Hosting an Open Table: Lessons in Christian Hospitality


Wednesdays, January 16, 23, & February 27
6-7:30 p.m.

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Steve Hinkle and Ali Shoenfelt are facilitating this dinner and discussion series hosted by Blacknall's Evangelism Team. We'll study the Biblical mandate to love our neighbors (or co-workers, classmates, etc.), learn practical ways to engage the non-believers among us, and challenge each other to try something new. After the first two meetings, we’ll break for five weeks to practice what we’ve learned. On February 27, we’ll come together to discuss our experiences. Dinner and childcare provided. Bonus: Pastors Allan and David are cooking the first meal!

Location: Fellowship Hall
Contact: Steve Hinkle or Ali Shoenfelt

Mental Health First Aid


Saturday, February 23, 8-5 p.m.

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Please note, because of a family crisis for the Alliance Behavioral Health trainer, the date has been moved from Feb. 9 to Feb. 23.

Alliance Behavioral Health trainers will teach a 5-step action plan to offer immediate help to a community member showing signs of a mental illness or crisis and to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Please consider participating and become a valuable resource in the community where you worship, live, work and play. Lunch is provided.

Location: Fellowship Hall
Contact: Margaret Frothingham

New Small Groups


Several small groups are forming this month and other existing groups have openings for new group members. Small groups meet weekly in someone's home and are a great way to get to know people better. 

Watch this space in coming weeks for an updated list of open groups. For more information, contact David Dunderdale.

Open Groups

  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Small Group
    Bible study lead by David Crow with sharing, prayer, and occasional meals together. Five open spots. Hosted by David and Kristy Ponce in Durham. Contact: Kristy Ponce

  •  Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. Small Group
    Book study on Gospel in Life by Tim Keller, facilitated by Abby Stitsinger and Lauren Holahan.  Jan. 28 through mid-April. Eight open spots. Hosted by Abby Stitsinger in Durham. if you would like to join this group, please contact Lauren Holahan.

Financial Freedom in 2019


Tuesday, January 8, 7-9 p.m.

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Led by life-coach Heidi Hackney this seminar offers 5 steps that lead to solid financial practices that will serve you for a lifetime. Do you wonder where your money goes? Are there things in your life that are not working? Whether it is related to finances or not, these practices will lead you to good stewardship of what you already have and create an attitude of abundance and appreciation. Come to this dynamic, interactive two-hour workshop and leave with a 30-day plan to implement immediately and start 2019 on the right path. Cost: $39 includes workbook. Class limit is 14. 

Location: Upper Room
Contact: Heidi Hackney


Weaving Workshop


January 29 & 30, 7-9 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

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Caitlin Coons is offering a two-evening workshop for those who’d like to make a tapestry.  The first night is for beginners to cover the basics. The second night is for beginners and those who were at the women’s retreat and need help finishing their tapestries. We will have 15 looms/spots for new people who want to learn, and anyone who still has their loom is welcome to join.  

New Marriage Course

Thursdays, Jan. 17- March 7, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.


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An 8-week series for couples who want to invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well. Each week you will fed a delicious meal at an intimate table for two, listen to a practical talk, and have time for private discussion between you and your partner. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Joyce Kight.


Click here to learn more about the course.

Marriage Course Testimonial from Matthew Tay & Emmaline Thor – “We'd like to invite every married couple in Blacknall to attend the Marriage Course. The course provides practical tools for each couple to improve their marriage, including communication, conflict resolution, and how to love each other better. More than 50 couples have now attended the course at Blacknall, and have all found the course to be beneficial. We have had couples on the course with great marriages who felt that they grew even closer on the course. We have also had couples who were separated who decided to take the course together and sat and talked and laughed with each other and worked together at restoring their relationship. Emm and I have gone through the course 5 times now, and each time we still learn something new to apply to our marriage. Meals are provided, and all communication is private between you and your spouse - you'll be seated at a  table for two, and you won't have to share anything that you discussed. There will also be childcare available. Please allow the Marriage Course Team to bless you.”

Congo Day of Prayer


Saturday, December 22

As a congregation we are invited to pray and fast in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Congo (DRC) on the eve of their national elections. Please pray that the elections will be peaceful, fair, and just and that God would raise up godly leaders who would do what is right. We would like to have people signed up to pray every hour on December 22.

Sign up here to pray.

Items for prayer:

  • Pray for the presidential election on Dec. 23.  Pray that it would be peaceful and fair. 

  • Pray that leaders would emerge who will serve the people of Congo and not their own greed or power. Read this news link.

  • Pray for political, social, and economic stability throughout the country.

  • Pray for the Ebola crisis to be contained quickly and for protection for the health workers.  Read this news link.

  • Pray for continued violence particularly against the most vulnerable in Beni and neighboring town of Oicha (David Kasali’s hometown). Read this news link.

  • Pray for UCBC’s “City Campus” project - UCBC has moved the campus into Beni to provide a secure environment for their students. School officially began on November 26 with only a 10% decrease in enrollment.

  • Pray for the students at UCBC, for their safety and pray that they would have a Kingdom impact on Beni.

  • Pray for the Bethesda Counseling Center as they provide counseling for health workers and others who are victims of trauma. Pray for Noe Kasali as he leads this ministry while being dislocated in Uganda.