February 19, 2017
Inside this Edition
Clergy Retreat

Planning for 2020 PC(USA General Assembly

The Center:
  • Program Coordinator Vacancy
  • Search for new Building Facility
  • Summer Camp
  • Seeking Interns
Earth Forum: Working for Justice

Towson PC: Making Your Gardens Bay-Wise  

Legislative Discussion at Woods PC on Human Trafficking

Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music and a Director of Youth

Christ Mem'l PC will host a Mission Workshop in Response to 2016 Louisiana Flood

Concerts at Faith PC:
  • Celebrating Powerful Voices in African American History
  • Celebrating the African Diaspora
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook's Common Ground on the Hill Presents The Eric Byrd Trio in Concert

Workshop at Havenwood PC: Ruling Elders & Deacons Learn to Serve Communion

Earth Action Weekend

Getting folks back to church after special events. . .

Day of Prayer for the Sick

Synod Men's Conference 

Spanish Language & Culture Spring Schedule

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

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22

Gathering Team will meet a 1pm on Thursday, Feb. 23

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 8

Trustees will meet at 9am on Tuesday, Mar. 14

Commission Reconciliation meets meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22

In the Loop Ministry Group will next meet at 6pm on T uesday, Feb. 28 at Light Street PC

West Side Story Ministry Group will meet 6:30pm Tuesday, Mar. 28 at Catonsville PC.

Acts4Youth Seeks Church Partners

The first group of boys who joined Acts4Youth in 2008 will graduate this year. Class of 2017

Lesley Simmons, Acts4Youth
      Marketing and Communications Director

"The biggest challenge Acts4Youth has helped me with is about God, like what He did, because I didn't know. It makes me sad because he did something just for me, for us. It changes how I think about myself."                                        
Damien, student who attends 
Guilford Elementary/Middle School
Acts4Youth is a mentoring program for at-risk Baltimore City youth. Its mission is to nurture their personal, social, and spiritual growth. By fostering key character strengths, values, and a relationship with God, the youth will be better able to withstand the challenges they face and thrive within their communities.

The nonprofit started in 2008 with a group of eight boys. Today, Acts4Youth works with eight groups o f students in 4th  through 8
th grades who attend three Baltimore City elementary/middle schools and one group of high schoolers.   The elementary/middle school program for girls is called Shine Into Womenhood and the boys program is called Game Plan to Manhood. Next fall, as the program expands, they will be 
working with twelve groups of students.
Acts4Youth added a girls program in 2015.

Some pieces of the program are conducted in the local schools where they operate, but Acts4Youth prefers to conduct the spiritual aspects in a church setting. They currently work with six churches as partners, including Second Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, and Havenwood Presbyterian.  Associate pastor Jenn DiFrancesco at Second explains their partnership this way:

Second plays an important part in the lives of the Shine Into Womanhood young women.  Each Friday evening, we provide a safe place to gather, a healthy slow cooked meal, and join the ladies for dinner around the porcelain dish set tables.  Our hope is that the ladies see and feel like they matter to us and our community.

As Acts4Youth expands, it needs additional church partnerships, which can take on a variety of forms. Like Second, churches located in proximity to the three scho ols can provide a space for students and mentors to meet one night a week during the school year for dinner, intentional games, and spiritual lessons and discussions. However, Acts4Youth is also searching for churches who would like to partner in other ways, such as providing meals, collecting snacks, or reaching out to their congregants about becoming mentors.

If you would like to learn more about  Acts4Youth and ways that your church can become involved, please contact Kevin Good at kgood@acts4youth.org , 443.527.9982.
 A Stewardship Message: Radical Generosity!
Have you ever been engaged in a position where you were fully paid-up front for your services and then given benefits upon its ending?  Additionally, no penalties were imposed on you for being late or for not showing up at all or for not completing your commitment and/or assignment. The answer, of course, is absolutely YES, if you have served as a volunteer in ministry at your church or another place of worship.  God gives us everything: health, strength, intellect, financial and other resources as well as access to salvation and eternal life. Since, as the hymn says, "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe," then whatever we do as kingdom building ministries in earthly venues is just in response to His grace and radical generosity.  Yet, when we fall short of loving God with our whole heart, strength, and mind and do not love our neighbors as ourselves, we still are loved and forgiven.   When we fail to "do justice, and love kindness or walk humbly with our God" we are still blessed.
It is hoped that morning by morning we will always be encouraged to give gratefully and generously of our time, talents, and treasures whenever we bring to the forefront of our minds God's gifts and what truly matters for eternity.  Praising Him and serving Him, let us remind ourselves of the joy and privilege not of giving, but of giving back.
Congregations are also reminded to make then complete their 2017 connectional commitments for Per Capita and Shared Ministry.    

-by Ledonia Kimball, Stewardship Committee 
Commission on Thriving Congregations

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide


Mark your calendar for the 2017 Retreat for Clergy, CREs and CEs on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at Bon Secours Conference Center in Marriottsville. This year, we welcome author Carol Howard Merritt who will explore spiritual woundedness as we find it among people who have been hurt by their experience of the church and among clergy who have had difficult relationships with their congregations. Plan to join us for stimulating discussions and collegial conversations. Registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 15. Visit www.baltimorepresbytery.org. For details email  dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org

Still four years away -- the 2020 PC(USA) General Assembly's Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) has begun strategic planning for the event which will be hosted by the Presbytery Baltimore.  This prestigious event will draw thousands of Presbyterians from across the nation and world; and provide us with the unique opportunity to showcase our wonderful churches and ministries.

Your talents, time, treasures -- and, connections -- are needed to make this event a success. In particular, are you or do you know anyone in your church who is connected to the travel/tourism industry in Baltimore who could help in our planning? COLA is also seeking to fill vacancies on various committees. Please review the committee descriptions and email Carrie Finch-Burriss to express your interest in serving.   
Further details will be available at a later date on the Presbytery's website.


  • The Center is looking for a Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. For a full description and instructions for how to apply, click here. 
  •  The Center is seeking a new building to house its dormitory facility. Requirements:  +/- 5,000 square feet, with minimum 12-15 overnight parking spaces, in Baltimore city. Email  Kate Foster Connors. 
  • Is your congregation involved in a neighborhood ministry that offers summer camp for children in your neighborhood? The Center invites you to gather with other congregations who run summer camps as a part of their local mission, to share lunch, tips and ideas on Thursday, Mar. 2 from 12-2 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church. Please RSVP Wanda Morgan. Lunch will be provided.
  • The Center has openings for 3 summer interns to help lead summer mission weeks.  A job description and information about this paid internship are available on The Center's website www.thecenterbaltimore.org  

1s Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.'s Earth Forum at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 19 will explore how people who are active in working for justice (social, racial, environmental, economic) can build resilience in times that feel chaotic and unsettling.  We'll share in focused conversations about personal resilience and hear legislative updates on environmental legislation in the current Maryland legislative session.

FREE Workshop - How to Make Your Yard and Vegetable Gardens - Bay-Wise! Saturday from 10am-noon on Feb. 25 at Towson Presbyterian Church Master Gardeners will explain the Bay-Wise certification program.  Learn ways  to make the landscaping around your home not only beautiful, but "bay-friendly."   Discussion of similar bay-friendly strategies for your VEGETABLE garden too.  RSVP or for more info. Call 410.823.6500 or email   tpc@towsonpres.org.  

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church  invites you to attend an address by State Delegate Meagan C. Simonaire at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Ms. Simonaire will talk about legislation to safeguard victims of sexual trafficking .

Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church will host a mission workshop from 9am to 12:30 noon on Saturday, Feb. 25 to mobilize churches in a effort to respond to the crisis caused by the 2016 Louisiana Flood. For details, click:

Faith Presbyterian Church will host Black Voices, a concert Celebrating Powerful Voices in African American History at 6pm on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Admission is $10. Click Black Voices to view flier.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC presents Common Ground on the Hill's Baltimore Concert Series, with Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors The Eric Byrd Trio at 8pm on Friday, Mar. 3. For details, click Common Ground.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church's Teaching Elder, The Rev. David Willerup, will host a workshop at 7pm on Mar. 6 at the church to train elders and deacons how to serve communion in the home or at the bedside of a church member. Read more about it here and then sign up here. There is no fee, although an offering to cover administrative is welcomed.

Faith Presbyterian Church will also host an Evening of Music Celebrating the African Diaspora at 7pm on Friday, Mar. 10 with James Mayo III as Conductor. This is a free, public event; however a free will offering will be collected. Click African Diaspora Concert to view flier. 


How to get people and visitors back to church after holidays and special events.  A free special lunch and learn invitation. Click Church Communications to learn more. 

The Synod Men's Conference  -- entitled "What Does the Lord Require" -- will be held July 14-16 at the Massasnetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. To register on-line visit : www.midatlanticmen.org .

Spanish Language and Culture Spring 2017 Class Schedule.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services