Notices for Submitting 2016 Contributions & Expenses
Presbytery Holiday Closings
"Now What?" A Special Event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents Elysian Camerata in Concert
Woods Mem'l PC Seeks a Director of Contemporary Music and a Director of Youth
Mt. Hebron seeks Music Director
Grace PC Christmas Eve Candle light Service.
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
at 3pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21
Committee on Ministry
will meet Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 2pm
will meet a 1pm on Thursday, Jan. 5
will meet Monday, Jan. 23. at 7:30pm
at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25
Committee on Ministry Leadership
will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Feb. 1
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
Interim Pastors' Lunch will be held Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 12noon
Cuba Encuentro Orientations will be held 10am on Saturday, Jan. 7 and 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 Location TBA
The True Meaning of
General Presbyter Jackie Taylor
It was the 5:30 "Family Christmas Eve Service". The pastor, a type-A personality was in
the back giving last minute instructions to the church school director concerning the Christmas pageant. Children were shifting side to side, tagging each other and whispering. The church school director hushed them in order to determine how the children would enter the sanctuary.
The joyful but solemn service began with the appropriate hymns, Christ candle lighting, scripture and "message". Alas, the time for the pageant was nigh. As with every Christmas Eve, the manger scene would be portrayed and all would bask in the glory of tradition until the individual candles were lit and the singing of Silent Night closed the evening.
Suddenly the processing children decided that this morose and quiet procession was too much to handle. They began to push and shove one another,wave vigorously to parents, trip over their costumes and bend down to tie shoelaces. As if on cue, babies started wailing,
adults coughed, bulletins fluttered and hymnals dropped on the hardwood floors. The look on
the pastor's face was one of abject frustration. Christmas Eve was ruined.
At the end of the service, right after my then 10-year-old daughter almost set her program on fire, failing to blow out her candle on time, I approached the pastor and said in a moment of insight, "I think this is the way it really was on Christmas Eve, noise and all".
Our babies still cry, relatives are no less annoying, Christmas hams get burned, news is depressing, people starve and wars continue. And, yet, Jesus comes! God is still with us. God is still pleased with humanity even though we bumble and fumble down the aisle of life, trying to stay in line, but ultimately give in to the distractions. And yet God calls us to move slowly or quickly or awkwardly toward the star, where we can encounter Emmanuel year after year in our worship, songs, fellowship and imperfect lives. What a gift!
Friends, trip, cough, wave, drop things and pick them up again. But through the noise of our times and lives -
"with the Angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King- Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!"
An e-Christmas Card from the
Presbytery of Baltimore
2016 CONTRIBUTIONS & EXPENSES
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. All
expense requests for 2016 must be submitted to the Presbytery office no later than the close of business day on
Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
There will be no exceptions!
Presbytery of Baltimore will close
Dec. 23-26 in
observance of Christmas and on
Jan. 1 in
New Year's Day.
Click here for registration or bulletin
Catonsville Concerts at 3
in concert at 3pm on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The
Philadelphia-based Elysian Camerata
has built its
chamber music repertoire
and reputation with works of all styles and periods. This free concert will be held at
Catonsville Presbyterian Church
. For details call 410.747.6180.
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
. 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
Grace Presbyterian Church invites you to w
orship at its "Word Up"
Christmas Eve Candle-light service at 7pm on Dec. 24. The event features a free performance of "
The Wilderness Experience"
by Dawn Jones. For details about auditions for the production, contact Ms. Jones at
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.
Please pray for the
Rev. Keith Paige
, pastor of
Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church,
and his family as they mourn the death of his mother, Frances Paige, who died last Thursday after a long illness in Virginia. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 22 at Community Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth, VA.
Please pray or the family of the
Rev. Chang Ho Kim, retired pastor of
New Life Presbyterian Church, who died Nov. 2. A special edition of Tidings commemorating his service to the Presbytery and Korean American community will be published later this week.
Jacqueline E. Taylor General Presbyter
William Nickels III
Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Dir. of Communications
Ministry Group Staff