mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
  • WORSHIP for SUNDAY February 7

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward by Rev. Cliff Stockton
  • WKNO Specials this month





  • BOOK CLUB for Feb
  • Lenten Devotional available from PCUSA

  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship last Sunday


ONLINE on YouTube at 11:00 am 
Worship with us on our YouTube Channel Sunday morning at 11:00am
 and check our website at 
Our Session is committed to providing worship during the pandemic that reaches everyone. Those of you who do not have computer access or SmartPhone access, Idlewild will continue to broadcast  all of the worship services on the radio 96.1 FM.
Stay at home! Stay Safe!
REMINDER: Everyone who comes onto the BPC property MUST WEAR A MASK, including those who are only in the parking lot. NO ONE is allowed in the building without authorization.
We must help to keep our Worship team and the SEED children safe!

Requests for use of the property (including the parking lot) MUST prepare a proposal to the BPC COVID-19 Task Force (Scott Hill and Mary Schmitz, co-chairs) for review; the task force will review the proposal, then make a recommendation to the Session for consideration.


Balmoral Presbyterian Church
Sunday, February 7, 2021


WORSHIP at 11:00 AM on YouTube
aScriptures: Isaiah 40:28-31 & Mark 1:29-39
a aSermon: "A New Direction"


Sunday, February 7, 2021,
we will again gather at the Lord's Table during our virtual worship service. Please plan for worship that day to bring items for communion to your computer or television.
Communion in other parts of the world is served with various types of breads, crackers, cookies, even tacos. You may break any of these along with Carla as she breaks the Bread of Life. Water, juice, wine or a beverage of your choice can serve as the Cup of Remembrance. 

SUNDAY STUDIES at 10:00am on Zoom
aTTwo classes are available (see details below):
  • Christ in Crisis? by Jim Wallis
  • BIBLE STUDY of Paul's letters
aaaaaaaaPlease read 1st Corinthians chapters 13 & 14 for this Sunday.
(A full schedule for the Winter quarter is available
at the end of this Newsletter under Document Links.)

You will receive emails on FRIDAY & again on SUNDAY with a link to the YouTube site for Worship & a downloadable Sunday Worship Guide and links to the Sunday Studies classes on Zoom. 

The Idlewild service will also still be available at 11:00 am on the radio at 96.1 FM or you can go online to the Idlewild Livestream broadcast at

Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are still available on the 
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Rev. Cliff Stockton,
Pastor, Circle of Faith
In 1926, noted African American Historian Carter G. Woodson, and The Association for the Study of Negro History and Life designated the second week in February as Negro History week. This time period was chosen because it encompassed both Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14. 

Both dates were already considered traditional dates of celebration in the African American community. Carter envisioned expanding the celebration to recognize not only the contributions of Lincoln and Douglass, but to also acknowledge the accomplishments of countless Black men and women who had contributed to the advancement of human civilization. Negro History week was the precursor to the celebration we now recognize as Black History month.  

Although almost a century has passed, the more things change, the more they remain the same. February 2021 does not look vastly different from the era of the 1920s and 30s. In 2020, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among others, were systemically lynched, just as sharecroppers in Elaine, AR were massacred in 1919, as a result of white supremacy. The Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 also mirrored the 1919 Red Summer race riots. 
National Guard during the 1919 Chicago Race Riots.
Photograph by Jun Fujita, courtesy of Chicago History Museum,
In both conflicts, people of color found themselves defending their communities against unjust systemic practices of racism. This venomous hatred and racism was most prominently displayed in the recent January 6 invasion, of the United States Capitol.  My question today is, “where were the Riot police when this egregious defiance against democracy occurred?

“How do we move forward?” I’m glad you asked. After a summer of Black Lives Matter protests, police murdering innocent people on the street in spite of being recorded on live video, and the disproportionate number of deaths of African Americans resulting from the Novel Coronavirus, in addition to the previously named atrocities, it is fair to ask the question, “Where do we go from here?”
For us to move forward, we must meet systemic injustice head on. You cannot conquer what you will not confront. I have lost hope in those White Evangelicals who refuse to denounce racist ideologies. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." I would like to appeal to my White Christian brothers and sisters to dig deep within yourselves and ask the question, “Do I want to perpetuate the evil that seems to be triumphing in this country, or do I want to follow Christ and demonstrate the radical love that conquers evil?” e sent me” (John 17:21).

Such an act requires a greater sacrifice than public acknowledgement of the evil and injustice. This kind of radical love requires speaking up in places and spaces that can be even more uncomfortable. When you are among your friends, family and colleagues, who disparage minorities and other marginalized individuals in your “white only” circles, will you defend me when racial slurs and innuendos are made by those whose relationships you value most? 
Balmoral I am hopeful. The Presbyterian Church has long been a friend of the Civil Rights movement, and the fight against inequality and injustice. In the 1960s, the Presbyterian Church covertly funneled funds into the movement here in Memphis, through a predominantly Black Presbyterian Church pastored by Rev. Ezekial Bell. During that era, Idlewild Presbyterian members led by Pastor Paul Tudor, demonstrated the love of Christ by participating in initiatives to integrate several local institutions including the public library, Memphis State University, the zoo, parks, buses, museums and restaurants. Perhaps some of those individuals were your ancestors or relatives. My prayer is that present day Presbyterians will continue to be angels of light, like these predecessors. One of my favorite vocalists Marvin Gaye said it best; “Only Love can conquer hate.”
 I am also encouraged by the dialogue between Balmoral and Circle of Faith as a result of the zoom forum that the Gurlen’s currently facilitate, “Trouble I’ve Seen.” In these meetings we engage in discussions about the current climate of injustice in this country, and what our responsibility is as believers to come together as the body of Christ, and be examples for the world. I look forward to the day more Balmoral members will participate in the conversation. 

My prayer is that 100 years from now, our children and grandchildren will not look back and say “nothing has changed” with regards to injustice and racism. As Christ’s ambassadors, let us begin now to make the necessary changes to bring His vision to pass, “that they all may be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).

WKNO Celebrates Black History Month
Here are some of the Specials WKNO (Ch 10) will be featuring during February.
Charlie Pride: Star of Hope
February 12, 7:30pm
Music of the Black Church
February 14, 4:00pm
Black Church:
This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
4-hour series tracing the 400 year-old story of the black church in America.
February 16, 8:00pm
February 17, 8:00pm
Driving While Black:
Race, Space & Mobility In America
How the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today.
February 19, 8:00pm
Additional programming is available on WKNO HD-2 if your TV provider or streaming service carries that station.

For more information, go to WKNO's website at
Report from the Congregational Meeting

JANUARY 31, 2021

Balmoral successfully held their very first Social Distancing Annual Congregational Meeting last Sunday on Zoom! About 35 households attended.
The congregation approved the following agenda items:
  • Gordan Brigman and Jessica Orians were approved to join Ted Pearson on the Nominating Committee for the Session class of 2024
  • The Pastor's Call for 2021 for Rev. Carla Meisterman was approved
  • The Call for 2021 for the Parish Associate Rev. Anne Hagler through the end of May, at which time Anne will retire after the PW Bible Study on June 3

3 ELDERS for the SESSION CLASS of 2024

The 2021 Nominating Committee will begin working together to discern the names of three members who are called as Ruling Elders in the Session Class of 2024.
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 2024, please speak to the chair of the 2021 Nominating Committee, Ted Pearson, or send the information about your nomination to Ted by email or by phone or text him at (901) 486-6117
For each Nomination, please provide the following Information: 
·       NAME of the person to be considered for the Class of 2024
·       COMMENTS (optional)
·       YOUR NAME
If you have questions about the process for nominations, please contact Ted Pearson, Jessica Orians, Gordon Brigman, or Rev. Carla Meisterman.
_____________________________________________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
         2021             2022                        2023
aaaCathy Bailey     Becky DeLoach       Lorie Blackwelder
aaaFrank Carney     Barry Dotson            Leiza Collins
aaaDon Lamb     John Van Nortwick      Ted Pearson
Thank you for prayerfully considering the people who are called to lead our church as Ruling Elders on the Session for the next three years. Please submit your nominations by no later than Sunday, February 28. 
Rev. Anne Hagler to Retire
Rev. Anne Hagler has been with us for several years as Balmoral's Parish Associate, lovingly supporting the congregation and Rev. Carla Meisterman in our ministry. We have been blessed to have her talents and her joyful caring of our congregation.

At the Congregational meeting, Anne shared that she would be "retiring" as our Parish Associate as of June 3 this year.

"I have been honored to work with you and the wonderful Balmoral congregation. You have given me the opportunity to continue my ministry in a way that benefitted me as well as the people of Balmoral, and I am grateful," Anne said.
"And thank you for your support, your affirmation of my gifts, and the ways you have encouraged me to tend to the spiritual needs of the congregation we both love. Working with you and them has been both a privilege and a joy."

The staff and congregation give our thanks to Anne for the years she has been with us, wish her blessings in whatever comes next for her and hope that she finds time to visit us often!
Sunday Classes
10:00-11:00am on Zoom
NOTE the change in time!
The time change was recommended by the Formation Committee and approved by the Session in order to accommodate Circle of Faith’s members in attending classes after their worship service.
Christ in Crisis ?
by Jim Wallis

Writing in response to our current "constitutional crisis," New York Times bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.

The author provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today.  
Cliff Gurlen and Renee Mitchell 
Bible Study
This class continues to the next 2 New Testament books, Pauls' letters to the Corinthians and Galatians.

Clinton Bailey, Stanley Gates,
Cliff Stockton and William Warren
Our own
has been supplying many of us Girl Scout cookies in the past.....
This year, she isn't letting the Pandemic stop her!

This year, Amelia is ONLINE!
All of your favorites can be ordered and shipped directly to you OR delivered by Amelia which she and her mom Lori would love to do. 
QUESTIONS? Contact Lori Lucas at
(NOTE: CORRECTED email for Lori!)
Tuesday February 9, 2021 1:30pm
The BPC Book Club welcomes all book lovers to join us on the second Tuesday of each month to enjoy books together. If you have ever been curious about the book club but hesitant to commit, please "visit" our next Zoom meeting, Tuesday, February 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m., when we will discuss our February book selection
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen, led by Cynthia Stanley.
This best selling non-fiction book was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Vogue, NPR, and The Washington Post. Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless” in the first year of WWII, the height of the air war over Britain. 
Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family and his closest advisers.

Looking ahead, here are the books we have identified for the rest of the year: 

March 9: The Nikel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Led by Do Kaiser
April 13: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, Led by Kathrine Getske
May 11: All Over But the Shouting by Ricky Bragg, led by Cathy Bailey
June 8: The Overstory by Richard Powers, led by Bob Kaiser

A new Lenten devotional addresses the history of racial injustice to empower readers for racial justice 
For many in the United States, the summer of 2020 served as a moment of renewed attention to the disease of racial inequality and injustice in our country. But in order to look forward in our pursuit of antiracism, we must also look back and acknowledge our history. To help churches address the difficult work of examining the history of American slavery, Cheri L. Mills offers her new Lenten devotional,

Her new 40-day devotional centers on Lenten themes — exodus, redemption, discipline, and repentance — to empower both Black and white readers for the work of addressing racial injustice. To confront our history, each day includes the testimony of a person who escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, a Scripture passage, and a reflection connecting biblical and historical themes.

“If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to become more antiracist, “Lent of Liberation” is a great place to start,” says Kerry Connelly, author of “Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice.”

Lent of Liberation” is now available online from
by Dr. Edward McNulty, Visual Parables
Special to Presbyterian News Service
Despite the pandemic, it was a good year for films, according to one longtime critic
Dr. Edward McNulty delivers his list of top 10 films for people of faith to see.

LOUISVILLE — Despite the curtailment of theater-going by the pandemic, 2020 was nonetheless a good one for those looking for films that do more than entertain us. I was again hard-pressed to pare down to just 10 my list of 20 or so films dealing seriously with ethics or social justice. Thus, as usual, you will find at the end of the article a list of other worthy films you should also watch before the end of the year.

Many of the films are R rated, which means unfortunately that some churches will refuse to watch and discuss them. Still, I hope those with qualms about such films will watch them in private because of their dealing honestly with important issues. Indeed, in a majority of the films below, racism rears its ugly head, adding to the film’s importance during this time of debate over Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the resurgence of white nationalism.

To read more about a film, click on the title. Embedded in it is a link to the full review on my Visual Parables website. In the issues of Visual Parables in which the review appears there are sets of questions for groups wanting to explore the films in depth.

The Scripture passages connect with the film’s spiritual and/or ethical themes. This is in keeping with the intention of all my Visual Parable reviews to help people connect the concerns of the Scripture writers with those of the filmmakers. The cover of every issue of my journal includes the motto “Film and Faith in Dialogue.” Therefore, we present to you 10 films that will enrich that dialogue. These are movies that do far more than merely entertain you — though they do that too.

1.     Revolution of the HeartNot Rated. 58 min Hebrews 13:2
Martin Doblmeier adds this trenchant survey of the life of American activist Dorothy Day to similar biographies he has made of the martyred German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, medical missionary Albert Schweitzer, pastor-theologian of Black resistance Howard Thurman, and soon to come, Jewish thinker Abraham Joshua Heschel. We see how through the years Day fought for women’s right to vote and for relief for the poor and protested racism, war and militarism while sheltering the homeless and feeding the poor. Seldom mincing words, this woman who before she birthed her daughter aborted her out-of-wedlock fetus, probably would not approve of the Church preparing to declare her a saint. Her courage, along with her fallibility, inspires us today, and her newspaper and chain of houses of hospitality continue to care for the poor long after her death 40 years ago.
2.     Da 5 BloodsRated R. 2 hours 34 min. Psalm 38:17-18
Spike Lee, director of a host of anti-racist films such as “The BlacKkKlansman” and “Do the Right Thing,” continues his exposure of racism in this combination of war story, buddy road trip, father-son, and character development film. Four Black Vietnam War vets and the son of one of them travel to Vietnam to honor their fallen mentor and find his body — and to retrieve a buried treasure the mentor had assured them that they deserved as compensation for the burden of racist oppression they had endured. One of them wrestles with great guilt, and amidst tragedy finds peace of soul. Despite the blood and violence, this is a very spiritual story, the bookend quotes from Muhammed Ali and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. underlining the film’s relevance to today’s events.
3.     HamiltonRated PG-13. 2 hours 43 minutes. Proverbs 4:411:2
The crucial leaders and events of the founding of our nation are told in drama and rap music from a Black perspective in this fascinating film with its colorblind cast. The soul-destroying compromises of overly ambitious Aaron Burr and the hypocrisy of slave owners spouting freedom slogans are on display, as are blinding ambition and, after the death of Hamilton in their infamous duel, aching regret. The play is named after Founding Father and our first Secretary of the Treasury, but Aaron Burr is just as much at the heart of the story. The tender anti-racist song from South Pacific is evoked when Burr says, “You’ve got to be carefully taught,” and the tragic but necessary acceptance of slavery written into the Constitution is squarely faced. I should add that women also get a word or two in. This well-filmed stage play is both a celebration and a critique of those who founded our Republic, and also an invitation to reflect on how we can improve upon their work.
4.     News of the WorldRated PG-13. 1 hour 58 minutes. Psalm 10:14
The very title of Paul Greengrass’s film connects with the present in which those who report and publish the news have been under severe attack here and in autocratic countries around the world. Tom Hanks’ widower Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd may be an ex-Confederate officer traveling from town to town in Texas, but as he reads to his audiences news accounts of the constitutional amendments giving full rights to those formerly enslaved, he does not seem to share in his audiences’ hostility toward them. His compassionate heart leads him to escort a little white girl, orphaned and then raised by a tribe of Kiowa, on the long journey to find her relatives. Along the way he defends her from predators and stands against a local tyrant who insists that he read fake self-glorifying news rather than that from legitimate newspapers. The captain’s final decision in which he chooses to embrace the kinship that had grown between him and the girl cheers the heart of viewers, offering us a small candle of love and compassion amidst a sea of dark racism and hatred that still lingers in “the land of the free.”
5.     Ma Rainey’s Black BottomRated R. 1 hour 34 min. 2 Cor. 4:8-9
What a combination of the pervasiveness of racism and Black pushback the late playwright August Wilson has bequeathed us! In a white-dominated music industry, the famous blues singer makes her demands, winning small victories when the recording studio manager gives in. She knows that he needs her if he is to make any money from her talent, which is in much demand by the public. The terrible effect of racism on its victims is well demonstrated in the tragic story of Ma Rainey’s horn player. And the ending in which the Black music is taken over by white musicians is a powerful indictment of a society that has accepted for far too long white privilege based on the belief in white superiority. The fact that this film was made mostly by Black filmmakers is itself a sign of hope.
6.     The Trial of the Chicago 7Rated R. 2 hours 9 min. Psalm 94:15
The country during the Vietnam War era was almost as deeply divided as now, with truth and justice often thrust aside. The film makes clear that the trial of the activists in Chicago began in a Washington office wherein the U.S. Attorney General instructed his prosecutor to seek the conviction of the prominent activists who had come to Chicago to protest the 1964 Democratic Convention. A Black Panther leader was thrown in with them as part of the government’s murderous war on a party deemed dangerous to the white power establishment. The absurdity of the presiding judge stands in contrast to the dignity of the defendants and their lawyer. Well, some, as the leader of the Yippie activists adds quite a lot of humor to the proceedings. That justice at last emerged from the protracted trial gives hope that it still will prevail over the moral morass of the recent past. 
7.     One Night in MiamiRated R. 1 hours 54 min. Matthew 5:15-16
This fascinating speculation of what might have transpired during the real night when four powerful Black friends gathered to celebrate boxer Muhammad Ali’s unexpected (by whites) title victory over Sonny Liston offers us all an opportunity to listen to the icons discussing personal and racial matters. Malcolm X, filled with foreboding about his break with the vengeful leader of the Nation of Islam, acts as friend and prosecutor of his three companions as he seeks to get them to become more active in the struggle against white racism. Humanized by the scenes in which he interacts with his wife and his daughter, he seems to want two of the others (Jim Brown and Sam Cooke) to step up more because he realizes his time is limited. (I write “two” because he has already convinced Cassius Clay to join the Nation of Islam.) No matter what actually transpired on that February night in 1964, Regina King’s film helps us understand the thinking and values of four Black icons. 
8.     MankRated R. 2 hours 13 minutes. Mark 8:36
The making of a film usually is of interest to film fans, but when that film has been ranked by many critics as the greatest film ever made, it takes on a far more universal appeal. Especially when it includes themes of friendship, the struggle for power and its misuse, and the threat to the freedom of expression in a land that too often has curtailed that right. The film is “Citizen Kane,” the friendship is that between the alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and director Orson Welles. The threat to freedom is newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, whose long career as power broker is the inspiration of the script Mank is working on. The contentious relationship between Mank and Welles and the ways in which the two stand up to Hearst and the studio bosses forced to do the latter’s bidding make for exciting viewing. This is a David vs. Goliath story, and though the victory of the former is only partial, Goliath is wounded but still strong enough to prevent David’s stand-in from ever working again in the Hollywood studio system.
9.     A Thousand CutsNot Rated. 1 hour 39 min. Isaiah 59:14-15
This was a good year for documentaries, so from a large group of excellent ones I chose one that deals with crucial issues — namely, the concentrated attack on the press and truth and the use of social media to spread lies, big and small. Through interviews and archival footage we follow the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte as he attacks reporters who dare to reveal the murderous ways he is fighting his so-called drug war and the way in which his sycophants use social media to smear reporters such as Maria Ressa and her staff of the news outlet she has founded, Rappler. Facing arrest and assassination, she carries on her fight for truth and freedom, commenting to her New York sister about the rulers of their two nations, “They both use anger and fear to divide and conquer. They’ve created a politics of hate. We need to put hope and love, but I’m going to sound schmaltzy. It’s not with hate but with hope and love, we hold the line.” 
10. SoulRated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes. Acts 20:35
Although the metaphysics of this film about purpose and death are derived from dualistic Neoplatonism and Hinduism, Christians young and old can enjoy and benefit from this story of two souls dealing with death and birth. One has lived and does not want to stop, and the other resists entering into life because nothing in the world seems good or worthwhile. How each changes for the better makes for an amusing and exciting road trip-like film. This is the first Pixar film to feature an African American protagonist, but racism is not the subject. It is their discovery that the meaning or purpose of life is to live with and for others and not for oneself. something that people of all faiths can agree upon.

 These too are films that you will find challenging and memorable:

Dr. Edward McNulty is a Presbyterian film-loving minister who has been connecting film and faith for over 40 years. Three of his 14 books have been published by Westminster John Knox Press 



GERMANTOWN BAPTIST & 11 WALMART sites are now taking appointments for vaccines, depending on availability and by APPOINTMENT ONLY!

The opening day of the newest vaccination location at Germantown Baptist Church went smoothly on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at times handling about 180 people an hour. At other times, however, the line to the rear parking lot at Germantown Baptist Church moved through with a pace that the entire process took less than an hour.

The church location near the Germantown-Collierville border marked Shelby County’s first vaccination site outside Memphis. The drive-thru operation opened shortly before 9 a.m. and served people who were receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

Those eligible for the second dose at Germantown Baptist are people who received their first dose of Moderna between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3. 
The site is a regional site, and not just for residents of the two suburbs.

Vaccinations at Germantown Baptist will continue this week from Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Some appointments remain available, and those eligible to receive the second Moderna vaccine may register online here .

People in Shelby County may also be able to get their coronavirus vaccines at one of 11 local WALMARTs this week. They will be APPOINTMENT ONLY, and only offered to eligible people in accordance with the vaccination phases. To reserve an appointment, users will have to create a account.

Walmart locations that will offer COVID-19 vaccines:
  • 8480 Highway 64
  • 6520 Memphis Arlington Road
  • 8400 U.S. Highway 64
  • 560 West Poplar Ave.
  • 577 North Germantown Parkway
  • 3950 Austin Peay Highway
  • 6990 East Shelby Drive
  • 5255 Elvis Presley Blvd.
  • 2856 Hickory Hill Road
  • 6727 Raleigh Lagrange Road
  • 7525 Winchester Road 

These sites are currently NOT SHOWING on the availability website for Walmart, but you can check daily at the Walmart vaccine site at and scroll down to the STORE FINDER at the bottom of this page.

The doses for Walmart, 3,000 to 4,000, are coming directly from the Centers for Disease Control and will be in addition to the now 11,900 weekly doses allotted to Shelby County.

Currently, the county is only vaccinating those in groups 1a1 and 1a2, along with people aged 75 and older

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Pete Addicott (8), Jane Rousseau (10), Rick Pride (24), Art Hall (25),
Emmy Orians (27), Rosie Schmitz (28)

Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group via Zoom

1st Wednesday of the Month
Bible Study with Presbyterian Women 10:30 am

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

2nd Tuesday of the Month
BOOK CLUB meets via Zoom

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

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

Sunday, February 7, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM Worship & Communion Service via YouTube

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1:30pm BOOK CLUB on Zoom

Sunday, February 14, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM Worship Service via YouTube

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
ASH WEDNESDAY Worship & Communion Service
6:30pm on YouTube

We work every 1st and 3rd Thursday. 
Colonial Park UMC
5330 Park Ave


Pastoral Care will be supplied by Rev. Carla Meisterman
       and by Rev. Anne Hagler as a backup.
Rev. Carla Meisterman 901.235.1014 
       or email
Rev. Anne Hagler 901.628.2104 or
The current Session members have been re-aligned to be your primary contact for ongoing communication. Here's the new contact list:
Lori Blackwelder .... (901) 262-8282 ...............
Cathy Bailey ........... (901) 481-6395 ..............
Frank Carney ...........(901) 337-4917 .............
Leiza Collins ........... (901) 246-5031 ..................... 
Becky DeLoach ...... (901) 489-3369 .............
Barry Dotson .......... (901) 277-1596 ...............
Don Lamb ............... (901) 754-5530 ............................
Ted Pearson home: (901) 754-9796 ................... 
...........................cell: (901) 486-6117
John Van Nortwick (901) 605-2907 ............ jvnortwick@cornerstone-

(NOTE: Many of these Session members are working 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 or by phone or text to (901) 734-7193. 
BPC Worship 
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Prelude "All Creatures of our God and King"
Leiza Collins, piano
Hymn 172 "Blest Are They"
Prayer of Confession
Musical Offering "Be Thou My Vision"
Linda Warren, Ellie Gurlen, Kristen Gurlen, Janice Hill, Bells;
Leiza Collins, piano
Hymn 181 "Silence! Frenzied, Unclean Spirit"
Linda and William Warren, Pete Addicott, vocalists
John Gilmer and Fran Addicott, cello; Leiza Collins, piano
We have been keeping reference articles in the Newsletter each week throughout the summer. It's time to take them out, BUT some of these may still be helpful, so we will store them and give you links to them, but eliminate them from the body of the newsletter itself.
  • Newsletter Articles & Photos should be emailed to Kathy Singleton at no later than Monday at noon for the week you want the article in the news.
  • Bulletin Information should be emailed to Rev. Carla Meisterman, 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 continue to be submitted via email to Rev. Carla Meisterman (
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 calendar is available to you.