November 2, 2015
Inside this Edition
Leadership Conference & 869th Gathering

Clerks' Questionnaire

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 

GA Nominating Committee

Healthy Boundaries    

Beyond Bluegrass Concert at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Woodbrook Players: Rebel Yells at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Knox PC 85th Anniversary Banquet

Chestnut Grove PC Seeks Part Time Music Director  

Earth Forum of Howard Co.

Self-Development of People 

PWP Fall Gathering  

Compassion & Choices Video Viewing

Triennium 2016

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

Committee on Ministry Leadership Team 
will meet 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 4


Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30pm.


Cuba Partnership will meet 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 4

Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held from noon to 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Hope PC. 
Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for the following churches who are actively seeking a new pastor: Christ Our Anchor PCFirst & Franklin PC; Havenwood PC; and, Springfield PC.


Please also pray for the following ministries in transition: TE Bill Sitterley as he leaves Northminster PC to serve as interim at Maryland PC; TE Randy Clayton, who joins the Presbytery to serve as pastor of Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC; TE Jeffrey Kim, who joins the Presbytery to serve as pastor of Glen Burnie Korean PC; and, CRE John Brewington who was commissioned as pastor of Lochearn PC.


And, please pray for Judi Forrester as she continues her work with the Presbytery's finances; TE Harry Cahill (Babcock PC) as he mourns the death of his brother; and TE Terry (Woods Mem'l PC) and Brenda Schoener as they cope with her ongoing medical condition.

Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.  As of this date $122,619.81 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry. We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches:
Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
Woods Memorial  
God Bless!

"What does it mean to be an adolescent in the community?" and other questions about health and well-being are the focus of WAVE, a study on the Well-being of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments.  This global project conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health spans six cities and includes some enlightening research involving youth in an East Baltimore neighborhood.

Dr. Beth Marshall and Dr. Kristin Mmari, researchers from The Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,  will present their findings during a keynote address at the Presbytery of Baltimore's leadership conference on Race, Class and Poverty at its 869th Gathering to be held from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia.

One fifth of the world's population is between the ages of 10 and 19 years old and many of these young people are disconnected from the support they need in understanding and dealing with serious health issues that could affect their lives irreversibly.  Adolescent health remains an underserved part of the healthcare care agenda.  Findings from this study aim to make a measurable and sustainable difference in programs that improve the well-being of young people, particularly in low-income communities.

A joint effort between the Center for Adolescent Health (CAH), the  Urban Health Institute (UHI) and AstraZeneca, the WAVE project is a study of young people living in disadvantaged urban communities in Baltimore as well as cities in South Africa, China, India and Nigeria. The study explores adolescents' perceptions of their health and health care utilization.  It also highlights the underlying structural and social factors for promoting health and well-being among youth in disadvantaged urban environments.

Insights from the study are expected to be used by government bodies and health organizations to understand better the health priorities of youth and to improve resources for severely challenged adolescents.

For more about the upcoming 869th Gathering and Leadership Conference on Race Class & Poverty, read A Message from the Moderator.

What's New on the PoB Website

In this and future editions of Tidings we will help you become acquainted with the presbytery's new website.  This week you might want to check out the video made by the Committee on Ministry which explains their work on behalf of the presbytery. Click here to visit the Presbytery of Baltimore's website, then select Ministry Relations on the left sidebar; next, select Committee on Ministry/Leadership. Start the video by clicking the white triangle in the center of the picture.   

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015 for Clerks of Session i s now available! You may access this  web based survey at:  Nov. 16  is the  deadline for the survey.

The 2016 Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference entitled "Giving Not Getting is the Way," will be held Feb. 29-Mar. 2 in San Antonio, TX.  For details, click Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, Dec. 1  - is the deadline for those wishing to be considered by the GA Nominating Committee (GANC) for nomination to one of almost thirty entities to which the GANC makes nominations.  Elected service includes participation on boards, commissions or committees at the General Assembly level, as well as, positions for clerks of session and nominating committee moderators in mid councils. For details, click GANC.

Friday, Nov. 6 -- Beyond Bluegrass: Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondin Klein in Concert at Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC , presented by Common Ground on the Hill. Renowned veteran bluegrass musicians expand into Americana, folk and jazz.  Get ticket information here .

The Woodbrook Players of Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC present the Baltimore premiere of Rebel Yells by Steve Warren Nov. 7-12. A tale of the last days of the Civil War at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Get ticket information here.  

Knox Presbyterian Church will host its  85th Anniversary Banquet at the  Hilton Inn at White Marsh from 5pm to 9pm on  Sunday, Nov. 15 featuring guest speakers  TE  Michael Moore (Knox) and TE  Tanya Wade (Grace). Admission is $50 per person.  To obtain tickets, call 410.385.0900 .

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church , in Phoenix, Md., is searching for a half-time Director of Music . Ours is a "blended" service of contemporary and traditional music. Adult and bell choirs. Send inquiries to .

Earth Forum of Howard County presents " Seeking Just Solutions for Climate Change,"  featuring  J. Herbert Nelson, II, Dir. of the National Office of Public Witness, at 2pm on  Sunday, Nov. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia  Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II will  share a larger vision of how working for laws, policies and actions to bring sustainable sufficiency, with water fit to drink, air fit to breath, and food that nourishes everyone is vital for the well-being and survival of humankind on a thriving earth.   The Earth Forum is free and open to all.  Child care will be provided. For reservations email or call  410.730.3545 by noon on Nov. 13.

Applying for a Self-Development of People (SDOP) grant is now as easy as 1-2-3. Everything you need to know about the application process is on the presbytery's website. Click SDOP. 

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County . Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of PresbyTiding s.

On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1 - 4pm - Compassion & Choices Baltimore is hosting a free screening of the HBO film, How To Die In Oregon at The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue in  Baltimore. Discussion will follow this emotional issue and proposed legislation in Maryland.  The Presbytery has not taken a public policy position on end of life assistance.  For details, click Compassion and Choice.

taff Directory

 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  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
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services