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 (katdmitchell@gmail.com 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 (warren.kinghorn@duke.edu) with questions.

Please register and find more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/combat-theology-developing-martial-competency-for-ministry-tickets-16428029679.

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 http://tinyurl.com/airportwelcome2015

For questions about Blackall’s partnership with ISI, please contact Joyce Kight nightingale1960me@yahoo.com.

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.

Summer Sunday School Offerings

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Summer Sunday School begins on Sunday, May 31!  Listed below are some of the new classes being offered this summer. Please click here for a complete list of Sunday School courses offered at Blacknall.

The Seven Deadly Sins (through August 16 in the Fellowship Hall) – Have you ever felt in yourself any of the “seven deadly sins” of envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony, and lust? (Good to have your attention!) Would you like to learn more about the surprising ways that these “capital vices” show up in our day, and the way that scripture speaks of their remedies? Teachers will include Warren Kinghorn, Betsy Poole, Janise Matyas-Smity, and Brett McCarty. Contact: Warren Kinghorn.

Family Story Stations (through August 16 in the Elementary Hall) –  This summer we want to give everyone in the congregation the opportunity to explore God’s story with a child.  Instead of our traditional preschool and early elementary Sunday School classes, we are going to create a special place during the Sunday School hour where you and a child or children, either your own or someone else’s, can consider God’s word and spend time engaging your heart with His story. The Elementary Hallway will be transformed each week into a series of rooms or “stations” centered on one story from the Old Testament. Rooms will include multi-sensory ways to engage with scripture through quiet reading, prayer, art, and food. The atmosphere will be contemplative and inviting. Our hope is that classes of all ages will use this opportunity to engage with scripture. Click here to read a letter from Traci and Beth about this exciting new opportunity. Contact: Beth Solie or Traci Hoover.

Women’s Ministry Gratitude Workshop: June 20

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Abundant Joy Gratitude Workshop: The Gift of Joy

A one-day women’s gathering sponsored by Abundant Joy Center for Women’s Ministries

Saturday, June 20
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
$20 registration fee includes lunch, journal, materials, and gift book. Childcare provided.

To dare to live fully, learn now to recognize and record God’s gifts in our sometime simple, everyday life. Watch the blessings accumulate in your monthly journal. No matter what the circumstances might be, you will learn to see JOY in all things large and small! Showing gratitude will become a new habit in your life.

This special day will include a presentation by Beth Benham. We’ll begin our time together with a presentation followed by lunch and then crafting the Gratitude Journal together for the remainder of the afternoon.

Contact: Margaret Frothingham (mfrothingham@blacknall.org)

RSVP for the Mission & Outreach Dinner: Sun 5/10

Sunday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Click here to RSVP.

Come celebrate what God is doing in and through our Blacknall mission partners across Durham and across the world. Mission partners will share personal stories over a catered BBQ dinner, and then we will break up in groups to pray for our partners. Our friends from St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church are providing the catered dinner. EVERYONE is welcome! Whether this is your first time or your hundredth time praying for missionaries, we hope to see you there.