January 17, 2017
Inside this Edition
Meal Registration for the 874th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Elysian Camerata in Concert

Towson PC Seeks an Interim Director of Children's Ministry  

Legislative Discussion at Woods PC on Human Trafficking

Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music and a Director of Youth

Mt. Hebron seeks Music Director 

Churchville seeks Choir Director

Babcock PC seeks Musician/Choir Director

Synod Men's Conference 

Spanish Language & Culture Spring Schedule

Earth Forum at 1st PC of Howard County

Young Adult Volunteers International Placement

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

Nominating Committee  will meet Monday, Jan. 23. at 7:30pm

Steering Cabinet  at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

In the Loop Ministry Group will next meet at 6pm on T uesday, Feb. 28 at Light Street PC

Uptown Metro Pastors' Lunch will be held at 12oon at One World Cafe on Thursday, Jan. 19

Cuba Encuentro Orientations will be held 10am on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Cuba Partnership will meet 2pm Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Hunting Ridge PC
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II

PCUSA Stated Clerk Challenges Us to 'Live Like Jesus'
"Now What" Event Draws Crowd to  
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service

"The challenge of the Church is to get in trouble . . . any church that is not in trouble is not doing the work of Jesus," The Rev. Dr. Herbert J. Nelson II, Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church USA, told listeners gathered in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Faith Presbyterian Church in Northeast Baltimore.

Nearly 150 people turned out yesterday to participate in "Now What?," an event organized by the Presbytery of Baltimore's Apostles & Disciples group with support from the Commission on Reconciliation.  The day was spent in worship celebrating the legacy of the slain civil rights leader, as well as, reflecting on where we [the Church] go from here - chaos or community - given the current social and economic discord in our nation.

Rev. Nelson encouraged those gathered to live their lives like Jesus, Rev. King, Gandhi and others who helped forge social, political and economic change. In times of turmoil, these prophetic leaders challenged the powers and principalities of an unjust society at the risk of losing their own lives.  "If the Church is to be called to a prophetic resurrection in this period then we are going to have to live that same kind of life and be willing to take risk for more than just ourselves," urged Rev. Nelson. 

"And, if that's not the life we're living then we're not living like Jesus," he added.

After the keynote address, participants broke into groups to discuss issues of racism, community activism and changes to address injustices within our own churches. The small group settings offered a safe space for all to share stories of brokenness, hurt, fear, hope and healing.  The group discussions also provided some with the rare opportunity to become more aware of their own prejudices or "unconscious biases" of people different from themselves.  At the close of the event, participants encircled the church sanctuary, hand in hand, and sang of the Holy Spirit, hope and peace in days to come.

If you want to learn more about the work of the Presbytery's Apostles and Disciples group through your church, email Susan Krehbiel  or Michael Moore .

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

The 874th Gathering of The Presbytery of Baltimore will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton.  Participants are encouraged to register early for a gathering meal. Meal registration will be available at 12noon on Wednesday, Jan. 19,2017 Look for a special email or go to the Presbytery's website at www.baltimorepresbytery.org.

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop in Guatemala: Evangelism and Discipleship to Marginalized CommunitiesClick here to learn more.  


Towson Presbyterian Church seeks and
Interim Director of Children's Ministry . To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click Towson .  If interested, contact lenorechapman@verizon.net

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend an address by State Delegate Meagan C. Simonaire at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Ms. Simonaire will talk about legislation to safeguard victims of sexual trafficking.

Also, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a vibrant and dynamic Director of Contemporary Music to work with the church's praise band, which performs at the 11am Sunday service and participates in weekly practice sessions. For details, click Woods. The church also seeks a  Director of Youth and Their Families. Click here for the job description.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church has an opening for Music Director.  This is a part-time position encompassing organ, piano and choir director skills.  We are a small church with a traditional choir program, and are open to many other genres as well.  Our congregation loves and appreciates good music.  We have a gorgeous two-manual Allen organ and a fabulous Steinway M grand piano.  Please direct inquiries to Rev. Adrian Pratt.
Seeking a Choir Director. Churchville Presbyterian Church seeks a musically-talented person with experience leading choirs in religious music. If interested, please contact Dr. Stephen R. Melton at 410.734.7344 or email Pastor@churchvillepc.org.
Babcock Presbyterian Church seeks an organist/pianist and choir director for its 11am service. Please contact Babcock Church at 410.825.3314 or email  office@babcockpc.org.

Executive Director Position available (Half Time Position) The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), a community of Christian organizations that advocates for environmental, racial, social and economic justice, seeks a chief executive officer. Click here for details.

The Synod Men's Conference -- entitled "What Does the Lord Require" -- will be held July 14-16 at the Massasnetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. To register on-line visit : www.midatlanticmen.org.

Spanish Language and Culture Spring 2017 Class Schedule.

Earth Forum .  The upcoming topic is focused on Ellicott City, Md.--"Following the Flood: Shaping the Future and the Waterways of Ellicott City."  Community leaders James Robey, Mark Richmond, and Phillip Nichols will share their perspectives and insights as they present "The Ellicott City Flood: A Six-Month Status Report."  Refreshments, information tables, and three workshops will fill out the program that will be held on Jan. 15th (2 - 4:30 pm) at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.  The program is free and open to all interested persons. Childcare provided for infants and toddlers. Contact earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call 410.730.3545.


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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services