August 28, 2017
Inside this Edition
Order a Gathering Meal for the 876th Gathering on Sept. 14 at Knox PC

Disciple Formation Symposium

Self Development of People Call for Applications. 

Commission on Reconciliation Partnership Dinner 

Havenwood PC Adoption Forum 

Mount Hebron seeks a Christian Educator and a Youth Minister

First & Franklin PC seeks Part-Time Director of Christian Education

Frederick PC seeks Director of Youth Ministry

West Side Story Ministry Group hosts Book Discussion on The End of White Christian America 

Connecting Mission Leaders Conference for Small Churches.

Insurance Board Webinars 

Meetings
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
     
GA-224 Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA)  meets at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 30

Interim Pastors' Group meets at noon on  Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Christ Our King PC in Bel Air.
 
The Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Good Shepherd PC in Joppa.

Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Sept. 6

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Sept. 6

Final Clerk of Session Training for 2017 will be held from 7-8 pm on Saturday, Sept. 16 a First PC of Howard County 

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will be held at 3pm on Wednesday Sept. 20 at Catonsville PC

Administration & Personnel Committees will meet 1-3pm on Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Woodmont Room at Faith PC 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Seeks Help to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

 
Rescue workers and civilians wait for emergency crews in the Meyerland area of Houston. (Credit: Alyssa Schukar, New York Times)

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) seeks your help in the midst of the catastrophe spawned by Hurricane Harvey, which continues to ravage communities along the Texas coastline. Now downgraded to tropical storm status, Harvey remains dangerous as it continues to churn inland into Texas. At this time there are several reported deaths, more than 2,000 people displaced and extensive damage. Weather officials forecast that Harvey will continue to produce heavy rains, with ser ious flooding into the middle of the week.
 
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is in touch with presbyteries in the affected areas of Texas to offer assistance and is ready to deploy a team of workers and resources upon invitation, when it is safe to do so. You can help the PDA bring hope and healing to Texas families impacted by Hurricane Harvey by praying, taking action and offering financial support.

For those who wish to support PDA's emergency response and recovery efforts, gifts can be made to the Presbytery of Baltimore and designated   DR000169-Harvey. You may also Text "PDA" to 20222 to give $10. For updates on Hurricane Harvey, please, click Hurricane Harvey.  And, to learn of other ways you or your congregation can help, click "Act Now" .

Prayer is another way that presbyterians can offer support in the wake of this devastating crisis.  Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Coordinator for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, asks that congregations and presbyteries of PCUSA join in the following prayer to ask for "courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm."

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature's fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding that come.      

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

 

Looking for ideas and inspiration to season and stimulate your church's Disciple Formation ministries?   Take advantage of the opportunity we're providing congregational leaders and youth at a symposium called S haring Sacred Stories - Forming Christ's Disciples The symposium will be held 8:30am to 3pm on Saturday Sept. 30 at First PC Howard County in Columbia. The event offers a rich day of worship, presentations, conversations and a nutritious meal. Early Bird Registration is just $10 before Sept. 1.
Click here to register


In 2016 the Presbytery of Baltimore's Self-Development of People was honored to be able to support four projects.  The Youth Empowerment Summer Camp was a 3 week youth camp in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood, Youth in Business is a youth-led entrepreneurship program at Jubilee Arts, Glenwood Life Recovery Center designed a recovery garden and the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project are a collective of youth gathering to organize the voices of young people in Baltimore.  The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is prepared to establish partnerships in 2017 with groups within the boundaries of the Presbytery of Baltimore who:
  • are oppressed by poverty or social systems,
  • want to take charge of their own lives,
  • have organized or are organizing to do something about their own conditions,
  • have decided that they are going to produce long term changes for their lives or communities,
  • will control the programs they own and will directly benefit from them.
Please visit the Presbytery's SDOP webpage for more information and an application.   The deadline for receipt is Oct. 2, 2017.


The Commission on Reconciliation invites all to a Partnership Dinner from 6-8pm on friday Sept. 15 at the Center 210 W. Madison St. This is an opportunity for fellowship with all of our mission partners: Guatemala, Cuba and the Dakota Presbytery. To RSVP, email Deb Milcarek. Learn more about it here.


Churches
Havenwood Presbyterian Church is hosting a six week forum for all adoptive parents . The forum is sponsored by adoption Connection.  "As adoptive parents we know that what looks like normal behavior may have deeper issues attached . . ."   -TE David Willerup. Click Adoption Forum to learn more.

Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church seeks to fill to positions: a part-time Christian Educator (5 hours per week) for students in pre-school and middle school; and, a part-time Youth Minister (12-15 hours per week). If interested, please contact TE Adrian Pratt.  

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education and Arts for a period of 9 months, 4-6 hours per week/$400 per month to instruct its multi-age children's ministry program. Candidates should possess a mature Christian faith, exhibit a love of learning and the arts, and be a team player.  The start date for this position is Sept. 10. For a detailed job description, call 410.728.5545 or email  information@firstandfranklin.org.

Frederick Presbyterian Church, Frederick, MD Seeks Candidates for Director of Youth Ministry
 This part-time position (12-15 hours weekly) entails planning, coordinating, and implementing youth ministry activities to create a program integrating fellowship, fun, service, and faith exploration.  To apply, click Frederick Presbyterian Church.

As part of an ongoing discussion on Race, Class & Poverty -- the  West Side Story Ministry Group will host a presentation by Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America .  Jones -- a  leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics -- will explore the relationship between religion, demographics and politics of our nation. The event will be held from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The event is open to all.


Other 

The Outreach Foundation Small Church Initiative is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the  Connecting Mission Leaders Conference in Oct. 26-28 in San Antonio, TX. Click Small Church Initiative.

The Insurance Board is offering free webinars to help churches practice safe ministry. The webinar topics include: "Abuse Prevention Self Assessment" , "Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do" and "How to Avoid Background Screening Litigation" . For details click  Insurance Board or contact the representative Linda Senez at 443.345.1055 /  410.409.5154.


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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org 


  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
dmilcarek@baltimorepresbytery.org 
 

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
skrehbiel@baltimorepresbytery.org
  
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator
William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter


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


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff


 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center


Wanda Morgan
Presbytery of Baltimore