September/October Newsletter

Lancaster_Gate_tubeThe September/October Newsletter is now available!  Featuring a letter from Allan about “minding the gap,” details on an exciting solar project with Congo Initiative, an interview with our new Administrative Associate, Donna McBrite, reflections from our summer intern, Grace French, and much more…

Click here to download the full version.

Women’s Retreat Registration


Fall Women’s Retreat
October 24-26
Valle Crucis Conference Center

Click here to register for the retreat.

Join us for a restful and spirit-filled women’s retreat in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina at Valle Crucis Conference Center. We will be diving into the Scriptures together, exploring the last words and wisdom of Moses, John, and Peter. In a world where the good life has come to mean a life of pleasure freedom and protection from pain, how does the discipleship of following Christ lead to a different vision…a better one?

For more details, go here.

Welcome David & Kaswera Kasali


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Congo Initiative President David Kasali and his wife, Kaswera, are coming to Durham and Blacknall August 28 – September 1. There will be a number of opportunities to spend time with them and we hope you will avail yourselves of one of the opportunities. We continue to pray expectantly that the Lord has invited us into this friendship for his kingdom purposes and look forward to connecting them to our church family.

Click here to view their schedule for the weekend as it is developing.

If you cannot make one of these gatherings, but want a chance to get together with David or Kassie, please contact Betsy Poole.

Exploring Weekly Communion

002_NCC_120205_0158_CROPAt the beginning of the summer the Session approved a six-month period, beginning in July, when we would celebrate the Lord’s Supper each week at both worship services. In preparation for this change, the sermons during the month of June explored the meaning of the Supper, and why we might be led to make this a more frequent element in our worship life together….Read the full letter from the Worship Committee

Click the links below to listen to the sermon series from June:

Christian Community Development Conference: Sept. 24-27


September 24-27
Raleigh Convention Center

The Christian Community Development Association national conference is in Raleigh, September 24-27. CCDA was started by John Perkins and the ministry of Voice of Calvary in Mississippi in the late 1980′s. The conference will draw 2500 people who serve in Christian ministries (like many of the local ministries we support). Reality Ministries is a field trip site! Event is at the Raleigh Convention Center. Blacknall has a small fund to assist with registration, and volunteers (who work 10 hours there) can attend for $49. Deadline for registration is September 9. Check out the website:

For information on registration and to apply for financial help from Blacknall, click here or contact Margaret or Susie Meghdadpour.