Winter Clothes for the Almousa Family

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Through Blacknall World Relief volunteers we helped welcome refugees from Syria last winter, the Almousa family. This winter, they are in need of warm clothing for their children. If you are able to donate new or gently used clothes, or a gift card, please sign up in the Lower Atrium. Baskets for drop off will be available next week, and gift cards can be left in an envelope in Beth Solie’s mailbox.

Clothing Sizes
14-year old girl
12-year old girl
10-year old boy
8-year old boy
4-year old girl

Serve refugees with Blacknall World Relief team

Blacknall is forming a second World Relief volunteer team! We will be partnered with a new refugee family to provide friendship and guidance as they acclimate to the U.S. An orientation session will be held December 3, 3-6 p.m. Contact Allison Wattenbarger or David Dunderdale.

Blacknall Photo Opt Out Policy

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Blacknall strives to convey the warmth and friendship of our congregation through taking and sharing photos from our time together. These photos may be used on the website, in promotional materials, or on social media, although we will never identify individuals by their full names or “tag” anyone.

Navigating public sharing of images is a personal decision, and if you would prefer that Blacknall not take or share images of you and/or your children, please opt out using the above form. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Grimm.

New South Durham Small Group

The Small Groups Ministry Team is working to launch a new group that will meet regularly on Wednesday nights beginning on November 15. If you’d like to find out more or would be interested in joining, please email

Thanksgiving Hospitality

Blacknall Thanksgiving

Host an International student for ThanksgivingSign up here to host a student through International Students, Inc., a Deep Common Journey partner.

Make an extra turkey for Iglesia Emmanuel Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Wednesday, November 22. Can you provide a turkey (or monetary donations for turkeys)? If you have time to cook a turkey at home and bring it to church, even better! Folks are also needed to help serve, clean up, and distribute food for food bank recipients to take home. Contact: Rev. Julio Ramirez

Donate groceries for Walltown Neighorhood Ministries – Families celebrate Thanksgiving with what you generously give. Needed: Oatmeal, Jelly, Canned soup, Canned leafy green veggies, Canned fruit, Flour, Sugar-small, Rice-small, Cake Mix, Spaghetti, Mac n’ Cheese, Peanut Butter, Mustard, Ketchup. Collection baskets are in the Narthex and Commons.

Sing in the choir at the Walltown Neighborhood Ministries Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m. at St. John’s (917 Onslow St.). To participate in the choir, please attend the rehearsals at St. John’s: Tuesday, November 14 and Friday, November 17, both at 7 p.m.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 5

Daylight Saving Time ends on November 5. A friendly reminder to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening, November 4. Enjoy the extra hour of rest!

Women’s Retreat Alert

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We have noted some difficulties with retreat registrations this year. If you think you have registered online please make sure you received an email from the committee on October 29 confirming that you are registered. If you did not receive an email on October 29, please register again. Do not submit payment again unless you hear from someone on the retreat committee. Thank you for your patience as we work to make sure the issue is addressed. If you have questions please contact Tanya Moore or Carrie Dombeck.

Communion & Healing Service

Sunday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Please join us for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper with the opportunity to receive prayer for yourself and others. This service takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month. Pastor Goodie Bell will lead this month.

11th Annual Festival of the Bean

Sunday, October 29, 3:30-7 p.m. | Camp Chestnut Ridge (4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland)

Come enjoy fellowship, wonderful food, bonfire, and hayrides! The chili competition categories are Traditional, Vegetarian, Spicy, and best in show. To compete for the chance to be crowned Lord of the Bean, bring your chili to the check-in table by 4:45 p.m.


3:30 – 4 p.m.         Arrive & check-in chili
4-6 p.m.                 Hayrides and yard 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 followed smores by the fire
6:15 p.m.                Lord of the Bean Award Ceremony
6:30 p.m.               Clean up

Contact: Tana O’Keefe

Professional Women’s Connection Evening

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Let’s explore ways that women in the workforce can support and encourage each other while serving and participating in the life of the church. Components of the evening include “speed-friending,”  and a panel discussion with several Blacknall professional women. Invite a friend or colleague. Register for childcare by October 22 with Traci Hoover.

Contact: Alicia Ramos