BPC NEWS BRIEF
Wednesday,
April 27, 2022
mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP & COMMUNION, SUNDAY, May 1

  • SUNDAY STUDIES for SPRING

  • BPC OFFICE is now OPEN Monday thru Thursday, 10am to 2pm

  • PW BIBLE STUDY Wed May 4

  • BOOK CLUB Tues May 10 at the Hill's

  • SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for May 29

  • IT'S MEMPHIS in MAY TIME!

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship Sunday April 24
  • Spring has Sprung
WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
  • WORSHIP & BUILDING POLICIES & PROCEDURES

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • BRING FOOD for the FOOD CART
  • Give out Hospitality bags
  • SIGN UP to be a WORSHIP LITURGIST!

REMINDERS:
  • PW Synod Gathering: Fueled to Serve
  • IS MUSIC CALLING YOU to MONTREAT THIS SUMMER?



BPC WORSHIP

Sunday, May 1, 2022
11:00am IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scripture: Isaiah 61: 1-3 & John 21:1-19
Sermon: Feed My Sheep

CELEBRATING TOGETHER
at the
LORD'S TABLE
for COMMUNION
We will still send an email on FRIDAY
with the LiveStream YouTube link & Sunday Worship Guide. 
Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are still available on the 
CIRCLE of FAITH WORSHIP at 8:30am
IN BPC's Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to join Circle of Faith's worship service!
To enter the building, use Office door to the Fellowship Hall.

SPRING 2022,
now through May 22
9:30am
The Book of Forgiveness
by Desmond and Mpho Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness—helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Leaders: Glenda Ellis & Beverly Hooker
Interrupting Silence
Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.
    
Leaders: Frank Carney & Sherry Wilkins
Volunteers are now manning the church office!

There will be someone in the office Monday through Thursday to answer the phone and greet visitors,
The outside door will be unlocked while the office is open.

(NOTE: The inside door may be locked at times for security reasons, but the office workers can let you in -
just knock on the door or ring the bell.)
PW BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, May 4
10:30am
Classroom A
BOOK CLUB for MAY Come be our guest ...

YOU are invited to hear author, storyteller and Balmoral friend, Phyllis Blackstone on Tuesday,
May 10, 1:30 p.m. at the home of Janice & Scott Hill.

It's all part of the Balmoral Book Club, but you do not have to be a book club "member" to attend. Phyllis will open with a story that likely will spur recollections from your own past. She'll also discuss the subject of storytelling and her book "A Storied Life."
"My Storied Life"
Tuesday, May 10,
1:30 pm with the Author Phyllis Blackstone


There will be light refreshments. Please join us for this special event. If you do not have "A Storied Life" you can purchase it through Amazon. (The Hills address is 2110 Hickory Crest Drive in Memphis.)
SOUP KITCHEN
SIGN-UPS
for Sunday, May 29
The Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian is back in business and Balmoral will be participating again! Our turn to serve as hosts is Sunday, May 29, and we need volunteers!

We'll leave a little early from Worship, leaving the parking lot at 11:50am and carpool downtown for lunch together at Westy's on Main Street. We will be working at 1st Pres from 1:30 until about 3:00, then return to BPC.

If you are interested in signing up, send a signed text to Scott Dawson 901.849.1685.

IT'S MEMPHIS in MAY TIME!
It's Memphis, and it's May — and you know what that means ... music, barbecue, festivals, and springtime! Here's a list of some of the May events.
Until June 5         Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
at the Graceland Exhibition Center, tickets start at $21.99. ticketing.graceland.com

April 29 – May 1                Beale Street Music Festival
at Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. Single-day general admission tickets begin at $75, and three-day passes start at $195. memphisinmay.org

April 29                         South Main Trolley Night  FREE
South Main South Main to North Main  South Main Trolley Night

April 30               Memphis Arts Collective Spring Show    FREE
3484 Poplar Avenue 3484 Poplar Avenue; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Memphis Arts Collective Spring Show

May 1          Memphis Arts Collective Spring Artist Market   FREE
3484 Poplar Avenue (on the corner of South Highland Street) memphisartscollective.com

May 7                           Let’s Brunch Festival 
at Memphis Botanic Garden general admission tickets $45. (Note: This event is 21-and-up.) letsbrunchmemphis.com

May 7                                     Orion 5K
at Orion FCU Headquarters, registration $30 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run. Proceeds from the event benefit Meals on Wheels. raceroster.com

May 7 & 8                Collierville Fair on the Square   FREE
at Collierville Square, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. facebook.com

May 8 – October 31        
Alice’s Adventures at the Garden
at Memphis Botanic Garden’s newest exhibit. $12 for adults (ages 13 and up), $10 for seniors (ages 62 and up), $7 for children (ages 2 to 12), and children under 2 are free. membg.org


May 8          Symphony in the Gardens at the Dixon
Tickets start at $5, and children 6 and under are free. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the show begins at 5 p.m. (Note: Tickets cannot be purchased on the day of the event.) dixon.org

May 11 – 14    World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
This year’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest takes place at The Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. Single-day general admission tickets are $13, and four-day general admission tickets are $48. memphisinmay.org

May 13   Oh, the Places We’ll Go: a Ballet de Seuss
at Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s School 60 Perkins, EXT; $20 – $25  Oh, the Places We’ll Go: a Ballet de Seuss

May 20 & 21         63rd Annual Memphis Greek Festival
at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on North Highland Street. Admission is $3 for adults and children ages 6 and up, or you can donate three cans of food to the Mid-South Food Bank for free admission. memphisgreekfestival.com

May 21                Beale Street Artcrawl Festival   FREE
on Beale Street from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. eventbrite.com

May 21 & 22     7th Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk
Advance tickets are $16 for groups (six people or more) and $20 for individuals. facebook.com

May 28                Great American River Run

Article from StyleBlueprint.com by KATELYN CAUGHRON
OPPORTUNITIES for OUTREACH
FILL UP
the
FOOD CART!
DONATIONS! DONATIONS! LET'S FILL IT UP!
Now that we can donate food again to the
St. Luke Methodist Food Pantry, let's fill it up!

HOSPITALITY BAGS
ARE AVAILABLE NEXT to the FOOD CART -
PICK SOME UP!
You can also pick up Hospitality Bags to donate to those you pass along the road who are in need.
(And bring donations for more bags - bring bottles of water,
And bring donations for more bags - bring bottles of water, boxes of raisins or other dried fruit, granola bars, cheese crackers (NO PEANUT BUTTER!!), clean socks - when you see someone asking for a handout, hand them a Hospitality bag!

URGENT NEED: WE ARE OUT of BOTTLED WATER and SOCKS for the HOSPITALITY BAGS! Please bring what you can!
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE
IF ANYONE IS CALLED TO SERVE....
We work every 1st and 3rd Thursday. 
Colonial Park UMC
5330 Park Ave
CONTACT SCOTT DAWSON for more INFORMATION
LITURGIST SIGNUPS
We have LOTS of open slots for Worship Liturgist volunteers. Use the button here to sign-up!
Choose the Sunday(s) you are available to serve. All materials you need will be sent to you for that week!

(Contact Rev. Mary Gale if you have questions or need help signing up.)
Worship & Music 2022
at Montreat
Is Music Calling You to Montreat This Summer?


Conference Dates:
Week 1 | June 19-25, 2022
Week 2 | June 26-July 2, 2022
Virtual | June 26-July 2, 2022




To learn more about this conference, please visit the Presbyterian Association of Musicians website. There you will find conference rates, registration information, class descriptions, and the daily schedule.  

BIRTHDAYS for
Sean Orians (27)

BIRTHDAYS
Lee Waltz (5); Fran Shannon (6); Dee McGuire (7); Jessica Orians (12); Clinton Bailey (23);
Casey Gurlen (26); Janet Smith (26);
Shirley Vosburg (29); Phil Shannon (30);
Noah Mercer (31)
 
Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group CLASSROOM A and/or on Zoom

EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
12:30pm CHAIR YOGA in CLASSROOM B

1st Wednesday of the Month
BIBLE STUDY 10:30am in Classroom A

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month
Ellis Small Group 10:15 am

2nd Tuesday of the Month
1:30pm BOOK CLUB in Classroom A

2nd Thursday Evening of the Month
7:00 pm Trouble I've Seen Small Group

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE
Sunday, May 1, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM SUNDAY STUDIES for Spring Begin:
  • "The Book of Forgiveness" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho
  • "Interrupting Silence" by Walter Brueggeman
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Monday, May 2, 2022
Officer Training 6:30pm Classroom A

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
PW Bible Study
10:30am in Classroom A

Sunday, May 8, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM SUNDAY STUDIES for Spring Begin:
  • "The Book of Forgiveness" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho
  • "Interrupting Silence" by Walter Brueggeman
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Monday, May 9, 2022
Officer Training 6:30pm Classroom A

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
BOOK CLUB, with author Phyllis Blackstone
10:30am at the home of Janice & Scott Hill
2110 Hickory Crest Drive, Memphis

Sunday, May 15, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM SUNDAY STUDIES for Spring Begin:
  • "The Book of Forgiveness" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho
  • "Interrupting Silence" by Walter Brueggeman
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Monday, May 16, 2022
OUTREACH COMMITTEE 5:30pm Classroom A


BPC PHOTOS
Worship from Sunday, April 24
Choir with John Gilmer directing & Leiza Collins on piano
Liturgist Jan Kaplan
Charge & Blessing
Rev. Mary Newberg Gale
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
Spring is in full bloom at Becky DeLoach's home
CLOTHES DRIVE
for
JOHNSON AUXILIARY
Men’s Clothing:
  • Men’s Casual Shoes (athletic-type shoes) /Slippers (with backs) (All sizes needed)
  • Men’s Jackets and Hoodies (all sizes) & gloves
  • Men’s Casual Pants—Waist Sizes (All sizes needed, but particularly need sizes 30-36 waist and sizes 44 and up waist)
  • Men’s Casual Pants—Sweatpants (All sizes)
  • Men’s Casual Shirts—long sleeve (All sizes needed, but particularly need sizes XL and up particularly big and tall sizes); button down the front and pullover
  • Men’s underwear and socks (Must be new)—(All sizes)

Women’s Clothing:
  • Women’s sweatpants—all sizes needed
  • Women’s underwear and socks (must be new); all sizes needed
  • Women’s hoodies/casual outerwear (all sizes needed, particularly plus sizes); gloves
  • Women’s casual shoes (athletic-type) /slippers (with backs)—Sizes 9 and up

Other Clothing Related Needs:
  • Umbrellas
  • Rainwear such as ponchos (unisex, preferred)

If items have been previously worn, they must be clean, odor-free, stain-free and not in need of repair.
Your contributions really help and are greatly appreciated! 
(Place items near the Food Cart in the narthex hallway.)
VOLUNTEERS are also needed!
Contact Beverley Hooker for more information!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Pastoral Care is supplied by Pastoral Care Intern Rev. Elizabeth Dick 314.330.0506
       or email elizabethdick2@gmail.com
and our Transitional Pastor
Rev. Mary Newberg Gale 913.481.7427
       or email mngale@balmoralpc.com
    
Session members are your primary contact for ongoing communication. Here's the current contact list:
Lori Blackwelder .... (901) 262-8282 ............... LORIEB1165@yahoo.com
Leiza Collins ........... (901) 246-5031 ..................... leiza1016@gmail.com 
Becky DeLoach ...... (901) 489-3369 ............. BeckyMD2905@gmail.com
Barry Dotson .......... (901) 277-1596 ............... barry.dotson@yahoo.com
Janice Hill ............... (901) 826-9747 ................... janicehill81@gmail.com
Beverly Hooker.........(901) 496-1241 ......................... bev.h@earthlink.net
Ted Pearson home: (901) 754-9796 ...................  pearsonteda@aol.com 
...........................cell: (901) 486-6117
Erich Shultz .............(901) 268-4951 ...................emshultz@bellsouth.net
John Van Nortwick (901) 605-2907 ............ jvnortwick@cornerstone-
systems.com

(NOTE: Many of these Session members work during the day, so you may want to text them or email them.)

Keep in mind that ANY Balmoral member who is healthy will most likely be happy to help you in case of need as well!

To contact other members, the most-current contact information is available by requesting a copy of the BPC PHONE DIRECTORY from Kathy Singleton by email ksingle2@bellsouth.net or by phone or text to (901) 734-7193. 
NEW POLICIES for WORSHIP & BUILDING USE
effective March 6, 2022
Now that the latest surge has passed, Balmoral is REMOVING many of the restrictions:
 
  • Wearing a mask in the church building is optional.
  • Social distancing is still encouraged.
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms of illness are asked to not enter the building.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask, including members of community organizations that use the building.
  • Should a surge in Covid-19 infections prompt the Shelby County Health Department to recommend indoor mask-wearing and social distancing, the task force will convene to decide how to react.
  • Members who test positive for Covid-19 are asked to notify Rev. Elizabeth Dick, who will notify the congregation so members can decide how to respond.
  • To keep the SEED children as safe as possible, the procedures controlling the old end of the building will remain unchanged, except when there is a need for someone to pass through the SEED area.
  • Individuals may bring only water into the sanctuary; food and drink is permitted elsewhere.
  • Passing plates to collect the offering is permitted.
  • The SEED children and staff are allowed to use the new hallway to access the playground and the main bathrooms.
  • The drinking fountains are no longer off limits.
  • The kitchen is no longer off limits.
  • Collections for the Food Cart may resume.
Small Group Meetings in Classrooms A & B must be scheduled with Barry Dotson, barry.dotson@yahoo.com or signed text/cell: 901. 277.1596
THIS ISN'T ENTIRELY OVER YET, HOWEVER!
PLEASE, FOR THE SAFETY OF YOURSELF and ALL THOSE YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR:
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness (EG: sinus infection; flu like symptoms; sore throat; fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea) should consider contacting your Healthcare Provider and let them know you may have been exposed to a breakthrough case of COVID-19 to a fully vaccinated person.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CHURCH
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS

Thank you for continuing to observe the ever-changing policies as we navigate the pandemic together.
To contact the Chair of the BPC COVID-19 Task Force:
Scott Hill - signed text: 901.277.9794
email: sphill1946@gmail.com (NOTE his new email!)
IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO OR HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID    
Contact: The Reverend Elizabeth Dick 314.330.0506 or elizabethdick2@gmail.com
Let Elizabeth know when you were last in church; Give permission for notification to the congregation; Get Tested, if you have not already been; Contact any person or persons you have been with and follow with your doctor's advice.
  • Newsletter Articles & Photos should be emailed to Kathy Singleton at ksingle2@bellsouth.net no later than Monday at noon for the week you want the article in the news.
  • Bulletin Information should be emailed to Rev. Mary Gale, with a copy to Kathy Singleton, no later than Monday noon the week before the Sunday you want the information to appear.
  • Prayer Concerns should be submitted via email to Rev. Mary Gale (mngale@balmoralpc.com) and/or Rev. Elizabeth Dick (elizabethdick2@gmail.com) with a copy to Kathy Singleton at ksingle2@bellsouth.net.
APRIL 2022
online church calendar
The calendar will take a few seconds to load and, once it opens, you will see the month that we are currently in. To see the next month's calendar, click on the arrow pointing down - it is just to the right of the name of the month. Once you click on that arrow, an icon will appear with all the months of the year listed. Click on the month that you want to see. To see a specific date, click on the number of the day you would like to see. The entire 2021-2022 calendar is available to you.