March 3, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Presbytery Sponsored Dinner @ Next Church Conference


Symposium on Hunger Alleviation and Food Justice


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


First & Franklin PC Spire Series: Violinist Kurt Nikkanen


Woods Mem'l PC Domestic Violence Workshop


Biblical Story Telling @ Second PC 


Earth Forum: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay


Catonsville Concert @ 3: "Simple Gifts" Folk-Music Trio


Woods Mem'l PC seeks Interim Music Director


Ashland PC seeks Office Manager


Mt. Hebron seeks a Part Time Youth and Children Leader


Compassion, Peace and Justice Training in Washington, DC


Eastern Region of the Assoc. for Presbyterian Christian Educators


Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery 


Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry 


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

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 6:30pm in the Woodmont Room.


Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet 6:30pm Tuesday Mar. 17 in the Woodmont Room.


Personnel  Committee meets Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 11:30am. The meeting will include lunch.  


Committee on Ministry Leadership will meet 10am on Wednesday, Mar. 4.


Steering Cabinet will meet 12:30-3:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 4


Trustees will meet 10am-12noon on Thursday, Mar. 10



The Leadership Team* Retreat will be held Thursday, Mar. 12 at the Sisters of Notre Dame 6401 N Charles St. with Judy Brown.

*(Cabinet, program staff, MG conveners, COM/CPM committee chairs ).


Gathering Team will meet 1:30pm on Thursday, Mar. 19.

BAD MG will meet on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 7pm at Woods Memorial PC.


Susquehanna Parrish MG will meet from 7-9pm on Thursday Mar. 19 at Franklinville PC.


Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at

Baltimore Cuba 10-Year Partnership Celebration 


Presbyterians  from he Presbytery of Baltimore and Central Presbytery of Cuba gather before boarding a bus for a group excursion in Cuba.


"For the last few days we have gathered in public to sing out loud about our church with our American friends. We could not have done that, even a few years ago. The workers at the hotel stop and ask us what this is about - and we tell them to come to our church and find out! The Presbytery of Baltimore made this possible for us. It is not about projects, it is about relationships."


And so it is.....


This statement was offered up by a Cuban Elder to our group of 50 or so Cubans and Americans during our Encuentro 2015 (conference).  This was our largest gathering ever!  His statement is important for at least two reasons;  it marks an historical moment in time whereby Cubans and Americans can publically do church together.  Secondly, it tells us that our Cuban Sisters and Brothers finally have grown to trust their American partners.  We have proven to them that we respect their systems and their processes and that we try to work with them from a place of love and trust. 


The Presbytery of Baltimore - El Centro Presbytery's fourth Encuentro was held in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.  After our 20 representatives visited individual congregations for a few days, we came back together as a large group.  For four days, we studied and prayed and worshiped and laughed and sang and danced.  During this time, we celebrated 10 years of Presbytery partnership and signed a new five year agreement as part of an inspirational worship service.  We now have seven Church-to-Church partnerships under the Presbytery umbrella!


We are sometimes asked, "Why do we have mission partnerships on the Presbytery level?"  To answer this, we point to our vision statement, which ends with "equipping our congregations to thrive spiritually and to become Apostles of Reconciliation".  Truly - we lived this for one week in Cuba!


Next time - come and join us!

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Presbytery  .  .  . and the  Wider Church 


Presbyterians attending NEXT Church conference in Chicago Mar. 16-18 are asked to contact Deb MilcarekThe Presbytery would like to gather folks together for a presbytery sponsored dinner.


The Commission on Reconciliation is convening a Symposium on hunger alleviation and food justice on Wednesday, Mar. 18 for representatives from Presbyterian congregations with hunger ministries, local and state non-profit organizations.  Registration is limited and participants must have direct experience.  For details, email Susan Krehbiel or call 410.433.2012, ext. 151. 



Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate art in worship.  





The Spire Series, sponsored by First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, presents solo violinist Kurt Nikkanen, in an all-Bach concert at 8pm on Friday, Mar. 6. A Meet-the-Artist reception will follow the performance.  Tickets are $20 General Admission; $10 for students.  For details, click Nikkanen.   


Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will sponsor a free workshop on domestic abuse designed for clergy and lay leaders at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Mar. 10 featuring the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, author of Breaking the Silence: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence (2008). For details, click Domestic Violence.

Experience the Bible in an ancient way from a biblical storyteller.  Hear Tracy Radosevic recite the Gospel of Mark by heart. Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at Second Presbyterian Church. For details, click Storyteller.


How Do We Restore the Chesapeake Bay? Dr. Beth McGee, the Senior Water Quality Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will present an overview of the science and policy surrounding efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and describe the economic benefits of restoring the Bay.  All are welcome to the Mar. 15 Earth Forum, held from 2-4:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. For details, call 410.730.3545, email; or, view


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Simple Gifts" folk trio.  At 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 22.  The trio of folk musicians plays a variety of ethnic folk styles from lively Irish jigs to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies.  The concert is free.  For details call 410.747.6180.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a qualified Organist and Director of Music for an interim period beginning June 2015. The position requires overall responsibility for planning and execution of the traditional music program. Salaried position.  For details, click Music Interim.


Ashland Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time Office Manager with some communications experience to provide office management and administrative support for the Pastor, Session, Deacons and Christian Education ministry. For details, click Ashland.


Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Intern Youth & Children's Leader.  This is a year-round salaried position averaging 12-15 hours per week.  A full job description is available at  Contact TE Adrian Pratt  at 410.465.3993 or 




Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC -- on April 17th, Presbyterians from across the country will gather in Washington before the start of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Together, through workshops and plenaries, we will look at issues of Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation and learn how individuals and congregations can make an impact in their community and their nation.  Register Now!


The Eastern Region of the Association for Presbyterian Christian Educators will sponsor a continuing education event in Chambersburg, PA  April 20-22 featuring keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Lib Caldwell discussing "Teaching the Bible to Children (and their Parents)." For details, click EAPCE.


The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore, entitled Mosaic of Peace, will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 25 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church.  The event will feature guest speaker Eva Hendrix-Shovlin, a participant of the Israel Palestine PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace Conference.  Click PWP to register.


Engaging, reflective, and theologically substantive -- the 2015 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry will focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in youth ministry. The Brothers of Taize will lead worship in Princeton University Chapel, and an exciting cast of leaders will give lectures and offer classes. Renew your energy for ministry as you create vocational friendships, stretch your imagination, and give Sabbath to your soul. Learn more and register at


taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events & Services 





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications