June 6, 2016
Inside this Edition

From Hope to Wholeness: Presbyterian Response to the Unrest in Baltimore . . .

Presbytery of Baltimore Hosts Dinner at 222nd GA in Portland, OR

Presbytery Women in the
Presbytery Newsletter,
Spring Edition

Central offers workshop series on "When Helping Hurts"

Veterans' Ministry at Grace PC: Tuesday Nights Dinner & Bible Study

 

Knox seeks a Church Administrator

1st of Cumberland
seeks Director of Music Ministry

1st of Westminster seeks a Director of Christian Education

Barbara Bradley Hagerty Book Lecture

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

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, June 15

Trustees will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7

Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) meets at 3pm on Wednesday, June 15

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on July 13

The Cuba Partnership meets 2pm to 3:30 pm the third Wednesday of each month. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 

Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At his date, he Presbytery has received $154,507 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000. 

Ark & Dove
Barrelville
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Catonsville
Central
Christ Our King
Churchville 
Faith 
Fallston
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Franklinville
Frederick
Good Shepherd
Granite
Grove 
Hagerstown
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Kenwood
Light Street
Maryland
Mount Paran
Northminster
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
Second
Springfield
Towson
Woods Mem'l

Call For Workshops for November 2016 Gathering
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Roberts of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and Dr. Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be keynote speakers for our November 12, 2016 Presbytery Gathering. In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis.
 
Your Gathering Team is now issuing a call for workshops for the day. We especially invite Commissions, Ministry Groups, and others in the Presbytery to consider offering a workshop on the theme for the day, or some related theme.  If you would like to submit an idea for a workshop, please contact Jack Carlson, at jvcarlson47@gmail.com , or 410.978.1017, or call the Presbytery office.
 

Atonement and Racial Reconciliation Under 
Revie at  222nd 
General Assembly 

The Presbytery of Baltimore's overture to dismantle racism within our denomination and the larger society is one of the most crucial issues facing commissioners --  including four teaching and ruling elders from our Presbytery --  gathering June 18 - 25 in Portland, OR for the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
 
The overture was borne out of our year-long focus on race, class and poverty following the civil unrest in Baltimore in 2015. It seeks a path to atonement and racial reconciliation, imploring the Church to develop a six-year strategic plan to address racism. The plan would include establishing a Racism, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and developing a listening campaign to "hear the voices of peoples long silenced regarding the state of institutional racism and oppression within our church.  In a rationale in support of the overture, the Presbytery said:

" In recent years, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved resolutions and initiated programs as a faithful effort to address racial injustices in the United States of America. In 1999, the General Assembly received the report, "Facing Racism: In Search of the Beloved Community," in which the church acknowledged that "dismantling racism is a long-term struggle."
     
The Presbytery will sell copies of its book, "From Hope to Wholeness: A Presbyterian Response to the Unrest in Baltimore  . . ." at General Assembly in an effort to share some of our church members' revelations from that troubling time; as well as, the social and economic conditions that contributed to the unrest.
 
The Presbytery hopes to convince the Church to address social injustice in other parts of our country, as well. A second overture to the 222nd General Assembly urges the Church to apologize to Native Americans who were part of "stolen generations" during the Indian-assimilation movement, namely former students of Indian boarding schools, their families and their communities.
 
In its ongoing commitment to social justice -- The Presbytery passed a recommendation on February 11, 2016 to direct the Committee on Local Arrangements for the 224th General Assembly to make racial atonement and reconciliation its central theme and focus when the General Assembly meets in Baltimore in 2020.
 
In spiritual preparation for the 222nd General Assembly, 
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has published a book of prayer for churches entitled "The Hope in Our Calling," so that congregations may keep our commissioners in prayer as they are led by the Holy Spirit to decide on matters of the Church. 
The Presbytery will provide periodic reports during the General Assembly via special emails, as well as, on FaceBook and its website. Interested viewers can also log in to PC-Biz for daily updates about overtures and events during the 222 nd   General Assembly. 


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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  
.  .  . and the Wider Church   

Presbytery publishes book on 2015 Unrest in Baltimore . . .


Are you planning to attend the General Assembly gathering in
June in Portland?  Please let Deb Milcarek know.  The Presbytery of Baltimore will be hosting a dinner for you on Tuesday evening, June 21 and we will need a count of how many to expect.  Looking forward to seeing you in Portland!

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery   Spring Newsletter


Churches

When Helping Hurts   Central Presbyterian Church will offer a
class on the book , When Helping Hurts on
six consecutive Sundays at 9am beginning Sunday, June 5 . For more information go to www.centralpc.org .

Veteran's Ministry  --  Join Grace Presbyterian Church every Tuesday night from 6-8pm for Dinner, Bible Study and Addictions Victorious led by The Rev. Nevalon Mitchell, Jr (lead chaplain at the Veteran's Administration in Baltimore).  This ministry is for everyone: church members, neighbors, friends and veterans.
 
Knox Presbyterian Church seeks a   Church Administrator . For a job description and salary information.

The First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland seeks a Director of Music Ministry .

The First Presbyterian Church of Westminster seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education. Click here for a job description.


Other

On Tuesday, June 14 at St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute welcomes former NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who will speak about her new book, "Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife".  Join us at 6:15pm at L aubacher Hall. Tickets are $10. Wine & cheese reception at 5:30pm.


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 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter
mgaut@baltimorepresbytery.org


  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter


Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
  
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
dgreene@baltimorepresbytery.org
 



Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services