October 31, 2016
Inside this Edition

873rd Gathering of the Presbytery: Church's Response to Institutionalized Racism

PCUSA Reformation Worship 

Chestnut Grove Potluck Dinner 

Bryan Lohr in Organ Recital at 1st PC of Cumberland

Organist featured in Tiffany Series Concert at Brown Mem'l Park Ave. PC

Brown Mem'l Park Ave "Silent Film" Benefit

1st PC of Howard Co. Presents Talks on National Politics and the Environment

Mt. Hebron seeks Part-time Music Director

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

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

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 16

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on November 10

Spiritual Leader Development Commission will meet 1:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 23


Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 1 

Ministry Group Conveners' Lunch will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Nov 17. Location TBA

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Catonsville PC

Our Shared Ministry 
At this date, the Presbytery has received $185,599 in Our Shared Ministry pledges. Just $40,401 short of our budget goal of $225,000. Thanks you!

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Park Avenue 
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Cherry Hill Community
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Cumberland
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l
Praise & Worship
Please pray for the family of Ruth Farmer, 78, who died after a lengthy illness on Thursday while in hospice at Northwest Hospital. 

Mrs. Farmer was the wife of George Farmer, who served as Moderator of the Presbytery from 1995-96. A service is planned for this week at Granite.
 St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute

by Debbie Schmidt, Assoc. for Spiritual  Development &
    Patty Rath, Coordinator, Recruitment &   
    Communications for St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute

There is an often-overlooked gem of a resource in our community called St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute (EI). It is a division of St. Mary's Seminary & University on Northern Parkway in northern Baltimore City; and, it offers graduate-level courses in theology and ministry.

St. Mary's Seminary & University, America's first Roman Catholic seminary, in cooperation with ecumenical leaders, founded the Ecumenical Institute in 1968. The Ecumenical Institute encourages people of all denominations to explore theological studies in a serious, open-minded, and supportive environment.  

Recently, the EI introduced a new partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH. This new venture offers local access to a vibrant established Doctor
of Ministry program. T he initial year of study can all be done with the EI here  in Baltimore, cutting down on the amount of time and money it often takes to complete a full program at a seminary out of town. Th e second year would then be completed with Ashland, both online and through two one-week intensive courses on their campus.  The EI is designed to meet the scheduling needs of adults who are already in the workforce; classes are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays. Some Saturday  classes are intensive, day-long sessions offered once or twice a month instead of every week. Classes are available in Biblical studies, theology, Christian education and ministry, church history and a variety of other subjects.
Many of our pastors and lay leaders in the Presbytery have made use of the many offerings of the Ecumenical Institute, and the presbytery has helped support this valuable resource. Now,  the Commission on Spiritual Leader Development would like to make it possible for even more of our leaders to avail themselves of this opportunity by offering scholarships for those enrolling in classes at  St. Mary's Ecumenical I nstitute.  For more information about how to apply for a scholarship, contact Debbie Schmidt.
Registration for the Spring Term begins today, Oct. 31st . Applications for the Spring term are still being accepted.

St. Mary's Seminary & University is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute, go to their website:  http://www.stmarys.edu/ecumenical-institute/   or contact Patty Rath or email 410.864.4203.  

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Take Note/Act Now



PCUSA Stated Clerk Dr. Herbert J. Nelson, to lead live-streamed Reformation worship service Nov. 2   "Write the Vision-Reclaim the Call" is the theme of a church-wide Reformation worship service which  will begin at 10:45am (EST) and can be viewed live at oga.pcusa.org . A video of the service also will be posted for later viewing.   The service coincides with Reformation Sunday (Oct. 30) and marks next year's 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.


Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church will host a potluck dinner and lecture  featuring Dr. Gary Carver on "Restoring the Chestnut Tree" at 6:30pm on Friday, Nov. 4.  For details, click Chestnut .

The First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland presents its new Director of Music Ministries, Bryan Lohr, in a free recital featuring the church's 1,500 pipe Moller organ at 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 6.   Click here to learn more about Brian Lohr

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church presents 
organists Marie-Louise Langlais, Eileen Guenther, Henry Lowe and Michael Britt in a Tiffany Series concert honoring AGO past president John Walker  at 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the church. Tickets are $20/$10 for students. For details, call 410.523.1542. 

Additionally, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church presents the 1928 silent film, "Steamboat Bill, Jr." with live organ accompaniment at 7:30pm on Friday, Nov. 11. Admission is by suggested donation (to benefit Brown's Capital Fund): $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $25 families. For details, call 410-523-1542, or visit browndowntown.org

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will host a talk with a panel of environmentalist from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, Nov. 20 to discuss climate-related actions, participate in workshops and view the film, "Facing the Surge." This is a free event; childcare is available. Call 410.730.3545 or visit www.earthforumhc.org.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City seeks a part-time music director who can play the organ, piano and direct a choir for a small church with a traditional program -- although the congregation is open to other genres.   Please direct inquiries to Pastor Adrian Pratt.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks an Interim Director of Missions.  The Interim Director of Missions (IDM) empowers the mission engagement of the whole church working in cooperation with WELCOME and other ministries to ensure that every member has an opportunity to Christian service.  To learn more and apply for the position, click Interim Director of Missions at Woods.

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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