April 6, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


"Make Your Mark" Youth Concert at Good Shepherd


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


Morgan and Towson State Universities Trombone Choir Concert at Faith PC 


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.) 

Administration will meet at 11am on Tuesday, April 7.

Personnel Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Apr. 8

The Steering Cabinet will meet from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. 

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.

Susquehanna Parish will meet from 12:30pm-2:0pm on Thursday, Apr. 16 at First PC of Bel Air.

Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps will meet from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday, Apr. 14 at Catonsville 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 www.baltimorepresbytery.org

In The Loop Ministry Group Hosts MusicFest 2015


by TE Deborah McEachran

     Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church


Our dozen churches located in the loop (inside the inner loop of 695 beltway) have made a commitment to draw our diverse membership together around music with our first ever MusicFest on Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015, from 6-8:30 pm at Central Presbyterian Church.  Our hope is that this event will attract and excite young adults for the good news of Christ, both within our congregations and in the community, developing connections with neighbors across the city.   The proceeds will provide support for the summer camp program at one of our In the Loop Churches-Knox.  Together we are bringing:

  • Jonathan Nelson, who grew up in Baltimore and has had a huge impact over the last 12 years on contemporary praise and worship music alone and with his group, Purpose.   His chart topping "My Name is Victory" was cited the most singable song by Gospel Today magazine for 2008.
  • Roses 'n Rust, formed in 2013 by Russ Causey and Anna B, blends contemporary and classic rock, pop and country covers with a soul and sensibility that makes you feel like you have been listening to them next door all your life.
  • A combined urban choir directed by Madison Avenue Director of Music, Bruce Henderson, singing two praise songs that you can join in with!  Should you be interested in joining the choir, please come to Madison Avenue for rehearsals on Saturdays Apr. 11 and 18 at 12 noon; and Wednesday Apr. 22 at 6 pm.

Invite your neighbor, your babysitter, your boss, your pastor!  Get your tickets ($20) online at http://tinyurl.com/m7qrdf8 , or call the Presbytery office at 410-433-2012 or any of the In the Loop churches--  Brown Memorial Park Avenue, Cherry Hill, Dickey Memorial, First and Franklin, Grace, Hunting Ridge, Kenwood, Knox, Light Street, Lochearn, Madison Avenue, Trinity.  To hear music samples: check out HRPC website: 



We see this as a way to celebrate a variety of musical genres with people of all ages, races, classes,  and ethnicities.  Come join us!  The In the Loop Ministry Group co-conveners are RE Barbara Yancy (Lochearn) and TE Carrie Finch Burriss (Kenwood).


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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.   





Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church's Give God Glory Youth Choir presents "Make Your Mark," a dramatic and inspirational concert to be held tonight, April 6 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.  Click Springfield for details. 


Faith Presbyterian Church will host a Trombone Choir Concert featuring the Morgan State and Towson University Trombone Choirs at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 19, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.


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. 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. Call 410.730.3545 or email earthforum@firstpreshc.org.

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 www.fallstonpc.org.



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