Bull City Race Fest Route

Sunday, October 22 | 8:30 & 11 a.m. services
The race route goes through many neighborhoods around Blacknall. Find out if you need to amend your drive by viewing the course map.

Professional Women’s Connection Evening

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Let’s explore ways that women in the workforce can support and encourage each other while serving and participating in the life of the church. Components of the evening include “speed-friending,”  and a panel discussion with several Blacknall professional women. Invite a friend or colleague. Register for childcare by October 22 with Traci Hoover.

Contact: Alicia Ramos

Prayers for Allan

October 12 Update

Thank you for praying and caring for the Pooles! Allan is doing well as he  continues cardiac rehab. He is looking forward to returning to work soon.


September 28 Update

Allan is continuing to recuperate. Thank you for your prayers, particularly for a full recovery of heart function, and thank you for filling up the meal calendar!


September 19 Update
Allan has returned home and is doing well. Meals and cards are encouraging, and they love all the flowers and cards folks have left on the front porch! Please no calls or visits at this time as Allan continues to rest and recover.

  • Sign up to bring a meal.
  • Consider sending a card and responding to the questions Allan asked in his last sermon on Philippians 1—“How have you met or been met by Jesus Christ? How has He surprised you? Where would you like to go next?”


September 15 Update

“Thanks for the prayers and care. Allan continues to do remarkably well. For now, Allan needs rest. Cards are welcome, but please no calls or visits at this time. Anne Paulson (annepaulson1@gmail.com) is our point person for offers to help. Praise God.”  – Betsy


September 14 Update

“Allan had a restful night, with Sarah staying with him. The plan is for him to move to step down unit today and home in the next few days. We are grateful for all your prayers and expressions of love. And most thankful that God has extended Allan’s life. Thanks for continued prayers for healing, strengthening, and the steady process of changing habits.” – Betsy


September 13 Update

Allan received a stent this afternoon, with no bypass surgery required.  We are giving thanks! He will be at Duke a few more days and then under the care of Duke cardiology outpatient. Thank you for the many, many prayers and expressions of love. We welcome prayers for a strong recovery and a full life ahead–without BBQ. (That last part is from Betsy!)

Right now, rest is key to Allan’s recovery. Cards are welcome, but please no calls or visits. We need to stay focused on getting better. Keep praying in confident hope.


September 11 Letter

Dear Blacknall Family,

We found out this morning that Allan had a heart attack yesterday. Thankfully, Durham is “The City of Medicine” and Allan received excellent and timely medical care. The medical team is discerning the next steps in Allan’s treatment, with one of the possibilities being bypass surgery. As you know, this is not a minor surgery and we are asking that you would pray for Allan and Betsy, the children—Ellie, Sam, and Sarah—and for the entire medical team that is caring for him.

Several of you in the congregation know what he is facing, having undergone similar surgery and treatment yourselves. And the Lord surely knows. Allan has been such a blessing to us. Naturally, we want to show our affection for him and to respond in some way that would be helpful. We encourage you to send a card to the church or to Allan and Betsy’s home. However, we ask that you refrain from calling the family or visiting until we get through his treatments and their immediate aftermath. Anne Paulson will serve as our point person if you would like to serve Allan and Betsy in some tangible way.

The church office will be able to provide you with any updates, and we will let you know as Allan progresses and returns to health and strength. Feel free to check in with Donna McBrite at any time, or ask any of the staff.

In the meantime we do ask you to pray. In times like these we recognize the strength of the fabric of our community. Three years ago you beautifully supported me (David) and Kim as we walked through my own health crisis. Allan has walked with many of us through our own crises. Let us walk with the whole Poole family now, as we ask our loving Heavenly Father to restore Allan to complete health and to give Allan’s family the strength and assurance they need. Confident in the love of our Father, we pray that Allan would return quickly to his work and life among us.

Yours in Christ,
David & Goodie

11th Annual Festival of the Bean

Sunday, October 29, 3-7 p.m. | Camp Chestnut Ridge (4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland)

Come enjoy fellowship, wonderful food, bonfire, and hayrides! The chili competition categories are Traditional, Vegetarian, Spicy, and best in show. To compete for the chance to be crowned Lord of the Bean, bring your chili to the check-in table by 4:45 p.m.


3:30 – 4 p.m.         Arrive & check-in chili
4-6 p.m.                 Hayrides and yard games
4:45 p.m.               Deadline for chili entrants
5-5:30 p.m.           Chili tasting & voting by judges
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.   Dinner followed smores by the fire
6:15 p.m.                Lord of the Bean Award Ceremony
6:30 p.m.               Clean up

Contact: Tana O’Keefe

The Marriage Course

Register here – space is still available!
Thursdays, September 21-November 9, 6-8:30 p.m.

An 8-week series designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively, and resolve differences well. Each week you will be fed a delicious meal at an intimate table for two, listen to a practical talk, and have time for private discussion between you and your partner. You are welcome to invite friends or neighbors; the course is based on Christian principles but designed for couples with or without a church background. Childcare is available. For more information, please contact Joyce Kight.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

All of us are concerned about timely delivery of help and resources for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We encourage you to consider making a contribution to relief efforts. A few organizations that we know and trust:

Blacknall Dancers

Sundays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Community Room


Blacknall Dancers starts on September 10! We welcome girls and boys first-fifth grade to join us. No special dance attire required, but we do recommend ballet shoes and stretchy pants (no jeans please).

Contact: Anne Paulson

Congregational Potluck & Meeting

Sunday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

The session has called a meeting to receive the budget for fiscal year 2017/2018, to approve changes in terms of call for our pastors, and to pray together for the year ahead. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare provided for birth-age 4.

Promotion & Welcome Sunday

Sunday, August 27, 10 a.m.

Fall Sunday School begins. Children will move up to their next grade level. Rising 4 year olds/Bugs will join the first part of the worship service for the first time and rising third graders will receive Bibles. Adults, now is the time to try out a new class!

Labor Day Weekend Brunch Potluck

10 a.m. | Sunday, September 4 | Fellowship Hall

All are invited to a congregational brunch potluck during the Sunday School hour. Bring a tasty treat to share; coffee will be provided. Sunday School classes will not meet.