods PC), who continues her battle with cancer; and, Kathy Melton, wife of Stephen Melton (Churchville PC), he heals from injuries sustained in a car accident weeks ago.  


Please also pray for the family of The Rev. Dr. Syngman Rhee who died Jan. 14, 2015. Rev. Rhee served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the PC(USA) in 2000 -- as well as several other influential positions within the church .  As recently as early 2014, he worked with the congregation of Good Shepherd PC as it began to establish its ministry with Korean- American families.  Rev. Rhee is survived by his wife, Haesun and his children, Anna, Peter and Mina.


 by Susan Krehbiel,

Director of Congregational Advocacy


During this week that commemorates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it is fitting to think about how our faith impels us to work for changes in our laws and institutions for a more just society. Our state advocacy event on Feb. 23 is being called "Abundant Life," inspired by John 10:10, when Jesus tells the gathered people, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."  Dr. King knew that we need to overcome racial, social and economic inequality in order to live God's promise of abundant life. 


As our government strives to pass a balanced budget, we are mindful that "across the board" cuts may be expeditious, but we deny abundant life when we strip those in need of emergency and rehabilitative services.  For these individuals, state funded services may be the difference between a life with dignity and a life of despair.


We deny abundant life to young people when our juvenile justice system places them in adult jails even before they are tried, where they are more likely to become victims of sexual violence, to commit suicide or to re-offend than those held in juvenile detention centers.


We deny abundant life for families and all of creation, now and into the future, when we rely on energy sources that pollute, despite the ecological and economic benefits of clean energy.


In Maryland, the number of unaccompanied youth who are homeless is growing.  Former foster care youth have 40% chance of experiencing homelessness by the age of 24! We deny these youth abundant life when they leave foster care without the skills, education and social connections to become independent adults.


On Feb. 23, 2015 we will begin our advocacy day event at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, within walking distance of the State House. Doors will open at 3:30pm. We will gather in prayer followed by briefings on bills before the Maryland General Assembly and share in an excellent meal made by graduates of the BEST (Better Employment through Skills and Training) program at the Light House, a homelessness prevention support center. After organizing into teams, we will visit our delegates and senators in their offices.  Child care will also be provided. Register today! 


We are delighted to share in this advocacy day with our sisters and brothers from the United Church of Christ for the first time. We sincerely hope that you will pray for us as we gather for this event, whether or not you can attend.  You can find a series of flyers in color and black and white at this linkfor you to place in emails, newsletters, social media and post around your church to help encourage support and attendance!  You can also contact me to sign up for regular advocacy updates throughout the legislative session.


We look forward to welcoming you to Annapolis as we join our voices with others of the faithful to help our state be a place of abundant life! Please share this news with others.  For further information, email Susan Krehbiel, Director of Congregational Advocacy.

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Presbytery .  .  . and the Wider Church


Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate the arts in worship.  


The Center, a partnership of the Presbytery of Baltimore, is seeking applications for weekend and overnight program staff. Work will be on a contract basis, and as needed throughout the year. For more information or to apply, click here. Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors or click here to read the announcement.





Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents The Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band in concert at 3pm on Feb. 8.  The Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the U.S. Army Field Band, and has performed to audiences of all ages around the world.  The concert is free, and no tickets are required.  For more info, call 410.747.6180. 


Springfield Presbyterian Church's Ruth Gosnell Education Fund provides interest-free loans to full-time college juniors, seniors and graduate school candidates for the 2015-16 academic year.  Regardless of religion, all applicants will be given impartial consideration; and repayment of the interest-free loan does not start until 6 months after graduation.  Click Gosnell for an application.  Applications must be received by March 1, 2015 at the Springfield Presbyterian Church.  For questions call the church office at 410.795.6152.


Seaside dunes, vineyards, fields of flowers and verdant woods are some of the subjects depicted in Portrayals of Life, Light and Color, an exhibit of landscapes in pastel and oil by local artist Joan Howe, which is on display in the gallery of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park now through Feb. 15. Call Nancy Saarlas at 410.647.0135 for gallery hours.





Central Maryland Ecumenical Council announces Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at 7:30pm on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (4 E. University Parkway).  The scripture will focus on "Give Me a Drink" John 4:1-42 with a homily by Fr. Joseph Muth.  A reception will follow the Service. The event is sponsored by the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace, and St. Ignatius Catholic Community.  For details, call CMEC at 410.464.6194 or cmecouncil@gmail.com.


Register Now! Advocacy Training Weekend Apr. 17-20, 2015

Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation PC(USA) Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day  - Apr. 17 Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Apr. 17-20.


Human Trafficking Awareness events in Howard Co.  Click here to learn more.

Come with us to the 2015 Next Church National Gathering, Mar. 16-18 in Chicago to hear inspiring words of faith from renowned leaders, engage in worship that renews our hearts and minds, build relationships through fellowship and learn from workshops that strengthen our courage in the name of the One who calls us. Click Next Church.


The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary offers workshops, seminars and free public events that will enhance your personal faith life and your leadership in the church.  For details, click here.


Presbytery Men Conference & Fellowship July 17-19, 2015  

Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Click Presbytery Men for details. 


Read PC(USA)s January issue of Regarding Ruling Elders on-line. This month's focus is on sharing faith.  Past issues of Regarding Ruling Elders are available there, as well.


taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events & Services  wmorgan@baltimorepresbytery.org 





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications