BPC NEWS BRIEF
Wednesday,
August 10, 2022
mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP for THIS SUNDAY

  • CALLED CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, August 21, after worship

  • BOOK CLUB AUGUST 16

  • MIFA NO-GO GALA

  • FALL SUNDAY STUDIES

  • HEALTHY SUMMER DRINKS to HELP COOL OFF

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship 8/7

WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

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


BPC SUMMER SCHEDULE
  • SUNDAY STUDIES will start back up September 11

BPC WORSHIP

Sunday, August 14, 2022

11:00am
IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7
& Hebrews 11: 29 thru 12:2
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 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.
SUNDAY STUDIES is
ON VACATION for the SUMMER
Studies will start up again in September
CALLED
CONGREGATIONAL
MEETING
Sunday, August 21, 2022
after worship
The Session has called a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of electing members of the Pastor Nomination Committee. The 2022 Nominating Committee will give their report and make a motion to nominate members selected to conduct the search for a new, permanent paster.
BOOK CLUB
AUGUST 16, 1:30pm
Classroom A
We will be discussing the book Seed to Dust by Marc Hamer. Janice Hill and Ted Pearson will co-lead the discussion.
The author is an English vagabond turned gardener, philosopher, poet and artist. This journal will mesmerize non-gardeners as much as those with green thumbs, as Hamer reflects on "the cycles of birth, growth, life and decay in nature . . . and the mysteries of being alive."
FALL SUNDAY STUDIES
BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 9:30am in Classroom A!
Our Fall Sunday Studies book study will be:
We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign
by Liz Theoharis.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible proclaims justice and abundance for the poor. Yet these powerful passages about poverty are frequently overlooked and misinterpreted.
Enter the Poor People's Campaign, a movement against racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and religious nationalism. In We Cry Justice, Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the campaign, is joined by pastors, community organizers, scholars, low-wage workers, lay leaders, and people in poverty to interpret sacred stories about the poor seeking healing, equity, and freedom. In a world roiled by poverty and injustice, Scripture still speaks.
Organized into fifty-two chapters, each focusing on a key Scripture passage, We Cry Justice offers comfort and challenge from the many stories of the poor taking action together. Read anew the story of the exodus that frees people from debt and slavery, the prophets who denounce the rich and ruling classes, the stories of Jesus's healing and parables about fair wages, and the early church's sharing of goods. Reflection questions and a short prayer at the end of each chapter offer the opportunity to use the book devotionally through a year.
The Bible cries for justice, and we do too. It's time to act on God's persistent call to repair the breach and fight poverty, not the poor.
LEADERS: Ted Pearson and Cliff Gurlen
MIFA
NO-GO GALA
Dear MIFA friends,

Many of you are familiar with the No-Go Gala, our annual fundraising campaign that asks you to stay home with an activity and donate what you would have spent on a night out to MIFA instead.
This year's No-Go Gala features several of our "MIFA superheroes" in a comic book, photographed by the talented Justin Fox Burks, and our team has been so excited to share the finished product with you. Unfortunately, due to postal service delays resulting in a low rate of delivery, many of you have not received your No-Go mailings yet.
While you wait, I hope you will take a moment to 
and consider making a gift to No-Go. Every donation supports MIFA's programs for seniors and families.

We are grateful to our No-Go hosts, the superheroes featured in the booklet:
The Incredible Crenshaws | Lucia and Hal Crenshaw and their family
Meggan, Daniel, Sadie & Ben Kiel
The Magnificent Malones | Tamera, Skylar, and Tylar Malone and Kaleb Anderson
Gus & Gibby Martin | Children of Hope and Tom Martin
Alison Morris | Daughter of Mary and Paul Morris
The Outstanding Orrs | Pastor Bartholomew Orr and his grandchildren
Evelyn Rakestraw | Daughter of Jeff and Tiffany Rakestraw
The Superb St. Mary’s Seventh Grade Class

Sincerely,
Ellen Whitten
Director of Impact & Communications
Healthy Summer Drinks
to Help Cool Off
Quench your Thirst with These Healthy Summer Drink Recipes
There’s nothing quite like a cool and refreshing drink on a hot summer afternoon. Don’t be tempted to reach for a sugar-laden beverage, though. Save some calories and create your own drinks that everyone will love… plus, each of these options is a much healthier alternative to sugary sweet beverages like bottled sodas and juices.

Fruit-infused iced water
Kick off your summer drink-making experiments with an easy classic: fruit-infused iced water. You can use any combination of fruits or herbs that you like, but here are some ideas to get started:
  • Cucumber, mint, and lime
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries and blackberries
  • Lemon and lime wedges
  • Mango, papaya, and pineapple
Simply slice up your ingredients, toss them into your water, and let them infuse before drinking.

Iced tea
Iced tea is a summer mainstay, and it’s so easy to make. Brew a strong batch of tea, let it cool, and then add ice. But, standard ice tea is often full of extra sugar or other sweeteners, so go easy on the sweet stuff to keep the calorie count low. This recipe for mint iced tea is perfect for summer—all you need is mint tea, water, lemon, and honey. Don’t be afraid to experiment, though! Herbal teas are excellent for making iced tea, so turn that pomegranate rooibos tea into a delicious cold drink
.
Chai iced tea
Who doesn’t love a delicious glass of chai? This delicious tea can also be served cold, and you should really consider making your own chai. The ingredients list appears long, but it’s entirely worth the effort:
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise (found at specialty Chinese or Asian markets)
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 8 allspice berries or 1 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, chopped
  • 6 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
Now, it’s time to prepare your drink! Grind the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, and allspice in a spice grinder or food processor. In a large pot bring water to a boil and add the tea bags and ground spice mixture. Lay your vanilla bean flat, split it, and scrape. Add the vanilla seeds and ginger to the pot, turn the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer 15 minutes. Add the almond milk and return to a boil, and then add agave nectar. Stir thoroughly for 1 minute and remove from heat. Strain into a container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-made chai concentrate.

Acai Zest
This blended acai berry beverage from The Sweat Store absolutely screams “summer!” Here’s what you’ll need for each serving:
  • 6 ounces of frozen acai juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh lemon or lime
  • 3 ounces of seltzer
  • Drizzle of honey
Simply pour the defrosted acai juice and seltzer into a glass filled with ice. Squeeze lemon or lime juice on top. If the drink is too tart, drizzle some honey on top.

Virgin Piña Colada
This sweet summertime cocktail staple is traditionally made with rum, but you can easily turn it into a delicious, alcohol-free beverage:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (such as So Delicious)
  • 2 cups frozen banana puree or banana ice cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup ice
Just toss all of the ingredients into your blender, blend, and enjoy!

  • WORSHIP will be IN-PERSON and LiveStreamed as usual at 11:00am each Sunday all summer!
  • SUNDAY STUDIES will be ON VACATION for the SUMMER (We will start up again September 12)
  • Balmoral Book Club is Tuesday, August 16, at 1:30 p.m.


Check with your Small Group Leaders about their Summer Plans!
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.)
OPPORTUNITIES for OUTREACH
FILL UP
the
FOOD CART!
STEWS & MEATY CHILI
are on the MENU FOR THE
FOOD CART!
St. Luke Methodist Food Pantry needs stews or Chili with meat! Add a can or two to your grocery list this week for the
Food Cart!
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
THE VA WANTS YOUR BOOKS!
GENTLY USED BOOKS WANTED!
The VA has a need, a big one, that won’t cost you any money!  We need books!!! Books in good condition!  BUT we need to be a bit picky…. 
No books that smell of cigarette smoke, no books that have been sitting in open boxes in someone’s garage or attic gathering dust and/or bugs.  We need books of many genres, fiction & non-fiction: histories, mysteries, DIY, westerns, biographies, cookbooks, etc. We’ll take some romances, but most of the folks here aren’t big on the Harlequin variety!!
The VA ALSO NEEDS:
We are in desperate need of the following items: 
  • T-shirts, sizes M and 2XL
  •  Sleep pants/lounge pants, summer weight, sizes 2XL and 3X
  • Deodorant, men’s  
Of course, we always need all sizes of underwear, t-shirts, sleep pants, but we are either out of or down to just a few of the items listed above. And we get requests daily!

Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. 

Karen Pilkington will be collecting the books & clothes – bring them to church in bags or boxes and leave them next to the Food Cart and her DAR chapter will see that they get to the VA.
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!

Lori Lucas (14), Ruby Jean Powell (15), Beverly Hooker (19), Barry Dotson (26) 
 
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

CHECK WITH YOUR SMALL GROUP LEADER for their SUMMER SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 14, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Sunday, August 21, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Sunday, August 28, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Sunday, September 4, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

Sunday, September 11, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM Sunday Studies Begin for Fall in Classroom A
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

BPC PHOTOS
JULY WORSHIP
August 7
Choir
Communion

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
Karen Pilkington......(901) 262-5810 ............karenlpilkington@gmail.com
Erich Shultz ..............(901) 268-4951 ...................emshultz@bellsouth.net
John Van Nortwick....(901) 605-2907 ............ jvnortwick@cornerstone-
systems.com
Linda Warren............(901) 573-2654..............emighwarren1947@gmail.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. 
POLICIES for WORSHIP & BUILDING USE
  • 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.
AUGUST 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.