May 16, 2016
Inside this Edition

Gathering 224th OGA Hosted
 in Baltimore

Order of the Day

Presbytery Women in the
 Presbytery Newsletter,
Spring Edition

Catonsville Concerts at 3:
 Quintaero: French Chamber
 Music in Concert

Faith PC Block Party

West Side Ministry
Group: Neighborhood Workshop 

Knox seeks a Church Administrator

1st of Cumberland
seeks Director of Music Ministry

1st of Westminster seeks a Director of Christian Education

Charm City Chorus Concert: "Songs of Struggle . . ."

Habitat for Humanity: interfaith in Action 

World Refugee Day - Join the Movement!

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

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, May 25

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 7 

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on May 25

Commission on Thriving Congregations meets at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17 

Cuba Partnership will meet at 2:30pm on Wednesday, May 18 in the library of Hunting Ridge PC

West Side Ministry Group will meet 9:30am to 1pm on Saturday, June 4 at Northminster PC. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 

Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. 

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
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.

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

Prayer & Praise 

Please pray for TE Ron Hankins, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, whose family is in mourning the death of of his father,  Ernest C. Bell, 87 of Somerset, NJ who died May 7 while in hospice in Somerset, NJ.


Please join the Rev.  David C. Harris and the cong regati on
 of First & Franklin
 Presbyteri an Church as they celebrate his retirement and the conclusion of his interim pastorate at a 10:30am worship on Sunday, May 22, followed by a reception.  To RSVP, please call the church at 410.728.5545.

Presbytery Celebrates the Empowerment of Music and Social Justice 
Dr. Mary "Mel" Louise Bringle explains gospel music's vital role in the struggle for social justice in this country and around the world.

Choral music echoed from the rafters of Good Shepherd's sanctuary on Saturday as more than 100 church members came to worship and sing songs of social justice and empowerment during the 871 st Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore. The worship service, entitled "Singing for a Change," was led by Mary "Mel" Louise Bringle, a celebrated hymn writer who chaired the committee to create "Glory to God," the Presbyterian Church USA's new hymnal.

A choir from Good Shepherd sang hymnal favorites such as There is a Balm in Gilead and What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine. They sang soon-to-become favorites, too, such as the Korean inspired Dream On, Dream On and songs sung in remembrance of the Apartheid struggle such as Listen, God is Calling, Freedom is Coming and We are Marching in the Light of God.

For those who have "dreamed dreams of living in harmony and at peace with one another,  songs  have helped to feed their dreams and sustain their hope through times of trouble," Dr. Bringle told the gathering. She explained that many freedom songs are  deeply rooted in biblical imagery and Christian hope; songs such as: Wade in the Water, We Shall not be Moved, Will the Circle be Unbroken, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around and This little Light of Mine.

"Freedom song play a vital role in our struggle,"said Dr, Bringle, quoting civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "They give people new courage and a sense of unity particularly in our most trying times."

The choral music was interspersed with video clips of freedom marches and and excerpts from a book of reflections written by presbytery members about the civil unrest in Baltimore last year.  The book, preliminarily entitled From Hope to Wholeness: A Presbyterian Response to he Unrest In Baltimore in April 2015 , will be published and available for purchase this summer.

During the Stories and Celebrations segment of the Gathering, the Presbytery acknowledged the retirements of Teaching Elders Carol Davis (May 1) and David Harris (June 1). It also recognized the following churches certified as Earth care Congregations for their environmental ministries: Catonsville Presbyterian Church; Churchville Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church of Howard County; Light Street Presbyterian Church; Maryland Presbyterian Church; Towson Presbyterian Church; Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church; and, First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis.
After a noon meal and fellowship with colleagues and friends - members of the presbytery gathered for Decisions and Discernment during which Jack V. Carlson was elected Moderator and Adrienne Knight was elected Vice Moderator. Additionally, Catherine Blacka was elected to serve a  one-year term as the presbytery's Stated Clerk. The presbytery also approved Terms of Call for clergy; elected new commission and committee members; examined Rebecca Crate for ordination and Janna VanderWoude as a candidate for ministry; approved to dissolve Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church in June; and heard an update from the General Presbyter search committee, which soon expects to name a candidate for the position. 

A special meeting is expected to be called this summer in regard to the selection of a new General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore.

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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.     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 next "Order of the Day"  will be held 4pm on Thursday, May 19, at Ryleigh's Oyster (22 Padonia Rd., Hunt Valley). Pastors, join your colleagues in ministry for a refreshing beverage and some good old fashioned fellowship. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and strengthen the ties that bind us together.

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery Spring Newsletter


Faith Presbyterian Church will sponsor a free block party from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday June 1.  For further details, click Block Party

Catonsville Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian of Howard County will join together at 6:30pm pm Thursday, May 26 for a dinner and workshop entitled Engaging in Your Neighborhood: How Your Congregation Can Get to Know Your Neighbors and Get Involved in Your Local Community .   All West Side Story churches are invited to participate.

Knox Presbyterian Church seeks a   Church Administrator . For a job description and salary information.

The First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland seeks a Director of Music Ministry .

The First Presbyterian Church of Westminster seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education. Click here for a job description.


Charm City Labor Chorus -- which includes presbytery member TE Susan Quass -- will perform 7:30pm on  Saturday, May 21 at The Baltimore Museum of Art.  The concert, entitled RISE UP SINGING, will include songs of struggle from labor, civil-rights, global trade, and women. General admission tickets are $15; discounts for BMA members and students. Click here for flyer.

Habitat for Humanity will host "Interfaith in Action," from 10:30am to 4pm on Sunday, Jun 5. Share , listen and learn how to build relationships with people of different faiths as, together with others, you help to build homes for families in need. or details, call 443.297.5245. Click here for flyer.

In the midst of a refugee crisis and with  World Refugee Day approaching on  June 20 , Presbyterians across the U.S. are working to provide a vibrant welcome to refugees, and to encourage our national and local leaders to honor this nation's robust refugee resettlement history Please register for The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) #WeChooseWelcome for Refugees of All Faiths and Nations Strategy Call  at 4pm on Wednesday, May 18 EDT.  

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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