May 1, 2017
Inside this Edition
875th Gathering of the Presbytery 

Clerks' Meetings 

Clergy Retreat Deadline Extended 

Piano Marathon at First & Franklin PC 

Prince of Peace PC Used Book & Media Sale 

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

Roland Park PC WOW! Rummage Sale

Lochearn PC Celebrates its Annual Women's Day with Guest Speaker Gen. Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Taylor.

World & Music of Three Faiths at 
Second Presbyterian Church 

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

Mental health First Aid Certification Training at Grace PC

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

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

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

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, May 3 

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

The 875th Presbytery Gathering will be held Thursday, May 11 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.

Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) will meet 10am on Wednesday, May 17.

The Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet 3pm on Wednesday, May 17 at Catonsville PC.

The Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 24

Commission on Reconciliation meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 24

Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Thursday, May 25.

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, May 25


Cuba Partnership  will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, May 17

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership meets at 7pm on Tuesday, May 9

In The Loop Ministry Group meets at 6pm on Tuesday May 23. Location TBA.

He has told you, O mortal, what is goo d; and what does the lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NRSV)
Presbyterian men gathered for A conference session.

by Debbie Ingram Schmidt,
     Associate for Spiritual Leader Development

Each year, men from Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland gather at the beautiful Massanetta Spring Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA for the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Presbyterian Men's Conference. This year's conference is scheduled for the weekend of July 14-16. The cost of the conference ranges from $275 to $370, depending on your choice of accommodations. Scholarships are available through the presbytery. For scholarship information, contact Debbie Schmidt:

The theme for the conference is What Does the Lord Require? An impressive line-up of speakers will address issues of reconciliation, justice and service during the three-day conference. Speakers include:
Dr. Vince Patton: Dr. Patton serves as the Manager of Diversity & Reconciliation through the Office of the
  Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He is responsible for diversity and reconciliation advocacy and
 leadership development. 
Dr. Rodney Sadler:  Dr. Sadler is an Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary at their Charlotte,
NC campus. He teaches courses i n biblical languages and history, and biblical interpretation, particularly through the lens of the African-American experience.

Dr. Ryan Smith: Dr. Smith is the Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations in New York City. He is engaged in advocacy on behalf of the PC(USA) and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. He also administrates a team to end human trafficking.
Dr. Scott Weimer: Dr. Weimer is the senior pastor of North Avenue Presbyterian Church, a dynamic church in the growing midtown section of Atlanta, GA. Dr. Weimer has led his congregation in creatively addressing the needs of their city, including problems related to human trafficking.
In addition to the learning from inspirational faith leaders and fellowshipping  with men from across the Md-Atlantic Synod, the conference offers opportunities to participate in an on-site mission work project; hike along the Appalachian; play in a golf tournament ($50 fee); and take a Historical-Cultural Tour ($30 fee).
For more information you can find the conference brochure and registration information at If you would like to learn more from someone who has attended the conference in the past, contact Rob Morrow:  
Prayer & Praise 
Please pray for the continued recovery of TE Ron Hankins, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Baltimore, who is recuperating at home following back surgery several weeks ago. 

Please pray for Susan Krehbiel, the Presbytery's Director of Congregational Advocacy, and her family who are mourning the death of her brother, The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Krehbiel, who died of cancer on Thursday, April 27 with his family at his side at his home in Chicago, Ill.  A service of celebration is planned for noon on Saturday, May 6 at the  New York Avenue Presbyterian Church,  313 New York Avenue NW.  Washington, DC  20005.  To read more about Rev. Krehbiel's life and ministry, click here .


Please pray for the soul of retired pastor, Rev. Yoo I. Peal, 89, who died after a lengthy illness on Sunday, April 23 and was funeralized the following Tuesday.  Rev. Peal was a long time pastor of the Korean United Presbyterian Church, which joined with another local Korean congregation and was chartered in 1995 as New Life Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Peal retired the year before the new congregation was chartered and remained a member of the Presbytery until his death. 

Rev. Peal was born in North Korea in 1927. He moved to  Chicago, Ill. in the 1950s to attend college and, while there, received a degree in library science and a Master's of Divinity degree.  During that time, he married Hae Kyung Kim. The couple moved to Baltimore where Rev. Peale worked a Central Enoch Pratt Library on Cathedral Street. A the same time, he was growing his ministry and soon became pastor of the Korean United Presbyterian Church of Baltimore. 

Rev. Peale's nephew, Tony Kim, recalled that back then there were so few Korean Presbyterian churches in the region that families came from all over Maryland -- as well as, Virginia, Washington DC and Pennsylvania -- to worship with others from their culture at the little Korean United Presbyterian Church in mid-town Baltimore. As its membership grew, the church relocated to northeast Baltimore and later to 1501 N. Rolling Road, where it merged with another Korean congregation to become New Life Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Peal spent his retirement, traveling, writing his autobiography and spiritually counseling others. Both his wife and their son, Sung, preceded him in death.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THE CLERGY RETREAT: Clergy, CRE, CE Retreat--The deadline for the retreat at Bon Secours on May 18th and 19th has been extended to Monday, May 8th. Register on the website: (address). If you would like financial help toward the cost of the retreat, contact Debbie Schmidt:


The First Annual Baltimore Piano Marathon will be held 2-6pm on Sunday, May 7 at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in midtown Baltimore. Every 30 minutes a different pianist will performer. You are invited to come hear one or more performers or stay for the entire event. Click here for the program

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.  

Join the Women's Group of Lochearn on Sunday, May 21, 11 am, in celebrating their Annual Women's Day. Our guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, General Presbyter of the Baltimore Presbytery.

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.

Become a member of the first responders for mental health first aid On Saturday, J une 24,  at Grace Presbyterian Church and NMJ Ministries will provide the Mental Health First Aid 3 year national certification training for members, clergy, friends, and veterans. This is an 8-hour course and will meet from 9am til 5:30 pm.  Registration deadline:  June 11, 2017.  Cost:  $30.00  (This cost has been supplemented with a grant from Mental Health Association of Maryland).  This includes material, light breakfast, and lunch.  Please Contact Pastor Wade at 410.466.4000.  You may also sign up on line at . Space is Limited.

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.

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