May 22, 2017
Inside this Edition
Clerks' Meetings 

The Center Annual Spring Work Day

Music of Three Faiths at Se cond PC 

Cherry Hill PC 70th Anniversary!

Catonsville Concerts at 3: "Ayerheart"

Mental health First Aid Certification Training at Grace PC

1st PC of Belair seeks Christian Educator and an Office Administrator 

Havenwood PC seeks a Part-time Church Office Administrator

Deadline for Young Adult Volunteers

Hurricane Season is Upon Us -- Get Prepared! (Insurance Board)

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Regional Conference 

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

The Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 24

Commission on Reconciliation meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 24

Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Thursday, May 25.

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, May 25

In The Loop Ministry Group meets at 6pm on Tuesday May 23. Location TBA.

Ministry Group Conveners will meet at 12:30pm on Thursday, June 1

Westside Story Ministry Group will meet at 9:30am on Saturday, June 3. Location TBA

Committee on Ministry will meet at 10am on Wednesday, June 7

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

Cuba Partnership will meet a 1pm on Wednesday, June 7

Trustees will meet at 9am on Tuesday, June 13

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday June 13

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on June 23, Catonsville 

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, June 28

William F. Turner Art on Exhibit at the Presbytery of Baltimore Gallery 

Nature's Serenity

Now on display at the Presbytery of Baltimore
William F Turner
's art gallery is the work of William F. Turner - a Presbyterian elder who, during his retirement, received local acclaim for his stunning oil paintings and intricate sketches depicting scenes in Harford County, including several churches in the Presbytery.

Mr. Tuner-- who died last fall at the age of 91 -- created more than 600 pen and ink drawings and a vast number of vibrantly colored oil paintings. Mr. Turner would often travel throughout the county, taking pictures of scenes he found appealing and recreating them on canvas with oil paint or a meticulous dot-by-dot application with pen and ink. Churches were one of his favorite subjects because of their varied architectural style.

Mr. Turner began painting after work  as "a way to relax" while working as an executive for the Agrico Chemical Company. However, once he retired in 1984, he once told a reporter that he thought painting "might be something to do. I started in with pen and ink and drew some places I liked, like my church and some homes." At that time, Mr. Turner could never have imagined that such an ardent past-time would flourish into a 30-year career and garner him region-wide fame --  albeit, no great fortune.   

Many of Mr. Turner's artworks appeared in the Harford section of the Baltimore Sunday Sun from 1987 to 1995; 175 were published in an illustrated biography of Harford's heritage entitled Picturesque Harford County - The Artistic Impressions of William F. Turner (1998); and,  a large collection of his prints resides in an archive at the county's Historical Society.  His artwork has appeared on stationery, T-shirts, Christmas ornaments and cookbooks. And his paintings and sketches were exhibited at the World Trade Center, the State House in Annapolis and the Medical School of the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Turner's current work on display at the Presbytery's Gallery is on loan from the private collection of his widow, Pat Turner. An active member of the Presbytery and Churchville Presbyterian Church, Pat worked steadfastly  alongside her artist-husband once she, too, retired in 1997 from her career as a school psychologist. She served as both a muse and critic of her husband's artwork; and, also researched and wrote the narrative for his illustrated book. Pat continues to this day to be an active and faithful member of the Presbytery.

Mr. Turner was a Ruling Elder and Trustee at Churchville Presbyterian Church. A highly decorated World War II Veteran, Mr. Turner served in a more peaceful era as the chair of the Peace and Justice Committee for both his congregation and the Presbytery. He also served as a delegate to the General Assembly in Long Beach, CA and in 2000 was recognized as An Outstanding Older Adult in the Presbytery of Baltimore.

Mr. Turner's artwork will be on exhibit at the Presbytery's Gallery throughout the summer. 

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Presbytery and Church-wide

Minutes & Rolls Reviews  Now Scheduled!

Anne Arundel  - Saturday, June 3, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church
1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Howard County  - Thursday June 8, 7pm
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, 
Columbia, MD 21043

The Center will be holding its annual Spring Workday on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Come for all or part of the day! Volunteers will clean, do minor repairs, plant flowers, wash windows, and other small tasks to prepare the dormitory space for The Center's busy summer mission weeks.
Location: Hodge House at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore, MD  21201.
To sign up, email Kate Foster Connors.


Second Presbyterian Church will host "Words and Music of Three Faiths" at 7pm on Sunday, June 18.  the event features music by the famous Peabody Consort accompanied by poetic readings from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. This event is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). For details, click Second Presbyterian Church.

In preparation for  Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church's 70 th Anniversary , the congregation is preparing a special souvenir booklet.   Please be one of the  churches in our Presbytery recognized as helping us celebrate such a grand occasion.   The pricing for the ads is attached.  Thank you all so much!
Pastor Keith O. Paige
Click here for flier and booklet


Become a member of the first responders for mental health first aid.   On Saturday, J une 24,  at  Grace Presbyterian Church and  NMJ Ministries will provide the Mental Health First Aid 3 year national certification training for members,  clergy,  friends, and veterans. This is an 8-hour course and will meet from 9am til 5:30 pm.   Registration deadline:  June 11, 2017.  Cost:  $30.00  (This cost has been supplemented with a grant from Mental Health Association of Maryland).  This includes material, light breakfast, and lunch.   Please Contact Pastor Wade  at 410.466.4000.  You may also sign up on line at Space is Limited.

1st Presbyterian Church of Belair seeks to fill two positions: (1) a part-time Christian Educator and Youth Director for its  Sunday School, youth program and Vacation Bible School who will plan fun activities for families on a regular basis, Children's church, and the mission trip for youth. Inquiries maybe made to Alison Halsey. And , (2) a Part-time 
Church Office Coordinator who will  oversee the office, maintain the equipment, order supplies, create weekly bulletin and newsletter, and other duties as assigned. Hours are 9am-12noon weekdays. Must have computer skills and some knowledge of the Presbyterian Church.  Inquires may be made to Bob Tayson.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time self-starting Church Office Administrator to help facilitate day to day operations.  Applicants need to be proficient in interpersonal communication, database management, the full suite of Office products, working with volunteers, and website maintenance. An ability to keep confidences is essential. A more complete list of duties is available upon request.  Expected hours are M-F from 9-2. Wages and vacation days are negotiable.  Please send resume, cover letter and references to Elaine DePoy, co-chair of the search committee, at no later than May 22 .


The final date to apply for the 2017-18 Young Adult Volunteer year is fast-approaching. June 1st is the final day for young adults to apply to a formative year of service at one of our 16 national sites. Thank you so much for all your efforts this recruitment season. Click here to learn more.

Tis the season -- Hurricane season, that is!    Learn what you must do to become prepared. 

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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

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center