June 22, 2015
Inside this Edition

BUILD Meeting Tonight Aims to Unite One Baltimore


Deer Creek Harmony PC Needs Pews 


First & Franklin PC Selling Used Copier


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


Presbyterian Boycott of Settlement Products webinar


The Center's New Blog


HopeSprings: National HIV Testing Day Events: 


"The Church in Changing Cuba"


Old York Road Prayer Walk


Board of Pensions Retirement Savings Plan



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

The Steering Cabinet will meet from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday, June 23 at Towson PC, in the library on the second floor.  The church is located at   400 W. Chesapeake Ave.  Lunch served.  

General Presbyter Search Committee will meet from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, June 24. Lunch will be served.

Commission meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 24

Thriving Congregations Commission meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 24

Gathering Team will meet at 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday, June 24

Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for the families of the nine worshippers killed last Wednesday at Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC as well as the residents of Charleston who seek peace, solace and reconciliation during this tragedy. Read the Presbytery's response to the tragedy in Charleston, SC.

Praise God for the ministry of  The Rev. Stephen Melton, who will be installed at 4pm on Sunday, June 28 as Pastor of Churchville Presbyterian Church.

Praise God for the ministry of TE Jonathan Nelson, who was ordained and installed as associate pastor of Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church


Please pray for The Rev. Judi Johnson, who is preparing for surgery. Judi serves as coach of the Wild, Wild West Ministry Group.

And, also pray for CRE Ed Terry, pastor of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church, who is recovering from surgery.

Faith Leaders Welcome
Papal Encyclical on Ecology

by TE Mary Gaut, Pastor  

Maryland Presbyterian Church 


"Be praised..." are the opening words of the beautiful Canticle of Creatures attributed to St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century which resonates with an appreciation for the wonder of the created order.  Francis affirmed God is Lord and also "parent" of all that has being, the sun our brother, the moon and water our sister, the earth itself, our mother. He recognized what modern ecological science continues to stress: that we live within an intricate and interdependent web of life and the well being of all is dependent on the well being of each.


Praised Be:  On the Care of Our Common Home, the name of the encyclical on ecology issued by Pope Francis on Thursday, borrows the language of his namesake.   But it is much more than just a celebration of God's creation.  It is a bold call to action, and "ecological conversion," addressed "to all people who inhabit this planet." The boldness of his language highlights the seriousness with which he takes the issue of environmental sustainability and climate change. The encyclical was deliberately timed as part of the global conversation leading up to the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Paris this December. 


As the most visible leader within the global Christian Community Pope Francis has framed environmental sustainability and climate change as urgent moral issues.  Drawing deeply from the wells of scientific consensus and the broad Christian tradition he describes the "intimate relation between the poor and the fragility of the planet" so that the necessity of robust action on climate change is a matter of justice. Be Praised... is the first encyclical on the environment in the history of the Catholic Church which is certainly one reason it is getting so much attention.  But it also does not shy away from strong prophetic challenges to current patterns of consumption, greed, and the "lack of political will...to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements," which will, no doubt, be perceived by some as controversial. 


The encyclical is worth serious consideration by all Christians and might be used as the basis for study in congregations. The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, of which the Presbytery of Baltimore is a member, through its Board and the Ecumenical Leaders, has urged churches throughout Maryland to make Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship a focus this year and beyond. Some of our own congregations have already become PCUSA Earth Care Congregations.  Ecumenical and Interfaith organizations such as Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Interfaith Power and Light and GreenFaith all offer a wealth of resources for engaging in this work and providing moral leadership in the world at this critical moment in history. 


Rev. Mary Gaut , pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church , is a board member of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) and a member of the Sustainability Task force for the Ecumenical Leaders Group of CMEC.


Take  noteTake Note /Act Now
Take Note/Act Now


Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Stand with us as we aim the City

 towards action that will BUILD "One Baltimore" 


You are invited to join BUILD as we gather tonight at 6:30pm on Monday, June 22 at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Sandtown-Winchester to:

  • announce a comprehensive jobs strategy in partnership with Johns Hopkins and other corporate leaders;
  • celebrate the addition of $4.2 million to next year's budget for after school funding; 
  • call on leaders of the US Department of Justice to work with BUILD to document the history of police/neighbor interactions so that the relationship between police and neighborhoods can be restored.                                            For details click BUILD




Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church must replace its wooden pews and is in urgent need of replacements.  Should you have  pews or know of a church that does have them, please email Rev. Susan Atkinson or call her at 443.252.1594.


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church has a a used Kyocera CS 4050 black & white copier with scanner for sale. It was purchased new in June 2009 and has been well maintained.  If interested, call Diane at 410.728.05545.

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. 




Join  PCUSA Peace Fellowship from 3pm to 4pm on Thursday, June 25 for a webinar discussion about the  Presbyterian boycott of settlement products .  Learn what has been done, how to get involved, and how to join with ecumenical and interfaith efforts!  Click here to register today!


The Center's summer mission weeks are in full swing! Follow what God is doing through The Center's local partner congregations and visiting church groups at The Center's blog: 

www.thecenterbaltimore.tumblr.com   Read daily reflections from visiting group participants and view pictures posted by The Center.

I n commemoration of National HIV Testing Day, JACQUES Initiative is teaming up with Greater than AIDS, a Walgreens Pharmacy, Lexington Pharmacy and City Uprising partners to provide HIV testing, linkage to care and other health services. The following services will be provided: 

June 25: Event kick-off! Free food, raffle, games, giveaways, health screenings & community resources from 2pm-7pm 
June 26: Free HIV testing from 2pm-7pm
June 27: Free HIV testing from 10am-2pm 

Location: Walgreens Pharmacy and Lexington Pharmacy, on opposite sides of N. Howard and Baltimore streets. 


"THE CHURCH IN CHANGING CUBA,"  featuring guest speaker
The Rev. Dr. Ofelia Ortega Su?rez of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba , will be held 12pm to 1:30pm on Thursday, July 2 at The Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway in Baltimore.  This
free program is sponsored by the  Central Maryland Ecumenical Council .  Bring your lunch and a drink.  For details, email cmecouncil@gmail.com or visit  www.cmecouncil.org.

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. 


Clergy: if you haven't thought about the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) recently, take a minute to remind yourself about the plan's advantages, the importance of saving for retirement, and creating your personal retirement strategy by clicking pension

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