February 12, 2018
Inside this Edition

Presbyterian Mission Agency Communications Workshop Scheduled 

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

Board of Pension Terms of Call 

Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Grove PC Free Concert

Strangest Things "Teen" Symposium at Central PC

Follow 1st PC of Bel Air in Lenten Series on Gospel of John

Free Blue Hymnals and Gloria  God booklets from Christ Our Anchor PC

Baritone Daniel C.X. Rich in Concert at Faith Presbyterian Church

Interfaith Power & Light" Clean Energy Job Act Advocacy 

Next Church Conference in Baltimore Feb. 26-28

NAPC Conference: "Dragons, Frogs & Other Fairy Tales of Women in Ministry 

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 Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Catonsville PC

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 28

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Feb. 13 at Catonsville PC

Cuba Partnership will meet 7pm Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1st PC, Howard Co.
Praise & Prayer
Please pray for Pastor Ed Terry  who is recuperating at home following knee surgery. Terry shepherds  Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown. Well wishes and cards may be sent to his home at 3914 Falls Run Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.

Join the Lenten Study Series:
The Cross & The Lynching Tree

This Holy Season the African American churches of the Presbytery of Baltimore invite all congregations to participate in a six-week study of The Cross and The Lynching Tree by Dr. James H. Cone. The book explores two of the most powerful symbols in African American history; and, provides an opportunity to reflect on racism and religion - as well as, how these ideals intersect historically.
"The Lenten study on The Cross and The Lynching Tree is a vital dialogue and healing events," said The Rev. Michael L. Moore, one of five church leaders guiding group lessons in the series. "The task is to wrestle with the crucifixion of Jesus and the historical lynching of black bodies [and explore] what it means to our continued struggle around structural racism, poverty and injustice."
The Lenten study is sponsored by Apostles/Disciples of the In the Loop Ministry Group. Participants can purchase The Cross and The Lynching Tree on-line or at a bookstore; however, the study guide is available free for download.
Approximately 30 people have already signed up for the six-week event which begins with a shared meal at 6pm on Ash Wednesday at Knox Presbyterian Church in east Baltimore City and, cycles through Madison and Trinity Presbyterian Churches before concluding on Mar. 22. Now, for the first time, the group is offering participation through Go-To-Meeting for those who want to listen to the presentations and join the discussions by logging in on their computers, tablets or cell phones. The event can be accessed at 6:30pm on Go-To-Meeting by logging in at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/364679613
Please log-In at least 10 minutes early to complete a quick  Computer system check  prior to the event. Participants can also access the Lenten study via telephone by dialing:  (646) 749-3122 followed by the  Access Code: 364-679-613

This is the first year that the African American churches have extended an invitation to other congregations to join them on their Lenten journey.  Rev. Moore said he is eager to explore along with people from different backgrounds what the book's study reveals about our faith, humanity and ongoing struggle around structural racism, poverty and injustice. "We must face it. Unless we do, the gospel will be rendered fraudulent and racial divide will never heal. The Cross and The Lynching Tree is probably the most important conversation we could have on the meaning of the cross," he said.
For questions about the study, please email The Rev. Michael L. Moore.

878th Gathering Highlights

  • Moderator Adrienne Knight, called the 878th Gathering to order at Hunting Ridge PC;
  • Rev. Andrew Foster Connors (Brown Park Ave. PC) delivered the worship sermon;
  • Revs. Kate Foster Connors (The Center) and Tom Harris (Govans PC) celebrating presided over the Celebration of the Lord's Supper and read the names of Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ruling Elders who died during 2017;
  • Catherine Lynch of the Presbyterian Loan and Investment program distributed rebate checks to: Ark &Dove, Catonsville, Christ Our Anchor, First & Franklin, First of Howard County and St. Andrew's churches;
  • Rev. Kate Foster Connors and McKenna Lewellen (The Center) introduced "Hands and Feet," a General Assembly initiative to promote mission in the cities of upcoming General Assemblies;
  • he Presbytery's Self Development of People committee awarded a grant to the United Workers organization;
  • Rev. Rob Hoch(First & Franklin) led Bible Study following lunch;
  • Moderator Adrienne Knight spoke to the Gathering about the 224 Fund effort to raise money for the 224th General Assembly;
  • Presbytery approved Ovt 013, "On Calling for an Immediate Moratorium on All Executions" ;
  • The Presbytery approved the commissioning of Ruling Elder Jay Garvin (Harundale) to administer the Sacraments and perform weddings.

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

You don't have to have a huge budget or a large staff to effectively tell the story of your work inside and outside the church walls. . .

Learn how to create excitement and energy in your congregation by using simple but powerful communications tools. On Saturday, Mar. 10, the 
Presbyterian Mission Agency's Communication Ministry will conduct a  FREE, full-day  COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Workshop materials and lunch will be provided for registered participants.  Space is Limited. To attend, email  Deborah Greene, Director of Communications.  by Feb. 26.

advocacy Announced for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day! Register Today - Space is Limited!
Advocacy Training Weekend , which includes Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day and  Ecumenical Advocacy Days , is scheduled for April 21-24, in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year's conference is
"Confronting Chaos, Forging Community - Racism, Militarism and Materialism." 

Take Note:  Board of Pension dues on Terms of Call form should be calculated at  37% of the effective salary.   Also,  Take Note , Terms of Call for Clergy must be submitted to the Presbytery office.

Need an interest-free loan  for the 2018-19 academic year to complete your college Junior, Senior or Graduate School studies?  The Ruth Gosnell Education Fund, directed by the Springfield Presbyterian Church, provides interest-free loans for those full-time students, regardles s of religion. To learn more, click Ruth Gosnell Education Fund and download an application. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1, 2018


The season of Lent calls us to spend additional time considering our faith and the role it plays in our daily lives. Follow the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air in daily readings from the Gospel of John as they prepare their hearts to celebrate our Risen Lord on Easter Sunday.

30 blue Presbyterian Hymnals and 130 Glory to God sample booklets are available from Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church.  The church's name is on the cover of the hymnals. Delivery available.  Please contact our church office at coa21409@gmail.com

Faith Presbyterian Church presents baritone  Daniel C.X. Rich in concert of music by African American composers at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 23. 
Daniel has performed with several opera companies including the role of Surnani in an operetta commissioned by The Smithsonian and the Sultanate of Oman. He is a graduate of Morgan State, and currently a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. A meet the artist reception will follow.


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 as we gather in Annapolis to put our faith in action and call for more clean energy jobs in Maryland.  Together, we're advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that cares for our communities and Creation by:
  • Requiring half of Maryland's energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. 
  • Funding clean energy workforce development to ensure that our neighbors, particularly women and people of color, prosper in the clean energy economy.
  • Eliminating trash incineration from Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard. RSVP HERE!
What: Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Night
When : 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday, February 19th
Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St

Click here to learn more . . . .

The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen  invites all clergywomen to  Triennial 2018
"Dragons, Frogs, & Other Fairy Tales of Women in  April 23-26, 2018  Montreat Conference Center. Click here to learn more.  

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center