February 26, 2018
Inside this Edition

Free Communications Workshop for Clergy and Church Media Workers

Lenten Study Series: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

The Center Volunteer Work Day

Pastors' Retreat: The Person Behind the Pastor.

Strangest Things "Teen" Symposium at Central PC

Catonsville Concerts at 3: Brass of the Potomac

The Association of Lutheran Church Ministers

NAPC Conference: "Dragons, Frogs & Other Fairy Tales of Women in Ministry

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

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28

Gathering Team meets at 11am on Thursday, Mar. 1 

Committee on Ministry meets at 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 7

Trustees meet at 9am on Tuesday, Mar. 13

Credentials Team meets at 10am on Thursday, May 15

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm on Wednesday, May 21

Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 28

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 7

Commission on Reconciliation meets at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 28

Baltimore Dakota Partnership meets at 7pm on Tuesday, Mar. 13 at Catonsville PC

Cuba Partnership meets at 7pm on Mar. 21 at 1st PC of Howard Co.

The Presbytery's office will be closed Mar. 30 through Apr. 2 in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will reopen for business at 8:30am on Tuesday, Mar. 3.
Praise & Prayer

Please pray for Ira Marshall, 92 a retired Presbyterian pastor who worships at First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air, who is hospitalized with a serious illness at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Please pray for Pastor Ed Terry  who is recuperating at Northwest Hospital Rehabilitation Center following knee surgery. Terry shepherds  Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown. Well wishes and cards may be sent to his home at 3914 Falls Run Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.
An Amazing Camp Experience Awaits You!
Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps 
by Chrystie Adams

Have you considered becoming a part of one of the four Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps this summer?  Since 2003, the partnership between the Baltimore and Dakota Presbyteries has been a source of spiritual growth, joy and renewed and new friendships between the Presbytery of Baltimore and our friends in the Dakota Presbytery. Our partnership was formalized in 2010 and renewed in 2015. Our mission  is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by honoring and nurturing the lives of children, youth and adults through educational partnerships with the ministries of the Native American churches, which comprise the Dakota Presbytery.

As such, the BDLC 2018 season offers a variety of camps. Members of any Presbytery of Baltimore church are welcome to be a part of one of these camps either as a camper or a staff member.  Since the BDLC partnership began, members of 22 Baltimore Presbytery congregations have experienced BDLC summer camps; and we hope to have new faces join our returning campers and staff members this summer. Read on to consider whether God is calling you to be a part of this amazing journey.

Sisseton Family Learning Camp
 (Lake Traverse Reservation in Agency Village, SD)
This family learning camp is a newly restarted program and offers many staff and camper positions. The youth group of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church will form the nucleus of this camp. They will be joined by folks from Govans Presbyterian Church and several other congregations in our Presbytery.  This learning camp will be held at the Veterans  Community Youth Center in Agency Village in conjunction with their summer youth program, which supports about 120 Dakota children and youth.  Families and teens will stay at the Tiospa Zina Tribal School and older adults will be a part of the NAMA's (Non Air Mattress Adults) and will stay at the Holiday Motel.  Children ages five and up through elementary grades will be campers and youth in middle and high school and adults will be counselors and learning station leaders.   Staff interviews will help determine the best placement for youth and adults. The Dakota Presbytery churches in the Sisseton area will partner with our Baltimore Presbytery folks to offer worship time, meals and evening cultural activities.
July 14 - 21  Contact Molly Durant   (412.523.1627).
Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp 
(Upper Sioux Community in Granite Falls, MN)
This is the first BDLC Family Learning Camp and it will be in its sixth season this summer.  The camp, smaller than most others, supports the Upper Sioux Community Youth Summer Program of about 25 campers.  Children ages five and up through middle school grades will be campers and youth in high school and adults will be counselors and learning station leaders. Families stay at the Upper Sioux Community Center and older adults (NAMA's - Non Air Mattress Adults) will stay at the Super Motel in Granite Falls. Staff interviews will help determine the best placement for youth and adults. The Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church in the Upper Sioux will partner with our Baltimore Presbytery folks to offer worship time, staff support, meals and evening cultural activities.  July 28 - August 4  Contact Chrystie Adams  (443.474.2200).
The Porcupine Bible Camp
 (Pine Ridge Reservation in Porcupine, SD) 
This camp offers an opportunity to be a part of a more traditional Vacation Bible School camp. This is the Porcupine Camp's third year as a Bible camp; however, it has operated for seven summers. Baltimore Presbytery staff members can be rising 10th graders to adults. The Baltimore Presbytery staff will be partnering with the Porcupine Presbyterian members who will support the camp with worship, staff support, meals and cultural activities. Staff interviews will help determine the best placement for youth and adults. The camp staff all stay at the Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort.  July 20 - 27  Contact Claudia Scarborough (410.459.7946).  
The Ihanktonwan Learning Camp 
(Yankton Sioux Reservation/
 Marty Indian School in Marty, SD)
This camp offers an academic learning format.  Baltimore Presbytery staff may be rising 9th graders to adults. Baltimore Presbytery members who are a part of this camp will work with our partners from the Cedar Presbyterian Church to staff this camp. The Cedar Church will also provide worship, meals, fellowship and cultural activities. The organizing church from the Baltimore Presbytery is First Presbyterian of Cumberland, so this is a camp that works best for folks in the western part of our Presbytery.  Staff members will stay at the Marty Indian School Dorm or the Fort Randall Casino.  July 7 - 15  Contact Robin Bissell (240.444.4219)
Visit the BDLC website for information about applying to these camps and or applying for funds from the Turner Scholarship to support Presbytery youth (elementary thru college) who want to attend BDLC camps.

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide


You don't have to have a huge budget or a large staff to effectively tell the story of your work inside
and outside the church walls. . .
Learn how to create excitement and energy in your congregation by using simple but powerful communications tools. On Saturday, Mar. 10, the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Communication Ministry will conduct a  FREE, full-day  COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Workshop materials and lunch will be provided for registered participants.  Space is Limited. To attend, email   Deborah Greene, Director of Communications.   

The Lenten Study Series on The Cross and the Lynching Tree by Dr. James H. Cone moves to . . . 
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (2010 Madison Ave. 21217)
Thursdays, MAR. 1 & 8 
6pm Meal /  6:30pm Study 
Led by Dr. Phyllis Felton and CRE John Brewington  
Join Presbyterian Moderator Adrienne Knight on-line via Go To Meeting:   https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/364679613    
You can also dial in using your phone: 646.749.3122 (Access Code: 364-679-613) 

advocacy Announced for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day! Register Today - Space is Limited!
Advocacy Training Weekend , which includes Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day and  Ecumenical Advocacy Days , is scheduled for April 21-24, in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year's conference is
"Confronting Chaos, Forging Community - Racism, Militarism and Materialism." 

Do you enjoy construction and repair work? The Center is looking for a few skilled volunteers to help with minor repairs and projects in its dorm facility. Join us for a work day on Saturday, Mar. 10 from 9am-12pm. Projects include: removing built-in counters, installing a cabinet, installing a small shelf, and removing broken floor tiles and replacing with new ones. To sign up or for more information, please contact Kate Foster Connors, kfosterconnors@baltimorepresbytery.org or 410.433.2012.

The Person Behind the Pastor: Who are You When You Are Not Being a Pastor?

Make plans to join your colleagues in ministry Wednesday & Thursday, Apr. 11 & 12 at Bon Secours Retreat Center for 24 hours of personal and spiritual refreshment in a beautiful, inspiring setting. There will be time for spiritual practices, including yoga, walking the Labyrinth, meditation and worship. There will also be Open Space conversations and plenty of time for relaxed conversation with others in ministry. The cost of the retreat is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Debbie Schmidt: dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org.

Sponsored by the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development


Catonsville Concerts at 3  presents Brass of the Potomac, a 30-piece, British-style brass band, at 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 18. Comprised of professional musicians from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force bands of the DC area, BOTP provides an enriching variety of musical programming showcasing the highest standards of polished ensemble performance.  This free concert is at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville.  For more info, call 410-747-6180.


The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is planning an event to be held at the United Lutheran Seminary campus in Gettysburg, PA on April 14. You can find out more about it here: https://alcm.org/event/gettysburg-pa/ . Although this event is planned by Lutherans, it may be of interest to Presbyterians, as well.
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen  invites all clergywomen to  Triennial 2018
"Dragons, Frogs, & Other Fairy Tales of Women in  April 23-26, 2018  Montreat Conference Center. Click here to learn more.  

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center