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.


September | October Newsletter Now Available

The September | October Newsletter is now available!  Highlights include:

  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Listening Tour: A Reflection on Engaging the Wider Vision of the Church from Mark Paulson
  • Prayer at Blacknall: A Reflection on Opportunities to Connect in Prayer from Martha Carlough
  • Summer Snapshots: Children & Youth Ministries

Click here to download the full version.

Monday Morning Men (M3) Small Group

Men of all ages are invited to the weekly Monday Morning Men (M3) small group.  The first meeting this season is Monday, September 14 from 6:30-7:30am.  Bagels and coffee will be served.  The group discussion is about the sermon from the previous Sunday morning, so preparation is minimal.  Contact: Peter Lima