April 24, 2017
Inside this Edition
875th Gathering of the Presbytery 

Clerks' Meetings 

Presbytery Seeks Stated Clerk 

Presbytery Seeks Financial Administrator

Prince of Peace PC Used Book & Media Sale 

Faith Cuban Organ Concert

Catonsville Canticle Singers 

James David Christie Organ Recital at Brown Mem'l Park Ave PC 

Roland Park PC WOW! Rummage Sale

World & Music of Three Faiths at 
Second Presbyterian Church 

1st PC of Belair seeks Christian Educator and an Office Administrator 

National Capital Presbytery 2-day Workshop: Bullies in the Church

PCUSA Launches Abuse Prevention Hotline 

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

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

Steering Cabinet (Whole Group)  will meet at 1pm on Wednesday. Apr. 26

The Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm Wednesday., Apr. 26

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on May 3 

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on May 3

Cents-Ability Funds Available

by Deb Milcarek, 
     Associate for Reconciliation

Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. An effort of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), Cents-Ability encourages congregations to invite church members of all ages to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus' command "You give them something to eat."

Cents-Ability originated in 1976 as "Two-Cents-A-Meal," a project begun by Presbyterian Women to involve individuals and families in a corporate response to world hunger.  These small acts of faithfulness can certainly add up: one hundred persons in a congregation can potentially contribute $180 a month at two cents a meal. That's $2,160 dollars a year! 

The Presbytery of Baltimore receives approximately $1,600 annually in Cents-Ability funds. And, now, the agency is poised to distribute those funds to  congregations who are working to alleviate hunger -- meaning members are directly involved with the program within the church building.  This might include (among other things) a soup kitchen, "backpack" program, summer camp meals, winter shelter, or a food closet.  

This Spring, the Presbytery will distribute up to $500 in grants for church food programs, based on available funds and number of applicants.   The deadline for applying for a Cents-Ability grant is May 15. To apply, simply s ubmit one paragraph describing your ministry and how additional funding from Cents-Ability might help.  Also include contact information for the leader of your church's hunger program.  This information will be published later by the Presbytery to illustrate the good works that can be accomplished with financial support from Cents-Ability.

Please submit your application by May 15 to Deb Milcarek, Associate for Reconciliation at:   dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org    

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Presbytery and Church-wide

Presbytery of Baltimore Seeks New Stated Clerk 

The Presbytery of Baltimore (PCUSA) is seeking to fill the position of Stated Clerk. The Stated Clerk serves as Secretary and Parliamentarian for the Presbytery and its Steering Cabinet. The Stated Clerk is elected by the Presbytery and reports to the General Presbyter. We are seeking a ruling or teaching elder of PCUSA who has good interpersonal relationship skills; strong organizational and computer skills with an emphasis on attention to detail; a commitment to a spirit of impartiality; a willingness to work collegially and collaboratively with staff and committee members, and knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, the Book of Order and the Roberts Rules of Order. This is a part-time position with the Presbytery.

Please send a resumé including three references that addresses your relevant service to the Presbyterian Church to Rae Jean Goodman, SCSEARCH2017@gmail.com. We will start reviewing applications on 31 March 2017 and will continue until a successful search is completed. A complete job description is available by clicking Stated Clerk.

Presbytery of Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Financial Administrator
The Presbytery of Baltimore seeks a part-time (19 hours/week) Financial Administrator for the PC(USA) denominational headquarters in the Baltimore, MD region (67 churches). The ideal candidate will have a college degree, experience with financial administration (preferably in a non-profit setting), and good communication skills. The working environment is purpose-driven and collegial.
Duties include creating and distributing financial statements and giving statements; managing loans, investment income distribution, third-party payroll service, and relationship with auditors; attending Trustee and other meetings as requested; and supervising the bookkeeper.
Please send a résumé including three references that addresses your relevant service to the Presbytery of Baltimore c/o Wanda Morgan, 5400 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239 or email office@baltimorepresbytery.org.  The Presbytery's personnel committee will immediately begin reviewing applications and continue until a successful search is completed (preferably by June 1). 


Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton  invites you to its annual Used Book and Media Sale from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, Apr. 28  and 8am to 4pm on Saturday, Apr. 29. The event features thousands of books from a large variety of categories.  DVDs and CDs available, too.  On Saturday, the days' activities will event will be held in conjunction with a bake sale and yard sale, alongside Crofton's Festival on the Green.  For details, cal 410.721.2313.

Faith Presbyterian Church will host Cuban Organist Moisés Santiesteban  in concert at 4pm on Saturday, April 29. The concert features diffusion of the Cuban sacred musical heritage. Click here to learn more .

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Canticle Singers , a select women's chorus, on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3pm.  They will be bringing us a bravura program with a variety of repertoire that spans the centuries and crosses the globe.  This free concert is at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville.  For more info, call 410.747.6180.

The Tiffany Series is thrilled to announce a recital by James David Christie at 3pm on Sunday, May 7at Brown Memorial Park Ave. Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill. He will be playing the church's 1930 Skinner Organ, Opus 839, IV/45.  A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students).   Click here to learn more

WOW! Not Your Ordinary Rummage Sale!  Roland Park Presbyterian Church will host a  church rummage sale from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, May 6.  The church professes to Widen Our Welcome with the proceeds of the sale of scores of antiques, decorative household and gardening items to support the church's renovation campaign. Click here for details

Second Presbyterian Church will host "Words and Music of Three Faiths" at 7pm on Sunday, June 18.  the event features music by the famous Peabody Consort accompanied by poetic readings from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. This event is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). For details, click Second Presbyterian Church.

1st Presbyterian Church of Belair seeks to fill two positions: (1) a part-time Christian Educator and Youth Director for its  Sunday School, youth program and Vacation Bible School who will plan fun activities for families on a regular basis, Children's church, and the mission trip for youth. Inquiries maybe made to Alison Halsey. And , (2) a Part-time 
Church Office Coordinator who will  oversee the office, maintain the equipment, order supplies, create weekly bulletin and newsletter, and other duties as assigned. Hours are 9am-12noon weekdays. Must have computer skills and some knowledge of the Presbyterian Church.  Inquires may be made to Bob Tayson .

National Capital Presbytery is offering a two-day workshop entitled "Bullies in the Church How to Distinguish Between Normal Conflict and Bullying 6 Strategies to Deal with Entrenched Bullies."  Click here for flier and here for  registration.

Great news!  PC(USA) launches Abuse Prevention Helpline

The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills will host a one day workshop on Emotional Intelligence and Building Effective Teams on June 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. Click EQ for fees and other details.

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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

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center