August 29, 2016
Inside this Edition
SDOP Deadline: Sept. 19, 2016
($8,000 in funds still available!)

Earth Care 2017 Planning Team

872nd Gathering Meal

Call for Volunteers for Stewardship Acrostic 

"7" Middle School Retreat  

In the Loop Summit: Lament & Hope, A Response to Violence in Our Community

Kenwood PC Community Day & Pumpkin Patch Story-Time

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Chestnut Grove Seeks a Director of Christian Education

Free Clergy Conference: Demystifying The Cancer Experience

Gulf Floods & West Coast Wildfires

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

Interim Pastors will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at noon

Ministry Group Conveners will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at noon

Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10am

The Cuba Partnership  will next meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Hunting Ridge PC.

In The Loop Ministry Group will host its annual Mission Summit  from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church .

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will host a Leadership Training Workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.  

All Ministry Groups are encouraged to meet at a specific time set aside at the next Gathering at 9:30am on Thursday, Sept. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At this date, the Presbytery has received $184,599 in pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000.

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

"Back To School" Event Hosted for McCabe Neighborhood

Members of Uptown Metro Ministry Group handed out nearly 100 backpacks and school supplies to children in the McCabe neighborhood on Saturday. The children were also treated to a neighborhood cookout and fun activities like face-painting. See pictures below. . .

Sisters select their favorite backpack

Kids enjoyed face painting

Youngsters don new backpacks for school

Amy Carlson and TE Jen DiFrancesco pose for a picture while packing school supplies

Happy Labor Day!
The Presbytery of Baltimore will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Business will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as we welcome
GP Jackie Taylor
Executive Presbyter, Jacqueline Taylor, to her first day working at the Presbytery of Baltimore!

Interim General Presbyter Mary Gaut Reflects on Presbytery Leadership

Friends in Christ,

What a joy and honor to have served with and for you over the past year as the Interim General Presbyter.  Stepping into this role, when Craig Palmer was compelled to leave due to his daughter's health, was made easier by having been a member of this presbytery for 27+ years.  The past year has been the opportunity to work with people and congregations I knew and respected.  The year has had its challenges but it has also been filled with moments of grace and mercy, surprises and laughter too many to count.
There have been some noticeable accomplishments: 
  • We continued our tradition of generosity through Our Shared Ministry giving that enabled us to support innovative and faithful work in ministry groups and commissions, always focusing on supporting and challenging leaders and congregations, and connecting with our communities in powerful ways. 
  • Our Ministry Groups have "grown up" to become the focus for much of our collective work in building life-giving and transformative relationships with each other and with those beyond our doors.
  • We have adopted a set of strategic priorities to guide our planning over the next 3-4 years and we have become more transparent in aligning our resources with our mission
  • We took seriously God's call to address issues of "race class and poverty" in our community and in our Church.  The Baltimore Overture "Dismantling Racism," which was adopted at General Assembly, will continue to guide our work in this area but will also shape the way our denomination addresses issues of racism and racial injustice in both the church and the world.
  • We spruced up the offices so that they are more welcoming and inviting and created an art gallery in the process!
  • We published a book!
On-going challenges remain, of course.  Demographic changes are forcing more and more of our congregations to consider new models and possibilities for how they will be church in the world.  Churches of small membership are feeling the pressures acutely and we are working to discern how best to resource and support them.  Many of our pastors and leaders are feeling discouraged and we need to be much more intentional about how we reach out to them in meaningful ways.  The work of resourcing our congregations and their leaders is primary and on-going and will remain a focus.

But despite the challenges we face I have confidence in Christ's Church in general and in the Presbytery of Baltimore in particular, to navigate these waters with faithfulness and excellence.  We live in a complicated and dangerous world and there has never been a more important time to be the Church!  We cannot waste time or energy on longing for the church of yesterday when we have serious work to do in discovering what Jesus calls us to be today.

I'm excited about remaining a member of the Presbytery of Baltimore going forward. I'll be stepping into the background and into retirement in November, but supporting  Jackie Taylor and our great staff and leaders as we continue to make our mission come alive in ever more effective and faithful ways.   

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

This year, SDOP applications are due on Sept. 19. As of today, no one has applied for any of the $8,000 in SDOP grants.  If you are aware of community groups in need of financial support please refer them them to the application on the SDOP webpage

A planning team convened to organize Earth Care events next year will meet at 2pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. Professor Trisha Tull from the Louisville Seminary and Rebecca Barnes from PCUSA will work with our congregations to develop an agenda on environmental issues. To RSVP, email TE Sue Lowcock Harris.

Call for Stewardship Support at the September Gathering. The S tewardship Team of the Commission on Thriving Congregations is looking for (8) people to participate in a walking, talking stewardship acrostic. You must be engaging and willing to wear an "alphabet letter" of the word "stewardship" on your clothing and share a scripted message about stewardship that will be provided to you. 

Kenwood Presbyterian Church will host a Community Day  from 10am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 17. B oy Scout Troop 16 will present a  safety demonstrations and flag retirement ceremony, the nearby Linover Home Association will hold a yard sale, and the church will offer  fun and games for kids and a silent-auction. All are invited!
Kenwood Presbyterian Church will offer Pumpkin Patch with story time from Oct. 15-31.  The patch will be open weekdays from 11am-7pm; Saturdays, 9am-7:30pm; and, Sundays from 12pm-7pm.  There will be an assortment of pumpkins, gourds and other goodies

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.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, MD) seeks a part-time (20 hours) Director of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation .  Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to committee chair Robin Znamirowski , A full job-description is available by clicking Chestnut Grove

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 or apply, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.


A two-part conference entitled Demystifying The Cancer Experience for Clergy and Religious Leaders will held from 8am to 12noon on Thursdays (September 15 & 22) a the Koch Cancer Research Building II, Classroom 111 (1st floor).  The event is free and includes lunch.  For details, click The Cancer Experience.

GULF FLOODS & CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES -  To support the work of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in flooded areas along the Gulf Coast, please make your checks payable to the Presbytery of Baltimore and write  DR000191  in the memo line (read an update about floods here).  Also, financial support of of areas struck by wildfires on the West Coast may also be directed to the Presbytery. Please enter  DR000165 on the memo line of the check. Thank you.

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 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

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

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services