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The Seed: January 15, 2023


The Seed: January 15, 2023


The Seed Newsletter: January 15, 2023


“Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God. And without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do the right thing.”

(Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last Sunday morning sermon - March 31, 1968)

The time has come when we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy that he continued. I would say that it is time to pause and remember, but there was no pause in Dr. King. The line “we must help time” rings in my ears as we think about this upcoming weekend. It is fitting that this is a weekend of service because the legacy, the dream, the work is ongoing. This is a holiday that requires movement. We must use our time wisely. How will you help time this year in ways that bring about positive change in our world? How will you be God’s co-worker?

As we remember Dr. King, it is fitting that we also remember a true Disciple of Christ within our congregation. Dave Caldwell was a person of movement who touched so many lives in his years of physical presence on this earth. With the memories we will all share together on Friday at the visitation and Saturday in the memorial service, we know that movement of Dave Caldwell continues. He is still at work in our hearts…and that work calls us to keep moving.

This will be a beautiful weekend to gather, to remember, and to move. I hope you will join us.

Much love,

John Callaway


*We hope you can join us for worship this Sunday.  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.

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Are you interested in giving back? We need volunteers willing to be in a rotation every 6-8 weeks for the Transformers to contact Katie Callaway or Kecia Johnson. Background checks will be required to participate.



It's time to start getting your chili recipe ready for our Chili Cookoff. Bring a pot of your favorite chili on Sunday, January 29th. Join in on the fun by voting for the best chili. Each vote will cost $1 and all donations will be used to purchase supplies for the 2023 Kid's Easter Egg Hunt.




This year, in an effort to save postage fees ---and trees!--- the 2022 statement reflecting your contributions to Christian Temple will be sent electronically if we have an email address on file for you.  

Statements will be sent directly from the church Financial Secretary ( ) in the next few weeks, so check your spam folder occasionally!



In the new year, we hope you will consider joining our 9AM Sunday Forum for thoughtful discussion and reflection.  Please look over our January schedule of topics:

January 15th- The Liturgical Year- Seasons (John Callaway)

January 22nd- The Liturgical Year- Symbols (Bonnie Ouellette)

January 29th- Understanding Immigration (Vaughn Ouellette)

Please use this link to join us:




2023 Christian Church Capital Area's Annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Tribute Service

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes
Executive Regional Minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


In person:
Shepherd Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
7900 Eastern Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20012
(Parking in the church lot is limited. There is some street parking and a Public parking garage nearby)

Virtually - Zoom Link

Refreshments will be provided after the service.

For more information contact Rev. Charles Lucas, Jr., Immediate Past Director, Commission for Congregational Life.



Wednesday, January 18th

10:00 am to 12:00 


STOP By for your FARM FRESH, producer only, seasonal products

The Market is now every other week, 10:00am - 12:00pm through March.

The market accepts Cash, SNAP, Credit and Debit cards. We are Matching SNAP dollars again with incentive tokens.



The Children's Choir will be meeting on January 15th (10:15 am).  Hope to see you there! 

 Transformers will also be meeting this Sunday, January 15th.  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.



If you know of anyone who isn't receiving the J&C and/or The Seed, please ask them to let the office know. Contact Robin at 410-747-2041 or at Thank you!



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

We hope you will consider joining our 9AM Sunday Forum for thoughtful discussion and reflection.  The topic for January 8th is The Liturgical Year.  Rev. Katie Callaway will be leading the discussion.


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.