Festival of the Bean

Sunday, October 18 | 3:30-7 p.m. | Camp Chestnut Ridge
Blacknall’s 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Celebrate the fall season with hay rides, lawn games, s’mores, and a chance to get crowned Lord of the Bean. For more information, contact Kelli Sittser.

3:30–4 p.m.    Arrive & check-in chili
4-6 p.m.      Hayrides and lawn 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, S’mores by the fire
6:15 p.m.    Lord of the Bean Award Ceremony
6:30 p.m.     Clean up

Chili Cook-Off

Prizes will be awarded for each category (Traditional, Vegetarian, or Spicy), with a special prize for the best named chili. Of course, the overall best-in-show will be crowned Lord of the Bean.

  • Bring you chili to the check-in table by 4:45 p.m.
  • At check-in, your chili will be assigned a number and labeled with a recipe name, if you have one. Recipe names may not reference the cook(s), and voting will be anonymous.
  • You will select a category to enter: Traditional, Vegetarian, or Spicy.
  • The most votes in each category will win that category, and the most votes overall will win Lord of the Bean!
  • Please Bring
    • Crockpot or other warming device to hold the chili.
    • Tablespoon to serve chili during judging.
    • Ladle, for serving chili during dinner.
    • Extension cord.
    • Any accoutrements your chili requires (sour cream, cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, etc.)
    • Please label your chili pot and all supplies with your name!


Register Now for TableTalk!

TableTalk begins on Wednesday, September 23! Register now for this 9-week educational series featuring dinner, fellowship, and learning programs for all ages. Click here to learn more about the exciting classes.

Wednesdays evenings
September 23 – November 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Karl Umble.

Lunch Break: Conversations on work & faith

food-tea-sugar-sweetsWednesday | September 16 & November 18 | 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Leave your desks behind and join us in the parlor as we discuss faith in the workplace. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Goodie Bell.


September | October Newsletter Now Available

The September | October Newsletter is now available!  Highlights include:

  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Listening Tour: A Reflection on Engaging the Wider Vision of the Church from Mark Paulson
  • Prayer at Blacknall: A Reflection on Opportunities to Connect in Prayer from Martha Carlough
  • Summer Snapshots: Children & Youth Ministries

Click here to download the full version.

Monday Morning Men (M3) Small Group

Men of all ages are invited to the weekly Monday Morning Men (M3) small group.  The first meeting this season is Monday, September 14 from 6:30-7:30am.  Bagels and coffee will be served.  The group discussion is about the sermon from the previous Sunday morning, so preparation is minimal.  Contact: Peter Lima

Host a Kasali Family Meal

 As an opportunity to deepen our ties with our brothers and sisters in Congo, Blacknall will host Bethany and Noe Kasali and their two children September to November. We are inviting families, members, attenders, small groups, and anyone else to enjoy a meal with the Kasalis this fall. We would love to provide the Kasalis with at least two meals each week of their visit. Contact: Miles Travis.

Click here to sign up to host a meal.

Promotion Sunday

On Sunday, August 23, all children in Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church and Junior Church, as well as youth going into Middle School and High School, will move up into their next grade level for the 2015 – 2016 school year. During each Worship Service, we welcome our rising 4-year-olds (new to Children’s Church) and third graders who have graduated from Junior Church. Please plan on taking a moment to help your child adjust to a new class and fill out a registration form on this special day.

Contact: Traci Hoover or Beth Solie for more information.

Congregational Sunday School Kickoff

Say YES to Sunday School this fall!

On Sunday, August 23, come to a special church-wide gathering in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. 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.

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.