April 13, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


Spring Gathering of Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses


Earth Week Forum: Water Stories from Around the World


Catonsville Concerts at 3: Catonsville High School Steel Band


Morgan and Towson State Universities Trombone Choir Concert at Faith PC 


Savvy Seniors Forum: Planting the Seeds for Downsizing


Life Overlooked: Free Photographic Exhibit on Biodiversity at Maryland PC


Woods Mem'l PC Choral Concert


Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave, Tiffany Concert Series: Organ Recital by James David Christie


Night of Elegance Formal Dance at Cherry Hill Community PC


Donations for The Center


Board of Pensions: National Walk@Lunch Day


Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) Service at St. Mary's Seminary & University



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

The Steering Cabinet will meet from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. 

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a Stewardship Workshop from 9am to noon on Saturday, Apr. 18 at Ark & Dove PC.
Bay Area Disciples MG will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet from 12:30pm-2pm on Thursday, Apr. 16 at First PC of Bel Air.  The Susquehanna Parish MG will also host a communications workshop from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Grove Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen.  Lunch will be provided.

West Side Story MG will host a communication workshop entitled "Ancient Principles, Modern Practices,"  led by communication specialist Sue Washburn, from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday, May 2 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. 

Wild, Wild West MG will host a Habitat for Humanity event in Hagerstown on Saturday, Apr. 18.


Praise & Prayer

Please pray for CRE Ed Terry, pastor of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown, who is undergoing surgery tomorrow.  

Praise God for the ministry of Rev.  Ashley Cheeks, who will be  installed as Associate Pastor for Family Life at Woods Mem'l Presbyterian Church at 4pm on Sunday, Apr. 19. 


"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:"  

1 Peter 4:10







by Catherine Blacka, 

Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Baltimore 


Do you know how many people it takes to fill all of the positions we have on Presbytery committees and commissions?   Each year we need to fill thirty positions that become vacant just because many of those who are serving have come to the end of their three-year terms; and, too, there are always a few other vacancies to fill.   In our Presbytery, we seek to elect Ruling Elders to half of the positions and Teaching Elders to the other half. 


There are currently 22 vacancies across the Presbytery's leadership and administrative bodies.  They include our three commissions: Thriving Congregations, Spiritual Leader Development, and Reconciliation; as well as, various committees such as Personnel, Nominating, Committee on Ministry, Committee on Preparation for Ministry, the Permanent Judicial Commission and the Trustees of the Presbytery.   Additionally, we nominate, in alternate years, a Ruling Elder and then a Teaching Elder to serve as vice-moderator and moderator.  The Presbytery Nominating Committee is responsible for filling most of these positions.  And, in turn, the Steering Cabinet, through its Appointments Committee, finds nominees for Personnel and the Nominating Committee.  


However, each year, members of the Nominating Committee and the Appointments Committee face the same problem - they don't know Ruling Elders from churches other than their own.  Most of those who agree to serve on committees and commissions find volunteering spiritually rewarding, a reverent act of dedication to their church and faith.  However, pressing the same people into
church service year after year can lead to burnout. 


We need new people with new ideas.  People who can share different perspectives on the vision of the Presbytery.  You can help in this effort by volunteering or suggesting the names of Ruling Elders and Teaching Elders to serve on any of the Presbytery's committees or commissions.  We want to fill as many vacant positions as possible by the May 7 Gathering at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown.  The bulk of their work will be done during the next two weeks before the Gathering, so please respond as soon as possible.  


Please send suggestions and inquiries to Catherine Blacka, Stated Clerk or office@baltimorepresbytery.org

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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 art in worship.     


A Spring Gathering for Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses will be held from 10am to noon on Wednesday, May 6. We will gather at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville for friendship, fellowship and a conversation about "A Political Theology of Climate Change".  If you missed our fall gathering, we hope we'll see you in May!  RSVP by Apr. 28 to Bob and Audrey Jewett at  bobandaudrey1915@gmail.com or 410.203.106. 



In celebration of Earth Week, April 19 - 25, 2015 - the Earth Forum of Howard Co, presents Water Stories from Around the World at 2pm on Sunday, Apr. 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia. For details, click Water.


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Catonsville High School Steel Band  in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.  The 20-member band features Caribbean-style steel drums and a rhythm section, with a repertoire spanning reggae to rock to jazz.  The concert is free.  For details call 410.747.6180.    


Faith Presbyterian Church will host a Trombone Choir Concert featuring the Morgan State and Towson University Trombone Choirs at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 19. 


The Savvy Seniors Forum at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, will have a forum on "Planting the Seeds for Downsizing" at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Apr. 21.  Kathleen Douglas will lead discussion about the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual aspects of downsizing.  This forum is perfect for anyone contemplating downsizing for themselves or a family member. Parking and the forum are free.  For details, call 410.647.2550, ext. 131.


Maryland Presbyterian Church invites everyone to "Life Overlooked," a unique exhibition of photographs showing the diversity of life on earth and reinforcing the need to protect even the smallest creatures. The exhibit will be shown from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Apr. 25. Admission is free. Click Biodiversity.

SURPRISE! RENEWAL! SEASON OF SPRING!  Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will host a Choral Concert at 7:30pm on Friday, May 1. Come hear the uplifted voices of Woods' Choirs, a string quartet and enjoy many surprises! Admission is free and childcare is available upon request. For details call 410.647.2550. A free-will offering will benefit Benevolent Baskets, an employment program for women and the Music Ministry of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.


As part of its Tiffany Concert Series, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will host an organ recital featuring James David Christie at 3pm on Sunday, May 3.  For details, click Christie Organ Recital


Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church will host a formal dinner and dance entitled "Night of Elegance," from 6-9pm on Saturday, May 16. Admission is $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple.  For details, click Formal.




The Center needs a few items for its dorm space.  If you think you might have some items to donate, click on this link to see what we need and to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4ba9ab22a02-thecenter1  Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors. 


Walk the Talk: Join Us on National Walk@Lunch Day The Board of Pensions encourages you to take a walk with a neighbor or colleague - or by yourself - at lunchtime on 

Wednesday, Apr. 29, National Walk@Lunch Day
in simple celebration of our health, well-being, and the goodness of life. Connect with others in the larger church community by taking a picture of yourself while you walk at lunch and posting it on the Board's Facebook page ("like" us first, if you haven't already). Click, Walk the Talk.    


On Wednesday, Apr. 22, St. Mary's Seminary & University will host its annual Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) Service at 7pm. The service will be led by Rabbi Nina Cardin, adjunct faculty member, and Dr. Brent Laytham, Dean of the Ecumenical Institute, along with members of their fall 2014 class, "Food and Faith."  For further information, contact St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute of Theology at 410.864.4203 or ei@stmarys.edu, or visit www.stmarys.edu/ei. 


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

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services