January 9, 2017
Inside this Edition

2017 Mileage Rate 

Notices for Submitting 2016 Contributions

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop

Observance of MLK Jr. Day  

"Now What?" A Special Event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Elysian Camerata in Concert

Towson PC Seeks an Interim Director of Children's Ministry  

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

Mt. Hebron seeks Music Director 

Churchville seeks Choir Director

Babcock PC seeks Musician/Choir Director

Synod Men's Conference 

Earth Forum at 1st PC of Howard County

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

Nominating Committee  will meet Monday, Jan. 23. at 7:30pm

Steering Cabinet  at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25

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

Uptown Metro Pastors' Lunch will be held at 12oon at One World Cafe on Thursday, Jan. 19

Cuba Encuentro Orientations will be held 10am on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Cuba Partnership will meet 2pm Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Hunting Ridge PC

BDLC will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Jan 10 

Guatemala Partnership meets Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 8am.
The Center Announces 
Search for  a New Building

It's the time of year for New Year's resolutions.  We don't know if you've already made yours, but at The Center, we've been working hard to winnow down our list. 
The Center is an initiative of the Presbytery of Baltimore whose mission is to inspire and equip churches and individuals to engage boldly with their neighborhoods - to get involved where Christ's love and justice are already at work. One way The Center fulfills that mission is by hosting local and out-of-state church groups for mission immersion experiences in the Baltimore metro area, Glen Burnie and Annapolis. 
We had much to celebrate in 2016, our 5th   year of operation:  a growing number of partner congregations in the Presbytery, a growing number of church groups coming to participate in mission experiences with us, a solid Steering Committee and devoted building repair and maintenance volunteers.
At the same time, though, we are dealing with some significant new challenges.  Most important among them is that we are beginning the process of identifying a new physical space for The Center.  The Session of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church has concluded that they are unable to maintain The Center's current building, and they have asked us to move out by January of 2020.  Our dormitory facility at First and Franklin has been a wonderful "home away from home" for our participants since we opened it in 2013, offering comfortable accommodations in a safe and centrally located neighborhood. 
As we look at our New Year's resolutions for 2017, our top priority is to find a new building.  
While First and Franklin Presbyterian Church has given us a generous timeline, this is a tremendous project considering the resources it will require and the time it will take to locate, renovate, and move into a new space.  We will very much miss our current space, which so many of you helped make such a welcoming and comforting space for many of our brothers and sisters in the faith from all over the country.  While we wish circumstances were different, we are committed to bringing the same entrepreneurial spirit to this next phase of our organizational life, and we covet your prayers and support during this time of transition.  
We are actively seeking a new space that will be able to house our dormitory and educational spaces.  A new space will require: 
  • +/- 5,000-6,000 square feet
  • overnight parking for up to 12 vehicles at a time
  • location in Baltimore City
Please contact Kate Foster Connors at 410.433.2012 or
kfosterconnors@baltimorepresbytery.org  if you know of any such spaces. We are open to any and all possibilities!

The Center has three openings for summer interns --  preferably, seminary students. To learn more about this opportunity, click The Center Internship

From The Center's Steering Committee:   Jennifer Barchi, Chair; Vaughn Brown, Sara Clauss, Miss Good, Tim Hughes, Adrienne Knight, Vivian Smith.   Click here to learn more about The Center

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

According to IRS,  standard mileage rate for business travel is 53.5 cents per mile . Please adjust your expense vouchers for 2017 accordingly. 

All  church contributions are due  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the close of the business day. Please mark your contributions with the year to which you would like them applied. 

Guatemala Partnership Spring 2017 Workshop in Guatemala: Evangelism and Discipleship to Marginalized CommunitiesClick here to learn more.  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 16, 2017: an Annual Churches of Charles tradition!
This January, the Churches of Charles (5 Churches located On North Charles) are coming together to serve our community. This is a great way for us learn about local mission programs, meet new people, and do something that is needed in our community.  With 10 projects happening during the day for all different ages and skill levels, there is surely something that will interest you and your family.  You can find out more by visiting:  http://tinyurl.com/ChurchesofCharlesMLKDay2017

The  Presbytery of Baltimore will close Monday, Jan. 16  in  observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

Click here for registration or bulletin


Towson Presbyterian Church seeks and Interim Director of Children's Ministry . To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click Towson .

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a vibrant and dynamic Director of Contemporary Music to work with the church's praise band, which performs at the 11am Sunday service and participates in weekly practice sessions. For details, click Woods. The church also seeks a  Director of Youth and Their Families. Click here for the job description.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church has an opening for Music Director.  This is a part-time position encompassing organ, piano and choir director skills.  We are a small church with a traditional choir program, and are open to many other genres as well.  Our congregation loves and appreciates good music.  We have a gorgeous two-manual Allen organ and a fabulous Steinway M grand piano.  Please direct inquiries to Rev. Adrian Pratt.
Seeking a Choir Director. Churchville Presbyterian Church seeks a musically-talented person with experience leading choirs in religious music. If interested, please contact Dr. Stephen R. Melton at 410.734.7344 or email Pastor@churchvillepc.org.
Babcock Presbyterian Church seeks an organist/pianist and choir director for its 11am service. Please contact Babcock Church at 410.825.3314 or email  office@babcockpc.org.

Executive Director Position available (Half Time Position) The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), a community of Christian organizations that advocates for environmental, racial, social and economic justice, seeks a chief executive officer. Click here for details.

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.

Earth Forum .  The upcoming topic is focused on Ellicott City, Md.--"Following the Flood: Shaping the Future and the Waterways of Ellicott City."  Community leaders James Robey, Mark Richmond, and Phillip Nichols will share their perspectives and insights as they present "The Ellicott City Flood: A Six-Month Status Report."  Refreshments, information tables, and three workshops will fill out the program that will be held on Jan. 15th (2 - 4:30 pm) at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.  The program is free and open to all interested persons. Childcare provided for infants and toddlers. Contact earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call 410.730.3545.
Praise & Prayer 

Please pray for the family of Elder Valeria (Val) Tocci, a former Moderator and member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, who died last week at the age of 92. Elder Tocci, who had been residing in an assisted living community in upstate New York under the care of her son Angelo, served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Baltimore 1993-1994 and was a very active presbyter, both locally and nationally, before becoming ill. Funeral arrangements are unconfirmed.

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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