Vigil for Peace & Justice
Mission Summit 2016
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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
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.
Baltimore-Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Apr. 12
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
Prince of peace
Clerks of Sessions
You are invited to bring your session minutes, rolls, and registers to one of the following annual meetings to review session records.
Thursday, Apr. 21, 7pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Hancock Presbyterian Church, Hancock
Sunday, May 22, 2pm
Harundale Presbyterian Church,
North Baltimore City/County
Monday, May 23, 7pm
Babcock Presbyterian Church, Towson
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.
Presbytery . . . and the Wider Church
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
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Fighting poverty is big business but who profits the most?
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 email@example.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
Cost to members of presbyterian c
To register, email
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.