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The Seed: October 31, 2021



The Seed Newsletter

October 31, 2021






This year, "All Hallow's Eve" (better known as Halloween) actually falls on a Sunday. We will be marking the occasion by celebrating two of the Bible's most interesting saints of the church- Naomi and Ruth. As we find them on the road between Moab and Judah, we will listen in as this exceptional relationship is established, and God's invitation is received.

Then, the invitation is for young and old alike to come to the Christian Temple parking lot between 2 and 4 to enjoy our "Trunk or Treat" event. Moms, dads, grandparents, be sure to bring the kiddos to this family friendly daytime trick or treating extravaganza. We'll have lots of trucks and trunks decorated. And you'll be home in plenty of time to greet your evening trick-or-treating guests. 

Come and see!



Those who have travelled through the pandemic with us know that our first move to bring worship to the masses was to create YouTube videos during the week- cobbling together various live and pre-taped videos- and sharing the finished product with the congregation on Sunday morning.

Once we began worshiping "live" in the sanctuary back in June we also began using Facebook as our platform for sharing worship over the internet. While that has worked pretty well for us, a few times we have experienced some technical difficulties with Facebook, last Sunday being a prime example.

So, this week we will be going back to using YouTube as our streaming platform. Our YouTube channel is Christian Temple (Disciples of Christ) and we will send out several reminders over the course of the week and weekend to guide people in the right direction.

Thanks to all those who so faithfully gather for online worship. Please know that our intention is to keep offering this to the congregation and to become more robust in our live streaming capacities as we go along.



The fact that Halloween falls on a Sunday this year gives us a perfect opportunity to celebrate the day with "Trunk or Treat" from 2 to 4 on Halloween afternoon, Sunday, October 31st. This great tradition, held on Christian Temple's parking lot,  gives our kids (especially our younger kids) an opportunity to trick or treat safely during the daylight hours and- lets' face it- it gives US an opportunity to see everyone in their costumes. We would love for you to host a "trunk" or, if not, please feel free to come and visit all our scary (and not so scary) trunks!   P.S. Candy donations will be accepted and appreciated!   



October 10th was a day of celebration as our Christian Temple Family participated in the dedication of Anderson Matthew and Theodore Christian Royack.  Proud sister, Lena, stood up front and center with parents, Anna and Matt, during this very special ceremony.  











Join us for The Great Catonsville Fill-the-Truck food drive on Saturday, November 6, 2021 (9AM-1PM)!

This event will benefit Catonsville Emergency Assistance and the food pantry at Grace AME Church.  Drop your food items off in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Road -- Rain or Shine!  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FLYER

If you are interested in volunteering to help out, please use this link:

We will especially need help unloading the truck and bringing the boxes into each food pantry. This is a great chance for students to earn community service hours!

Thank you for spreading the word about this important community food drive!  



It's time to put your personal saints' names in the book in the Gathering and hang bells in their honor for our All Saints Service on November 7th. 

Can't get into church to sign them up? We can do it for you!

CLICK HERE  to sign up your saints on our secure online form, or scroll down to the bottom for more information.





Vaughn Ouellette will be leading a discussion based on the book “Stamped From The Beginning.” This book is about the history of racism and the individuals who defined it, used religion and science to justify it, and built profitable endeavors by it. The author tells how racist ideas have historically sprung from racist policies and how it was used for self-preservation of the ruling class. The book spans the period from Aristotle to Cotton Mather to Angela Davis. The book is divided into five sections with five to eight chapters per section. We plan on doing on section each Sunday.

While buying and reading the book is certainly an option, it is not a requirement to participate in the discussion. Summary materials are available in the Church Office or by requesting a copy at:

Join us on Zoom for our Nine O’Clock Forum starting Sunday, October 24 through Sunday, November 21.

9 O’Clock Forum (Sundays)



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!



Jane Byers wanted to let everyone know about this fun Arts & Crafts show on Saturday, November 13th (9AM-2PM).  CLICK HERE for more information!



Wednesday Bible Study


The Well, Thursdays (6:30 PM)

The Well, Thursdays (6:30 PM)


9:00 Forum, Sundays (9 AM)


Children's Choir, Sundays (10:15- 10:45 AM)