April 18, 2016
Inside this Edition

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

Transitions Team 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.

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
Faith Presbyterian Church
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of peace
Roland Park
Woods Mem'l

Clerks of Sessions
Annual Review  

You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.   Click here.

Howard County
Thursday, Apr. 21, 7pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

Western Maryland
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock

Anne Arundel
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church, Glen Burnie.

North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson

Harford County
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air

Praise &  Prayer   

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
20th Anniversary

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," 
written by Rick Jones and published on-line by the Presbyterian News Service on April 8, 2016. To learn more, watch Tradition of Welcome on https://vimeo.com/146642258.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   
Something BIG 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 BIG job and it is not too early to begin organizing the Committee on Local Arrangements (the COLA).  Check out the Portland COLA website  http://www.gaportland.com 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  Wanda Morgan.
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 .
MissionInsite has updated its website.  Check out its new, secured log in by clicking here.
The Presbytery of Baltimore has several VBS kits 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 wmorgan@baltimorepresbytery.org by 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 Swann.

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 
www.popchurch.org or call 4 10.721.2313.

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  Glen Burnie.  Cost to members of presbyterian c hurches: $25.  To register, email  Debbie Schmidt Click    Mental Health  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.

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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