October 10, 2016
Inside this Edition

873rd Gathering: The Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism. Nov. 12, 2016

"7" Middle School Retreat 

Kenwood PC Community Day & Pumpkin Patch Story-Time

Earth Forum at 1st PC of Howard Co. Presents: Walking Together into a Greener Future 

First & Franklin Spire Series Concert: 13 Chamber Choir

Catonsville PC is Planting Trees

Restoring the Chestnut Tree: Potluck and Lecture and Chestnut Grove PC

Faith PC seeks a Full-time Parish Administrator and Book-Keeper

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Chestnut Grove Seeks a Director of Christian Education

First & Franklin Seeks a Child Care Provider 

CMEC hosts Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner 

Racial Awareness Festival in Washington, DC

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

The Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet Tuesday, Oct. 18

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will host a Leadership Training Workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air .  

Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $185,599 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

Presbytery Disaster Assistance 



Trailer for
Trailer for "Locked in a Box"
Join Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Locked in a Box" and discussion on the immigration detention system and transformative power of visitation ministry. "Locked in a Box" strips away the political rhetoric to shed light on the injustice of our immigration detention system through the stories of individuals held in detention and those who visit them.  

The screening will be held 7pm on Monday, Oct. 24 at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore, MD  21230.

For those interested in becoming a visitor or pen pal, you can sign up to attend one of three upcoming training events led by the DC Detention Visitation Network:  Saturday, Oct. 22, 10am - 12noon  (in Annapolis);  Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am -12noon or WednesdayNov. 307:00-8:30pm.  Contact Susan Krehbiel for more information.
Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group Plans New Hispanic Worshipping Community

by  Betsy Jenkins, Member
     BAD Hispanic Ministry Committee

The Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group is delighted to announce the hire of The Reverend Migde Lucas of El Salvador to develop a new Hispanic Worshiping Community in Anne Arundel County. BAD and the Presbytery of Baltimore's Commission on Thriving Congregations have partnered to create a new Hispanic ministry in the Reformed tradition with a social justice-social service component. The ministry is part of a
Rev. Migde signs contract to become community organizer 
nationwide movement within our denomination to start 1001 Worshipping Communities - an effort to redirect our churches from an inward focus and membership maintenance to creative engagement with the larger world.
The Hispanic immigrant community in Anne Arundel County is the largest growing and the most economically and service challenged population. Primarily centered in Glen Burnie and Annapolis, the community consists mostly of immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who are of the Christian faith.  However, those of the Reformed tradition are without the cultural fellowship of a home church.
Rev. Lucas shares the experience of many who have journeyed from his impoverished homeland to seek a better life in America. "[It's] taken a while to get to work in my profession," he said, but "I am happy to be able to get back to working in pastoring and community organizing that I love."  Rev. Lucas was ordained in El Salvador where he served for 12 years with the Reformed Calvinistic Church. There he founded two churches, was Executive Secretary of the Synod and had the privilege of traveling to the America and Europe to establish partnerships. In Guatemala, he was moderator of his Presbytery and founded a church and school.
In the Presbytery of Baltimore, Rev. Lucas will serve as a developer and community organizer of the new Hispanic Worshipping ministry. Within a year, he hopes to develop community stakeholders to help establish a thriving Hispanic worshipping community and address other pressing issues impacting his community such as affordable housing, healthcare, child care, domestic violence and English language classes. Rev. Lucas will begin his ministry this fall, working from an office at Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie; additionally, he looks forward to visiting and worshipping with church members throughout the Presbytery.

BAD Hispanic Worshipping Committee  (L-R):  Bill McWhirter (Prince of Peace); Robyn Crandell (Harundale); Rev. Tim Stern (Ark & Dove); Rev. Migde Lucas; Betsy Jenkins (1st of Annapolis); Marty Clayton (Woods Mem'l) and Laura Willoughby (Ark & Dove). 
Members of the BAD Ministry Group include Harundale; Ark & Dove; 1
st of Annapolis; Glen Burnie Korean; Christ Our Anchor; Prince of Peace; Hughes Memorial and Woods Memorial. Our contributions to Our Shared Ministry provided some of the financial support for the new Hispanic Worshipping Community.

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SPACE LIMITED!  New Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016


Kenwood Presbyterian Church will offer Pumpkin Patch with story time  from Oct. 15-31 .  The patch will be open weekdays from 11am-7pm; Saturdays, 9am-7:30pm; and, Sundays from 12pm-7pm.  There will be an assortment of pumpkins, gourds and other goodies

The First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will host EARTH FORUM from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, Oct. 16 entitled "Walking Together into a Greener Future."  This outdoor/indoor event will focus on environmental stewardship. The church is located at  9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The event is free and open to all ages. 

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church will host the Thirteen Chamber Choir (Reincarnation) at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 21 as part of the church's Spire Series .  To learn more about this concert, click  Thirteen Chamber ; to view upcoming concerts click Spire Series .

Catonsville Presbyterian Church is partnering with Alliance for the Chesapeake and the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to host an environmental stewardship project from 9am to 12noon on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The project includes a workshop on the care of creation followed by the  planting of more than 70 small trees on the church's property.   All are welcome.  Those interested in participating may email Ron Gunderson.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church will host a potluck dinner and lecture featuring Dr. Gary Carver on "Restoring the Chestnut Tree" at 6:30pm on Friday, Nov. 4.  For details, click Chestnut.

Faith Presbyterian Church seeks a full-time parish administrator/bookkeeper.  For a job description, click here.  Interested individuals are asked to send their resumes to the church at 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Balto. MD 21239, Attention:  Scott McGill. 

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Director of Missions.  The Interim Director of Missions (IDM) empowers the mission engagement of the whole church working in cooperation with WELCOME and other ministries to ensure that every member has an opportunity to Christian service.  To learn more and apply for the position, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, MD) seeks a part-time (20 hours) Director of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation .  Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to committee chair Robin Znamirowski , A full job-description is available by clicking Chestnut Grove

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church is looking for a qualified child caregiver to work Sunday mornings from 9:15am-noon, and occasional weekday evenings in our nursery. Must have experience caring for infants and toddlers. Background check and references required. Email inquiries or resume and interest letter to information@firstfranklin.org .


The  Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will host the  Rev. Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner from 6-8pm on  Thursday, Oct. 27 at  St. Matthews Catholic Church,  5401 Loch Raven Blvd. Tickets are $40. Click Here!

The Mini Festival of the Arts, Healing and Justice will be held 10am to 4pm Saturday Oct. 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St SW in Washington, DC 20024. For details, click Racial Awareness Festival.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services