March 9, 2015

Inside This Edition 


Presbytery Sponsored Dinner @ Next Church Conference


Symposium on Hunger Alleviation and Food Justice


Morning of Prayer 


Music Fest 2015


2015 Pastors' Retreat


Woods Mem'l PC Domestic Violence Workshop


Biblical Story Telling @ Second PC 


Earth Forum: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay


Catonsville Concert @ 3: "Simple Gifts" Folk-Music Trio


Woods Mem'l PC seeks Interim Music Director


Mt. Hebron seeks a Part Time Youth and Children Leader


Springfield Concert: Ken Kolodner and Elke Baker


Woods' Mem'l PC Choir Concert


Compassion, Peace and Justice Training in Washington, DC


Eastern Region of the Assoc. for Presbyterian Christian Educators


Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery  


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

Commission on Thriving Congregations will meet 6:30pm Tuesday Mar. 17 in the Woodmont Room.


Trustees will meet 10am-12noon on Thursday, Mar. 10



The Leadership Team* Retreat will be held Thursday, Mar. 12 at the Sisters of Notre Dame 6401 N Charles St. with Judy Brown.

*(Cabinet, program staff, MG conveners, COM/CPM committee chairs ).


Gathering Team will meet 1:30pm on Thursday, Mar. 19.

BAD MG will meet on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 7pm at Woods Memorial PC.


Susquehanna Parrish MG will meet from 7-9pm on Thursday Mar. 19 at Franklinville PC.


Wild, Wild West MG will meet 10:30am on Thursday, Mar. 26 at Hancock PC in Washington County.

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

Link to fillable form can also be found at

Seeking Nominees to the General Presbyter Search Committee 


Raising the level of authenticity between what we say we believe and the living out of those beliefs is one of the greatest challenges of our walk with God.  We readily come up with excuses to rationalize our behavior to fit our perceptions of what it means to follow Jesus Christ.  We hear the echo of God who repeats ever so gently into our inconsistent hearts, I want you to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).  As we walk through Lent, we are once again faced with the stark reality of the depth of God's love.  There is no hypocrisy here; no incongruence between Jesus' message and his walk; no truth to the allegations hurtled at his feet.

Our Presbytery has been walking the road of creativity and imagination these last few years struggling with the reality of who we are as a community of faith and who we espouse to be in light of our understanding of God's love.  We have agreed on who we want to be:


  Called to community by God, discipled by Jesus Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, Baltimore Presbytery encourages, challenges and equips our congregations to thrive spiritually and to be 

apostles for reconciliation.


But how do we actually live into this vision?  Reflecting now four-years into our restructuring process we see a few incongruencies we want to alter but we also see progress and that gives us reason to hope.  The Holy Spirit has guided this Presbytery to seek out new ways of relating to each other that heighten our accountability to Jesus' claims on our lives and deepen our desire to keep walking the road of faith as a collective body who says in a loud voice, "We want to be the people we say we are."


The Presbytery has charged the Steering Cabinet to present a slate of nominees for the General Presbyter Search Committee at the May Gathering.  If you feel called to be part of the search process, or if you can suggest someone who you believe might be called, please complete the nominating form and return it by March 31.  What do you envision as the character traits of our next General Presbyter?  What type of leadership does our Presbytery need to take the next step into our vision?


Take a moment and reflect on these two questions.  Make a list if you are so inclined.  Talk to a colleague.  Share your thoughts and then fill out the application form to be part of the team who will continue this dialogue.  The search process for a General Presbyter is similar to the one for a Teaching Elder: pray-market our vacancy-pray-read resumes-pray-grapple with our vision statement-pray-put together the compensation package-pray-interview-pray.  Notice any theme that flows through the process?  It is through the prayers of our Presbytery that we will find the collective courage to listen to the Holy Spirit.  Let's get on our knees!  And while you're down there, find a pen and volunteer to be part of our future.

                                                                                                                                Praying with you,                                                                                                Dr. Renee Mackey, 2015 Moderator

Click here for Application for Nominees to the General Presbyter Search Committee 

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Presbytery  .  .  . and the  Wider Church 


Presbyterians attending NEXT Church conference in Chicago Mar. 16-18 are asked to contact Deb MilcarekThe Presbytery would like to gather folks together for a presbytery sponsored dinner.


The Commission on Reconciliation is convening a Symposium on hunger alleviation and food justice on Wednesday, Mar. 18 for representatives from Presbyterian congregations with hunger ministries, local and state non-profit organizations.  Registration is limited and participants must have direct experience.  For details, email Susan Krehbiel or call 410.433.2012, ext. 151. 

Morning of Prayer -- Saturday, Mar. 21, 9am to 12noon in two locations: 

Join with other leaders from across our presbytery to explore ways we can seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God as we pray together using a variety of spiritual practices. The event will be held at Catonsville Presbyterian Church (1400 Frederick Rd, Balto and Covenant Presbyterian Church (11833 Greenhill Dr., Hagerstown). To RSVP or for questions, email Debbie Schmidt.



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.   





Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will sponsor a free workshop on domestic abuse designed for clergy and lay leaders at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Mar. 10 featuring the Rev. Anne Weatherholt , author of Breaking the Silence: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence (2008) . For details, click Domestic Violence .

Experience the Bible in an ancient way from a biblical storyteller.  Hear Tracy Radosevic recite the Gospel of Mark by heart. Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at Second Presbyterian Church. For details, click Storyteller.


How Do We Restore the Chesapeake Bay? Dr. Beth McGee, the Senior Water Quality Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will present an overview of the science and policy surrounding efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and describe the economic benefits of restoring the Bay.  All are welcome to the Mar. 15 Earth Forum, held from 2-4:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. For details, call 410.730.3545, email; or, view


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Simple Gifts" folk trio.  At 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 22.  The trio of folk musicians plays a variety of ethnic folk styles from lively Irish jigs to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies.  The concert is free.  For details call 410.747.6180.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a qualified Organist and Director of Music for an interim period beginning June 2015. The position requires overall responsibility for planning and execution of the traditional music program. Salaried position.  For details, click Music Interim.


Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Intern Youth & Children's Leader.  This is a year-round salaried position averaging 12-15 hours per week.  A full job description is available at  Contact TE Adrian Pratt  at 410.465.3993 or 


Springfield Presbyterian Church will host a concert featuring Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer among other instruments), and Elke Baker (National Scottish Fiddle Champion- fiddle & violin at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 12.  Ken and Elke have performed together for several years and just released a new joint CD Out of the Wood. Please join us for an afternoon of great music and good food served at a reception following the concert.  Click Springfield for details. 

Come hear the uplifted voices of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Choirs - children, youth and adults and a string quartet - at 7:30pm on Friday, May 1.  Admission is free and childcare is available upon request. For details call 410.647.2550.   A free-will offering will benefit Benevolent Baskets, a local women's back-to-work program, and the Music Ministry of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.




Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC -- on April 17th, Presbyterians from across the country will gather in Washington before the start of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Together, through workshops and plenaries, we will look at issues of Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation and learn how individuals and congregations can make an impact in their community and their nation.  Register Now!


The Eastern Region of the Association for Presbyterian Christian Educators will sponsor a continuing education event in Chambersburg, PA  April 20-22 featuring keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Lib Caldwell discussing "Teaching the Bible to Children (and their Parents)." For details, click EAPCE.


The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore, entitled Mosaic of Peace, will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 25 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church.  The event will feature guest speaker Eva Hendrix-Shovlin, a participant of the Israel Palestine PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace Conference.  Click PWP to register.




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 





Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communications