May 18, 2015
Inside this Edition

Peace Discernment


Ad Hoc Committee for Healing Our City 


Mental Health and Aging Forum


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.) 

Property & Loan Committee will met at 1pm on Tuesday, May 19.
Steering Cabinet will meet Wednesday, May 20 at 1pm 

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.

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.


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


Praise & Prayer
Praise God for the ministry of Rev.

Dr. Stephen R. Melton,

who will be installed as the 29th pastor of Churchville PC at 4pm on Sunday, June 28.


Praise God for the Ministry of Rev. Todd D. Smith who will be installed as Pastor of Bethel PC at 4pm on June 7.   

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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Justice Conference Simulcast at Central Presbyterian


by Andy Nagel, Associate Pastor 

Central Presbyterian Church 


How do we expand and sharpen the conversations many of us have already been having about themes of justice in the wake of these recent weeks in Baltimore?  We need to expand the conversation so that we don't all slip into our favorite reductionistic explanations, but rather see the way that justice is a theme that weaves its way in and out of our lives both locally and globally.  We also need to sharpen the conversation, so that the breadth and depth of the subject doesn't paralyze us from doing the next thing that God places before us, but rather empowers us to imagine new ways of living justice practically.


All presbytery pastors and congregations are invited to a local simulcast for The Justice Conference -- one of the largest global events devoted to themes of biblical and social justice, bringing together world -- class speakers and artists to catalyze emerging works of justice both locally and around the world. On Saturday, June 6, Central Presbyterian is hosting the local simulcast for Baltimore and welcomes your involvement in this community-wide event.


The conference will explore the idea of "Living Justice." The speakers and conversations on this day will frame the biblical and social justice dialogue as well as inspire imaginative ministry in our local context.  National speakers include Louie Giglio, Bob Goff, and Otis Moss, and we'll also be hearing from leaders in anti-trafficking, refugee and immigrant services, and communities affected by incarceration.


Please join us in the work of building an authentic justice movement in our community.  We want to have the broadest and most diverse involvement from the faith community as possible. Join us at: Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Rd., Towson, MD 21204. To register at and click on "Locations" for the Towson Site.


Need more info? Email Sarah at 



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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Peace Discernment

At the May 7 Gathering, members of the Presbytery voted on five affirmations to help the Presbyterian Church (USA) discern new directions in its peacemaking ministry. The 52 elders who stayed for this final item on the docket voted overwhelmingly in favor of all five affirmations. Affirmation #4 was amended to include "those in the diplomatic service." And a sixth affirmation was proposed and passed as follows: "We confess our complicity in environmental destruction, our need for living in peace with the environment, and environmental issues as root causes for human violence." To read the affirmations in their entirety along with the vote tallies and comments, click here. Our votes and comments will be sent to the Stated Clerk's office in Louisville to advise the Peace Discernment Steering Team and the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy as they develop a final report for the General Assembly meeting in 2016.


An Ad Hoc Committee organized to pursue next steps in Healing Our City in the wake of Baltimore's state of emergency earlier his month will meet at 3pm on Tuesday, May 19 in the fellowship hall of Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Rd.  If you wish to join this meeting tomorrow, you may:

Join from your  computer tablet or  smartphone

Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.   

*Note: slots for monitoring the meeting via internet are limited. 

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 919-378-477




The "Savvy Seniors" of Woods Memorial  Presbyterian Church will host a forum on Maintaining Emotional Health While Aging featuring Robina H. Niazi M.D. at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 19.  For details, click Aging.


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