BPC NEWS BRIEF
Wednesday,
January 12, 2022
mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP & SUNDAY STUDIES for SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
  • NOTE: Another breakthrough COVID-19 case after last Sunday's BPC Worship

  • ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

  • With Omicron Spreading Fast, Experts Say Americans Should Consider Upgrading Their Face Masks
  • Can N95 & KN95 be re-used?

  • UNDER CONSTRUCTION - article in PRESBYTERIANS TODAY

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship, Sunday, January 9
WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
  • WORSHIP IN-PERSON POLICIES & PROCEDURES

REMINDERS:
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CELEBRATION Jan 16, 3:00pm

  • BOOK CLUB for 2022 Jan 18, 1:30pm

  • PRESBYTERY EDUCATION EVENT Jan 29, 9-2 at Farmington (Reservations required)

BPC WORSHIP

Sunday, January 16, 2022


11:00am IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5 & John 2:1-11
Sermon: Seeing God

NOTE: ANOTHER Case of COVID-19 has been reported after being in worship last Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Balmoral Presbyterian Church. See below for more details.
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,
Cliff Stockton and William Warren.
Please read Chapters 3 & 4 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.
This week, the class will cover Chapter 1 in the book.
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!
NOTICE:
Another Case of COVID-19 has been reported after being in worship this past Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Balmoral Presbyterian Church.
 
A worshipper who attended Worship last Sunday, January 2, 2022, has notified us that they tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday this week.
We are notifying all members and regular worshippers of this possible exposure, according to the Balmoral Presbyterian Church COVID-19 Task Force Policy for Worship and Building Use.
 
IF YOU WERE IN WORSHIP on JANUARY 9,
PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT for A POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH CASE:
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness (EG: 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
 
If you test positive after being in Worship on January 2, please also contact Rev. Mary Gale or Rev. Elizabeth Dick.
Contact Mary at 913.481.7427 or email mngale@balmoralpc.com
and Elizabeth at 314.330.0506 or elizabethdick2@gmail.com
 
We invite everyone with symptoms or those who are concerned about the current surge in cases to visit our You Tube channel for Worship this week. The Link will be sent to you on Friday, along with the Worship bulletin and announcements.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
for the
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
after worship Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022
The purpose of the meeting is to elect two members to serve on the Nominating Committee that will present a slate of Elders for the Session Class 2025; Ted Pearson has been elected by the Session as the Chair of the committee. There will also be a brief update on the 2022 plans. Materials for the meeting will be distributed before the meeting in the Newsletter for your review, along with the link to the Zoom meeting. The meeting is planned to be very brief.
 
If you will be unavailable to attend the meeting, you may submit any nominations to Rev. Mary Gale before the meeting by text or email and your nomination will be added to the list of nominations.
With Omicron Spreading Fast,
Health Experts Say Americans Should
Consider Upgrading Their Face Masks
  • Health experts are advising Americans to upgrade masks worn in public to a respirator or a medical-grade surgical mask in order to avoid the highly infectious Omicron variant.
  • N95 masks, also known as respirators, have been proven to provide better filtration and protection over cloth masks made earlier in the pandemic.
  • Research suggests disposable surgical masks are nearly as efficient in filtering nearby airborne particles as respirators when worn correctly, and even more effective when worn with a cloth mask on top.
  • The CDC is considering to upgrade their recommendations for masks to N95, KN95, or Surgical masks.
  • It’s all about how the mask fits – if it doesn’t fit correctly, it is not protecting you or others.
As the pandemic spans into 2022 and more Americans are impacted by the highly infectious Omicron strain, health experts are learning even more about how face masks work to prevent COVID-19 spread. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that Omicron is more easily transmissible than the Delta strain — and now, increasing numbers of health professionals across the country stress that many cloth-based face masks may not provide sufficient protection against Omicron specifically.

Scientists are advising Americans to upgrade masks they've purchased or made reaching back to mid-2020 to better-designed options, particularly advocating for surgical-style disposable masks as well as top-grade N95 or KN95 respirators. Experts have long established that respirators are the best possible option to filter and block contagious SARS-CoV-2 particles (the virus that leads to a COVID-19 diagnosis). But many may be surprised to hear that research like Duke University's landmark 2021 study indicates that disposable surgical masks were the next most effective piece of protection against the virus.
Finding a more protective face mask online or in the wellness aisle is easier now than it was in 2020 and early 2021. Lexie Sachs, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Director, says there are multiple classifications that shoppers can keep an eye out for when looking for well-made masks or respirator options. Primarily, industry organization ASTM provides standards for manufacturers to follow in production. In addition to products that meet ASTM standards, the CDC's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regulates approval for respirators and has published tips for determining when an N95 may be counterfeit.

While a better option than skipping a mask altogether, cloth masks don't block smaller airborne particles from entering your airways while around others as well as other options. This is especially true when you're around others in cramped or poorly ventilated spaces, where respirators like N95s, KN95s or the increasingly popular South Korean KF94 are better to reduce risk.

Cloth masks aren't entirely useless at this point, however, as they're well-suited to amp up the efficacy of a three-ply surgical mask — double masking is still considered largely more effective than a cloth mask alone.
HOW TO SHOP FOR THE BEST FACE MASKS TO PROTECT AGAINST OMICRON:
  1. Consider a respirator or a disposable surgical mask first. There's a reason why healthcare experts at the Mayo Clinic began requiring patients and visitors to wear these medical masks or respirators. There's mounting evidence that these kinds of face coverings are inherently better suited to keep the wearer safe, so consider upgrading your mask collection to include these options.
  2. Choose a mask that's made from nonwoven textiles when possible. Sachs explains these materials are used in things like tea bags and dryer sheets; woven fabrics, on the other hand, are made from yarn and are used to make things like bedsheets, and should be considered secondary options. Avoid cloth masks that are made from a few layers of knit fabrics as they're not as protective.
  3. Look for masks made from multiple layers. Though there are some masks and respirators that have confirmed filtration abilities tied to them, don't stress too much about claims of filtration, as "particle filtration" claims do not always equate to SARS-CoV-2 particles. Instead, look for how many layers the mask is made with, or if it's made with a filter layer or pocket for disposable filter options. A well-designed cloth mask will have multiple layers for efficacy. (Surgical masks should be at least 3-ply. KN95 are usually 4 or 5 layers.)
  4. Keep an eye out for classifications or certifications. To avoid counterfeits, you should always consult NIOSH's full list of approved N95s, and triple check the international respirators you're considering as the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) emergency-based approval of these masks in 2021 has now been rolled back. It's more likely that you'll keep an eye out for ASTM standard F3502, which are a benchmark of standards manufacturers use to ensure their masks are effective. In the case of disposable surgical masks, you'll look for language that suggests the mask "Meets ASTM F2100" level guidelines, which is a separate standard for these medical-style masks. Level 3 is the most protective and readily available online for shoppers to purchase now. (But be very careful on Amazon - fakes and poor quality products slip through. Consider ordering from a reputable medical supply house.

Fit is important! Gaps between the mask and your face let particles IN and allows particles OUT that can infect others. A mask too big allows for gaps at the sides, top and bottom. Masks should therefore have a nose strip that allows the mask to be molded over the bridge of the nose (OR put a strip of non-irritating paper adhesive tape across the top of the mask to seal the mask to the face - great for preventing glasses from fogging, too!) Masks online tend to be "one size fits all" which can be too lose or too tight. KN95 ear loops can be tightened using Silicone Cord adjusters or loosened with ear loop extenders, both available online. (Too tight or too small? Find another brand or look for masks that are sized "for large faces.")

Adapted from Good Housekeeping.
Can you reuse KN95 or N95 masks?
How do you safely do it? 
Can these higher-quality N95 and KN95 masks be used more than once? Some experts say yes — with limitations — as long as it’s done safely. (NOTE: Surgical masks are generally not recommended to be re-used.)

N95 and KN95 respirators are designed for a single use, so reusing them is not ideal. But some experts say that members of the general public should be able to get away with wearing them a few times before they need to be thrown out, if they take certain steps.

“The concern about wearing a mask in public, obviously, if you get particles on it, perhaps even the virus, but if you store it in a dry bag, you are essentially sanitizing again over a period of time,” Dr. Joe Gastaldo, an infectious disease expert at OhioHealth.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, chief medical officer at VeryWell Health, explained the bag isn’t actually sanitizing the mask. The method is about the “process of keeping the mask” from contaminating another person or surface and “keeping a dry environment in order for the virus to not spread or stay on the mask.”
Experts recommend having multiple masks on hand to put them in a rotation. “For an N95, we’d recommend you switch (the mask) every day,” Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, told USA Today. “But, you can rotate them. If you have three masks, (for example), you could number them and switch them around.”

Dr. Jeremy Biggs, chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, said in a blog post that he also recommends rotating KN95 masks and letting them sit for a day before reusing them. He noted that they cannot be washed.

The Navajo Department of Health in Arizona recommends storing one mask per bag and marking who uses it. These bags should be “disposed of or cleaned regularly.” You can also hang the masks in a “designated storage area.”
For those who don't go out daily, the same rotation technique can be adapted by using 3 paper bags and writing the date on the paper bag each time you use it and rotate the oldest date in first. When it's time for a new mask, use a new paper bag as well and simply throw out the mask IN THE BAG for safe disposal!
When to toss your N95 or KN95
These masks cannot be reused indefinitely. Eventually, they’ll need to be thrown out as their effectiveness declines over time, experts say.

In the CDC’s recommendations for a shortage of PPE, it said that each time an N95 is removed and put back on, it weakens and stretches the straps, meaning they’ll no longer be able to “generate enough force to create a tight seal with the face.” Therefore, it recommended limiting the number of times a mask is removed and put back on to five.

Experts told USA Today that it’s important to look for signs that you need to throw your N95 or KN95 away: “fraying, stretched out straps or a deterioration of the mask.”

If your mask is “visibly dirty or damaged,” contaminated with “bodily fluids,” or used in close contact with someone with an infectious disease, it should be thrown out, the Navajo Department of Health said. You should also throw the respirator out if you accidentally touch the inside of it.
The department also recommends limiting reuses to five.
Any time you put on or remove a mask, the CDC says you should wash your hands immediately. Only handle masks by the ear loops or ties and do not touch the mask while wearing it.

SOURCES:
NOTE: This article does not mention the newest respirator, the KF94 made in South Korea and recently adopted by many European countries and approved for use by the FDA as an alternative to the KN95, but it, too, can be re-used in a similar fashion.
 The Presbytery of the Mid South
and
The Greater Memphis Area Chapter
of the
National Black Presbyterian Caucus
 
Invite You to Join Us For Our
 
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
 
Sunday, January 16, 2022
3:00 o’clock pm CST
 
Parkway Gardens United Presbyterian Church
1005 East Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
This is a Presbytery wide celebration. 
 
Natalie Toombs, Regional Representative,
Mid-South Region of the National Black Presbyterian Chapter
 
Live Streamed on Parkway Gardens United Presbyterian Church Facebook page
Mid-South Presbytery Education Day 2022


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Jan Edmiston,
General Presbyter of Charlotte NC Presbytery






FOR MORE INFO:

All BPC book lovers are invited to try out the
BALMORAL BOOK CLUB
in 2022.
Our book for January is Plainsong by Kent Haruf, a story of relationships with the themes of recovery, redemption and kindness. Discussion will be led by Beverly Hooker. Published in 1999, this book is widely available in the Memphis Public Library and on used book websites as well as Amazon. January meeting will be held Tuesday, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Classroom A.
(NOTE the date change for this month!) 
Looking ahead: our February Book will be Epiphany, stories by Ferrol Sams. The title story is about a small town doctor's relationship with an ex-con patient and is both hilarious and poignant. Also available in the Public Library as well as used book sites and Amazon.
NEED a WINTER PICK-ME-UP?
Rev. Ken Rummer's article in Presbyterians Today begins with "In the bleak midwinter, it’s hard to see God at work."
Under construction | Presbyterian Mission Agency

by the Rev. Ken Rummer for Presbyterians Today | Special to Presbyterian News Service Twelve degrees and cloudy-gray, with snow in the forecast. I'm looking out at Christina Rossetti's "bleak midwinter." Across the trail, the builders have a good ...

Read more
www.presbyterianmission.org
Elizabeth Dick (13), Sandra Lamb (13), Anne Hagler (13), Do Kaiser (18), Kathrine Getske (19), Jerry Sparger (19), Janie Pearson (21), Dorothy Stockdale (21),
Janice Hill (23), Amber Baldwin (23),
Glenda Ellis (29), Bob Kaiser (29) 
 
Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group CLASSROOM A and/or on Zoom

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
NOTE: January's meeting will be on January 18

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, January 16, 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

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
1:30pm BOOK CLUB in Classroom A

Sunday, January 23, 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

Sunday, January 30, 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

Sunday, January 30, 2022
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
After BPC Worship 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, January 9, 2022
Introit & Chiming the Hour
John Gilmer, Leiza Collins, Beverly Hooker, Linda Warren
Prelude
John Gilmer
Charge & Blessing
The Rev. Mary Newberg Gale
Choral Leaders
Clinton Bailey, Ted Pearson, Becky DeLoach, Linda Warren
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: hill8910@bellsouth.net
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.
JANUARY 2022
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