Covenant Network Meeting - Our Shared Humanity - Nov 8-10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

November 8, 9, and 10, 2017
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Covenant Network’s “Our Shared Humanity,” This conference will illuminate and confront the ongoing exclusion encountered by LGBTQ people, people of color and others in the life of church and society. It will name the privilege in our midst and seek to harness it as a force to seek justice and practice radical hospitality. And it will seek to “make manifest Christ’s work of reconciliation” among believers, in congregations and councils and in all the world.  Please consider serving as a host for a shift on November 8th, November 9 and/or November 10.  Morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available.  Please call 410-728-5545 or email the office at


Sunday, October 29th, 2017

There are four levels of support PLUS we welcome additional donations toward the support of The Spire Series programming. A subscription makes a great gift, too. We welcome corporate and business sponsorships!

Adult Forum - Fall, 2017

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Rev. Hoch will lead the Adult Forum with the study of the Gospel of Mark. Sundays beginning at 9:30 A.M. Backus House.

Mark's story of Jesus is dated as the earliest of the gospels. It is characteristically rough, direct, sometimes messy, but engaging throughout. Interested in the beginnings of the Jesus story? Mark's a lively place to start!

Fall Garden Cleanup Sunday Oct. 29th

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Join us before or after service on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 to continue weeding and trimming up the garden beds and courtyard area in preparation for winter. Bring your gardening gloves (and any clippers or trimmers) and we will have trash bags available. Let's give our beautiful campus a little fall TLC.

Sunday Walk and Reflect - Oct. 29, 2017 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Anyone up for a Sunday afternoon walk? Or a walk that combines reflection with a light exercise? Please consider joining us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 29th for a light stroll on the Lake Roland Trail. We will stop at art exhibits that have been placed on the trail for conversation and reflection. We will gather at 3 p.m. at the Falls Road Light Rail Station (parking is plentiful). The walk will last for about two hours. For more information, reach out to Pastor Rob at

Paul Bisaccia, pianist: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue - Spire Series

Friday, October 20th, 2017

October 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Paul Bisaccia, piano
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Paul Bisaccia will perform a concert of seldom played original solo piano arrangements made by Gershwin himself, plus a little history, more humor and many anecdotes that make the man who made the music come alive for an evening. An intimate experience like this is most appropriate, because this is how Gershwin performed his music for friends.
Paul Bisaccia is the first artist to record all the solo piano music of Gershwin. The program will include favorites such as Swanee, ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm as well as the seldom played  original solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue that Mr. Bisaccia played on his PBS television special Gershwin by Bisaccia.
The American Record Guide says, “For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down.” Noted cabaret performer Michael Feinstein calls Bisaccia’s concerts, “consummate musicianship.”
There will be a wide screen on stage presenting a live close up of Mr. Bisaccia’s hands, so everyone will have a special view.
A reception will follow the concert where you can meet and greet the artist.
Buy your tickets online and avoid the rush at the door. We will hold your name at the Will Call table.

TICKETS for the entire Spire Series season now on sale! Purchase on our website or via check through the office.

10am-2pm - In the Loop Ministry Meeting

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

RSVP by Sept. 20th to the church office. Lunch will be provided.

What's the meeting about? Back in May of 2017, representatives of the member churches of In the Loop voted unanimously to merge In the Loop's mission with the vision of Apostles and Disciples of Reconciliation, a group dedicated to creating space for racial reconciliation in the city. At that meeting, we nominated a work group to help us digest and interpret that decision. Our September 23rd meeting, which is to be held at First & Franklin, will bring the fruits of their labor as information but, even more importantly, for our collective formation.

In the spirit of in/formation, we have been engaging in "listening sessions" with our 12 member congregations. First & Franklin had its visit on August 16th. What, we asked, has your church been doing in terms of racial reconciliation? What do you hope to do? Come to find out what visitors heard and what other churches in our area are doing.

As we share, we also hope to connect the dots between congregations in our ministry group. Namely, where do our common passions come together? How can we partner in the work of reconciliation outlined by Apostles and Disciples? How can we use the organizational resources of In the Loop to advance the mission of racial reconciliation and peacemaking in Baltimore City?

In anticipation of our meeting on the 23rd, we are inviting participants to bring a symbol of their congregation's ministry of reconciliation. One person in our leadership group said that his church might bring a kitchen spoon, because, for that church, people don't enter the life of the church through the front door, but through the kitchen, through its ministry to the hungry and the hurting.

What would you bring as a symbol of First & Franklin's commitment to reconciliation in the city?

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting in our life of faith.

Brown Bag Lunch Packing

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Collections now through Sunday, September 17th when we pack bags following worship. Reid Chapel.

September Congregational Meeting

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Plan to attend a brief Congregational Meeting following the service on September 10, 2017 to vote on the 2017-2018 budget and to vote on the new slate of officers for the Session and The Board of Deacons. Childcare will be available during the meeting. 

Service Opportunities

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Many hands make for light work. Please share your gifts in service as a liturgist or usher! Or sign up to provide Fellowship goodies! See our ongoing list in the Reid Chapel, Weekly notes or Newsletter. Training provided! No experience necessary!

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