April 20, 2015
Inside this Edition

Music Fest 2015..... Get Your Tickets at the Door!


2015 Pastors' Retreat


Spring Gathering of Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses


Earth Week Forum: Water Stories from Around the World


Catonsville Concerts at 3: Catonsville High School Steel Band


Morgan and Towson State Universities Trombone Choir Concert at Faith PC 


Savvy Seniors Forum: Planting the Seeds for Downsizing


Life Overlooked: Free Photographic Exhibit on Biodiversity at Maryland PC


Woods Mem'l PC Choral Concert


Light Street PC Hosting A Spring Tea


Brown Mem'l Pk. Ave, Tiffany Concert Series: Organ Recital by James David Christie


Night of Elegance Formal Dance at Cherry Hill Community PC


Light Street Hosting Community Yard Sale


John Lamkin Jazz Concert at Grace PC


Donations for The Center


Board of Pensions: National Walk@Lunch Day


ICJS' Mannekin-Clark Lecture: Eboo Patel



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

Bay Area Disciples MG will host a dinner meeting from 6-9pm on Tuesday, May 19 at Harundale PC.

West Side Story MG will host a communication workshop entitled "Ancient Principles, Modern Practices,"  led by communication specialist Sue Washburn, from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday, May 2 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. 



Praise & Prayer

Please pray for CRE Ed Terry, pastor of Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church in Randallstown, who is recuperating from  surgery.
Please pray for our Transitional General Presbyter, Craig Palmer, and his family as they learn to adjust o the recent changes and challenges in their lives.

Wild, Wild West Ministry Group  

Nearly two dozen people from the Wild, Wild West Ministry Group gathered Saturday to make a difference renovating a Habitat for Humanity house in Hagerstown.  They painted, ripped out carpet, installed flooring and cleaned up the yard. (I hope nobody got poison ivy.)

It's amazing to see how a newly painted house and a clean yard can lift the spirit of volunteers working on the project.


Two neighbors stopped by to say thank you and provide encouragement while workers  were enjoying a well deserved rest period with a tasty lunch served by women from Hancock PC.  Thank you to all who came out. 

Thank you to all who kept us in prayer. 

We hope volunteers will join us again for another work day in a far western area of our Ministry Group next fall.


The Ministry Group also contributed funds to Habitat for Humanity efforts in their region.




Judy Johnson

Wild, Wild West MG 






by Susan Krehbiel,

Director of Congregational Advocacy


Abundant Life -- this year's advocacy theme -- reminds us of the image of Jesus Christ drawn in scripture as the Good Shepherd, the one who came so that we, his sheep, may have life abundantly (John 10:10).  While much of the news at the end of the 435th session of the Maryland General Assembly has focused on the power-holders, I want to take this opportunity to thank those who were willing to speak truth with love to such power so that others in Maryland might have abundant life.


Thank you to the 40 plus members and pastors from Presbytery of Baltimore and United Church of Christ congregations who dared to travel icy roads during one of our coldest winters to advocate for youth facing incarceration, for clean energy, for the right of workers to earn sick leave, and other matters that weighed upon your hearts.


Thank you to those who made over 50 scarves for "advocates" to wear while meeting with legislators at the state capitol in Annapolis on Advocates Day.  The scarves have since been donated to a homeless shelter.  The physical warmth from these scarves was a reminder of our solidarity with the brothers and sisters who made them, as well as, with those who would later wear them.


Thank you to all those who took time to write, call or rally for the well-being of others and for their future.  Your ability to see the needs of others and to carry them as your own is a powerful witness.


Advocating for the well-being of others; this is perhaps what distinguishes you most from the majority of advocates in Annapolis.  Not personal religious creeds or even willingness to be the "moral voice."  You are different from the thousands of paid lobbyists that advocate to protect their clients' financial interests and the hundreds of residents who line up to testify about how a particular law helps or hurts their own way of life. 


Advocacy for others isn't always easy, because it also means challenging yourself.  It may mean setting aside considerations about what is easiest or best for you, in order to do what is best for others.  We didn't get everything we had hoped, but lawmakers did sit up and take notice.  Changing laws, like changing of attitudes and behaviors, can be slow, especially for those who are waiting for that change to happen. So how did we do?  Click here to find out! 


Every year before we make our legislative visits, we gather for a time of prayer. This year our prayer included these declarations from the leader:  "Hope for tomorrow needs our voices to do the work today!  Justice for tomorrow needs our voices to do the work today!"  

May it be so.


Take  noteTake Note /Act Now
Take Note/Act Now


Presbytery   .  .  . and the  Wider Church 




A Spring Gathering for Retired Clergy and Clergy Spouses will be held from 10am to noon on Wednesday, May 6. We will gather at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville for friendship, fellowship and a conversation about "A Political Theology of Climate Change".  If you missed our fall gathering, we hope we'll see you in May!  RSVP by Apr. 28 to Bob and Audrey Jewett at  bobandaudrey1915@gmail.com or 410.203.106. 



In celebration of Earth Week, April 19 - 25, 2015 - the Earth Forum of Howard Co, presents Water Stories from Around the World at 2pm on Sunday, Apr. 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Columbia. For details, click Water.


The Savvy Seniors Forum at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, will have a forum on "Planting the Seeds for Downsizing" at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Apr. 21.  Kathleen Douglas will lead discussion about the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual aspects of downsizing.  This forum is perfect for anyone contemplating downsizing for themselves or a family member. Parking and the forum are free.  For details, call 410.647.2550, ext. 131.


Maryland Presbyterian Church invites everyone to "Life Overlooked," a unique exhibition of photographs showing the diversity of life on earth and reinforcing the need to protect even the smallest creatures. The exhibit will be shown from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Apr. 25. Admission is free. Click Biodiversity.

SURPRISE! RENEWAL! SEASON OF SPRING!  Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will host a Choral Concert at 7:30pm on Friday, May 1. Come hear the uplifted voices of Woods' Choirs, a string quartet and enjoy many surprises! Admission is free and childcare is available upon request. For details call 410.647.2550. A free-will offering will benefit Benevolent Baskets, an employment program for women and the Music Ministry of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Light Street Presbyterian Church will host a SPRING TEA from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 2. A variety of teas with sandwiches and desserts will be served. The cost is $25. Proceeds will support the church's mission and ministry. Reservations (prepaid) are required. Please contact the church office at 410.539.0125.


As part of its Tiffany Concert Series, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will host an organ recital featuring James David Christie at 3pm on Sunday, May 3.  For details, click Christie Organ Recital

Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church will host a formal dinner and dance entitled "Night of Elegance," from 6-9pm on Saturday, May 16. Admission is $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple.  For details, click Formal.


A COMMUNITY YARD SALE will be held 9am to 3pm at Light Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 16. For details, click Yard Sale.


Local jazz great, John Lamkin and his quintet, will shake up your spirit at Grace Presbyterian Church from 4pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, June 27 with his sacred jazz sounds! The concert includes an exciting program of gospel and spiritual arrangements featuring vocalist Earth Lamkin; soloist, Leo Burroughs; and, a performance by the J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Dancers. Donations: $25.00 adults; $10 Children 12 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 410.466.4000 and leaving your name, phone number and number of tickets needed.



The Center needs a few items for its dorm space.  If you think you might have some items to donate, click on this link to see what we need and to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4ba9ab22a02-thecenter1  Questions? Contact Kate Foster Connors. 


Walk the Talk: Join Us on National Walk@Lunch Day The Board of Pensions encourages you to take a walk with a neighbor or colleague - or by yourself - at lunchtime on Wednesday, Apr. 29, National Walk@Lunch Day in simple celebration of our health, well-being, and the goodness of life. Connect with others in the larger church community by taking a picture of yourself while you walk at lunch and posting it on the Board's Facebook page ("like" us first, if you haven't already). Click, Walk the Talk.  


Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, will lecture on best practices of effective interfaith leadership: the ability to voice values, engage diversity and act on behalf of the common at 7pm on Wednesday, May 13 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The event is sponsored by The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies' Manekin-Clark Lecture series.



taff Directory

Craig N. Palmer
Transitional 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

Terry Jackson
Dir. of Finance


Deborah Greene

Dir. of Communication


Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson

Ministry Group Staff




 Wanda Morgan

Dir. of Events/Services