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The Seed: July 17, 2022



The Seed Newsletter

July 17, 2022






Looks like Sunday is going to be just a normal old Sunday at church. But wait. Aren't all of our Sundays together special? Especially now!

This one will give us our regular opportunities to sing, pray and listen to God's still small voice. And the whole talking part of the service will give us an opportunity to revisit two of the Bible's most iconic female duos- not Lucy and Ethel, not Wilma and Betty. Nope, Mary and Martha, there in the house with Jesus around cleanup time. We will also drop in on someone both Mary and Martha would have known about but who lived a few years earlier- the prophet Amos. And we'll talk about why it's important to have all three of these Biblical characters as part of today's church.

Join us this Sunday at 11 for a "normal" Sunday.

Oh, and there will be NO 9 O'Clock Forum this Sunday. The teacher (Joe Pettit) is away on vacation this week. The Forum will return next week for the final installment of this series on "Paul, the apostle to the Pagans".



All Christian Temple kids are hereby invited to join us either at church at 12:30pm or at Hunting Hills Pool at 1pm for a Midsummer Pool Party. This event is open to all families with kids who might be interested in spending some time in one of our nearby community pools. Some of our members are also members of the pool. Others of us will be guests. But the entrance fee will be paid for everyone by the church. We plan to swim for a while when we get there. Then, we'll take a break to eat some hot dogs and hamburgers and talk a little bit about forming a Chi Rho (middle school) group at church to go along with our programming for younger kids. Then, we'll swim again until 3:30 or 4.

Sound fun? To register, just reach out to Kecia Johnson at and she will sign you up.

Hope to see you there!



CEA is hosting its annual Christmas in July Food and Funds Drive on Saturday, July 23, 2022 (9AM-2PM)!   You don't even have to get out of your car to deliver your food donations!   CLICK HERE for more information or scroll down to the bottom of this email!



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 ( and/or 410-747-2041)  Thanks!




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:


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.



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




Join us 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! 


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 Forum this Sunday, July 17th!  The Forum will return next week for the final installment of this series on "Paul, the apostle to the Pagans".


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

Kid's Choir will be in session on July 17th and July 24th.  Join the choir either in-person or on Zoom!