November 27, 2017
Inside this Edition
Year end Contributions and Remittance 

Terms of Call 

Martin Luther King Jr. Worship & Lunch

Grove PC Free Concert

Dickey Memorial PC seeks a Music Director/Organist 

Insurance Board: Steward Newsletter

Meetings
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
     
Administration Committee will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Nov. 28

Committee on Ministry will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 6

Gathering Team will meet at 11am on Thursday, Dec. 7

Trustees will meet at 9am on Tuesday, Dec. 12

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm at Catonsville PC 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 6

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Catonsville PC

Cuba Partnership will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at FP of Howard Co.

Susquehanna Ministry Group will meet at 12:30pm on Thursday, Dec. 21 
  
2017 Our Shared Ministry 
Pledges & Contributions 
Total rcv'd to date: 
$137, 532
2017 OSM Goal: $225,000   

KEY:  * Pledged (fulfilled)       
** Pledged (unfulfilled)    
+ Contribution (not pledged)
*Ark & Dove
+Ashland
*Barrelville
+Bethel
+Brown Mem'l Pk. 
+Catonsville
*Central
**Cherry Hill
+Christ Mem'l
+Christ Our Anchor
+Christ Our King
+Churchville
**Covenant
+Dickey Memorial
+Faith
+1st, Annapolis
**1st, Bel Air
*1st, Cumberland
+ 1st, Howard Co.
* Franklinville
**Frederick
*Good Shepherd
+Grove
+Hagerstown
+Hancock
+Harundale
**Highland
+Hope
+Hunting Ridge
+Kenwood
**Maryland
+Mount Hebron
+ Mount Paran
**Prince of Peace *Springfield
**St. John United
+Towson
+Woods 


















Cultural Humility


A well-meaning worshipper says to the visiting Asian American pastor, "Your English is very good!" even though English is the pastor's first language. It grieves her.  A white pastor fakes a Spanish accent and another colleague laughs-while I stand stunned, and grateful that none of our Hispanic or Latino colleagues are present.

I made my own gaffe recently when I assumed that a Korean pastor I met had a green card while serving in this country. Instead, he is an American citizen and has pastored his presbyterian church here for almost a decade. I apologized as soon as I realized my error, but still ....

As an Asian American who lives and moves in a multiracial, multicultural context, one would think that I would "get" diversity on an enlightened level. But, not really. I struggle, make mistakes, and worry about what I've said or done. I'm still learning. We all are.

We used to employ the phrase "cultural competency" to describe the ability to effectively and respectfully interact with people of different cultures and races. But more widespread and helpful now is the phrase "cultural humility." Rather than assessing a skill, and labeling one competent or not, it describes a stance-a rich and freeing one. It is a stance rooted in the servant-hearted way of Jesus Christ.

Adopting a stance of "cultural humility" with someone of a different race, class, or culture means that I choose to be "other oriented." I seek to be teachable, because I know that I have something to learn from this person. I acknowledge that there are unjust, systemic power imbalances in this world-and in relationships because of them-and I try to be sensitive to the impact that they can have on any interaction.
How do we foster growth in this critical area of loving and living in diverse contexts? Here are a few suggestions:

Cultivate friendship across differences. 
An African American seminary chaplain and professor literally changed my life by sharing about his own personal experiences. As much as is possible for a Japanese American woman, I was able to get profound, inside glimpses of the life of my colleague-and develop a wider awareness.  I remember taking my customary walk by myself one morning and thinking that if I were my colleague at that time, there was a good chance that a police car would come up alongside and check on me. I began seeing things from his perspective-which was helpful, even when it grieved me.

Read from authors from a diversity of contexts. When I am tired or overly busy, the last thing I want to read is a social analysis. But I love good stories-and also have a passion for well-written children's literature. From juvenile fiction, I have learned about all of these and more: the struggles faced by an Afghani family who fled their Soviet-controlled country; the brutal journey impoverished teenagers make in riding atop trains from Central America; and the challenges faced by young Native Americans trying to find themselves amidst the hardships of reservation life. Read to broaden your heart's understanding.

Attend an anti-racism training event. 
My husband and I went to one a few years ago, and then to an introductory session of another one, held by our presbytery, more recently. Both times, I felt as if my eyes were opened in new ways.  Anti-racism training is not about holding hands, talking about rainbows, and singing about love. It's hard, prophetic truth-telling for a world that's drowning in the abuse of power, hardheartedness, and entrenched policies that benefit some and not others. I have never felt very cozy after one of these, but rather both cleansed and convicted by the truth-telling, and heartened, too, with a renewed commitment to justice and real peace.

We are the people God has called to this present moment at this present time. Believe that you have what you need, in Christ, to be a bridge, a comfort, a reminder of goodness to someone different from yourself today. God needs every single one of us to help show the way to a world where everyone is beloved, and everyone belongs. 


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This article was reprinted with permission from "Regarding Ruling Elders: Cultural Humility",  Nov. 16, 2017,

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day when individuals and corporations open their hearts and wallets to give back.   F ueled by the power and collaboration of social media, this charitable event is c elebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving  and the widely recognized Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season wold wide, reminding us that it is as equally rewarding to give as it is to receive.

One of the best ways to participate in Giving Tuesday is to support causes within your own community. While deciding your end-of-the year charitable contributions, the Presbytery of Baltimore asks that you consider supporting the ongoing work of The CenterThe Center  inspires individuals and churches to get involved with their local communities and seek out opportunities that encourage acts of compassion and justice.  One third of The Center's budget to finance its mission comes from the generous donations of congregations and individuals, like you.  Please help support this ongoing work and  donate to The Center by . . .  
 
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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

All    church contributions   are due    Thursday, January 11, 2018   at the close of the business day. Please mark your contributions with the year to which you would like them applied.  All  expense requests for 2017  must be received at close of day by the Presbytery or postmarked no later than Tuesday, January 3, 2018. There will be no exceptions! 

Take Note:  Board of Pension dues on Terms of Call form should be calculated at 37% of the effective salary.   Also, Take Note , Terms of Call for Clergy must be submitted to the Presbytery office no later then Feb. 1, 2017

Save the Date: "Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Worship Service and Lunch will beheld  11am on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Knox Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome.



Churches  
Grove Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen presents Sounds of the Season at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 10. This free concert will include J eremy Lyons, classical guitarist, and "Born a Child, Born a King:
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus!", a cantata sung by the Grove Choir. The program will be followed by a fellowship reception. For details, call 410.272.0896.

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.


Other 

The Presbyterian Foundation offers a number of church-wide stewardship and giving campaigns resources   that may be of benefit to your congregation . For further information, email the Foundation's regional representative Olanda Carr at olanda.carr@presbyterianfoundation.org or call  888.711.1318 .

See what's in the STEWARD NEWSLETTER FALL 2017:
  • Church Needs Defibrillator
  • Bring Fido to Church
  • Prevent Bullying in Your Church
  • Let's Prevent Fires
Click here to read the newsletter  or call Linda A. Senez , CPCU at  443.345.1055 office / 410-409-5154 cell.


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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org 

  Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk
mgaut@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
dgreene@baltimorepresbytery.org
 
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Coordinator



John "Jack" Carlson
Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center