November 19, 2018

LOUISVILLE — On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will once again participate in a celebration of giving that is observed around the globe.

#GivingTuesday , which this year falls on Nov. 27, is described by its organizers as “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.” Following the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday presents an opportunity to kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

Within the PC(USA), opportunities to make a #GivingTuesday gift will range from the national level to congregations. A  Presbyterian #GivingTuesday webpage offers several giving options for Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries and other PC(USA) causes. The PMA giving opportunities include the “greatest need,” Compassion Peace & Justice, Public Witness and Advocacy, World Mission, Young Adult Volunteers, the Christmas Joy Offering, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, 1001 New Worshiping Communities, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries.

In addition, the webpage also invites gifts for Presbyterian Women, the Presbyterian Foundation, the Presbyterian Historical Society and Hands and Feet, a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly. For congregations interested in receiving #GivingTuesday gifts, the Presbyterian Foundation has developed  resources  to help them participate.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City. #GivingTuesday encompasses a broad range of organizations, including many faith-based groups, and last year the movement reached into more than 150 countries. The PC(USA) began participating in #GivingTuesday four years ago.

The Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, said #GivingTuesday offers Presbyterians an opportunity to reset their focus after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and give from the spirit of gratitude that was celebrated on Thanksgiving Day.

“#Giving Tuesday also comes just days before the beginning of Advent, the season when we celebrate the coming of the Christ Child, the greatest gift of all,” Moffett said.

“Your gift to Presbyterian Mission will make a difference in our efforts to be a church of action,” she said. “Your generosity is one important way you can help our church be love with skin on it.”


All meetings held at the Presbytery of Baltimore's Office unless a different location is indicated

  • Cuba Partnership meets at 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at FPC/Howard Co

  • Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 28

  • The Presbytery of Baltimore's office will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Please pray for The Rev. David Pollitt, 82, and his family. Rev. Pollitt suffered a stroke and is hospitalized in critical condition at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He served 23 years as pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church before retiring in 2001.

  • Please pray for the survivors of the California wild fires.

Presbytery & Church-wide

TAKE NOTE: All 2018 Remittances, Contributions and Check Requests must be received by the Presbytery's Finance Office by Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Per Capita: $35.73

Synod/Mid-Atlantic.........................$ .85
General Assembly............................$ 8.95


Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents violinist Jose Cueto and pianist Nancy Roldan for a concert themed, "A Touch of French," with music by Faure, Poulenc, Piazolla and others. This concert is at 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more info call 410.747.6180.


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church’s  SPIRE SERIES welcomes J”Nai Bridges and Mark Markham in concert on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are $20 general/$10 students. Subscriptions to the entire season are also vailable.


Granite Presbyterian Church to Host Spring Bus Trip to "Jesus" Sight and Sound Production

Granite Presbyterian Church will host a trip on April 3 to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA to see a production of "Jesus". The trip is limited to 56 people, first-come; first-served. Children are welcomed. Click here to learn more about tickets to this event.

Earth Forum, Nov. 18th, 2 p.m. "Making a Better Future in the Age of Humans" will feature Erle C. Ellis, professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC and author of Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction. (Anthropocene is a relatively new name of the current geologic epoch that is influenced by humans.) The First Presbyterian Church of Howard County hosts this speaker-led program, provides refreshments, and offers workshops on related topics. The Earth Forum is open to all interested persons, is free, and is located at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers--call the church office (410.730.3545).
Grove Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, MD will host Sounds of the Season at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 9. The program will feature music for harp and flute performed by Zoe Coppola and Elizabeth LaDana and the Christmas Cantata, "Jesus Christ, Our Christmas Lamb" performed by the Grove Chancel Choir and Friends. The program will last about one hour followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments. Please join us!

Theme: "Justice for All"
Date: January 19, 2019              
Time: 3pm
Place: Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church

For Elementary, Middle and High Schoolers:
1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25

Scholarships for Undergraduates Discerning a Call to Ministry

Is there a young person in your congregation with a mature faith and growing leadership skills? Perhaps he or she is sensing a call to Christian ministry.  At Randolph-Macon College, we are assisting students who are discerning a lifetime of service to God through the church. We help them keep college costs manageable and offer opportunities to begin preparing for ministry even before seminary.  

Randolph-Macon College's  A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Scholarship  offers half-tuition during a student’s freshman and sophomore years at R-MC and full-tuition during the junior and senior years.  The Bailey Program includes weekly meetings for vocational discernment, creating a strong, supportive peer group.  During a student’s tenure in the program, there are many opportunities to visit with Theology School representatives, spend time with persons in a variety of professional ministry roles, and reflect on a personal sense of call.  There are two internship opportunities, one for academic credit and one with a financial stipend. 

Online Bailey Scholar applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of February 1, 2019.  The program is open to Christian students of any denomination or Christian tradition.  Learn more at  or by contacting the Rev. Kendra Grimes, Director of the Bailey Scholars Program, at  or 804.752.7374.
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