January 9, 2018
Inside this Edition

The Presbytery of Baltimore will close for business on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Necrology Report

General Assembly Overtures

Martin Luther King Jr. Worship & Lunch

Year end Contributions and Remittance 

Board of Pension/ Terms of Call 

2018 Mileage

Lenten Study: Cross & The Lynching Tree

Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Grove PC Free Concert

Earth Forum: Health & Mortality in Baltimore City

Catonsville PC Word & Music Concert

Next Church Conference in Baltimore Feb. 26-28

Presbyterian Foundation Stewardship Resources

Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the PCUSA

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.)
COLA meets at 10am on Wednesday, Jan. 24

Steering Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 24

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, Jan. 31

Susquehanna Ministry Group will meet at 12:30pm on Thursday, Dec. 21 

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Catonsville PC

Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 24

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Jan. 10

Susquehanna Parish MG will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Franklinville PC.

Guatemala Trip Jan. 29 thru Feb. 3
Tone & Texture: New Exhibit on Display at Presbytery's Gallery

Now on exhibit at the Presbytery of Baltimore's Gallery is Tone & Texture, an exquisite display of handcrafted earthen pottery and richly colored weavings created separately by ministers Roger Rice and Alison Halsey. Both collections were inspired by the artists' spiritual connection with nature and native cultures .
Retired since 2015, The Rev. Roger Rice began creating pottery about 17 years ago after a visit to Ghost Ranch, a retreat center in central New Mexico that offers art and spiritual workshops. "I've always had an artistic side but I never really answered the call until I started taking courses," Roger said. His vessels and bowls feature a melange of colors mimicking the red clay terrain, blue skies, sandy cliffs, charcoal mountains and splotches of green, gold and purplish earth tones reminiscent of the southwestern landscape. An avid backpacker who recently hiked through the Glacier mountains and along the Canadian Rockies, the pottery maker said he sees a lot of nature in his work.
"That's part of my inspiration. It's in my poetry as well," said Roger, who is also the author of "Where Mother Wind Blows Through Me, Poems of Creation" Predominantly focused on the environment, Roger's book of poetry is written in a form of verse like the Hebrew poetry in the Old Testament. "We forget that the prophets were all poets," he said. "Isaiah and Jeremiah - they were prophets, but they were poets, too."
Also on exhibit is a collection of woven wall hangings by The Rev. Alison Halsey, Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air. Inspired by a 40-year passion for beautiful tapestry work, Alison's weavings are reflective of the patterns and technique Navajo women used to weave tribal rugs and cloth. Several years ago, she traveled to Belgium and France to study tapestries at textile factories and museums; and, in 2008, used the proceeds from a Lilly Foundation Grant to study one-on-one with a master weaver on a Navajo reservation in Arizona.
For the Navajo, the art of weaving encompasses beauty, order and harmony - a philosophy Native Americans describe as hozho. "The true Navajo rug is symmetrical: you can fold it in half length-wise or width-wise and it creates harmony on both sides," Alison said. Every aspect of a Navajo weaving represents something spiritual: the colors, shapes, patterns - even parts of the loom, she further explained. "Creating a Navajo rug is kind of like walking a spiritual labyrinth: you journey in [to the weave] and then turn around and journey out."
Tone and Texture will be on exhibit at the Presbytery of Baltimore Gallery through February 2018. 

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

Take Note: Churches are requested to submit Necrology Reports to the Stated Clerk by Feb. 1, 2018.

Overtures to the General Assembly are the way the church brings business to the Assembly for consideration.  They are diverse in nature ranging from changing something in our Form of Government to making statements on public policy issues.  When a Presbytery approves an overture it requires at least one other presbytery to concur (like seconding a motion) before it can be taken to the GA.  Church Sessions have the right to submit an original overture to the Presbytery or to overture presbytery to concur with another presbytery's overture.  You can access a continuously updated list of overtures at pcbiz.org.  The Stated Clerks encourage you to review this list from time to time and consider if your session might be called to engagement with this process.  If you need more information or assistance contact Mary Gaut at  mgaut@baltimorepresbytery.org.

On Jan. 15, 2018 you are invited to a special MLK Day event:  "No More Sword Talk" at Knox Presbyterian Church.  The program will be from 11am - 1pm (including lunch) with registration starting at 10:30am.  Come together in prayer, to reflect upon the violence in the city of Baltimore, re-connect to the lives lost and its impact on all who live and minister in the city and learn how you can join with others already working to end the violence.  View flyer . . . 

Special workshop speaker - Mr. Cory Winfield, Baltimore City Safe Streets Program

All    church contributions   are due    Thursday, January 11, 2018   at the close of the business day. Please mark your contributions with the year to which you would like them applied.  All  expense requests for 2017  must be received at close of day by the Presbytery or postmarked no later than Tuesday, January 3, 2018. There will be no exceptions! 

Take Note:  Board of Pension dues on Terms of Call form should be calculated at 37% of the effective salary.   Also, Take Note , Terms of Call for Clergy must be submitted to the Presbytery office no later then Feb. 1, 2017

T he Internal Revenue Service has announced that as of Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be  54.5 cents for every mile; 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and, 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Pastors and church staff members who drive their personal vehicles for church-related business (visitations, special events, etc.) can be reimbursed if they properly track their miles-or they may be able to calculate a deduction for their annual tax returns. For further information please consult a tax professional.
Need an interest-free loan  for the 2018-19 academic year to complete your college Junior, Senior or Graduate School studies?  The Ruth Gosnell Education Fund, directed by the Springfield Presbyterian Church, provides interest-free loans for those full-time students, regardless of religion. To learn more, click Ruth Gosnell Education Fund and download an application. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1, 2018

Find out what's happening in Baltimore City, health-wise on Sun., Jan. 21, 2 - 4:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian's Earth Forum.  Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City's highly regarded Health Commissioner, will speak about her two-year old program to prescribe the opioid antidote, Naloxone, to all 620,000 city residents.  Other transformative projects she will address include reducing infant mortality rate, providing glasses to every child who needs them, and treating violence as a contagious disease.  
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County hosts this free program that is open to all interested persons. Contact  earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call  410.730.3545 (church office) or on Facebook. 

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Words & Music".  Exploring the dynamic unity of two "languages," words AND music, this group uses the compelling medium of a chamber vocal quartet to entertain and inspire.  The group performs at Catonsville Presbyterian Church at 3pm on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.  The concert is free, no tickets required.  For more info, call 410.747.6180. 


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The Presbyterian Foundation offers a number of church-wide stewardship and giving campaigns resources   that may be of benefit to your congregation . For further information, email the Foundation's regional representative Olanda Carr at olanda.carr@presbyterianfoundation.org or call  888.711.1318 .

The Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the PCUSA are a public acknowledgement of the significant service to the causes of Christian unity and interreligious relations rendered by presbyteries, congregations, and individuals.  Awards are made in conjunction with the General Assembly.  Nominations of suitable candidates (presbyteries, congregations, and individuals) are being requested.  We have extended the deadline to Jan. 19. Please email nominations to The Rev. Mary Gene Boteler, Interim Coordination, Ecumenical Networking and Resource Development
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (740.704.0983, mgboteler@gmail.com ). Final selection will be made by the GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations by Jan. 24th.

Mark your calendar now  for  Sept. 24-26, 2018   so you don't miss Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual 
event offering plenary speakers, workshops, and worship experiences, with incredible networking  
opportunities among others passionate about stewardship and generosity. Click here to learn more . . . 

taff Directory

 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

 Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation
Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Chuck Brawner
Financial Administrator

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

John "Jack" Carlson
Stated Clerk 

  Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
        Book Keeper

McKenna Lewellen 
Center Coordinator

Mary Gaut
Deputy Stated Clerk

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center