February 6, 2017
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Planning for 2020 PC(USA General Assembly

874th Gathering: A Vision for Everyone. . .
  • Book of Order Amendments 
  • Meal Registration
The Center:
  • Program Coordinator Vacancy
  • Search for new Building Facility
  • Summer Camp
  • Seeking Interns
Jazz Trio Concert at Springfield PC

Earth Forum on Climate Resilience Techniques at 1st PC of Howard Co.

Catonsville Concerts at 3

Making Your Gardens and Vegetables Bay-Wise at Towson PC  

Legislative Discussion at Woods PC on Human Trafficking

Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music and a Director of Youth

Earth Action Weekend

Synod Men's Conference 

Spanish Language & Culture Spring Schedule

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

874 Gathering will be held 9am-4pm Thursday, feb 9 at Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton.

Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Feb. 15

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm at Catonsville PC 

Committee on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Commission Reconciliation meets meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership meets at  7pm on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

In the Loop Ministry Group will next meet at 6pm on T uesday, Feb. 28 at Light Street PC

Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for the care and safety of the 28 members of the Presbytery of Baltimore who are traveling to Sancti Spiritus, Cuba Feb. 10-17 to attend the Cuban Encuentro.

Light Houses & Landscapes
John "Jack" V. Carlson Oil Paintings on Exhibit at Presbytery of Baltimore Gallery 

                                                 Provincetown Lighthouse by Jack Carlson
Most folks look forward to retirement, spending leisurely days doing just as they like --  or, absolutely, nothing at all.  For retired minister John "Jack" V. Carlson, time now is better spent in a secluded corner of the basement of his Harford County home reviving a long-lived passion for painting. 

"Lighthouses and Landscapes," now on exhibit at the Presbytery of Baltimore's gallery, features 19 paintings by Rev. Carlson. The paintings capture t ranquil landscapes, majestic lighthouses and other still-life subjects in oil paint on canvas -- many of them completed in only the last few years. An enthusiast of various art forms, Rev. Carlson said he enjoyed drawing as a youth and even took a few courses in college.  But a fter answering a call to  ministry, the work of the church became the minister's focus; although, he continued to sing in chorales, write books and play the guitar. After serving 42 years in the pastorate -- the last 13 spent shepherding the congregation of Highland Presbyterian Church in Harfor d County
Autumn Road by Jack Carlson
-- Rev. Carlson retired.

"As I was contemplating what I might do in my retirement somewhere along the line it came to me: painting. I didn't hear any voices or anything but this is one of the times that you might think that the spirit is nudging you. So I signed up for an oil painting class at Harford Community College and found that I had at least enough ability to keep going . . . who knew?"

Rev. Carlson contends that painting has an inherent sense of  spirituality that provides a form of self-ministry .   "I tend to be pretty intense and often impatient, eager to get things done. Oil painting forces you to be patient. You can't hurry it or you'll ruin it. And, if you make a mistake you can redo it, paint over it - there's also a lot of forgiveness there," Rev. Carlson explained.

Now Rev. Carlson spends several days a week painting in his basement studio, dubbed his "man cave." He paints with subtle, muted tones that show well in scenes of
Hurricane Arthur  by Jack Carlson
landscapes, forest paths, waterways, flower collages and lighthouses - statuesque figures that feature prominently in the exhibit. Rev. Carlson said he is drawn to the compelling images of lighthouses and has visited a number of sites along the East Coast.  "They're functional as well as beautiful," he said. "They carry a sense that somebody's out there looking out for you. I think it's the symbolism of light houses as a point of hope -- a light in the dark, dangerous night."

Of all his paintings, Rev. Carlson said his favorite is always the one he is working on. "I think that's what I really find reassuring about painting, that you produce something that's going to last. As long as someone cares enough about it to hang it up somewhere, it will always be there to enjoy."

"Lighthouses and Landscapes" by John "Jack" V. Carlson will be featured at the Presbytery of Baltimore's Art Gallery through April 2017.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

Still four years away -- the 2020 PC(USA) General Assembly's Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) has begun strategic planning for the event which will be hosted by the Presbytery Baltimore.  This prestigious event will draw thousands of Presbyterians from across the nation and world; and provide us with the unique opportunity to showcase our wonderful churches and ministries.

Your talents, time, treasures -- and, connections -- are needed to make this event a success. In particular, are you or do you know anyone in your church who is connected to the travel/tourism industry in Baltimore who could help in our planning? COLA is also seeking to fill vacancies on various committees. Please review the committee descriptions and email Carrie Burris-Finch to express your interest in serving.   

Further details will be available at a later date on the Presbytery's website.

The Presbytery of Baltimore will vote on amendments to the Book of Order at the 874th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore entitled "A Vision for Everyone. . .," to be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton.   Click Gathering.

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop in Guatemala: Evangelism and Discipleship to Marginalized CommunitiesClick here to learn more.  

  • The Center is looking for a Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. For a full description and instructions for how to apply, click here. 
  •  The Center is seeking a new building to house its dormitory facility. Requirements:  +/- 5,000 square feet, with minimum 12-15 overnight parking spaces, in Baltimore city. Email  Kate Foster Connors. 
  • Is your congregation involved in a neighborhood ministry that offers summer camp for children in your neighborhood? The Center invites you to gather with other congregations who run summer camps as a part of their local mission, to share lunch, tips and ideas on Thursday, Mar. 2 from 12-2 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church. Please RSVP Wanda Morgan. Lunch will be provided.
  • The Center has openings for 3 summer interns to help lead summer mission weeks.  A job description and information about this paid internship are available on The Center's website www.thecenterbaltimore.org  

Look for details on events and activities later this week on the Presbytery's website

Springfield Presbyterian Church's next FREE concert will feature the j azz trio of Seth Kibel, Sean Lane and Bob Abbott at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 12. Refreshments to follow. For details, visit www.springfield-church.org or call Linda Caviglia at 410.746.1221.

Catonsville Concerts at 3
presents an afternoon of mainstream jazz by the Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band  at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church . The event is free and open to the public.  For more info, call 410.747.6180.

Earth Forum on Climate Resilience Techniques,  2pm on Sunday, Feb. 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.  Dr. Wayne Higgins, a climate scientist and favorite speaker at the Earth Forum, will discuss how we build the capacity to understand and respond to climate variability.  Earth Forum is open to is a free, public event. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers. Call 410.730.3545 for clickhere for details.

FREE Workshop - How to Make Your Yard and Vegetable Gardens - Bay-Wise! Saturday from 10am-noon on Feb. 25 at Towson Presbyterian Church Master Gardeners will explain the Bay-Wise certification program.  Learn ways  to make the landscaping around your home not only beautiful, but "bay-friendly".   Discussion of similar bay-friendly strategies for your VEGETABLE garden too.  RSVP or for more info. Call 410.823.6500 or email   tpc@towsonpres.org.  

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend an address by State Delegate Meagan C. Simonaire at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Ms. Simonaire will talk about legislation to safeguard victims of sexual trafficking.

The Synod Men's Conference  -- entitled "What Does the Lord Require" -- will be held July 14-16 at the Massasnetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. To register on-line visit : www.midatlanticmen.org .

Spanish Language and Culture Spring 2017 Class Schedule.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services