March 7, 2016
Inside this Edition
Order of the Day 

Lenten Season Reflections

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Westside MG Workshop: "Who Are My Neighbors and Why Are They Here?"

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Highlights of Porgy and Bess."

Discussion on Immigration at Woods Mem'l PC

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Maryland PC Offering Free Folding Chairs and a Lectern

FPC of Cumberland Seeks Director of Music Ministries 

The Center Seeks Summer Interns

"Playology- Experiencing God through the Art of Play" at National Capital Presbytery

CMEC: Awake & Arise
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

Trustees   will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Mar. 8

General Presbyter Search Committee will meet from 10am - 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 9.

Administration will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Mar. 15.

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Apr. 5.

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Mar. 30.

The General Presbyter Nominating Committee   will meet 10am to 12:30pm on Wednesday Mar. 9.

BAD MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8 at Prince of Peace PC.

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

Cuba Partnership will meet a 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen. 
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission.

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo, who was recently elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions. The Board of Pensions administers pension, healthcare, death, and disability benefits and financial assistance for qualifying members of the PC(USA).

by   Deb Milcarek, 
      Commission on Reconciliation

In 2015 the Commission on Reconciliation undertook a group study of When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert.  This video-driven small group experience was transformational for many in our group, and they shared much with their own congregations and mission committees.  The Commission decided to share many of these learnings with mission leaders throughout the Presbytery.  Additionally, we have worked through Principles of Reconciliation for our Presbytery mission partnerships.  We would like to share these principles as they are adapted for mission work in congregations.

All mission leaders, pastors and other interested folks are invited to a Mission Summit on Apr. 23 from 10am to 2pm at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Free lunch will be provided to all who RSVP.  During the Summit, we welcome you to:
  • Review the video study guide with those who have used it in their congregations
  • Access the most current PC(USA) resources available for Mission work as gathered by participants at the national  "Mission Magnified" conference
  • Learn how to inculcate Principles of Reconciliation in your congregation
  • Hear from two very different models at work today in our congregations that are relational and participatory:  The Open Table and Bridges to Opportunity
  • Network with other mission leaders in the Presbytery
  • Hear from leaders of each Presbytery Partnership including The Center, Guatemala CEDEPCA, El Centro Cuba and Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps.
Click Mission Summit 2016 
for flyer and details.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

The next "Order of the Day" will be held at 4pm on Thursday, Mar. 10 at Holy Frijoles (908 W. 36th Street) in Hampden. Pastors, j oin your colleagues in ministry for a refreshing beverage and some good old fashioned fellowship. This is a great way to catch up with old friends , make new ones , and strengthen the ties that bind us together .

Wat ch the "An Invitation to Seek God"  on  Isaiah 55:1-9  with Vice-Moderator Jack Carlson.  

David Lamotte -- award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville. Register here now!

Save the Date!  On Saturday, Mar. 12, West Side Story Ministry Group will host a 90 minute workshop on US Immigration: "Who are my neighbors and why are they here?"
 for pastors and church members interested in learning more about what newcomers go through to get to the US.

The Commission on Reconciliation invites you to attend Mission Summit 2016 from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. For details, click Mission Summit 2016.


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Highlights of Porgy and Bess," featuring baritone Thomas Beard and other talented singers who have performed the roles from this most-treasured American opera on stages around the world.  Join us for this free concert at 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 13 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. For details call 410.747.6180.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a discussion from 5-8pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 about the refugee crises around the world. The event, sponsored by The Adult Education and Missions Ministry, will include a viewing of "Salam (Hello) Neighbor." Click Salam  for details.

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau or 410.830.9988.

Maryland Presbyterian Church has 25 grey folding chairs and a wooden lectern. All items are free to any church.  Interested? Call the church office at  410.825.0719.  

First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland seeks a Director of Music Ministries. For details, click Cumberland Music Ministry.


The Center is looking for summer staff to help run its summer mission weeks. Do you know any seminary students? Graduate students in related fields? We are seeking 4 summer interns and one summer Program Coordinator. Job descriptions are available on The Center's website:

The Youth Workers Group of the National Capital Presbytery is hosting a one day workshop on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9am-4pm called "Playology - Experiencing God Through the Art of Play!" Click for flyeror registration.

In response to the environmental damage our earth and people are facing, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) and Ecumenical Leaders Group and Maryland have created an Awake and Arise campaign, called "Habits of Faith," to develop a comprehensive approach of practices and behaviors for your congregation, its congregants and you to respond in faith. Click Awake & Arise.

A View from the Pulpit: Occasional Stories of Human Interest
Rev. Willerup
What's a new pastor to do when he comes down with a bad case of laryngitis before Sunday's worship service? 

Sta nding before the congregation of Havenwood Presbyterian Church yesterday in that very predicament, the Rev. David Willerup set aside his talking points on the parable of the "Prodigal Son" and, instead, performed the entire sermon -- as well as, Communion -- in pantomime.  Several church members exclaimed that the improvised worship service was one of the most creative and innovative ever delivered from Havenwood's pulpit. Rev. Willerup rendered the congregation spellbound as he performed the parable in four acts.  At one point, while dramatizing the angry departure of the prodigal son, Rev. Willerup flung his suit jacket to the floor. It remained there until the end of the story, at which he lifted it up and draped it like a cloak around the imaginary shoulders of the repentant son. The performance was met with resounding applause from the congregation and followed by a reverent-- albeit silent -- communion.
  Rev. Willerup was installed as pastor of Havenwood Presbyterian Church during a service later that day.
Please include him in your prayers as he recovers at home from laryngitis.  

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 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