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Presbyterian Learning Day

Your are invited to gather for the Presbytery of Baltimore's 881st Stated Meeting and Annual Presbyterian Learning Day on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson MD 21204. This year, Presbyterian Learning Day will focus on "Kindom: The Families in the Family of God."

The workshops offered are designed to strengthen your congregation’s ministry as we join together to address some of the issues impacting our communities.is Participants are also welcome to register for a workshop below and bring their own lunch or dine at one of many area eateries. In additon, a limited number of lunches will be available for sale on site, first-come/first-served.

Workshop Registration Only!

WORKSHOPS FOR NOVEMBER 2018 PRESBYTERY GATHERING

 

  1. SPIRITUALITY IN THE HOME— Kimberly Ashby Secrist

If our children and youth are to grow up into adulthood with meaningful and lasting faith in God, their parents have a critical role in the process.  This workshop is geared both for parents and for leaders in the education program in our churches.  We will explore the impact parents have on their children's spirituality, and examine resources and opportunities to help churches and parents deepen their vision for connecting families with God in everyday life.

 

  1. ACTS4YOUTH—Kevin Good

God's power can transform our anger over societal issues into compassionate ministry. Come hear how you can help your members understand what's beneath their frustrations and take their frustrations to God to have them be used in restorative ways in God's Kingdom. Walking through this may strengthen and form new ministries within your church. This session will be led by Kevin Good, who founded the nonprofit para-ministry Acts4Youth ten years ago to help Baltimore City youth become whole and thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

 

  1. CUBA PARTNERSHIP—Marty Clayton

The Cuba Partnership Team is excited to update attendees on the progress in forming partnerships with congregations in El Centro Presbytery, Cuba.  There are churches in El Centro who would love to join with a congregation in Baltimore Presbytery!  We have a power point presentation and items to display.  We will answer questions about forming a partnership and will have documents available. 

There will be some handmade items for sale to support cell phone minutes for the Cuban pastors.  Please support this effort - cash only.  The items range in price from $1 to $15.

 

  1. BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY: READING AS A TRANSFORMING, MISSIONAL PRACTICEByron Borger, owner of Hearts and Minds Bookstore

Come join our conference bookseller for a lively reminder of how reading can be a decisive spiritual discipline and why books are vital for holistic Christian discipleship and advocacy in the world.  Books have been used throughout history for personal and social transformation and we can use them well even in this hot-wired, busy age. There will be good suggestions of books and authors to help you grow in faith, to deeper understandings of racial and ethnic diversity, and to understand our world, the nature of our times, and the call to serve God by doing justice.

 

  1. DISMANTLING RACISM:  A NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVEChrystie Adams 

A panel of Native Americans and other church leaders will discuss their experiences around racism and field questions from participants. The Native American tradition of the talking stick will be employed for the discussion as an example of helpful conversational tool.

 

  1. THE CHURCH AND THE OPIOID CRISISLynda Burton

A panel of professionals from a variety of fields will discuss issues around the opioid crisis and offer practical suggestions for ways churches can be prepared to prevent abuse and support families that are impacted by addiction.

 

  1. BEGINNING THE CONVERSATIONBrandon Brewer

Pastor and hospice chaplain, Brandon Brewer, will discuss the difficult conversations and decisions surrounding end of life issues. More and more people in our congregations are caring for aging family members. This workshop will explore ways the church can support these caregivers and offer resources that can help them.

 

  1. GUATEMALA PARTNERSHIP

The Presbytery of Baltimore has a thriving partnership with CEDEPCA, a Christian ministry in Guatemala that offers training and resources to empower women in their communities as they also invite them into a deeper experience of God. This workshop will present some of the activities of CEDEPCA and what members of the presbytery have learned through this partnership.

 

  1. THE CENTER: MISSION TRIP 101 — Kate Foster Connors/McKenna Lewellen

Are you new to mission trip planning and looking for guidance? Are you planning your fortieth trip and looking to share your wisdom? Join the Center staff for a conversation about the nuts and bolts of a transformative mission experience. We will share best practices about food, housing, and transportation with each other, and will talk together about other questions that inform trip choices and planning: the theological integrity of a program, impact on the host community, and opportunities to continue and grow missional engagement after your group returns home.

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