Host a Kasali Family Meal

 As an opportunity to deepen our ties with our brothers and sisters in Congo, Blacknall will host Bethany and Noe Kasali and their two children September to November. We are inviting families, members, attenders, small groups, and anyone else to enjoy a meal with the Kasalis this fall. We would love to provide the Kasalis with at least two meals each week of their visit. Contact: Miles Travis.

Click here to sign up to host a meal.

Promotion Sunday

On Sunday, August 23, all children in Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church and Junior Church, as well as youth going into Middle School and High School, will move up into their next grade level for the 2015 – 2016 school year. During each Worship Service, we welcome our rising 4-year-olds (new to Children’s Church) and third graders who have graduated from Junior Church. Please plan on taking a moment to help your child adjust to a new class and fill out a registration form on this special day.

Contact: Traci Hoover or Beth Solie for more information.

Congregational Sunday School Kickoff

Say YES to Sunday School this fall!

On Sunday, August 23, come to a special church-wide gathering in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. At this gathering, we’ll hear about the vision for the Sunday School hour for the upcoming year including available classes for all ages and opportunities to connect with one another during this time between services. All Sunday School classes – children grades K-5, youth, and adults – will meet in the Sanctuary. Preschool and Nursery will meet as usual downstairs. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Upper Atrium with an opportunity to meet Sunday School teachers and fellowship with one another.

Women’s Bible Study

Thursdays / 9:30 – 11:30 am / September 10 – December 3

Women’s Bible Study is about to kick off our fall semester! We are a community of women who meet for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, and small group discussion and prayer. Our fall semester will begin on Thursday, September 10 and will end with a delicious brunch on December 3.

This year, we will engage in a year-long study of the book of Romans, using John Stott’s Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power as a resource. Childcare is provided.

Please register online using the form on CCB. If you have questions, contact Kathy Mitchell ( or 919.332.4300).

Combat Theology: Developing Martial Competency for Ministry

Saturday, August 8, 8:00-3:00 pm

Do you want to walk faithfully with returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, but aren’t sure how? Come to this training led by Iraq veteran and Centurion’s Guild Executive Officer Logan Isaac, who will offer practical and theologically-grounded resources for engaging military personnel.

Co-hosted at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and Blacknall. Contact Warren Kinghorn ( with questions.

Please register and find more information at

International Students Airport Welcome

stairs-people-airport-escalatorsInternational Students, Inc. (ISI) Annual Airport Welcome

International Students, Inc. in Durham (ISI) invites you to join our annual Airport Welcome as a service to Duke University’s International House. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to welcome an international student, traveling alone. ISI will pair you up with an incoming student who requests such assistance. Great friendships and exchanges have resulted from these simple gestures of hospitality.

To sign up or for more information about ISI go to

For questions about Blackall’s partnership with ISI, please contact Joyce Kight

Mission Builders Summer Reading Program

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Every summer you know you want your kids to keep reading – for pure enjoyment and for skills-building. Here’s another great reason: When they read books from the Blacknall Library, they can also help give back to the Congo Initiative!
The Mission Builders Summer Reading Program runs from June 7-August 9. Here’s how it works:
Kids from birth-high school read (or parents can read to them) any book from the Blacknall Library, then record each one on our sticker chart right outside the library. This year, when you read a book about missions, you can get double stickers! And when you read in the Rest & Reflection Room during the Sunday School hour, those books count too! Our grand total helps determine how much we give to the Congo Initiative. The more we read, the more we can give!
Stop by the library all summer long! You’ll find a great resource with books for every reader at every level. We’re open on Sunday mornings between first and second service. You’ll find us right inside the lower Perry St. entrance.

Summer Suppers Starting in July

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Eating together is a wonderful gift. The practice of eating together enhances our community life. Setting aside time for a tasty meal can open the door to deepening friendship, provide space to welcome others in to our Christian life together, and allow the Spirit to move. Through meals with others we have an opportunity to share in how God is working in our lives.

So come, eat a meal together with others at Blacknall at a Summer Supper. Sign-ups will be available starting June 14 for suppers in July & August. CLICK HERE to sign-up. Would you like to host a supper in July or August? Contact Kelli Sittser.

Walltown Fun Day on June 27

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Walltown Fun Day (formerly Walltown Street Reach)
Saturday, June 27 at Walltown Park
10 a.m. Parade // Carnival 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.Sponsored by Walltown Neighborhood Ministries

Kids & grown-ups are invited to join friends from St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and Walltown neighborhood with food, games, and prizes. If you’d like to serve as a volunteer to help with games, make cotton candy, or serve food, contact Bo Harrison. You are also invited to a special worship service at St. Johns at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 28.

Communications Coordinator Position Available

Communications Coordinator Position Available

Blacknall is seeking a Communications Coordinator (25 hours/week) to enhance and coordinate the various forms of communication serving members, visitors, and the public. Duties include overseeing and facilitating church communication through written, verbal, and electronic media. Click here for a complete position description and application.