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The Seed: November 12, 2023


November 12, 2023



A Note from Mark Wilson...
Dear Christian Temple family,
My last Sunday with you at church and the reception that followed will be a beautiful memory that I’ll cherish for ever. As our journey together unfolded during these last 26 years, we’ve laughed and cried and shared events together…events that we’ll cherish in our hearts forever. Thank you for my treasure chest of memories and for a journey I’ll never forget.
A special thanks to Cherie Miller and her planning committee. The food, the decorations, the program…they were all so well thought out…and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I loved the choir’s musical salute…even if they still don’t know how to spell my name :-) Kathy Stansbery, you’ve created another masterpiece!
Pastor John took my request for a closing video far beyond my wildest expectations. His attention to detail was amazing…the huge video screen…the sound system…etc. Thank you so much for your many talents, John. I’ve loved my year together with you and Katie.
And...thank you so much for your generous retirement gift. It’s going to help fund several of our upcoming trips…and maybe a new pair of binoculars!! Thank you…thank you…thank you!
John Dennehy and I have just returned from our first trip…a birding trip to Mexico. And…soon we leave for Trinidad and shores beyond. But always know, dear friends…that when the hour of 11:00 rolls around on Sunday morning…my thoughts will be of your smiling faces and of the joy and fun times that we all shared at Christian Temple. 
Much love, Mark

Women's Group:  It's Time for College Care Packages!

We would love to have your help!  Help encourage our college students to study hard but also find some time here and there to relax.  The Christian Temple College Care Package can surely lift the spirits of our hard working students!

Here is how you can help out:

1. We need to know who the college students are this year! Please call or email Robin in the office ( or 410-747-2041) and let her know where your college student will be the first 2 weeks of December as we hope to mail them out on November 30th. 

2. We need STUFF to put in the boxes! Homemade goodies, toys and trinkets, candy of all kind, hot chocolate packets, popcorn packets, etc...There will be a box in the Gathering this Sunday. You can drop stuff off when you come to worship or anytime before November 26th.

3. We can also use donations to help pay for shipping.

4. We will be stuffing the boxes on Monday, November 27th!  We will start around 7pm and have a quick Christmas story to share when we are finished.  Please join us!

This is a fun and meaningful way for us to tell our college students we support them and love them!  Can you help us out? 



Next Godly Play (Adult Session) / November 12th / 9:15 AM

Are you curious about Godly Play? Godly Play is a very intentional spiritual formation tool that we are using for our whole church. The kiddos have gotten to experience it quite a bit. But we want the adults to have their own experiences with Godly Play. We are hosting another Sunday morning Godly Play session for adults only. Join us at one or both for an hour of curiosity and creativity. 



Christian Temple Official Church Board Meeting - November 15, 2023 (7pm)

There will be a meeting of the Christian Temple Official Board on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm. The meeting will take place over Zoom and is open to the congregation to attend. Board members will be sent the link prior to the meeting. Congregants who are not currently on the board, please email the office at and request the link if you would like to attend.




Nominations, Anyone?

The Nominating Committee will soon begin work to nominate members of the congregation for leadership positions for the church year that begins in July 2024. The committee gives its recommendations to the Christian Temple Board for consideration at the January 2024 Board meeting. These positions include Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Historian, Elder, Deacon, and Steward. If you are interested in any of these positions or would like to provide a name of someone you would like the committee to consider for one of these positions, please let one of the committee members know by November12. Feel free to call, email or talk to a committee member at church:

  • Kathy Gobbel, Chairperson: 410-715-0323,
  • Donna Goon: 410-2072938,
  • Amy Luking: 410-419-9182,
  • Betty Moore: 410-314-9746,
  • Jean O’Donnell: 410-448-5952,





Godly Play - Adults Session,  November 12th (9:15am)  In-person only 


Nine O' Clock Forum, Sundays (9 AM), Zoom Only-  October 29th!

We have some great topics planned for this year.  Please consider joining us!

A few reminders... We will have in-person Forum at 9:00am on every first Sunday of the month. During that first week of the month, we will introduce a new topic. The following Sundays will be virtual on Zoom. Then when the first Sunday comes around again, we will be in-person.


Talk & Toast, Tuesdays (8:28) on Facebook


Lectio at Lunch (12 PM Noon) - Zoom Sessions Only


Wednesday Bible Study- Zoom Sessions Only

This engaging Bible study is held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 am.  The new 36- week lecture series is entitled, "Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition." Our lector is Professor Tyler Roberts, a professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College.