Help Welcome Syrian Refugees

World Relief Durham volunteers at Blacknall are setting up apartments for an extended family of 10 refugees from Aleppo (four adults, six children). They are arriving Thursday, January 19, and we need your help to create a warm and welcoming home for them!

WAYS TO HELP

  • Donate gently used or new items for the apartment. Sign up here. (NOTE: There are separate lists for groceries, furniture, etc., that you can access through tabs across the bottom of the document.) Drop off small items during Young Adult sunday school in the Community Room. To give larger items, contact Abby Ampil.
  • Come to a work-assignment potluck this Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Fellowship Hall after the 2nd service. There is a lot to do to welcome the family next week, especially in setting up the apartment. If you would like to pitch in, join us! No prior World Relief experience required.
The volunteer team is grateful for any help! Thank you for your support.

What is Your Story Workshop

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Stephanie Gehring Ladd, a Blacknall new member, artist and writer is offering the gift of a women’s workshop.

Stephanie writes,  “In novels and memoirs, a person’s life story often sounds like it showed up fully formed, with a plot and coherent themes and clear main characters. The conversion stories I heard growing up always sounded like they had a very clear before and after. My own life has often felt like a big jumble with no clear story, and lots of repeating loops. But the work of discovering that there is a story in the jumble is exciting and freeing. Join me to think about the many kinds of shapes stories can have, to consider the shape of your own story, and to share what you find with another person. All are welcome, whether you want to think through your own faith story for the first time, or whether you have been telling it for decades.”

Invite a friend, since story applies to everyone no matter what faith. Fee is $5 at the door. Contact: Margaret Frothingham.

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Winter Weather Policy

There will always be worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays. 

For updates about the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service, please check the website or recorded message in the Church Office (919.286.5586) after 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. If the 8:30 a.m. service is cancelled, all other scheduled activities for that day are also cancelled. Stay warm!

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New Year’s Day Service

Sunday, January 1, 11 a.m. | Sanctuary
There is no 8:30 a.m. service, 11 a.m. service only.
Childcare infant-age two.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

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Saturday, December 24, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
Bells, carols, communion, & candles. All ages are welcome!
Childcare at 5:30 p.m. service only.

Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 25, 11 a.m. | Sanctuary
There is no 8:30 a.m. service, 11 a.m. service only.
Childcare infant-age two.

New Year’s Day Service

Sunday, January 1, 11 a.m. | Sanctuary
There is no 8:30 a.m. service, 11 a.m. service only.
Childcare infant-age two.

Missionary Video: David & Erin Pervis

This is a short video about the English club ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, a ministry of Blacknall-supported missionaries David & Erin Pervis.

Advent Devotional

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We hope this devotional, written by Blacknall members and community partners, will help you prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s birth. Pick up a hard copy outside the sanctuary or in the lower atrium.

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Advent Services

Advent Services
Advent Wreath Workshop

Sunday,  November 27, 4-6 p.m. | Community Room.
Looking for a creative way to begin Advent? Join us at the workshop and shape a beautiful wreath out of greenery. $12 per kit (candles, oasis ring, cash or checks payable to Blacknall.) Please bring something to transport your finished wreath. Clippers and greenery cuttings are helpful, too. All ages are welcome. RSVP to Margaret Frothingham.

Lessons & Carols Services

Sunday, December 4, 8:30 & 11 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Our annual celebration with a chamber orchestra, gorgeous choral singing and lots of congregational participation, all built around selected Scripture readings. Invite a friend! Regularly scheduled children’s programs and nursery provided. 

Advent Open House

Sunday, December 11 & 18, 10-10:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Coffee, cider, live music, and crafts for all ages. Join us as we prepare for Christmas, and use this time between services to talk with a friend, sign a card for one of our missionaries, or help complete an advent mural.

Carols & Cocoa

Sunday, December 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
A Christmas songfest with tasty refreshments to follow. Come sing your favorite carol and end the evening with cocoa and cookies. The whole family is welcome! Childcare not provided.

Worship on the Longest Night

Sunday, December 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
Perhaps this has been a hard year for you or you are having trouble getting into the ‘spirit’ of the season. All are welcome to gather for prayerful worship of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, who is with us even on this (symbolically) longest and darkest night of the year. Childcare infants-2nd grade.

Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, December 24, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
Communion & candles. Childcare at 5:30 p.m. service only.

Christmas Day Service

Sunday, December 25, 11 a.m. | Sanctuary

November | December Newsletter

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Highlights Include:

  • A letter from Pastor Goodie Bell
  • Meet Carol Smith, New Financial Administrator
  • Advent & Christmas Events

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.

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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.