November 7, 2016
Inside this Edition

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

873rd Gathering of the Presbytery: Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism

Brown Mem'l Park Ave "Silent Film" Benefit

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook seeks an Office Manager 

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

Mt. Hebron seeks Part-time Music Director

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Association of Presbyterian Educators Conference (APCE)

Free Chrismon Supplies & Patterns

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

Meetings
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

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Nov. 10

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm in Catonsville

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29

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

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Catonsville PC

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
Barrelville
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Catonsville
Central
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Churchville 
Covenant 
Dickey Memorial 
Faith 
Fallston
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Franklinville
Frederick
Good Shepherd
Govans
Granite
Grove 
Hagerstown
Hancock 
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Kenwood
Light Street
Maryland
Mount Paran
Northminster
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
Second
Springfield
St. John United 
Towson
Woods Mem'l
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  In a few days, all employees will receive a postcard in the mail reminding them of the November 11 deadline and identifying resources to learn about changes to medical and prescription drug benefits.
If you have questions about the enrollment process, please call the Board at 800.773.7752  or click Board of Pensions.


by 
Rob Bullock & Derek Miller
     Directors of Faith Community Outreach-HopeSprings

Have you ever found yourself waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant? Or, worse yet, you have plans for your friends to meet you there and instead you end up sitting at a large table all by yourself--just waiting. The server checks in on you every few minutes, filling your water glass again and again as you wait. You are longing for connection, for encouragement, for laughter or for some good news. Yet, with every longing glance toward the door you wonder, "Will my table be filled?"
 
In helping to awaken and equip churches to engage in the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in our region, we at HopeSprings hear our brothers and sisters asking whether or not their table will be filled, as well. At HopeSprings, we have discovered first hand that true transformation happens around the table as we engage in the things of life together: struggles, joys, burdens, and victories. We feel like we all have a stake in each other's wellness.
 
As the new Co-Directors of Faith Community Outreach, 
Derek Miller and Rob Bullock
we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks about an exciting new partnership between 
HopeSprings, the Presbytery of Baltimor e, and Baltimore  City Health Department. We have the opportunity to demonstrate that our churches are uniquely gifted and resourced to help our friends living with HIV; they can live well and flourish. And we would love for you to join with us!
 
Through our valued partnerships, HopeSprings helps to recruit and train a table (or team) of 6-8 people to come together around some of the most marginalized in our communities in order to support, encourage, and simply walk beside them in their life's journey over the next 9-12 months.  Those of us who have served a brother or sister in this way, have moved from the realm of information to transformation. We know that 1 in 43 people in Baltimore City is HIV +. Yet, through relational engagement and support, we have met many whom we now call brother or sister. We know their stories and have been changed by knowing, serving and loving each one of these newly found family members In short, we are transformed as we see and participate in the transformation of someone else.
 
HopeSprings' Executive Director, Erin Donovan, will present more about this exciting and unprecedented model for transformation during an afternoon workshop at the 873rd Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church o Annapolis. We hope to see you there and meet you soon!


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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery 

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




Churches

Additionally, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church presents the 1928 silent film, "Steamboat Bill, Jr." with live organ accompaniment at 7:30pm on Friday, Nov. 11. Admission is by suggested donation (to benefit Brown's Capital Fund ): $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $25 families. For details, call 410.523.1542, or visit browndowntown.org

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 www.earthforumhc.org.

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, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  Applications may be submitted to  employment@bmwpc.org. 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.


Other

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 http://www.apcenet.org/2017-annual-event---denver.

Chrismon supplies and patterns offered for free to a church interested in making Chrismons. (First to inquire will receive supplies)  The supplies include a  a large box of gold and white 
beads, gold glitter, gold foil etc.  This would be an education al project on Christian symbols for a women's or senior's chur ch group.  Too complicated for children.  If interested, email Jeanne Mueller .

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 cmec.reservations@gmail.com   For details, visit www.cmecouncil.org or call 410.344.7984. 



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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org 


  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter


Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
  
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
dgreene@baltimorepresbytery.org
 
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services