March 30, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


Easter Sunrise Service at Federal Hill, Inner Harbor


"Make Your Mark" Youth Concert at Good Shepherd


Springfield Concert: Ken Kolodner (Dulcimer) and Elke Baker (Fiddle)


Life Overlooked: Free Photographic Exhibit on Biodiversity at Maryland PC


First & Franklin Concert: Theodore Hanslow & Mark Markham


Earth Forum: Water Stories from Peru, Haiti and Alaska


Night of Elegance Formal Dance at Cherry Hill Community PC


Spiritual Center at Fallston PC


Support Group for Caregivers of Spouses with Mental Illness


Eastern Region of the Assoc. for Presbyterian Christian Educators


Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery  


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

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a Stewardship Workshop from 9am to noon on Saturday, Apr. 18 at Ark & Dove PC.
Bay Area Disciples will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.
 Terry V. Jackson,
New Director of Finance
It is with joy that the Presbytery  introduces Terry V. Jackson as its new Director of Finance. Apr. 8 will be Terry's first day in the office.
Terry comes to us following five years as the treasurer of Bladensburg Township in Prince George's County.   He has over 17 years of experience working with organizations in various positions of finance; as well as, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University and a Master's Degree in Professional Accounting from Strayer University.
Terry grew up in northeast Baltimore City, just fifteen minutes away from the Presbytery's office. He attends St. Ann's Catholic Church. Please take the opportunity to welcome Terry as the newest member of our staff serving the congregations and clergy of the Presbytery of Baltimore.

Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at











by William Nickels, III


John's gospel begins with a striking assertion, a pregnant image: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  And as his gospel unfolds, we find it brimming with stories that illustrate this - some of which we'll be attending to throughout this Holy Week, and one of which will surely inspire a joyful celebration this coming Easter morning - the Day of Resurrection! 


There is darkness aplenty in this world, in our communities, and even within ourselves - we can all attest and confess to that.  But there also is light, light no darkness can overcome, light eternal.  It is the light of our risen Lord.  And by God's mercy, we live in that light.  Wherever we are, in every situation we're facing, every joy, every challenge, every loss or gain, alone or together, we are in that unfailing light; we are living in light of that light.  And it shows.  It's clear to me.


Traveling here and there among you, visiting churches, talking with elders, meeting with Ministry Groups and sharing in our common work, I see how profoundly this area's Presbyterians are affected by living in the light of the resurrected Christ.  I see churches rising with renewed resolve to be the body of Christ in their neighborhoods.  I see youngsters being given the gift of faith and young adults rising into mature, engaged discipleship.  I see Christ's work of reconciliation being furthered through ministries of many kinds.  I see congregational leaders offering one another encouragement, lifting up challenges and sharing resources to strengthen one another's ministries.  I see people praying passionately together for the Church's faithfulness, the restraint of evil and the redemption of the world.  I see God working marvelously within and among and through you.  I see undeniable light in the darkness.  And I am grateful for that, thankful to be serving with you, and eager to see what God has in store for the Presbytery of Baltimore as we continue our journey with Christ.


May this week be for you, and for all with whom we worship and serve, a Holy Week indeed.  I wish you all the best in Christ.  


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Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate art in worship.   





An Easter Sunrise Service will be held in Federal Hill Park, overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor, at 6am on Sunday, April 5.  The services is sponsored by  Light Street and Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian ChurchesAll are welcome! Click Sunrise for flier.


Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church's Give God Glory Youth Choir presents "Make Your Mark," a dramatic and inspirational concert to be held at 6:30pm, Fallston Presbyterian Church, 600 Fallston Rd, 21047.  For details, click Youth Concert.


Springfield Presbyterian Church will host a concert featuring Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer among other instruments), and Elke Baker (National Scottish Fiddle Champion- fiddle & violin) at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 12.  Ken and Elke have performed together for several years and just released a new joint CD, "Out of the Woods." Please join us for an afternoon of great music and good food served at a reception following the concert.  Click Springfield for details. 


Maryland Presbyterian Church invites everyone to "Life Overlooked," a unique exhibition of photographs showing the diversity of life on earth and reinforcing the need to protect even the smallest creatures. The exhibit will be shown from 10:00am to 5pm on Saturday, Apr. 25. Admission is free. For details, click Biodiversity.


Theodora and Mark Markham, both graduates of The Peabody Conservatory of Music, mark their return to Baltimore with a program featuring works by Handel, Strauss, Obradors, Gershwin, Porter and others. Concert will be held 8pm on Friday, Apr. 24 at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. A Meet-the-Artists reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students; available in advance on the church's website (Paypal) and at the door (cash).

Come hear dramatic water stories from Peru, Haiti, and Alaska. This upcoming Earth Forum, an educational program for the community, will occur 2-4:30pm on Sunday , Apr. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.The Earth Forum is free and open to all. For more details, call 410.730.3545
 or email

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.


The Spirituality Center at Fallston Presbyterian Church offers innovative ways to connect with God. Open from 9am to 9pm. For details, visit



Are you a Teaching Elder with a spouse who suffers from mental illness (clinical depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)? If so, you are invited to be part of a peer support group with other Teaching Elders in Baltimore Presbytery who are in the same situation. Contact Deb Milcarek for details.


The Eastern Region of the Association for Presbyterian Christian Educators will sponsor a continuing education event in Chambersburg, PA  April 20-22 featuring keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Lib Caldwell discussing "Teaching the Bible to Children (and their Parents)." For details, click EAPCE.


The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore, entitled Mosaic of Peace, will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 25 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church.  The event will feature guest speaker Eva Hendrix-Shovlin, a participant of the Israel Palestine PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace Conference.  Click PWP to register.

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


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications