November 12, 2018
Presbytery of Baltimore Hosts 881st Gathering
Nearly 100 members of the Presbytery of Baltimore attended its 881 st Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson. The Stated Meeting was held in conjunction with Presbyterian Learning Day, which featured worship and an array of workshops focused on the theme “Kindom: Families in the Family of God.” Read further for highlights about the Gathering.

The Presbytery recognized the transition of several members: former Associate Deborah Milcarek, who now serves as General Presbyter of the Hudson River Presbytery in upstate New York; the Rev. Judy Johnson, who retired from her long-time position as staff liaison to the Wild, Wild West Ministry Group; and, The Rev. Harold (Harry) Cahill, who retired after more than two decades as pastor of Babcock Presbyterian Church in Towson.

  • The Rev. Carrie Finch-Burriss, Chair of the Committee on Local Arrangements for the 224th General Assembly to be held in Baltimore in 2020. See video here!

  • The Presbytery distributed Shared Ministry information to churches, some of which was chronicled in a 2018 video presentation from Ministry Groups. (See below)

  • General Presbyter Jacqueline Taylor discussed staff changes and the reactivation of a Staff Rationale Team. She pointed out that getting membership on committees should be helped by the trend of offering “virtual” meetings.

  • The Presbytery approved a motion by The Baltimore Dakota Learning Camp Steering Committee to honor our indigenous brothers and sisters at all future official gatherings, which will include acknowledging the indigenous people who once lived on the land where the Presbytery meeting is taking place.


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

  • Spiritual Leadership Development meets at 12noon on Wednesday Nov. 14

  • Baltimore Dakota Partnership meets at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 13

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

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


Discipline with Love
Saturday, Nov. 17 9:30am-11:30am
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church
Come talk about discipline in the church
Addressing the challenging topic of discipline in the church, this workshop considers the basics for effective,
loving discipline and provides recommendations
for helpful strategies in the classroom and other settings

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.

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).
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  [email protected]  or 804.752.7374.
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