July 25, 2016
Inside this Edition
Call for Workshops for November 2016 Presbyterian Learning Day

Commission/Committee List

Called to Lead: Women's Fall Mission Trip to Guatemala

"7" Middle School Retreat  

Madison Avenue PC 
Line Dance Social

Harundale PC seeks a part time pastor's administrative assistant

Havenwood PC Seeks an Organist and Music Director

Hope Springs seeks a Director of Community Outreach

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute New Doctor of Ministry Program

Anti-Racism Study & Resources

Triennium 2016
Committee and Commission meetings will be held at the Presbytery's office (unless noted otherwise.) 

COM  will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 3

The Steering Cabinet will meet at 1pm on Wednesday, Jul. 27

The Cuba Partnership
meets 2pm to 3:30pm the third Wednesday of each month. 

Our Shared Ministry 2016 
Thank you to the following congregations who have pledged toward Our Shared Ministry 2016. At his date, he Presbytery has received $173,963 in pledges toward our budget goal of $225,000. 
Ark & Dove
Brown Mem'l Woodbrook
Christ Our King
Dickey Memorial 
First & Franklin
1st of Annapolis
1st of Bel Air 
1st of Howard Co.
Good Shepherd
Havre de Grace
Hunting Ridge 
Light Street
Mount Paran
Prince of Peace
Roland Park
St. John United 
Woods Mem'l

Praise & Prayer  
Please pray for former Associate Pastor Janet Jones (Babcock) and family, who are grieving the loss of her husband, Bruce. Mr. Jones died Sunday following an illness. A service will be held 11am Wednesday at Babcock Presbyterian Church.


Also, please pray for TE Harold "Harry" Cahill, whose mother, Lillian, died after a brief illness on June 18 at her New Jersey home. She was 96 years old.

National Night Out 
Tuesday Aug. 2 

"National Night Out" is an annual community-building campaign that pro motes police-community partner- ships and  neighbor-hood camaraderie to make our neigh- hoods safer, better places to live. There are at least four events in the Baltimore City area where Presbyterians are planning to participate:
  • Reservoir Hill -  3 three cook-outs in the area, occurring simultaneously.
  • Edmondson Westside High School, 501 North Athol Ave. 21229, from 5-8:30 pm. 
  • Oliver Community, 1400 E. Federal St., begins at 6 pm.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority event at 2501 Springhill Ave., 21215 offers food, fun and school supplies for kids.
for further information,  visit:   https://natw.org/about.

Witnessing Mission

Veronica Allen Reflects on Summer 2016 Internship at The Center

Summer 2016 at The Center is two-thirds in and has already surpassed all of my expectations for a summer internship.  We often think of "mission" trips as ministries commissioned by God to propagate our faith and beliefs to communities that lack faith and God. The groups that visit The Center quickly learn that the communities that they are working with do not suffer from a lack of God. In fact as the groups partner with local congregations to engage in improving the lives of the communities around them, they not only get to witness what God is already doing in these communities but they are able to enter into that very work.

At the Center -- where compassion meets justice -- rests a nucleus of understanding that the change that so many of us desire to see in our world begins with "hello." "Hello," to the older gentlemen walking through McElderry Park as we plant trees. "Hello" he responds, "What are you guys doing here?" "We're planting trees and these trees will bring bees and butterflies to pollinate the fruit trees". The older gentleman stops and thinks, "Wow, come to think of it I haven't seen a butterfly in years." It's a quick exchange of pleasantries that leaves the neighbor with hope -- and, future expectations of butterflies in his neighborhood. 
Watch Summer 2016 at The Center
Watch Summer 2016 at The Center
However, it leaves the planter with joy in knowing that while we may not always see the outcome of the seeds we have sown God will remain faithful to God's principles and will surely bring about increase.

Already at The Center we have joined with local congregations to assist with vacation bible school, digging ditches, planting trees, picking and pitting cherries, gathering, cleaning and cooking kale. We have joined with local schools to learn about robots and formed a new choir composed of students from Eutaw Marshburn elementary with high schoolers from Pennsylvania to perform in Artscape! 

Sounds like good ole summer fun right? It is! But in addition to all the fun we are having at The Center we are also learning. We are learning to be better stewards of our resources, to be better neighbors as we broaden our understanding of community and to be better servants of both God and our neighbor. Churches, neighborhoods and lives are being transformed as the mission groups from the Center participate in the justice-seeking, compassionate and reconciling work of Jesus Christ.

A native of Baltimore City, Veronica Allen attends Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. where she is pursuing a Master's of Divinity degree.

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Take Note/Act Now

.  .  . and the Wider Church   

The Gathering Team is now issuing a call for workshops for the
November 12 Presbytery Gathering. In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Roberts of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and Dr. Katie Cannon of Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be keynote speakers in a program addressing the Church's Response to Institutional Racism. To submit an idea for a workshop, please contact Jack Carlson, at jvcarlson47@gmail.com , or 410.978.1017.

WHO'S SERVING ON WHAT? The Nominating Committee seeks to fill a number of vacancies. Click here to see a current list of committee/commission members  and where the Holy Spirit might lead you to serve within our Presbytery.


Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Line Dance Social from 2-6pm on Saturday, Aug. 13.  Tickets are $15.00.  Lite food will be served.  Come join us for Fellowship and Fun! Call RE Bobbie Tilghman at  443.310.3419  for tickets and information or view the flier.

Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, MD has an i mmediate opening for a part-time Organist and Music Director. This is an exciting opportunity available to a qualified candidate  who can coordinate music for our diverse music ministry.  Interested applicants should email their resume to Havenwoodsearch@gmail.com


Hope Springs seeks a Director of Faith Community Outreach. For a job description or further information, click here.

St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute has launched a new Doctor of Ministry Partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary . This partnership opens a pathway through which students can take half their coursework with our exceptional faculty teams, ecumenical student body, and accessible class schedule, then finish in Ashland's vibrant, established program with faculty and student colleagues from around the country. Applications for this fall are still being accepted. For more information or to apply, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203). 

This series of six antiracism study guides are based on topics and concepts covered in the church wide anti-racism policy "Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community." The topics of the six guides are:  Biblical Imperatives to Antiracism, Envisioning a New Way of Life Together, PC(USA) and Racial Reconciliation, Racism 101, Enduring Legacy of Racism in the U.S. and Responding as a Community of Faith. This training tool includes a list of antiracism resources for congregations or presbyteries desiring further information.

Triennium 2016 -
Presbytery of Baltimore youth pictured at Triennium last week in Indiana. We were well represented by 65 youth, 11 adult leaders and one college volunteer. 

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 Mary Gaut
Interim 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