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The Seed: October 2, 2022



The Seed Newsletter

October 2, 2022






I am honored to serve as our pastor in transition over these three weeks in between Rick's retirement and John Callaway and Katie Callaway coming on board as our co-pastors. Not only will I be preaching; I am also serving Christian Temple in any way needed, including pastoral care. If I can be of any help or service to you, please feel free to contact me via phone (325-261-1355) or email (   

We will be celebrating two special days for our denomination and beyond this Sunday.  October 2nd is World Communion Day. We will join together with followers of Christ around the world to celebrate communion in a special way. The next two Sundays will find us being mindful of and taking a special offering for our denomination's Reconciliation Ministries that strengthen our witness to God's unending love of all humanity through pro-reconciliation and anti-racism efforts. I look forward to worshiping with you!

--Brian Edwards



God, we are thankful for the ministry the Powells have provided us over the years.

We are thankful for the care, the comfort, the encouragement, and for the memories.

We are also thankful, God, of what you provide during this time of transition.

We must admit that we are nervous, perhaps a bit anxious.

And yet, we know your comfort is among us as we feel your presence with us.

Help us to provide comfort to one another and to receive it, as well.

And may we find comfort in what is to come.




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!



Transformers will be starting up again on Sunday, October 2nd!




Jordan Taylor Remembrances and Fundraisers

In the fall of 2019 Jordan Taylor was killed while in front of his home. Jordan was a longtime Catonsville resident and his family still lives in the area. He was a beloved counselor/coach at the Catonsville Y and his death sent shockwaves through our community.

Since Jordan's death his family has established a scholarship fund at the Catonsville Y in his honor. called the "Jordan Taylor Youth Development Fund. Two upcoming events give the community an opportunity to give to this fund.

The first is a benefit concert on Saturday, October 8th at the Barn on the campus of CCBC Catonsville featuring the music of Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Here's a link to that event.

The second opportunity will be the second annual Team Jordan Catonsville Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Here's the link for that event:

Thank you for considering supporting these events for such a very good cause.



We needed to update our Zoom account recently for a variety of reasons.  In doing so, some of our standard, recurring links have changed.  Please look carefully at the links printed in our newsletters as they may be different than expected.  If you have any questions, please call the church office at 410-747-2041.  Thank you!



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)




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:



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.



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