November 21, 2016
Inside this Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, Presbytery Holiday Schedule 

Common Ground: Scottish Appalachian Holiday Concert

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook Seeks Church Office Manager

Mt. Hebron seeks Part-time Music Director

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Association of Presbyterian Educators Conference (APCE)

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

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30

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

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

BAD Ministry Group will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Ark & Dove PC.

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

Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $186,099 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $39,901 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

The Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism

Guest speakers The Rev. Dr. Paul T. Roberts Sr. and The Rev. Dr. Debra Mumford delivered rousing speeches on the subject of the Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism at the 873rd Gathering. Here, you can view YouTube videos of each address (approx. 35 minutes).

Maintaining a . . . 

Gen. Presbyter Jackie Taylor 
After experiencing the fervor of the last election, a friend of mi ne said, "We define our lives by events."  I believe it.  I think  we will remember with ultimate clarity what we were doing when the election results came in, or when any major event in our world, nation or personal life occurred.
Thanksgiving is no different.   It is an annual event; one that carries memories and anticipation.  For some people, the holiday brings a ritual like "my sister in law always cooks".  For others, it offers flexibility, like "this year we are dining with friends" or "the holiday is going to be quiet".
So do we need an event in order to give thanks?  The honest answer is yes, I believe we do.  Speaking for myself, I know I have a short memory.  In times of seraphic joy or undeserved abundance, I become temporarily elevated by my perception that God is blessing me.  I talk about it and "testify" to the goodness of the Lord and tell the story over and over.  Then let something go awry and it is a whole different litany and anthem.  I am quick to give lip service to the presence of God during a trial, but wonder why God's "favor" has suddenly evaporated.
I am going to invite you to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day.  Give thanks for the food and fellowship, the quiet, the traditions and anything else you can list in the gratitude journal of your experience. 
Then I would invite you to create another "event" to give thanks!  Somewhere in each of us is a place where we decide how God might be showing up and blessing us in any given situation.  This posture does not preclude sorrow, anxiety, fear and frustration.  In fact, it proclaims God's presence in the center of everything whirling around our lives, nation and world.  Perhaps this peculiar event can even be monthly, weekly or even nightly.  Perhaps our congregations can create this event, not just in the prayer after the doxology!  Perhaps it will even improve our individual and collective memory and allow us to bask in the omnipresence of the Divine, even when times are uncertain.
Just as preparing loads of food and preparing for company is a discipline, so is creating and maintaining a grateful heart.
Happy Thanksgiving.  

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Take Note/Act Now


In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Presbytery's office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and reopen Monday, Nov. 28

. . . from the staff of the Presbytery of Baltimore


Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presents Common Ground on the Hill's Baltimore Concert Series: Walt Michael & Co. Scottish-Appalachian Holiday at 8pm on Friday, Dec. 2.  Explore the musical holiday traditions of Southern Appalachia and Scotland! For details, click Common Ground.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook is seeking a Church Office Manager to assist with the clerical work of the program staff of the church and act as an ambassador for the church in the church office.  This is a part time position, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 12:30pm.  Applications may be submitted to Click here for job description.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City seeks a part-  time music director who can play the organ, piano and direct a choir for a small church with a traditional program -- although the congregation is open to other genres.   Please direct inquiries to Pastor Adrian Pratt.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Director of Missions.  The Interim Director of Missions (IDM) empowers the mission engagement of the whole church working in cooperation with WELCOME and other ministries to ensure that every member has an opportunity to Christian service.  To learn more and apply for the position, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.


The 2017 APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) annual conference entitled "God With Us in the Chaos." will be held Jan. 25-28 in Denver, CO. For details about the event, visit

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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