March 24, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


Light Street PC Piano Concert: Tian Lu and Yury Shadin


Springfield Concert: Ken Kolodner (Dulcimer) and Elke Baker (Fiddle)


First & Franklin Concert: Theodore Hanslow & Mark Markham


Support Group for Caregivers of Spouses with Mental Illness


Eastern Region of the Assoc. for Presbyterian Christian Educators


Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery  


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

Wild, Wild West MG will meet 10:30am on Thursday, Mar. 26 at Hancock PC in Washington County.

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a Stewardship Workshop from 9am to noon on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at Ark & Dove PC.

Bay Area Disciples will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.
Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at

Clergy Care   
Gathering & Support


by TE Jan Trammell-Savin


The  Presbytery of Baltimore's Clergy Care Team is a sub-group of the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development, whose purpose is to offer support and encouragement to the Presbytery's Teaching Elders in whatever capacity they serve. We are part of the team who has helped to plan a time for connection and renewal on April 22-23 at Bon Secours Spiritual Center. This a great opportunity to strengthen collegial relationships, take some time for personal reflection, and draw fresh inspiration for worship from the leadership of Rev. Theresa Cho.  At that Gathering, and at the May 7 Presbytery Gathering, we will also be exploring clergy interest in ongoing support and encouragement throughout the coming program year using the Clergy Community of Practice model.


Clergy Communities of Practice (CCP) is a primary program of the Pastoral Excellence Network, which has trained facilitators for CCPs in a variety of denominations and settings. As described in the CCP Facilitator Resource Guide, a CCP seeks "to strengthen and sustain pastors by offering care, support, and accountability; nurturing practices of spiritual discipline; developing the 'craft' of ministry and strengthening practices of pastoral leadership; engaging in theological reflection on pastoral identity and congregational ministry; fostering a sense of ministry as a shared endeavor; and forming life-sustaining friendships." Participants in CCPs overwhelmingly report the value and meaning of their time and energy in these gatherings.


If you are a Teaching Elder and are not currently involved in a clergy group that meets regularly for reflection and encouragement, we invite you to consider whether a CCP might be a valuable partner in your personal and professional well-being. If you will be attending either of the upcoming Presbytery gatherings, you will have an opportunity to indicate your interest and hear more about the groups. If you are interested but will be unable to attend the upcoming gatherings, please contact TE Jan Trammell-Savin at for more information.


We look forward to seeing you at the clergy gathering on April 22-23!


The Clergy Care Team

TE Christa Burns

TE Mark Hanna

TE Michael Moore


Deacon JoAnn Ruther

TE Jan Trammell-Savin

TE Gretchen Van Utt



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Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate art in worship.   





A piano concert featuring Chinese pianist Tian Lu and Russian pianist Yury Shadrin at 4pm on Sunday, Mar. 29 will benefit Light Street Presbyterian Church.  Admission is free; although a freewill offering will be made. For details, click Light Street.


Springfield Presbyterian Church will host a concert featuring Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer among other instruments), and Elke Baker (National Scottish Fiddle Champion- fiddle & violin) at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 12.  Ken and Elke have performed together for several years and just released a new joint CD, "Out of the Woods." Please join us for an afternoon of great music and good food served at a reception following the concert.  Click Springfield for details. 

Theodora Hanslowe and Mark Markham, both graduates of The Peabody Conservatory of Music, mark their return to Baltimore with a program featuring works by Handel, Strauss, Obradors, Gershwin, Porter and others. Concert will be held 8pm on Friday, Apr. 24 at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. A Meet-the-Artists reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students; available in advance on the church's website (Paypal) and at the door (cash).



Are you a Teaching Elder with a spouse who suffers from mental illness (clinical depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)? If so, you are invited to be part of a peer support group with other Teaching Elders in Baltimore Presbytery who are in the same situation. Contact Deb Milcarek for details.


The Eastern Region of the Association for Presbyterian Christian Educators will sponsor a continuing education event in Chambersburg, PA  April 20-22 featuring keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Lib Caldwell discussing "Teaching the Bible to Children (and their Parents)." For details, click EAPCE.


The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore, entitled Mosaic of Peace, will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 25 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church.  The event will feature guest speaker Eva Hendrix-Shovlin, a participant of the Israel Palestine PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace Conference.  Click PWP to register.




taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications