November 14, 2016
Inside this Edition

Mid-Council Leaders Challenged to make PCUSA Anti-Racist and Multicultural

Presbytery Approves 2017 Budget

1st PC of Howard Co. Presents Talks on National Politics and the Environment

Granite will host a Jazz Vespers Concert

Catonsville Concerts at 3 Presents Concert Featuring Chamber Music 

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook Seeks Church Office Manager

Mt. Hebron seeks Part-time Music Director

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Association of Presbyterian Educators Conference (APCE)

Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's 14th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Breakfast

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

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm at Catonsville PC. 

Commission on Reconciliation
will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Commission on Thriving Congregations meets at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15


BAD Ministry Group will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Ark & Dove PC.

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Nov 17. Location TBA

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
Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for Pastor O. Morton Harris (1st Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.) and his family as they mourn the loss of his mother,  Martha Jane Harris, who died after a lengthy illness on Nov. 10 in Martinsville, VA.  
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held there later this week.  

Volunteers help distribute boxes of food to those in need.

by  Ruling Elder Marlene Butler,
     Co-Chair of Giving Boxes 2016    

Since 2010, Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air has partnered with Knox Presbyterian Church in east Baltimore to feed the hungry through the Giving Boxes project.  Three years ago, Grace Presbyterian Church in west Baltimore joined the partnership. Now each year just before Thanksgiving, over 1000 families receive a frozen turkey in addition to nonperishable goods.
In cooperation with the Partners in Care program, Maryland National Guard families living throughout the state of Maryland are also served.
But the Giving Boxes have also been a blessing for those who give. Friends, family, businesses, and even strangers have been moved to contribute, and many attest that their faith journeys have been enriched.  Mission leaders
Volunteers pack Giving Boxes.
recount miracles large and small: construction workers who donate spare change, scout troops that collect canned goods, unsolicited grant applications
that mysteriously arrive in the mail, scores of volunteers who pack the boxes, and a company that provides a 48-foot trailer (and driver) to deliver the food to the inner city.
The Giving Boxes project has also provided a growing spiritual bond among members of Christ Our King PC, Knox PC and Grace PC.  As an annual kick-off to the Giving Boxes project, the congregations gather for a chili supper, becoming one in the body of Christ as they worship together. Members of the three churches have attended each other's anniversary celebrations, prayer breakfasts, and men's and women's retreats.  They have worked together p roviding leadership for children's summer camps. Recently they have begun a tradition of coming together for fellowship at a Unity Picnic.
Churches in the Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group have embraced the project by providing financial support, collecting food, or volunteering to help pack the boxes at Christ Our King each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year Box Assembly Day begins at 9 am on Nov. 19.
The project organizers continue to say when asked how all the many details of this project are accomplished each year that "Everything about this mission from the very beginning is being led by God.  And when God speaks to us and leads us, we need to follow in faith."

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Mid-council leaders challenged to embrace change, seek to make the PC(USA) an 'anti-racist multicultural institution.' Read more about it here. . .

The Presbytery of Baltimore approved the 2017 Budget at the 873rd Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 12. 


First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will host a talk with a panel of environmentalist from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, Nov. 20 to discuss climate-related actions, participate in workshops and view the film, "Facing the Surge." This is a free event; childcare is available. Call 410.730.3545 or visit .

Granite Presbyterian Church will host a Jazz Vespers featuring The John Lamkin Sacred Jazz Quintet at 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Granite Presbyterian. There is no charge for admission but a free will offering and refreshments will be available for sale. For details contact Frank Owens at

Catonsville Concerts at 3  presents cellist Jennifer Kloetzel and pianist Andrew Gerle in an eclectic program of chamber music at 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.   The concert is free.  For details call 410.747.6180.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook is seeking a Church Office Manager to assist with the clerical work of the program staff of the church and act as an ambassador for the church in the church office.  This is a part time position, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 12:30pm.  Applications may be submitted to Click here for job description.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City seeks a part-  time music director who can play the organ, piano and direct a choir for a small church with a traditional program -- although the congregation is open to other genres.   Please direct inquiries to Pastor Adrian Pratt.

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.


The 2017 APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) annual conference entitled "God With Us in the Chaos." will be held Jan. 25-28 in Denver, CO. For details about the event, visit

The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's 14th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Breakfast will be held at 8am on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Ednor II Building, 1050 E. 33rd St. The event will feature The Agus-Shehan Conversation: Fighting Religious Bigotry And Building Allies. Suggested Donation: $25. Breakfast is kosher and vegetarian. For reservations   For details, visit or call 410.344.7984. 

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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