October 5, 2015
Inside this Edition
Healthy Boundaries  
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

Savvy Seniors: Age Related Driving Risks
Interfaith Domestic Violence Training for Clergy

Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse fall Gathering

PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Triennium 2016

Men in the Synod of Mid-Atlantic Conference

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 in the Woodmont RM of faith PC

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


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

Interim Pastors will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Hope PC
Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for TE Jeong Han and his family, who are mourning the loss of his father-in-law in Korea.  Rev. Han is he pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church.

Also, please pray for Presbytery Interim Mary Gaut, Assoc. Gen. Presbyter Bill Nickels and Stated Clerk Catherine Black as they travel this week to Portland, OR. to attend PC (USA)'s Polity Conference.

Please pray for members of the Guatemala partnership as they travel to Central America to explore the Presbytery's Partnership with CEDEPCA.  The members of the group are: Andy Gathman (Chestnut Grove), Deborah Baer (Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave.), Labora Colfield (Central), Berniece Clark (Ashland)  and Tanya Morrell (Brown Mem'l Woodbrook).

Resource Tips
Rev. Dr. Nelson

Please join the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC., for a conversation on gun violence during a we binar on Advocacy and Action to Enact Common Sense Gun Legislation  at 3pm (EST) on   Tuesday Oct. 6.  Click here to learn more then, register.

by TE 
Carrie M. Finch-Burriss
Pastor of Kenwood Presbyterian Church
This coming Saturday, In the Loop Ministry Group is proud to offer churches in this Presbytery a chance to come together for conversation and education during a summit entitled "Being the Church in the City."  The summit will be held from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4640 Edmondson Ave.  The cost is FREE but the deadline to register is TODAY, Monday, Oct. 5!
What will you get for giving us five hours of your Saturday?  For starters, you will get to hear the Rev. Dr. Byron Wade share some of his congregation's experience as it evolved into an urban church in Raleigh, NC and hear about his participation in the Moral Monday movement happening down there.  There will also be time for questions and answers as participants discuss how our congregations can become more involved in our city.  You will also get the opportunity to participate in a workshop that will benefit your community ministry.  Featured workshops include:
"Organizing in the Community," presented by the No Boundaries Coalition; " Listening to Your Congregation and Community," presented by The Center; and, Moving from Surviving to Thriving: a Conversation About Your Congregation.
If that's not enough you will also enjoy a hot, catered lunch, worship on the lawn and an opportunity to fellowship with our churches in the city.  You'll learn about the exciting things going on in our communities and how you can be a part of the ministry.  But wait, there is even more -- In the Loop sponsored seven folks to attend Big Tent this past summer- by coming to the summit- you can share in the knowledge they have gleaned from that conference.  
We are also collecting school supplies and financial contributions to benefit Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School in the Hunting Ridge community.
This event will be five hours well worth your time.  Help us explore what it means to be the church in the city.  Remember to contact Wanda at the Presbytery office TODAY to reserve your spot!  See you on Saturday!  Registration opens at 9:30am with the summit programming beginning promptly at 10am.
Thank you for your support!  Carrie Finch-Burriss, TE at Kenwood Presbyterian and co-convener of In The Loop Ministry Group.               

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

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  www.earthforumhc.org .

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: fjowens@hotmail.com.

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.

As age increases, older drivers experience multiple challenges on the road.  The issue is not about being older, but the physical and cognitive issues with aging that impact fitness to drive safely.  You can meet these challenges "head-on" by planning for your transportation. Join the Savvy Seniors from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for a discussion on age-related driving risks and tools and resources to manage those risks.


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 Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse Fall Gathering will be held at the Charlestown Retirement Community in the Cross Creek Meeting Room from 10am to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27. O ur colleague, Ted Durr, will address "Temptation and Murder: as old as tomorrow" (Luke 4:1-13, Genesis 4:1-10). A summary of this topic is available to participants.   Please RSVP to Bob and Audrey Jewett at 410.203.1067 or email:   bobandaudrey1915@gmail.com ) by Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Directions available upon request.   We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Gathering!

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:   http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2014/10/10-ways-to-show-your-pastor-you-care.html

The men of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic will sponsor a conference in July 2016.  Click here for details.

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