October 2, 2017
Inside this Edition
Per Capita 2018

2018 Winter Trip to Guatemala 

Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop

Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore Fall Gathering 

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presents Organist Paul Fleckenstein in a Free Concert

First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis Hosts Lecture by South African Parliamentarian 

First and Franklin PC presents Pianist Paul Bisaccia in a Concert of George Gershwin Music

Dickey Memorial PC Spaghetti Dinner and Auction 

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Hosts Screening of Climate Change Documentary: Merchants of Doubt 

Springfield PC Hosts Free Concert by the Wiswakarma Family

St. Andrews Theological Book Collection for Ethiopia

Catonsville PC seeks a Church Sexton 

Dickey Memorial PC seeks a Music Director/Organist 

Free Blue Hymnals offered by Faith PC

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute Hosts Free Lecture on Stress, Resiliency and Spirituality  

More Church Leaders/ Strong Church Leaders Conference 

Interfaith State Legislative Review

Conference: Reformed Institute Celebrates 500 Anniversary of Protestant Reformation

Connecting the Dots . . . Charting Our Way in the Ministry of Reconciliation
(Images from the Gathering)

Meetings
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
     
Susquehanna Parish MG will offer a training entitled "Deepening Discipleship: An Inter-generational Approach" on Oct. 21 at First Presbyterian church of Bel Air. 
Click Susquehanna to learn more 

Committee on Ministry Leadership Team meets at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 4

Spiritual leader Development Commission meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4

Gathering Team meets at 11am on Thursday, Oct. 5

Baltimore Dakota Partnership meets at 7:00pm on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Catonsville PC

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Catonsville PC.

The Guatemala Team meets at 5pm on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1st of Annapolis PC.

Covenant Network National Conference - Nov. 8-10 in Baltimore 
 
NEXT National Conference Feb. 26-28 2018 in Baltimore 
Prayer & Praise 
Congratulations to T E Jesse Lowry
( Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian  Church in Annapolis) and her husband Jason, as they celebrate the birth of their daughter, P enelope Booker Lowry . Baby Penelope was born Friday, Sept. 29 and weighed 9lbs, 9oz. 
God Bless!
 
Bay Area Disciples' Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad Takes Root in Anne Arundel County

Rev. Migde Counsels a Hispanic immigrant woman.













Just a year after it was seeded - Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad (CPT), Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group's new Hispanic  ministry, has taken root in a cluster of social programs and resettlement opportunities for Guatemalan and Salvadoran immigrants residing in Anne Arundel County. Already, eight immigrant families have come together to form the foundation of this new Hispanic worship community in the Presbytery of Baltimore. For these families and others like them, CPT hosts fellowship meetings; offers mental health and legal clinics; provides fresh fruits and vegetables from its garden ministry; and, helps bewildered and frightened immigrants adjust to living in this country.
 
According to immigration officials, about 40,000 Hispanic immigrants reside in the Anne Arundel County, primarily in the Glen Burnie and Annapolis areas. In an era of growing tensions over immigration and deportation laws, many say they feel harassed and helpless, marginalized even further by language constraints. CPT seeks to express compassion for this community by providing traditional pastoral care and services, spiritual support and friendship in this time of fear and anxiety.  
 
Led by The Rev. Migde Lucas, an ordained Presbyterian minister from Central America, CPT was launched in October 2016 to serve Anne Arundel County's growing Hispanic population. With the help of a seed grant from the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s 1001 Worshipping Communities, Bay Area Disciples founded the ministry and continues to provide it with ongoing funding, guidance and in-kind services.
 
For volunteers and immigrants, alike - CPT is not only a testament of faith but an investment in the future of the Presbyterian Church. As part of the Bay Area Disciples' commitment, Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie provides office space for CPT; while the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis hosts immigrant forums, clinics and small group meetings. The Annapolis church has also made living quarters temporarily available to Rev. Migde - but, now, the ministry seeks a longer-term solution to meet his housing needs.
 
Meanwhile, Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church has become the official sponsor of a Central American refugee family introduce to them through CPT. The family was granted asylum in the US through Human Trafficking Act but was struggling to thrive because of language and economic barriers. Congregants from Ark and Dove, along with the members of other BAD churches, helped the family find employment, locate safe housing and obtain access to medical care. Church members even put in hours of sweat equity to renovate and decorate a new home for the family - giving them a sense of hope as well as long lasting friendship.
 
In addition to financial and administrative support, CPT has developed a micro-loan program for immigrants who aspire to own a business. Some who dream of operating a catering business, a food truck, small construction business or an automobile repair shop have expressed a strong interest in the entrepreneur program. The ministry also plans to partner with CEDPECA, part of the Presbytery's partnership in Guatemala, to develop Bible study programs for Central American Women.
 
Through encouragement and support of CPT, the Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group and the Presbytery of Baltimore seek to expand God's Kingdom with compassion and care.


If you can assist Rev. Migde Lucas in acquiring new accommodations please, email TE Tim Stern, Pastor of Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church.

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Presbytery and Church-wide

2018 PER CAPITA Approved 
($25.85 Presbytery; $7.73 GA; and .80 Synod = $34.38 Total) 

The 
Guatemala Partnership (along with CEDEPCA) is hosting a trip to Central America Sept. 29 to Feb. 3, 2018. For details, click Guatemala / Application.




Presbytery Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore will host its  Fall Gathering entitled  "For Your Prayerful Consideration" at Grace Presbyterian Church on Saturday , Oct. 14 at Grace Presbyterian Church. Registration begins at 9am; the fee is $12. Click  Presbytidings to learn more. 


Churches
Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presents organist Paul Fleckenstein in concert at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 8 in the church's sanctuary. This free concert, entitled "Fun, Frivolous & Fabulous" , includes music by Vierne, Langlais, Bach, Becker and Bedard. For details, click  Fun, Frivolous & Fabulous .

South African member of Parliament to lecture: The Honorable Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a Gallaudet alumna who in 1999 became the first deaf person to be elected to the South African Parliament, will present a public lecture in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis at 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 15. For details, click South Africa.

As part of the  Spire Series, First and Franklin Presbyterian Church will host pianist Paul Bisaccia in a concert featuring the music of  George Gershwin's  "Rhapsody in Blue" at 7:30pm on Friday, Oct. 20. General Admission is $20; students $10. Click   Spire Series for details. 

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to b enefit the church's building fund from 6-9pm on Friday, Nov. 3 in its fellowship hall. All are welcome. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door.  For details, call 443.271.3183 or email 

At 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 5 -- Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will show a screening of the film "Merchants of Doubt,"  a 2014 documentary that exposes highly orchestrated PR efforts to debunk climate change in order to protect corporate profits.  Click Climate Change to learn more.

Springfield Presbyterian Church is excited to present the Wiswakarma family in our next free concert at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 8.  This local family shares a talent for and love of music that is wonderful to see and experience.  Admission is free; however, a free will be offered to support the concert series. Refreshments will be served following the concert.  Click Wiswakarma for details or call Linda Caviglia at 410.746.1221.

Theological Book Collection for Ethiopia -- St. Andrews  thanks all those who helped collect theological books for the Jordan Bible School of the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia.  While the response has been good, we still have not reached our goal of 7000 volumes.  We will continue until mid-November to collect books for Bible studies, theology, church history, ethics, philosophy, missiology, leadership and Christian education. Additionally, v olunteers are needed to pack the books and c ontributions are welcome to help cover shipping costs.  For details, contact Ed Pollock or call 301.831.7223.  

Catonsville Presbyterian Church seeks a church sexton who will be responsible for on site operations and maintenance of its facilities. For details, click Catonsville Church Sexton .

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hiring a Community Music Director/Organist!  This new position will work with both the church and community on all things musical, and it offers the opportunity for creative growth.  It is a quarter-time position (10 hrs/week onsite).  Click Music at Dickey to learn more about this position.

Faith Presbyterian Church has  50 blue hymnals that it would like to offer for free to the first interested church.  If interested, email Diane Borgatti


Other 

Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality will be the topic for a free public lecture at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25,  as well as, a workshop for those in ministry from 9am to 12noon on Thursday, Oct. 26. Both events, made possible by a Science & Theology grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will be led by Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., DMin and are sponsored by St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute. To register, visit www.stmarys.edu/ei.

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern

Interfaith State Legislative Preview  5:30 - 8:00pm on  Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Annapolis.  For flier, click Interfaith State Legislative.

The Reformed Institute celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Join them Nov. 17-18 at Stone Hall on the campus of the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016 for a fresh look at events of that era that reflects the current thinking of both
Reformed Protestants and Roman Catholics. Click Protestant Reformation to learn more.


Connecting the Dots
....................................... 
Charting Our Way
 in the Ministry of Reconciliation





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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org 


  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator
William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter


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


John "Jack" Carlson

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center