Officer Elections

Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s process of choosing those among us who will fill the specific roles of Elder and Deacon, through serving on the Nominating Committee, making recommendations, standing for office, and voting. As a church body of imperfect humans, we seek to follow God’s will through prayer, sharing about one another’s gifts, encouragement to be available to the Spirit’s leading, and leaning on the confidence that He will prosper our church and those in it. Year after year, God graciously provides excellent candidates for these offices and the congregation expressed overwhelming support for everyone who was on the ballot.

The outcome of the Officer Elections is as follows:
Class of 2021 Deacons – Kris Barman, Maria Bradshaw, Barb Eyster, Bill Shively, John Shoenfelt, Ryan Stults
Deacon for one-year term 2018-19 – Bob Leslie
Class of 2021 Elders – Chris Blumhofer, Pete Gerend, Don Hoover, Donna Mutter, Paula Rinehart
Welcome to all the new officers.

4th & 5th Grade Girls Bake Sale 

 Sunday, February 11, 9:30-11 a.m. | Atrium & Commons

Bring cash/check and pick up delicious, homemade goodies in time for Valentine’s Day. Proceeds go to VBS at La Fuente Church in Mexico City, which will be led by a Blacknall team in July. Last year we raised $700+, thank you for your generosity!

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.

Become a Loving Listener

Saturday, January 27, 9-11 a.m. | Fellowship Hall.

Register Here

Led by Meredith Milke, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Counselor. What would it mean for our relationships if we were better listeners? We do the best we can, but there is always room to grow! Come join us for a practical and interactive workshop on learning to listen. We will laugh and practice together so you can have a few more tools to love others well. Hosted by the Women’s Ministry but open to all.

Flowers for the Foyer

This year you can create your own arrangement or bring in an arrangement of your choosing (the flowers will no longer be sent through Ninth Street Flowers).  Look for the Flower Chart coming soon to the bulletin board across from the Community Room.

Mission Prayer Celebration Dinner

Sunday, January 14, 6-7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall

Our semi-annual time of gathering to celebrate how the lost have been found! We and our mission partners will share stories over a Syrian meal prepared by Amera Almousa. Childcare is provided.