Brunch Potluck

Sunday, May 29, during the Sunday School hour

All are invited to a congregational brunch potluck in the Fellowship Hall! Bring a tasty treat to share; coffee will be provided.

There will be no nursery during the Sunday School hour and children’s, youth, and adult classes will not meet.

We hope to see you there!

May | June Newsletter


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  • Pastor’s Letter from Allan Poole
  • Reflection on living in Congo by Emily Hamilton
  • Reflection on mental health and the church by Warren Kinghorn
  • Snapshots of the Spring Block Party

Children’s Summer Registration


Girls’ Discovery Week – Register

Grades 3-5  |  June 27-30  | 9-3 p.m.
The girls begin their day together in Bible study and worship and then launch into a day of adventure and discovery led by different women from our church. There may be horseback riding, swimming, hiking, camping, creating, and storytelling. Every day is different and provides an opportunity to try something new that will challenge her and help her to grow spiritually.

Boys’ Discovery Days – Register

Grades 3-5 | June 14, 23, July 12, 26, August 16 | 5-9 p.m.
This summer we look forward to offering afternoon and evenings of adventure for our boys. They will have opportunities to fish, hike, camp, bake, make, and fellowship with one another led on their adventures by different men from our congregation.  Each evening will include a serious consideration of scripture and how it relates to their lives.

Questions? Contact: Traci Hoover.

Congo Trip

Interested in traveling to Beni as part of a team this fall? Blacknall is planning a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and our partners in Beni have suggested ways that we can serve UCBC and other ministries of Congo Initiative. A list of opportunities (including graduate education, curriculum development, teacher training, teaching English, and many others) can be found on Blacknall’s website. Contact: David Dunderdale

Opportunities for Service in DRC

Staff training at ABC and La Charité (Académie Bilingue du Congo–UCBC’s primary school)
Date: September
Topics for training could include lesson planning, teaching literacy and numeracy, bilingual education, development psychology, special needs and classroom management, how to make teaching materials, montessori style teaching and learning

Staff training at UCBC
Faculty development training
Date: September
Topics for training to include pedagogy, information literacy

GIS/GPS technology experts
Date: September or October
Train Sharing the Land team

Higher education administration training
Date: flexible

Library Science
Date: flexible
Library development, programming, “train the trainers”…

Intensive English
Date: October
This would likely look like running conversation groups with students, or working in consultation with Bilingual Affairs beforehand to cover some specific activities, or working to do some training for English teachers

Center for Development and Partnership
Date: flexible

Multimedia training for staff (+ many other interested students!)

Business/grants experts Date: flexible
Offer consultation for some new CDP projects

Staff Development IT department
Date: flexible

Habitat for Humanity Build

Centennial Habitat Build

In honor of the many hands that built Blacknall’s house of worship 100 years ago, let us use our hands in raising a new Durham home at 1203 Ivy Street.

Ways to Serve

Habitat Build Days May-September
Saturdays –  Sign up  (must be 16 or older)
Wednesdays – Sign up, scroll down and look for “New Construction with Mike”
Other Ways to Serve – Sign up to take photos or make lunches for workers

Are you having trouble signing up to build? Read these helpful directions. If you need more help, contact Anna Benfield, Habitat’s Volunteer Manager, or the church office.

Have questions or want to bring a group? Contact Anna Benfield.


May 14 – Kickoff at 1203 Ivy Street with family
Prayers for family, lunch together

October – Home Dedication
Ribbon-cutting, receiving keys  

Helpful Information

Appropriate Attire
Construction Volunteer Information
Durham Habitat Quick Facts

Contact: Anne Paulson