September 21, 2015
Inside this Edition
Healthy Boundaries  
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings & BSO OrchKids at BMPA

Paul McKenna Scottish/Celtic Band at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

"Julian Norwich" Portrayal at First & Franklin PC

Granite PC Blessing of the Animals & Bluegrass Vespers Service
Catonsville PC Concerts at 3: Jazz to Ragtime

Springfield PC Concert
Light Street PC Fall Community Yard Sale

Light Street PC Federal Hill Farmers' Market

Cuban Tenor Francisco Alonso Diaz Performs at Faith PC
Cross-Cultural Learning at New Life Korean PC
Woods Mem'l PC New Counseling Groups
Madison Ave. PC Bull Roast 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook Seeks Organist/Choir Director

Free Hymnals from 1st PC of Bel Air

Being the Church in the City Summit 

N.T. Wright Lecture 

The Center Seeks Part Time Administrative
PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 
Reconciliation Commission will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23

Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30pm.

Committee on Ministry  will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7


Guatemala Partnership will conduct a meeting via SKYPE at 8am on Tuesday, Sept. 22

Cuba Partnership will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at in the Woodmont RM of faith PC

Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps (BDLC) will meet 7pm Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Catonsville PC


BAD Ministry Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6pm at Ark & Dove PC

Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group will meet 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Fallston PC 

Retiree Luncheon will be held 11:30am on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Matthew's 1600 in Catonsville

Healthy Boundaries 
certification will be held on Oct. 1 & Oct. 29 at Central PC.

Interim Pastors will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Hope PC
Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for Craig Palmer, the former Interim General Presbyter, and his family following the death of his daughter, Laura Scott Grimes, 50, who succumbed to cancer over the weekend. Her death notice can be found here


Praise God for the 300th Anniversary of Mt. Paran PC celebrated this month and the 160th Anniversary of Grace PC, which will be celebrated in October. 


Please pray for the Presbytery's new leaders:
James Parks
Jack Carlson

Per Capita 
On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Presbytery of Baltimore approved the 2016 Per Capita as follows:

Presbytery $25.78
Synod $  7.12
GA $    .80

Total:  $33.70 

Per Capita dollars make it possible for us to govern ourselves.  Per Capita apportionment is based on the member-ship of the church on Jan. 1 of the prior year.  The apportionment rate is derived by dividing the total budget by the total membership, after adjusting for interest income and utilization of reserves from the prior year.

The Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Syrian refugees seeking asylum gather at the Turkish border. AP Photo

by Susan Krehbiel,
Director of Congregational Advocacy

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Baltimore Presbytery,
As some of you know, last September, I accepted a part-time position with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) as the Catalyst for Refugees and Asylum.   PDA is the office of the national PC(USA) responsible for carrying out the General Assembly mandates related to refugee and asylum ministries - on behalf of congregations as well as equipping and supporting local congregational response. 
Below you will find information about how you can help Syrian refugees through the Peace & Global Witness Offering (which replaces the earlier Peacemaking Offering).  The vast majority of Syrian refugees are in the Middle East and Europe: over 2 million in Turkey, 1 million in Lebanon and more than 600,000 in Jordan; Germany is expected to receive almost 1 million this year.  The US has resettled fewer than 2,000 Syrians since the war began.
For a quick overview of the Syrian situation and US refugee resettlement, please see, "Syrian Refugee Crisis and Presbyterian Response"   provided by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.   And read on for information about a Special Offering to support the Syrian refugees:

Part of this year's Peace & Global Witness Offering will be used to support Syrians displaced by violence. In order to help you interpret this work in your congregation, the Office of Special Offerings has provided a minute for mission and bulletin insert specifically lifting up these efforts. These materials can be accessed  here.

In addition, if your congregation is so moved by the tragedy of the Syrian crisis, the 25 percent of this offering that is traditionally retained by the congregation can be contributed to our shared witness to Christ's peace among Syrians displaced by violence by including it when you remit your gift.
During this Season of Peace, the Syrian refugee crisis has provided a striking example of the need for Christ's peace in the world. If you need additional information or materials for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, call 800.524.2612 or  email.

Susan Krehbiel
Please pray erfully consider how your church can respond to the largest refugee crisis since World War II.  Or, in solidarity with them, be a place of welcome for refugees of other nationalities who are already coming to the United States as refugees and asylum seekers.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings will speak about "Building Baltimore's Future," preceded by a short BSO OrchKids performance  at 3pm on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill. A donation of $15 ($5 students) is suggested to attend this Tiffany Series event. or details, call 410.523.1542 or visit .

Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC hosts The Paul McKenna Band, award-winning Scottish/Celtic musicians from Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, presented by Common Ground on the Hill at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2.

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series presents Linda Loving in a compelling one-woman portrayal of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century spiritual figure described by Thomas Merton as the "greatest theologian for our time" at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 2 at the church.  For details, Click Loving

Granite Presbyterian Church will be holding a Blessing of the Animals service at 1pm on Sunday, Oct. 4 .  The service will be held on the grounds of the church at 10637 Old Court Rd.For details, contact Frank Owens at  Additionally, at 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 22, Granite's congregation will hold a  Bluegrass Vespers Service  featuring the Carroll County Ramblers.  Food and refreshments will be sold during intermission.  

Catonsville Concerts at 3  is kicking off its 17th season of presenting free, live musical concerts in the Catonsville community!  Please join us at Catonsville Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 when we present the eclectic jazz, ragtime, Dixieland and swing sounds of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. For details, call 410.747.6180.

At 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 11 -- Springfield Presbyterian Church will host pianist  Yu-Hsuan Liao and Saxophonist Jeremy P. Koch in the second performance  of its annual concert series.  For details, Click Springfield.

Light Street Presbyterian Church will also host its annual Fall Community Yard Sale from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 17.  DONATE your unwanted  h ousewares (NO used clothing ,please!); VOLUNTEER to sort and  price items; R ENT a space for $25 ; and, SHOP for some real  bargains while supporting  the church's mission.  For details, call t he church office a t 410.539.0125 or email .

Faith Presbyterian Church is pleased to present the highly acclaimed Cuban tenor, Francisco Alonso Diaz, in concert at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 18.  Mr. Diaz is the artistic director of the Lyric Theater Company in Pinar Del, Rio, Cuba.

Light Street Presbyterian Church's Session has approved plans to host a weekly Farmer's Market in Federal Hill.  Plans for the Federal Hill Farmers'Market include hosting 6-12 vendors weekly throughout the year. The market will open on Saturdays, from 2:30 - 5pm, beginning Oct. 24.

Would you enjoy serving and learning cross-culturally this fall?   New Life Korean Presbyterian Church on Rolling Road has a group of younger, engaged English-speaking members who meet weekly Sunday afternoons. For a couple of months this fall, the group would welcome some help with leadership and facilitation.  To learn more about this opportunity, contact Rev. Jeong Han, New Life's pastor, at 410.744.5711.  

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church's Counseling and Care Center is pleased to offer three new fall group classes to support families in the process of a divorce or bereavement.  These groups will be facilitated by Aaryn Frick, LCSW-C, la state licensed therapist. Click Woods Counseling

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Bull Roast from 2-6pm on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave in Baltimore. Donation - $55 per person.  For details, click Bull Roast

Brown Memorial Woodbrook is see king an Organist/Choir Director for one weekly service and one weekly choir rehearsal preceded by a handbell rehearsal.  For more information please contact  Alex Short,   or 410.323.6519.

The First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air has 200 copies of the The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) available to any church or organization who would like them. If interested, contact TE Richard Link.

St. Mary's Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host N.T. Wright in a lecture about The Puzzles of the Cross: Ancient Texts, Contemporary Challenge from 7:30pm-9pm on Wednesday.  Click here for details.

The Center ( ) is seeking a part-time worker to help with administration and logistics - 10 hours/week for 6 months at $15/hour; work can be done from home.  If interested, please submit a resume to Miss Good at  Deadline to apply is Sept. 21.

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 a at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County . Read about this event and other PWP news in the fall edition of PresbyTiding s.

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Presbytery's Clergy Care Team encourages all congregations to recognize their pastors in some way during October . Some ideas can be found here:

taff Directory

 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