224th OGA Hosted in Baltimore
Mission Summit 2016
MissionInsite Log In
Light Street PC Spring Rereat
Frederick Swann In Concert at Brown Memorial Park Avenue PC
Prince of Peace Annual Book Sale to Benefit Mission
Creating A Culture of Generosity Stewardship Seminar
Mental Health First Aid Workshop
The Center Needs Volunteer Maintenance Workers for Spring Cleaning and Upkeep
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 20
Committee on Ministry
will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21
Gathering Team will meet Thursday, Apr. 28 at 1pm
will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.
Commission on Spiritual Leader Development
will meet at 10am on Tuesday, May 3
Committee on Reconciliation
will meet at 6pm on Thursday, Apr. 28
The Bay Area Disciples MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Ark and Dove PC.
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
Faith Presbyterian Church
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
Prince of peace
Clerks of Sessions
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.
Thursday, Apr. 21, 7pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church,
North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air
Please pray for the family of The Rev. Dr. George M. Landes, Sr. who died April 7 in Allentown, PA. He was 87 years old. Rev. Landes served as assistant pastor of Govans Presbyterian Church, alongside The Rev. Dr. Lloyd Ice, from 1953 to 1956. A Memorial service was held Saturday for the pastor. To read more, click Rev. Landes.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Celebrates
L-R: Alonza Washington, Bob Houser, Rick Turner, Bill Neely and Jim Kirk - original members of the team known as PDAT - cut a cake commemorating the 20th anniversary of the PDA National Response Team
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance agency was founded 20 years ago by a handful of dedicated church leaders responding - then, mostly -- to victims and survivors of hurricane. In early-April, more than 100 members from the
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
National Response Team gathered in St. Louis MO for their annual meeting and an anniversary celebration.
The agency now provides aid to survivors and victims of natural and manmade disasters - both national and internationally. Its efforts include providing assistance to refugees, flooding in southern states, wildfires along the pacific west coast; as well as the water crisis in Flint Michigan and gun violence in our communities.
The Rev. Alonza Washington, one of the founding team members, said that it's rewarding to see how PDA has grown into a ministry of presence. "Now the vast need of volunteers has grown and PDA and the National Response Team has responded to the call. It's not if a disaster will happen, but when," said Washington. "We cover the whole spectrum and continue to provide this ministry like no one else can."
Susan Krehbiel, the Presbytery's Director of Congregational Advocacy, also works for PDA's refugee ministries and took part in the agency's training April 7-11. "As a PDA staff person, one of the highlights of the year for me is spending time with the National Response Team at their annual meeting," Susan said.
"I enjoy working with this dedicated group of Presbyterian volunteers to develop new ways that we can work with Presbyteries and Synods, supporting and equipping their local congregations in their ministries with refugees and asylum seekers. There is a great multiplying effect that happens when we have national volunteers supporting local volunteers that is truly inspirational."
The National Response Team consists of 96 members with an additional group of volunteers. In times of natural or human caused disasters, team members are deployed to areas of need to meet with presbyteries and churches, view damage or impact, and make final reports and recommendations to PDA for future assistance. The teams also lead trainings including compassion fatigue training for pastors and care providers.
Rick Turner, Associate for Domestic Disaster Response with PDA, said the "training is important because we may go to areas that are not always safe. You have to be prepared and trained because teams will interact with people who have been severely impacted by the loss of property and/or loved ones," he said.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is supported by your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing.
This article was adapted from, "
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance commemorates 20 years of service,"
Presbytery . . . and the Wider Church
is coming to Baltimore in four years: The
224 PCUSA General Assembly!
The bi-annual assembly will bring thousands of Presbyterians to Baltimore and it is OUR job to be the "hosts with the most," providing hospitality, arranging transportation, gathering the hundreds of volunteers needed, offering side trips to local and regional attractions . . . you get the picture.
This is a
and it is not too early to begin organizing the Committee on Local Arrangements (the COLA). Check out the Portland COLA website
to get a sense of what we will be doing four years from now.
The GA offices provide plenty of resourcing and guidance and, as the time draws closer, staff support. But it won't happen without US, the members of Baltimore Presbytery. If YOU are interested or if you know someone you think might be good, especially those with great organizational skills and creative planners, please email your name and contact information to
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
MissionInsite has updated its website. Check out its new, secured log in by clicking here.
The Presbytery of Baltimore
available for free:
Quest for Truth, Camp Edge, Jerusalem Marketplace, and Cosmic City. If you would like to have one or all, please contact Wanda Morgan at the Presbytery Office 410-433-2012 or
April 25, 2016.
The theme of Light Street Presbyterian Church's Spring Retreat is "Food, Fellowship & Faith." Using the Federal Hill Farmers Market as a springboard, we will examine issues of food sustainability and justice in Baltimore City, and how we can address them as individuals and as a congregation. The retreat will begin 3pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 and conclude 2:30pm on Sunday, Apr. 24. THE RETREAT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. To learn more, click Spring Retreat.
Legendary organist Frederick Swann
will present a recital at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 24, 2016 at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in the Bolton Hill. To learn more about this event, click
Prince of Peace's Used Book and Media Sale is back!
On Friday, Apr. 29 from 6 - 9pm and Saturday, Apr. 30 from 8am - 2pm, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church will host its
annual book sale to support mission and other church projects. Our sanctuary will be filled with thousands of books , DVDs and CDs. Saturday's sale runs in conjunction with a Bake Sale and Crofton's Festival on the Green next door. For details, visit
Do you long for your church's members to enjoy the spiritual rewards of a generous life?
On Saturday, Apr. 30 -- the Presbyterian Foundation and the Board of Pensions will sponsor a seminar designed to move your church toward a spiritually based culture of generosity. This stewardship event will be held 8:30am to 1:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church. Learn more or click Generosity to register.
Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.
Mental Health First Aid Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am-
5pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church in
Cost to members of presbyterian c
To register, email
to learn more about this event.
The Center needs skilled and unskilled volunteers to help repair and paint ceilings, clean light fixtures, install shelves and towel racks, sand and repaint window sills, and other tasks. We have scheduled three maintenance days in late April. Come h
elp us prepare for a busy summer as youth and adults from around the country come to partner with churches in our Presbytery for transformational mission in Christ's name. Sign up here.