The Seed: June 26, 2022

 

 

The Seed Newsletter

June 26, 2022

 

 

 

 

THIS SUNDAY AT CHRISTIAN TEMPLE    

Plan to join us on Sunday morning! Joe Pettit will be offering the sermon and we will be together on the last Sunday of the church year. Good Lord willing and airplane schedules accommodating, our CYF group will be safely home from their work trip. Hope to see you Sunday!

 

BABY SHOWER FOR NASIMA BAMYAMI

June 26th, 3-5 PM,  Christian Temple Gathering

Nasima's baby shower is this Sunday. All Christian Temple women are invited!  We are looking forward to welcoming Nasima and you to celebrate Baby Bamyani.

Please note that childcare will be provided and the Bamyani children, as well as the Mohammedy children, will be attending. Please consider bringing your children to play with them and foster new friendships.

If you would like to purchase a baby gift, below is the link. If you cannot attend, you may have the gift delivered to the church and we will wrap it for you.  

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2DKA2N3NXI4ZV

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Cheryl Haymes at csgh.928@gmail.com   so we will have a general idea of how many guests will be at the shower.

Additionally, if you are attending and would like to contribute a light snack, please sign up here.

 

HELLO, CAW/TRANSFORMERS FAMLIES!

This coming Sunday, June 26th will be the last Sunday that we invite the kids to join us in the Library during Worship Service, until this Fall. I will be taking the next few months to get recharged and plan for the upcoming season. During summer, there will be a basket filled with kids' activities for use during service. (You will find this at the welcome table, right outside the sanctuary.)

For families with precious little ones: We will not have a Nursery Room Attendant available during the summer months, but you are still welcome to use that space during Worship if needed.

Over the next few months, there will be a few family and kid activities planned. (More details on those soon!) Until then, hoping each of you have a safe, blessed, and happy summer!

Warmly, Ms. Kecia

 

DISMANTLING RACISM COMMITTEE TO SPONSOR BUS TRIP TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH

The bus will depart from Catonsville Presbyterian Church’s large parking lot at 9:15 a.m., arriving in Washington, D.C., for museum entry at 10:45 a.m. We will board the bus for the return trip home at 4:30 pm, arriving back at Catonsville Presbyterian Church by 6:00 pm.

Transportation cost for the trip is $30 per person and includes bottled water, light snacks and a tip for the driver. Any funds left over will be donated to the museum. Tickets to the museum are free.

Tickets are being shared with Grace AME Church and Catonsville Presbyterian Church and are available to church members through July 7th. Beginning July 8th, any remaining tickets will be available to extended family and friends until the bus is filled.

To reserve your seat, contact Laurie Lane:

Email: laurielane49@verizon.net

Phone: 410-788-8069 (You may leave a message on the answering machine.)

Please include your email and cell phone number with your request. Laurie will contact you to discuss payment arrangements.

 

NINE O'CLOCK FORUM, SUNDAYS (9AM)

The Nine O' Clock Forum will not be meeting on June 26th as Joe Pettit will be preaching at Sunday's worship service instead!  

Please plan to join us the following Sunday as Joe Pettit leads the discussion on the book "Paul: The Pagan's Apostle" written by Paula Fredriksen. No need to have read the book to be part of the discussion, but anyone who wants to purchase may want to know that it is available on Amazon and at local booksellers. Paul may sometimes confuse and even frustrate us, but without his ministry none of us would be here! 

 

GRADUATE LUNCHEON EVENT

July 10th, After worship service

It has been a long time coming, but it is at last possible to celebrate our Christian Temple Graduates again! You are invited to the Graduate Luncheon event on July 10th, which will begin at approximately 12:15 after service concludes. We will be requesting a small donation for the lunch, which will include at least sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks. Please contact the church office at office@christiantemple.org or Laurie Rodriguez (lmplr23@yahoo.com) if you are interested in attending (to help us order enough food) OR are able to contribute a special dessert to the festivities to reflect our usual tradition of the Senior Dessert. ALSO: Please let us know if you have (or are) a high school graduate from 2020 or 2021, or a college grad from anytime since spring 2019, so that we can include their name in our program and recognize their accomplishments as well! Please come help us celebrate those who have graduated this school year and honor those whom we missed celebrating in person!

 

REGISTRATION: CAMPS & CONFERENCE PROGRAMS

Did you know that a program we have traditionally loved at Christian Temple is starting up again? It is! And the program is the Camp and Conference program of our Regional Church. The Christian Church Capital Area has a facility at Bethany Beach where, this summer, "sleepover" camps will be held.

For kids in preschool through those entering the 3rd grade in the fall, a weekend camp is being planned from July 1-3. This camp will give parents an opportunity to join the fun and will include all sorts of fun activities in addition to time at the beach!

For kids entering Grades 4-9, a week of camp is scheduled from July 10-16. This time at Bethany Beach will "host" two different camps- Junior Camp for those entering grades 4-6 in the fall, and Chi Rho camp for those entering grades 7-9 in the fall.

For Young Adults who have finished High School and haven't yet turned 30, the Young Adult Conference is being planned for August 4 - August 7.

More information is included in the attached brochures about the camps and the registration process through Camp Docs. One important thing to add is that Christian Temple provides half scholarships to all camps and conferences. For more information please contact Pastor Rick or Robin Picanso (office@christiantemple.org and/or 410-747-2041)  Thanks!

 

NEW TREES AT CHRISTIAN TEMPLE !

We owe great thanks to Jim Himel and Chris Burk from the Catonsville Tree Canopy Project for their gift of seven young hackberry trees that are already 10 to 11 feet tall.

Tree experts call the hackberry “one tough tree." They thrive in a broad temperature span and can handle anywhere from 14 to 60 inches of rainfall annually. They grow 13 to 24 inches per year and reach a maximum height and spread of 40 to 60 feet. They do well in all kinds of soil and can tolerate strong winds, heat and drought.

Hackberries produce small, dark red drupes that turn dark purple and persist into the winter. They attract many species of butterflies and the fruit is popular with winter birds.

We also truly appreciate our planting crew on a hot Sunday afternoon. It included Chris and Elyssa Burke, John Klingerman and Maria Wilson from Academy Heights, along with Jim Junker and Laurie Lane from the church. Vaughn Ouellette helped us decide where to plant. Some of our neighbors from Academy and Lambeth Roads who back up against the alleys behind the church also gave us encouragement and let us use their water.

You can meet our newest "members" along the back and side of the outfield behind the church. We're very happy to welcome their positive environmental impact after losing so many trees on our property over the last ten years.

As we head into the hot and dry part of the summer, our new trees will need their watering bags filled about once per week when it doesn't rain. If you'd like to help them thrive with an occasional watering, please email Laurie at laurielane49@verizon.net or text her at 410-908-8069. It takes just one hour of your time.

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ A LETTER FROM OUR MODERATOR, BARBARA CHEADLE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR PRINT OUT A PLEDGE FORM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMI Family Support Groups: Meeting 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7-8:30 PM!

 

Are you the loved one of someone living with a mental health condition, or whose mental health you are concerned about? We're here for you!  NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults 18+ who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.  By joining one of our groups, you'll be able to get connected to people who see the value of speaking up about mental health and will gain insight from sharing your experiences and hearing the challenges and successes of others!

Attend a Support Group  Starting in September, we will be offering our NAMI Family Support Group in-person on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Register on this Eventbrite to receive location details!

***IMPORTANT***  We will follow all safety protocols set in place by both the Baltimore City and County Health Departments and our partners to ensure safety of participants. Space is limited and NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore Staff will confirm registration closer to the attendance date. We will do our best to communicate any cancellations in advance, but please check our website at namibaltimore.org to stay up to date on our latest updates.

Please contact the NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore Help-Line at 410-435-2600 or email info@namibaltimore.org for more information.  

 

TRANSFORMERS- KIDS CHANGING THE WORLD!

Going forward (and thanks in large part to our pandemic hiatus) our Sunday morning kids ministry will change a little from the program known as Children at Worship. Our new program, called Transformers, will still give our kids opportunities to learn and experience Bible stories, but we will add a hands-on outreach component that will give our little ones an opportunity to learn the importance of serving others. Our hope is that this combination of story and service will, indeed, be transformative for our kids.

 

CAW & TRANSORMERS FAMILY- INFORMATION REQUESTED

A Note from Kecia Johnson...

Please help to update our records! I am asking ALL Christian Temple families with kids aged Birth to 8th Grade to complete and submit this Form ---> https://forms.gle/h2bDFT7d7LkBHfE39

 

PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS POLICY UPDATED

At its most recent meeting the Official 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.

 

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO ISN'T RECEIVING THE SEED?

Our email distribution lists are almost up-to-date, but we are concerned that we may have missed a friend or two during this process. 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 office@christiantemple.org. Thank you!

 

ZOOM LINKS!

Nine O'Clock Forum, Sundays (9 AM)    The Nine O' Clock Forum will not be meeting this Sunday.  Please join us next week!

Children's Choir, Sundays (10:30- 10:55 AM)    Kids Choir will not be meeting this Sunday.  Be on the lookout for the next Kids' Choir date!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 Forum, Sundays (9 AM)  Join us for our new session, "Keeping the Church Weird".