March 12, 2018
Inside this Edition

Clerks' Meeting Schedule

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

The Center Volunteer Work Day

Pastors' Retreat: The Person Behind the Pastor.

Bach Concert at First & Franklin PC 

Presentation on Opiod Crisis to include Narcan Demonstration -- Brown Memorial Park Ave. PC

Catonsville Concerts at 3 Presents Brass of Potmomac

Faith Presbyterian Church Presents Shekinah Joy Ravizee and Dr. Samuel Springer in Concert

Considering Going Solar? Towson PC Offers Free Seminar.

Maryland Presbyterian Church seeks an Administrative Assistant

Maryland Presbyterian Church Giving Away File Cabinets

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III Lectures on Higher Education and Society 50 years After Dr. King's Assassination 

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Event

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.)
  • Trustees meet at 9am on Tuesday, Mar. 13
  • Credentials Team meets at 10am on Thursday, May 15
  • Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm on Wednesday, May 21
  • Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 28
  • Commission on Spiritual Leader Development meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 7
  • Baltimore Dakota Partnership meets 7pm, Tuesday, Mar. 13 at Catonsville PC
  • Cuba Partnership meets at 7pm,  Mar. 21 at 1st PC of Howard Co.

The Presbytery's office will be closed Mar. 30 through Apr. 2 in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will reopen for business at 8:30am on Tuesday, Apr 3.

Praise & Prayer
Please continue to pray for Pastor Ed Terry who is recuperating at Northwest Hospital Rehabilitation Center 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.

New Book of Common Worship 

New liturgies and other features reflect a changing church

By Kimberly Bracken Long | Presbyterians Today
Everyone knows that the church is changing. Just how it is changing - and what we will become - is yet to be seen. A changing church needs a worship book that reflects contemporary concerns and offers new liturgies, fresh language and a good deal of flexibility. The revised Book of Common Worship (BCW) will do just that, making room for new ways of being church while staying grounded in the best of Reformed and ecumenical practices.
With a legacy reaching back to 1906, this is the sixth edition of the Book of Common Worship and the first published this century, in keeping with updates to the Glory to God hymnal in 2013 and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Directory of Worship in 2017. The revised BCW offers an approach to worship that reflects how the church is continuing to grow and adapt to 21st century life. Language is more inclusive, less formal, more poetic and less didactic. Prayers are leaner, guidance is clearer and opportunities for shared worship leadership are made apparent.
As a reflection of the Church's multi-cultural leadership, this denominational worship book will include services used by a wide range of communities.  The new BCW offers several services that will allow pastors and other leaders to conduct worship, baptisms, the reception of new members, ordinations, weddings and funerals in English, Spanish and Korean. In addition, pastors and other worship leaders will now have services for use after a natural disaster or an act of violence in the community or the world, along with guidance on gathering for inte-rreligious events. Other new services include a Blessing of the Animals, a service of prayer for the earth and prayers for justice and peace in the neighborhood, nation or world.
The new BCW is also better organized and more user-friendly. Editors have structured the book so that each major section includes brief commentary introducing the service or services in that section, model services and a "sourcebook" of additional liturgical texts that give worship planners and leaders a multitude of options. In addition, the new BCW features a streamlined baptism service with clear instructions regarding options for reaffirmation or confirmation, as well as a unified ordination service that makes clear that deacons, elders and ministers share a common ministry in Christ's name. And, t he new BCW won't just have new words; it also will have a new look. Imaginative artwork by Martha Kelly  will be featured at the beginning of each major section, as well as on the cover of each edition.
Of course, not everything in the 2018 BCW is new. Many well-loved features still have a place in the book. A complete psalter - now in an updated, inclusive version arranged for responsive reading or communal singing - is shared with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prayers for a wide range of occasions and circumstances are included in various places throughout the volume. The funeral service is largely unchanged but includes expanded commentary and more detailed rubrics to help worship leaders with ritual and movement. Many of the liturgical texts for use during the Christian year remain in the revised BCW, along with new options that highlight themes and images of the season.
Three formats of the new BCW will be available in April 2018 - a desk edition ($50), a pastoral edition ($35) and a daily prayer edition ($35) - ensuring that pastors and other church leaders will have everything they need for a variety of services and circumstances.  Plans for electronic resources are also underway, to make it easier for churches to plan collaboratively and to produce custom worship resources. To pre-order copies of the new Book of Common Worship call 1.800.533.4371 or visit  (PCUSA Church Store).

Portions of this article were excerpted from "New Book of Common Worship Coming in 2018" published on-line Jan. 2 by the Presbyterian News Service. 

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

2018 Schedule of Clerks' Meetings

Date   Time  Church  Location  Facilitator
Saturday, Apr. 14 10am Govan PC 5828 York Rd. (21212) M. Gaut
Sunday, Apr. 29 2pm Good Shepherd PC 22 Joppa Farm Rd. (21085) J. Carlson
Thursday, May 17 7pm Harundale PC 1020 Eastway (21060) J. Carlson
Saturday, May 19 10am Hunting Ridge PC 4640 Edmomdson Ave. (21229) J. Carlson
Monday, June 11 7pm FPC of Howard Co. 9325 Presbyterian Circle (21045) M. Gaut
Saturday, June 30 10am Hancock PC 17 East Main St. (21750) M. Gaut

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." 

The Person Behind the Pastor: Who are You When You Are Not Being a Pastor?

Make plans to join your colleagues in ministry Wednesday & Thursday, Apr. 11 & 12 at Bon Secours Retreat Center for 24 hours of personal and spiritual refreshment in a beautiful, inspiring setting. There will be time for spiritual practices, including yoga, walking the Labyrinth, meditation and worship. There will also be Open Space conversations and plenty of time for relaxed conversation with others in ministry. The cost of the retreat is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Debbie Schmidt:

Sponsored by the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series
presents Bach Reflections by the Thirteen, an all-star professional choir, at 7:30pm on Friday, Mar. 16 in the church sanctuary.

Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City, will visit Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church to discuss concrete steps the faith community and wider community can take to alleviate suffering due to the opioid crisis, including reducing the stigma around addiction and treating it as a disease. This free, public event takes place after the morning service at 12:15pm on Sunday,  Mar. 18 in the sanctuary.  The discussion will include a 30-minute talk by Dr. Wen, a d emonstration of how to use naloxone (also known as Narcan)-a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and a question and answer session facilitated by Rev. Andrew Foster Connors.
Catonsville Concerts at 3  presents Brass of the Potomac, a 30-piece, British-style brass band, at 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 18. Comprised of professional musicians from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force bands of the DC area, BOTP provides an enriching variety of musical programming showcasing the highest standards of polished ensemble performance.  This free concert is at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville.  For more info, call 410.747.6180.

Faith Presbyterian Church
Shekinah Joy Ravizee accompanied on piano by Dr. Samuel Springer in concert on March 18 at the church.

For details click here. 

Considering Going Solar?  Retrofit Baltimore, a program of the nonprofit Civic Works, is excited to be hosted by Towson Presbyterian Church for a free, public info session on residential solar power in your community! Considering going solar, and want to learn more about the process? Join us to learn about the basics of residential solar power, the installation process, financial considerations, and how you can receive an exclusive discount off the market price of your solar system through Retrofit Baltimore's Solar Co-op.  
his event will be held 3-4:30pm on Saturday, Mar. 24 at  Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204.  Please RVSP at

Maryland Presbyterian Church is currently seeking an administrative  assistant to begin in April. For details about the position, click here.

Additionally,  Maryland Presbyterian Church has two 4 drawer filing cabinets - free to any church that needs them.  Please call the church office at 410.825.0719 or e-mail the church at if interested. 


"Holding Fast to Dreams: Higher Education & Society 50 Years after Dr. King's Assassination"
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC, will give the Carroll Lecture to mark the  50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King   at 7:30pm on Thursday, Apr. 12 at St. Mary's Seminary & University Laubacher Hall.  Registration required: visit

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is planning an event to be held at the United Lutheran Seminary campus in Gettysburg, PA on April 14. You can find out more about it here: . Although this event is planned by Lutherans, it may be of interest to Presbyterians, as well.
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