October 26, 2015
Inside this Edition
Leadership Conference & 869th Gathering

Healthy Boundaries    

Beyond Bluegrass Concert at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Woodbrook Players: Rebel Yells at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Knox PC 85th Anniversary Banquet

Chestnut Grove PC Seeks Part Time Music Director  

Self-Development of People 

PWP Fall Gathering  

Compassion & Choices Video Viewing

Triennium 2016

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

Committee on Ministry Leadership Team 
will meet 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 4


Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30pm.

Reconciliation Commission will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28


Healthy Boundaries  
certification will be held on Oct. 29 at Central PC.

Cuba Partnership will meet 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 4

Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held from noon to 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Hope PC. 
Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for the following churches who are actively seeking a new pastor: Christ Our King PC; First & Franklin PC; Havenwood PC; and, Springfield PC.


Please also pray for the following ministries in transition: TE Bill Sitterley as he leaves Northminster PC to serve as interim at Maryland PC; TE Randy Clayton, who joins the Presbytery to serve as pastor of Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC; TE Jeffrey Kim, who joins the Presbytery to serve as pastor of Glen Burnie Korean PC; and, CRE John Brewington who was commissioned yesterday as pastor of Lochearn PC.


And, please pray for Judi Forrester as she continues her work with the Presbytery's finances; TE Harry Cahill (Babcock PC) as he mourns the death of his brother; and TE Terry (Woods Mem'l PC) and Brenda Schoener as they cope with her ongoing medical condition.

Resources & Tips 
The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015 - CAQ

Clerks of Session, t he CAQ 2015 is now available!
The address for the web based survey is: https://caq2015.pcusa.org.  

The deadline
 to complete the survey is Nov. 16, 2015  


Commissioners Nominated for 222nd General Assembly in Portland, OR

by Catherine Blacka, Stated Clerk 

In keeping with the Manual of Operations, the Presbytery of Baltimore announces its slate of nominees for Commissioner to the 222nd General Assembly meeting to be held June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, OR. The 2014 General Assembly moved the date for reporting commissioners to a General Assembly from 120 days to 180 days before the Assembly. That means that we must elect our four commissioners, two Teaching Elders, two Ruling elders and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate at our Nov. 14 Gathering, following the Leadership Conference on Race, Class and Poverty.
The Nominating Committee has worked diligently to find nominees that represent the diversity within our presbytery. They have, according to the rules in our Manual, nominated one person for each position and are still looking for several alternates. Serving as a commissioner to the General Assembly is an honor, but it is also a lot of work -- and, ultimately, extremely rewarding. Months before the General Assembly officially begins, each commissioner will be assigned to a particular committee and will be bombarded with information --  pros and cons -- for each issue that the committee will be acting upon or recommending to the General Assembly.

Once in Portland, the commissioners will begin working in the assigned committee for the first few days and then they will meet in plenary sessions to act on the recommendations from other committees. In addition to engaging in the work of the Church, there are also wonderful opportunities for worship and fellowship with so so many other Presbyterians from across the nation. The Presbytery of Baltimore's nominees for PC(USA)'s 222nd General Assembly of the are:

Merrit Schatz

TE Merritt Schatz
has served as pastor of Grove Presbyterian Church for five year; she has over 31 years in the pastorate at four churches.  TE Schatz has also served eight years as a member of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She currently serves the Presbytery as vice chair of the Committee on Ministry as well as a convener of the Transitions Team.
Mark Hanna.

TE Mark Hanna has served as pastor of Roland Park Presbyterian Church since 2007.  As a member of the Presbytery, TE Hana has assumed an active role in the leadership of the Personnel Committee, former Peace and Justice ministry and Clergy Care Committee.

Anita Bishop Johnson

Anita Bishop Johnson is a Commissioned Ruling Elder for Living Faith Fellowship. She has served six years on Committee on Ministry and was formerly a convener for the West Side Story Ministry Group.
Guy Moody

Guy Moody has served as a Ruling Elder of St. John United Methodist/Presbyterian Church for nearly 30 years. He has served on Session twice and chaired multiple church committees. He is also a co-convener of the West Side Story Ministry Group and a member of the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development.

Hannah Tennies
Hannah Tennies, the nominee for Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD), is a member of Roland Park Presbyterian Church where she served as a deaconess, liturgist, head usher, choir member, Sunday school teacher and volunteer for various church events.  She enjoys being a part of the life of the church and seeks to grow her faith and leadership abilities while giving back to the community. 

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Friday, Nov. 6 -- Beyond Bluegrass: Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondin Klein in Concert at Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC , presented by Common Ground on the Hill. Renowned veteran bluegrass musicians expand into Americana, folk and jazz.  Get ticket information here
The Woodbrook Players of Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC present the Baltimore premiere of Rebel Yells by Steve Warren Nov. 7-12. A tale of the last days of the Civil War at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Get ticket information here.  

Knox Presbyterian Church will host its  85th Anniversary Banquet at the  Hilton Inn at White Marsh from 5pm to 9pm on  Sunday, Nov. 15 featuring guest speakers  TE  Michael Moore (Knox) and TE  Tanya Wade (Grace). Admission is $50 per person.  To obtain tickets, call 410.385.0900 .

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church , in Phoenix, Md., is searching for a half-time Director of Music . Ours is a "blended" service of contemporary and traditional music. Adult and bell choirs. Send inquiries to  harold.piper@gmail.com .


Applying for a Self-Development of People (SDOP) grant is now as easy as 1-2-3. Everything you need to know about the application process is on the presbytery's website. Click SDOP. 

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County . Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of PresbyTiding s.

On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1 - 4pm - Compassion & Choices Baltimore is hosting a free screening of the HBO film, How To Die In Oregon at The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue in  Baltimore. Discussion will follow this emotional issue and proposed legislation in Maryland.  The Presbytery has not taken a public policy position on end of life assistance.  For details, click Compassion and Choice.

taff Directory

 Mary Gaut
Interim 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
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services