January 22, 2018
Inside this Edition

878th Gathering: "Building Shalom in Our Communities" 

Necrology Report

General Assembly Overtures

Ruth Gosnell Education Fund Grove PC Free Concert

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Purple Ribbon Project

Baritone Daniel C.X. Rich in Concert at Faith Presbyterian Church

Next Church Conference in Baltimore Feb. 26-28

Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the PCUSA

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Insurance Board Webinar: Keeping Your Congregation Safe/ Preventing Sexual Harassment in Your Church

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

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

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

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

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

Guatemala Trip Jan. 29 thru Feb. 3
Prayer & Praise 
Please pray for the family of Laura Mullen, the Presbytery's book keeper, as they cope with the serious illness of Laura's daughter, Lea. Lea is hospitalized in Intensive Care.


Please pray for the family of Stated Clerk John "Jack" Carlson as they mourn the loss of his elderly mother-in-law, Marion McCormick, 97, who died Jan. 11. Click here to learn more.


United Workers Association Awarded 
Self-Development of People Grant 

A local human rights organization long entrenched in a statewide campaign to ensure that low-wage workers receive paid sick leave was awarded a $7,200 grant from the Presbytery of Baltimore's Self-Development of People (SDOP) committee. The funds will support the United Workers Association's (UWA) ongoing efforts to org anize low-wage workers; educate them about the political system; and,  encourage them to advocate for legislation that improves their lives -  such as the recent victory achieved through the Work with Dignity Earned Sick Leave Campaign.
"A lot of what we're doing is building a base," said Tarah Fitzgerald, UWA's statewide leadership organizer. "We're going door-to-door connecting with people and asking them what are the issues they are facing now and what are their concern," Ms. Fitzgerald said. "We're were getting a lot of stories about people getting sick, losing their jobs and becoming homeless. How is that fair,"she asked?

Just recently, Maryland General Assembly legislators agreed overwhelming that low-wage workers were unfairly denied sick leave and, subsequently, voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Healthy Working Families Act.  The bill becomes law next month - in part, due to UWA's Work with Dignity Earned Sick Leave Campaign and the efforts of other community activists. The legislation now requires employers with m ore than 15 full-time workers to allow them to earn up to five days of sick pay a year. UWA estimates that as many as 700,000 Maryland workers - a disproportionate number of whom are minorities or migrant workers - will benefit from the new labor law.
UWA was founded in 2002 as a human rights organization, led by the poor to end poverty. Through the years it has succeeded in other campaigns such as: improving conditions for stadium workers; advocating for affordable housing; preventing the construction of a large  trash incinerator near a local school; acquiring benefits and back pay for restaurant workers locked out of their jobs; and, increasing the living wage to $13.39 per hour. Most importantly, said Ms. Fitzgerald, UWA has been successful at "creating a community in which people feel supported and powerful enough to step up to leadership and advocate for their human rights."

The Presbytery will award the Self Development grant to UWA during the 878th Gathering on Feb. 8 at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Funding for the SDOP grant  is made possible by your  generous gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing.

Presbytery of Baltimore's Self-Development of People committee

Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery and Churchwide

Click here for general information and to order a Gathering meal 

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.
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, regardles s of religion. To learn more, click Ruth Gosnell Education Fund and download an application. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1, 2018


Photo by Betty Schroll

Nearly 40 congregants from First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, as well as, members of other churches in the Presbytery, traveled to Annapolis last Thursday to discuss urban violence with legislators and present them with purple ribbons, a symbol of each person killed last year in Baltimore City.

Faith Presbyterian Church presents baritone  Daniel C.X. Rich in concert of music by African American composers at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 23. 
Daniel has performed with several opera companies including the role of Surnani in an operetta commissioned by The Smithsonian and the Sultanate of Oman. He is a graduate of Morgan State, and currently a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. A meet the artist reception will follow.


Click here to learn more . . . .

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 . . . 

Insurance Board Webinar:  Keeping Your Congregation Safe: Tips for Preventing Sexual
Harassment in Your ChurchClick here to learn more. . .  (Feb. 7)

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