March 24 morning encouragement

24 03 2020

Church Where You Are

20 03 2020
During this time of precautionary social distance, we are with you in every way possible. Our small groups, Celebrate Recovery, and youth ministry will be communicating via video conference calls. Call 410.929.1619 for more info.
We are making our Sunday morning elements available to you as “livestream” and “evergreen” content:
  • Sunday’s 9 am Facebook livestream (Facebook account not required):
  • Please note that parents are being sent City Kids crafts, notes, and activities in advance. They can be used alongside our weekly video will be posted at our YouTube.
  • Our YouTube will also have Sunday videos, messages, meeting elements, encouraging words, and updates. This way you can catch our content any time on any device.
  • As usual, each Sunday’s message will be available to download or stream, with notes at:
  • Worship song videos including lyrics.
  • Every day I post suggested reading, questions, and comments at
– Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Harbor Church

Volunteering Opportunities

20 03 2020
Hello church family, 
“Love Gives” is not just something we say, but a message that we live. I am so very thankful to be part of a church family that takes action with its courageous generosity. 
Personal interaction – my hope is that each day you are spending time with God and processing your thoughts & feelings. In this way, we can receive peace and spiritual strength from God. Anyone we communicate with (or are in contact with) will sense the peace and strength we have. First, share love by listening to those you have immediate contact with. Listen with an intent to understand what they’re experiencing. Speak simple words of encouragement. Offer to pray with them. We don’t need all the answers to share compassionate moments of connection. Second, the same approach can be used with anyone you see in person or communicate with (via phone or the web). Third, think about people you know who may need this same kind of contact, and then reach out to them.
As a church family, we have already delivered groceries to a number of people. We have also provided direct support to others in serious need. Please understand that your financial support of our church makes this possible. Currently, we have enough help for this. We will reach out to you when more volunteer help is needed.
Please consider the information in this fun video before you get out there to help others
Baltimore Neighborhood Quarantine Response Teams
This is a spontaneous real social network of people wanting to do good. It’s not perfect. Please use common sense in healthy practices and protecting your personal information.

As we mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 the best thing we can do is support those close to us with compromised immune systems. Those of us with healthy immune systems can assist our neighbors. When we are well we can buy groceries, pick up prescriptions, offer to walk our neighbor’s dogs or do anything else that would make it easier for folks to stay inside.

If you are a vulnerable individual and need assistance self quarantining see the “vulnerable persons” signup sheets below to get connected with a local neighbor who can help you with activities outside of the home.

More longterm support:
As a church, we have started the work needed to be on the government-approved list of response organizations (city, state, and federal). Should circumstances get worse we would be among those equipped to provide direct service to people in need. More information about this will be available as it is appropriate. 
Baltimore Organizations (that I have been personally connected with and endorse your support of, not limited to but including social media posts to help direct financial support.)
Helping Up Mission  my favorite Baltimore City outreach mission
Manna House my favorite place providing free food for those experiencing homelessness.
Healthcare for the Homeless I love healthcare for the homeless and what they do! High quality of care pro bono for the homeless.
Powell Recovery Powell Recovery has qualified staff and one of the best full-service residential drug recovery programs.
Hopefully, this helps,
Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Harbor Church

worship songs

18 03 2020

Here’s a few worship songs for these unusual days:

Another in the Fire



Be Still

Do it Again

Fall Afresh

Good Grace

Goodness of God

Great Are You Lord

Here Again

Here as in Heaven


Holy Ground

I am


See You Again

Since Your Love

Stand in Your Love

The Well


Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Way Maker

Yes and Amen

March 15 update

15 03 2020

Hello church family,
Pastor Rebecca and I have been learning about this novel COVID-19 situation and praying for each of you. We have spoken with the leaders of our Life Groups, Celebrate Recovery, and Youth Ministry. At this time, we are going shift all church activities to online or over the phone until March 22nd. Life Groups, Celebrate Recovery, and Youth Ministry will not meet in person this week. This coming Sunday morning will also be an online experience.
Certainly, our God is faithful in love for each of us. Pastor Rebecca and I are available to each of you as we process each day together.

Please read a few thoughts I’ve shared:

...or listen to them at:

This morning, we have a message prepared for you. 
and Pastor’s daily posts at

In particular, please pray for our Celebrate Recovery participants in Baltimore County Detention Center. May God give them good health, peace, and wisdom. They could use prayer for many reasons.Thank you for your faithfulness and understanding. We look forward to connecting with each of you soon. You can also find us on the video messaging app Marco Polo.

Baltimore school food

13 03 2020
Dear Baltimore City Public Schools Families,
Free breakfast and lunch to go will be available Monday, March 16 to 20, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following schools:
Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy
701 Gold Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
2011 Linden Avenue 21217
Tamara Hanson 145

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
800 Poplar Grove Street
Baltimore, MD 21216

The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School
801 Bridgeview Road
Baltimore, MD 21225

Yorkwood Elementary School
5931 Yorkwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21239

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
701 Rappolla Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

Arlington Elementary School
3705 W Rogers Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215

Beechfield Elementary/Middle School
301 S Beechfield Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229

Sinclair Lane Elementary School
3880 Sinclair Lane
Baltimore, MD 21213

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
1400 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

The district will also be working closely with our partners and Baltimore City’s Emergency Food Working Group to identify additional options for meals the week of March 23.

Additional updates may be found on the district website at

church note COVID19

12 03 2020

Hello church family,

As a precaution, we will not meet this Sunday morning. Our message will be available at

   and Pastor’s daily posts at 
Please let us know if you have a neighbor with food insecurity and are able to deliver groceries. We have some food available. 

Most likely your life has now been impacted in some way by the news of COVID-19. Our kids will now be home from school for a while. Please know that Pastor Rebecca and I pray for you regularly. We are available to talk, as you are able. We love to hear how we can best serve you and pray for you. We’re available by phone, text, and a video messaging app called Marco Polo.

Please exercise good common sense practices related to your health. God gave us the ability to learn. This includes all things scientific and medical. We should learn from qualified sources of information.

Until Jesus returns, disease and suffering are part of our broken world. God wants us to pray for others with compassion. Miracle healing is possible with God. Let’s pray for miracles.

God does not give us fear, as a controlling influence in our lives. As we draw on our personal relationship with God, we will find spiritual strength, increased ability, and the ability to control our thoughts. 2 Timothy 1:7 speaks to this. In this ever-changing situation, we will be learning daily and making decisions. Let’s be sure to balance our input of information about this challenge with positive encouraging truth about God’s love. We can take this on and focus our thoughts on life-giving truth. Please read Philippians 4:4-9.


Please consider every opportunity that you have to interact with someone else as a valuable moment to speak life-giving words to them, in the face of these circumstances. Some of my favorite Baltimore moments have been meeting neighbors for the first time while shoveling snow or cleaning up neighborhood garbage. Unusual challenges bring exceptional opportunities.

This is a wonderful opportunity to use our voices for speaking hope!

Pastor Rebecca and I love you! Rest well. God loves you!

Ben Malmin, Pastor

City Harbor Church

410.929.1619 office