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The Seed: February 12, 2023


The Seed: February 12, 2023


The Seed Newsletter: February 12, 2023


Dear Christian Temple,

This Sunday is going to be exciting. The Forum will continue the series “Listening to Black Voices” at 9:00 a.m. Worship together will begin at 11:00. The Chili Cook-Off will start right after worship. And, the Parents’ Meeting/Children’s Movie will begin as the Cook-Off winds down. It will be a day!

A special thank you goes out to Cathy and Matt Bloedorn for running with the chili ladle and coordinating our gathering this year. With this being a competition, we would love for you to bring your chili in to register around 10:30. Please click the sign-up link below to let us know what you plan to bring. During worship, two or three secret judges will make their rounds tasting each batch. There will be a people’s choice award so bring some money to vote on your favorite selection.

Once the awards are dished out, Kecia Johnson will gather with the children in the Chapel for a movie. Parents, we ask that you make your way back to the Sanctuary so that we can have a discussion and brainstorming session about the needs and future of our children’s ministry at Christian Temple. Katie and I would like to share some ideas and we are hoping that you will bring your ideas as well. We will take good notes and pass them along to parents who aren’t able to be there in person on Sunday.

I am looking forward to being with you all this Sunday or very soon.

Much love,



*We will be holding an in-person service at 11 AM, and also streaming the service live on YouTube. Once the service is over, you will still be able to watch it on YouTube or Facebook at your convenience.

Click Here to go directly to Christian Temple's YouTube Channel.



This coming Sunday is an exciting day!  All are encouraged to join us at the Chili Cook-off in Fellowship Hall, immediately after the worship service.  Don't forget to bring some one dollar bills to vote on your favorite chili!  If you want to participate by bringing some chili or desserts to the cook-off, then that would be great!  Not much of a cook?  There are still other opportunities for helping out as well.   Please sign-up using the link below:

After the Chili Luncheon, there will be a Parent's Meeting in the church library and a discussion of the exciting ideas and hopes for our growing group of children.  During this time, the kids will be in the Chapel Room watching a movie and having some fun while in the care of Kecia Johnson, our education coordinator.    




We are happy to announce our Christian Temple community has once again grown!  Please welcome our newest members — Nancy & Jerry Hazelwood — with open arms and love!





The Circle of Love (Afghan Resettlement Ministry) is working hard to help their families find gainful employment.  Doug Kruse, a member of this  committee, would like to communicate with professionals employed by McCormick & Company.  This company has a very positive reputation, room to grow as an employee, and is nearby the families we are helping to resettle.  If you have any professional contacts at McCormick who might be willing to talk about employment opportunities,  then please give them Doug's information:  and 840-753-3947.  If your contact would prefer to have Doug reach out instead, then feel free to pass along their phone number and/or email to Doug.  

Thank you so much for your help in nurturing these families by supporting the Circle of Love- Afghan Resettlement Ministry!



We have the best opportunity before us: a whole lot of kids and a need for adults to help! Will you consider volunteering once a month (or even less often) to help Kecia wrangle and love our kids during Transformers? Click here to sign up





Join Watson Hall Montessori School on Monday, February 13th (5-7PM) for a delicious pancake supper in Fellowship Hall!

Click Here to see their Pancake Supper flyer!





Please join us for The 9 O' Clock Forum this Sunday.  We will be changing topics and focusing the next two Sundays on the video discussion "Listening to Black Voices" in honor of Black History Month.

Please use this link to join us:



The next Farmer's Market will be held on February 8th.  (There will be no market on February 1st.) Please see the new dates below:

February 8th and 22nd   (10 to Noon)

March 8th and 22nd  (10 to Noon)

April 2nd, 19th, and 26th (9 to Noon)

Every Wednesday starting in May!


Please let you friends and neighbors know.  We apologize for any inconvenience.




                                                      The Children's Choir will be meeting on February 12th (10:15 am) to practice.                                                         

 Transformers will also be meeting this Sunday, February 12th.  Kids will leave to participate in the program right after the Children’s Moment during our worship service.  Kecia Johnson is the Education Coordinator for Christian Temple who also leads this group.  Kecia will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the Transformer program and schedule.



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Nine O' Clock Forum, Sundays (9 AM), Zoom Sessions Only

The 9 O'Clock Forum will be focusing the next two Sundays on the video discussion "Listening to Black Voices"  in honor of Black History Month.


Wednesday Bible Study (9:30 AM), Zoom Sessions Only

Beginning on Wednesday, November 2 and for the next 24 weeks the Wednesday Bible Study group will begin a new study on “Understanding the New Testament.” The course is led by Professor David Brakke, Ph.D. This is a 24 lecture series that takes us behind the scenes to study not only the text of the New Testament, but also the authors and the world in which it was created. The course explores Jewish lives under Roman occupation, reflects on the apocalyptic mood of the first and second centuries A. D., witnesses the early Christians’ evangelism beyond the Jewish communities, and witnesses the birth of a faith that continues to shape our world today.

There is no need to purchase books or course materials, as the WBS coordinator distributes appropriate reading materials and a Zoom link each week for each lecture. Please join us this fall in learning about our Christian faith, its scriptures and authors. If you have questions, please contact Vaughn Ouellette at 410-313-9661 or email:



The Official Church Board updated Christian Temple's Pandemic Preparedness Policy to more accurately reflect the current realities of the pandemic. Anyone who would like to see the policy as it now is written may CLICK HERE.