September 25, 2017
Inside this Edition
Per Capita 2018

Self Development of People Call for Applications. 

Discipleship Symposium: Sharing Sacred Stories, Formng Christ's Disciples

2018 Winter Trip to Guatemala 

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presents Organist Paul Fleckenstein in a Free Concert

First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis Hosts Lecture by South African Parliamentarian 

First and Franklin PC presents Pianist Paul Bisaccia in a Concert of George Gershwin Music

Dickey Memorial PC Spaghetti Dinner and Auction 

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Hosts Screening of Climate Change Documentary: Merchants of Doubt 

St. Andrews Theological Book Collection for Ethiopia

Catonsville PC seeks a Church Sexton 

Dickey Memorial PC seeks a Music Director/Organist 

Free Blue Hymnals offered by Faith PC

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute Hosts Free Lecture on Stress, Resiliency and Spirituality  

More Church Leaders/ Strong Church Leaders Conference 

Interfaith State Legislative Review

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Commission on Reconciliation  meets at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 27

Uptown Metro MG will host its Elder Training from 9am to 12noon on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Susquehanna Parish MG will offer a training entitled "Deepening Discipleship: An Inter-generational Approach" on Oct. 21 at First Presbyterian church of Bel Air. 
Click Susquehanna to learn more 

Committee on Ministry Leadership Team meets at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 4

Spiritual leader Development Commission meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4

Gathering Team meets at 11am on Thursday, Oct. 5

Baltimore Dakota Partnership meets at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Catonsville PC

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Catonsville PC.
Harundale's Food Program Celebrates  30th Anniversary 

(l-r) Louise Ficca and Pattie Mikeska, two of the four women who founded Harundale Presbyterian Church's  food program.

by TE Amy Duiker, Associate Pastor
      Harundale Presbyterian Church 

Back in September 1987, the Presbyterian Women of Harundale Presbyterian Church began a partnership with other churches in the Glen Burnie area to serve a hot meal free of charge to any who desired the food or community.  Glen Burnie was and is one of the poorest areas of Anne Arundel County and the congregations saw a way for them to reach out with the love of Christ to those in need.  Those first few years, volunteers served 40 meals a week on average. 

Today, the relatively small congregation of Harundale serves 50 or more people each Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  The ministry relies on a strong core of volunteers and donations from the church as well as donations and volunteers from other churches, organizations and individuals and assistance from the Maryland Food Bank, local restaurants and grocery stores. 

Harundale's guests always enjoy the food, but it's clear that some of them appreciate the sense of community and the friendly reception they receive when they walk in the door.  Along with their hot meal, guests are sure to get a smile and a friendly shoulder pat, and a look in their eyes that communicates dignity and love.  Many of the "regulars" will also get a hug and some friendly joking, and no one leaves without being reminded that God loves them. 

On Sunday, Harundale celebrated its food program's 30th anniversary after worship with a luncheon honoring many of the volunteers who were instrumental in starting this ministry and looking ahead to what God has in store for it.  The celebration coincided with the launch of a new name for the program, in an effort to get away from referring to it as "free lunch":  A Taste of Heaven. 

The food and the atmosphere of love and community that defines this ministry make the name a perfect fit and a good reminder of why Harundale is committed to serving these hot meals:  because Jesus commands us all to care for our neighbors. Christ always ministered to the whole person, body, mind and spirit.   In the presence of more than 5,000 hungry people, Jesus tells his followers, "You give them something to eat" (Matthew 14:16).  

And, for the past 30 years, Harundale has been doing just that.   

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Presbytery and Church-wide

***** 2018 PER CAPITA Approved ($25.85 Presbytery; $7.73 GA; and .80 Synod = $34.38 Total) ******

In 2016 the Presbytery of Baltimore's Self-Development of People was honored to be able to support four projects.  The Youth Empowerment Summer Camp was a 3 week youth camp in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood, Youth in Business is a youth-led entrepreneurship program at Jubilee Arts, Glenwood Life Recovery Center designed a recovery garden and the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project are a collective of youth gathering to organize the voices of young people in Baltimore.  The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is prepared to establish partnerships in 2017 with groups within the boundaries of the Presbytery of Baltimore who:
  • are oppressed by poverty or social systems,
  • want to take charge of their own lives,
  • have organized or are organizing to do something about their own conditions,
  • have decided that they are going to produce long term changes for their lives or communities,
  • will control the programs they own and will directly benefit from them.
Please visit the Presbytery's SDOP webpage for more information and an application.   The deadline for receipt is Oct. 2, 2017.

Looking for ideas and inspiration to season and stimulate your church's Disciple Formation ministries?   Take advantage of the opportunity we're providing congregational leaders and youth at a symposium called Sharing Sacred Stories - Forming Christ's Disciples. The symposium will be held 8:30am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 30 at First PC Howard County in Columbia. The event offers a rich day of worship, presentations, conversations and a nutritious meal. Registration is just $12. Click here to register 

Guatemala Partnership (along with CEDEPCA) is hosting a trip to Central America Sept. 29 to Feb. 3, 2018. For details, click Guatemala / Application.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presents organist Paul Fleckenstein in concert at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 8 in the church's sanctuary. This free concert, entitled "Fun, Frivolous & Fabulous" , includes music by Vierne, Langlais, Bach, Becker and Bedard. For details, click  Fun, Frivolous & Fabulous .

South African member of Parliament to lecture: The Honorable Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a Gallaudet alumna who in 1999 became the first deaf person to be elected to the South African Parliament, will present a public lecture in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis at 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 15. For details, click South Africa.

As part of the  Spire Series, First and Franklin Presbyterian Church will host pianist Paul Bisaccia in a concert featuring the music of  George Gershwin's  "Rhapsody in Blue" at 7:30pm on Friday, Oct. 20. General Admission is $20; students $10. Click   Spire Series for details. 

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to b enefit the church's building fund from 6-9pm on Friday, Nov. 3 in its fellowship hall. All are welcome. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door.  For details, call 443.271.3183 or email 

At 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 5 -- Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will show a screening of the film "Merchants of Doubt,"  a 2014 documentary that exposes highly orchestrated PR efforts to debunk climate change in order to protect corporate profits.  Click Climate Change to learn more.

Theological Book Collection for Ethiopia -- St. Andrews  thanks all those who helped collect theological books for the Jordan Bible School of the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia.  While the response has been good, we still have not reached our goal of 7000 volumes.  We will continue until mid-November to collect books for Bible studies, theology, church history, ethics, philosophy, missiology, leadership and Christian education. Additionally, v olunteers are needed to pack the books and c ontributions are welcome to help cover shipping costs.  For details, contact Ed Pollock or call 301.831.7223.  

Catonsville Presbyterian Church seeks a church sexton who will be responsible for on site operations and maintenance of its facilities. For details, click Catonsville Church Sexton .

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hiring a Community Music Director/Organist!  This new position will work with both the church and community on all things musical, and it offers the opportunity for creative growth.  It is a quarter-time position (10 hrs/week onsite).  Click Music at Dickey to learn more about this position.

Faith Presbyterian Church has  50 blue hymnals that it would like to offer for free to the first interested church.  If interested, email Diane Borgatti


Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality will be the topic for a free public lecture at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 25,  as well as, a workshop for those in ministry from 9am to 12noon on Thursday, Oct. 26. Both events, made possible by a Science & Theology grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will be led by Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., DMin and are sponsored by St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute. To register, visit

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern

Interfaith State Legislative Preview  5:30 - 8:00pm on  Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Annapolis.  For flier, click Interfaith State Legislative.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter 

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
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

John "Jack" Carlson

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center