April 11, 2016
Inside this Edition
Vigil for Peace & Justice

Mission Summit 2016

MissionInsite Log In

Viewing of Poverty Inc. at Central PC

Jazz Vespers at Granite PC features Trumpeter, Dr. John R. Lamkin II

Catonsville Concerts at 3; Choral Gems Concert

Creating A Culture of Generosity Stewardship Seminar

Mental Health First Aid Workshop   

The Center Needs Volunteer Maintenance Workers  for Spring Cleaning and Upkeep

TE Roger Scott featured in Improvisational Performance at the Mercury Theater

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

Committee on Preparation for Ministry  will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Apr. 20

Committee on Ministry will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21

Gathering Team will meet Thursday, Apr. 28 at 1pm

Transitions Team will meet at 2pm on Thursday, Apr. 21.

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, May 3 

Committee on Reconciliation will meet Wednesday, Apr. 27 at 6:30pm

The Bay Area Disciples MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Ark and Dove PC.

Guatemala Trip
April 11-16

Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 12

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. Our aim is not just to reach a budget goal of $225,000 but also enlist the participation of all of our congregations. And, we believe that this can happen. 
Please send your Shared Ministry pledge and become a part of our collective mission.

Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of peace
Roland Park
Woods Mem'l

Clerks of Sessions
Annual Review  
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.   Click here.

Howard County
Thursday, Apr. 21, 7pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

Western Maryland
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock

Anne Arundel
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church, Glen Burnie.

North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson

Harford County
Wednesday, May 25,7pm
Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bel Air
David Lamotte Visits Presbytery of Baltimore  
Lamotte teaches young Nathaniel Milford how to strum on a guitar.

Musician and activist, David LaMotte, performed in a round of engagements last week throughout the presbytery. He led a two-day retreat for church leaders; visited with churches i n the Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group;  met with an intergenerational group of musicians at a local coffee shop to talk about making music; gave a concert for youth; and, led a Sunday school presentation and seminar at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis.
Western Maryland Lay Minister
Dies at 86

RICHARD W. LUGER, the only ruling elder known to have served as a lay preacher in the Presbytery of Baltimore, died April 5 and was memorialized yesterday in celebration of his years of service at Barrelville Presbyterian Church and other congregations in Western Maryland. He was 86 years old.
" Richard Luger had a unique position in this presbytery," explained Catherine Blacka, Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Baltimore. "He was not a commissioned ruling elder. He began working with Barrelville Presbyterian Church, long before we had any CREs, as an elder authorized to administer the Lord's Supper."  

According to the Presbytery's records, Mr. Luger began serving as the stated supply pastor in Western Maryland in the mid-1990s after the residing pastor left.   At that time, the Committee on Ministry was hard-pressed to find someone to administer communion to congregants in churches along the presbytery's farthest borders.  Authorizing Mr. Luger to preside over communion "was necessary to meet the needs for the administration of the sacrament," explained Stated Clerk Blacka.  "We used to have to re-authorize [his service] yearly, but when the Book of Order was re-written a few years ago, we were allowed to make [him] permanent."  

As a lay pastor, Mr. Luger was extremely careful to do everything "by the Book [of Order]" and sought assurances that everything he did was known and approved by the Committee on Ministry. He preached and presided over Communion at Barton and Lonaconing churches but spent the last 13 years serving the congregation of Barrelville Presbyterian Church.
Elizabeth Corley, Barrelville's Christian Educator, remembered Mr. Luger fondly as a man who assumed his responsibilities in the pulpit with ease -- and, always with a wry sense of humor.  "Rich just had a way with people," she said. "Our church was like a melting pot of Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans. Everybody came to that church because of Rich; and, we all became like family."
In recent years, Mr. Luger's health began to wane; yet, he still managed each Sunday to deliver a wonderfully inspiring sermon from the pulpit - albeit, while sitting on a stool with an oxygen tank at his side.  He once quipped that writing a sermon was easy; finding a good joke to open with week after week was the difficult task.

In addition to his lay ministry, Mr. Luger was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland where he served many years as a ruling elder and treasurer. A leader in the community of Cumberland, he served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Western Allegany, as secretary of the Antique Bowling League at the Bowler and chairman of a March of Dimes walk.
A 60-year Master Mason, Mr. Luger was past master and past district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of N.Y. He was also Chaplain Emeritus of Mountain Lodge 99, Frostburg. Mr. Luger was born in New York where he was later graduated from New York University in 1950 with a B.S. degree in accounting. He was employed by Union Carbide Corporation as assistant manager of the Treasurer's Department, after which he worked as financial advisor and partner with County Welding Products in New York. Mr. Luger and his wife, Betty, moved to Cumberland in 1976 where he worked many years as vice president of finance for Wilson Welding Supply Co.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty (nee. Cran) Luger; and his daughters, Nancy Jeffries of Euclid, Ohio and Brenda Luger of Frostburg; a grandson, David Jeffries and a cousin a cousin, Clifford Korradi.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Luger's name can be made to the Barrelville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 194, Corriganville, MD 21524.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

The Commission on Reconciliation invites you to attend Mission Summit 2016 from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. For details, click Mission Summit 2016 .

MissionInsite has updated its website.  Check out its new, secured log in by clicking here.


Fighting poverty is big business but who profits the most? Join Central Presbyterian Church for a viewing of  Poverty Inc. form 7-9:30pm on Thursday, Apr. 14 in the church's Worship Center.  To reserve your FREE ticket, register by clicking Poverty Inc.

Granite Presbyterian Church will feature Dr. John R. Lamkin II, renowned Baltimore Jazz trumpet player at its Jazz Vespers from 5-7pm on Sunday, Apr. 17.  Dr. Lamkin - the recipient of the 2014 Jazz Heroes Award by the Jazz Journalists Association - currently directs bands and coordinates music education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He has performed as a soloist, with his sacred jazz quintet and as a guest conductor at churches throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. For more information, contact   Frank Owens at fjowens@hotmail.com  

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents the Baltimore Choral Arts Society with "Choral Gems" at 3pm on Sunday, Apr. 17 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The concert is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.  For details, call 410.747.6180

Do you long for your church's members to enjoy  the  spiritual rewards of a generous life?   On Saturday, Apr. 30 --  the Presbyterian Foundation and the Board of Pensions will sponsor a seminar designed  to move your church toward a spiritually based culture of generosity.  This stewardship event will be held 8:30am to 1:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church. Learn more or click  Generosity to register.

Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.  Mental Health First Aid Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 8:30am- 5pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church in  Glen Burnie.  Cost to members of presbyterian c hurches: $25.  To register, email  Debbie Schmidt Click    Mental Health  to learn more about this event. 


The Center needs skilled and unskilled volunteers to help repair and paint ceilings, clean light fixtures, install shelves and towel racks, sand and repaint window sills, and other tasks.  We have scheduled three maintenance days in late April. Come h elp us prepare for a busy summer as youth and adults from around the country come to partner with churches in our Presbytery for transformational mission in Christ's name. Sign up here.

Yes, the rumors are true! Light Street Presbyterian Church's pastor, Roger Scott Powers, has been living a double life:mild-mannered Presbyterian Pastor by day, wild and wacky improv performer by night! And, now you can watch him in his first public performance at 8pm on Monday, Apr. 18 at The Mercury Theater, 1823 N. Charles St. 

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 Mary Gaut
Interim General Presbyter

  Deb Milcarek
Assoc. for Reconciliation

Susan Krehbiel
Dir. of Congregational Advocacy

William Nickels III
 Assoc. General Presbyter

Debbie Ingram Schmidt
Assoc. for Spiritual Leader Development
Deborah Greene  
Dir. of Communications

Catherine Blacka

Judy Johnson
Ministry Group Staff

 Wanda Morgan
Dir. of Events/Services