August 1, 2016
Inside this Edition

Commission/Committee List

Medicine for Cuba

"7" Middle School Retreat  

Madison Avenue PC 
Line Dance Social

Havenwood PC Seeks an Organist and Music Director

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute New Doctor of Ministry Program

Anti-Racism Study & Resources

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

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

COM  will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 3

The Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Aug 17.

The Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Aug. 17

The Cuba Partnership  meets 2pm to 3:30pm the third Wednesday of each month. 

All Ministry Groups are encouraged to meet at a specific time set aside at the next Gathering on Thursday, Sept. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At this date, the Presbytery has received $182,199 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000. That's about $43,000 away from our goal! Thank you . . .

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
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

National Night Out 
Tuesday Aug. 2 

"National Night Out" is an annual community-building campaign that pro motes police-community partner- ships and  neighbor-hood camaraderie to make our neigh- hoods safer, better places to live. There are at least four events in the Baltimore City area where Presbyterians are planning to participate:
  • Reservoir Hill -  3 three cook-outs in the area, occurring simultaneously.
  • Edmondson Westside High School, 501 North Athol Ave. 21229, from 5-8:30 pm. 
  • Oliver Community, 1400 E. Federal St., begins at 6 pm.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority event at 2501 Springhill Ave., 21215 offers food, fun and school supplies.
for further information,  visit:

by Bonnie Clarke
     Guatemala Partnership

Join women in leadership in the Presbytery of Baltimore this fall for a week-long mission trip to Guatemala to share our joys and challenges as we are called by God to lead in His Church.

Women lead in their own way and certainly from their own context. The same can be said for men, but here is an opportunity for women of the Presbytery of Baltimore to participate in an inter-cultural exchange about leadership with Christian "pastoras" and lay women leaders in Guatemala City.  We will visit our sisters in Guatemala
October 23-29, 2016 as guest of our new mission partners, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA).

The cost of the trip is  $1,500.  The fee covers air and ground travel, lodging, meals and program. A deposit of $500 must be submitted with the registration by  Aug. 31.  The  remaining balance is due  September 21, 2016 . Payment options are available by clicking here

During our visit we will discern: 
  • what it means, "to lead";
  • models of women's leadership from the 1st and 22nd Centuries and analyze our own leader-styles;
  • whether leadership one of your spiritual gifts; 
  • what the Gospel tells us about Jesus' leader-style; 
  • how culture and context affect leadership; 
  • how God's image and theology shape women's ability to lead.

These topics and others will be discussed in Spanish and English so that all may participate in leadership conversations; as well as, other activities such as touring the community, gathering for meals and sharing our faith experiences. 

CEDEPCA, our mission host for the trip, began its biblical-theological education for clergy and lay persons in 1987, during Guatemala's Civil War. The war began with a political coup over land reform.  It progressed to Mayan genocide, and culminated in the wholesale murder of Christian social reform activists. It was clear to CEDEPCA founders that life-denying theology needed to be confronted with Reformed ideas, made available to anyone who dared to explore a new theology that would prepare them for service in Jesus' name.  

CEDEPCA has a multi-level education program geared toward transforming faith, life and understanding.  Also essential to CEDEPCA's programming is its women's ministry and post-disaster spiritual and psychological care as well as pre-disaster community preparedness.  We are proud to partner with CEDEPCA! To learn more about CEDEPCA's work, visit their website, .

Need to know more?  Contact Bonnie Clarke at 443.632.4143 or  or  Laura Crihfield  at 410.952.4546 or ). Bonnie is a Ruling Elder at Ashland Presbyterian Church and Laura is an Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church.

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WHO'S SERVING ON WHAT? The Nominating Committee seeks to fill a number of vacancies . Click here to see a current list of committee/commission members  and where the Holy Spirit might lead you to serve within our Presbytery.

The Presbytery's Cuba Partnership Team is seeking  monetary donations to purchase over-the-counter medications for Cubans who are poor and sickly. Donations  to support the medicine drive may be made to the Presbytery of Baltimore and designated Medicine for Cuba. For details, email Deb Milcarek.


Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Line Dance Social from 2-6pm on Saturday, Aug. 13.  Tickets are $15.00.  Lite food will be served.  Come join us for Fellowship and Fun! Call RE Bobbie Tilghman at  443.310.3419  for tickets and information or view the flier.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, MD has an i mmediate opening for a part-time Organist and Music Director. This is an exciting opportunity available to a qualified candidate  who can coordinate music for our diverse music ministry.  Interested applicants should email their resume to


St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute has launched a new Doctor of Ministry Partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary . This partnership opens a pathway through which students can take half their coursework with our exceptional faculty teams, ecumenical student body, and accessible class schedule, then finish in Ashland's vibrant, established program with faculty and student colleagues from around the country. Applications for this fall are still being accepted. For more information or to apply, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203). 

This series of six antiracism study guides are based on topics and concepts covered in the church wide anti-racism policy "Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community." The topics of the six guides are:  Biblical Imperatives to Antiracism, Envisioning a New Way of Life Together, PC(USA) and Racial Reconciliation, Racism 101, Enduring Legacy of Racism in the U.S. and Responding as a Community of Faith. This training tool includes a list of antiracism resources for congregations or presbyteries desiring further information.

Does a concert have the power to change the course of gun violence legislation? Probably not. Can thousands of people raise awareness about gun violence in an impactful way just weeks before an election? You bet we can! Join us for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sept. 25.

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 Mary Gaut
Interim 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