April 14, 2022
Listening Sessions: Phase I Begins

We are excited to announce that the first phase of listening sessions has been scheduled. These online meetings will be our primary source of feedback as we embark on the 2022 strategic planning process. To ensure that the course we chart for the future of our Presbytery truly reflects today’s priorities, your input is not only invited, but it is invaluable. We’d like to hear from everyone, so please check out the following ministry group meeting dates, and stay tuned for Phase 2 as the remaining groups’ schedules take shape.
Not sure which ministry group you belong to? Visit our webpage to find out.
The Presbytery’s strategic planning process will be accelerated yet comprehensive as we aim to release the results by mid-year. For more information on the process, forthcoming dates, and how you can get involved, visit our strategic planning webpage.
Called Meeting April 26
Moderator Sue Lowcock Harris has called for a meeting of the presbytery on April 26, 2022 at 11:00 am via Zoom for the purpose of acting on a request to concur with an overture from  the Northwest Coast Presbytery, “Apologies and Reparations for the Racist Closure of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Juneau, Alaska.” This called meeting is necessary to meet the General Assembly deadline of May 4 for overture concurrences. Register
Gathering Together Again
It’s hard to believe its been 26 months and 8 meetings since we met in person to conduct Presbytery business and worship together, and we think that time has finally returned for us to do so again! The next stated meeting of Presbytery will occur on the morning of Thursday, May 12th, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.
For the very first time, participants will have the option to join us either in person, or online. We are looking forward to developing a hybrid approach to meeting, and hope you share our enthusiasm at the prospect of being together or being convenient. How you join is up to you, but we’d much rather see you live rather than on screen! For registration and information on our host’s health protocols, visit the event webpage.
The Hills are Alive in Frederick
Two Sundays ago, Frederick Presbyterian hosted a wonderful service with incredibly moving music. It was truly a remarkable celebration, and definitely worth sharing. Watch the video here.
Win a Community Engagement Grant
The 2022 Community Engagement Grant season is here! If your church is looking for that extra support to make your outreach projects flourish, this grant program is for you. This year, the Commission on Reconciliation is awarding $25,000 among congregations who wish to enhance their faith-based organizing, or collaboration with the community. The application deadline is April 29, 2022. Visit our website for more information.
It's Ferguson Scholarship Season
Do you know of a high school senior who could use a scholarship to college? Each year the presbytery awards one student with $5000 through the Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson Student Scholarship Fund. Information (including requirements) and the application can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 15th.
Upcoming Events
Compassion Peace and Justice Training 2022
This year’s event will be offered in two parts:
April 19 - Roundtable discussion and workshop on the work supporting international human rights. We will explore the intersection of human rights with the issues of food sovereignty, migration, racism, climate change, corporate accountability and corruption, militarism, and development. Join to learn what you and your church can do!   Click here to register.
April 20 - Roundtable discussion with staff who are working and organizing nationally on the issues of voting rights, poverty, racism, environmental justice, LGBTQIA+, gun violence, and domestic human rights for all of god’s children. Learn how you and your church can plug into the work and contribute to further civil rights at home! Click here to register.
Ecumenical Earth Day Service: Weathering the Storm - This year, Creation Justice Ministries is hosting an ecumenical service that you can join from anywhere. Join Christian siblings from across theological traditions to celebrate Earth Day and worship the Creator. 12-1pm. Register here.
Prince of Peace's annual Used Book & Media Sale will be held on two Saturdays, April 23 and 30, from 8 am - 4 pm each day, rain or shine. Thousands of books at bargain prices! Most hardcovers are $1, most paperbacks are $0.50. Only certain categories of books are put out each day; details are available on the church website. On April 30, there is also a yard sale on the church grounds and Crofton's Festival on the Green right next door. All proceeds support mission projects of the church. Please call the church office (410-721-2313) with any questions.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: April 25 - 27th - The theme of this year's virtual advocacy days is "Fierce Urgency: Advancing Civil & Human Rights." For more information, and to register, visit the Ecumenical Advocacy website.
Environmental Human Rights Gathering - Tuesday, April 26 at 12pm. Join the Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights to gather and reflect on the movement we are building. Join as they take stock of where we are and begin to chart the path forward. Join us in thanksgiving for one another. Register
Clergy Responding to Unimaginable Times - Tuesday April 26, 2022, 9:45 am to 2 pm featuring Dr. Robert Wicks - Clergy are invited to gather and process their experiences during the pandemic with a goal of building resilience and tools for responding to oneself and the faithful. Register here.
The Atlantic Regional Conference being held in Columbia, MD from April 26-29, is finalized and registration is now open! This event includes 14 classes with an opportunity for members to receive certification hours in each of the newly established core curriculum categories, in addition to elective classes. All classes are being offered in-person and virtually through Zoom. The Atlantic Board thanks the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for their generous agreement to host the event. More information
895th Gathering of The Presbytery of Baltimore - Thursday, May 12 - Our next stated meeting will be a hybrid one! Participants have the option to attend either in-person, or online, for the first time. More information and registration
The next Dismantling Racism Training will be held on
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Help Wanted
Marketing/Community Outreach
Hope Presbyterian Church is looking for someone to update and maintain the Hope social media platforms: Facebook page, webpage, local Arbutus postings, Hope Community board, signage on the Hope Playground and advertising in the community. Contact Rev. Karen Brown - karenbrown2248@gmail.com or call 410-336-6246.

Music Director
Second Presbyterian seeks a dynamic musical leader to help us continue our legacy of high-quality music. Working in a reformed protestant tradition, we strive to strengthen and energize our musical programs. We invite candidates who relish the opportunity to participate in a team led by our Senior Pastor to plan and provide dynamic and meaningful worship in live and virtual settings, as well as enhance the musical outreach efforts of the congregation. Inquiries, referrals, and recommendations are welcome, and should be sent to musicdirector@secondpresby.org.

Church Office Administrator
Second Presbyterian Church of Baltimore is seeking part time Church Office Administrator to oversee the administrative operations of the church office, ensure appropriate reception for visitors and phone calls, and provide administrative support for pastors, professional staff, council chairs, and congregation. 28 – 30 hours/week. Full job specifications can be found at https://secondpresby.org/about/employment-opportunitites/. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to jobs@secondpresby.org.

Organist/Assistant Music Director
Catonsville Presbyterian Church is searching for an Organist/Assistant Music Director. The ideal candidate will demonstrate outstanding musicianship on organ, piano, and in choral conducting and in accompanying soloists. Excellent sight-reading is required. The candidate will work with the Pastoral Staff and Director of Music in offering music for weekly and special worship services. The Organist/Assistant Director of Music will be an integral member of the staff. Because music is an essential element in the life of the church, we expect this person to share and help embody CPC’s vision, mission, and ministry. Job description
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