Mexico City Mission Trip

July 6-16, 2018

Blacknall is planning a mission trip in partnership with Blacknall-supported missionaries, Jonathan & Rocio Mikes in Mexico City. We will be leading a Vacation Bible School for children, ages 3-12. Ability to speak Spanish is not required. If you are interested in being a part of the team that will be going, please contact Anne Paulson or David Dunderdale.

Applications are due February 11.

Listening To God’s Word: The Practice of Lectio Divina

Saturday, February 24, 9-11 a.m. | Blacknall Fellowship Hall

Register here by February 20.

What would it look like to slow down and listen to God’s Word in a way that invites God to speak a word to your heart? Come learn the practice of Lectio Divina, Sacred Reading of Scripture, as we enter space to listen alone and together to God through His Word. We will have time to learn together, time for individual reflection and time for creative response as we experience this important practice of sacred reading. Though the event is hosted by women’s ministry men are welcome, too. Led by Blacknall member Janise Matyas Smith, a PCUSA Minister and Spiritual Director.

Prayer & Fasting for Congo

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, January 29-31

12-1 p.m. | Parlor

7:30-8:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Mon.), Sanctuary (Tue. & Wed.)

Our friend and brother, David Kasali, with our Deep Common Journey partner Congo Initiative in Beni, Congo (DRC) has invited us to join with the larger Congo Initiative community in three days of prayer and fasting for the nation of Congo.  Many of you are aware of the crisis in Congo since December 2016 when the president of the DRC refused to step down at the end of his term as president.  Since then violence and chaos have threatened to engulf this nation once again.

Our elders at Blacknall are encouraging us to join with our brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting.  You are invited to join together with others in prayer or to pray on your own.  People will gather to pray at Blacknall over the lunch hour and in the evenings Monday-Wednesday.

Please read the letter that David Kasali sent asking us to pray and fast. We are invited to fast not because it makes our prayers more effective (Jesus has accomplished that already). We fast because it creates more time and space for us to pray. We fast because it connects our physical bodies to our prayer. Our bodies remind us to pray and remind us that we “do not live by bread alone.” Our bodies remind us how much we need the Lord and how our spirits long and hunger for “thy Kingdom come.”  David Kasali suggests various ways we might fast, including:

  • No food or drink (Esther 4:15-16)
  • Omit a specific meal while drinking water or juice
  • Refrain from certain types of foods (Daniel 10:2-3, 12)
  • Give up entertainment such as TV, Telephone, movies or any activity for a specified time (1 Corinthians 7:3-6)
  • For more information on how to pray for Congo click here. For more information on how to pray for Congo Initiative click here.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer (1 Pet. 3:12)

Meet the Deacon & Elder Nominees

Click here to read Deacon & Elder nominee bios!

A congregational meeting to elect officers will be held on Sunday, January 28, 8:30 & 11 a.m. services.

The Class of 2021 officers will be voted on at the end of both services. Officers are elected for three-year terms. Elder nominees (7 nominees for 5 positions): Chris Blumhofer, Pete Gerend, Don Hoover, Mary Banks Knechtle, Donna Mutter, Paula Rinehart, Cullen Rodgers-Gates. Deacon nominees (6 nominees for 6 positions): Kris Barman, Maria Bradshaw, Barb Eyster, Bill Shively, John Shoenfelt, Ryan Stults. Deacon nominee for special one-year term: Bob Leslie. We encourage you to prayerfully consider the nominees.

Website Update Survey 

The Blacknall website is getting an update! Click here to take the survey and share your thoughts and ideas. Complete the survey by January 31 for a chance to win a gift card to The Regulator or Joe Van Gogh.

If you have questions, contact Mary Grimm.