Angel Tree


Sunday, Nov. 18 – Dec. 16

Please select an Angel from the tree and sign up in the Lower Atrium. Gifts will be distributed to St. John's Church in Walltown and to Families Moving Forward. Return the gift to the lower Atrium with the Angel attached by December 16. Thank you!

Advent Wreath Workshop


Sunday, December 2, 4-6 p.m. | Community Room

Register here

This year we will assemble the wreaths in one-hour shifts. Bring $15.00 for your kit (candles, oasis wreath ring, etc) and a cookie sheet to transport your wreath. Cash or check made out to BMPC is fine. If you have access to greenery or holly berries, bring some in bag to use and share.  Clippers are helpful. This is an event for all ages and stages.

November Newsletter


View the newsletter here

In this month’s edition:

  • Pastor’s letter from Allan Poole on cultivating gratitude in a culture of critics.

  • Holiday Hospitality opportunities with International Students, Inc.

  • “A Mother-in-law’s Prayer” - Ali Shoenfelt’s journey from a teenager who had angrily walked away from God after losing her father, to a woman who seeks our Father’s voice and tries to follow him.

  • “Passing the Peas with Jesus” - A glimpse into Noreen Naiman’s thoughts on a Tuesday as she prepares dinner for Pass the Peas with Reality Ministries.

  • Upcoming special mission offering for homelessness.

  • Update from session on the new parental leave policy and Future Vision Fund allocations.

Marriage Course Party

Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Blacknall Fellowship Hall (1902 Perry St., Durham)


Click here to learn more about the course.

Enjoy a delicious dinner, learn how to build a strong marriage, and hear from couples who have taken the Marriage Course. Blacknall’s next course will be offered Thursdays, Jan. 17- March 7, 2019, those interested may sign up at the party.

Have friends who could benefit? Invite them for a course preview- they do not need to attend Blacknall. Engaged, co-habiting, co-parenting, and separated couples are all welcome to take the course.

RSVP here by Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Questions? Contact Ali Shoenfelt (

Urbana Conference Scholarship


December 27-31, 2018 | St. Louis, MO

Conference Registration

Scholarship Application

Blacknall offers tuition scholarships to all members/attenders who apply to attend Urbana Mission Conference. Special consideration is given to seniors in High School or students attending colleges away from Durham.

Blacknall is also offering scholarships to students interested in a short term 1-2 month mission next summer. For more information, contact David Dunderdale.

Hurricane Relief


Providing Needed Items

Our friends at Walltown Neighborhood Ministries have invited us to join them in reaching out to victims of Hurricane Florence and needy families locally here in Durham. Please pick up a form from the Lower Atrium for one of our “neighbors” and their specific need. We are asked to contribute the following items to be collected by Saturday, Oct. 27. Bring your boxed and labeled items to Blacknall by Thursday, Oct. 25, and we will deliver them to St. John’s.


  • Case of Bottled Water

  • Cleaning Supplies: 5-gallon bucket from Home Depot and Clorox, gloves, Pine-Sol, Windex, sponges, Mr. Clean sponges, paper towels, gloves, duct tape, face masks, trash bags, insect repellent, disinfectant wipes, and rubber gloves.

  • Christmas Gift Cards for Children and Disabled Seniors: Visa, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Sears

  • Personal Items: lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, isopropyl alcohol, Vaseline, shampoo, conditioner, washcloths, towels

  • Food & Supplies Gift Cards: Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Food Lion, Costco, or Sam’s Club

Please label all boxes (example: Female Teen Care Package and Christmas Gift card) and include a note of encouragement.

Repairing Homes

Blacknall is joining with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity on Saturday November 3 to "muck out" houses damaged by the hurricane(s). We will carpool, leaving Blacknall around 5:30 a.m., work 8-2 p.m., and then drive home. Sign up here. Can't go Nov. 3? Grab your small group, Sunday school, or just a couple friends and pick another day to go. Sign up here.  Contact: Rick Copland or Bob Leslie.