August 24, 2015
Inside this Edition


868th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore 


Mission Crossroads


Presbytery Mission Agency


New Beginnings -- "Come and See"


New Life PC


Helping Hurting Kids


Mt. Paran 300 Year



Brown Mem'l Woodbrook seeks Organist/Choir Director


Being the Church in the City Summit 


Madison Avenue Bull Roast


World Day of Prayer


Spanish Language and Culture Classes


October is Pastor Appreciation Month


Prayers for Peace in the Middle East


Board of Pensions' Call to Health Initiative 


Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 
Spiritual Leader Dev. Commission will meet Sept. 1 at 6:30pm
Personnel Committee will meet 1pm on
Sept. 2.
Cuba Team will meet Sept 1 at 1pm at Hunting Ridge PC

Interim Pastors Meeting will take place Sept. 8 at 12pm at Hope PC

Baltimore/Dakota Learning Camp will meet Sept. 8 at 7pm at Catonsville PC

Ministry Group Conveners Lunch will take place Sept. 9 at 12 noon
Steering Cabinet will meet 1:30pm on
Sept. 9
BAD Ministry Group will meet on Sept. 29 at 6pm at Ark and Dove PC
New Beginnings Event will take place Sept. 11 at 12pm at Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for Tim Stern and his family as they grieve the loss of his brother-in-law.





Our Shared Ministry 
Our Shared Ministry provides vital support to our Ministry Groups, Partnerships and Commissions.   As of this date $92,270 has been received toward the   $220,000 budget for 2015 Shared Ministry We are grateful to the Sessions of the following churches who have already made part or all of their 2015 contribution :

Ark & Dove 
Brown Mem'l Park Ave.
Christ Our Anchor 
Christ Our King 
Dickey Memorial 
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air
1st of Cumberland
1st of Frostburg
1st of Howard County
Good Shepherd 
Hughes Memorial 
Hunting Ridge 
Mount Hebron
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace 
Roland Park 
Woods Memorial   
God Bless!
Rebuilding the Neighborhood

Deb Milcarek
Associate for Reconciliation

In the Presbytery of Baltimore, The Commission on Reconciliation, two Ministry Groups and an Ad Hoc Team have been diligently striving over the summer to address issues of race, class and poverty in Baltimore. Many announcements will be made in coming months about the fruits of that work. The In The Loop Ministry Group is offering a Summit in the City on October 10 (see invitation below). The Uptown Metro Ministry Group has, for the past year, financially supported the position of Community Organizer in the McCabe-Woodbourne neighborhood as well as actively participated in the amazing work that Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity has been doing in that neighborhood.
We are pleased to announce that our Chesapeake Habitat partners are hosting Antero Pietila, author of "Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City" on September 17. Mr. Pietila's book is described as follows:
"Baltimore is the setting for (and typifies) one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential segregation ever published in the United States. Antero Pietila shows how continued discrimination practices toward African Americans and Jews have shaped the cities in which we now live. Eugenics, racial thinking, and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government's actions toward housing in the 20th century, dooming American cities to ghettoization. This all-American tale is told through the prism of Baltimore, from its early suburbanization in the 1880s to the consequences of "white flight" after World War II, and into the first decade of the twenty-first century. The events are real, and so are the heroes and villains. Mr. Pietila's engrossing story is an eye-opening journey into city blocks and neighborhoods, shady practices, and ruthless promoters."
If you are at all interested in the history of race, class and poverty, not only in Baltimore but in most any major city in American, please join us at this event. Our Vice-Moderator, James Parks, will be part of a panel discussion. I think that tickets will go pretty quickly once the word gets out - so grab yours early!  For more information and tickets click:  Neighborhood.

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Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 

Mission Crossroads is making changes! On-line resources can now be found at . There, you will find tools for planning mission trips, organizing committees, connecting with mission co-workers and leading mission-oriented Christian education courses. Additionally, consider attending Mission Magnified , a mission leader event, to be held November 19 -21, 2015 in Kansas City, MO.; and, check out World Mission Today webinars , too.  

The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers resources for creating a vision for educational ministry.  For details click here.
On September 11, from 12 to 2:30pm , Presbytery's Commission on Thriving Congregations will be hosting "COME AND SEE" - an informational luncheon for congregational leaders desiring to know more about the PCUSA's New Beginnings resources.  The event will take place at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Church, 6200 North Charles Street, Baltimore.  A light lunch will be served at noon, and then Clark Cowden, a member of our denomination's New Beginnings staff, will offer an overview of New Beginnings resources and address any questions that arise. 
If you and any others from your congregation would like to attend, please let Bill Nickels know how many we can expect from your congregation by Friday August 28.  Email him at so that we can be ready to receive you hospitably.

Would you enjoy serving and learning cross-culturally this fall?   New Life Korean Presbyterian Church on Rolling Road has a group of younger, engaged English-speaking members who meet weekly Sunday afternoons.  For a couple of months this fall, the group would welcome some help with leadership and facilitation.  To learn more about this opportunity, contact Rev. Jeong Han, New Life's pastor, at 410-744-5711 or  

Central PC will host Helping Hurting Kids a one-day seminar for parents, youth leaders, and others.  It  will tackle some of the complex realities facing kids and unpack some strategies for how we can lovingly respond. The seminar will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8:30am-1pm. For more information, please Click: Helping Hurting Kids.
Join Mt. Paran PC for a weekend of celebrating 300 continuous years of faithful worship, service to the community and sharing the gospel.  Events are planned from Friday, September 18, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015.  For more information, Click: 300 Year Celebration.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook is see king an Organist/Choir Director for one weekly service and 1 weekly choir rehearsal preceded by a handbell rehearsal.  For more information please contact  Alex Short,   or 410 323 6519.
Join Madison Avenue PC for an afternoon of  food, fellowship and fun at their Annual Bull Roast on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Click Flyer for additional details.

Join Creation Justice Ministries for the ecumenical World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, 2015. Free ecumenical creation care prayer resources are available at

Do you work with the Hispanic community in parishes, schools, hospitals or other settings? Join Notre Dame of Maryland University for Spanish Language and Culture Part 1 classes on Tuesdays from September 22 through November 24. Registrants can choose afternoon sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. or evening sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Part 2 classes are also available on Mondays. For more information, contact Linda Stilling, SSND, at 410-532-5306, send an e-mail to  or visit 

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Presbytery's Clergy Care Team encourages all congregations to recognize their pastors in some way during October. Some ideas can be found here:

A Day of Prayers for Peace in the Middle East will be held at the Memorial Chapel, University of Maryland College Park on  October 18, 2015, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Click  Peace for more information. 
How's your health?  Each day we're reminded of the need to protect and cherish our personal health and the health of our families, loved ones, and broader community of faith. The Board of Pensions' Call to Health initiative is one way we can each demonstrate our respect and gratitude for God's gift of life and support our obligation to care for ourselves and those we love and serve.  Last year, 53.5% of plan members in the Presbytery of Baltimore completed Call to Health. This year, the goal is 50% or more.    Please actively answer the 2015 Call to Health to achieve their best health as well as savings on their 2016 deductibles.  Answer the 2015 Call to Health before September 30th!  

taff Directory

 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


Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance  


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication 


Catherine Blacka


Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff



 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services