June 27, 2016
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Call for Workshops for November 2016 Presbyterian Learning Day


Light Street Potluck 

Faith PC Sponsors Prayer Walk & Vigil for Victims of Orlando Massacre

Roland Park PC Seeks Part-Time Director of Christian Education


Harundale seeks a Part-time Administrative Assistant


Maryland PC Offering Silver Communion Trays


Prince of Peace seeks Part-Time Summer Office Workers

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

CALLED MEETING: 10am on Thursday, July 7 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.

COM (CREST) Committee will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, June 29

Reconciliation Commission 
will meet 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, Jul 13.

Committee for Preparation for Ministry will meet 3-5pm on Wednesday Jul. 20 in Catonsville

The Cuba Partnership meets 2pm to 3:30pm the third Wednesday of each month. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At his date, he Presbytery has received $173,963 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000. 

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
Woods Mem'l

Prayer & Praise

Please Pray for the Rev. Andy Gathman, who was hospitalized with debilitating migraines but is now at home recuperating. Rev. Gathman is the pastor of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church.
Please pray for Stated Clerk, Catherine Blacka and her family as they mourn the death of her brother, Lawrence Guerry, who died Friday after a long illness at his home in Lake City, SC.  A memorial service was held Sunday.
Please pray for Vice Moderator Jack Carlson and his family who are mourning the death of his father-in-law,  J. Frank McCormick of Coraopolis, PA. He was 96 1/2 years old.
Please Pray for Susan Krehbiel's father, David, who is battling a terminal illness. Susan is the Presbytery's Director of Congregational advocacy.
Presbytery Members to Serve on PC(USA) National Committees

The Presbytery of Baltimore is proud to announce that two of our members have accepted appointments from the General Assembly Nominating Committee to serve on national committees of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Ruling Elder James Parks, our current Moderator, 
Moderator James Parks
will serve on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.  PMA i s the mission and ministry agency of the PC(USA)  The Board can be likened to the Session of a congregation, shepherding all of the work of the PMA.   Parks said his election to the PMA Board is both an honor and very humbling.  "This is not something I earned, but rather, it is a recognition of all the hard work our entire Presbytery is doing to address the real problems of racism, poverty and class in our church and society," he added.

A member of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, Parks has served as moderator since September 2015; and, he has also  served our Presbytery as a member and chair of the former Peace & Justice Committee & Social Witness Committee. He worked as a journalist, serving as editor of six different newspapers.In 1988, he volunteered to work as media liaison in Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign. For 21 years, he was an editor and writer for the AFL-CIO national headquarters in Washington D.C., specializing in international human rights, civil rights, religion/labor partnerships and collective bargaining. He also served as an official observer of the first free election in South Africa in 1994. He retired in 2012. 
Our other nominee, Rev. Dr. Karen Brown, has accepted an appointment to serve on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) committee.  SDOP is the arm of our ministry that strives to empower those who are working to get out of systems of inequality and poverty.  Rev. Brown is a member at large in the Presbytery of Baltimore.  She grew up at Faith Presbyterian Church and credits he church's strong youth ministry and Christian Education program for her call to ministry. 
Rev. Brown has served as the Associate Pastor of
Rev. Dr. Karen Brown
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Executive Director of the Madison Avenue Family Life Center. She currently serves as a grant writer for Intersection of Change, a non-profit in Sandtown Winchester which operates Martha's Place, a drug rehabilitation program for women; and Jubilee Arts, a cultural arts program for youth.

We have a very active Presbytery-level committee and we look forward to Karen's participation on the national level. Please join the Presbytery in congratulating - and thanking - both of these colleagues in their willingness to serve the larger Church.

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

The Gathering Team is now issuing a call for workshops for the
November 12 Presbytery Gathering. In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Roberts of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and Dr. Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be keynote speakers in a program addressing the Church's Response to Institutional Racism. To submit an idea for a workshop, please contact Jack Carlson, at jvcarlson47@gmail.com , or 410.978.1017.

Did you hear what happened at GA222?  Read about it here!


Faith Presbyterian Church and  St. Matthew's Catholic
Church have organized a  Silent Prayer Vigil Procession for  7pm on Wednesday,  June 29  to remember the 49 victims of the shooting in Orlando.  We will  meet at the Homewood Friends Meeting House at 3105 N. Charles Street and process to the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation at 4 E. University Parkway , where a Silent Vigil will take place on the steps of the Cathedral.  The banners will say, "Love for All: Hatred for None" and "Faiths United Against Hatred."  All are welcome.

Light Street Presbyterian Church will host a Potluck lunch on Sunday, July 10 to coincide with  Roger Powers and Susan Quass' departure to a new call. Please bring some food to share and plan to stay after worship for lunch, when we will say a final farewell to our pastor and his wife. 


Roland Park Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Director of Christian Education to serve as leader and developer of education programming for all ages, including our Sunday morning children's program, youth program, and adult education. $20 - $25/ hour depending on experience  Click Roland Park  for details. 

Harundale Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time pastor's administrative assistant.   Contact Rev. Dr. Tracey Davenport at 410.766.4338 or tracey@harundalepc.org FMI.

Maryland Presbyterian Church has 5 silver color communion trays (fits the plastic cups) and 2 bread platters free to any church that could use them.  The top covers are not included.  Call MPC at 410.825.0719 if you would like them or e-mail at mpc@mpchurch.org.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton is looking for people seeking part-time employment to help out in the church office this summer.  The position involves answering phones, greeting visitors, and if possible, some limited word processing.  This paid job will typically be on Tuesday mornings from 9am-12noon, but may involve a few other isolated days during the summer depending upon the candidate's availability. For details, contact Rev. Elizabeth McLean at  410.721.2313 .

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 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
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

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services