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The Seed: August 7, 2022



The Seed Newsletter

August 7, 2022






This Sunday we will be treated to the preaching of Fred Harris while Rick Powell is away directing the Young Adult Conference at Bethany Beach. Fred has filled the pulpit many times in Rick's absence and we are thrilled to welcome him back. Plan to join us in worship this Sunday!



There will be no Nine O'Clock Forum this week. Stay tuned for more information about the Forum.



Jayna Powell will be leading the next two meetings of the Women's Group on Monday, August 15th (changed from August 8th) and Monday, September 12th.  Jayna is hoping many can come!  It will be a great time to enjoy the company of Jayna and all your friends at the Women's Group!

Both meeting dates will be via Zoom only and start at 7:30 PM.  Movies will be announced the week prior to the meeting.   

Please join in on the fun!



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, at one or all of these special events!

Saturday August 27, the Christian Temple Women’s Group is sponsoring a women’s luncheon for Jayna. Women who have not gotten an Evite yet or have questions about this event please contact Lisa Nichols at or 410-530-0117. The celebration for Jayna on this day may even be continued after lunch at one of Jayna’s favorite establishments so that the guys can join in the fun!

Sunday August 28, Jayna will be offering the sermon during morning worship.

Sunday September 11, we will worship outdoors on the patio at 11 am. It’s a chance to hear The Church Band one last time, and to allow those who aren't yet comfortable worshiping indoors an opportunity to say goodbye to the Powells.

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.

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.



A dresser with mirror and a nightstand?  If so, Sheronda Gordon may have something special for you!  Please contact the church office ASAP if you are interested in more information by email or phone 410-747-2041.  Sheronda is even willing to deliver the furniture to you on Sunday, August 28th, in the afternoon!




When you call or text 988, you will be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, made up of around 200 crisis call centers and national backup centers. That means anyone, anywhere in the country can contact 988 during a mental health crisis and be connected with a trained crisis counselor who can listen, provide support, deescalate the situation and connect you to additional resources that might help.

The Lifeline can respond to any type of mental health crisis or emotional distress. It is free, confidential and open to a person in crisis or someone calling on behalf of another.

The availability of 988 will help save lives, but there is more work to be done. Efforts to build the system’s local capacity in our state will continue in the weeks, months, and years to come, so that we can help everyone in crisis.

Right now, we need your help spreading the word about 988 in our community. A recent NAMI Survey revealed that 80% of U.S. citizens were unaware of what 988 is. In order to divert mental health calls away from law enforcement and towards mental health care, we must make sure that our Baltimore community knows that this valuable resource is available to them, and we would deeply appreciate your help spreading the word!



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




Christian Temple office hours have changed slightly through September. Robin Picanso will be in the office from 9 to 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She will be working from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays when, for the most part, Rick Powell will be in the office. As always, Rick and Robin are both available via cell phone and email on most days and times. This change will allow Robin to focus more time on some of the tasks she has as the bookkeeper for the church, which she typically does from home.


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.  



Note from Kecia Johnson...  


Sunday, June 26th was the last Sunday that we invited 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!



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!



The Well, Thursdays (6:30 and 6:15 when choir is practicing)

Zoom only for July 14th


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

No session will be held this Sunday, August 7th.  Stay tuned for more information about next Sunday's meeting!


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

No Kids' Choir this week.  Please keep a look out for upcoming plans!