September 26, 2016
Inside this Edition

Speer Fund Applications Due

"7" Middle School Retreat  

In the Loop Summit: Lament & Hope, A Response to Violence in Our Community

Kenwood PC Community Day & Pumpkin Patch Story-Time

Faith PC seeks a Full-time Parish Administrator and Book-Keeper

IONA Scholar John L. Bell Speaking at 1st PC of Howard Co. 

First & Franklin Spire Series Concert: 13 Chamber Choir

Catonsville PC is Planting Trees

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Chestnut Grove Seeks a Director of Christian Education

First & Franklin Seeks a Child Care Provider 

CMEC hosts Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner 

Association for Presbyterian Church Educators 2017 Conference 

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

The Steering Cabinet will meet Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1pm

COM will meet 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet 1pm on Thursday, Oct. 6

The Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet Tuesday, Oct. 18


Uptown Metro Ministry Group 
will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 27

In The Loop Ministry Group will host its annual Mission Summit  from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church .

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will host a Leadership Training Workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.  


The Apostles & Disciples of Reconciliation will meet at 6pm Sept. 27 at  Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church

The Board of Pensions Retiree Luncheon will be held 11:30am Thursday, Sept. 29 at Pappas Restaurant in Carney. 

Large Church Leaders   will meet 6pm Friday, Sept. 30 at
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County.

Interim Pastors will meet 12noon on Tuesday, Oct. 4

Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $185,599 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

Prayer & Praise 
Services were held Friday at Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church for Laura E. Scott, who was formerly the wife of the Rev. George B. Schultz. She was 101 years old. Rev. Schultz served as pastor of Mt. Paran in the 1940s.


Rev. Rebecca Crate will be installed as pastor of Springfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.

by TE Deborah McEachran
     Cuba Partnership 

For almost two decades, our sisters and brothers in Presbiterio el Centro,  Presbyterian Church of Cuba, have kept the doors open. They have kept the doors open even when our respective governments were keeping them closed. They have kept the doors open, welcoming us, teaching us, praying with and for us, showing Christ's enduring love to us.

Every two years, Baltimore Presbytery and Presbiterio El Centro have shared in the planning and leading of a four day retreat called the Encuentro. Translated literally as "encounter", the retreat has been a unique opportunity for some members of Baltimore Presbytery churches to get their feet wet in learning about Cuban culture, meeting members of Cuban Presbyterian Churches, and exploring the possibility of a partnership with a sister congregation in El Centro. It also serves as a reunion for those who have built long term relationships over the years. Combined with the retreat (actually held at a hotel!), each visitor from Baltimore Presbytery will also spend several nights in one of the communities of our sister churches. This opens the door to meet smaller groups of Presbyterians in one church, to enjoy worship and Bible study Cuban-style, and to experience a small slice of life in one Cuban community. 

Spanish is NOT a prerequisite for attending the Encuentro, nor is it required for developing a partnership with a Cuban congregation. The prerequisites for a partnership are:  a commitment to a long term relationship between your congregation and a Cuban congregation; openness to learning and growing together; trust in the guidance of God's Holy Spirit; a willingness to visit and to be visited, enabling all of us to learn more about one another.

Our next Encuentro will be February 10-17, 2017.  You can register by clicking here. The all-inclusive cost will be $1200.00.  In order to apply for visas with plenty of time, a $300.00 deposit plus up to date passport information is due to the Presbytery office by Nov. 15, 2016. Passports must not be expiring within six months of travel dates. All Encuentro participants will attend 1-2 training/orientation sessions as follows:
  • For first timers only:  Jan. 7
  • For ALL participants together, Jan. 21.
Location and times to be announced. Please put these dates on your calendar. The doors are open!  Are you ready to join us?  

TE Deborah McEachran
Rev. Deborah McEachran serves as pastor of Hunting Ridge  Presbyterian Church in Northwest Baltimore. For sometime, now -- Hunting Ridge has been joined in partnership with Sagua la Grande Presb yter ian Church in Cuba. M embers of the congregations   exchange prayers, letters and visits to share their faith and increase their understanding of one another.  If your church is interested in joining the Cuba Partnership, contact Deb Milcarek, Associate for Reconciliation. 

The Cuba Partnership is supported by your contributions to Our Shared Ministry.

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

Speer Fund  applications are due by September 30th.  The Speer Fund Committee of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic helps develop and fund projects that address the root causes of poverty. To learn more, click Speer Fund.

SPACE LIMITED!  New Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016



Kenwood Presbyterian Church will offer Pumpkin Patch with story time  from Oct. 15-31 .  The patch will be open weekdays from 11am-7pm; Saturdays, 9am-7:30pm; and, Sundays from 12pm-7pm.  There will be an assortment of pumpkins, gourds and other goodies

Faith Presbyterian Church seeks a  full-time parish administrator/bookkeeper.  For a job description, click here.  Interested individuals are asked to send their resumes to the church at 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Balto. MD 21239, Attention:  Scott McGill. 

Come gather Oct. 1 & 2 with the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for an extraordinary weekend of learning, singing and praying together led by John L. Bell, Scholar in Residence.   To learn more, click here

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church will host the Thirteen Chamber Choir (Reincarnation) at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 21 as part of the church's Spire Series.  To learn more about this concert, click Thirteen Chamber; to view upcoming concerts click Spire Series.

Catonsville Presbyterian Church is partnering with Alliance for the Chesapeake and the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to host an environmental stewardship project from 9am to 12noon on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The project includes a workshop on the care of creation followed by the  planting of more than 70 small trees on the church's property.   All are welcome.  Those interested in participating may email Ron Gunderson.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Director of Missions.  The Interim Director of Missions (IDM) empowers the mission engagement of the whole church working in cooperation with WELCOME and other ministries to ensure that every member has an opportunity to Christian service.  To learn more and apply for the position, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, MD) seeks a part-time (20 hours) Director of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation .  Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to committee chair Robin Znamirowski , A full job-description is available by clicking Chestnut Grove

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church is looking for a qualified child caregiver to work Sunday mornings from 9:15am-noon, and occasional weekday evenings in our nursery. Must have experience caring for infants and toddlers. Background check and references required. Email inquiries or resume and interest letter to .


The  Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will host the  Rev. Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner from 6-8pm on  Thursday, Oct.27 at  St. Mathews Catholic Church,  5401 Loch Raven Blvd.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators  (APCE) Conference -- and there are still scholarship available.  The conference will be held January 25-28 in Denver, Co.  Click  APCE.

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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