February 6, 2017
Inside this Edition

Clergy Retreat

Planning for 2020 PC(USA General Assembly

The Center:
  • Program Coordinator Vacancy
  • Search for new Building Facility
  • Summer Camp
  • Seeking Interns
Workshop at Havenwood PC: Teaching Elders and Deacons Learn to Serve Communion

Earth Forum: Working for Justice

Catonsville Concerts at 3

Making Your Gardens and Vegetables Bay-Wise at Towson PC  

Legislative Discussion at Woods PC on Human Trafficking

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

Concerts at Faith PC:
  • Celebrating Powerful Voices in African American History
  • Celebrating the African Diaspora
Earth Action Weekend

Church Communications: Getting folks back to church after special events. . .

Day of Prayer for the Sick

Synod Men's Conference 

Spanish Language & Culture Spring Schedule

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

Steering Committee meets at 1pm on Feb. 15

Committee on Preparation for Ministry meets at 3pm at Catonsville PC 

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

Commission Reconciliation meets meets 6:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership meets at  7pm on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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

West Side Story Ministry Group will meet 6:30pm Tuesday, Mar. 28 at Catonsville PC.

Susquehanna Parish will meet 12:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 1st PC of Belair.
Praise & Prayer 
Please pray for the care and safety of the 28 members of the Presbytery of Baltimore who are traveling to Sancti Spiritus, Cuba Feb. 10-17 to attend the Cuban Encuentro.

Scholarships for . . .


by Deborah Schmidt, 
Associate for Spiritual Learning Development  

The churches and Ministry Groups of our presbytery are active in mission, both in our own communities and around the world. We build houses, pack grocery bags and backpacks for students in our schools; we mentor young readers and offer summer camps for children; we reach out to immigrant communities in our area. We host food pantries and shelter homeless people. Beyond our Presbytery, we partner in ministry with Presbyterians who are Native American, Cuban, and Guatemalan.

Some of these ministries are funded through our Shared Ministry --  funds that are committed by our churches above and beyond our Per Capita. Other ministries depend on the generosity of local congregations or individuals. But, there are also scholarships available through the Presbytery. Two scholarships, in particular, are available to support your church's mission efforts.

The Herbert D. Valentine Millennium Fund
The Herbert D. Valentine Millennium Fund was established in to enhance the mission of God's church. It provides support to individuals engaging in mission studies and to groups planning to strengthen their faith community's efforts to "care for the least of these."  Proposals with potential for promoting growth of mission endeavors in the Baltimore Presbytery and proposals related to national or global mission will all be considered. These funds can be applied to providing scholarships so people can participate in mission, or can be used for interfaith and/or ecumenical projects.  For more information, click The Herbert D. Valentine Millennium Fund.  

The Robert J. Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Robert J. Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund is established to enable young members of churches in our presbytery participate in foreign or domestic mission projects sponsored by the Presbytery or its congregations. Ideally, projects would be designed to encourage and expand understanding of the diverse nature of Christ's church. Project activities could include "hands-on" work as well as cultural education experiences.  Scholarships are awarded annually. The number of scholarships and amount of each is calculated according to the projected income that has accrued from the Scholarship Fund for that year as well as the cost per participant for each mission project. Details and an application for this scholarship may be obtained b clicking: Robert J. Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund

If you have questions about these scholarships, please contact: Debbie Schmidt.
874th Gathering in Review  


TE Caroline Kelly , 1st Presbyterian Church of Cumberland preaches at 874th Gathering, "A Vision for Everyone. . ."

Discernment & Decisions Highlights 
  • 2016 Necrology: three Teaching Elders and 52 Ruling. Click Necrology to view the list.
  • The Presbytery overwhelmingly voted to concur with all amendments to the Book of Order.
  • The Presbytery unanimously voted to approve changes to the Presbytery Manual allowing electronic meetings.
  • The Presbytery voted to endorse the statement of General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson in opposition to President Trump's Executive Order banning refugee's entry into the United States. 
  • Candidate for Ministry, Vanessa Smith of the Frederick Presbyterian Church, was examined on her Statement of Faith and was, subsequently, approved by the Presbytery to be ready for final examination, pending a call.   
  • Open Space Discussion Notes: Click Open Space to review.

Thank you to the TE Tim Stern, the volunteer ministry and staff of Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton for hosting the 874th Gathering.

Scenes from the
874th Gathering

Click here for Youtube.


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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide


Mark your calendar for the 2017 Retreat for Clergy, CREs and CEs on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at Bon Secours Conference Center in Marriottsville. This year, we welcome author Carol Howard Merritt who will explore spiritual woundedness as we find it among people who have been hurt by their experience of the church and among clergy who have had difficult relationships with their congregations. Plan to join us for stimulating discussions and collegial conversations. Registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 15. Visit www.baltimorepresbytery.org. For details email  dschmidt@baltimorepresbytery.org

Still four years away -- the 2020 PC(USA) General Assembly's Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) has begun strategic planning for the event which will be hosted by the Presbytery Baltimore.  This prestigious event will draw thousands of Presbyterians from across the nation and world; and provide us with the unique opportunity to showcase our wonderful churches and ministries.

Your talents, time, treasures -- and, connections -- are needed to make this event a success. In particular, are you or do you know anyone in your church who is connected to the travel/tourism industry in Baltimore who could help in our planning? COLA is also seeking to fill vacancies on various committees. Please review the committee descriptions and email Carrie Finch-Burriss to express your interest in serving.   
Further details will be available at a later date on the Presbytery's website.


  • The Center is looking for a Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. For a full description and instructions for how to apply, click here. 
  •  The Center is seeking a new building to house its dormitory facility. Requirements:  +/- 5,000 square feet, with minimum 12-15 overnight parking spaces, in Baltimore city. Email  Kate Foster Connors. 
  • Is your congregation involved in a neighborhood ministry that offers summer camp for children in your neighborhood? The Center invites you to gather with other congregations who run summer camps as a part of their local mission, to share lunch, tips and ideas on Thursday, Mar. 2 from 12-2 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church. Please RSVP Wanda Morgan. Lunch will be provided.
  • The Center has openings for 3 summer interns to help lead summer mission weeks.  A job description and information about this paid internship are available on The Center's website www.thecenterbaltimore.org  


Havenwood Presbyterian Church's Teaching Elder, The Rev. David Willerup, will host a workshop at 7pm on Mar. 6 at the church to train elders and deacons how to serve communion in the home or at the bedside of a church member. Read more about it here and then sign up here.
There is no fee, although an offering to cover administrative is welcomed.

1s Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.'s Earth Forum at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 19 will explore how people who are active in working for justice (social, racial, environmental, economic) can build resilience in times that feel chaotic and unsettling.  We'll share in focused conversations about personal resilience and hear legislative updates on environmental legislation in the current Maryland legislative session.

FREE Workshop - How to Make Your Yard and Vegetable Gardens - Bay-Wise! Saturday from 10am-noon on Feb. 25 at Towson Presbyterian Church Master Gardeners will explain the Bay-Wise certification program.  Learn ways  to make the landscaping around your home not only beautiful, but "bay-friendly."   Discussion of similar bay-friendly strategies for your VEGETABLE garden too.  RSVP or for more info. Call 410.823.6500 or email   tpc@towsonpres.org.  

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 .

Faith Presbyterian Church will host Black Voices, a concert Celebrating Powerful Voices in African American History at 6pm on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Admission is $10. Click Black Voices to view flier.

Faith Presbyterian Church will also host an Evening of Music Celebrating the African Diaspora at 7pm on Friday, Mar. 10 with James Mayo III as Conductor. This is a free, public event; however a free will offering will be collected. Click African Diaspora Concert to view flier. 


How to get people and visitors back to church after holidays and special events.  A free special lunch and learn invitation. Click Church Communications to learn more. 

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