Advent Wreath Workshop

Sunday, November 29, 4-6 p.m., Community Room. This is an event for all ages! Wreaths are assembled in one-hour shifts. Please bring a pizza pan to transport your finished wreath and $12 for your kit (candles, oasis ring, etc). Please make checks payable to BMPC. Clippers and greenery cuttings are helpful, too. Signup today in the Lower Atrium or email Margaret Frothingham.

Advent Services

advent-slideLessons & Carols – Sunday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sanctuary

Carols & Cocoa – Sunday, December 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall, 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 21, 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 provided for infants through 2nd grade.

Christmas Eve Services – Thursday, December 24, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Both services include communion and candles. Childcare provided through age 4.

Congregational Survey

Listening Tour Survey – take it online

Open November 15-December 15

As part of the Listening Tour taking place this fall, please take a moment to complete the congregational survey from leaders of our various ministries. We hope the survey feedback will help our ministries be as effective as possible.

November | December Newsletter

November December Newsletter

The November | December Newsletter is now available!  Highlights include:

  • Pastor’s Letter from David Dunderdale
  • Life in Beni: An Interview with Emily & Kyle Hamilton
  • Treasuring Our Neighbor: Reflections on Reality Ministries Community Worship
  • Festival of the Bean Snapshots

Download the newsletter

Listening Tour

tour-slideThroughout the fall, Blacknall has been gathering stories of God’s goodness and praying, reflecting, and listening for what God may be asking of us for the future. As we approach our 100th Anniversary in 2016, let’s lean into the future together, celebrate God’s goodness and listen well to how and where the Lord may be leading.

Group Conversations

November 15, 12:30 p.m. | November 22, 6:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall


  • How is Blacknall living out God’s Kingdom in Durham and in the world, and how do you see Blacknall embodying the gospel most clearly?
  • What are your God-given gifts and how does Blacknall help you discover, nurture, and encourage you to use those gifts? How can Blacknall help you in your desire to follow Christ more faithfully?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for Blacknall (in the next 10 years)?  Where do you think the Holy Spirit is leading us?

This is an opportunity to take part in discussion sessions which, similar to our 2006 conversations, will allow thought and discussion around a few general questions. We encourage you to begin thinking and talking about these questions and to join us in discussing them over lunch after the second service on November 15 or over dessert on November 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Sermon Series and Sunday School Class

A sermon series on nine principles which guide our theology and ministries at Blacknall. This series is paired with a Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall entitled, “The Cross at Perry and Iredell.”


Take the online survey

Open November 15-December 15

We will offer a survey from leaders of our various ministries, delivered both in print and via our website. We hope the survey feedback will help our ministries be as effective as possible.

Safe Church

Safe Church - Creating a space of belonging

Join us for a congregational and community training on making our church a safe place for all who worship, play, learn, and fellowship in our building.

All members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in a training to help prevent child sexual abuse. Please attend one of the three trainings offered.

Thursday, November 5, 7-9 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Saturday, November 7, 9-11 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 8, 6-8 p.m., Community Room

The training is provided by Darkness to Light; to learn more visit their website. Thank you for helping to create a space of belonging for people of all ages!

Contact: Traci Hoover

POSTPONED – Benedict Option with Rod Dreher


This event has been postponed for health reasons until Spring 2016. Read more information about Rod Dreher’s health on his blog.

Rod Dreher, a noted author and essayist, is calling for communities and institutions to take the Benedict Option – to live out Christianity as groups of people determined to resist certain dehumanizing trends of modernity. Dreher’s Benedict Option is much-discussed among thought leaders in the church, academy and national press.

Rod is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of Crunchy Cons, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and How Dante Can Save Your Life. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, National Review, First Things, and the Wall Street Journal, and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children.

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.