BPC NEWS BRIEF

Thursday,

July 4, 2024

OUR MISSION: We are an open community who believes God is love

and who lives our belief through praise and service.

mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187

Church Office Hours: Mon - Thur, 10:00am- 3:00pm

WEBSITE: www.balmoralpc.com

NEW for THIS WEEK


  • WORSHIP SUNDAY, July 7, at 11:00am

  • MESSAGE from the PASTOR


  • FELLOWSHIP TEAM UPDATE


  • GREETERS NEEDED!


  • A BPC FAMILY MEMBER on TV


  • NEWS FROM the 226th PC(USA)GENERAL ASSEMBLY


  • BIRTHDAYS


  • CALENDAR of EVENTS


  • BPC Photos
  • Worship Photos
  • Guest Bellringers

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DID YOU MISS THIS LAST WEEK? (Read it now - it's right after the photos!)

  • BOOK CLUB July 9
  • COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE!
  • Prayer Requests
  • BPC Calendar


ONGOING INFORMATION LINKS:


SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

DONATIONS


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED



PASTORS & SESSION CONTACT INFORMATION LINK


Sunday Worship

July 7, 2024


WORSHIP SERVICE & COMMUNION at 11:00am


Scriptures: Ezekiel 2:1-5 & Mark 6:1-13

Sermon: Being Sent

Rev. Mark Howland

Can't attend Worship in person? Join us on YouTube LIVE!

Link to LiveStream Worship on YouTube at 11:00 am

Link to the Worship bulletin for July 7

Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are also still available on the 

Balmoral YouTube channel 

One of the realities of being a follower of Christ is that we are not given the option of being idle. There are some who would prefer this option and try to ignore the call of God but they are only deceiving themselves. God is a god of action. When we hear the story of creation, it is easy to assume that after God had done the work and took a break, God then just let everything operate on its own. However, when you read the fullness of Scripture, you quickly realize that this is not the case. God continues to actively involved in creation and in the lives of the humans which God created. With the Creator being One of action, how could we ever think that as believers, we could be idle.


Jesus demonstrated this sense of being active during his ministry on earth. He seldom remained in one area for an extended period of time. He was engaged in the lives and the communities of people all the time. Yes, he would take periods of rest (another example given to us in the creation story) but they would not be long. Jesus knew he was sent with a specific purpose and his focus was on completing the purpose for which he had been called.


We are being sent. There is a purpose the Lord has for us in this given time and place. Throughout our life, that purpose may change in small or in large ways. Whether our purpose has changed recently or we have just discovered our purpose does not matter. The reality is that there is something which the Lord has for us to do and we are to be about doing that work. This is what it means to be sent. It means being actively engaged in the work which has been set before us at this time and place.


Come on Sunday to worship as we explore more what it means to be sent.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark

FELLOWSHIP TEAM UPDATE

The relatively new Fellowship Team has been busy this year trying to find opportunities to create fellowship. We want to thank everyone that has signed up and brought treats for fellowship time at Sunday worship. We have been trying out various table and seating arrangements. Please let us know what you think. 


So far this year we have helped organize three events. Starting in January we organized the ever popular Soup Sunday. So many delicious soups to sample. The end of March we hosted the Easter brunch which was immediately after sunrise service. Then in May we held the community picnic. Great weather and wonderful food! 


We have been busy working on other events for the rest of this year. We have tried to keep the old favorites going but also bringing back, with some modifications, older favorites as well. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome!


Paul Below, Team Leader

Remember the first time you came to Balmoral?

Chances are you may recall someone warmly greeting you as you walked in the front door, welcoming you and encouraging you to fill out a name badge. Their smile made you feel “at home” even before you set foot in the sanctuary. Our congregation is a very friendly one, but the Welcoming Team wants to make sure no one is overlooked, so we need a special greeter before each worship service. 

Each greeter would sign up for one Sunday a month to be at the front door about 10:40 a.m. to open the inside door to everyone who comes – members and visitors alike – and greet each one with a smile and a welcome. (Soon we also will have a gift bag the greeter can hand out to each visitor “family”). It is a simple “job” but one which can make a great difference in making sure all who come to Balmoral feel welcome.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Linda Warren, Janice Hill or Nancy Jordan. 

A BPC

FAMILY MEMBER

on TV

There’s a new series on Magnolia Network, which can be seen on Max or Prime Video, called Getting Lost with Erin French. It’s about a restaurant owner in Maine who takes the summer to travel to other states to try new restaurants and food. In Episode 1 she goes to Mosquito Supper Club in New Orleans where Emily Pilkington is the general manager. Emily appears in the background and serving soup in the first 10 minutes of Season 1, Episode 1 with a subscription on Max, or buy it on Fandango at Home, Prime Video.


NEWS from the PC(USA)

226th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Rev. Jihyun Oh is elected, then installed, as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA)

With family members laying on their hands and more than 500 commissioners and advisory delegates in full-throated support as well, the Rev. Jihyun Oh was elected and then installed as the next Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Monday. Rev. Oh begins her new work on Aug.1

Read More

Assembly takes action on items from three committees Tuesday night

Those actions include efforts to reduce solidarity confinement and gun violence against children

Read More

USE the BUTTON HERE FOR MORE NEWS from GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

MORE ABOUT GA

John Van Nortwick (6);

Camille Harrison (15);

Debbie Howitt (18);

Linda Waltz (20);

Cameron Fox-Cohen (21); Connie Pride (23);

Gary Reese (24); Scott Hill (28); Erich Shultz (30)


CALENDAR of EVENTS

REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS

Want to know what days certain groups or events meet? Or what groups may not meet during the Summer? Check out the current regular events calendar! Click the image here to see what groups are meeting when!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, July 7, 2024

11:00am Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary & LiveStream on YouTube

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

8:00am Tuesdays with Ted at Cracker Barrel on Hacks Cross

10:30am Operations Team in Classroom A

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

1:30pm Book Club at OTHERLANDS COFFEE BAR 641 Cooper St.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Sunday, July 14, 2024

11:00am Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary & LiveStream on YouTube

12:30pm Lunch with Mark in Classroom A

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

8:00am Tuesdays with Ted at Cracker Barrel on Hacks Cross

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Thursday, July 18, 2024

9:00am Food Drive at Colonial Park UMC

5330 Park Ave

10:15am Thursday Small Group in Classroom A

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Friday, July 19, 2024

5:00pm BPC SISTERS Tea Party at Olive Garden on Poplar at I-240 (reservations req'd - call Mary Schmitz (901-496-2799) or Kristen Gurlen (901-275-4492)

Sunday, July 21, 2024

11:00am Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary & LiveStream on YouTube

12:30pm Session Meeting in Classroom A

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

8:00am Tuesdays with Ted at Cracker Barrel on Hacks Cross

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Thursday, July 25, 2024

10:30am Sandwich Project in Classroom A

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Sunday, July 28, 2024

11:00am Worship in the Sanctuary & LiveStream on YouTube

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

8:00am Tuesdays with Ted at Cracker Barrel on Hacks Cross

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Thursday, August 1, 2024

9:00am Food Drive at Colonial Park UMC

5330 Park Ave

10:15am Thursday Small Group in Classroom A

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Sunday, August 4, 2024

11:00am Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary & LiveStream on YouTube

LINK to the CHURCH CALENDAR

BPC PHOTOS

June 30

Sunday Worship

GUEST BELLRINGERS

The Serino Family chiming the hour for worship.

Mary Schmitz, Liturgist

Rev. Elizabeth Dick




Musical Offering

Leiza Collins, pianist; Linda Warren on Recorder


CONTACT INFORMATION



Pastor Contact: Rev. Mark Howland

(515-988-5183 or email pastormark@balmoralpc.com)

Pastoral Care: Rev. Elizabeth Dick, Pastor Associate

(314.330.0506 or email elizabethdick2@gmail.com)    

CLICK HERE for SESSION & OTHER CONTACTS

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES!

DONATIONS

FOOD CART

Bring items for the Food Cart weekly - keep the cart full!

Link to Food Cart  Needs

JOHNSON AUXILIARY

Items needed at Region One for patients and their families.

Links to Region One needs

RECYCLING

Toothbrushes, Toothpaste tubes etc can be recycled. Cardboard recycling is also available

 Link to Recycling

BE A VOLUNTEER!

SUNDAY LITURGIST

Sign up to join Mark at the podium as a Liturgist

Sign Up as Liturgist

SIGN-UP to BRING COFFEE_TIME SNACKS

For goodies with your coffee.

Sign Up for Coffee Snacks

SUPPORT the HOSPITALITY BAGS PROGRAM

Make donations and/or pass out bags to those in need

Hospitality Bags Info

VOLUNTEER for the SOUP KITCHEN

Make sandwiches and/or serve lunch at 1st Presbyterian

Soup Kitchen Info

PASS OUT FOOD at COLONIAL PARK

Food from the MidSouth Food Bank distribution location

Colonial Park Food Distribution Info



PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES



These articles appeared in a earlier newsletter but are still relevant this week!

BOOK CLUB

Tuesday, July 9

1:30pm


For our mid-year meeting on Tuesday, July 9 (1:30 p.m.) we are going to do something different: we will meet at

Otherlands Coffee Bar at 641 Cooper St. in midtown.

Our "assignment" is any story of your choosing from the many short story collections of the late Alice Munro, a highly acclaimed author of short stories who died last month. Ms. Munro received both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize. According to Wikipedia, the Canadian author's stories "explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style. Her writing established her reputation as a great author in the vein of Anton Chekhov."  Her story collections are readily available in local libraries.

We will share our thoughts on the story(ies) each of us reads.


Looking further ahead, in August we will meet at the house of Jan Kaplan, and Robin Ashworth will lead us in a discussion of Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt. Our September book will be Abide with Me by Elizabeth Stroutt, led by Bevery Hooker (location TBD.)


KEEPING YOU INFORMED ...


A COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE


Prayer requests should from this time forward be sent to Pastor Mark and Rev Elizabeth Dick.  The church office is now creating and sending the Prayer Concerns list.  

If you are having an event or meeting which involves members of the congregation, please be sure to contact the church office with the information so that it may be communicated to the whole congregation.

  • Newsletter Articles & Photos should be emailed to Kathy Singleton at ksingle2@bellsouth.net no later than end of day Monday for the week you want the article in the news.
  • Bulletin Announcements should be emailed to Kathy Singleton, no later than Monday the week before the Sunday you want the information to appear.