October 19, 2015
Inside this Edition
Healthy Boundaries  
Faith PC, "Catch A Rising Star" Concert 

Beyond Bluegrass Concert at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Woodbrook Players: Rebel Yells at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook PC

Woods Mem'l PC Hoedown & Trunk or Treat

Chestnut Grove PC Seeks Part Time Music Director

Savvy Seniors: Age Related Driving Risks
Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse fall Gathering

PWP Fall Gathering
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Triennium 2016

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

General Presbyter Search Committee
will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 21

Steering Cabinet
will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21

Committee for Preparation for Ministry
will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21

Committee on Ministry
will meet 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 4


Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30pm.

Reconciliation Commission will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28


Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 9am on Saturday Oct. 24 for Leadership Training at  First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air.


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

Cuba Partnership will meet 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 4

Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held from noon to 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Hope PC. 
Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for the Rev. Ron Kruzel whose mother died on Oct. 14.

Resources & Tips 
The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015 - CAQ

Clerks of Session, t he CAQ 2015 is now available!
The address for the web based survey is: https://caq2015.pcusa.org.  

The deadline
 to complete the survey is Nov. 16, 2015  


Presbytery Debuts New Website

The Presbytery of Baltimore is pleased to announce the debut of its new website. Viewers will find the website's classic, streamlined design easier to navigate and far more intuitive to the needs of Presbytery clergy and members -- as well as, others  who are cruising the internet in search of a spiritual connection.  

While work continues on a number of sub-pages, viewers can already access important information such as the upcoming Leadership Conference entitled Race, Class & Poverty, which will be held during the next gathering on Saturday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia.  Members can also view the proposed 2016 Budget and post comments in an online discussion module. And, the new 2015-2016 Directory of Congregations can now be found in a password secured section of the website.  The password will be transmitted separately to members and changed periodically to protect the sensitive information stored in this section.

The Presbytery's website is designed as a repository of information as well as a virtual welcome mat to the various ministries our member churches are engaged in.  As a repository, members can easily search the website's gray sidebar to quickly access information about Ministry Groups and financial matters; clergy and church leaders can tap into pertinent information about ministry relations; and, trustees and clerks will find a variety of tools to help them in their church work. Within the next few weeks, commission leaders, committee chairs and Ministry Group conveners will be invited to view their section of the website and submit comments or additional information to populate their particular webpage.  Please submit all comments and material to Deborah Greene, Director of Communications.  

In addition to serving as a repository for information for members, the Presbytery's website also seeks to   enlighten others through pictures, stories, video and features about our congregations.  The Presbytery looks forward to posting articles and pictures of our member churches' events and ministries on the new website to assure viewers that the Presbyterian Church continues to thrive spiritually and serve as an apostle of reconciliation here and around the world.
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Faith Presbyterian Church is pleased to present  Shyanne Clark, mezzo-soprano, and Joanna Ford, soprano in Catch a Rising Star ,a concert of classical music, Broadway, spirituals at 4pm on Sunday, Oct. 25

Friday, Nov. 6 -- Beyond Bluegrass: Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondin Klein in Concert at Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC, presented by Common Ground on the Hill. Renowned veteran bluegrass musicians expand into Americana, folk and jazz.  Get ticket information here
The Woodbrook Players of Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC present the Baltimore premiere of Rebel Yells by Steve Warren Nov. 7-12. A tale of the last days of the Civil War at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Get ticket information here.  

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church  says Yeeh Haw-Y'all! Hoedown & Trunk or Treat Sunday, Oct. 25  from4-6pm at he church's  Holy Grounds. Bring the entire family for a fantastic afternoon filled with candy, trunk or treat for the little ones, pumpkin decorating contests, square dancing, great food, a hayride, and more! Dress in costume! Click here for more information

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, in Phoenix, Md., is searching for a half-time Director of Music. Ours is a "blended" service of contemporary and traditional music. Adult and bell choirs. Send inquiries to harold.piper@gmail.com.

As age increases, older drivers experience multiple challenges on the road.  The issue is not about being older, but the physical and cognitive issues with aging that impact fitness to drive safely.  You can meet these challenges "head-on" by planning for your transportation. Join the Savvy Seniors from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church for a discussion on age-related driving risks and tools and resources to manage those risks.


The Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouse Fall Gathering will be held at the Charlestown Retirement Community in the Cross Creek Meeting Room from 10am to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27. O ur colleague, Ted Durr, will address "Temptation and Murder: as old as tomorrow" (Luke 4:1-13, Genesis 4:1-10). A summary of this topic is available to participants.   Please RSVP to Bob and Audrey Jewett at 410.203.1067 or email:   bobandaudrey1915@gmail.com ) by Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Directions available upon request.   We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Gathering!

Presbytery Women in the Presbytery will sponsor its Fall Gatherin g from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 14 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:   http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2014/10/10-ways-to-show-your-pastor-you-care.html

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