Fall Newsletter

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Highlights Include:

  • A letter from Pastor David Dunderdale
  • Meet the New Interns
  • A reflection on Congo Initiative

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.

Job Opening – Director of Youth Ministries

Director of Youth MinistriesJob Description
The Director of Youth Ministries’ (DYM) primary concern is the spiritual vitality of the sixth-twelfth grade youth of Blacknall. Through teaching and example, he/she invites youth into an active life of prayer and Christian discipleship. He/she encourages youth to understand the Christian faith as a relationship with Jesus Christ and encourages them to grow in a love for Christ and the Scriptures through a Scripture-centered ministry, group worship, study, and one-on-one opportunities.

Candidates will be considered as they apply and the position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, brief statement of faith, and a resume to youthsearch@blacknall.org.

VIDEO – New Congo Classrooms

“Thanks to church partner Blacknall Presbyterian, we were recently able to acquire some much-needed, high quality communications equipment for our team in Beni, including a Canon digital SLR camera. One of the first things it was used for was the UCBC graduation, which was immediately followed by a dedication ceremony of our four brand new classrooms.” – Cullen Rodgers-Gates, Congo Initiative President and Executive Director



Women’s Retreat Registration

Register here

Retreat rides

Register by October 24 and be entered in a drawing for fun prizes: a lap quilt made by Nan Lee, a scripture painting by Eleata Diver, and many more!

November 11-13, 2016
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Valle Crucis Conference Center
146 Skiles Way
Banner Elk, NC 28604

This is for all women ages 18-88, newcomer or old-timer. Our speakers this year are Blacknall’s own Serena Whisenhunt and Goodwyn Bell, with former music minister Kendra Husband leading us in worship. The weekend will be a time set aside for fun, beauty, sharing stories, play, rest, and communion with God and others. Partial scholarships are available. Questions?  Tanya Moore

More information on the Women’s Retreat page.

Alpha Marriage Course

The Alpha Marriage Course is an 8-week course that will be offered on Thursday nights, beginning September 22. It meets from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes a delicious meal and childcare. The Marriage Course is designed for husbands and wives to have space and time to talk to each other about their marriage and to learn practices and develop habits that will strengthen their relationship. This course is designed for couples of all ages and stages of married life and will be facilitated by Matthew Tay and Emmaline Thor.

Sign up for the Marriage Course.  Space is limited so sign up as soon as you can.

For this course we need lots of help. Do you have a card table that we could borrow for the 8 weeks?  Would you be willing to help out with childcare? Can you help out in preparing, serving, and cleaning up the meals?

Sign up to help out with the Marriage Course.

Blacknall Dancers

Blacknall DancersSunday, September 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Community Room

We welcome girls and boys who are kindergarten through fifth grade to join us for the start of our fall season. No special dance attire required, but we recommend ballet shoes and stretchy pants (no jeans please). If you have questions, please contact Dana McCarty or Bethany Bonnemere.

If you plan to join us, please fill out the registration form.

New Small Groups

Are you interested in joining a small group? Small groups are a place where deep Christian community is formed and the work of discipleship happens. Across Blacknall, groups are beginning to meet after slowing down for the summer.

We are specifically interested in forming a small group for women in the coming year. Please be in touch if you would be interested in being a part of that.

To join an existing group or to become a member of a newly-forming one, email Chris Blumhofer.

College & Young Adult Brunch

ya-brunchSunday, August 28 | 12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Join us after the second service for brunch together in the Fellowship Hall! Post high school students and young adults welcome.

Sunday School Kick Off

SS-Kick-OffIt’s Sunday morning at 10 a.m. – did you know there are over twenty different things you could be doing at Blacknall?

Come to a congregational gathering August 28 in the  Sanctuary at 10 a.m., to learn about what takes place during the Sunday School hour and kick off our fall season. 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.

Sign up for Women’s Bible Study

Register Here

Less than a month to go before Women’s Bible Study kicks off the fall semester! Our community meets each Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, small group discussion and prayer. The fall semester begins on Thursday, September 15 and ends with a delicious brunch on December 1. The curriculum, Open Your Bible by Amanda B. Williams and Raechel Myers, is a Scripture study using Old and New Testament passages. It offers a refreshing approach to study and small group discussion as we interact with Scripture. After a short break, we will continue our study by examining the Gospel of John in the spring semester. The cost for the semester is $20, collected at our first meeting. Childcare is provided.

Contact: Leslie Petree, Small Group Coordinator