November 16, 2015
Inside this Edition
GP Search Committee 

NEXT Church Listening Campaign at the Center

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 

GA Nominating Committee

Woods Memorial Seasonal Events 

Advocacy Training 

Lecture on Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

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

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wed., Nov. 18

General Presbyter Nominating Committee  will meet at 10am on Thurs., Nov. 19

Personnel Committee will meet 1pm Mon., Nov. 23

Board of Trustees will meet at 10am on Tues., Dec. 1

The Committee on Ministry Leader Team will meet from 10am to 12pm on Wed., Dec. 2

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wed., Dec. 2

Commission on Reconciliation will meet Wed., Dec. 2 at 6:30pm

Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet at 2:30pm on Tues. Dec. 1 at Hope PC. 

Ministry Group Conveners will meet at noon on Wed., Nov. 18

West Side Story MG will meet 9:30am on Sat., Nov. 21 at Christ Mem'l PC

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet 7pm Thurs. at Churchville PC. 

Cuba Team will meet at 1pm on Wed., Dec. 2

Interim Pastors' meeting will be held noon to 2pm on Tues. Dec. 1 at Hope PC 

The Presbytery office will be closed Thurs Nov. 26 and Fri. Nov 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday  

Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.  As of this date $141,375.31 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry. We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches:
Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Cherry Hill
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
First and Franklin  
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
St. John United
Woods Memorial  
Thank You & God Bless!

The Presbytery of Baltimore's 869th Gathering and annual Leadership Conference on Saturday marked the start of its year-long focus on race, class and poverty - issues that have spurned fervent protests and pleas for peace and justice in the wake of violent incidents here, in Baltimore, and around the country. Nearly 200 participants attended the event held st Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of  Howard County in Colu mbia. 

Most of the workshops were focused on how we can overcome the geographic, economic, racial and cultural barriers that tend to divide us as a Church.  In the workshop on Racial Perceptions, 
there was standing room as participants engaged in open  and honest discussions about race and culture. In other workshops participants  discussed fostering partnerships between urban and suburban churches; building community coalitions; and, the roots of poverty in rural communities.  Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery also presented workshops on their ministries as part of their Fall Gathering, held jointly with the Leadership Conference.

During the plenary session, attendees listened with rapt attention as Beth Marshall, DrPH and Kristen Mmari, DrPH MA, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explained the underlying social factors that impact the health of youth in disadvantaged areas. Later, during worship, Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, a scholar and Episcopal priest, declared that during these times of social unrest, "we are to live as a people
Rev. Brown Douglas
called out by God . . . to live with a moral accountability, a prophetic responsibility and a divine integrity that will show forth in this our nation, in this world and these our times -- the very freedom, the very justice and the very image of the One we call God  (listen here).

Other highlights of the Gathering included a renewing of an agreement between the Baltimore and Dakota presbyteries; and, the signing of a 5-year agreement with CEDEPCA, our new Guatemalan Partnership. During the Decisions and Discernment portion of the Gathering, the Presbytery: approved the 2016 Budget; welcomed new members and bid farewell to others; and, we elected commissioners to the Presbyterian Church USA's 222nd General Assembly.

Many remarked that the Gathering and workshops were inspiring and thought-provoking.  The Presbytery will continue to explore our call as God's people in addressing issues of race, class and poverty in our communities and the world. Click here to see more Gathering pictures

What's New on the PoB Website

In this edition of Tidings we are highlighting the Presbytery's webpage on Tools for Church Trustees.  Here, you can read about the business of operating a church and topics such as insurance, a review of financial documents, property issues, endowments, reimbursements, disbursements and more.   Click here to visit the Presbytery of Baltimore's website, select Church Resource Tools on the side bar and then select Trustees from the drop down menu.  
Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 


The General Presbyter Search Committee  has met regularly since the summer. During this time, we've been trained by our Synod Executive, Warren Lasanne, on how best to conduct a search; interviewed church leaders and staff; and, created the Ministry Information Form (MIF) describing the position. The MIF was submitted to Leadership Connection, the call system for PC(USA), and the position was advertised in various publications.  We are now pleased to begin reviewing applications for the position of General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore.  Please keep the Committee in your prayers as we continue the search for a new General Presbyter.

NEXT Church is holding a Listening Campaign this fall involving at least
500 Presbyterian leaders to talk about experiences in mission and gain a sense of how those experiences interface with the structures, programs, and efforts of our national and local church structures.   The event will be held locally at 10am on Thursday, Dec. 3 at The Center.  Click NEXT Church.

The 2016 Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference entitled "Giving Not Getting is the Way," will be held Feb. 29-Mar. 2 in San Antonio, TX.  For details, click Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, Dec. 1  - is the deadline for those wishing to be considered by the GA Nominating Committee (GANC) for nomination to one of almost thirty entities to which the GANC makes nominations.  Elected service includes participation on boards, commissions or committees at the General Assembly level. For details, click GANC.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer a number of seasonal events : a Holiday Bereavement Support Group ; an  Advent Wreath Festival ; an  Advent Devotional - A Season for Stories ; a Christmas art exhibit The Heart of Christmas Musical Concert ; Blue Christmas Service  and, Christmas Eve services.  For details, click Woods .

Planning is already underway for the annual Advocacy Training Weekend,  APRIL 15-18, 2016 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:  PCUSA Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day (April 15) and Ecumenical Advocacy Days (April 15-18).  If you have ideas for workshop leaders on this year's focus, Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class, and Power, please contact Susan Krehbiel or to register, just click Advocacy 2016. 

On Dec. 9, the Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host The Reverend Fleming Rutledge, who will speak about her latest book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, at 7 pm on the St. Mary's Seminary & University campus. Tickets (free) required. Details and tickets.

taff Directory

 Mary Gaut
Interim 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
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services