September 18, 2017
Inside this Edition
Discernment & Decisions Update

Connecting the Dots" Apostles & Disciples Workshp

Stewardship Kaleidoscope Scholarships Still Available!

Disciple Formation Symposium

Self Development of People Call for Applications. 

Guatemala Partnership Winter Trip 2018

Dickey Memorial PC Spaghetti Dinner and Auction 

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

First and Franklin PC presents Pianist Paul Bisaccia in a Concert of George Gershwin Music

Catonsville PC seeks a Church Sexton 

Free Blue Hymnals offered by Faith PC

More Church Leaders/ Strong Church Leaders Conference 

Interfaith State Legislative Review

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Commission on Reconciliation  meets at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 27

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

The Susquehanna Parish MG
 will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Good Shepherd PC in Joppa.

In The Loop MG
will host its Summit meeting from 9:30am - 2:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 23. Location: TBA.

Uptown Metro MG will host its Elder Training from 9am to 12noon on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Praise & Prayer
Please pray for Stephen Pfeiffer, son of former Moderator Patricia Collins, who was  diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and has begun an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy. 
Praise God for the lunch ministry at Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary  on Sunday, Sept. 24. The program serves 40-50+ people each Monday, Thursday and Saturday.    
Presbytery Celebrates        Global Partnerships 
(l-r) Judith Castenada (CDEDPCA); Jesus Rodriguez Martinez and Xiomara Arenas Lorenzo (Cuba Partnership); Rev. Fern Cloud (Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps); and, The Rev. Leslie Vogel (PCUSA World Mission)

The 876th Gathering held last Thursday marked an historic occasion for the Presbytery of Baltimore as representatives from its four mission partnerships - The Center, Cuba, Guatemala and the Dakota Presbytery - joined together for the first time in one place to celebrate our diverse cultures and share our common experiences - as well as, our hope for the future. The celebration of our Global Partnerships held at Knox Presbyterian Church in east Baltimore was part of the Presbytery's ongoing focus on race, class and poverty in our Church and communities. During a panel discussion, the partnership guests shared a differing perspective of social injustices and cultural inequities experienced in each of their cultures.
Rev. Jesus Rodrigues Martinez, pastor of Remedios Presbyterian Church in Cuba, spoke of his government's efforts to deny classicism and racism to create the illusion of equality. Judith Castenada, Director of CEDPEDCA, a theological and educational program in Guatemala, talked about the cultural subjugation of Guatemalan women and the political corruption that enslaves her people. Rev. Fern Cloud, a Native American activist and member of the Dakota tribe, recounted a period in the late 1800s during which Native American plains people, their language and culture were nearly decimated. The impact of that tragic era reveals itself, even now, in the despair and destitute condition of many Native American people.
Though the details of their stories were vastly different; their struggles against injustice appeared similar - even for those within this Presbytery who battle racism, classicism and poverty in their own communities. That familiarity seemed to bond our guests with local church members during their weeklong visit to the Presbytery, which included a dinner hosted by The Center and local excursions. Fern Cloud, accompanied by members of the Baltimore Dakota Learning Camp, visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and spoke of plans to memorialize Native Americans who died in detainment at Fort Snelling, MN in the 1860s. Rev. Rodriguez visited with congregations in the Presbytery that have long partnered with churches in Cuba. And Judith Castenada met with members of the Guatemala partnership to shore up plans for an educational trip to her country next winter. There was even talk among the representatives, themselves, of developing new alliances and visiting each other in their communities.

If you would like to  learn more about the Presbytery of Baltimore's partnerships, email Deb Milcarek or visit
  to view each partnership's webpage.  

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

876th Gathering: Discernment & Decisions Update
  • RE Adrienne Knight (Knox) installed as Moderator (2017-2018) and TE Caroline Kelly
    (Cumberland) installed as Vice Moderator (2017-2018)
  • TE John "Jack" V. Carlson elected as Stated Clerk and TE Mary Gaut elected as Deputy Stated Clerk
  • RE James Parks (Hunting Ridge) approved as Chair of the Steering Cabinet (2017-2018)
  • .8 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Approved 
  • Merger between Govans Presbyterian Church and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presented for First Reading 
  • 2018 Per Capita Approved ($25.85 Presbytery; $7.73 GA; and .80 Synod = $34.38 Total)
  • 2018 Budget Presented for First Reading 
  • 2018 Stewardship Shared Ministry "Hope and a Future" distributed to church sessions
  • Staff Rational Staffing Plan (elimination of Associate General Presbyter position ) Approved

"Connecting the Dots:  Charting Our Way in the Ministry of Reconciliation," hosted by In the Loop and Apostles/Disciples of Reconciliation - 10am o 2pm on Saturday, Sept. 23 (9:30am Registration) at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison Ave. RSVP:   by Sept. 20. To learn more, click Connecting Dots.


The  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL. from Sept. 25-27.  The Commission on  Thriving Congregations - Stewardship Ministry still has scholarship funds available to reimburse registration costs on a first come first serve basis. Maintain documentation for reimbursement upon your return.  Contact  CRE Ledonia Kimball , 410.448.9164  with your request. Within 75 days upon your return, submit a brief written description of how the scholarship helps the recipient support the Presbytery.

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. Registration is just $12. 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 Guatemala Partnership (along with CEDEPCA) is hosting a trip to Central America Sept. 29 to Feb. 3 , 2018. For details, click Guatemala  / Application .

Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to b enefit the church's building fund from 6-9pm on Friday, Nov. 3 in its fellowship hall. All are welcome. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door.  For details, call 443.271.3183 or email 
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.Read more about it here . . .

As part of the Spire Series, First and Franklin Presbyterian Church will host pianist Paul Bisaccia in a concert featuring the music of George Gershwin's  "Rhapsody in Blue" at 7:30pm on Friday, Oct. 20. General Admission is $20; students $10. Click Spire Series for details. 

Catonsville Presbyterian Church seeks a church sexton who will be responsible for on site operations and maintenance of its facilities. For details, click Catonsville Church Sexton.

Faith Presbyterian Church has  110 blue hymnals that it would like to offer for free to the first interested church.  If interested, email Diane Borgatti


Interfaith State Legislative Preview  5:30 - 8:00pm on  Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Annapolis.  For flier, click Interfaith State Legislative.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter 

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation 

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

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

John "Jack" Carlson

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center