November 28, 2016
Inside this Edition

Notices for Submitting 2016 Contributions & Expenses

World AIDS Day

Common Ground: Scottish Appalachian Holiday Concert

Christmas in Song Sunday at Trinity PC

Granite PC Bluegrass Vespers

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Elysian Camerata in Concert

Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music

Grace PC Seasonal Events: Veterans' Ministry; Childrens' Bazaar; and Christmas Eve Candle light Service.

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

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30

Commission on Reconciliation
will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30

Interim Pastors' Luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 6

Committee on Ministry will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Dec. 7

Trustees meet at 9am on Tuesday, Dec. 13

Committee on Preparation for Ministry at 3pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

BAD Ministry Group will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Ark & Dove PC.

Susquehanna Partnership will meet for lunch at 12:30pm on Thursday, Dec. 15. Location TBA.

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

Cuba Team meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership meets at 7pm on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Catonsville

Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $186,099 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $39,901 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

Developing Stewardship
Does your church have a regular or ad hoc Funds Development/Grant Writing Committee? If so, a networking opportunity is being sought, should a contact person be available and willing to do so. Please contact: Ledonia Kimball, 410.292.0479 .

The Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism
Guest speakers The Rev. Dr. Paul T. Roberts Sr. and The Rev. Dr. Debra Mumford delivered rousing speeches on the subject of the Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism at the 873rd Gathering. Here, you can view YouTube videos of each address (approx. 35 minutes).


Presbytery of Baltimore Moderator
Jack V. Carlson offers his perspective on our nation's recent general election.

Dear Mr. President-Elect:
At the outset, we would offer congratulations on your victory in Tuesday's election, truly the most stunning upset ever in American Presidential politics. You have demonstrated an ability to hear a large segment of American society many of us have ignored. Therefore, despite serious differences of opinion on many matters of policy, we will heed the calls of President Obama and Secretary Clinton to be open to your leadership and to hope for your success.
At the same time, we would share with you the deep concerns that your election has brought to us, and to many of our colleagues and friends. Indeed the success we wish for you may be contrary to many of the promises you made during the campaign, including treatment of immigrants, providing for health care for all, and the filling of vacancies on the Supreme Court . Certainly sometimes being a loyal American means being part of the loyal opposition.
But even more important than our political views and our loyalty to this nation is the Christian faith we profess. This faith instructs us to pray for our civic and political leaders, and so as you prepare to assume the Presidency, and long after you have taken the oath of office, we pledge to pray for you and those with whom surround yourself as Cabinet Members and advisors. 
As we do so, we would have you know that we will be praying that God will give you a heart of compassion, not only for those "forgotten Americans" of the middle class who make up your political base and whose votes swept you into office, but also for the poor, those who suffer from chronic mental illness or physical disabilities, undocumented but hard-working immigrants who only want what your family wanted when they came to America.
We will be praying that God will give you understanding, not only for the plight of Americans who have lost jobs because of faulty trade deals, but also those who live in unremitting poverty that has spanned generations, whose economic viability will not be enhanced by negotiating better trade advantages for American companies. We pray that in seeking a new answer to the question of affordable health care for all Americans, God will stay your hand from disenfranchising the twenty million Americans who are now covered by health insurance, but were never covered before.
We will pray that God will give you the courage to listen honestly to some of the individuals and groups who feel alienated by your election, to reach out to those who are profoundly frightened of the changes that may be ahead, and to craft policies that will communicate that all have a home here in this great nation. We will pray that in your speech and in your actions God will guide you to demonstrate respect for women, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ communities. 
We also pledge to you that we intend to continue to live out our faith in the world, taking special care to be responsive to the needs of the poor, the stranger, the sick, the prisoner, the outcast, the neglected of society. We pledge further that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven as well as of the United States, we will be prepared to oppose actions which demonstrate disregard for those needs, or which further injure or marginalize the most vulnerable in our society.
And so, please know: you will be in our prayers, for intercessory prayer is the lifeblood of community. By the same token, we have faith that prayer will also embolden us to act as God may call us to act.
In Christ's name,  

Jack V. Carlson, Moderator 
Presbytery of Baltimore 

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Take Note/Act Now



All  church contributions are due  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the close of the business day. Please mark your contributions with the year to which you would like them applied. 
All expense requests for 2016 must be submitted to the Presbytery office no later than the close of business day on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. There will be no exceptions! 

Dec. 1 is WORLD AIDS DAY. Click here to learn about the Presbyterian AIDS Network and how to become an HIV and AIDS competent church. And, learn about the work of HopeSprings in the Presbytery of Baltimore.


Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presents Common Ground on the Hill's Baltimore Concert Series: Walt Michael & Co. Scottish-Appalachian Holiday at 8pm on Friday, Dec. 2.  Explore the musical holiday traditions of Southern Appalachia and Scotland! For details, click Common Ground.

Trinity Presbyterian Church's Music Ministry and the Baltimore Regional Community Male Chorus, Inc. present Celebrate Christmas in Song Sunday at 4pm on Dec. 11 at the church. The concert is free; free will offerings are accepted.

Granite Presbyterian Church will host a Bluegrass Vespers from 5-7pm on Sunday, Dec. 18 featuring Rick Hill and Company performing a mix of   bluegrass and traditional mountain versions of Christmas music.  The Vespers is free of charge; free will offerings will be accepted and refreshments will be available for sale. For details, contact Frank Owens.

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Elysian Camerata in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.  The Philadelphia-based Elysian Camerata has built its chamber music repertoire and reputation with works of all styles and periods.  This free concert will be held at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. For details call 410.747.6180.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a vibrant and dynamic Director of Contemporary Music to work with the church's praise band, which performs at the 11am Sunday service and participates in weekly practice sessions. For details, click Woods.

Grace Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a variety of events this season: 
Join The Rev. Dr. Nevalon Mitchell at 6pm each Tuesday for Veterans' Ministry which includes dinner, Bible study, and a meeting of the Addictions Victorious support group;

All are welcome to Grace's  Children Christmas Bazaar on 
Wednesday, Dec. 14. The event supports the ( Jesus and Me Children and Youth Ministries) .

Worship with Grace's congregation at its "Word Up" Christmas Eve Candle-light service at 7pm on Dec. 24. The event features a free performance of "The Wilderness Experience" by Dawn Jones. For details about auditions for the production, contact Ms. Jones at 410.299.9919.

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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