December 10, 2019
Eco-Friendly Gift Giving
Searching for the perfect gift? Here are a few ideas shared by the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. [ Download flyer ]

Shop locally owned – Support your community and local economy by shopping small mom-and-pop stores, especially if those stores also sell locally made items.

Sustainable wrapping paper – Reuse paper products such as old maps or comic strips. For gift bags that come with tags attached, write "Reuse this bag!" on it instead of the recipient's name.

Decrease spending and waste – Have family members draw names and stick to a 'one gift' rule. This allows each person to get one especially thoughtful and unique gift from someone who had the time to dedicate their effort.

The gift of charity – Give money to a local charity, sponsor a child overseas or help impoverished women start a small business all in the name of your loved ones.

Organize your shopping trips – Not only will taking care of all of your shopping in fewer trips make the entire season a whole lot easier, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint.

Green gifts for adults – Consider giving friends or family “experiential” presents – such as gift certificates for restaurants, movies, plays, concerts, yoga classes, spa services, or even weekend getaways. Or give nature lovers a national parks pass or membership to a botanical garden or aquarium.
The Peace Pole Parable
One Sunday morning a small child walked up to the Peace Pole erected in the Prayer Garden at Covenant Presbyterian and touched it with his small hands. He looked around to make sure no one was looking and then with boisterous laughter coupled with a broad smile, he danced around it before walking in the front door. I had just pulled into the parking lot and happened to witness this expression of joy. I thought, “What would the earth be like if world leaders celebrated peace with such abandon?”

The message on the Peace Pole is profound yet simple: “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” Think about the impact, if each one of us made friends with someone from another culture. We invite you to join us in the work of reconciliation as we pray for global peace. Your child-like soul will dance for joy!
TE Renee Mackey, Wild, Wild West 2019 convener
Covenant Presbyterian Church erected the peace pole on World Communion and Peacemaking Sunday with monies from the Shared Ministry Fund to raise awareness for all nations and races to work together to make peace a reality. Everyone arriving at the church must walk past the pole. It stands as a visible reminder of who God has called us to be in a world of violence and injustice. The pole announces to the community that all people are welcome for we are “an international community of faith reaching out to others in love.”

Covenant focused on “Prophetic Witness and Reconciliation of the World,” one of the Ministry Group outcomes, as they planned for the Peace Pole dedication. Children from each of their respective countries placed flags at the base as the four languages on the Peace Pole were read in French, Hebrew, Tagalog and English. They represent the four corners of the earth along with three of the primary languages spoken within the congregation. Now at different times during the liturgical calendar, the congregation gathers at the Peace Pole for the closing prayer and benediction.
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Holiday Events
Christmas Concert
Central Presbyterian's renowned celebration of Christmas will feature the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Orchestra. Suggested Donation: $10 per ticket or give what you can. (7308 York Rd. Towson)
Christmas Party
Maryland Presbyterian (1105 Providence Rd. Towson) welcomes children and adults of all ages at 11:30 am. Sign up to bring your favorite dish or dessert, everyone is invited to come ready to play some Christmas games, and get your photo taken in front of the Christmas tree. Bring your friends, neighbors, anyone you think could use a little extra Christmas cheer. More information
Alternative Gift Market
Towson Presbyterian Church (400 W. Chesapeake Ave.) hosts the Alternative Gift Market again this December with gifts for that hard to shop for person. You can support many mission groups while checking off that list, knowing the gifts you purchase not only bless the receiver, but those who made the gifts as well. 9 am – 12 pm. More information
Annual Cookie Walk
Join in the 2019 Catonsville Presbyterian Annual Cookie Walk from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Bring six to seven dozen cookies and donate them to the Cookie Walk. Or just come to the Cookie Walk, in fellowship hall. All proceeds benefit the Santi School Project , which focuses entirely on training teachers to help improve childhood literacy. The SSP designed a training program to give teachers the techniques and resources they need to get their students excited about reading. More information
Children's Christmas Pageant
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (9325 Presbyterian Cir. Columbia) presents an adoration through the eyes of children. 10:30 -11:30 am. More information
Ladies Christmas Gathering
Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton hosts from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, for tea, coffee, and tasty treats. All ladies are welcomed. It’s the tradition to bring an unwrapped gift to be given to the female residents living at Sarah’s House – a place of refuge from abuse or homelessness. And don’t forget a $10 wrapped gift to exchange at the party. Don your favorite seasonal outfit; please bake or buy a treat to share; and come together. More information
Christmas Pageant
Come learn more about the true meaning of Christmas through music and drama as youth and helpers present “The Christmas Story” on the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Hosted by Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church (1657 Crofton Pkwy, Crofton) at 10:30 am. More information
Help Wanted
Music Director / Instrumentalist
Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore seeks a Music Director/ Instrumentalist to work collaboratively with the Pastors and members of the congregation to lead and encourage people of all ages, cultures, and talents to participate in the music ministry of the Church in order to enhance the worship experience and encourage spiritual growth through music. Cover letter and resume should be sent to the attention of the Search Committee at:  no later than February 1, 2020.
Director of Music
Highland Presbyterian Church in Street, MD desires person w/heart for worship and love for Jesus. Responsibilities: Coordinate and plan music program to include leading and directing Chancel Choir and Praise/Gospel Team and oversee development of children’s music program. Work with Pastor and Worship Commission. Accomplished piano skills required. Part-time. For 10 am. worship service. Call (410) 452-9394.
General Assembly Volunteers
The Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) is seeing creative and energetic individuals to lead a team or be part of a workgroup for June’s General Assembly in Baltimore. Available roles include: Fundraising Co-Chair, Media & Communications Chair, and Welcome Reception Volunteers. For additional information, contact or (410) 433-2012.
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