March 3, 2020
Cyber Safety in the Information Age
Last month, youth and parents participated in the “Public & Permanent: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse!” event hosted by the Bay Area Disciples (BAD) . The presentation by Richard Guerry, founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2), applied his vast experience and knowledge of digital safety to share insights about online responsibility to youth and parents.

All attending found the speaker to be very engaging and the topic compelling. Richard shared how important technology is for everyone. The digital age requires digital responsibilities, and what we do and what we post can impact others. He shared many stories about the consequences of technology that ended up getting youth and others arrested for their actions and he also shared many ways that youth can use technology in positive ways. His program is highly recommended for all ages.
Join the BDSC for a Movie Night
Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a journey into the Native American experience set against the backdrop of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The movie is based on the book of the same title by Kent Nerburn and tells the story of a white man and an Indian elder who journey together struggling to find a common voice. This movie takes viewers past all the myths and misconceptions of the Native American experience and reveals a part of America that few people see.

The Baltimore Dakota Learning Camps Steering Committee (BDSC) is sponsoring movie nights in the various Ministry Groups starting in Lent. Currently we have 3 Movie Nights scheduled with more coming:

  • North Baltimore Presbyterians Ministry Group: Faith Presbyterian – Sunday, March 15th – 5:30 – 8:30 PM A potluck supper will be held at 5:30 and the movie will be shown starting at 6:30.
  • In The Loop Ministry Group: Hunting Ridge Presbyterian – Friday, March 27th – 7:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Susquehanna Parrish Ministry Group: Highland Presbyterian – Saturday, April 18th – 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Contact Chrystie Adams, BDSC Chair, for more information or to arrange a showing at your church.

Workshops and Training

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. March 7, 2020

NOTICE: Venue has changed to Dickey Memorial (5112 Wetheredsville Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207)
Upcoming Events
Ministering to Victims of Sexual Violence
This one-day course is offered by The Samaritan Women to respond to the sexually wounded with compassion and wisdom. They invite you to identify men and women in your congregation or workplace who possess the emotional stability and spiritual maturity to participate in this training. Registration and 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
Community Engagement Grants Q&A
This informational session is offered to those interested in applying for a 2020 Community Engagement Grant . And the best part is that this webinar can be attended from your home, workplace or church! Register today .
Flint: The Poisoning of an American City
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will be screening this award-winning documentary about the water crisis in Michigan, and its implications for towns and cities everywhere. 2:00 pm Email Carolyn Smith for more info.
Live into Welcome: More Light Presbyterians
Brown Memorial would love to welcome you to a conversation with Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians over dinner to learn more about ways you can engage in deeper ways in your church community and surrounding neighborhood. This is a potluck, so please bring something to share. RSVP here .
March 15 is also the Thriving Congregations Grants deadline!
Four different grants are available from the Commission on Thriving Congregations. But, you have to apply to win. The deadline is fast approaching. Visit our website for 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.

Spring Drive Golf Outing and Bull Roast
This one-day event supports the 224 th General Assembly, meeting this June in Baltimore. There will be fun, prizes, and a silent auction. Tee-off is at 9 am, and dinner at 3 pm. Spread the word. Registration and more information

And, if your church can display or distribute our event poster , that would be tremendously appreciated!
Queen Esther in October
Granite Presbyterian Church will be traveling by bus to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to see the play “Queen Esther." The cost will be $115 per person. This will include bus transportation, your ticket to the 11:00 show, lunch afterwards and snacks on the bus. A deposit of $60.00 will be due on June 1st with the balance due by August 15th. They are looking for 56 people to fill the bus. Neighbors, friends and relatives are all welcome to join. If interested, please contact Pam Adams at or call at (443) 802-3734 to reserve your space.
Volunteer Opportunities
The DC Detention Visitation Network
On any given night, more than 1,000 people are held in immigration detention in at least six detention facilities in Maryland and Virginia, incarcerated in actual or virtual jails solely because they have been accused of or determined to be in the US without authorization. The DC Detention Visitation Network seeks to lessen their isolation and vulnerability by providing friendship and support through in-person visits and letters. There will be a volunteer training and information session on Saturday, March 21 , 10:30am-12:30pm. Please join to learn more about the system and what you can do to help people who are negatively affected by it. RSVP to  or (443) 620-3380  to attend.
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.
Help Wanted
Office Administrator
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Office Administrator. The position is 20 hours per week, 9:30-1:30 Monday – Friday. The person should be detail oriented and well organized, and will be responsible for publishing bulletins and newsletters, management paperwork, handling bookings, maintaining the calendar, and facilitating communication with the congregants and the community. If interested, please submit a resume to and or mail to Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church, 2330 Mt. Hebron Dr., Ellicott City MD 21042
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 .
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
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