March 28, 2016
Inside this Edition

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Mission Summit 2016

Clerks' Meeting at Susquehanna Parish MG Event

Presbyterian Stewardship Seminar at Knox PC

Refugee Crisis & Resettlement" at Woods Mem'l PC

LGBT Choral in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave. PC

Jazz Vespers at Granite features Trumpeter, Dr. John R. Lamkin II

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Organist Frederick Swann in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave. PC

Mental Health First Aid Workshop 

Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore 

The Center Needs Volunteer Maintenance Workers  for Spring Cleaning and Upkeep

ICJS: Imagining Justice in Baltimore Lecture 

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

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 30.

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 20

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Apr. 5.

Commission on Thriving Congregations on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 2pm.

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 30.

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
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Mission Crossroads: Transcending Divides

Read about Bill and Bonnie Clarke's years of dedication and mission work with the Presbytery of Baltimore's Guatemalan Partnership on p. 19 of the Spring 2016 edition of Mission Crossroads Mission Crossroads   is a three-times-a-year magazine focused on the worldwide work of the PC(USA). 

Creating a Culture of Generosity

by Deb Milcarek, 
Associate for Reconciliation & Ministry Group Coach
"Is your congregation's approach to stewardship stuck in a rut?" 

"Do you long for your church's members to enjoy the spiritual rewards of a generous life?"

Orlanda Carr
These are some of the questions posed by Orlanda Carr, Foundation Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation.  If you answered "yes" to either of them, please plan to join Orlanda as he presents a stewardship seminar at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Knox has generously invited any congregation within the Presbytery of Baltimore to join them for this event.

The Presbyterian Foundation and the Board of Pensions have collaborated to create this interactive seminar designed to help you move your church from a traditional stewardship campaign to building a year-round spiritually-based culture of generosity.   You will  walk  away  from  this seminar with ideas on organizing  your generosity/ stewardship leadership  group, communicating with the different generations that  exist  in your congregation, integrating all aspects  of  your church into  the life of generosity, and teaching the spirituality of generosity. Be prepared  to evaluate  your current program, and walk  away with a new  excitement and energy  about generosity for the future of your church.

Take advantage of this opportunity to participate by attending or sending a representative from your congregation! The cost of the seminar is $10 and Knox is providing a continental breakfast.  There is no charge for members of the In The Loop Ministry Group.

Register your church's stewardship chair, clerk or treasurer now for this one-time event by clicking Culture of Generosity.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

David Lamotte  at Clergy Retreat 2016 -- award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville.  View the Retreat Schedule and Register now!     

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 .

The first Clerks' Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Susquehanna Parish Ministry Group meeting at 4:30pm on Apr. 10 at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.


Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a discussion from 5-8pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 about the refugee crises around the world. The event, sponsored by The Adult Education and Missions Ministry, will include a viewing of "Salam (Hello) Neighbor."  Click Salam  for details.

LGBT CHORAL CELEBRATION. The Tiffany Series at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill is hosting an LGBT Choral Celebration at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 featuring Baltimore's New Wave Singers; Potomac Fever, the D.C. Gay Men's Chorus' "tight harmony" ensemble; and Philadelphia's SheWho, a women's ensemble.  A free reception will follow the event. Tickets $15 ($5 students) at  Click LGBT Choral for flyer.

Granite Presbyterian Church will feature Dr. John R. Lamkin II, renowned Baltimore Jazz trumpet player at its Jazz Vespers from 5-7pm on Sunday, Apr, 17.  Dr. Lamkin - the recipient of the 2014 Jazz Heroes Award by the Jazz Journalists Association - current directs bands and coordinates music education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He has performed as a soloist, with his sacred jazz quintet and as a guest conductor at churches throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. For more information, contact Frank Owens at  

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Baltimore Choral Arts Society with "Choral Gems" at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 17 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The concert is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.  For details, call 410.747.6180

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau or 410.830.9988.

Renowned organist Frederick Swann will present a recital on Sunday, Apr.24 at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, sponsored by The Tiffany Series.  Free reception following the concert.  Tickets $15 ($5 students) at . Click Swann for details.

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 Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore  will be held from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, Apr. 2 at  Catonsville Presbyterian Church.  This year's event entitled "Hope & Change," will feature a guest speaker from  Hope Works Domestic Violence Center. To register, click PWP.

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. 

IMAGINING JUSTICE IN BALTIMORE: The Institute for Islamic Christian and Jewish Studies presents "Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective" at its Manekin-Clark Lecture at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Click ICJS  for details.

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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