Lenten Season Reflections
David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders
Mission Summit 2016
Presbyterian Stewardship Seminar at Knox PC
Discussion on Immigration at Woods Mem'l PC
LGBT Choral in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave. PC
Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC
Organist Frederick Swann in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave. PC
Ashland PC seeks a Christian Educator
Maryland PC Offering Free Lectern
Mental Health First Aid Workshop
Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore
HopeSprings seeks an Administrative Coordinator
ICJS: Imagining Justice in Baltimore Lecture
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 30.
Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 20
Committee on Ministry
will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21
will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.
Commission on Spiritual Leader Development
will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Apr. 5.
Commission on Thriving Congregations on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 2pm.
Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 30.
will meet a 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen.
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission.
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
Prince of peace
Interim General Presbyter
In this Holy Week the world around us is, as always, a study in contrasts. The emerging spring holds the promise of simple pleasures of walks in the neighborhood and backyard burgers. Hardly a day goes by that the news doesn't carry a story about a breakthrough medical advance. The musicians, writers and artists among us bear testimony to the creativity and resilience of the human spirit. Opening day in Oriole Park is right around the corner. But woven into all the beauty and light is a violent and ugly spirit, born of fear, that threatens to overwhelm the world's longing for a hopeful future. So often it is the darkness that seems to have the upper hand as much as it has the media's attention.
In the Gospel, the week that begins with the Hosannas of Palm Sunday is also a study in contrasts. Those of you who were preaching or hearing sermons two days ago were, no doubt, reminded of how the little rag tag procession of Jesus' followers entering Jerusalem was in stark contrast to the pomp and circumstance of Pontius Pilate entering on the other side. As the week progresses the narrative holds in tension Jesus' resolute faithfulness and trust with all that competes against it: the demands of empire and the confusion and uncertainty of Jesus disciples the explosive violence of the crowds. In this sacred story as well, the darkness appears to have the upper hand.
The Easter narrative of the light of God's love breaking through both quietly and spectacularly is the defining story for those who would follow Jesus and be agents of God's hope. The good news of resurrection proclaimed on the first day of the week trumps the perceived finality of death. In the midst of the most complicated and dangerous of seasons it offers hope that vaults the disciples out of their complacency and fear to challenge the darkness with the conviction that will never be the final word. This is the church's story proclaimed in word and sacrament, liturgy and song. There is something about it all that moves the most casual of Christians to want to be part of it on Easter morning.
But, as each of you reading this knows, the truth of Easter is not a moment in time to be celebrated once a year. It is a truth that must be lived day in and out in our own complicated and dangerous season. If and when we do it well people want to be a part of it not just on Easter Sunday but 24/7. They are hungry to be in community with others who challenge the lie that the darkness will win. There is no room for anxiety or laziness in the Easter story. The Good News of Easter energizes us to move out from the comfort of our sanctuaries and confront the hatred and violence that are tearing at the fabric of our community. For Christ is risen indeed and lives in and among us. Don't just believe it. Trust it and live it for it is not only our hope. It is the hope of the world. Let us collectively proclaim it this Sunday and then live it in all the weeks to come.
Presbytery . . . and the Wider Church
ch the "The Servant Teacher," a meditation on
Isaiah 50:4-9 with TE Ken Kovacs, pastor of Catonsville Presbyterian Church.
Commission on Reconciliation
invites you to attend
Mission Summit 2016
from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. For details, click
Mission Summit 2016
Do you long for your church's members to enjoy the spiritual rewards of a generous life?
On Saturday, Apr. 30 -- t
Pensions will sponsor a seminar
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This stewardship event will be held 8:30am to 1:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church. The cost is $10pp. Click Generosity.
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a discussion from 5-8pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 about the
refugee crises around the world. The event, sponsored by The Adult Education and Missions Ministry, will include a viewing of
"Salam (Hello) Neighbor."
LGBT CHORAL CELEBRATION. The Tiffany Series at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill is hosting an LGBT Choral Celebration at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 featuring Baltimore's New Wave Singers; Potomac Fever, the D.C. Gay Men's Chorus' "tight harmony" ensemble; and Philadelphia's SheWho, a women's ensemble. A free reception will follow the event. Tickets $15 ($5 students) at www.browndowntown.org. Click LGBT Choral for flyer.
Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Baltimore Choral Arts Society with "Choral Gems" at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 17 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The concert is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For details, call 410.747.6180
Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau Lochte:email@example.com or 410.830.9988.
Renowned organist Frederick Swann will present a recital on Sunday, Apr.24 at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, sponsored by The Tiffany Series. Free reception following the concert. Tickets $15 ($5 students) at
. Click Swann for details.
Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education. You can read the job description by clicking Ashland.
Maryland Presbyterian Church has a wooden lectern. All items are free to any church. Interested? Call the church office at
Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.
Mental Health First Aid Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am-
5pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church in
Cost to members of presbyterian c
To register, email
to learn more about this event.
The Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore
will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 2 at
Catonsville Presbyterian Church. This year's event entitled "Hope & Change," will feature a guest speaker from
Hope Works Domestic Violence Center. To register, click PWP.
IMAGINING JUSTICE IN BALTIMORE: The Institute for Islamic Christian and Jewish Studies presents "Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective" at its Manekin-Clark Lecture at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Click ICJS for details.