February 2, 2015

Inside This Edition 


866th Presbytery Gathering 


Healthy Boundaries 


Presbytery Career Opportunity


2015 Pastors' Retreat


The Center Opportunity  


Mt Paran PC 300th Anniversary Music Celebration


Catonsville Concerts at 3: US Army Field Band 


Springfield PC Classical Concert


Earth Forum: 2015 Environmental Update


Woods Mem'l PC Come & Follow Youth Fundraiser


First & Franklin PC Spire Series: Violinist Kurt Nikkanen


Joan Howe Pastel Landscapes on Exhibition at Woods Gallery 


Springfield PC Ruth Gosnell Fund


Woods Mem'l seeks Organist 


Christ Our King seeks Director of



Prince of Peace PC seeks Director of Christian Education


Advocacy Training Weekend: Breaking the Chains


The Center: Adult Mission Trip Opportunity




Volunteers Needed for 

APCE Conference 

Feb. 4-7 at

 Baltimore's Waterfront!





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


Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Woodmont Room.


Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30pm.


Administration meets Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 11am to 1pm.


Investment Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3pm.


BAD will meet again on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9am to 3:30pm for a workshop and review of the Hispanic Ministry Report.  Members planning to attend, please RSVP to dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org.


Susquehanna Parish MG meets 12:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 19 for lunch at 1st PC of Bel Air.


Wild, Wild West MG will meet Thursday, Feb. 26. Location TBA.







Shared Ministry Pledge
Submit your Session's 2015 Shared Ministry Pledge On-Line. . .

Link to fillable form can also be found at www.baltimorepresbytery.org

APCE Volunteers Needed! 

Hospitality Volunteers Needed! 


 The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event is being held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Feb. 4-7. The local committee needs your help welcoming over 700 participants to our city. Consider volunteering at our local table for a few hours, helping participants get where they need to go and explore the fun Baltimore has to offer, and get a glimpse of what APCE is all about while you're at it. 

Volunteer Sign-Ups are online http://vols.pt/3CEikJ


Want to attend APCE as a participant? It's not too late to register for a day, or the whole event. Learn more at www.apcenet.org. For more information, contact local committee co-chair Elizabeth Milford


Please pray for . . . 

. . . from the desk of the 
 Transitional General Presbyter


This has and continues to be a challenging time for my family. Today in Des Moines, Iowa our daughter Laura is undergoing a biopsy of a tumor on her spine. My wife, Linda, is at the hospital today with Laura and her husband. The tumor was first identified this past Thursday. I currently have a flight out of Baltimore tomorrow evening. Unless we receive amazingly good news from the initial read of the biopsy or I need to make other arrangements, I will be in Des Moines until my scheduled return flight on Tuesday morning Feb. 10.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.



Next Church Baltimore-Washington Regional Gathering


What dream do you have for God's kingdom in your local community? Affordable housing for seniors? An innovative youth-leaders network? Robust campus ministry? These are the kinds of ideas that will be explored by church leaders attending Next Church regional gatherings popping up all around the country in the next few months.   The regional gatherings - which surround Next Church's national conference in Chicago, Mar. 16-18 -- provide opportunities for church leaders to connect with others in the denomination through shared mission actions and innovative ministries.


As part of the regional discussions, Presbyterian Church leaders in the Baltimore-Washington area are invited to attend a gathering entitled Boldness for Today: Stories Worth Sharing, from 9:30am to 3:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. Keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. David Lose,  President of
 Rev. Dr. David Lose
The Lutheran Theological Seminary, 
will focus on "moving past the perfectionism and fear of failure that so often prevents us from taking the first step."  The group will also share stories of where God is already boldly at work and reflect on what boldness might look like within our own church communities.  The fee is $25 and includes lunch.   Click here to register for the Baltimore-Washington Next Church Regional Gathering: Boldness for Today: Stories Worth Sharing.


Next Church is a reformation movement for the church. While honoring and celebrating the past, the Spirit is calling a new church into being. The church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. Throughout our denomination, creative leaders are developing new ministries that embody the gospel in fresh ways, serving Christ, and speaking a transforming word to contemporary culture. By connecting with one another and building networks of congregations with shared mission callings, we can expand the impact of these ministries beyond anything any one congregation can accomplish alone.


"Next Church is about inspiring, developing, and supporting leaders in the church who recognize that changes in our culture and in our church require new ways of leading.  I always come back from a Next Church gathering inspired, encouraged, and challenged to take new risks, try new organizational pathways, and lean into the Spirit's leading with more vigor and joy," said TE Andrew Foster Connors, pastor of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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Presbytery .  .  . and the Wider Church 



The 866th Gathering of the Presbytery entitled, "New Worshipping Communities" will be held 9am-4pm on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.  Click Gathering to read the itinerary and register for a meal



Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and Certified Christian Educators are invited to attend the "Healthy Boundaries" training program from 9:15am to 4pm on Feb. 26 at Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS), 956 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204 (located opposite Goucher College, inside the beltway  (410.4949.7161).  The program and lunch cost $65.  Payments is required in advance; register on the Baltimore Presbytery website.  Registration deadline:  February 20, 2015.  For more information contact Terrence Alspaugh, chairperson,  Sexual Misconduct Response Team (SMRT) Committee.  REGISTER HERE




Career Opportunity: The Presbytery seeks a Director of Finance. This is a full time, exempt position offering a salary commensurate with education, skill and experience.  Click Dir. of Finance to read the position description.  Please send resumes to applydiroffinance@baltimorepresbytery.org.

Save the date!  The 2015 Pastors' Retreat will be held at Bon Secours Retreat Center from Wednesday Apr. 22 to Thursday Apr. 23.  Our featured presenter, TE Theresa Cho (Saint John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco) will discuss how to integrate the arts in worship.  


The Center, a partnership of the Presbytery of Baltimore, is seeking applications for weekend and overnight program staff. Work will be on a contract basis, and as needed throughout the year. For more information or to apply, click here. Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors or click here to read the announcement.





Join the West Side Story Ministry Group in honoring Mt. Paran Presbytery Church's 300th Anniversary, starting with a Music Celebration at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 6.


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents The Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band in concert at 3pm on Feb. 8.  The Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the U.S. Army Field Band, and has performed to audiences of all ages around the world.  The concert is free, and no tickets are required.  For more info, call 410.747.6180. 


Springfield Presbyterian Church will host a classical concert at 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 8 featuring Walter Todenhoft, Clarinet and Carrie Ferguson.  The duo will works by Claude Debussy, Ralph V. Williams, Percy Grainger and several other composers. Reception following the concert.  A free-will offering benefiting the concert series will be collected. 


The next Earth Forum will be held at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. Come, be a part of the discussion, as the panelists--environmental professionals and leaders--share the highlights and results of their work in 2014 and their plans for 2015. The Earth Forum is free. Email earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call 410.730.3545.  See us at www.earthforumhc.org.


Come celebrate and support what God is doing in and through the lives of our young people at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church's Come and Follow 2015 program at the Youth and Their Families Ministry from 6-8pm on Saturday, Feb. 21.  This fundraiser for youth is a plain good time with great food, live music, a photo boot and countless auction items and plenty of ways to help raise our goal of over $30,000.  For details, click Youth.


The Spire Series, sponsored by First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, presents solo violinist Kurt Nikkanen, in an all-Bach concert at 8pm on Friday, Mar. 6. A Meet-the-Artist reception will follow the performance.  Tickets are $20 General Admission; $10 for students.  For details, click Nikkanen. 


Seaside dunes, vineyards, fields of flowers and verdant woods are some of the subjects depicted in Portrayals of Life, Light and Color, an exhibit of landscapes in pastel and oil by local artist Joan Howe, which is on display in the gallery of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park now through Feb. 15. Call Nancy Saarlas at 410.647.0135 for gallery hours.

Springfield Presbyterian Church's Ruth Gosnell Education Fund provides interest-free loans to full-time college juniors, seniors and graduate school candidates for the 2015-16 academic year.  Regardless of religion, all applicants will be given impartial consideration; and repayment of the interest-free loan does not start until 6 months after graduation.  Click Gosnell for an application.  Applications must be received by March 1, 2015 at the Springfield Presbyterian Church.  For questions call the church office at 410.795.6152.


ORGANIST needed at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. Interim position starting immediately. Contact musicministry@woodschurch.org or call the church office at 410.647.2550.

Director of Music Ministry - Full Time for Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air, MD  Great opportunity to lead an established music program in an active church.  This could be the best church job you'll ever have!   Please submit your resume for consideration to: dmmsearch@christourking.net.


Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education.   The ideal person for this 20-hour a week job will be warm, outgoing Christian who loves children and has experience both in managing educational programming and in teaching. A full job description is available at www.popchurch.org. Contact Rev. Elizabeth McLean at 410.721.2313 if interested.




Register Now! Advocacy Training Weekend Apr. 17-20, 2015

Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation PC(USA) Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day  - Apr. 17 Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Apr. 17-20.

Adult mission trip opportunity  This summer, from July 11-18, The Center will offer a week-long mission experience exclusively for adults. Partnering with Ashland Presbyterian Church, this hands-on mission will focus on the Habitat for Humanity restoration on McCabe Ave. in East Baltimore. Participants must be at least 18 years. Opportunities include overnight or day-only mission experiences.  Interested? Contact The Center's director, Rev. Kate Foster Connors.



taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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


Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events & Services  wmorgan@baltimorepresbytery.org 





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications