February 8, 2016
Inside this Edition
Overtures for the 870th Gathering

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Jubilee Fund Scholarships

Guatemalan Mission Trip 

Earth Forum: Where the Climate Change Hits the Hardest," a lecture at 1st PC of Howard Co.

Grant Assistance for Churches Damaged in Blizzard

Presbytery seeks a B ook-keeper

Irish vespers at Granite PC

Harundale seeks a Childcare Assistan

ICJS: "Imaging Justice in Baltimore: A Christian Perspective

ELG Prayer Breakfast

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

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Feb 10.

Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The General Presbyter Nominating Committee   will meet 9:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday Feb. 17.

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Feb 9.

Cuba Partnership will meet a 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the congregations who have already sent in your Shared Ministry Pledges for 2016.  We have received pledges from 20 congregations so far and are 36% of the way toward reaching our goal of $225,000 in Shared Ministry funding.    

Our goal this year is for all of our congregations to participate and we believe it can happen.  Even if your congregation is only able to contribute a small amount you can do something to be part of supporting our collective mission.  Be part of the "team" this year and send in your shared ministry pledge. 

Christ Our King
First & Franklin
First - Annapolis
First - Bel Air
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge
Light Street
Prince of Peace
Roland Park

The Presbytery is eliminating
its resource library and offering books free to anyone who would like them. Please contact Wanda Morgan to make an appointment to review them. 

The season of Lent leads up to the most holy of Christian days, Easter Sunday.  In observance of the Lenten season, the Spiritual Leader Development Commission will offer brief meditations and reflections each Wednesday on the presbytery's website as a way for you to incorporate time for personal reflection during the holiday.

The first reflection available for viewing on Feb. 10 , Ash Wednesday, focuses on scripture from Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and features Amy Carlson, Director of Christian Formation and Congregational life at Second Presbyterian Church Join us each week as we celebrate the season with prayer, meditation, reflection and devotion. 

by TE Deborah McEachran,
Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church

From three sides of Leakin Park --- the congregations of Dickey Memorial, Trinity and Hunting Ridge Presbyterian churches are building ties by offering several shared Lenten opportunities.  During this season of reflection and prayer, we will face the justice, violence, racial and economic issues troubling our city.  From different neighborhoods, different racial and cultural backgrounds, and different age groups, we will look for ways we might be bridge builders instead of wall builders in West Baltimore.   
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, we will provide a fresh online devotional experience each Tuesday during Lent, exploring different prayer practices.  Lent Online  will be prepared by TE Jennifer Barchi, TE Ron Hankins and TE Deborah McEachran with music support from Craig
Sparks, Director of Music at Hunting Ridge.  You can find Lent Online  at www.huntingridgechurch.org.  Each church will post a link on their own Facebook page to Lent Online.  Join us!  Take time when you can to stop and explore prayer practices like the examen, walking prayer, dialogue prayer, self-examination, etc.  Like and share Lent Online  with your friends and family.
The three congregations are also forming three Lenten small groups with hopes of having members of each congregation in each group.  Groups will be facilitated by the three pastors, one at Dickey Memorial on Sundays at 12:30pm, one in the home of a ruling elder at Hunting Ridge on Tuesdays at 7pm, and one via conference call.

TE Ron Hankins, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, in partnership with Hunting Ridge Presbyterian and Dicky Memorial Presbyterian Churches, will host a conference call Lenten Bible study series on the following dates:  
1pm Thursday Feb. 18 
1pm Thursday Feb. 25 
1pm Thursday Mar. 3
  1pm Thursday Mar. 10
1pm Thursday Mar. 17
All Bible studies will be hosted via  Freeconferencecall.com  641.715.3580
Access code 388729#.  Please call Ron Hankins at 
443.939.1513 if you wish to register and participate. Please leave your name, church affiliation, contact phone number and email.

The small groups will dig deeper into the prayer practice of the week, enable honest dialogue with one another and share together in prayer.   The three West Baltimore congregations will also share together in worship on Good Friday at Dickey Memorial Presbyterian.   May we all be open to what God will show us this Lent.

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Overtures for the 870th Gathering 

On Thursday, the Presbytery will vote on several important overtures, some of which uplift our year-long calling to address Race, Class & Poverty:
Click here to view the overtures.
Click here to read supporting document, "Facing Racism: a Vision of the Beloved Community"  (1999)

David Lamotte --  award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville. 
Registration begins Wednesday, Feb.10  @ www.baltimorepresbytery.org.

The Synod of Mid-Atlantic's Jubilee Fund is offering $2,500 Scholarships in four categories to congregations seeking to: (1) recruit African American clergy; (2) develop African American Christian education; (3) develop African American Congregational leadership; and, enhance African American youth ministry.  The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016.  For details, call Ledonia Kimball at 410.448.9164 or  visit:   http://www.synatlantic.org/funding/jubilee-trust-fund/ org.

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP - Join others from the Presbytery on an intercultural encounter April 11-16. Learn about the work of CEDEPCA, the presbytery's mission partner in Guatemala, and experience first-hand the diverse culture of this country. The cost is $1500, with scholarship help available. Registration and $500 deposit are due Feb. 19. Click here for details.
EARTH FORUM:  First Presbyterian Church of Howard County 
will host Dr. Gaye Burpee, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods for Latin America Catholic Relief Services, during a presentation entitled, "Where Climate Change Hits the Hardest," at 2pm on  Sunday, Feb. 21. Click here for details.

Churches who have sustained weather-related damage to buildings or property during the 2016 blizzard may be eligible for up to $7500 in financial assistance (repair grant) from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance . For details, contact the Presbytery at 410.433.2012.

Presbytery of Baltimore seeks a part time bookkeeper to work under the supervision of the Financial Administrator managing payroll, accounts payable and receivable, bank and investment reconciliations and related administrative functions.  Pleasant working conditions with free parking. Opportunity for some work to be done from home.  Competitive wages.   For full job description please contact the Presbytery at office@baltimorepresbytery.org or 410.433.2012.


Granite Presbyterian Church will be holding an Irish Music Vespers on Sunday, February 21 at 5pm.  This event will feature the music of Rigadoo with Shawn Cassady.  Granite Church is located at 10637 Old Court Rd. in Woodstock.  For more information please contact Frank Owens at fjowens@hotmail.com.

Harundale Presbyterian Church seeks a nursery/childcare assistant for our Sunday morning worship service (10 am - noon). Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Elizabeth Milford by Feb.22.  For details, click Harundale.


The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies will host  "Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Christian Perspective"
p resented by Dr. Robert Franklin, a scholar and Director of the Religion Department at The Chautauqua Institution at 7pm on 
Thursday, Feb. 11 at the  Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. 

Ecumenical Leaders Group of Maryland
will sponsor a
Prayer Breakfast for Clean Energy
in support of the 
MD Clean Energy Jobs Act and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act .

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 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