Playgroup photoThursdays in August (4, 11, 18, & 25)

Join us in the Blacknall nursery from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Karen Strubel, Ph.D., will join us for conversations about child development and parenting. Karen is a clinical psychologist whose specialties include play therapy, parent coaching, attachment formation and repair. She holds an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. The Blacknall Library will be open these mornings, so drop by and check out a book or two for the Mission Builders summer reading program. We hope many will join us for these fun playgroup mornings!

Backyard Bible Adventures

jump-lowSaturday, July 30, 9-11:30 a.m. at Duke Park

Thursday, August 4, 4-6 p.m. at Oval Park, South Pavilion

Join us for fun and adventure! Children from different parts of the city will join Blacknall children and leaders in their neighborhoods. Our time together will be filled with singing, scripture memory, crafts, games and fun. This is a great opportunity for all of us to participate in loving our children from Blacknall and beyond. There will be opportunity to gather with families later in the week at a cookout or ice cream social.

Contact: Traci Hoover

Airport Welcome

Airport Welcome PhotoBlacknall & International Students, Inc. (ISI) in Durham invite you to join our annual Airport Welcome as a service to Duke University. First-year students will be arriving Friday & Saturday, August 19-20.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be the “first face of greeting” and welcome an international student traveling alone. Great friendships and exchanges have resulted from these simple gestures of greeting and welcome. To sign up, please complete our Information Form.

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A bi-monthly newsletter, sharing stories, poems, and art from our life together at Blacknall. Do you have something to share for the next newsletter? Contact Mary Grimm.


Summer Reading Group

book-pic-1You are invited to join in a Blacknall summer reading group led by Allan Poole and others. The book that will be commanding our attention is James K. A. Smith’s You Are What you Love. If you are interested, please email Allan. We understand that travel and vacation plans may not make it possible for you to be there every time! There will be no quiz at the end. Come join us.





Summer Handout

From Story Stations to Summer Suppers, learn about what’s going on this summer in the Blacknall Summer Handout.

Pick up a hard copy in front of the Sanctuary or outside the Fellowship Hall!

Contact: Mary Grimm

Art Workshop

Wednesday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. | Fellowship Hall.


Let’s gather for some creative fun and fellowship with Durham artist  Eleatta Diver, who teaches and leads art parties around town. No prior art skill is necessary! Each participant will be given an 11×14 canvas. After reflecting on meaningful scriptures, participants will be guided as they learn simple ways of creating artful text using pencils, Sharpies and paint. Eleatta will demonstrate a beautiful method of adding subtle color and texture within the letters’ spaces.

For a fee of $15, all materials and instruction are provided. Consider coming with a meaningful phrase or scripture for your art-making.

Registration is open and closes June 20.  This is a wonderful event for inviting friends and neighbors for a women’s night out.  Contact: Margaret Frothingham

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  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Reflection on living in Congo by Emily Hamilton
  • Reflection on mental health and the church by Warren Kinghorn
  • Snapshots of the Spring Block Party

Children’s Summer Registration


Girls’ Discovery Week – Register

Grades 3-5  |  June 27-30  | 9-3 p.m.
The girls begin their day together in Bible study and worship and then launch into a day of adventure and discovery led by different women from our church. There may be horseback riding, swimming, hiking, camping, creating, and storytelling. Every day is different and provides an opportunity to try something new that will challenge her and help her to grow spiritually.

Boys’ Discovery Days – Register

Grades 3-5 | June 14, 23, July 12, 26, August 16 | 5-9 p.m.
This summer we look forward to offering afternoon and evenings of adventure for our boys. They will have opportunities to fish, hike, camp, bake, make, and fellowship with one another led on their adventures by different men from our congregation.  Each evening will include a serious consideration of scripture and how it relates to their lives.

Questions? Contact: Traci Hoover.

Congo Trip

Interested in traveling to Beni as part of a team this fall? Blacknall is planning a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and our partners in Beni have suggested ways that we can serve UCBC and other ministries of Congo Initiative. A list of opportunities (including graduate education, curriculum development, teacher training, teaching English, and many others) can be found on Blacknall’s website. Contact: David Dunderdale

Opportunities for Service in DRC

Staff training at ABC and La Charité (Académie Bilingue du Congo–UCBC’s primary school)
Date: September
Topics for training could include lesson planning, teaching literacy and numeracy, bilingual education, development psychology, special needs and classroom management, how to make teaching materials, montessori style teaching and learning

Staff training at UCBC
Faculty development training
Date: September
Topics for training to include pedagogy, information literacy

GIS/GPS technology experts
Date: September or October
Train Sharing the Land team

Higher education administration training
Date: flexible

Library Science
Date: flexible
Library development, programming, “train the trainers”…

Intensive English
Date: October
This would likely look like running conversation groups with students, or working in consultation with Bilingual Affairs beforehand to cover some specific activities, or working to do some training for English teachers

Center for Development and Partnership
Date: flexible

Multimedia training for staff (+ many other interested students!)

Business/grants experts Date: flexible
Offer consultation for some new CDP projects

Staff Development IT department
Date: flexible