May 26, 2015
Inside this Edition

Message from the Vice Moderator: Healing Our City 


Faith PC's Neighborhood Block Party


"Freddie Gray and You" at Faith PC 


Grace PC Flea Market


Second PC Seeks Dir. of Education & Congregation Life


Ashland PC Seeks Dir. of Christian Education


Seeking Housing for The Center Intern


Governor's Domestic Violence Breakfast


Big Tent!


EQ-HR at Big Tent 2015 


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

Gathering Team will meet 1:30pm on Wednesday, May 27

Reconciliation Commission meets Wednesday, May 27 @ 6:30pm

Committee on Ministry meets Wednesday, June 3 @ 3pm

Thriving Congregations Commission will meet 6:30pm Tuesday, June 16


In the Loop MG

will meet 6:30pm on
Wednesday, June 3 at  Trinity Presbyterian Church, 6:30pm.

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet 12:30pm on Thursday, June 18, at First PC of Bel Air.


Praise & Prayer

Pleas e pray for  the family of  The Rev. Mary Louise 
E llenberger, Associate Pastor Emerita of Towson Presbyterian Church, who died Monday following a lengthy illness
at Gilchrist Hospice Care Center in Towson.
She was 90 years old. 
An obituary confirming funeral services will be published later. 


Praise God for the 
ministry of 
Krehbie l, The presbytery's  Director of Congregational Advocacy, who ha s been selected to oversee the  refugee and asylum ministries of PC(USA). She will work part time to support Mid-Councils and congregations with refugee ministries .

How Is Your Congregation Thriving?

Christianity is said to be on the decline. Yet the Good News of Jesus Christ is still  Good News; and, wonderful things are happening all over in His holy name -- here, too, in the Presbytery of Baltimore. 


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Search Team  Appoi nted to Select  an 
Interim General Presbyter

The Steering Cabinet of the Presbytery of Baltimore is responsible for filling the position that Craig Palmer held.  Vice-Moderator James Parks, Stated Clerk Catherine Blacka and Commission on Reconciliation Chair D aris Bultena are serving as the Interim General Presbyter Search Committee of the Steering Cabinet.


The Steering Cabinet decided that the current vacancy called for a different type of search than the one that was conducted when Craig was sought.  Then the position was designated as "transitional" with the option that the Transitional General Presbyter could possibly stand for the permanent General Presbyter role.  With Craig's departure, we decided that the position would be re-cast as an Interim General Presbyter and that the Interim General Presbyter would not be able to stand for the permanent position.


The Interim Search Committee has been working to assess what the needs of the presbytery are in this particular moment.  Conversations have been held, interviews have been conducted, and conclusions have been reached.  Those conclusions have informed the job description for an Interim General Presbyter and have resulted in three clear priorities.


The Committee is clear that the Interim General Presbyter shall "embody and exemplify the diversity, collegiality, and unity we value as the Presbytery of Baltimore." That person also must be able to "grasp the unique nature of our complex system and embrace that as an asset of the Presbytery."  The three priorities include helping us to: 

  1. attain clarity and transparency over finances;
  2. ascertain an understanding of the tasks needed to carry out the vision and how best to match those with the skills of our staff and volunteers; and,
  3. have a deep understanding of the vision without an extended learning curve.

The Committee is now ready to receive names and Personal Information Forms or resumes of Teaching or Ruling Elders who might be interested in applying for the position.  We hope that by July the Committee, with the Steering Cabinet, will have someone in place and actively serving the Presbytery.  Click hereto view the detailed job description and application materials. You may also mail Daris Bultena at and he will gladly send it to you.  We have shared this information with the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Council Relations office of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the General Assembly.  This is an invitation to those nearer who might be interested in the position.


Should you have questions or further interest, please contact Daris Bultena.  He can be reached via the email above, at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (410.679.3322) or by cell phone/text (443.621.8022).   Meanwhile, the Interim General Presbyter Search Committee asks for prayer as it continues its work.

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

A Message from Vice Moderator James Parks


Thanks to those members of the ad hoc group who met last week to discuss ways to bring healing to our communities in Baltimore City. 


It's clear that we are still committed to making lasting change and many congregations are beginning to take steps to create long-term relationships with their communities that could foster reconciliation and help their church to thrive better.  Here are just a few examples: Faith Presbyterian Church joined with other churches and organizations in the neighborhood for a "Freddie Gray and You" forum with youth and residents; Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church and other congregations members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Group held a forum with youth in West Baltimore; finally, Deb Milcarek, Associate for Reconciliation, and I will attend the stated meeting of National Capitol Presbytery tonight to discuss ways we can partner to address the issues that exist in both our presbyteries.   


Meanwhile, at our meeting May 19, we began reviewing nearly 140 responses from small group discussions held at the May 7 Presbytery Gathering.  Read more. . .



Faith Presbyterian Church will host a Family Block Party from 5:30pm to 7:30pm om Wednesday, May 27 on the church grounds at 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.


And, at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 28, Faith Presbyterian Church will host its second community gathering, "Freddie Gray and You" in its fellowship hall.  All are welcome.  


Grace Presbyterian Church will sponsor a flea market from noon to 4pm on Saturday, June 6.


Second Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education and Congregational Life.  Click here for details.


Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education. Click here for details 




The Center is seeking housing for one of its summer interns. Do you know anyone who is looking for a summer house-sitter? Needs to sublet their apartment? The Center needs to find housing ASAP for a recent college graduate who will be working as part of our summer staff. Please contact Kate Foster Connors. 


On Wednesday, June 3, the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) and the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition (IDVC) will host its 3rd Annual Awareness Breakfast from 10am to noon in Annapolis.  Click to register or get more information.


Big Tent 2015 registration is up and running and everyone is excited about what it will bring.  You can watch the Big Tent video or read more information about this event on the Big Tent web site  

The EQ-HR Center Comes to  Big Tent
The Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations (EQ-HR) Center will hold two events at PCUSA Big Tent in July. Also, the EQ-HR Center has $300 grants for members of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic who register for the four-day workshop. Click EQ-HR for details or email Kimberly Ashby.

taff Directory


  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

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance  


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication 


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services