Holy Week Services

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Palm Sunday, April 13 – Regular Worship Services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Blacknall will be joined by the congregation of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. Mt. Level will provide preaching and will “bring the music” – and how! A reception will follow the service. Childcare provided for children 4 years old and younger.

Good Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. – We will gather to reflect on the passion of our Lord with a Tenebrae Service. This is a powerful time of coming face-to-face with the events of that day, when the Lamb of God took upon Himself the sins of the world. Childcare provided for children Grade 2 and younger.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 20 at 6 a.m. We will return Mt. Level’s visit by celebrating the Resurrection in their sanctuary (316 Hebron Road). Click here for directions. Blacknall will provide the music leadership and the preaching. We will worship at Blacknall at 8:30 and 11 a.m. as usual.

Devotional Art Workshops

Saturday, March 15 | **CLASS FULL**
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Blacknall Community Room

Saturday, April 26
12:30-4 p.m. in the Blacknall Community Room
Click here to register through CCB

carriersLocal artist Phaedra Taylor will combine scripture reading, prayer and time of silence to open the morning. Then participants create a small piece of art on panels of wood using a process called “Encaustic Painting.” To see examples, go to www.phaedrataylor.com. Cost for the workshop is $25 (checks payable to BMPC). Space is limited to 20 people. She is willing to offer another workshop after Easter if this event fills. Contact: mfrothingham@blacknall.org.phaedra

Photos from phaedrataylor.com

Playing God: Medical Technology and the Future of Humanity

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Sponsored by the Center for Christianity and Scholarship

Featuring John Wyatt 
Professor Emeritus of Ethics & Perinatology at University College London and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at University College London Hospitals

Wednesday, April 23
7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

How might Christians think about a world in which developments in genetics and medicine are creating new possibilities for human enhancement?  Dr. Wyatt will discuss these new technologies – and the ethical dilemmas they pose – in the light of Christian understandings of human identity and God’s purpose for the world.

John-WyattJohn Wyatt is Professor Emeritus of Ethics & Perinatology at University College London and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at University College London Hospitals. He has more than 25 years of experience as an academic neonatologist working at a major neonatal intensive care unit in London. His main research work has been in the prevention and treatment of brain injury in newborn babies. He was co-Chief Investigator for the first major clinical trial of hypothermia as a clinical treatment for asphyxiated babies. He has a long-standing interest in contemporary ethical debates about advances in medical technology and the beginning of life, and has frequently engaged in public and media debates about controversial issues in medical ethics. He is Chair of the Medical Study Group of the Christian Medical Fellowship and board member of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He and his family are long-standing members of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is also author of the book, Matters of Life and Death: Human Dilemmas in the light of the Christian Faith, originally published by InterVarsity Press in the UK. The book has subsequently been published in ten other languages.

For more than four decades, John Wyatt was one of Dr. John Stott’s closest personal friends. At the behest of Dr. Stott, Professor Wyatt now serves as an Executor of Dr. Stott’s literary estate.

Spring Picnic

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Sunday, April 27
West Point on the Eno Park (Click here for directions)
3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Temperatures are finally back up after a long winter, and it’s time to get outside!  Family and friends are all welcome to Blacknall’s annual Spring Picnic.  Come, eat, play, and fellowship with others at Blacknall while enjoying the beauty of the Eno River. More details to come. Brought to you by the Hospitality Committee. Please contact Andrea Bridges with questions. 

Dr. David Kasali Recognized with Prestigious Award

Dr. David Kasali Awarded 2014 Scholar Leader of the Year

Please join us in celebrating Dr. David Kasali of Congo Initiative and his recent award of “Scholar Leader of the Year” from ScholarLeaders International.

David Kasali_MG_2568Germantown, WI – Congo Initiative Founder and President of the Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC / Christian Bilingual University of Congo) Dr. David M. Kasali has been awarded Scholar Leader of the Year for 2014 by ScholarLeaders International. This distinguished award was given “in recognition and celebration of [Dr. Kasali’s] outstanding achievements and contributions, and to provide him a new platform to share from his experience.”

imagesClick here to read the full press release from Congo Initiative, one of Blacknall’s Deep Common Journey Partners.

Photo courtesy of Congo Initiative.

Sounding the Passion

Sounding the Passion
Encounters in Poetry, Theology & Music
Presented by Duke Initiatives in Theology & the Arts
Duke Chapel
4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13

Duke Initiatives in Theology & the Arts (DITA) presents the U.S. premiere of a St. Luke Passion by critically acclaimed composer James MacMillan.  Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission, $18 for Duke faculty & staff, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Duke University Box Office.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

A VBS Invitation from Traci

VBS slide 2014-01This summer we, the congregation at Blacknall, will go on an incredible journey together and we don’t even have to leave Durham!  We will journey with our children into the wilderness with the children of Israel.  Vacation Bible School 2014-Wilderness Escape is not just a ministry to the children.  It can be a ministry to all of us.  Here’s what one of last year’s participants said:

The thing I love most about VBS is that it is the most inter-generational ministry the church has.  Obviously the children are there, but the volunteers range from just out of elementary school to people in their 70′s and 80′s. I think it is a great picture of what the church should look like.  Plus it has been the main way I’ve gotten to know people at Blacknall in the 2 1/2 years we’ve been here.  I am a big fan of VBS!

Vacation Bible School is a great opportunity for all of us to get connected to one another while we learn more about trusting God and while we help our children learn what that looks like.  Day5_RockBadger_Low_ResThere are so many ways you can help:  decorations, group leadership, marketplace, games, snacks, drama, supplies, registration.  You can try your hand at anything.  One of last year’s volunteers described her role this way:

Being a “jack of all trades and a master of none ” is a self description.  My first experience as a retired person with VBS matched my self description quite well.  I was an administrative assistant, a “go for”‘ a traffic manager/ parking attendant.  I enjoyed solving at the moment  problems, taking direction from my wonderful mentor, meeting new  parents and their children and friends.  But most of all I loved watching all the children learn with so much inquiring enthusiasm and excitement.  The blessings were immeasurable.

We hope you will consider joining us.  We need adults and teenagers to step up now and help as we prepare for the journey.  This year’s VBS will happen each weekday morning from 9 to 12 June 23-27.  Even if you work during those times we can use your help in the weeks to come.  We’ll need to get decorations and supplies ready, pray, register, pray, prepare, get more decorations and supplies ready, and pray some more.  Please consider joining us on this journey.  Here’s a more specific list of what we hope everyone can provide:


  • To decorate
  • To act
  • To create crafts
  • To prepare snacks
  • To be with children
  • To laugh
  • To lead singing
  • To sing
  • To pray
  • To welcome
  • To tell stories
  • To be behind the scenes


  • 150 glass baby food jars
  • Old washboards
  • Potholder looms
  • Palm trees (or plants that look like ones!)
  • Low pile carpet scraps
  • Bamboo sticks in 3 ft. lengths

You won’t want to miss out on this journey!  Get in touch with Traci Hoover (thoover@blacknall.org) or Beth Solie (bsolie@blacknall.org) to sign up for a great adventure.  Supplies can be brought to the church and left in the Children’s Ministry office.

Traci Hoover

Glory in the Mourning

glory-in-the-mourning-coverSpecial Event:
Glory in the Mourning
March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Please come hear special guests, Mary Banks and Stuart Knechtle (former Blacknallites).  Seventeen years ago, three of their children were in a major car accident, which resulted in the death of daughter Ann (then age 8). Mary Banks has recently written Glory in the Mourning about grief, community, growth, and God’s presence in the face of tragedy. Childcare is offered and books are available for purchase ($15). Questions? Margaret Frothingham (mfrothingham@blacknall.org).  

Spring Newsletter

Spring 2014 button-01The 2014 Spring Newsletter is now available!

Click here to view the full edition featuring articles on “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out), an update on Blacknall’s involvement in the Fellowship of Presbyterians, reflections on Confirmation Sunday and The Word Made Fresh, and much, much more.

2014 Lenten Service Schedule

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Wednesday Evening Services

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. March 5 (Ash Wednesday) through April 9. Childcare will be provided.

Simple Suppers

Mark your calendar for “Simple Suppers” each Wednesday night during Lent starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The first and last suppers (March 5 & April 9) are potluck, and the others (March 12, 19, 26, and April 2) will be simple suppers. Cost is $3/person and $10/family for the simple suppers. Payment accepted at the door. Come, eat, and worship as a way to journey together during the Lenten season.

*Vegetarian options are available at each meal.