April 8, 2019
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)

Want to learn to care for people who are grieving and reach out to others in pain in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, May 4, Harundale Presbyterian Church will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9am to 1pm. The half-day workshop is designed to enhance participants’ care-giving skills and help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. Registration begins at 8am and refreshments will be served.

The training is provided by Stephen Ministries , a national organization that equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Church leaders want to provide ongoing care to everyone who needs it and a team of lay caregivers can make that a reality. Equipping lay people to minister to people suffering through difficult times is a highly effective and biblical way to ensure that those in need of Christ-centered care receive it.

One reason Harundale is so excited about helping other congregations learn about Stephen Ministry is because the ministry is making a significant difference in the life of our own congregation. Since Harundale began its Stephen Ministry lay people have received 50 hours of training to provide quality one-to-one Christian care to those in need of support. If you think you might be interested in being a Stephen Minister or your church might benefit from such a ministry we invite you to join us for this informative workshop.

In three sessions, participants will learn about organizing an outreach ministry, gain skills to support those in need and witness how the life-changing benefits of Stephen Ministry can transform their congregation and community. To attend, register through the national organization at https://www.smore.com/tf6h3 or call 314.428.2600 and ask about the Introductory Workshop at Harundale Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 4. Registration is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four people or more from the same congregation.

We look forward to having you join us for this exciting Stephen's Ministry event!
Presbytery & Church-wide
883rd Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore

Join us for spectacular worship, fellowship, a bit of business and a good ole' fashioned outdoor barbeque as we gather for the 883rd meeting of the Presbytery of Baltimore on Thursday, May 9 from 4-8 pm at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, MD (21131). We'll also take time during this gathering to commission our youth as they plan to attend the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium this summer at Purdue University, I N

Tax Break for Clergy Housing Found Constitutional

A federal appeals court has approved tax-free housing allowances for ministers of the gospel, overturning a lower court decision that found the 60-year-old benefit unconstitutional.

Confirmed Dates for the Dismantling Racism Training in 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019 at Chestnut Grove PC
(3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD 21131), 8:30am to 5pm.
Morning refreshments and Lunch are provided
Registration Fee is $20 . Registration Opens in March
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Location TBA.
Registration opens in August 2019.
Each year we look forward to the annual meetings for Clerks Session for training and to review of Session Records. The following is a list of meetings for the Baltimore metropolitan area.

  • Saturday, Apr. 27, 10am, 1st PC of Bel Air, Jack Carlson

  • Sunday, May 19, 2pm, Harundale PC, Jack Carlson

  • Wednesday, May 29, 7pm, 1st PC of Howard County, Mary Gaut

  • Saturday, June 8, 10am, Govans PC, Mary Gaut
Good Friday Stations of Love Labyrinth Walk at 4pm on Friday, Apr. 19 at Maryland Presbyteria n Chu rch . Come experience a contemplative labyrinth walk with simple meditations on the Love of Christ. Lorie Conway, a Spiritual Director, will guide you through the Stations of Love to the center of the labyrinth.

The Endless Night: A Passion Play
The Endless Night imagines what it was like to be standing at Jesus’ crucifixion. Through a series of monologues and popular songs, we step inside the thoughts and feelings of those deeply impacted by Jesus’ love, still unsure of what His suffering means for them. The Endless Night connects this ancient story to our modern lives to feel the power of a life lived in love; the power of a life given in sacrifice. Friday, Apr. 19 at 7:30pm

Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church www.huntingridgechurch.org
The Spirituality Center at Fallston Presbyterian Church presents
“Eyes on the Cross: Lenten Spirituality through Art”
Book Sale at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church.

Prince of Peace in Crofton seeks donations for its annual Used Book & Media sale, to be held the last weekend of April. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, computer games, and audio books can be dropped off on the church's front walkway at any time (1657 Crofton Parkway).
he sale itself will be held on April 26 (5 - 9 pm) and 27 (8 am - 4 pm) at the church. On Saturday, the church also hosts a yard sale, bake sale, and pit beef sandwich sale. Just next door is Crofton's Festival on the Green.

Please call the church office, 410.721.2313, with any questions.

TE Jenny Williams will facilitate a 6-session time of prayer and reflection Monday evenings, 3/11/19 through 4/15/19, 7pm to 8:30pm at the Church of the Redeemer. Guided by the work Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen and with a focus on Lenten themes, the sessions are designed to encourage the intentional creation of a time for contemplation and reflection in our daily life and to share the same in a weekly community practice. This is a program of Inner Harbor Wellness. Contact Jenny if you would like to attend: jennywilliams1800@gmail.com or all 410.523.3961.
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