April 18, 2017
Inside this Edition
875th Gathering of the Presbytery 

Presbytery Seeks Stated Clerk 

Presbytery Seeks Financial Administrator

Earth Day Mission Opportunities & Earth Action Weekend Activities

Earth Forum w/ Rev. Patricia Hull,
 at 1st PC of Howard. Co. 

Faith Cuban Organ Concert

Catonsville Canticle Singers 

World & Music of Three Faiths at 
2nd Presbyterian Church 

1st PC of Belair seeks Christian Educator and an Office Administrator 

Cherry Hill Community PC 
Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore 

PCUSA Launches Abuse Prevention Hotline 

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

Personnel Committee will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Apr. 19

Nominating Committee will host a Go-To-meeting at 7:30pm on Monday, Apr. 24

Steering Cabinet (Whole Group)  will meet at 1pm on Wednesday. Apr. 26

The Commission on Reconciliation will meet at 6:30pm Wednesday., Apr. 26

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on May 3 

The Commission on Spiritual Leader Development will meet at 1pm on May 3

The Cuba Partnership will meet from 7-9pm on Wednesday, Apr. 19 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Howard Co.

The Board of Pensions Seminar will be held  Seminar will begin a 9am on Thursday, Apr. 27 at Woods Mem'l Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. 
Urgent Support Needed to Ease Famine in South Sudan

by  Emily Love Esworthy,  Communications Officer
                     IMA World Health

Starving Sudanese child embraced by his mother.
The Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) World Health, a faith-based organization that has strengthened health care and provided critical medical services in South Sudan since 2008, is asking churches and individuals for urgent financial support to increase its response to widespread starvation in the world's newest nation.

South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan in 2011 after a long, devastating civil war. Unfortunately, peace was short-lived. In 2013, violent conflict broke out between warring factions within South Sudan's government, uprooting millions of people from their homes, gardens, herds and livelihoods.

In February, the United Nations' World Food Programme officially declared famine in South Sudan. Nearly 5 million men, women and children are at immediate risk of starvation. IMA has established networks and staff that are working around the clock to address urgent nutrition and health needs, but resources are in short supply.

Your donations to IMA will provide the following:
  • Food, medicines and supplies: Purchasing and distributing therapeutic food to treat malnutrition, oral rehydration therapy for dehydration and essential medicines to treat malaria and other infections that are exacerbated by famine conditions
  • Prefabricated and mobile health clinics: Serving remote communities in need of urgent nutrition support and basic medical care
  • Emergency grants to partners: Sharing resources with well-known local partner organizations that serve the most critical areas.
Please give online (and download bulletin inserts and other worship resources) at https://imaworldhealth.org/help-south-sudan . Checks can be sent to IMA World Health, 1730
weight screening and measuring a child's mid-upper arm are ways to determine malnourishment.
M Street, NW, Ste 1100, Washington, DC 20036.

IMA World Health was founded in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and continues this partnership to achieve its vision of health, healing and well-being for world wide. 

For more information, visit www.imaworldhealth.org .  

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Presbytery and Church-wide

Presbytery of Baltimore Seeks New Stated Clerk 

The Presbytery of Baltimore (PCUSA) is seeking to fill the position of Stated Clerk. The Stated Clerk serves as Secretary and Parliamentarian for the Presbytery and its Steering Cabinet. The Stated Clerk is elected by the Presbytery and reports to the General Presbyter. We are seeking a ruling or teaching elder of PCUSA who has good interpersonal relationship skills; strong organizational and computer skills with an emphasis on attention to detail; a commitment to a spirit of impartiality; a willingness to work collegially and collaboratively with staff and committee members, and knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, the Book of Order and the Roberts Rules of Order. This is a part-time position with the Presbytery.

Please send a resumé including three references that addresses your relevant service to the Presbyterian Church to Rae Jean Goodman, SCSEARCH2017@gmail.com. We will start reviewing applications on 31 March 2017 and will continue until a successful search is completed. A complete job description is available by clicking Stated Clerk.

Presbytery of Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Financial Administrator
The Presbytery of Baltimore seeks a part-time (19 hours/week) Financial Administrator for the PC(USA) denominational headquarters in the Baltimore, MD region (67 churches). The ideal candidate will have a college degree, experience with financial administration (preferably in a non-profit setting), and good communication skills. The working environment is purpose-driven and collegial.
Duties include creating and distributing financial statements and giving statements; managing loans, investment income distribution, third-party payroll service, and relationship with auditors; attending Trustee and other meetings as requested; and supervising the bookkeeper.
Please send a résumé including three references that addresses your relevant service to the Presbytery of Baltimore c/o Wanda Morgan, 5400 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239 or email office@baltimorepresbytery.org.  The Presbytery's personnel committee will immediately begin reviewing applications and continue until a successful search is completed (preferably by June 1). 


Working with a coalition of churches in celebration of Earth Day, The Center   is sponsoring  TWO MISSION OPPORTUNITIES on  Saturday, April 22nd, 10 a m - 2 pm  as a part of the Presbytery's Earth Action Weekend. Plant trees at Knox Presbyterian Church, or help  out at the Clifton Park Free Food Forest. Register at:   https://earthactionweekend2017.eventbrite.com

L end a Hand in other Presbytery Earth Action Weekend activities.  Click here to learn more

The First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will host Dr. Patricia Tull -- a Presbyterian minister who serves as program director for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light -- during an Earth Forum which will be held from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, Apr. 23.  Dr. Tull will lead a workshop entitled "Emphasis Action Workshop for Faith Community Green Teams"  The  Earth Forum is free and childcare is available for infants and toddlers. For details call 410.730.3545 or visit earthforumhc.org .

Faith Presbyterian Church will host Cuban Organist Moisés Santiesteban  in concert at 4pm on Saturday, April 29. The concert features diffusion of the Cuban sacred musical heritage. Click here to learn more .

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Canticle Singers , a select women's chorus, on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3pm.  They will be bringing us a bravura program with a variety of repertoire that spans the centuries and crosses the globe.  This free concert is at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road in Catonsville.  For more info, call 410.747.6180.

Second Presbyterian Church will host "Words and Music of Three Faiths" at 7pm on Sunday, June 18.  the event features music by the famous Peabody Consort accompanied by poetic readings from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. This event is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). For details, click Second Presbyterian Church.

1st Presbyterian Church of Belair seeks to fill two positions: (1) a part-time Christian Educator and Youth Director for its  Sunday School, youth program andVacation Bible School who will plan fun activities for families on a regular basis, Children's church, and the mission trip for youth. Inquiries maybe made to Alison Halsey. And , (2) a Part-time 
Church Office Coordinator who will  oversee the office, maintain the equipment, order supplies, create weekly bulletin and newsletter, and other duties as assigned. Hours are 9am-12noon weekdays. Must have computer skills and some knowledge of the Presbyterian Church.  Inquires may be made to Bob Tayson .

The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Baltimore will be held 9am-1pm on Saturday, April 29 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. Registration is $12 and due by April 21. or details, click here or email Melanie Fadrowski

Great news!  PC(USA) launches Abuse Prevention Helpline

The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills will host a one day workshop on Emotional Intelligence and Building Effective Teams on June 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. Click EQ for fees and other details.

7 First Sayings Ater the Resurrection Good Friday Service 
The Presbytery of Baltimore's Apostles and Disciples hosted a special Good Friday service entitled "Seven First Sayings After the Resurrection,"  on Apr. 14 at Knox Presbyterian Church in East Baltimore. The worship service was attended by nearly 100 churchgoers and featured seven messages from seven different women of faith. Pictured (L-R) TE Rev. Michael L. Moore, event organizer (Knox); Rev. Dr. Phyllis Felton (Madison); Rev. Dr. Doris Loftin (Pleasant Rock Baptist); Rev. Dr. Tracey Davenport (Harundale); Rev. Dr. Barbara Whipple (Historic Mt. Hebron Baptist); Rev. Jennifer DiFrancesco (Second); Rev. Kate Foster Connors (The Center) and Rev. Deborah McEachran (Hunting Ridge.) Look for recordings of the worship service later this week at www.baltimorepresbytery.org

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 Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy
Judi Forrester
Financial Administrator

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications
Laura Mullen
Book Keeper

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services

Kate Foster Connors 
Dir. of The Center