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The Seed: September 25, 2022



The Seed Newsletter

September 25, 2022






This Sunday, September 25th, will be extra special for the members and friends of Christian Temple.  Please join us as we celebrate Rick Powell's retirement as pastor of Christian Temple for the last 27 years!  The service will be held in-person and also online. If you are planning to come in to church for the service, please know that our current COVID status is "mask optional".  

Also, in regards to this coming Sunday, please remember that we will not be holding the 9 O' Clock Forum as usual.  Plans are to resume the Forum on October 2nd.  The Kid's Choir will be meeting though!  This practice is only in-person as the kids will be singing during the worship service.


Our Transformer Program will NOT be meeting this Sunday, September 25th- this will allow for everyone to be able to attend Rick's last worship service as pastor of Christian Temple.   Transformers will 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:




Kathy Cayward was a fun-loving and devoted member of our Chancel Choir and Bell Choir. When she died, a fund was established to help support our excellent ministry of music at Christian Temple. The fund helps to enhance our two community concerts offered each year as well as our on-going choral and instrumental music during our worship services.

Please consider a donation to this ministry. A tax-deductible check can be sent to the church office or placed in the offering plate. Your support will be greatly appreciated!



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)



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!



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



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.



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 Thank you!



NO ZOOM SESSIONS THIS SUNDAY.  Please check back next week for Zoom link information!

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

Children's Coir, Sundays (10:30- 10:55 AM)