BPC NEWS BRIEF
Wednesday,
February 23, 2022
mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP & SUNDAY STUDIES for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

  • NOMINATIONS for ELDER CLASS of 2025

  • ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

  • NEWS from the SESSION

  • A Psalm 27 Prayer for the People of Ukraine from Presbyterian Outlook

  • PW BIBLE STUDY March 2

  • BOOK CLUB March 8

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship, Sunday, February 20
  • Black History & Rev. King Celebration at Parkway Gardens

WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
  • WORSHIP IN-PERSON POLICIES & PROCEDURES


REMINDERS:
  • LENTEN DEVOTIONALS
  • Things to Do in Memphis during BLACK HISTORY MONTH


BPC WORSHIP

Sunday, February 27, 2022


11:00am IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35 & Luke 9:28-36
Sermon: A Moment of Clarity
CIRCLE of FAITH WORSHIP at 8:30am
IN BPC's Fellowship Hall
Everyone is invited to join Circle of Faith's
In-Person worship service! To enter the building, use Office door to the Fellowship Hall.

Bible Study of Matthew 
led by Clinton Bailey, Stanley Gates and William Warren.
Please read Chapters 15 & 16 for this week.
Meets in Classroom A.
Book Study of "His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis" 
by Jon Meacham; led by Cliff Gurlen and Audrey Davis.
Meets in the Fellowship area
We will still send an email on FRIDAY with the Sunday Worship Guide & a link to the LiveStream on YouTube. 

Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are still available on the 
REMINDERS
EVERYONE IS REQUIRED to WEAR MASKS, whether vaccinated or not, and is asked to keep Social Distancing.
SEE BELOW for POLICIES and PROCEDURES.

WEAR YOUR NAME TAGS!
(if you need a new Name Tag, please send an email to the church office at balmoral@balmoralpc.com)
NOMINATIONS NEEDED for
3 ELDERS for the SESSION CLASS of 2025
The 2022 Nominating Committee will begin working together to discern the names of three members who are called as Ruling Elders in the Session Class of 2025.
 
You are able to make nominations by email or text as indicated below. We will need one person to serve on the Outreach Committee, one person to serve on the Operations Committee and one person to serve on the Formation Committee.  
 
If you would like to nominate a person or persons to serve in the Class of 2025, please speak to the chair of the 2022 Nominating Committee, Ted Pearson, or send the information about your nomination to Ted by email pearsonteda@aol.com or by phone or text him at (901) 486-6117There will also be forms for nominations on the back sanctuary table that can be filled in and placed in the offering plate.
 
For each Nomination, please provide the following Information: 
  • NAME of the person to be considered for the Class of 2025
  • COMMENTS (optional)
  • YOUR NAME
 
If you have questions about the process for nominations, please contact Ted Pearson, Lisa Koffman, Phil Shannon, or Rev. Mary Gale.
Please get all nominations to Ted by Sunday, Feb 27.
The Role of a Ruling Elder
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government
of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons
with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit
and governance of God's people. Accordingly, congregations should
elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated
skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. 
Ruling elders...are chosen by the congregation to discern and 
measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and 
nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching 
elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and
discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation
 as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.
When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully 
as members of the session. When elected as commissioners 
to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the
same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
Book of Order, G-2.0301 _____________________________________________
 
Please speak to the person you nominate before placing their name into nomination to express your belief that they are called to serve on Session.
Members of the Current Session Classes
Ash Wednesday
Worship Service
March 2, 6:00pm
Lent begins Wednesday, March 2, 2022, with our
Ash Wednesday Service of Imposition of Ashes.
Join us in the sanctuary at 6:00pm.

NEWS
from the SESSION
At the February 20 Session meeting:
  • The Session has approved a motion for the church to resume the practice of Communion at the small tables in the sanctuary beginning March 6 worship under the following guidelines: No more than four people can stand at a table at one time, and they must be masked except when they are partaking of communion. Single servings of bread and juice will be on the communion trays at the tables. These limitations will allow the congregation to maintain Covid-19 protocols while limiting the chances of transmission.
  • The Session has approved the purchase and installation, from Interface Security Systems, two (2) digital cameras to monitor the church parking lot as a capital expenditure
A Psalm 27 Prayer for the People of Ukraine
February 20, 2022 by Teri McDowell Ott
“Whom shall I fear?”

Creator God, this question of Psalm 27 is not rhetorical for the Ukrainians who are threatened by the buildup of Russian troops and saber-rattling on their borders.

Lord, be their light and their salvation. Protect the Ukrainians whom we watch on the nightly news — the elder veteran pacing an old army trench, the grandmother in her pink housecoat taking up arms, the mother and her teenagers practicing at the shooting range, the common citizens answering the call to protect their homeland, their communities, and their right to live free and secure. Strengthen President Zelenskyy as he jets from one country to the next, rallying the support of allies, while also attending to his citizens and walking the streets to encourage and reassure them.

We seek your presence also in Russia and among her troops. Save those called to kill by leaders far removed from the blood, trauma and moral injury of war. Open the hearts of political leaders who prioritize power over people.

Bless the efforts of diplomacy, that peace may soon be seen as the most profitable and proven path. Until that day when peace shall reign, until that day when enemies stop “breathing out violence” at the borders of the innocent, let us hold onto the promise that we “shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” On behalf of those who suffer and struggle, we wait and we pray and we listen to the psalmist. “Be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Amen.

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, March 2
10:30 AM in Classroom A
Join us for our monthly Bible Study,
exploring Jesus' genealogy in Matthew
"What My Grandmothers Taught Me"
Everyone is welcome!
BOOK CLUB
1:30pm Tuesday, March 8
in Classroom A
A Century of November
by W.D. Wetherell
This month's book selection is about the end of World War I, yet transcends a single event, to the most universal emotions of surviving family. 
Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novel, it is a haunting story of the power of death, the pain of loss, and the possibility of hope.
Ted Pearson will lead the discussion.
FEBRUARY is
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
THINGS TO DO IN MEMPHIS FOR
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2022
The city of Memphis played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement and you will experience firsthand the struggles, triumphs, and music along with larger-than-life legends like Dr. king and many unsung heroes who fought alongside him.  
There are plenty of places worth exploring for Black History Month including the following attractions:
  1. The National Civil Rights Museum
  2. Beale Street
  3. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum inside the historic Burkle Estate
  4. The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange  
  5. Ernest Withers Collection Museum
  6. Historic First Baptist Beale Street
  7. MLK Reflection Park
  8. I AM A MAN Plaza
  9. The Blues Hall of Fame
  10. Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  11. W.C. Handy Home and Museum
Read more about these places at https://passportsandgrub.com/black-history-memphis/
LENTEN DEVOTIONS for 2022
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
Rick Pride (24), Art Hall (25),
Emmy Orians (27), Rosie Schmitz (28) 
BIRTHDAYS

Robin Ashworth (4), Bill Hooker (13),
Robin Van Nortwick (20), John Gilmer (27)
 
Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group CLASSROOM A and/or on Zoom

EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
12:30pm CHAIR YOGA in the Sanctuary

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
in Classroom A

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE
Sunday, February 27, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM SUNDAY STUDIES: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Bible Study meets in Classroom A
  • "His Truth is Marching On" meets in the Fellowship area
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary & on LiveStream

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
10:30am PW Bible Study in Classroom A

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Ash Wednesday Service of Imposition of Ashes and Communion
6:00m in the sanctuary

Sunday, March 6, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM SUNDAY STUDIES: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Bible Study meets in Classroom A
  • "His Truth is Marching On" meets in the Fellowship area
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

PLEASE NOTE: The Church Office will NOT be staffed. Please continue to use your contact lists to reach us!
REMINDERS: We must help to keep the SEED children safe!
Please do not enter the SEED area of the building without authorization and be sure to wear masks around the children.

Small Group Meetings in Classrooms A & B must be scheduled with Barry Dotson, barry.dotson@yahoo.com or signed text/cell: 901. 277.1596

Requests for other uses of the property (including the parking lot) MUST prepare a proposal to the BPC COVID-19 Task Force (Scott Hill, chairperson) for review; the task force will review the proposal, then make a recommendation to the Session for consideration.

BPC PHOTOS
WORSHIP SERVICE
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Prelude "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us"
Linda Warren, piano; Ben Legett, Interim Choir Director
Musical Offering
“Ubi Caritas"
Fran Addicott, Linda Warren, Frank Carney on piano
BLACK HISTORY &
REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION at PARKWAY GARDENS PRESBYTERIAN FEBRUARY 20, 2022
Speakers from around the Mid-South highlighting black leaders in history. Music began with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and ending with “We Shall Overcome.” Closing by Rev. James Gale, Executive Presbyter of the Mid-South:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

The LiveStream is available on Parkway Garden’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=search&v=355116119621213
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

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 this week will be supplied by Pastoral Care Intern Rev. Elizabeth Dick 314.330.0506
       or email elizabethdick2@gmail.com
You may also reach out to our Transitional Pastor
Rev. Mary Newberg Gale at 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. 
CURRENT WORSHIP PROCEDURES
Due to New CDC Recommendations regarding the Delta Variant the following will be observed:
  • Masks will be worn in the building at all times
  • Social Distancing of 6 feet will be observed at all times; please avoid close contact with others, such as hugging or shaking hands. Greet each other with elbow bumps instead!
  • Pastor will be masked at all times except at the pulpit when she is preaching and leading worship
  • Choral leaders will be masked at all times except when they sing or lead liturgy
  • Musicians will be masked at all times, except those who play brass or wind instruments
NOTE that CONGREGATIONAL SINGING restrictions have been REMOVED! The Congregation invites all vaccinated, masked worshippers to join their voices!
UPDATED 12/2021:aa
The Session approved motions from the BPC COVID-19 Task Force the following changes to Balmoral's procedures:
(1) The congregation is permitted to sing, but must wear masks;
(2) the choir is no longer limited to 12 singers, but all must wear masks;
(3) sharing the peace is permitted, but the congregation must be masked and socially distanced;
(4) communion may resume, with details worked out by Rev. Gale and the worship team, followed by approval by the Covid-19 Task Force;
(5) fully vaccinated church officers and volunteers may resume use of the church office, continuing to follow protocols (masked and distanced) and using only a direct path to and from the office from the entrance closest to the office;
(6) As we begin to lift restrictions, the Session encourages unvaccinated individuals to remain safe by joining us on live-stream rather than worshipping in person.

NOTE: Since the church office will NOT be manned and the outside doors remain locked, those needing access to the church office will need a key or be with someone who has a key. Please continue to stay vigilant about keeping the SEED children safe by avoiding going into their area. Thank you!
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. Elizabeth Dick (elizabethdick2@gmail.com) with a copy to Kathy Singleton at ksingle2@bellsouth.net.
FEBRUARY 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.