January 23, 2017
Inside this Edition
Amendments to the 
Book of Order

Meal Registration for the 
874th Gathering

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop

Chestnut Grove 175th Anniversary Events

Towson PC Seeks an Interim Director of Children's Ministry  

Legislative Discussion at Woods PC on Human Trafficking

Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music and a Director of Youth

Churchville seeks Choir Director

Synod Men's Conference 

Spanish Language & Culture Spring Schedule
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

Nominating Committee  will meet Monday, Jan. 30. at 7:30pm

Steering Cabinet  at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

Committee on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

In the Loop Ministry Group will next meet at 6pm on T uesday, Feb. 28 at Light Street PC

Uptown Metro Pastors' Lunch will be held at 12oon at One World Cafe on Thursday, Jan. 19

Cuba Encuentro Orientations will be held 10am on Saturday, Jan. 28.

by Debbie Ingram Schmidt, 
Associate for Spiritual Leader Development

Presbyterians value education. Worldwide, Presbyterians have a legacy of offering educational opportunities, especially to those who are unable to receive an education because of financial need, gender, or disability. Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson share in that legacy.
Robert and Rosa Ferguson were members of Grace Presbyterian Church in Baltimore Presbytery. Rosa was also a long-time educator in Baltimore City and County. As an expression of their commitment to their church and to the importance of education, they generously gave the resources to fund an annual scholarship for one high school student from our presbytery.  They specified that priority should be given to students whose family income is modest.
The Ferguson scholarship provides $5,000 for one year of college. Priority is given to entering college freshmen. However, a student who has received the scholarship may reapply for subsequent years. The scholarship if offered to one student each year.
To apply for the scholarship, students must:
                Rank in the top one-third of his or her class;
                Demonstrate involvement in school or community
                service activities;
                Demonstrate strong moral character;  
                Be an active communicant member of a congregation
       in the Presbytery of Baltimore;
       Be enrolling in an accredited college or university.
The student must also complete an application form, provide a copy of his or her scholarship transcript, and arrange for character references from their pastor, a high school faculty member or counselor, and a third person who is not related to the student. The parents or guardian of the student must also provide evidence of financial need through disclosure of person financial information and copies of tax forms from previous years.
A committee made up of members of the presbytery meets annually to determine the recipient of the scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, use the application form found on the presbytery website: http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2832/ferguson201517.pdf
The deadline to submit all information regarding the scholarship is May 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Schmidt: dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

The Presbytery of Baltimore will vote on amendments to the Book of Order at the 874th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore entitled "A Vision for Everyone. . .," to be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton.   Click Amendments to review a  booklet containing the proposal.

In addition, those planning to attend the 874th Gathering of The Presbytery of Baltimore are encouraged to register early for a Gathering Meal. Click Gathering Meal to register now.

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop in Guatemala: Evangelism and Discipleship to Marginalized CommunitiesClick here to learn more.  


Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church kicks off its year-long 175th Anniversary  celebration with a First Friday Dinner and Worship Service at 6:30pm on Feb. 3. Guest speaker Laura Wexler of WYPR will share life stories and others are encouraged to share, as well. Additionally, all are invited to a concert by the Chorus of the Chesapeake at 4pm on Sunday, Mar. 12; and another concert by The Deer Creek Chorale at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 2. Admission is free for these family events.

Towson Presbyterian Church seeks and  Interim Director of Children's Ministry . To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click Towson .  If interested, contact lenorechapman@verizon.net

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend an address by State Delegate Meagan C. Simonaire at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Ms. Simonaire will talk about legislation to safeguard victims of sexual trafficking.

Also, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a vibrant and dynamic Director of Contemporary Music to work with the church's praise band, which performs at the 11am Sunday service and participates in weekly practice sessions. For details, click Woods. The church also seeks a  Director of Youth and Their Families. Click here for the job description.

Seeking a Choir Director. Churchville Presbyterian Church seeks a musically-talented person with experience leading choirs in religious music. If interested, please contact Dr. Stephen R. Melton at 410.734.7344 or email Pastor@churchvillepc.org.

Executive Director Position available (Half Time Position) The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), a community of Christian organizations that advocates for environmental, racial, social and economic justice, seeks a chief executive officer. Click here for details.

The Synod Men's Conference -- entitled "What Does the Lord Require" -- will be held July 14-16 at the Massasnetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. To register on-line visit : www.midatlanticmen.org.

Spanish Language and Culture Spring 2017 Class Schedule.

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
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