March 14, 2016
Inside this Edition

Lenten Season Reflections

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Mission Summit 2016

Earth Forum: Enough, Too Much and Not Enough

Discussion on Immigration at Woods Mem'l PC

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Ashland PC seeks a Christian Educator

Maryland PC Offering Free Lectern

Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore 

"Playology- Experiencing God through the Art of Play" at National Capital Presbytery

HopeSprings seeks an Administrative Coordinator

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

Administration will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Mar. 15.

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Apr. 5.

Commission on Thriving Congregations on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 2pm.

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 30.

Cuba Partnership will meet a 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

Prayer & Praise 
Please pray for the family of
Rev. Robert Shaffer
Rev. Robert K. Shaffer, 88,   who died Saturday after a long illness while in hospice. Rev. Shaffer served as pastor of Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Timonium from 1962 to 1976. Funeral services for Rev. Shafer will be held at 10am Thursday, Mar. 17 at Havenwood PC.  


Also, please pray for the family of the  Rev. Michael John O'Brien , 64, who died Mar. 4 after a brief illness at a hospital in Massachusetts.  Rev. O'Brien served as an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. from 2000 to 2004. He resided in Massachussetts with his family. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen. 
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission.

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Mental Health Training
Take the course, save a
life, strengthen your community.
Mental Health First Aid  Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016  8:30am-
5pm a  Harundale Presbyterian Church in
Glen Burnie, MD
Cost to members of presbyterian c hurches: $25. 
To register, email D. Schmidt.
Click Mental Health to learn more about this event. 

 by   Deb Milcarek, 
       Commission on Reconciliation

Self-Development of People in Baltimore (SDOP)
The offering from One Great Hour of Sharing is divided among three different ministries:  Presbyterian Hunger Program (PDA), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), and Self-Development of People (SDOP).
Self-Development of People is a unique program of PC(USA) that was developed in 1970 to work toward the self-development of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who own, control and benefit directly from projects that promote long-term change in their lives and communities.  A portion of these funds is directed back to Presbyteries for local projects.  In existence for several years, the Presbytery of Baltimore SDOP Committee has awarded many grants to groups who meet the criteria set forth by the SDOP mandate of empowerment.
In 2015 three groups whose work is centered in West Baltimore were awarded SDOP grants at the February Presbytery Gathering. 
1)       Youth in Business is an offshoot of the Jubilee Arts project with which you may be familiar.  Kids have been painting murals all over the city.  YIB is a group of kids that have formed to learn strategies for marketing and selling the creations that they make which includes tee shirts, ceramic mugs and flower pots.   ($4000)
2)       Baltimore Youth Organizing Project is a group of young people ages 14-24 who are developing a collective voice in Baltimore City.  They will be using community organizing trainings and meetings to push the agenda that they feel is important.  At their last meeting they had 84 young folks attend and are sponsoring a meeting with all of the mayoral candidates. ($4000)
3)      Touch of Class Cleaning:  This group of low-wage workers and returning citizens have banded together to form a company that cleans homes in foreclosure and clean outs for demolitions.  We funded them in 2010 to get started and with our remaining funds in 2015 we decided to assist with the hiring of a CPA to help them navigate the process of acquiring minority-owned business status to open the door to many more government contracts.  ($900)
While your giving supports the national Self-Development of People, you can see how programs locally are also benefiting from One Great Hour of Sharing.  Help us to keep this Ministry alive by generously giving to OGHS this Easter season!

Special Offerings

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the Church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need here and around the world. Most congregations receive "OGHS" on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday or both; while many others receive it throughout Lent.  If your church has not participated in a while please consider giving in this Holy Season.

Learn how your congregation can help sustain PC(USA) ministries and programs like One Great Hour of Sharing Offering; or, share ways that your church promotes Special Offerings. C
ontact Adrienne Knight, volunteer ambassador with the PC(USA) Special Offerings Leader Support Network at Adrienne.Knight@

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

Wat ch the "Remember, God Is Doing A New Thing"  on  Isaiah 43:21-26  with TE Michael Moore, pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church.  

David Lamotte  at Clergy Retreat 2016 -- award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville. Register here now!

The Commission on Reconciliation invites you to attend Mission Summit 2016 from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. For details, click Mission Summit 2016 .


is the focus for the Mar. 20 Earth Forum with Rabbi Cardin and Rebecca Rehr, environmental activists. Program starts at 2 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia. Join in the discussion as our guests  explain the problems of excessive consumption patterns and too little public awareness on climate-degraded communities in Maryland. Refreshments, information tables, and Emphasis/Action groups are provided. Additional information at or call 410.730.3545.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a discussion from 5-8pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 about the refugee crises around the world. The event, sponsored by The Adult Education and Missions Ministry, will include a viewing of "Salam (Hello) Neighbor."  Click Salam  for details.

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau or 410.830.9988.

Ashland Presbyterian Church seeks a Director of Christian Education.  You can read the job description by clicking Ashland.

Maryland Presbyterian Church has a wooden lectern. All items are free to any church.  Interested? Call the church office at  410.825.0719.  


The Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore  will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 2 at  Catonsville Presbyterian Church.  This year's event entitled "Hope & Change," will feature a guest speaker from  Hope Works Domestic Violence Center. To register, click PWP.

The Youth Workers Group  of the National Capital Presbytery  is hosting a one day workshop on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9am-4pm called "Playology - Experiencing God Through the Art of Play!" Click for flyer  or registration .

HopeSprings, an organization dedicated to serving those with HIV and AIDS, seeks an Administrative Coordinator to work with volunteers.  To learn more about this position click, HopeSprings.

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 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