February 25, 2020
This Tidings comes to you a week early, because there are some very important dates, deadlines and opportunities that are fast approaching!
March 15 : Thriving Congregations Grants Deadline
Many churches in our Presbytery are seeking to transform themselves through the development of viable and vibrant ministries, yet some lack the current leadership or membership capacity to fully realize their goals. The Commission on Thriving Congregations is aware of the growing number of congregations where assessment, planning and grant assistance may make the difference between continued ministry and closing.

This application will be used for congregations applying for grants administered by the Commission on Thriving Congregations. The types of grants are:

  1. Board of Pensions Grant – Assistance for pension dues to supplement part-time pastoral leadership
  2. Program Grant – Assistance for Congregational transformation and intentional evangelism through programmatic initiatives
  3. Capital Grant – Assistance for capital building costs/repairs related to a programmatic initiative. Capital Grants are only available for existing Programs/Projects.
  4. SLD Coaching Grant – Assistance for Clergy Coaching for (1) any clergy entering our presbytery to take a new call or for (2) clergy who are pastoring churches that have completed an assessment process and are implementing a new vision for their congregation.

April 1 : Community Engagement Grant Deadline
Last September, the Commission on Reconciliation issued its first ever Community Engagement Awards to six different congregations in Baltimore Presbytery. This year, we’re pleased to announce that the process is beginning even sooner. Applications are now online for grant funds for community organizing and community engagement by congregations in the Presbytery of Baltimore.

There is $25,000 total available, and funds will be awarded up to $7,500 per applicant. The application deadline is April 1, 2020, and winners are notified in June. Application and more information

A Q&A webinar for those interested in applying has been scheduled for March 9th, from 5-6 pm.
May 15 : Ferguson Scholarship Application Deadline
The Presbytery of Baltimore has established the Robert F. and Rosa M. Ferguson Student Scholarship Fund for the purpose of providing financial assistance to deserving high school students who wish to further their education at an accredited college or university. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson – he, a long-time member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and she, a long-time educator in Baltimore City and County – generously donated the resources to fund this scholarship.

Priority shall be given to financially deserving students whose family income is modest. The amount of the scholarship shall be $5,000 for one year.
Workshops and Training
March 7, 2020 - This three-hour workshop includes teaching and small group work, with additional resources that congregational leaders can take with them to develop and implement in their church setting. Cost: $40 per person. Deadline for registration: Friday, February 28.
Upcoming Events
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Join for a Pancake Supper on Fat Tuesday, at Havenwood Presbyterian from 5-6:30. Pay what you want! Proceeds will support their efforts to build a Faith House with Habitat for Humanity. Together with several other churches, Havenwood is committed to raise funds and supply volunteers to build a home with Habitat in the Woodburne-McCabe neighborhood. More information
Ash Wednesday Service
Join the Presbytery of Baltimore for the imposition of ashes at 11:45 am in the Chapel of Faith Presbyterian Church (5400 Loch Raven Blvd). This service is open to all and offers Presbytery pastors a time of prayer and worship as they prepare to lead evening services.
Navigating the Second Half of Life
Catonsville Presbyterian hosts a program by author, internationally acclaimed Jungian analyst and teacher James Hollis, Ph.D. He will be exploring ways to live a more authentic life. This Saturday at 9 am: Tickets are still available! More information
Kickball and Crafts in the Park
Come make friends and have some fun at Alhambra Park! There will be board games, crafts, snacks and warm or cold drinks depending on the weather. A good time will be had by all. This event is made possible through the partnership between the North Baltimore Presbyterians and the Woodbourne-McCabe Community Association. More information
Special Meeting of the Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County , 10 am: The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a report on plans for The Center, including an opportunity to review a motion which will be moved, debated and voted at the May 14 Gathering. Presbyters will be able to ask questions, request further information, and make constructive suggestions.
Help Wanted
Part-Time Youth Director
Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church is a small and welcoming congregation in the Cape St. Claire neighborhood of Annapolis seeking a Youth Director. Our church has been blessed to have over forty youth in grades 6-12 on our roster (and typically 15-25 in weekly attendance), and this program needs new leadership and vision. Read full job description .
Summer Internships
The Center is still seeking summer interns to join their staff for 9 mission weeks! The application has been extended until March 1st. Learn more about the internship and application here .
Part-time Administrator
The Center is also seeking an organized, detail-oriented, patient individual who is a good communicator and experienced managing a database to work with local congregations to host visiting groups from across the country for mission experiences in the Baltimore area. Full job description
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 Sonce.Reese@pcusa.org or (410) 433-2012.
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