September 28, 2015
Inside this Edition
Healthy Boundaries  
First & Franklin PC will host a Fiesta to Welcome Cuban Norma Martinez

Paul McKenna Scottish/Celtic Band at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

"Julian Norwich" Portrayal at First & Franklin PC

Granite PC Blessing of the Animals & Bluegrass Vespers Service
Catonsville PC Concerts at 3: Jazz to Ragtime

Springfield PC Concert
Sen. Ben Cardin Responds to Pope's Encyclical at First PC of Howard Co.

Faith & Film discussion on "Selma" at Granite PC

Cuban Tenor Francisco Alonso Diaz Performs at Faith PC
Free Hymnals from 1st PC of Bel Air

Being the Church in the City Summit 

Interfaith Domestic Violence Training for Clergy

Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse fall Gathering

The Center Seeks Part Time Administrative
PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Triennium 2016

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 
Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30pm.

Committee on Ministry  will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7


Cuba Partnership will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at in the Woodmont RM of faith PC

Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps (BDLC) will meet 7pm Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Catonsville PC


BAD Ministry Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6pm at Ark & Dove PC


Healthy Boundaries 
certification will be held on Oct. 1 & Oct. 29 at Central PC.

Interim Pastors will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Hope PC
Per Capita 
On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Presbytery of Baltimore approved the 2016 Per Capita as follows:
Presbytery $25.78
Synod $  7.12
GA $    .80

Total:  $33.70 
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Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for Rev. Thomas Spears and family, who are mourning the loss of his father-in-law, Patrick "Mack Cromwell.  Mr. Cromwell died of Congestive heart failure last Wednesday in Baltimore.  Rev. Spears served as pastor of Dickey Memorial PC from 1988 to 2003.
BDLC Youth Volunteer
Cerys Beckwith with young camper 
Reflects on Summer Camp Experience

by Cerys Beckwith, 18
Ashland Presbyterian Church
Had I been told four years ago that the highlight of my high school summers would be weeklong trips to obscure states such as South Dakota and Minnesota, I likely would have scoffed. As a freshman in high school, I had only travelled an hour or two by car away from my home without my family at my side. The thought of being on a plane heading miles across the United States with complete strangers was daunting, at the time.
Now, this trip has become an experience that I look forward to with much anticipation each year. This past summer, I spent my fourth Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps (BDLC) trip on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. After skipping a summer in the grasslands - opting to spend my time in Pejuhatazizi in Minnesota the year prior - I could not have been happier to be back. This time around, I buzzed with excitement as our group, primarily Presbyterians from Highland Presbyterian Church in Street, MD (though, I come from Ashland Presbyterian Church in the Hunt Valley area) made the eight-hour trek from Colorado to South Dakota.
Once here, we set to work immediately. Joan Pugh, who graciously coordinated the camp activities for the week, distributed assignments. Over the weekend we cleaned, cooked, explored,
Teen volunteers and campers
adapted and prepared for what we all knew would be a challenging week
, both physically and emotionally. As I joined in the flurry of organizing and preparation, I too prepared for the excitement and joy that I knew would come from seeing the kids once again.
Before I knew it, kids were piling into our vans and we were shuttling them back to the camp. Here, they gobbled down breakfast while we counselors scrambled to prepare for the day. When describing a regular day at camp - from corralling  swarms of children, to helping the younger kids eat lunch, to engaging all ages in science experiments, to endless piggyback rides under the hot summer sun - to friends and family, our days appeared chaotic and endless. But despite the running about, the children tugging and tackling you, and the relentless heat, there are countless moments that make camp worth the exhaustion: a little boy falling asleep in your arms while you run a station; another plopping down in your lap during opening circle; two girls taking your hands and pulling you outside to play.
Every year, I return from my BDLC trips exhaus ted, ready to sleep for days on end. But the more often I travel to the reservations, the more of my heart stays with the Lakota people, the culture, and of course, the children. My time with BDLC has been vigorous and trying, but ultimately, rewarding in unimaginable ways. Already, as I enter my first year at college and prepare for new journeys that life may lay before me, I cannot wait to hear the 4am alarm clock next July that signals my departure out West again.
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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church will hold a fiesta at 11:30am following worship on Sunday, Oct. 4 to celebrate our visit with Norma Martinez from our sister church in Taguasco, Cuba.  Join us for an all American picnic; listen to the jazz band, Tongue in Cheek; view the photographic art exhibit of Cuba by David Young; and, enjoy conversation with Norma.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC hosts The Paul McKenna Band , award-winning Scottish/Celtic musicians from Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, presented by Common Ground on the Hill at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2.

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series presents Linda Loving in a compelling one-woman portrayal of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century spiritual figure described by Thomas Merton as the "greatest theologian for our time" at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2 at the church.  For details, Click Loving

Granite Presbyterian Church will be holding a Blessing of the Animals service at 1pm on Sunday, Oct. 4 .  The service will be held on the grounds of the church at 10637 Old Court Rd.For details, contact Frank Owens at  Additionally, at 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 22, Granite's congregation will hold a  Bluegrass Vespers Service  featuring the Carroll County Ramblers.  Food and refreshments will be sold during intermission. 

Catonsville Concerts at 3  is kicking off its 17th season of presenting free, live musical concerts in the Catonsville community!  Please join us at Catonsville Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 when we present the eclectic jazz, ragtime, Dixieland and swing sounds of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. For details, call 410.747.6180.

At 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 -- Springfield Presbyterian Church will host pianist  Yu-Hsuan Liao and Saxophonist Jeremy P. Koch in the second performance  of its annual concert series.  For details, Click Springfield.

At 2pm on Sunday, Oct. 18 at  the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County --   Senator Ben Cardin, a champion for the Chesapeake Bay, clean water, community sustainability, will respond to Pope Francis' encyclical about the earth's condition, its poor, and reflect on the Pope's visit to Washington, D.C.This is a free event. Visit .

Granite Presbyterian Church and Living Faith Fellowship are co-hosting a Faith and Film discussion of "Selma" from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, Oct.18.  A light lunch will be offered; please RSVP by Oct. 15 to:

Faith Presbyterian Church is pleased to present the highly acclaimed Cuban tenor, Francisco Alonso Diaz , in concert at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 18.  Mr. Diaz is the artistic director of the Lyric Theater Company in Pinar Del, Rio, Cuba.

The First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air has 200 copies of the The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) available to any church or organization who would like them. If interested, contact TE Richard Link .

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, join the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition (IDVC) of the Governor's Office for Community Initiatives (GOCI) for the third annual IDVC Dialogue & Training Session for Clergy of all faiths and domestic violence advocates.  The goal of the day-long training and education session, is to strengthen Maryland faith and community leaders to take a stand against domestic violence. Registration is FREE!  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information.

The Presbytery of Baltimore Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse Fall Gathering will be held 10am to noon at Charlestown Retirement Community on Tuesday, Oct. 27. We look forward to seeing all of you! Please watch Tidings for further information!

The Center ( ) is seeking a part-time worker to help with administration and logistics - 10 hours/week for 6 months at $15/hour; work can be done from home.  If interested, please submit a resume to Miss Good at  Deadline to apply is Sept. 21.

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County . Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of PresbyTiding s.

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Presbytery's Clergy Care Team encourages all congregations to recognize their pastors in some way during October . Some ideas can be found here:

taff Directory

 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