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The March 2010 Edition of The Tidings, the newsletter of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD

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  1. 1. The Tidings G ood news froM M arch 2010 in this i ssue Pastor’s r eflections By e Mily rose M arTin PasTor’s r eflecTions 1 The UniqUe naTUre A Different Perspective of Holy Week of Sacred MUsic ....... 2 One of the most fascinating perspectives I encountered during my travels in Israel in February is that of the Benedictine monk and archeologist Fr. Bargil Pixner who moved to Tiffany series P resenTs Israel in 1969 and lived there, both in Galilee and Jerusalem until his death in The BalTiMore a rea 2002. Amidst his duties as prior of the Dormiton Abbey in Jerusalem, he h andBell f esTival ... 3 introduced the Protestant and Catholic theology students of the abbey to biblical topography and archaeology. As an archaeologist, he uncovered parts a Modern of what he claimed was the “Essene Quarter” on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, based r enaissance M an ..... 4 on his search for the “Gate of the Essenes” mentioned by the first century C.E. Jewish-Roman historian Josephus. His theories regarding the Essene influence in Jerusalem provide an intriguing reconstruction of Holy Week. a sk The PasTor ........ 5 The Essenes were a group of Jews who rejected the royal-priestly power of Maccabean (Hasmonean) high priests as illegitimate. Some Essenes retreated to a monastic center (such Breaking news as the caves of Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered) to live an aT BMPa .................. 6 ascetic lifestyle, while others continued to marry and live in their towns and villages all over the countryside. Pixner believed that John the Baptist may have spent some time under their news froM The influence before setting out on his own. The Essenes were particularly concerned with ritual BMPa d eacons ........ 7 purity and bathing, and a number of ritual baths or Mikvahs were discovered just inside the supposed “Essene Gate”. One of the most striking things about the Essenes, however, is that M eeT a d eacon ....... 7 they followed a different calendar from the one used by the Jewish Temple at the time of Jesus. While the temple organized its calendar and festivals according to the cycles of the moon, the Essenes used an older sun calendar that resembles ours, with 364 days. a farewell Careful readers of the Gospel accounts of “Holy Week” may have noticed, not only To d on sTroUd .......... 7 discrepancies in the accounts, but also some bizarre timelines. For example, before Jesus and his disciples enter Jerusalem for the Passover week, they have dinner in Bethany. Two gospels wn@B – say that this evening meal occurred two days before the Passover, while John says that it was exaMining oUr “isMs” 7 six days before. You might chalk that up to simple disagreement about the facts, unless you believe, as Pixner did, that the Essenes would have celebrated the Passover on the Tuesday confronTing evil: evening (before Wednesday, which is always the first day of the Passover according to the sun BaPTisM, r ePenTance calendar), while the Temple would have celebrated it on the Friday evening in the year 30 A.D. and e xorcisM ........... 8 (when the first day of the Temple Passover coincided with the Sabbath). This theory also sheds light on the detail that when the disciples look for a room to celebrate the Passover, they are instructed to look for a man carrying a jar of water. This would normally be a woman’s job. BirThdays................. 8 Finally, it makes much more sense for all the events that the Gospels claim to have taken place between the last supper and the crucifixion if the last supper happened on a Tuesday M arch 2010 night and the crucifixion on a Friday morning. It is hard to imagine Jesus being aT BMPa ................. 9 questioned by Caiaphas, the high priest, and his father-in-law Ananias, the former continued on page 4
  2. 2. t he unique nature of Sacred Music By John walker different and nobler criteria than music merely intended for the concert hall or for television. Sacred Last autumn Andrew wrote an excellent column in music is presented in tribute and prayer in the presence this publication about appropriate response, applause of God, our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer. or alternatives to the music and other John Bell writes that “something extremely rare elements of worship. I hope that I might happens whenever a congregation sings to its Maker…. continue that topic from the musicians’ There are ten or fifty or five hundred individual voices perspective. giving their unique gifts as they open their mouths and In today’s media-dominated culture, sing; there is also the unique blending of high and low focused upon iconic performers and with music voices, sharp and flat, sophisticated and often used cleverly as a marketing tool, sacred music is rough-tongued, male and female, old and young….It is decidedly counter cultural. In contrast with the popular important that every song sung is offered to God with media, which equates music with star personalities, that sense of uniqueness. God is worth it.” sacred music seeks only to bring worthy worship to We experienced the transcendence of sacred music God. Just as each individual member of the choir on February 14, when a brave group of worshippers commits his/her unique voice to blend with the total filled the chancel after having shoveled the deep snow choral sound, so each musical element in worship seeks outside the church. The singing of hymns that to merge with and heighten the expression of the word. morning was enough to melt the remaining snow I Chronicles 25:6-7 reports that King David outside! The same transcendence has been obvious in appointed 288 singers with cymbals, lyre and harp for the brave songs of victims of the devastating Haitian worship in the Temple. When the Ark of the Covenant earthquake. We turn to music when words alone are was brought to the Temple, the singers were joined by not enough. In sacred music we pray fervently together. one hundred twenty priests playing trumpets! “And St. Augustine wrote that “the one who sings prays the harmony between trumpeters and singers was such twice.” Augustine is saying that when the praise is of that only one melody could be heard as they praised God, then something happens that makes it more than and gave thanks to the Lord…then the Temple was just any kind of song. The object of the song in a way filled with the cloud of the glory of the Lord; so that becomes the subject. the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the Yet all of this mortal music is mere rehearsal for that cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of great day when we hope to join the multitude which God.” (II Chronicles 5:12-14) I hope this might become no one can number, who sing day and night before the our shared vision and goal for all music in worship: to throne of God: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and invoke the cloud of the glory of the Lord! thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might be unto Describing his understanding of the “theater of our God for ever and ever. Amen! (Revelation 7:12) worship”, the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard So, to applaud or not? If we consider that our mutual commented that most people consider that clergy and audience is God, perhaps we might listen carefully musicians are the actors, God is the prompter, and the for God’s still small voice in response to our musical worshippers are the audience. Kierkegaard suggests, attempts to glorify our Maker. That silent expectation however, that the total opposite is the truth: the could become an excellent spiritual discipline, worshippers are the actors, clergy and musicians are especially during Lent. While I fully suspect that God the prompters, and God is the audience! Quite opposite delights in the joy of our spontaneous applause, to secular performance, which is targeted toward other another excellent option would be to turn to our people, sacred music offered to God takes on a neighbors and say with conviction: “God be with you!” magnificent new meaning and reality. The very word Perhaps our deeply shared life goal is to hear God’s worship, coming from the Old English word final applause, saying, “Well done, thou good and weorthscipe – weorth (worthy) and – scipe (ship), faithful servant.” signifies attributing worth or respect to someone (God). Therefore the music of worship must answer to Soli Deo Gloria § PaGe 2 t he t idinGs M arch 2010
  3. 3. T iffany series P resents t he BaltiMore a rea h andBell f estival – A Visual and Musical Treat for All Ages!!! – Five handbell choirs – whose ringers will play a on the program are several congregational hymns total of 300 bells – will present the Baltimore Area which we all will sing, accompanied by the Handbell Festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, massed choirs, organ, brass and tympani. 2010, at Brown Memorial. This event is part of Handbell ringing began in Europe several the church’s Tiffany Series. Tickets are $15 for centuries ago when ringers of cathedral and adults, $5 for students. Children under 12 receive church bell tower bells needed hours of free admission. practice to The choirs will master the perform intricate individual patterns of pieces from “change different ringing” that corners of the had developed. church, and In order not to also will join bother the together for townspeople “massed nearby, ringers ringing” pieces. induced nearby In addition to foundries to our own choir, cast smaller directed by bells, called Chrystie handbells. Soon Adams, bell they became choirs from popular, and Baltimore; Mountain Lakes, New Jersey; and choirs of handbell ringers were formed. Newark, Delaware will be participating. The Handbells became popular in the U.S. in the conductor is Richard Frey, Minister of Music at 1950s, when change ringers from New England Trinity UCC in Hanover, Pennsylvania, a well brought bells back to this country and began known handbell concert director. performing. Now, the American Guild of English The festival’s program ranges from George Handbell Ringers is a national organization with Frideric Handel’s “Thanks Be to Thee” to a more than 9,000 members. rousing Dixieland arrangement of “When the Brown Memorial’s choir will ring bells made by Saints Go Marching In,” accompanied by the Whitechapel Handbell Foundry in London, clarinet, trombone and drums. Other pieces England. The other choirs will ring bells made by include “Prisms” by William Payne, “Proclamation American companies. of Praise” by Michael Mazzententa, and We hope you will join us for this not-to-be “Triumphant Praise” by Karen Buckwalter. Also missed event! M arch 2010 t he t idinGs PaGe 3
  4. 4. a Modern r enaissance M an By e llen carTer c ooPer he notes that the chancel choir is “a wonderful bunch “Who is that standing in front of the choir?” “I don’t of people, thanks to John; he’s a phenomenal musician, know.” “Oh, he’s the new assistant conductor.” This broadly intelligent.” He is grateful for John’s conversation has been held in various corners of Brown mentoring and “for his all-encompassing talents.” Joe Memorial Church, so we decided to shine some light related that he is just one of a long stream of persons upon this extraordinary individual. who have benefited from and are thankful for John’s His name is Joseph Kneer and he is a long way from advice and guidance. home (Menomonie, Wisconsin). His fate was sealed In his life Joe always carves space for hobbies for before his birth. Joe’s balance. Following national as well as local politics is one maternal grandfather was of his pastimes. He likes to know what others think. a fiddler who played at Another abiding interest of the assistant conductor is barn dances during the spirituality, exploring various thoughts and beliefs about Depression. His mother other religions. Currently, he is intrigued by one of his was determined that Joe courses, “The Bible as Literature.” would play the Sometime in the future, Joe envisions being a violin violin, also. professor. He is quite enthusiastic about the prospect of Lessons on the violin teaching. Of course, along with the instructional aspect of began when Joe was five his life, he sees himself conducting a church choir. There years old. In the fifth are many paths open to this uniquely talented young man. Joe Kneer grade, he learned to play It will be fascinating to see which one(s) he chooses. the French horn and spent the next few years playing in bands. When Joe reached the eighth grade, he mastered the trombone. This led to Pastor’s r eflections playing in jazz bands. He played the piano and continued from page 1 sang, also. With all of his musical talent, there was only one high priest (Luke only); condemned by the 71 members school for Joe to attend in the Midwest, Oberlin of the Sanhedrin after extensive witness testimony College. His major was violin performance. In addition (According to the Babylonian Talmud, the Sanhedrin to his studies, Joe “dabbled” in politics and led the table were required to delay a guilty verdict for a capital tennis team. That’s not all; he conducted his own offense until the morning after the trial begins.); tried chamber orchestra of 40 members and a church choir. by Pilate; questioned by Herod (Luke only); publically Before Joe was graduated from Oberlin, he was flagellated; and rejected by the mob in favor of awarded a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins/Peabody to Barabbas…all between the late hours of Thursday night pursue a graduate degree. As before, this modest young and nine a.m. on Friday morning. man’s studies were scheduled to be focused on violin On the one hand it would be easy to dismiss all performance, but another dimension was added when he theories such as this one that attempt to explain some of met John Walker through Donald Sutherland. the difficult discrepancies of the four gospel accounts John invited Joe to sing baritone in BMPA’s chancel or amalgamate them into one narrative as speculation or choir (since his friend, Lydia Beasley, was the soprano apologetics. For me, it helps to make sense of some of soloist). One day during choir rehearsal, Joe offered the narrative tangle. I am reminded that, after all, a real some Choral Amens he composed. Eventually, he person and real events lie beneath all these varying became the assistant conductor of the choir. Most accounts that have been told and retold, compiled, recently, he conducted the weather-delayed Christmas edited, and variously interpreted over the centuries. It’s portion of Handel’s Messiah. Joe admits that he likes that fact – that God became a real live human being, to conduct a choir because it is a blended, homogenous who ate, drank, and suffered right along with us – as sound that is more abstract than conducting one of us – that makes this season about more than an orchestra. simply giving up caffeine or alcohol for forty days. Joe believes that Brown Memorial Church is a “very Source: With Jesus in Jerusalem – His First and Last special place.” He observes that the church community Days in Judea, by Bargil Pixner (Israel: Corazin is diverse, vibrant, loving, and welcoming. Additionally, Publishing, 2005.) PaGe 4 t he t idinGs M arch 2010
  5. 5. a sk the Pastor By a ndrew fosTer c onnors of the community. Hence, private communion is a misnomer in our tradition. This is true of baptism Q: Why do we celebrate communion? as well. • Because communion in our tradition is more than A: Communion is first and foremost a mystery to a memorial, it does not have to be a sad, dreary experience rather than a system to be understood. There occasion, remembering only the suffering of Jesus, are some key elements involved in any and blood that was spilled. In fact, as a foretaste of ? celebration of communion today: Like the “kingdom meal,” communion can be seen as a baptism, the Lord’s Supper, or window into the world as God wills it to become – “Communion” or the “Eucharist” (which where all are fed, brought together in love, and sent means thanksgiving) is understood as a out to serve God by caring for each other. Still, the sacrament. As such it is a “sign and symbol” of eating connection to the last supper reminds us that the and drinking in communion with the risen Christ. call of Christ is not to be received or accepted Connections to the life of Jesus Christ and scripture casually. It does come with a cost. are multifaceted. These connections include: • According to our Book of Order, only baptized • the last supper when Jesus commanded his Christians are allowed to receive communion. On disciples to break bread and share a cup to the positive side of this mandate, only those who remember and proclaim his death; have taken on the vows of baptism – to follow • the day of resurrection when Jesus made himself where Christ leads – receive his spiritual known to his followers in the breaking of bread; nourishment to help them in fulfilling those vows. • the days thereafter when the risen Christ continued On the negative side, communion can quickly turn to make himself known by the blessing and breaking into an exclusive, club-mentality. Because of this of bread, and by preparing, serving, and sharing tension, our congregation invites all those “who common meals; wish to follow Jesus Christ” to share in the meal • the occasions when Jesus is referred to as “the that he has prepared. While technically a bread of life”. He was born in Bethlehem, which violation of the Book of Order, I believe it to be translates, “the house of bread”. closer to the biblical tradition that stresses both the • the devotion of the church in the New Testament cost of following Jesus and the radical welcome to the common meal. Apostle Paul has much to say that he extended beyond all acceptable boundaries about the celebration of the meal and its implications (including religious ones). for the community’s life together. • Children are not to be excluded from the meal, • the New Testament reference to the meal as the eliminating the practice of “first communion.” expectation of the Kingdom and as a foretaste of the Some are pleased with this relatively recent change, messianic banquet. believing it to be closer to Jesus’ ethic of Unlike the Roman tradition, Presbyterian theology hospitality. Others believe it diminishes the does not teach that the bread or wine is changed in any importance of communion for new generations. fundamental way. Hence, we do not take extraordinary • Communion can be celebrated every week, but care for post consecrated elements by consuming them it must be celebrated at least quarterly. As many completely (c.f. Roman Catholics) or disposing of them scholars have recovered knowledge about the early in special ways (c.f. Episcopalians). Unlike some church’s Eucharistic practice (a celebration that Baptists and Spiritualists, the meal is seen as more than occurred every week) there is a move afoot in the a memorial banquet, recalling Jesus’ last supper. In our Presbyterian Church to encourage the celebration of tradition, the meal is understood to transport us into the communion more frequently. presence of the risen Christ. At the table, we actually I would invite everyone to spend some time at our commune with Christ and those who follow him, past, next communion celebration reflecting on what present, and future as we participate in this mystery. communion means to you and to the community. • Presbyterians proclaim the unity of Word and Sacrament, so that communion must always be * “Ask the Pastor” is a new feature of The Tidings. celebrated as a response to the Word proclaimed You may submit a liturgical or scriptural question to be through text and message. answered by one of the Pastors to Ellen Carter Cooper • We feel strongly about the necessity of the Holy at The deadline for Spirit being almost always connected to the presence questions is the 15th of every month. M arch 2010 t he t idinGs PaGe 5
  6. 6. BreakinG news at BMPa By e Mily rose M arTin Q: What are your plans immediately after the wedding and for next year? Q: What? You’re engaged! When did this A: Richard is in the process of applying to both happen? Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and A: Richard Gillespie Proctor asked me to marry him on General Theological Seminary in New York City for February 1st, just before I left for a ten day trip to Israel. the year of Anglican studies he is required to complete It was the first time we’d seen each other since before seeking a call. Both programs are good options, Christmas, and the first time we’d been together since and either way, we will most likely be living in different he’d been officially accepted as a postulant (a candidate places during the week and together on the weekends. for ordination) in the Episcopal Church. We’d been Richard’s current residency program ends on August 31, talking about marriage seriously for a few weeks, so it and he has limited vacation time between now and then, wasn’t too big of a surprise, but it was still exciting. so our honeymoon will be short, sweet, and stateside. Q: How did he propose? How did you two meet? He’ll start his Anglican studies program immediately A: Having chosen the day, Richard decided to keep upon finishing his residency in Atlanta. We wish he the ring in his pocket so that he could propose when it had more time off and more transition time between his felt right. That happened while we were reading through current job and seminary, but we both want him to get some of our favorite poems in Garrison Keillor’s full credit for the time and energy he has invested in selection of Good Poems, after he had picked me up from his Clinical Pastoral Education residency, and we both the airport and had taken me out for some good southern agree that we are ready to begin our married life barbeque at Fox Brothers BBQ in Atlanta. I couldn’t have together sooner rather than later. been happier. We celebrated by having dinner together in Q: Will you change your name? the refectory at Columbia Seminary, which is where we A: Richard and have I discussed this at length. It is first got to know one another – there and in the class we important to me that we share a last name, and I am not took together during the fall of 2008 called “The particularly attached to mine. So after July 25, I plan to Preacher and the Poet.” change my name to Emily Rose Proctor. Q: So who exactly is this Richard Gillespie I hope that this answers most of your questions about Proctor? this new and exciting turn of events in the life of your A: Richard grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, in the associate pastor. It’s always a little tricky to decide what same home as Elizabeth Reichelt, who is his older sister. is public information and what should remain private in Richard studied English at Sewanee and Florida State the life of a pastor, but I would rather err on the side of University, played drums in a Southern Rock Band called openness, honesty, and clear communication in both my Tishamingo for seven years, and received his Master of private and my public life. In that spirit, I am excited to Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary. He be able to share this news with you! take note currently works as a chaplain and CPE resident at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Although Richard has Presbyterian roots on his mother’s side, he grew up in the Episcopal Church and has always loved its liturgy g o Green wiTh yoUr coPy of THE TIDINGS! and worship. Now that our new website is complete and we have a direct Q: When is the wedding? How can we celebrate link to the most recent Tidings publication help us go this good news with you? GREEN by receiving your copy online. Receiving email A: The wedding will take place on July 25, 2010, as notification of when the latest Tidings is available for part of a regular Sunday morning worship service at the reading will help us cut down on the environmental and church where I grew up and where I was recently financial costs of printing and mailing paper copies. If you ordained, Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, would like to receive e-mail notification of when the latest Alabama. Because the sanctuary is small and will already Tidings is available, please send Sharon Holley an email at be filled mostly with congregants, we are limiting our She will need your name guest list to family and a handful of very close friends. and email address. Also, check our website That being said, I would love to find a time for our directly for updates at congregation (Brown Memorial) to meet Richard and php?s=newsletter to download the latest Tidings. Thanks celebrate with us sometime in the next six to for helping us to be better stewards of God’s eight months. magnificent creation. PaGe 6 t he t idinGs M arch 2010
  7. 7. news froM patients. In January, Hannah began full-time study (in BMPa d eacons addition to her work) to become a Palliative Care and the Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist. Hannah came to Brown Memorial just over one year ago and is excited to deepen her Although we are sad to see Anne Heuisler rotate off commitment to the community by serving as a deacon. (but tremendously grateful for her six years of service), a farewell d on we are excited to welcome two new deacons to our ever-expanding cadre of ordained officers at Brown to Memorial Park Avenue: Barbara Christen and Hannah Loring Davis. In addition to generally being “on call” to A Celebration and Farewell Dinner for address the pastoral needs of the community, the the Rev. Donald E. Stroud deacons make special efforts to visit and take communion to our members who are homebound. Please feel free The Board of Directors of That All May Freely Serve: to contact co-chairpersons Sandra Fink at 410-377-2923 Baltimore will hold a dinner on Saturday, April 24, ( and David Rollison at 2010, 6:30 p.m., in Sharp Hall at Govans Presbyterian 410-433-3526 ( if you have any Church to celebrate the eleven years of service of the questions or concerns to bring to the deaconate. The other Rev. Donald E. Stroud as its Minister of Outreach and deacons include Graham Richardson (443-618-5741 Reconciliation. Sadly, due to financial constraints, the grichardson526@gmail. com), Barbara Cates Board has found it necessary to terminate Don’s (410-523-8713;, Don Peeples position with TAMFS:B at the end of July 2010. (410-669-5280;, and David In order to make sure that Don is able to continue Todd (410-323-3161; our important advocacy work on LGBT business at the 219th General Assembly of the PC (U.S.A.) in July, it is M eet a d eacon vital that funds be raised to meet our responsibilities to Don. The April 24th dinner is a fundraiser as well as a Hannah Loring-Davis hails from Atlanta, Georgia where celebration and an opportunity to receive donations to she grew up at The Open Door Community – an TAMFS:B. If you are a regular contributor, please intentional Christian community in the Catholic Worker continue your financial support through this final year. tradition that serves the homeless, those in prisons and on Join us on April 24th to thank Don, to celebrate what Death Row of Atlanta and Georgia. Before moving to has been accomplished during his time in the Baltimore Baltimore, Hannah ran a free medical and foot care clinic area, and to help raise money to fund his final months at The Open Door for five years while she attended school with us as well as to provide him with an appropriate to become a nurse. In Baltimore, she is employed as a severance package. An invitation will be mailed, but nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins save the date April 24th on your calendar. For more Hospital where she cares for transplant and trauma information contact Charles Forbes at 410-667-4241. WN@B Examining our “Isms” Join us for the next Wednesday Night at Brown series, personal politics of identity and power through a to be led by Emily Martin and Joanne Baillie Egan. This variety of means: group role-play, pair discussion of four-week series, sponsored by the Diversity our early awareness of human diversity, examples of Committee, will lead participants through acknowledging media depictions of race, and a look at Biblical our inward and outward biases and sharing our individual references that may guide us in determining what and corporate experiences with various forms of anti-oppression work has to do with our congregation oppression. In what ways have we participated in racism, and church ministries. classism, sexism, heterosexism, or other “isms”? In what The series will cover the four Wednesdays in March. ways have we worked to combat oppression? Please feel free to contact Joanne (joanne.egan@ The series will include whole-group activities and or Emily ( if you discussion, as well as opportunities for individual have questions. We hope to have many voices to enrich reflection and introspection. We will examine the our conversation! M arch 2010 t he t idinGs PaGe 7
  8. 8. M arch Birthdays 03/23 Sarah Seipp-Williams 03/26 Delores Jones 03/04 Mari Satterlee 03/26 Kenna Mitchell 03/04 Susan Schindler 03/26 Carol Newill 03/06 Ryan Artes 03/29 Olivia Babb 03/07 Edna Watts 03/08 Aidan Connors Note: If you wish to have your birthday listed in The Tidings, please contact Sharon Holley, church secretary, at 03/11 Dianne Ross 410-523-1542, or via e-mail at 03/13 Joanne Egan 03/14 Lucy Hand 03/14 Ken Mills Confronting Evil: 03/15 Tina Abrefa-Gyan Baptism, Repentance, 03/15 Robbie Blinkoff and Exorcism 03/15 William John McConnell, V (Liam) Brown Memorial members and Bolton Hill 03/15 Don Peeples residents are invited to join Rev. Rich Bozzelli of 03/16 Jonathan Barnes Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Martha Macgill of Memorial Episcopal Church, 03/17 Chel Cavallon and Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial as they share the distinctive approaches of our three 03/18 Gita Deane traditions toward the problem of evil. A light meal will 03/18 Margaret L. Hopkins be shared at 6:30 p.m. followed by the one and a half hour program beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are 03/19 Martha Bishai not necessary. This is an opportunity to celebrate our inclusive communities of faith and the relationships 03/20 Brad Simpson among our parishes as we learn from and challenge 03/21 Ellison Warmath each other in a spirit of cooperation and goodwill. The sessions will meet in the Assembly Room at 03/22 Melissa Riorda Brown Memorial on Tuesdays, March 2nd, and 03/23 Nell Robinson March 9th. The Tidings Published monthly for members and friends of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church by the Membership Committee. Andrew Foster Connors, Pastor. Emily Rose Martin, Associate Pastor. 1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217. 410.523.1542. G ood news froM Send contributions by the 15th of each month to Ellen Carter Cooper, editor ( or to Sharon Holley, church secrectary ( PaGe 8 t he t idinGs M arch 2010
  9. 9. M arch 2010 BMPa PaGe 9 at S unday M onday TueSday WedneSday ThurSday Friday S aTurday t he t idinGs 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tri-Church Education WN@B Chancel Choir Middle School Retreat Saturday Morning 6:30-8:30 p.m. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Youth Group Dinners Out Bible Study 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Quiz Night - 7p.m. - 9 p.m. 7 Sunday School, Adult Forum, 8 9 10 11 12 13 Choir Warm-Up 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Deacon’s Meeting Tri-Church Education WN@B Chancel Choir Saturday Morning 6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Service of Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Youth Group Meeting 12:15 p.m. Wedding Handbell Choir Rehearsal 12:15-1:00 p.m. Sermon Talk Back Lunch 12:30p.m. 14 Handbell Choirs Rehearsal 8:00-10:30 a.m. 15 16 17 18 19 20 Sunday School, Adult Forum, WN@B Chancel Choir Saturday Morning Bible Study Choir Warm-Up 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Service of Worship 11 a.m. Handbell Choirs Rehearsal 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tiffany Series Handbell Festival. Sunday School, 21 Adult Forum, 22 23 24 25 26 27 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Service of Worship 11 a.m. WN@B Chancel Choir Youth Group Meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday Morning 12:15 p.m. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Handbell Choir Lunch Teacher Roundtable Discussions Brown Bag Lunch 12:15 p.m. CFM Team Meeting 12:15 p.m -1:30 p.m. 28 Palm Procession 9:30 a.m. 29 30 31 1 a pril 2 3 Sunday School, Adult Forum, Choir Warm-Up Maunday Thursday Soup Supper Good Friday Tenebrae Service Saturday Morning M arch 2010 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal Service of Worship 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.