April 25, 2016
Inside this Edition

224th OGA Hosted in Baltimore

Order of the Day

Prince of Peace Annual Book Sale to Benefit Mission

Creating A Culture of Generosity Stewardship Seminar

Mental Health First Aid Workshop

Towson PC Hymn Festival 

Knox seeks Church Administrator

The Center Needs Volunteer Maintenance Workers  for Spring Cleaning and Upkeep

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

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

Committee on Reconciliation will meet at 6pm on Thursday, Apr. 28

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

Our Shared Ministry 2016 

Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. We have now received $148,507 in pledges.  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.

Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
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.

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

Parking & March Plans for the Prayer Vigil April 27, 2016

Parking will be available at the 
Madison Avenue Family Life Center          2100 Eutaw Street
 The Parking Lot fronts on North Avenue.  (If you are approaching from the East just before the Crown Service Station.  if you are approaching from the West just  below the Crown Service Station).

Blue and yellow balloons will mark the entrance.  There will be parking on Madison Avenue (on both sides of the street) and Gold Street.
Please carpool, when possible.

Route for the March

Marchers will gather at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC).  Leaving the church, we will walk westward
to the CVS (about 4 city blocks) at the corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenue.  The CVS is just behind the Metro Station stop.
After our prayer and ministry of music, m archers will sing while walking eastward (on the right hand side of North Avenue) to MAPC
making a right onto Madison Avenue then straight to the MAPC Lawn. The worship will begin at 6pm on the lawn.

Inclement Weather 

The event will be held rain or shine. Bring your umbrella and rain jackets if the forecast calls for inclement weather. We will follow the planned route and proceed to the church, but gather inside for the Worship.  If it is a 'drenching rain', we will forego the March and gather for the Worship in the Sanctuary at 6 PM. 

Why I Care About  Earned Sick Leave 

by Susan Krehbiel, Director of Congregational Advocacy

Questions about fair pay and the fair treatment of workers have plagued me most of my adult life.  We all want to be treated fairly , most of us would agree that "fairness" is a good thing, and yet we have a much harder time coming to agreement about what is fair in a given situation. 

As a young adult I accepted a job with a small non-profit that prided itself in paying its staff low wages.  They saw this is a statement of solidarity with the working poor around the world.  (It also sold well to donors who could see that we certainly weren't becoming rich off their charitable donations.)  While I agreed with the basic premise, my opinion began to shift when I learned that our wages were so low that we qualified for the community health clinic set up to serve the poor.  I learned this because some of my colleagues went to the clinic for primary care.  It was then that I realized that I could "afford" the job because my income was being subsidized by my husband who had a better paying job and health insurance, and by my parents who gave me many household items that I could not have afforded.  To me, this was inherently unfair:  that someone could work full time, my co-workers, and still struggle in poverty.

In the years -- okay, decades -- since that job, I learned that non-profits weren't the only employers that didn't provide the basic needs of their employees.  Many for-profit employers pay their workers low enough wages that they live at or near poverty.  There is a term for this: Underemployment.  Many of these underemployed are hourly workers who do not get paid time off.  No vacation time.  No time off to go to
a parent-teacher conference.  No time off to get their car repaired. No time off to go to a doctor's appointment.  Not even time off when they are sick or have a sick child.  People like the restaurant employee who couldn't find a substitute when he was sick with the flu so he went to work anyway and later was hospitalized. Just a few days of lost wages is enough to send these workers to our church food pantries, to social services offices for assistance with rent or utility bills.  The prophet Isaiah reminds us that our labor is also a gift from God:
"They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit . . .  and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord-and their descendants as well." (Isa. 65: 21-23)

For the past four years there has been a growing coalition of churches, social service organizations, workers and some employers, who have come together to advocate for paid sick leave.  700,000 working Marylanders do not have the ability to earn paid sick days.  The Healthy Working Families Act would make it possible for anyone working for an employer with 15 or more employees to earn paid sick leave.  The Maryland legislature came close to passing this law this year.  In fact, the House of Delegates passed the bill by wide margins, only for it to be stuck in the Senate Finance committee.  (See which legislators supported the bill.)

Some employers claim that they can't afford to provide paid sick leave.  While other employers have shown that truly valuing their employees, encouraging them to take care of themselves, to be good parents and members of their communities turns out to be "good for business" too.  For me, it is still a question of fairness and human dignity.  Everyone gets sick.  Everyone deserves sick leave. 

It's only fair.

Learn more about the Presbytery's position on sick leave and employment. Read Presbyterian Social Policy and Employment.

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   
Something BIG is coming to Baltimore in four years:  The 224 PCUSA General Assembly!   The bi-annual assembly will bring thousands of Presbyterians to Baltimore and it is OUR job to be the "hosts with the most," providing hospitality, arranging transportation, gathering the hundreds of volunteers needed, offering side trips to local and regional attractions . . . you get the picture.
This is a BIG job and it is not too early to begin organizing the Committee on Local Arrangements (the COLA).  Check out the Portland COLA website  http://www.gaportland.com to get a sense of what we will be doing four years from now.
The GA offices provide plenty of resourcing and guidance and, as the time draws closer, staff support.  But it won't happen without US, the members of Baltimore Presbytery.  If YOU are interested or if you know someone you think might be good, especially those with great organizational skills and creative planners, please email your name and contact information to  Wanda Morgan.

The next "Order of the Day" will be held 4pm on Thursday, May 19, at Ryleigh's Oyster (22 Padonia Rd., Hunt Valley). Pastors, join your colleagues in ministry for a refreshing beverage and some good old fashioned fellowship. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and strengthen the ties that bind us together.


Prince of Peace's Used Book and Media Sale is back!
 On Friday, Apr. 29 from 6 - 9pm and Saturday, Apr. 30 from 8am - 2pm, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church will host its annual book sale to support mission and other church projects.  Our sanctuary will be filled with thousands of books , DVDs and CDs.  Saturday's sale runs in conjunction with a Bake Sale  and Crofton's Festival on the Green next door.  For details, visit 
www.popchurch.org or call 4 10.721.2313.

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. 

Towson Presbyterian Church will host Dr. Mary Louise Bringle for a weekend of music and learning May 13-15 during a Hymn Festival called "Sing a New World Into Being." Dr. Bringle will be featured as theologian and hymn writer for the festival. For details, click Hymn Festival.

Knox Presbyterian Church seeks a   Church Administrator. For a job description and salary information, click Knox.

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.

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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