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.


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.



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

Women’s Lunch Break

Wednesday, November 16, 12-1:15 p.m. | Parlor

Lauren McCrary will lead a discussion about how to be faithful in our workplaces, relationships and other commitments. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to to Margaret Frothingham.

Goodie Bell Ordination Service

Sunday, November 6, 4 p.m | Sanctuary 

All are invited to celebrate and rejoice in Goodie’s ordination to the ministry of Word & Sacrament as Blacknall’s new associate pastor for young adult ministry. A reception will follow and childcare will be provided up to age three.

Hurricane Matthew Relief

Thousands of our neighbors are without food, water, and basic supplies. Blacknall will collect donations through Sunday, November 6 for the Food Bank of NC to distribute to those impacted by the storm. Look for a collection box in the lower atrium.

Needed Items
High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
Peanut Butter
Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

Thank you for praying for the victims and their families.

Fall Newsletter

Blacknall 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.

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.