Summer Reading: Old Testament Studies

When Allan kicked off our summer sermon overview of the Old Testament, he recommended several resources to help guide those who would like some additional study during the week. Here are his picks:

The Bible Project:

Fee, Gordon and Stuart, Douglas: How to Read the Bible Book by Book, A Guided Tour

Kaminski, Carol. Casket Empty. Old Testament Study Guide

Lloyd-Jones, Sally: Jesus Storybook Bible (A children’s bible so popular they’ve re-released it in a “grown up” format as The Story of God’s Love for You.)

Keep digging. Lord knows there are others out there!



Memorial Weekend Brunch Potluck

Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. | Fellowship Hall

Join us for fellowship and yummy food! Bring a breakfast treat to share. No nursery or Sunday School classes.

St. Joseph’s Breakfasts for Homeless Neighbors

Can you scramble eggs and brew coffee? Consider lending your talents to St. Joseph’s over the summer as we help prepare and serve breakfast for our homeless neighbors during the week.

The need is for a few people to help on a regular basis beginning in May. If we get enough response, we could have Blacknall teams who take a morning of the week or of the month. Or, individuals could be asked to fill in as needed.

If interested, contact James Todd (

May | June Newsletter

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Highlights include:

  • “Our Centennial House has Become a Home!” – Anne Paulson
  • “Faces & Names: Seeing God in Diverse Cultures” – By Hank Humphrey, Vangie Lunn, & Linda Demarest
  • Great Day of Service Photos

Summer Reading Group

Thursdays, May 18-July 20, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Blacknall Fellowship Hall

Register by May 11.

Let’s gather for casual discussion as we read  “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” by Catherine McNeil.  The hope is to rotate group facilitators so that leadership is shared week to week. Childcare is provided, please include names and ages when you register. Participants purchase their own books, which are available on Amazon. Contact: Meredith Milke.

About the book – “Rich, soul-inspiring practices for moms who have neither quiet nor time.Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, without a moment of peace and quiet, you wonder if the spiritual life you crave is even possible. But God sees you. He designed this parenting journey, after all. He understands the chaos of motherhood. Catherine McNeill invites you to connect with God right here, in the sacred mundane of every mothering moment.”

Congo Potluck Lunch

Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Let’s welcome back David Dunderdale, David Eagle, Doug Koenig, and John Shoenfelt from their recent trip and learn more about what the Lord is doing through Congo Initiative in Beni.

Great Day of Service

Saturday, April 29, 7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Join a Blacknall volunteer team serving alongside our Durham ministry partners.  A great opportunity to get to know others in a meaningful way, to invite friends who might like to help, and to experience first-hand what God is doing in our local community. Childcare  for ages 4 and under until noon, when we’ll gather at Iglesia Emanuel for lunch (2504 N. Roxboro Street).


7:45     Meet at Blacknall

8:00     Brief devotional/ worship service

8:30     Project teams on site

12:00   Complete projects

12:15   Child care at Blacknall ends

12:30   Lunch at Iglesia Emanuel


Contact: Bo Harrison






Know Your Neighbor Week

April 22-30

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But how can we love our neighbors well if we don’t know them? Here’s our chance to start or deepen a friendship with those physically closest to us by doing something intentional with a neighbor.

Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Invite a family to the Blacknall Block party (on Iredell Street) after second service on April 23rd – free bouncy house!
  • Ask a social justice-minded neighbor to serve with you on Blacknall’s Great Day of Service (April 29)
  • Host an ice cream sundae party or churn as a group
  • Invite a neighbor going through a stressful time over for afternoon tea or coffee
  • Plan a playdate with a neighbor’s kids
  • Ask a Durham foodie to suggest a lunch spot you can try together, or go to a food truck rodeo
  • Ask a friend to join you for the Durham Nativity School yard sale (7am-12pm) and food truck lunch (11am-3pm) on April 22
  • Host a dinner or dessert potluck, suggest a “progressive” dinner at different homes
  • Invite a movie buff to see a new release together
  • Women- invite a neighbor who seems curious about Bible Study to the brunch on April 27

Questions? Contact Ali Shoenfelt.

Holy Week & Easter

Scriptural Way of The Cross   
Monday-Friday, April 10-14 | 9-5 & 6-8 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Walk the self-guided interactive space & follow Jesus along his journey to the cross. Spend time in contemplation and prayer and come back with friends and neighbors. Children are welcome and families are encouraged to come together. Parents may want to view the space first before bringing younger elementary ages.

Maundy Thursday      
Thursday, April 13 | 7 p.m.
Blacknall will be joined by Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church.
Childcare age 4 & younger.

Good Friday      
Friday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
A Tenebrae Service reflecting on the passion of our Lord.
Childcare 2nd grade & younger.

Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Level      
Sunday, April 16 | 6 a.m.
Rise early and celebrate the resurrection at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church (316 Hebron Road).

Easter Services at Blacknall   
Sunday, April 16 | 8:30 & 11 a.m.
A joyful morning of worship and fellowship!

Scriptural Way of the Cross Hosts

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Did you spend any time last spring in the fellowship hall during Holy week? Were you able to pray through the Scriptural Way of the Cross stations? Did you come back again to bring a friend or neighbor or family member? This space will once again be prepared before Palm Sunday, and will remain open during business hours Monday through Friday, April 10-14.

We hope also to keep the space open from 6-8 p.m. as well. This will require a couple of hosts to be on hand to, well, host people. Monday through Wednesday hosts will be in place to welcome people to the Iredell street door and point the way to the Stations. Thursday and Friday hosts will be needed after the evening services in the Sanctuary. A list of responsibilities (which really are minimal) will be forwarded to hosts who sign up. The housekeeping staff will also be in place each evening and will be responsible for locking up after hosts are gone each evening. Would you consider taking one of these evening slots, perhaps with a friend or with your spouse, to help welcome those seeking to meet God in this space during Holy Week?