July 17, 2017
Inside this Edition

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2017

Last Reading, This Year, of Church Rolls & Minutes 

Register for the 2017 Pulpit Supply List

Mental Health First Aid Workshop postponed until July 29

Catonsville seeks Part-time Communication's Specialist

American Heart Association Training and Equipment for Churches 

PCUSA Recommended Minimums for Church Insurance Coverage 

Leadership Institute/ Union Presbyterian Seminary Summer Courses

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, July 19 at Catonsville PC
Gathering Team will meet at 1pm on Thursday, July 20

Praise & Prayer
Please pray for Elder John Lawson, a member of Hope Presbyterian Church, who is battling a recurrence of cancer after about a year in remission. He is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Agnes Hospital.  for many years, John has served as the chair of the Presbytery of Baltimore's Property and Loan Committee.

Please pray for the continued recovery of TE Webster Brenner Jr ., a parish associate at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.   Prayers for encouragement, gracious patience, sustained hope, and the prayerful support from from his presbytery colleagues in Christ may be sent to:  9169 Helaine Hamlet Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4057

And, praise God for the ministries of Certified Ruling Elders Dona Lea and Anita Bishop-Johnson who will be installed as Associate Pastors of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Aug. 20 during the congregation's 11am service.  Senior pastor, Ed Terry, will officiate.

Big Tent 2017!
For a different perspective on racism in America, read: " Home, Belonging and Big Tent" by The Rev. Samuel Son.

(L-R) Presbytery of Baltimore 
Vice-Moderator Adrienne Knight, Rev. Son and
RE Karen Garrett of Knox PC at Big Tent 2017
Race, Reconciliation and Reformation: 
A Call for Transformation at
Big Tent 2017

GA Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson II, preaching at Big Tent 2017.  (Photo by Gregg Brekke)

by Gregg Brekke Presbyte rian News Service 

LOUISVILLE - On the heels of the Big Tent  conference in St. Louis, the ongoing Presbyterian Church (USA) Facing Racism campaign has released resources from the event with the theme "Race, Reconciliation and Reformation." The conference emphasized the hope of the gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity and economic inequality.

The call to action for this installment asks congregations, mid councils and Presbyterian-affiliated organizations to plan educational events using Big Tent resources including Eric D. Barreto's Bible study, J. Herbert Nelson II's sermon  When Our Backs Are Against the Wall, and Christine Hong's sermon on the  Parable of the Sower.

The study guide, titled "Shifting Accountability for Racial Ethnic Ministries in the PC(USA) from Variety to Equity," is meant to help Presbyterians engage in conversations to end structural racism and move toward racial equity in the church and in our society.

Acting on the directive of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the communication agencies of the denomination's six agencies are collaborating on the Facing Racism program to produce and promote anti-racism resources for the church.

General Assembly referral 11-22/#06 gives instruction to "Direct the national church agencies to jointly formulate a communications plan to share antiracism resources, and create an electronic campaign to send information on antiracism resources and trainings to mid councils, congregations, and Presbyterian-affiliated institutions."

"Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism. Anti-racist effort is not optional for Christians. It is an essential aspect of Christian discipleship, without which we fail to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ." (p. 2,  Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community, Church-wide
Anti-racism Policy).

The electronic campaign sharing Facing Racism resources began March 21, 2017 and concludes in the spring prior to the 223rd General Assembly meeting in June 2018. The bimonthly emails highlight various anti-racism resources available for use in congregations and mid councils, and include a call to action along with a schedule of upcoming events.

The  FacingRacism.org website serves as a starting point for the dissemination of resources and offers a link to subscribe to receive regular updates on newly available materials.

This article was published July 17, 2017 by the Presbyterian News Service and reprinted with its permission in  Tidings.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Church-wide

Early Registration for Stewardship Kaleidoscope ends August 1st. Reserve your spot now for the conference that will give you real tools for real ministry!  The conference will be held at Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida September 25-27.  Click here for more information.

Last Reading of the Rolls & Minutes: a final meeting this year to review church rolls and minutes will be held 7pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Co. Clerks who were unable to attend any of the May-June meetings should email the   statedclerk@baltimorepresbytery.org to reserve a place a this last meting of the year.

If you wish to be included on the 2017 Pulpit Supply List but have not yet responded, please contact Jim Schroll at jschroll@msn.com.

The Presbytery of Baltimore has a limited amount of 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendars for purchase at a cost of  $9 each. 
If interested, email  WandaMorgan
First-come, First-served. 

The the Mental Health First Aid Course sponsored by Grace Presbyterian Church is postponed until Saturday, July 29, 2017. Click here to fill out registration form and email to Grace's Pastor, TE Tanya Wade

Catonsville Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time Communications Specialist  to help the church explore better ways to use technology to more effectively communicate CPC's ministry to our members, friends and the wider community. Duties include managing the church's website and social media sites and developing content, including video and audio assets. This person will also edit the monthly newsletter, and create other print media, such as program brochures and event fliers.  Interested? Please contact TE Ken Kovacs at 410.747.6180 or  kkovacs@catonsvillepreb.org .


Heart To Beat now offers congregations  American Heart Association Heartsaver training as well as used and refurbished AED sales and support with annual inspections.  Discount pricing for churches is available same day and is based off of the participant size. This certification is valid for a two year period. Visit  www.hearttobeatllc.com.

Does your Insurance coverage meet the PCUSA Recommended Minimum Standards? For  details, please contact Linda A. Senez, CPCU ( 443.345.1055 office / 410.409.5154 cell) Click here to learn more

The  Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary will offer several summer courses that may be of interest to your church leadership.
  • Church Business Administration CEU courses - July 22, 2017:  Click here for more information and registration (this is the same information/registration form as Church Business Administration). 
  • Mission Possible: Embracing the Task of Strategic Visioning - October 9-12, 2017Click here for more information and registration. 
  • Pathways to Learning and Leadership: For the course listing and descriptions, and registration, go to Pathways.  

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
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

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center