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October and November happennings

We believe that love gives. Here’s a few ways to have a good time, laugh, and help someone else:

Candy Drop

We can invite more than 200 families to church on October 31st. Please consider bringing candy to church Sunday October 30th. Please join us on the 31st, any time from 4pm on, to assemble gift bags of candy with invite cards. We will be active until 8:30pm. Please let us know if you would like to participate in dinner that night. Please invite someone to join us.

Ethnos Conference

Saturday November 12th 9:30am through lunch, we are co-sponsoring a time for Baltimore believers to come together around the subject of race and the church, a matter of justice. As racial tension and discord are at a boiling point in our nation, the Church has the opportunity to reflect the heart of God by bridging historically divisive cultural barriers in the name of biblical reconciliation. We invite you to experience Ethnos as we engage one another in this great hope for the people of God.
The cost for Ethnos is $15. Please read more and register at the Ethnos website:  Please invite your friends!

Thanksgiving GIVE

Saturday November 19th at the Waverly Giant grocery story we will be having some fun! We love to help provide Thanksgiving meal groceries for more than 90 families of murder victims. Our friends, Mother’s Cry, have found donations for each family to have a turkey and ham. We’re pulling together donations of canned food, bread, and pies. Most importantly we need your physical help. Please come and help us hand deliver these groceries to each family. This is a perfect opportunity for you to invite a neighbor or coworker to join you in doing something good! The giveaway will happen 12-2pm. We will need set up help 11:15am, a lot of help right at 11:55am, and help cleaning up after.

Thank you!

Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Harbor Church
410.929.1619 office
503.784.4697 cell

Serve the Homeless opportunities, next 2 weeks

Do you have any clean hoodie sweatshirts, sunscreen, hats, or shoes that we could donate to the homeless?

We will have blankets and a variety of supplies that we can distribute to the homeless over the next two weekends, September 23-25 and 30th – October 1-2. Please let me know if you have time to be a part of this, on any of those dates.

We also have an opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Project Homeless Connect on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and 3 hour shifts are available. Click to download the flyer. Visit us online to sign up to volunteer: Questions? Email us at
Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Harbor Church

June 10-12 Work Party – Sunday morning at new Aslan House

Sunday June 12 Church will be “off site”, 1 week only! Join us!

620 Wyanoke Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218

June 10 – Friday night (after dinner) we will clean and prepare the walls for paint.

June 11 – Saturday (after breakfast) we will prime and paint as much as possible.

June 12 – Sunday morning we will worship by serving at the house! Prayer is always available.

Sunday, we’ll share lunch, have fun, and finish the work. Food and drink provided. There’s a nice backyard for the little ones to play in. Please let us know if you would like for us to help coordinate childcare. Thank you.

Please feel free to call me with any questions,
Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church

March has sprung – save the date – shoes for the homeless

What a beautiful dusting of snow this morning! Spring is almost here! Rebecca and I are really excited about all that is about to happen this year!

cbcb_bulletSpring Forward
Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night March 12th.

cbcb_bulletShoes for the Homeless – 100 pair by April 15th
Please remember that you can bring Men’s Shoes sizes 9-12, with you to church, for us to donate to the homeless. One of our favorite Baltimore Partners, Manna House (on 25th near Greenmount), has a need for shoes. We are going to do our best to help them meet this need! We already have more than 20 pairs to give away this weekend.

cbcb_bulletGIVE: Please remember that you can note your donations with the word, “Give”, and contribute to our fund to help teachers (members of our church) directly meet the needs of families they serve who are in need. We recently helped a family with much needed groceries!

cbcb_bulletSave the Date
March 27th Easter (please invite someone you know to celebrate with us)
April 23rd Unplugged Baltimore details at
May 7th Mother’s Cry Mother’s Day Banquet (Saturday details to follow)
May 14th Convergence (prayer meeting details to follow)
June first week – Cherished (ladies conference)

cbcb_bulletMarch Prayer Topics
Freedom Church – Pastor Michael Crawford in Belmar hosting Unplugged April 23rd
Araminta Freedom – serving those who have suffered violence and forced into prostitution here
Our missionaries the Jaquith family, who lead a few churches, in Mexico
Please remember that further prayer topics, including specifics regarding our church, Baltimore City, and subjects related to the trials of the officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death can be found at

cbcb_bulletServe Baltimore April 5-10
We will be planning a variety of ways we can serve our city, mostly outdoors, during the week of April 5-10. This will include garbage cleanups, prayer walks, and work on the new Aslan House. If you would like your neighborhood to be included or have a specific idea please let me know. Thank you!

cbcb_bulletLife Groups
Please remember that our small groups have started. It’s a perfect time to jump in! If you don’t have a group, try one night with us Thursday March 10th 7pm at Pastors Ben and Rebecca’s home.

820 Wellington St
Baltimore MD 21211

We’ve been hearing amazing stories lately of lives changed by the love of Jesus. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church

We’re moving! New place starting December 20th 10am

Merry Christmas everyone!

Yes, we have a new place to call our own for Sundays (starting Dec 20th).

“The Ideal Theater” 905 West 36th St Baltimore MD 21211 on Hampden’s “Avenue”

Yes, we will be returning to 10am service time.

Good news: free parking on Sundays and plenty of brunch options within walking distance!

We will be loading a moving truck after church this Sunday. Wear your jeans if you’d like to help.

Our Christmas Market outreach was a huge success last Saturday. Thank you to all who made it possible. It was inspiring to see so many families walking around with big smiles!

We will be joining with a couple of other churches for a neighborhood Christmas Eve service. Please feel free to join us. It’s possible that you have family or friends who grew up with this tradition. What a great time to invite them!

December 24th Thursday 6:30-7:30pm Singing, Communion, Children’s Story Time, and the Message of Christmas with our friends at The Village Church at 37th & Roland Ave, street parking.

Please prepare yourself spiritually for our annual time of prayer January 4 – 24th. Start 2016 more focused on God than anything else. Consider how you should change your normal schedule and activities, choosing to live on less food and entertainment, to be more focused on God for this time.

Pray about it. Ask God what you should do.

Rebecca and I pray that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season!

Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church

October happenings and Love Gives notes

It’s been a full week! We’ve had a wedding, met a new baby, and have church members travelling abroad! Rebecca and are I truly thrilled to be part of such a faith filled generous group of people. We are looking forward to some amazing stuff this fall.

Below you will find dates to plan for and items to pray for. Also, I’ve included some important thoughts and Scriptures regarding the theme Love Gives.


Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church

Please remember that you can listen to previous Sundays at and on iTunes search City Bible Church Baltimore.

In October we’re praying for:

Mother’s Cry – Millicent Brown bringing Baltimore’s mothers of murder victims together for healing

Jesus Our Redeemer Church in Federal Hill – Pastor Brad O’Brien

South Sudan Medical Missionaries Matthew and Maggie Loftus

Save the Date

October 23                    Worship Night
October 31                    Serve the Neighborhood
November 7                  Ladies Lunch
November 13-14            Origins Youth Conference
November 14                Ethnos Conference
November 21                Mother’s Cry Thanksgiving

October 31 Give Party

Last year more than 400 families came to Pastor Ben & Rebecca’s front door on October 31st to be given candy and a box of popcorn (with an invitation to church). Join the party and help us out! Bring a friend to see the mayhem, for a few minutes or the whole afternoon. You can help us by bringing bags of new individually wrapped candy. You can come as early as 3pm and help us box popcorn and attach Invite cards. We’ll share a casual dinner and love our city by giving. Address: 820 Wellington St Bmore 21211

October Give Donations

Sunday September 27th we heard from medical missionaries Matthew & Maggie Loftus. They will be moving to the South Sudan on a long term mission, at the end of November. We will be supporting their effort with our prayer and October special offering. Please memo your donation “Give” to help. Learn more at

Families in Need

We are always looking to help people in need. A loss of employment or a medical emergency can make the holiday season very difficult. Please let us know if you are connected to a family in this situation. Contact Pastor Ben (410) 929-1619

Mother’s Cry

As a church, we help Ms Millicent Brown and the Mother’s Cry team in their service of Baltimore City’s mothers of murder victims. They help provide a support network to families suffering senseless violence. As you make your Thanksgiving and Christmas plans please set aside a little time, energy, and money to help us bring love where it is needed. This starts on Saturday November 21.

Ethnos Conference

Our friends at The Village Church will be hosting a conference, “Ethnos: The Multicultural Mission of the Church”. Please check out for info and plan to be there November 14th.

Love Gives

Agape Love: a God kind of love that gives – to have love for someone or something, based on sincere appreciation and high regard. To love, to regard with affection, loving concern. Describes attitude of God to His Son and the human race. To convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one to another. To express the essential nature of God. Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 from ESV and Message

  1. Love is patient, kind: love is does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.

“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others,”

  1. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

“Isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,”

  1. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

“doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,”

  1. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

“puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.”

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:1-11

“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my followers.” John 13:34-35

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed us how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” 1 John 4:7-12

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John3:16, 18

“Love each other, work together.” Philippians 2:2

“Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13-14

“Make every effort – unity,” Ephesians 4:1-3

“Motivate each other, don’t neglect gathering, encourage each other.” Hebrews 10:23-25

Devote, fellowship, meals, prayer, work together strategically, worship together in big group, eat together in homes, Acts 2:42-47

Helping people connect with Jesus, grow in faith, and share His love.

We connect by gathering on weekends for worship, to receive and respond to his love.

We grow by meeting in small groups for prayer, learning, and sharing life.

We share by living like Jesus and sharing his love, every day and everywhere.

Connect: Weekend Worship – Intimacy with God

Grow: Life Groups – Community with Insiders

Share: Serve & Share – Influence with Outsiders

Community – the intentional development of meaningful relationships, based on God’s purpose/principles, resulting in each person having a sense of belonging, acceptance, and significance.

Forgiveness is Possible with Jesus

– Grace Reunites Us Ephesians 4:32 Colossians 3:13 Matthew 18:15-35

  • What does it mean to forgive?
  • How often are we to forgive?
  • What will help us forgive?

God’s Purpose: Remove Guilt & Restore Relationship

Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, to grant relief from payment of, to cease to feel resentment against. Forgiving: allowing room for error or weakness.

God’s Forgiveness: a commitment to pardon graciously those who repent & believe so that they are reconciled to Him.

Repent – turn around in actions and attitude….to change behavior as a result of a complete change of thinking and attitude.

We’re saying, “I will not dwell on this incident, bring up this incident again and use it against you, talk to others about this incident, let this incident stand between us or hinder, our personal relationship.”

Why? “By making and keeping these promises, you can tear down the walls that stand between you and your offender. You promise not to dwell on or brood over the problem or to punish by holding the person at a distance. You clear the way for your relationship to develop unhindered by memories of past wrongs. This is exactly what God does for us, and it is what He calls us to do for others.”

How to respond to unrepentant?

  • Resolve to not take revenge.
  • Proactively show love.

Kick off the fall!

Life Group Kickoff, Sunday September 13th
We connect by gathering on weekends for worship. We grow by meeting in small groups for prayer, learning, and sharing life.
While the Ravens kick off their new season, we will be announcing new Life Groups and giving you an opportunity to learn more. Wear your favorite NFL team’s gear to church. I will. Please let Rebecca and I know if you’d like to join us for the Ravens game after church. We’ll be watching it commercial free!

Clean Up Day, Saturday September 19th 10am – 2pm
Let’s join our friends at Mt Zion church and the men of Aslan House in cleaning up a house owned by Mt Zion. This house will become a new place to serve people in transition to new careers and homes in Baltimore! Please bring your work gloves. Lunch and a free raffle will be provided.
Mt Zion United Methodist 3050 Liberty Heights Ave Baltimore MD 21215

Worship Workshop, Saturday September 19th 9-11:30 am at Good Shepherd
This is a time for us to worship, pray, grow as a team, and learn new songs. Childcare is provided. If you would like to join the worship team please contact Team Lead, Jimi.

You’re invited to Trevor and Katie’s wedding! Tuesday September 29th 6:30pm
Baltimore First Free Methodist Church 3441 Keswick Rd. Baltimore, Md. 21211
Come celebrate the marriage of Trevor and Katie. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Some parking available in the small parking lot behind the church, entrance from the alley.

In September we’re praying for:
Aslan House, a ministry to men in transition to new careers and homes in Baltimore
Shiloh United Church in Woodberry – Pastor Ryan Gholson
Iraqi missionaries (names withheld)

“Give” – Courageous Generosity
In September our “Give” offerings will go to help us meet the needs of pregnant teens in Baltimore and supplies for Aslan House our ministry to men in transition. We have provided 175 homeless people with food for 2 days and Bibles where they are needed in Baltimore. We will be continuing our support of young Ismael in Haiti with housing, medical care, & education. You can make a donation at Sunday services or Please note your donation “GIVE” for this purpose.

Save the Date
September 26  –  Man Meal
October 4  –  Sunday Dinner
October 23  –  Worship Night
November 7  –  Ladies Lunch
November 13-14  –  Origins Youth Conference
November 14  –  Ethnos Conference
November 21  –  Mother’s Cry Thanksgiving

It’s been a great summer and I’m really looking forward to the fall! You’re an amazing church!

Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church Baltimore

We’re Moving

We’re moving! Starting this weekend we meet Sundays 5pm at Good Shepherd 3800 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211 parking lot, refreshments, childcare available. Info? 410.929.1619.  So sleep in, enjoy Sunday, and bring your friends. Please share this. Please park in the insurance office parking lot.

June/July Newsletter

Our church is a blast! Get ready to jump into some summer fun! Here’s some info that will help you jump in. Please remember that these are perfect activities to bring a friend to (who may not be ready for a Sunday morning). Also, prayer topics are listed below.

cbcb_bulletOrioles Game, June 28th 1:30pm
$6 gets you a seat at the Orioles game. Please let Pastor Ben know how many seats you want ASAP. Tickets will be bought on June 21st.

cbcb_bulletWorship & Prayer, Friday Night 7:00pm June 26th
Let’s get together for a night of singing our thanks to God. It’s a perfect night to bring a friend to this informal gathering.
Life Groups will not meet the week of June 21-27th to make it easier on your schedule for us all to come together.
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 3800 Roland Ave Baltimore MD 21211 (just blocks from The Rotunda)
Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Parking lot available.

cbcb_bulletSunday Lunch, July 5th
Right after service we will be enjoying lunch together. Please feel free to bring a food or drink item. It’s a perfect day to bring a friend to church!

cbcb_bulletYouth Camp, July 19-24th
Each summer we join with our network churches by sending our students to “Refreshing Mountain” in Pennsylvania. They enjoy a week of games (zip line and ropes course available), team activities, pool time, and seeking God through worship, prayer, discussion, and teaching.
Parents, this is for students entering the 7th through 12th grades this fall. $315 covers each students lodging, food, games, etc. We provide them with transportation to and from the camp.

cbcb_bullet“Give” – Courageous Generosity
Your donation will help us do some good this summer! We will be providing 175 homeless people with food for a day. We will be providing Bibles where they are needed in Baltimore. We will be continuing our support of young Ismael in Haiti with housing, medical care, & education. You can make a donation at Sunday services or

cbcb_bulletSave The Date

June 26 – Worship & Prayer Night
July 5 – Sunday Lunch
July 18 – Worship Workshop
July 19-24 – Youth Camp
July 25 – Man Meal

Each month we will be praying, as a church, over three groups of people: a non-profit serving needs in our area, another church in Baltimore and one of our missionaries.

cbcb_bulletIn June we’re praying for:
Expectations Project in Baltimore, helping to bridge the gap of educational inequalities in underperforming public schools.

City Church in Roland Park with Pastor Patrick Donohue

Steve & Taffy Carpenter of Highway 19 providing Christian ministry in Israel

Thank You!
Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church Baltimore

cbcb_bulletSunday Morning Volunteers
If you would like to serve on a Sunday, we currently need help in City Kids, Greeters & Ushers. If there is something else you would be interested in helping with, please contact one of the Team Leads listed here:
Worship – Jimi City Kids/Students – Kristen
Café (Refreshments, Greeters, Ushers) – Abby
They will communicate with you regarding training and scheduling. Thank you for making this a great place to be!

May/June Newsletter: Flowers up from concrete

It's been great to see our church in action this month! I'm so glad to be surrounded by people who love Jesus and their neighborhoods! This weekend we serve Baltimore's mothers of murder victims. If you can help this Saturday 5pm contact Jimi 413.329.6183 thanks.

Here's a few prayer topics and info on our upcoming events:

Pray for-
-Peace, end to violence and many coming to faith in Jesus. There’s one true source of hope.
-Wisdom, for all involved as we serve the city neighborhoods for long term solutions.
-Clarity for parents/teachers having conversations with kids and teens.
-Coordination and strategic connections between all community leaders to get help for those who need it most.
-Jobs, our city is in need of economic growth and entry level careers for our city residents.
-First Responders, our police, firefighters, and paramedics live in harm’s way and they also need support.

Here's bit of perspective on why loving our neighbors matter:

Let's get outside and enjoy our city!

Ben Malmin, Pastor
City Bible Church


Each month we will be praying, as a church, over three groups of people: a non-profit serving needs in our area, another church in Baltimore and one of our missionaries.

In May we're praying for:

  • Refugee Youth Project in Baltimore, assisting with job training and English as a second language courses

  • Missionaries at New Life Church in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • The Gallery Church in Downtown Baltimore with Pastors Ellis & Ginger Prince

  • Josh Goodman Young Life West Baltimore helping the community and leading people to Jesus

  • Save The Date

  • May 16

  • Worship Workshop

  • May 16

  • Ladies Lunch

  • May 25

  • Memorial Day Picnic

  • May 31

  • Life Group Leaders/Hosts Lunch

  • June 6

  • Cherished Ladies Event

  • June 28

  • SundayLunch

  • July 18

  • Worship Workshop

  • July 19-24

  • Youth Camp

  • July 25

  • Man Meal

  • August 15

  • Ladies Lunch

  • August 23

  • SundayLunch

    Ladies Lunch May 16th

    Ladies Lunch

    What: Food, games & prayer for miracles in our lives.

    Where: Malmin Home

    820 Wellington St. Baltimore 21211

    When: 12:00pm

    Food: Please contact Rebecca at 410.929.1559 about what to bring.

    Memorial Day Party May 25th

    Memorial Day Party

    What: Annual church picnic and games

    Where: Joe & Anna Talaiver’s

    2810 Echodale Dr. Baltimore 21214

    When: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Food: CBCB will provide main course, chips and drinks.

    Feel free to bring a side and/or dessert to share.

    Please RSVP to or 410.929.1619

    Please let us know if you will be there so we can have the right food ready for you!

    Cherished – June 6th

    An opportunity for women to spend time with their Heavenly Father and each other.

    Where: Victorious Faith Fellowship

    Time: Meet at Rotunda @8:00amreturn @5:00pm

    Cost: $10 (includes light breakfast & lunch). Please don’t let the expense keep you from coming, the church can help cover the $10.

    Register in the coffee shop after service


    If you would like to serve on aSunday, please contact one of the Team Leads listed here:

    Worship – Jimi     City Kids/Students – Kristen     Cafe – Abby

    They will communicate with you regarding training and scheduling. Thank you for making this a great place to be!

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