December 7, 2015
Inside this Edition
Remittance Notice 

Per Capita, Terms of Call & Church Statements Notice

Christmas Bluegrass Vespers at Granite PC

PDQ Barbershop Quartet Concert at Springfield

Woods Mem'l Seasonal Events 

Hunting Ridge PC seeks a Part-Time Office Manager

Lecture on Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

Springfield PC Offers Interest Free Loans for Advanced Education Through the Ruth Gosnell Education Fund

Lecture on "The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ"

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

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wed., Dec. 9

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Dec. 16

Personnel Committee will meet at 1pm on Monday, Jan. 11

The Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Tues., Jan. 12

General Presbyter Search Committee will meet at 10am on Thurs., Jan. 14

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wed., Jan 20

Commission on Reconciliation  will meet 6:30pm on Wed., Jan. 27.


Cuba Team  will meet at 1pm on Wed., Dec. 9
Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.  As of this date $158,593.54 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry. We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches:

Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Pk Ave.
Cherry Hill
Christ Memorial 
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
First and Franklin  
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
St. John United
Woods Memorial  

General Presbyter

The  General Presbyter Search Committee continues to review applications for the position of General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore. Applicants, including members of the Presbytery of Baltimore, are urged to apply to the following advertisement or forward it to someone who you think would be a good match for our presbytery:
Progressive, forward-thinking, financially healthy presbytery seeks a dynamic spiritual leader to inspire, lead and shepherd a diverse group of 69 congregations which is exploring new ways of serving the world and conducting ministry. To apply, send cover letter and PIF/resume to:

Presbytery and CEDEPCA Sign Guatemala Partnership Agreement 

Members of the Guatemala Team gather after agreement signed at the November Gathering.
by the Guatemala Partnership Team

The Presbytery of Baltimore is pleased to announce the formation of a new Guatemala Partnership which was inaugurated by a formal signing of a five-year partnership agreement at the Nov. 14 Gathering at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.  Our new partner CEDEPCA,the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, is a recognized partner organization of the PCUSA.  CEDEPCA's Director, Judith CastaƱeda, was present at the Biov. 14 Gathering  for the signing.  The Guatemala Partnership Workgroup was also at the meeting. Members of the group, which draws support from various churches in the presbytery, presented a workshop about the partnership and CEDEPCA's work in Guatemala.

CEDEPCA is an independent ecumenical institution serving Central America's churches. CEDEPCA encourages theological reflection and pastoral practice that is evangelical, c
Judith CastaƱeda signs agreement.
ontextual, liberating, and ecumenical. It has a number of outstanding programs within its four focus areas: Women's Pastoral Program; Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Training; Publications and Communications Training; and Communication and Exchange for Peace. 

As part of its biblical, theological and pastoral training programs,  CEDEPCA oversees the Latin America Biblical University in Guatemala at both the university and Bible institute levels. The organization has helped thousands of Presbyterians in the United Stated understand the difficulties with which Latin American Christians live and to reflect on their own lives through the faith experiences of these brothers and sisters.

The Guatemala Partnership Workgroup is holding an information session open to all who are interested in learning more. The session will be held simultaneously at Central, Harundale and Cumberland Presbyterian Churches at 7pm on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Contact Deb Milcarek for more information. . Plans are underway for a delegation from the Presbytery to visit our partners in April, 2016.  Please consider ways you and your congregation can become involved as we embark on this new partnership.
  • Pray for the people of Guatemala and our partners at CEDEPCA;
  • Learn more about the Partnership on the Presbytery's website;
  • Learn more about CEDEPCA at
  • Join a learning session on the evening Jan. 13, 2016-to be held at several churches throughout the Presbytery
  • Consider joining a trip to Guatemala in April 2016   

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What's New on the PoB Website

In this edition of  Tidings we are highlighting the Presbytery's webpages on  Finance . On these pages you can learn about Shared Ministry and Per Capita; and you can read about the Presbytery's current budget, which lays the foundation fo r funding the work of our six Ministry Groups in 2016.  To learn more about our church finances , click  here  to go to the Presbyter y's website and select FINANCE from the gray sidebar. You may make further selections from this menu.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 is the last day that the Presbytery will accept r emittances by mail for FY2015.  Remittances received after that date will be applied to FY2016. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Double-Check Your Church Statements & Reports: The Presbytery recently mailed Per Capita Statements and Terms of Call for pastors to Clerks of Session of its member churches. In addition, Church Contribution Statements were mailed last week. We earnestly request that you review these statements and reports before Dec. 31 and convey any discrepancies to Judi Forrester or call the Presbytery office at 410.433.2012.

At 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 13, Granite Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Bluegrass Vespers featuring the music of Rick Hill, Dave Streett and others.  For details, contact Frank Owens at

Springfield Presbyterian Church presents PDQ Barbershop Quartet in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Dec. 13. The group sings a wide variety of entertaining songs from the 30's through the 60's in the Barbershop style. The concert is free although a free will offering to support the concert series will be taken. Click PDQ for details.

The Heart of Christmas - A Woods Musical Concert will be held at 7pm on Thursday, Dec. 10.  This free, public event features  seasonal music with a contemporary vibe to tunes such as Joy to the World, We Three Kings, Mary Did you Know, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and more!  You will experience a beautiful liturgical dance and have the opportunity to lift your voice in song!  

Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church in Northwest Baltimore seeks a Part-Time Office Manager to staff the church office, format printed materials, assist with facility rentals and process contributions.  Microsoft Office experience preferred; training provided. Hours flexible. Begin the week of Jan. 11, 2016.  For details, email TE Deborah McEachran or call 410.556.2926.

INTEREST-FREE COLLEGE LOANS AVAILABLE! The Ruth Gosnell Education Fund, directed by the Springfield Presbyterian Church, provides interest-free loans for full time college juniors, seniors or graduate students -- regardless of religion.  Loan applications are evaluated on academic performance, financial need and a short essay. Download the RGEF Form A, "Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Loan Application" at or call 410.795.6152.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

On Dec. 9, the Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host The Reverend Fleming Rutledge, who will speak about her latest book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ,  at 7 pm on the St. Mary's Seminary & University campus. Tickets (free) required. Details and tickets .

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 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