February 29, 2016
Inside this Edition
Action Alert: Healthy Working Families Act

Order of the Day

Lenten Season Reflections

David Lamotte Presenting in April at Gathering for Church Leaders

Westside MG Workshop: "Who Are My Neighbors and Why Are They Here?"

Mission Summit 2016

City College Alumni Master Chorale Featured in Concert at Madison Ave. PC

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Highlights of Porgy and Bess."

Discussion on Immigration at Woods Mem'l PC

Ring in the Spring - Community Handbell Festival at Second PC

Maryland PC Offering Free Folding Chairs and a Lectern

FPC of Cumberland Seeks Director of Music Ministries 

The Center Seeks Summer Interns

Mental Health Advocacy Day

CMEC: Awake & Arise Environmental Campaign

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

Committee on Ministry 
will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Mar. 2.

Trustees will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Mar. 8

General Presbyter Search Committee will meet from 10am - 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 9.

Administration will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Mar. 15.

Committee on Preparation for Ministry will meet at 3pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

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

Commission on Spiritual Leader Development  will meet at 10am on Tuesday, Mar. 1.

Commission on Reconciliation will meet 6:30pm on Mar. 30.

The General Presbyter Nominating Committee   will meet 10am to 12:30pm on Wednesday Mar. 9.

BAD MG will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8 at Prince of Peace PC.

Baltimore Dakota Partnership will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

Cuba Partnership will meet a 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 16

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
Prince of peace
Roland Park

Prayer & Praise
Praise God for the ministries of TE David Willerup , who will be installed as pastor of Havenwood PC on Mar. 6; TE Jessie Lowry , who is serving Christ Our Anchor PC and will be installed as pastor after Easter; TE Randy Clayton, who was installed Dec. 13 as pastor of Brown Memorial Woodbrook PC; and TE Ray  Meute Jr. , who is interim pastor of Highland PC .

We also praise God for the continued ministries of TE William Sitterley, who is now serving as interim pastor of Maryland PC and TE Jeanne Gay, who is serving as interim pastor of Northminster PC.  
Worldchanging 101:
Challenging the Myth of  Powerlessness

by   TE Elizabeth Milford, Associate Pastor 
      Harundale Presbyterian Church

"Everything you do changes the world whether you like it or not. So the questions we must ask ourselves are 'Which changes will we make' and 'How will we go about making them?'"

Engage in dynamic dialogue around these questions with David LaMotte during our annual Gathering for church leaders scheduled for April 6-7 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville. This 24 hour retreat welcoming pastors, educators and commissioned ruling elders will focus on the theme, "Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness."  This theme dovetails beautifully with other conversations we are having around the Presbytery, and is also the title of our leader's latest book.
We will be led by David LaMotte, an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist. He has produced 11 CDs and performed 2500 concerts on 5 continents. LaMotte suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, earning a Master's Degree in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. David maintains a dense calendar of speaking and musical events worldwide. He serves as the president of PEG Partners, the non-profit organization he co-founded to support schools and libraries in Guatemala. He is also a consultant on peace and justice issues for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers). To learn more about David's music and justice work, visit http://davidlamotte.com.

LaMotte questions prevailing narratives about how the world changes and how it does not. Encouraging people to engage with the world around them and address the problems they see, he methodically builds a case for both our capacity and responsibility to make a difference by examining the often misunderstood and misrepresented dynamics of large-scale change. He supports his encouraging worldview with compelling stories from the U.S. civil rights movement and from his own experiences. Our time will be interactive, as we consider how we as individuals, as faith leaders, and as a community of faith, are called to respond to the world around us.
In addition to top-notch, thought-provoking plenary sessions, we will also enjoy an intimate, informal concert with David, and time for relaxed fellowship and fun with colleagues.
The cost for this event is $150 for individuals and $250 for couples, including program, overnight accommodations and three meals. Commuters may also register at a reduced cost of $100 each, which includes program and three meals. Scholarship assistance is available. Click World Changing to r egister online by Mar. 23.
For scholarships, contact Debbie Schmidt

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Take Note/Act Now

Presbytery  .  .  . and the Wider Church   

ACTION ALERT:   Tell MD Senators and Delegates to vote for earned sick leave. Committee hearings are this week. Contact the Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committee members and tell them to vote YES to the Healthy Working Families Act.  Take action now and click Earned Sick Leave.

The next "Order of the Day" will be held at 4pm on Thursday, Mar. 10 at Holy Frijoles (908 W. 36th Street) in Hampden. 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.

Wat ch the "Transfiguration of Jesus Christ" with CRE Anita Bishop-Johnson of Living Faith Fellowship in the second installment of To ward A Holy Lent -- brought to  you by the Commission on Spiritual  Leader Development. Look for TE Jack Carlson's Meditation on Isaiah 55:1-9  this wednesday.

Save the Date!  On Saturday, Mar. 12, West Side Story Ministry Group will host a 90 minute workshop on US Immigration: "Who are my neighbors and why are they here?"
 for pastors and church members interested in learning more about what newcomers go through to get to the US.

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.


The City College Alumni Chorale will be in concert at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church at 4pm on Saturday, Mar. 5.  Please contact the church office at 410.523.7935 for additional information or click Madison Concert.

Catonsville Concerts at 3 presents "Highlights of Porgy and Bess," featuring baritone Thomas Beard and other talented singers who have performed the roles from this most-treasured American opera on stages around the world.  Join us for this free concert at 3pm on Sunday, Mar. 13 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. For details call 410.747.6180.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a discussion from 5-8pm on Sunday, Apr. 3 about the refugee crises around the world. The event, sponsored by The Adult Education and Missions Ministry, will include a viewing of "Salam (Hello) Neighbor." Click Salam  for details.

Think warm weather and join Second Presbyterian Church's "Ring in the Spring!"-- A Community Handbell Festival on Sunday, Apr. 17. Choirs are invited to perform at the concert and individual ringers are welcome to join the  ensemble rehearsals on Wednesdays, beginning in March. For details: Beau Lochte:bells@secondpresby.org or 410.830.9988.

Maryland Presbyterian Church has 25 grey folding chairs and a wooden lectern. All items are free to any church.  Interested? Call the church office at  410.825.0719.  

First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland seeks a Director of Music Ministries. For details, click Cumberland Music Ministry.


The Center is looking for summer staff to help run its summer mission weeks. Do you know any seminary students? Graduate students in related fields? We are seeking 4 summer interns and one summer Program Coordinator. Job descriptions are available on The Center's website: thecenterbaltimore.org

In response to the environmental damage our earth and people are facing, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC) and Ecumenical Leaders Group and Maryland have created an Awake and Arise campaign, called "Habits of Faith," to develop a comprehensive approach of practices and behaviors for your congregation, its congregants and you to respond in faith. Click Awake & Arise.

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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