April 4, 2016
Inside this Edition
David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders and other venues

Mission Summit 2016

Viewing of Poverty Inc. at Central PC

Jazz Vespers at Granite PC features Trumpeter, Dr. John R. Lamkin II

Catonsville Concerts at 3; Choral Gems Concert

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Earth Forum: Columbia Families in Nature

Organist Frederick Swann in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave. PC

Mental Health First Aid Workshop 

Jubilee Arts' Mother's Day Flowers for Sale 

The Center Needs Volunteer Maintenance Workers  for Spring Cleaning and Upkeep

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

Committee on Preparation for Ministry  will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 20

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21

Gathering Team will meet Thursday, Apr. 28 at 1pm

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Ark &Dove PC.

Committee on Reconciliation will meet Wednesday, Apr. 27 at 6:30pm

Guatemala Trip
April 11-16

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 12

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen. 
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission.

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Clerks of Sessions
Annual Review  
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.   Click here.

Harford County
Sunday, Apr. 10, 4:30pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church,  Bel Air

Howard County
Thursday, Apr. 21, 7:00pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

Western Maryland
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock

Anne Arundel
Sunday, May 22, 2:00pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church, Glen Burnie.

North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7:00pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson

Harford County
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  ( Colossians 1:16)

by Sharon Varghese, 
Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC)
Throughout the Christian community, creation care efforts are increasing. Yet, we have not yet united our discrete initiatives to arouse a slumbering public nor raised our voices sufficiently to proclaim to all that creation care is an imperative of our faith. The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's response is  Awake and Arise: Habits of Faith campaign.

Through this faith-to-action campaign, we hope to build awareness and increase earth care behaviors in the denominations and congregations of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. We plan to accomplish this through equipping, educating, and inspiring faith leaders toward more intentional stewardship of the earth.

Christian individuals and congregations can log their earth care actions through Track it Forward. Through this site, we will be able to see each other's progress as individuals, congregations and denominations, and the impact we will have collectively made by the end of the 50 days.  Learn more at CMEC's Awake and Arise page as well as to gain access to their Awake and Arise Toolkit and other resources: http://www.cmecouncil.org/AwakeArise.html
As people of faith, we have a call to steward God's beautiful creation and to take care of one another. Climate change is increasing rapidly, and the greatest impact falls on the most vulnerable people - taking away their homes, health and lives. The effects of climate change can surely be mitigated with our united intentionality.
There are many great things we can do when we come together, guided by God's strength and wisdom, to create lives of dignity as we work to restore the splendor of God's creation. Please pray over and consider making creation care a habit of faith! We pray that we will together speak out, take action, and make a difference on behalf of God's good earth.
If you and/or your congregation is interested in participating, please contact Sharon Varghese at Sharon.cmec@gmail.com.

The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council is a community of christian organizations in the Greater Baltimore Region whose mission is to advocate for environmental, racial, social, and economic justice using nonviolent organizing principles in building the Beloved Community

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

David Lamotte  at Clergy Retreat 2016 -- award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville.  View the Retreat Schedule See David Lamotte at other venues during his visit to he Presbytery of Baltimore! 

The Commission on Reconciliation invites you to attend Mission Summit 2016 from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. For details, click Mission Summit 2016 .


Fighting poverty is big business but who profits the most? Join Central Presbyterian Church for a viewing of  Poverty Inc. form 7-9:30pm on Thursday, Apr. 14 in the church's Worship Center.  To reserve your FREE ticket, register by clicking Poverty Inc.

Granite Presbyterian Church will feature Dr. John R. Lamkin II, renowned Baltimore Jazz trumpet player at its Jazz Vespers from 5-7pm on Sunday, Apr, 17.  Dr. Lamkin - the recipient of the 2014 Jazz Heroes Award by the Jazz Journalists Association - currently directs bands and coordinates music education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He has performed as a soloist, with his sacred jazz quintet and as a guest conductor at churches throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. For more information, contact   Frank Owens at fjowens@hotmail.com  

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Baltimore Choral Arts Society with "Choral Gems" at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 17 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The concert is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.  For details, call 410.747.6180

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau Lochte:bells@secondpresby.org or 410.830.9988.

Time in Nature: Sharing and Caring - an Earth Forum program at 2pm on Sunday, Apr. 17 will feature Dr. Chiara D'Amore, Founder and Director, Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN) in a discussion about the success of the program.  This free program is held at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.  Child care provided with reservations. Visit earthforum@firstpreshc.org

Renowned organist Frederick Swann will present a recital on Sunday, Apr. 24 at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, sponsored by The Tiffany Series.  Free reception following the concert.  Tickets $15 ($5 students) at www.browndowntown.org . Click Swann for details.

Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.  Mental Health First Aid Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am- 5pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church in  Glen Burnie.  Cost to members of presbyterian c hurches: $25.  To register, email  Debbie Schmidt Click    Mental Health  to learn more about this event. 


This Mother's Day support Jubilee Arts' Youth In Business program by purchasing 25 carnation flowers for $25 for Mother's Day. F lowers will be delivered in Baltimore from 9am to noon on Saturday, May 7, th 9am-12pm.  To order call   Nora Howell at 410.728.1199 or email nhowell@jubileeartsbaltimore.org . Ordering deadline is  Monday, Apr. 18.

The Center needs skilled and unskilled volunteers to help repair and paint ceilings, clean light fixtures, install shelves and towel racks, sand and repaint window sills, and other tasks.  We have scheduled three maintenance days in late April. Come h elp us prepare for a busy summer as youth and adults from around the country come to partner with churches in our Presbytery for transformational mission in Christ's name. Sign up here.

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 Mary Gaut
Interim 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
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services