October 15, 2019
Useful news from the Board of Pensions
Enrollment is coming
As the fall season arrives, so does annual enrollment, the time for some of us to elect benefits or make changes to coverage. To get prepared, log on to Benefits Connect to review your current coverage, as well as the family members you currently cover and any beneficiary designations. Then, starting October 28 through November 15 , take advantage of annual enrollment to make sure you will have the coverage you want effective January 1, 2020.
Call to Health
Call to Health is a year-long program that encourages members and spouses enrolled in the Medical Plan to develop healthy habits in the four areas of wholeness: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. When these key areas of our lives are in balance, we're better able to serve others. That's why Call to Health offers challenges in each of these key areas, encouraging wholeness in us all.

Call to Health consists of dozens of defined challenges, most of short duration, that members complete for points toward reduced medical deductibles the following year — and even gift cards. Deadline for enrollment is also November 15. More information
Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions helps ministers repay educational debt through Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants. Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants make it easier for ministers to accept a wide range of positions and wholly commit their best gifts to ministry. For eligibility and more information, visit the their webpage.
College Retreat to Montreat  
 Registration has opened for the 2020 College Conference at Montreat . This four-day event takes place over winter break in the mountains of North Carolina, from January 2-5. It will explore the ways Sabbath influences our faith, impacts our personal well-being, and promotes justice and care for our neighbors and surrounding creation. College students from all over the country convene for an awesome way to make new friends, rest, and connect with God. If interested, email Michele Ward.
Upcoming Events
The West Side Pumpkin Patch
Hunting Ridge Presbyterian is now open daily from 11 am – 6 pm until the end of the month for your seasonal enjoyment. Stop by and pick up a pumpkin or some pumpkin bread! Special family events will be happening on Saturday Oct. 19 and 26 from 4 - 8 pm. 4640 Edmondson Ave. Baltimore.
Jamaican Party
Hosted by Grace Presbyterian Church , 7 – 10 pm: The youth and young adults who attended the In the Loop Sponsored Jamaica Mission/Cultural trip in June want to thank supporters and share what they learned and how the trip has impacted their lives. Featuring free food, music, dancing, and giveaways for all ages. 2604 Banister Rd. Baltimore More information
Fall Gathering of the Baltimore Presbyterian Women
You are invited on October 19th from 9 - 12:30 to the Howard County Historical Society Museum at 8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City. Although the event is free, early registration is requested for each church. Contact Paula Crews at (443) 388-4073 to confirm your attendance.
Service of Re-Dedication, Celebration, and Open House
Everyone is invited to attend Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church ’s special services this Sunday at 3:00 pm. After worship, thanks will be offered for the incredible Ministry Expansion project that is almost complete. A special celebration in the newly improved Fellowship Hall will include goodies, refreshments and tours. 6410 Amherst Ave. Columbia More information
The 20th Anniversary of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.
The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) invites you to attend a reception next Wednesday, from 7 – 9 pm. It will be held at Westminster Hall, at 519 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, and honor some special people who have supported and strived to achieve health care for all. More information

Tiffany Concert Series Opens
Renowned African American organist Mickey Thomas Terry will play a program of European organ classics as well as works by African American composers on Sunday at 3 pm at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church , 1320 Park Ave. The concert will be live video-streamed on a big screen at the front of the church and a reception will follow. Tickets are available online and at the door. Free for students!
Susquehanna Parish Ministry Fall Discipleship Event
Leaders and members from any of the churches in the Baltimore Presbytery are invited to join Susquehanna Parish’s sixth annual event. There will be several hands-on mission projects and four different workshops offered. Please register by October 25th or download the brochure for more information .
The 885th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore
Mark your calendars! We will be convening on Saturday, November 16th at Annapolis Presbyterian Church for our next Gathering. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jonathon Walton , Dean of the Divinity School, Wake Forest University. More information
In Search of
The Center is Seeking Summer Housing!
Need summer house-sitters? Each summer The Center hires interns to assist in running our summer programming. We are seeking furnished housing for 2-3 people inside the beltway from late May through mid-August. Do you know anyone who could help? Email othomas@baltimoreprebytery.org
Help Wanted
General Assembly Commissioners
Baltimore Presbytery will send two ruling elders, two teaching elders and one youth advisory delegate as our commissioners to the 224th General Assembly, June 20-27, 2020. We will also choose one ruling elder and one teaching elder as alternates to step up in the case of a commissioner being unable to serve. The Nominating Committee is open to suggestions - nominate yourself, nominate a fellow church member or a pastor you think would be a suitable commissioner. Please send your suggestions and a short statement about why you are suggesting this person to dmceachran@hrpc.comcastbiz.net or call Rev. Deborah McEachran at (410) 566-2926.
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.
Pastor
Faith Presbyterian Church is searching for a dynamic Pastor to lead a healthy, committed, progressive, diverse, and welcoming congregation to a deeper understanding of what it means to live the Christian faith. We seek an individual committed to excellence in preaching and teaching and to the church’s role in advancing social and economic justice in the community. Our congregation walks the walk and is looking for someone to accompany and guide us on our ongoing journey to being Faith in the City: Seeking, Standing, Serving Additional Information
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