February 18, 2016
Inside this Edition
Lenten Season Reflections

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Guatemalan Mission Trip 

Presbytery seeks Bookkeeper

Westside MG Workshop: "Who Are My Neighbors and Why Are They Here?"

Earth Forum: Where the Climate Change Hits the Hardest," a lecture at 1st PC of Howard Co.

Irish vespers at Granite PC

Black History Month Concert at Faith PC 

City College Alumni Master Chorale Featured in Concert at Madison Ave. PC

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Harundale seeks a Childcare Assistant

The Center Seeks Summer Interns

Mental Health Advocacy Day

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

Committee on Ministry  will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Mar. 2.

Trustees will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Mar. 8

Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16.

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

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Mar. 1.

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Mar. 30.

The General Presbyter Nominating Committee   will meet 10am to 12:30pm on Wednesday Mar. 9.

BAD MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8 at Prince of Peace PC.

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

Cuba Partnership will meet a 1pm on Wednesday, Mar. 2

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016.  Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen. 
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission. 

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Prayer & Praise
Please pray for the family of Jeffrey Snodgrass, 60, a Ruling 
Elder at Chestnut Gr ove PC and and seminary intern at Churchville PC, who died of cancer on Saturday.  Click   "Memoriam to Jeff" for details about Jeff's service this Saturday.
Please pray for Ashlee Hoffman, wife of TE Scott Hoffman (Christ Mem'l PC) who is recover at home from an emergency appendectomy; and, William Atkinson, husband of TE Susie Atkinson (Deer Creek Harmony), as he continues recovery at home for a serious infection.
Praise God for the ministries of TE David Willerup, who will be installed as pastor of Havenwood PC on Mar. 6; TE Jessie Lowry, who is serving Christ Our King PC and will be installed as pastor after Easter;TE Randy Clayton, who was installed Dec. 13 as pastor of Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC; and TE Ray Meute Jr., who is serving as interim pastor of Highland PC.
We also praise God for the continued ministries of TE William Sitterley, who is now serving as interim pastor of Maryland PC and TE Jeanne Gay, who is serving as interim pastor of Northminster PC.  

by TE Debbie Schmidt, 
Associate for 
Spiritual Leader Development

The first two years my husband and I served as mission coworkers in Japan we lived and worked at a girl's school in a small farming community. That school had been  the first school in that area to offer an education to girls and it was founded by Presbyterian missionaries. Presbyterians have historica lly valued education and have focused particularly on providing schooling opportunities for those who might not otherwise have access to a good education.
In that long tradition, the Presbytery of Baltimore offers several scholarships and loans for young people in our churches who would like to pursue a degree at a college or seminary. The following scholarships are available:
This $5,000 Student Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to deserving high school students who wish to further their education at an accredited college or university. Priority shall be given to financially deserving students whose family income is modest. The amount of the scholarship shall be $5,000 for one year. Recipients may reapply for subsequent years. Deadline May 15, 2016.
This fund provides interest free loans to full-time college juniors, seniors and graduate school candidates for the 2016/2017 academic year. The fund is available through Springfield Presbyterian Church. All applicants will be given impartial consideration regardless of religion. Deadline March 1, 2016.
Applicants must be under the care or registered as an Inquirer with the committees on Preparation on Ministry of the Presbytery of Baltimore, Newcastle Presbytery, or National Capital Presbytery to receive consideration. Bridges Fund is open to any matriculated theological student or intended theological student at the following academic institutions only: Union Seminary (Richmond), Princeton Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Louisville Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, as well as Davidson and Hampden Sydney colleges.   Deadline April 25, 2016.
You can find more information about these scholarships along with applications on the Presbytery website under Spiritual Leader Development. Just click on the sidebar labeled  scholarships or, for a shortcut, click  Scholarships now. Please direct any questions to Debbie Schmidt at dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org.  

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

Wa t ch the "Transfiguration of Jesus Christ" with CRE Anita Bishop-Johnson of Living Faith Fellowship in the second installment of To ward A Holy Lent -- brought to  you by the Commission on Spiritual  Leader Development. Als o , watch   Ash Wednesday's   Lenten reflection with Amy Carlson of Second Presbyterian Church .

David Lamotte --  award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist -- will be featured in a presentation entitled Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness during the Gathering  for church leaders  to be held April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville. 
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP - Join others from the Presbytery on an intercultural encounter April 11-16. Learn about the work of CEDEPCA, the presbytery's mission partner in Guatemala, and experience first-hand the diverse culture of this country. The cost is $1500, with scholarship help available. Registration and $500 deposit are due Feb. 19. Click here for details .

Presbytery of Baltimore seeks a part time bookkeeper to work under the supervision of the Financial Administrator managing payroll, accounts payable and receivable, bank and investment reconciliations and related administrative functions.  For details, click here.

Save the Date!  On Saturday, Mar. 12, West Side Story Ministry Group will host a 90 minute workshop on US Immigration: "Who are my neighbors and why are they here?" for pastors and church members interested in learning more about what newcomers go through to get to the U.S.  Immigration experts and immigrants will unpack the confusing terminology and share personal stories as we look at the different ways people arrive in the U.S., why they come and what is "broken" about our immigration system.  The workshop begins at 10:30 am following worship at Hope Presbyterian Church in  Halethorpe.


EARTH FORUM: First Presbyterian Church of Howard County 
will host Dr. Gaye Burpee, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods for Latin America Catholic Relief Services, during a presentation entitled, "Where Climate Change Hits the Hardest," at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 21. 

Granite Presbyterian Church will be holding an Irish Music Vespers on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5pm.  This event will feature the music of Rigadoo with Shawn Cassady.  Granite Church is located at 10637 Old Court Rd. in Woodstock.  For more information please contact Frank Owens at fjowens@hotmail.com.

Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore presents a Black History Concert with spirituals and art songs by African-American composers featuring Laws of Sound at 4pm on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the sanctuary.  Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased at the door."

The City College Alumni Chorale will be in concert at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church at 4pm on Saturday, Mar. 5.  Please contact the church office at 410.523.7935 for additional information or click Madison Concert.

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays,  beginning in March. For details: Beau Lochte:bells@secondpresby.org or 410.830.9988.

Harundale Presbyterian Church seeks a nursery/childcare assistant for our Sunday morning worship service (10 am - noon). Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Elizabeth Milford by Feb.22.  For details, click Harundale.


The Center is looking for summer staff to help run its summer mission weeks. Do you know any seminary students? Graduate students in related fields? We are seeking 4 summer interns and one summer Program Coordinator. Job descriptions are available on The Center's website: thecenterbaltimore.org

Support Mental Health Advocacy Day on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 150 House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. in Annapolis MD. to register, call Susan Quass at 301.832.8449 or visit www.namimd.org/advocacy/advocacy_day. Free to attend.

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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