BPC NEWS BRIEF

Thursday,

June 27, 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, June 30
  • Worship at 11:00am
  • Home Communion Team Meeting after Worship


  • MESSAGE from the PASTOR


  • PASTOR on CALL June 29-July 5


  • COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE!
  • Prayer Requests
  • BPC Calendar



  • CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM UPDATE


  • 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

ONGOING INFORMATION LINKS:


SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

DONATIONS


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED



PASTORS & SESSION CONTACT INFORMATION LINK


Sunday Worship

June 30, 2024


WORSHIP SERVICE 11:00am


Scriptures: Psalm 78

& Jeremiah 18:1-6

Sermon: We Are a Reformation People

Rev. Elizabeth Dick

Home Communion Team Meeting at 12:30 in Classroom A

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 June 30

Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are also still available on the 

Balmoral YouTube channel 

226th General Assembly (2024)

Live Into Hope

As you read this week's newsletter, I am in the final stages of preparing to leave for Salt Lake City, UT. Having been elected as the Teaching Elder Commissioner to this year's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I will be engaged in meetings with other Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, and Advisory Delegates from throughout the nation and the world. You may ask yourself, why is this important? Let me share a couple of my responses to that question.


First, it is important because as Presbyterians, we see value in being a connectional church. By this we mean, through the Spirit, we are connected with other Presbyterians engaged in the work of Jesus Christ. We do not exclude fellow believers from other denominations in our sense of conventionalism but do believe that since we have chosen to be Presbyterians, we live out our faith in a similar way. This is expressed in the understanding that the actions and decisions which we take at Balmoral Presbyterian Church has an impact upon those who worship in other PCUSA churches in Memphis, the MidSouth Presbytery, the Synod of Living Waters, and wherever else the PCUSA label is attached to a worshiping community. The reverse is also true.


Second, my participation in the meeting of the General Assembly is a fulfillment of one of my ordination vows: "Will you be active in government and discipline, serving in the councils of the church..." As a commissioner to General Assembly, I fulfill this portion of my vows. This vow also supports our understanding of being a member of the connectional church. My responsibilities as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament include working within the larger church context.  


Third, relates to another Presbyterian principle. This principle is that within the many voices, the Spirit speaks. By this I mean, when diverse individuals discuss, debate, and act upon matters of what it means to be the Church in this place and time, the Spirit guides us. Each voice is unique and provides something to the dialogue which is necessary to experience the fullness of the Lord's voice.  


In a few weeks, I will reflect on what took place at this year's General Assembly. I encourage you to tune into the work whenever you have an opportunity by going to https://ga-pcusa.org/. Who knows, you might even see me on the video feed some time.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark is serving as Commissioner to the 226th General Assembly of the PCUSA in Salt Lake City, UT, until July 5. While he is out of town, please contact Parish Associate Elizabeth Dick for any pastoral care needs (314.330.0506 or elizabethdick2@gmail.com). 


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.



CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM UPDATE




The Congregational Care team has provided meals for 2 members over the last couple of months, and continues to provide weekly meals to one member.

Anyone who would be willing to cook or pick up a meal to deliver, please contact Karen Pilkington by text or phone at 901-262-5810. Cards have also been sent to some members who have not been able to attend church. A few phone calls have been made as well. Food was provided by members of the team and others for 2 memorial services.

Karen Pilkington, Team Leader

Rebekah Bruce (3);

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, June 30, 2024

10:30am Choir rehearses in sanctuary 

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

12:30pm HOME COMMUNION Meeting in Classroom A

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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

12:30pm Chair Yoga in Classroom A

Thursday, July 4, 2024

OFFICE CLOSED

Sunday, July 7, 2024

10:30am Choir rehearses in sanctuary 

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

10:30am Choir rehearses in sanctuary 

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

10:30am Choir rehearses in sanctuary 

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

10:30am Choir rehearses in sanctuary 

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

LINK to the CHURCH CALENDAR

BPC PHOTOS

June 23

Sunday Worship

GUEST BELLRINGERS

The Dawson Family plus Hudson DeLoach chiming the hour for worship.

Jan Kaplan, Liturgist

Rev. Mark Howland

with the Children's Moment


The children add to our quarter collection deposited!

Musical Offering "Serenade" by Joseph Haydn

Leiza Collins, pianist; Kenna Chelsoi, violinist


Musical Offering "Serenade" by Joseph Haydn

Leiza Collins, pianist; Kenna Chelsoi, violinist


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.)

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