May 4, 2015
Inside this Edition


867th Gathering 

May 7, Covenant PC, Hagerstown


Spring Gathering of Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses


Woods Mem'l PC Choral Concert


Light Street PC Hosting A Spring Tea


Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave, Tiffany Concert Series: Organ Recital by James David Christie


Night of Elegance Formal Dance at Cherry Hill Comm. PC


Light Street Hosting Community Yard Sale


Green Burials


John Lamkin Jazz Concert at Grace PC


Religious Tour of Switzerland and France


Ashland PC Seeks Dir. of Christian Education


Big Tent!


Donations for The Center


Board of Pensions: National Walk@Lunch Day


ICJS' Mannekin-Clark Lecture: Eboo Patel


Nepal Earthquake



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

Thriving Congregations will meet 6:30pm Thursday, May 5

Spiritual Leader Development will meet 6:30pm Thursday, May 5

Transition Team will meet 2pm Tuesday. May 14

Steering Cabinet will meet Wednesday, May 21 

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.


Susquehanna Parish will meet 7-9pm on Thursday, May 21 at Grove PC.

Praise & Prayer
Praise God for the ministry of Rev. Andy Nagel, who was ordained Sunday at Central Presbyterian Church as Associate Minister for Discipleship and Mission.


Please pray for TE Deborah McEachran's husband, Dan, as he recovers from heart surgery at University of Maryland Hospital. Deborah McEachran serves as pastor of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Please continue to pray for CRE Ed Terry, pastor of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown, who is recuperating from  surgery.
Please pray for our Transitional General Presbyter, Craig Palmer, and his family as they learn to adjust to the recent changes and challenges in their lives.


Presbytery Members Hold Vigil to Heal City in Crisis; Plan Next Steps

We were close to 100 strong, gathering  to bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ that has always been in our beloved city of Baltimore.  Folks can from far and wide across the Presbytery to Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Baltimore.  Led by Pastors from In The Loop Ministry Group, we sang and we prayed and we proclaimed our commitment to this City.


Vice-Moderator James Parks offered this prayer:


Dear God,


You command us in the book of Isaiah to "Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." Today, Lord, we confess that instead of following your word, we have allowed our greed and fear of

Participants singing hymns

strangers to create a world where the few are living very large at the expense of the many. Today, dear Lord, on the streets of Baltimore and on streets across this land, people are crying out for justice, for an end to decades of living in the strait jackets of poverty, injustice and oppression.


Dear Lord, we cry out for justice for Freddy Gray and all people who have been mistreated by the enforcers of our-human-made laws. We recognize, Lord, that the large majority of those who patrol our streets are good men and women who care about justice, but there are some who do not. We pray today for the souls of the Baltimore police, the state's attorney's office, the courts, the governor, the legislature, the mayor and the City Council that they may become the true instruments of justice that you call them to be.


We pray for our souls as well. Help us to become full time, every day outlets for your love and justice. Help us to see your light in all people. We cry out, dear God, for justice for those who felt the only way to have their voices heard is through violence. As your people, Lord, we condemn all violence, but as a compassionate people we understand the anger and desperation that led to the

Rev. Tanya Wade of Grace PC  

violence. We pray for the souls of the families who are trapped in Baltimore's poor communities, some of the poorest in the country, where low tax revenue means less money for schools, which means poor education, which leads to few or no good jobs, which leads to alternative and often illegal ways to put food on the table, which leads to prison, which leads to broken homes, which begins the cycle of desperation all over again. So today, dear God, we cry out for justice to roll down like a mighty stream. We cry out Lord, for justice!!! Hear our cry!!!


As part of that commitment, a follow-up meeting is being held at the Presbytery  in the fellowship hall of Faith Presbyterian Church at 3:00 on Tuesday May 5.  It is open to all who wish to continue the conversation.  


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*Note: The Presbytery Gathering will now begin at 10am on Thursday, May 7 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown.  Click Gathering for more information.



A Spring Gathering for Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses will be held from 10am to noon on Wednesday, May 6. We will gather at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville for friendship, fellowship and a conversation about "A Political Theology of Climate Change".  If you missed our fall gathering, we hope we'll see you in May!  RSVP by Apr. 28 to Bob and Audrey Jewett at or 410.203.106. 




Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church will host a formal dinner and dance entitled "Night of Elegance," from 6-9pm on Saturday, May 16. Admission is $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple.  For details, click Formal.


A COMMUNITY YARD SALE will be held 9am to 3pm at Light Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 16. For details, click Yard Sale.


Green Burials Organizational Meeting, Sunday, May 17 at 4pm  - Towson Presbyterian Church (400 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204) invites you to meet with Earthome and other interested individuals to consider the establishment of  the first natural cemetery in Maryland.   Free parking.  If interested, please contact Ann Phillips


Local jazz great, John Lamkin and his quintet, will shake up your spirit at Grace Presbyterian Church from 4pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, June 27 with his sacred jazz sounds! The concert includes an exciting program of gospel and spiritual arrangements featuring vocalist Earth Lamkin; soloist, Leo Burroughs; and, a performance by the J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Dancers. Donations: $25.00 adults; $10 Children 12 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 410.466.4000 and leaving your name, phone number and number of tickets needed.  


Reforming Spirit in Switzerland and France Tour, April 3-12, 2016.  Join TE Ken Kovacs, pastor of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, and others on a travel tour to explore the rich history, religion and culture of Switzerland and France. The group will travel to some of the most beautiful and inspiring places in France and Switzerland to learn more about the roots of the Reformed tradition and to witness the continued development of traditions in TaizĂ©, Strasbourg, Basel and Zurich. Click Reforming Spirit for more details.


Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education. Click here for details 




Big Tent 2015 registration is up and running and everyone is excited about what it will bring.  You can watch the Big Tent video or read more information about this event on the Big Tent web site 


The Center needs a few items for its dorm space.  If you think you might have some items to donate, click on this link to see what we need and to sign up:  Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors. 


Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, will lecture on best practices of effective interfaith leadership: the ability to voice values, engage diversity and act on behalf of the common at 7pm on Wednesday, May 13 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The event is sponsored by The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies' Manekin-Clark Lecture series.




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 An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara; It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 81 years. The death toll from the quake has risen to more than 970 and is rising further. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's (PDA) partner ACT Alliance and ACT members are on the ground and working to support the people of Nepal. Financial assistance will be needed to help with the response. Financial gifts can be made by clicking here or checks may be written to the Presbytery of Baltimore and designated in the memo section to DR999999 - Nepal.

taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance  


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication 


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services