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The Seed: September 18, 2022



The Seed Newsletter

September 18, 2022






On our penultimate Sunday together before the leadership transition begins, we will be worshiping in the way to which we've become accustomed over the years. Having feasted on the Church Band last Sunday, we will be treated to a return of Mark Wilson and the chancel choir to inspire our worship this week. Add to that, a service of dedication for one Ms. Cassidy Elizabeth Campbell, (Laurie Lane's granddaughter) and a chance to reflect on how often it is sadness that creates the community we so dearly love, and you have what will be morning worship, Sunday, September 18th at 11 AM. Join us!




                                                                            CHRISTIAN TEMPLE KIDS CHOIR DOES IT AGAIN!










Come help us celebrate Rick Powell's retirement as pastor of Christian Temple for 27 years, as well as Jayna's remarkable contributions to the congregation and community!

Sunday September 25 will be the Powells' last Sunday at Christian Temple. Rick will be presiding and preaching at the 11 am service, and a luncheon/reception will follow the worship service.

Please use this link to sign-up:

Anyone who is unable to attend is encouraged to send a note to the Powells through Lisa Nichols at or through USPS to Lisa Nichols, 6308 Silvery Star Path, Columbia, MD 21044.


TRANSFORMERS WILL MEET THIS SUNDAY!   Our Transformer Program will start back up this Sunday, September 18th- then take a Sunday off on Rick Powell's last Sunday the 25th- then start back up again in earnest on the first Sunday of October. Be watching the Seed for more details.



The Christian Temple Wednesday Bible Study fall session will begin Wednesday, September 7 at 9:30 AM via Zoom.  We will continue were we left off last spring with the study of “Jesus and His Jewish Influences,” beginning with Lecture # 19.  This study course is led by Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D.  In this course, we trace the origins of Judaism from the arrival of the Israelites in Canaan to the rise of Rabbinic Judaism in the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.  The covered information is drawn from the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of Philo of Alexandria and the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.  The study will help us to better understand Jesus’ teachings and his ministry.  The study has five remaining lectures. 

Starting around October 12th we plan on beginning 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:




We are so proud of our Afghanistan families! And much of their success is due to YOUR generosity and hospitality! Nasir just started a full time job at John’s Hopkins University! It’s incredible. So what we need now for him is a car! Originally we wanted one to fit all 6 of them, but for now, any reliable car would be so so helpful! Please keep your eye out or let Doug Kruse know if you have one to sell!



Millions of kids are now back to school - but with inflation reaching its highest rate in 40 years, many families will be forced to cut down on clothing expenses and focus on necessities (food, rent, health, etc.).  Together, you and I can help alleviate part of this financial burden for 100 children at Ducketts Lane Elementary School. This particular school has asked if we could try to provide another round of 100 coats.

Each winter coat costs $22.00 and up to 5 coats costing $110.00. If you want to help, please mail your check to:

Operation Warm Inc.

C/O  Christian Temple Fund

P.O.  Box 822431

Philadelphia, PA   191182-2431

When kids have the proper appropriate attire, they can feel confident and be successful academically. More important, they can enjoy being kids.

Thank you very much for helping  ~ Doug Brice (410-730-8727)




In-person and Virtual Regional Assembly October 14 & 15, 2022

Location: The William F. Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Dr, Potomac, MD 20854

The theme for the 2022 Regional Assembly is "Justice, Mercy, Humility: What Is Required of Disciples Today?” based upon the scripture passage Micah 6:8

To Register and to make room reservations at the Bolger Center, please check out our registration page


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 to stay up to date on our latest updates.

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



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 --->



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.



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