October 24, 2016
Inside this Edition

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

Apostles/Disciples Meeting 

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

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

Woods Mem'l PC seeks an Interim Director of Missions

Chestnut Grove seeks Part-time Director of Christian Education

CMEC hosts Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner 

Coalition of Immokalee Workers meets in Baltimore for Wendy's Boycott

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 1pm on Thursday, Nov. 3

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

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

The Center 
Volunteers from Pigeon Fork, TN gather for service at a church community project in McElderry Park in Southeast Baltimore City.

by Kate Foster Connors, Director 
The Center 

Last spring, The Center celebrated its 5 th anniversary - and as we mark this milestone, there is much to celebrate!
Although similar to other programs across the country The Center's model is unique because it partners visiting church groups with local congregations who are engaged in neighborhood-based ministry. In the past 5 years, The Center has partnered with 13 congregations in our Presbytery and two from other denominations in ministries including summer camps, hunger initiatives, HIV/AIDS ministries, literacy programs, senior adult ministries, arts programs and tree planting. The Center also has partnered with seven community organizations, connecting participants with mission experiences in human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, urban farming, food insecurity and poverty.
The Center's model is designed to increase our local churches' capacity to engage in their neighborhoods, while providing participants with hands-on learning experiences about how congregations can engage in their local communities. Volunteers from The Center's visiting church groups provide our local partner congregations with extra hands and feet on the ground to accomplish special initiatives that might not be possible without extra volunteers. Our partner congregations serve as "teaching congregations" for participants, allowing them to observe, participate in, and reflect on how a congregation engages in its neighborhood.
Many people do not realize that The Center is not just for out-of-town church groups; in fact, many churches within our Presbytery have participated in The Center's mission experiences:  Towson Presbyterian, Woods Memorial Presbyterian, Springfield Presbyterian, Mount Hebron Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis all have taken part in mission experiences at The Center.
Many also may not know that in addition to providing hands-on mission opportunities, The Center engages visiting church groups with a curriculum that encourages Christians to identify, dissect, and ultimately cross boundaries that keep human beings apart. With the neighborhood ministries of our partner congregations as a learning context, the Center staff equips participants to notice and name the physical, social and psychological boundaries that keep groups of people separated from each other. We read scripture, noticing that Jesus' life and ministry was spent crossing boundaries of ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status to be in relationship with others.   As participants serve alongside our local partner congregations, The Center challenges them to take the risk to follow Jesus across a boundary to be in relationship.
Five years ago, we could scarcely have imagined so much growth. This is due in no small part to your support and prayers over the years. Thank you for your collaboration!  We look forward to where the Spirit leads us next.

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Take Note/Act Now


The Apostles/Disciples group will meet 6-8pm on  Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Madison Ave Presbyterian Church. 


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. 

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.

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.

Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church (Phoenix, MD) seeks a part-time (20 hours) Director of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation .  Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to committee chair Robin Znamirowski , A full job-description is available by clicking Chestnut Grove


The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will host the Rev. Jack Sharp Fall Awards Dinner from 6-8pm on Thursday, Oct. 27 at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. Tickets are $40. Click Here!

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group supported by PC(USA) in a boycott to urge Wendy's fast-food chain to join the Fair Food program, will meet at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Red Emma's Bookstore-Coffeehouse. Read about it . . .

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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