June 8, 2015
Inside this Edition

Self-Development of People Hold Regional Meeting in Baltimore


Healthy Boundaries Training: Unpacking the Boundaries 


Springfield Concert


Northminster PC seeks a Praise Team Leader 


Chestnut Grove seeks an Administrative Assistant


Second PC Seeks Dir. of Education & Congregation Life


Ashland PC Seeks Dir. of Christian Education


Old York Rd. Prayer Walk


Mission Conference on Sub-Saharan Africa


Hurricane Katrina Anniversary "Blitz Build"




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

General Presbyter Search Committee meets 9am on Wednesday, June 10

Thriving Congregations Commission will meet 6:30pm Tuesday, June 16

Commission meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 24


The BAD MG will meet 7pm on Tuesday, June 9 at Prince of Peace PC.

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet 12:30pm on Thursday, June 18, at First PC of Bel Air.


Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for William Atkinson, who is hospitalized with a serious heart condition.  He is the husband of the Rev. Susie B. Atkinson, pastor of Deer Creek Harmony and Havre de Grace Presbyterian churches.


And, Praise God for the ministries of The Rev. Jonathan Nelson, who will be ordained and installed as Associate Pastor of Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church at 4pm on Sunday, June 21; and, The Rev. Stephen Melton, who will be installed at 4pm on Sunday, June 28 as Pastor of Churchville Presbyterian Church.  

Organizers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)    Big Tent  event are telling participants, and those not yet registered, to expect something entirely different at the upcoming July 30 - Aug. 1 event to be held on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


 "One difference from the past is that instead of being a conference of conferences-10 in one location-this Big Tent will bring these ministries together around the single theme of being a missional church," says Thomas D. Hay, director of assembly operations in the PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly. "Leadership from these distinct ministries will be in attendance along with their passion for evangelism, [the leadership of] ruling elders and world missions that characterized the individual conferences."


The In The Loop Ministry Group has approved funds to send several of its members to this year's Big Tent conference in Tennessee.  The members plan to share their Big Tent experiences during the Gathering at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church on October 10.  In addition, the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development is offering scholarship assistance to help those who want to attend the conference. For more information, contact Debbie Schmidt, the Associate for Spiritual Leader Development. 


This year's Big Tent gathering will be the first held on a university campus instead of a hotel or conference center. While reducing overall cost of the conference and offering a new experience, organizers promise lots of exercise and travel around campus for attendees.


A focus on mission has shaped the agenda of Big Tent in 2015. Inviting participants from across the PC(USA), Hay believes an alignment to the missional theme will unite the best of the church's thought leaders and practitioners for this goal.

"Celebrating this unity in diversity, the conference focus has moved to keynotes by principle speakers and preachers," he said. "Laurene Chan, director of youth ministries at the Cameron House in San Francisco; Jana Childers, professor of homiletics at San Francisco Seminary; and Paul Roberts, president of Johnson C. Smith Seminary are the featured preachers."


The 2015 event will feature its first all-attendee Bible study with Kang Yup Na, a scholar from Westminster College who will lead an examination of Luke 15. Nationally known speaker and author of "A Nun on the Bus", Sister Simone Campbell, will address the ministries of poverty and hunger. Roger Nishioka and Scott Weimer, both of Atlanta, are featured speakers on ministries of discipleship and advocacy respectfully. 


Early-bird registration, which includes three nights of on-campus lodging and seven meals, is set at $395 and ends June 19, 2015. Registration increases to $450 per person following this deadline.

detailed schedule of events, including pre-conference events, is available online as is a general information and registration guide.



Reprinted: by Brekke, Gregg,"Big Tent to Feature Big Changes, Big Names" May 29, 2015, Presbyterian News Service.  Additional information provided by the Presbytery of Baltimore.

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The national office of
Self-Development of People will hold its  regional meeting on Friday, June 26 at the Druid Heights Community Development Corp., 2140 McCulloh St. 21201. Come and engage in conversations with community, faith-based and government leaders about ways to improve life in the city; then stay for lunch and later learn how to apply for grants (Up to $20,000) from SDOP.   If you're still asking "What can we do to help Baltimore City?" you should attend this meeting.  For details, click SDOP .


Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders and Certified Christian Educators who work or live within the bounds of the Presbytery of Baltimore are invited to attend "Unpacking the Boundaries," a three-hour training program offered by the Sexual Misconduct Response Team (SMRT).  The program will be offered for $15 from 8:45am to 12pm on Thursday, June 18, at  Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.  Payment must be made on-line by clicking Healthy Boundaries.





Springfield Presbyterian Church's last concert of the season will feature classical guitarist William Feasley , will be held at 3pm on Sunday, June 14. The Washington Post described William Feasley's guitar as "sounding, in the words of Segovia, like a small orchestra in its variety of colors..."  The concert is free .  Please join us for an intimate concert and wonderful reception afterward. For details, click Springfield .

Northminster Presbyterian Church seeks a Praise Team Leader to oversee the contemporary music component of its Worship service. Click here for details.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, MD seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant & Program Coordinator to support  its congregation's mission and ministry. Click here for details.  

Second Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education and Congregational Life.  Click here for details.


Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education. Click here for details 




Presbytery of Baltimore clergy, particularly those working with the McCabe St. project, are invited to join the Old York Road Prayer Walk as an opportunity to meet and engage folks in the neighborhood. Clergy are encouraged to wear collars and comfortable shoes. Click here for details.


Church mission workers are invited to attend a conference on "The Conditions of Children and Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Challenge to Development" July 9-11 at Kay Life Spiritual Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016. The event is sponsored by the American University Baptist & International Ministry.  Click here for fees and registration.



Presbyterian churches in the Baltimore area played a huge role in helping rebuild communities along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.  This August will be the 10th Anniversary of Katrina and we will once again return to the coast to "blitz build" several houses for those in need. Aligned with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders (FCDR), an ecumenical Christian organization, we will be working in Biloxi, MS from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 -- although, volunteers are needed before and after that time. For details, visit http://pda.pcusa.org/page/work-teams-locations/#ms or www.fullercenter.org/disaster-rebuilders or contacting Pete Berlowitz  Individuals and/or churches are also welcome to help support the build at http://www.gofundme.com/s6e6eb3bg



taff Directory


  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

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services