April 9, 2018
Inside this Edition

Register for a Gathering Meal for the 879th Gathering

Clerks' Meeting Schedule

Earth Forum Eventsw at Howard County PC:
  • Ann Mudd of Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Follow the River
Organist Carol Williams in Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk Ave 

The Center has Two Weeks of Summer Openings for Groups!

A World Uprooted: Advocacy Training 

Father-Son Duo Ken and Brad Kolodner featured in Old Time Folk Music Concert at Springfield PC

Grace PC Hosting Crab Feast. Get Discount Tickets Now!

Trinity Women's Day Service Featuring Gen. Presbyter Jackie Taylor

Light Street PC seeks a Communications Director 

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

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

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.
  • COLA meets at 10am   Wednesday, Apr. 18 
  • Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at Catonsville PC
  • CPM meets at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 18
  • GA Commissioners meet at 10am on Thursday, Apr. 19
  • Steering Cabinet meets at 1pm on Wednesday Apr. 25
  • Reconciliation meets a 6:30pm on Wednesday, Apr. 25
  • Spiritual Leader Development  meets at 1pm on Wednesday, May 2
  • Committee on Ministry meets at 2pm on Wednesday, May 2

Stitch & Patch

An Exhibit of Fine Quilts and Needlepoint

Stitch & Patch, a cozy collection of block patterned  quilts and delicate needlepoint work, is on exhibit through the end of April at the Presbytery of Baltimore's gallery.  Nearly a half-dozen quilts machine stitched together with mis-matched patterned cloth in vibrant earth tones currently hang along the Presbytery's hallway - seemingly, beckoning passersby to snuggle up in their layers of warmth. At the end of the hall, the corner of a rust-colored, bed-sized quilt is invitingly turned down to reveal the exquisite, contrasting detail on both top and bottom coverings. Other quilt work on display differ in size and shape, ranging from a 3 by 3 foot teal wall hanging adorned with pink and lilac buds to a chartreuse, eight-point star table runner that nearly reaches from the floor to the ceiling.

Hanging alongside the quilts is an assortment of framed needlepoint work depict featuring scenes of lighthouses or cheerful, homey images like wild flowers, animals, spices and stacked teacups. Some of the framed needlework display quaint musings that inspire onlookers to grin and smile.

Stitch & Patch chronicles Catherine Blacka's passion for craft work, which was inspired by the household linens and clothing her mother and grandmother made and gifted to family members. Catherine also began quilting as a young mother and homemaker. "It was lonely being at home, so I began quilting as a creative outlet," she explained. "I made my first quilt for a niece who was graduating high school and then another one for the next niece who was graduating, and the next and the next." explained Catherine, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.

During a lengthy career as a NASA computer scientist and, most recently, serving two terms as the Presbytery's Stated Clerk, Catherine enjoyed quilting and needlepoint as great way to relax. Now retired alongside her husband, Ed - Catherine's life is less stressful. She now serves as Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County and still enjoys quilting and needle-pointing for pleasure. Catherine approaches each quilt and needlepoint with the methodical patience of a researcher, experimenting with fabric, color combinations and patterns with a vision in mind but no particular time-frame for its outcome. Her stunning handiwork adorns nearly every room of her Columbia home, as well as the houses of her adult children, family and friends.

"My only problem now," said Catherine, "is that I am running out of places to hang them and people to give them to."   

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

Sunday, Apr. 15th at 2pm -- Earth Forum will focus on Howard County's connection to the Chesapeake Bay. The guest speaker will be Anna Mudd who is the Outreach and Advocacy Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She will speak about the efforts to restore the Bay and its surrounding rivers and stream.  The Earth Forum is hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD and is a free program open to all interested persons. Contact  earthforum@firstpreshc.org  or call 410.730.3545.

And, t here's still time to participate in FOLLOWING THE RIVER! Earth Forum is going outside and we'd like to have you join us! Use the link below to sign up for activities so you can earn your LEAVES!   The Earth Forum has a brand new project, "Following the River from Howard County to the Chesapeake Bay," funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Trust.   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48aaad2fa5fa7-follow OR sign up at the LEAVES table at the April 15th Earth Forum.

Carol Williams, the distinguished British-born organist who achieved "rock star" status as San Diego Civic Organist and whose performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" on the organ's pedals has become a cult favorite, will present a Tiffany Series concert at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 15 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1320 Park Avenue.  This concert is co-sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the AGO. A reception will follow the event. For details, click BrownDowntown.

The Center has a couple of weeks that are still open for Summer 2018
We're opening two weeks for local youth to do a week of day trips. The first will be July 16-20 in Annapolis at the STAIR Literacy Camp. The second will be July 30-August 3 in Baltimore at the Woodbourne McCabe VBS. Members of the Center's staff will be on site each day to lead a devotion and debrief, and to serve alongside volunteers. It'll be a great way for young people to learn and serve in their city (and maybe complete school service hour requirements). Please help us spread the word! Contact McKenna Lewellen for details.

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." 



Ken and Brad Kolodner
, a dynamic father-son duo  will take center sage at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 15 in a concert of old time music at Springfield Presbyterian Church. The folk music concert features instruments like the hammered dulcimer, fiddles and banjos
For details, click Old Time Music.

Grace Presbyterian Church is hosting a Crab Feast on July 28 but discount tickets now available for $35 if purchased by April 15, 2018. (The regular price of a ticket is $55.) For additional information call the church, 410.466.4000.

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a special Women's Day service entitled "Celebrating the Gifts of Women: Faithful Women are God's Witness" at 11am on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature General Presbyter, The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline E. Taylor, as guest speaker.    

Light Street Presbyterian Church is currently seeking a part-time Communications Director to manage communication across a number of different platforms (printed materials, website, and social media).  If interested, please click here to review the job description


"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

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