January 7, 2020
Blessing the Butterflies
Churchville Presbyterian Church has been celebrating the 200 th Anniversary of its Sanctuary since last year’s Heritage Day, on October 12 th . Among the many events that weekend, Fawn Palmer, a member of the church, organized the tagging of Monarch butterflies. The event made the national news as her articles and photos were published last year by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Churchville continues to recognize the anniversary, and looks forward to their next Heritage Day, October 10, 2020. (We’ll remind you!)
Scammers Posing as Pastors Target Local Churchgoers
Be aware that there have been a number of attempts in Baltimore by scammers, and a recent incident unfortunately happened to one of our churches. Text messages claiming to be from the pastor solicited donations in the form of gift card codes.

And there have been others. Pastors in the area and across the country report that their names also had been used by fraudsters in similar attempts to grift their congregants. Please spread the word, and ask your members to double-check any text, email or phone requests for donations. Read the article
Montreat Youth Conference 2020: We Are
Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church and Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church invite youth from 9 th -12 th grades to join their Montreat Youth Conference from August 2-8, 2020. Cost varies depending on housing (roughly $500-700 per person), but scholarships and rates for first time churches are available through Montreat Camp and Conference Center.

If you are interested in attending together, email Rev. Michele Ward, michele@browndowntown.org , or learn more here.
Notice to Churches
Pastors and Clerks of Session:

Remember that your Annual Statistical Report must be approved by your Session before submitting. Do not click “submit” until your session has approved the report. Deadline is February 12 .

This year the Clerks' Annual Questionnaire, prepared by the PCUSA Office of Research Services, has been sent at the same time as Annual Statistical Reporting. This has come as a surprise to us and to other presbyteries. Only the statistical report has to be approved by sessions prior to submitting but both are important. Please contact Mary Gaut at the presbytery office with any questions you may have. We are sorry for any confusion this new scheduling has created. Deadline is Friday, February 14 .

1st Annual In-The-Loop Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spoken Word Contest
4th to 12th graders will share their original works of poetry/spoken word, rap, and essay and prizes will be awarded at each school level - elementary, middle and high school. Applications and rules for the contest are posted online For more information, contact Annette Snyder, (410) 207-2520, or the Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church office, (410) 566-2926.
Our Puerto Rico Experience
Catonsville Presbyterian Church (1400 Frederick Rd.) hosts this dinner event at 6:00 p.m. to share news about the trip to Puerto Rico last November. Participants will tell stories, show pictures, and explain what was accomplished and what they hope to accomplish in the future. Facebook event
Taize Prayer
Join Taizé Baltimore for a time of meditative singing and prayer modeled after the Taizé Community in France. Singing simple phrases with harmonies and musical accompaniment, in a candle filled space around the cross, the prayer practice of Taizé is a deeply spiritual and reflective time. We gather the last Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at Maryland Presbyterian Church (1105 Providence Road, Towson) and all are welcome to join.
Cyber Safety Event
"Public & Permanent: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!" featuring speaker Richard Guerry. The Bay Area Disciples (BAD) is hosting this important event for middle and high school youth, parents are encouraged to attend, from 6 - 7:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Saylor at saylordeb@yahoo.com
Connect at The Center Happy Hour
Connect at the Center for their first annual Happy Hour and Silent Auction Fundraiser. Hear how your financial support makes their ministry possible. Your ticket gives access to an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to bid on a collection of silent auction items. 5 - 7 pm. Tickets available online .
Save the Dates
Mark your calendars now for TWO opportunities to gather with sisters and brothers in the Presbytery!

The 886 th Gathering of Presbytery to be held at 3:30 pm, February 13, 2020 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road, Baltimore. The meeting will feature worship with communion and reading of the necrology of Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and Ruling Elders who have passed away in the past year. Items for Discernment and Decision will include consideration of possible support for two overtures to the 224 the General Assembly. Note: Some of you may have heard that we had planned to welcome John Bell, noted Scottish hymn writer and member of the Iona Community, but unfortunately he will not be able to be with us due to the death of his friend and colleague, Graham Maule.
The Steering Cabinet has also called for a Special Meeting of the Presbytery at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. 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. At the March special meeting, presbyters will be able to ask questions, request further information, and make constructive suggestions, but again, no amendments will be offered at this time, and no vote taken until May.
Help Wanted
Part-time Administrator
The Center is 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
Interim Pastor
The Presbyterian Church of Dover, a 305-year old congregation in the heart of Delaware’s capital city, is in need of an Interim Pastor following a too brief pastorate. We are a congregation of 230 caring members optimistic that with God’s grace we will find new direction and return to a path of engaged service to members and the community . For more information, email Garry B. Petterson o r (302) 270-5287.
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. Full job description
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 Sonce.Reese@pcusa.org or (410) 433-2012.
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