mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK
  • WORSHIP for SUNDAY JANUARY 17

  • ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING January 31, 2021

  • SUNDAY STUDIES for WINTER QUARTER

  • COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE

  • WHERE to GET GIRL SCOUT COOKIES this year

  • AROUND MEMPHIS & TN
  • VACCINE NEWS

  • PC(USA) NEWS:
  • "Whenever You Stand for Justice, Love and Inclusion, You Stand for God."
  • Stated Clerk LIVE Thur, Jan 14 on FB Discussing Capitol Attack



WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship last Sunday


LINKS to DOCUMENTS:






ONLINE on YouTube at 11:00 am 
 The BUILDING is CLOSED
BUT  
BALMORAL is OPEN !
Worship with us on our YouTube Channel Sunday morning at 11:00am
 and check our website at www.balmoralpc.com/ 
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.


Worship

Balmoral Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 17, 2021

 

                                  
WORSHIP at 11:00 AM on YouTube
aScriptures: Psalm 139:1-6, Proverbs 18 (selected verses) & John 1:43-51
a aSermon: "The Consequences of Language"


SUNDAY STUDIES at 9:45am 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 3 to 5 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 
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

SUNDAY,
JANUARY 31, 2021
12:00 noon on Zoom
Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 31, 2021 for our Annual Congregational Meeting on Zoom at 12:00 pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect members to serve on the Nominating Committee that will present a slate of Elders for the Session Class 2024; there will also be a brief update on the 2021 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. Carla Meisterman before the meeting by text or email and your nomination will be added to the list of nominations.
WINTER SUNDAY STUDIES
Sunday Classes
through March 28, 2021
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.  
                        
Leaders: 
Cliff Gurlen and Renee Mitchell 
Bible Study
This class continues to the next 2 New Testament books, Pauls' letters to the Corinthians and Galatians.
Please read 1st Corinthians chapters 3 to 5 for this Sunday.


Leaders: 
Clinton Bailey, Stanley Gates,
Cliff Stockton and William Warren
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE EARLIER LAST SUMMER

Today, January 7, 2021….cold and rainy day….. Barry Dotson, Fran Shannon, Janice Hill, William Warren and Scott Dawson all worked the Colonial Park food drive. We served about 500 families. During our prayer it was noted that funding to this worthwhile project will be different this year.

The bottom line is it will cost about $450 more per drive….QUITE THE BARGAIN!!

I polled our group and we offered $900 (2 dates). The funds will come out of Outreach MISC. Very worthwhile and our dollars will be following our hands!!

On a side note, THEY HAD 15 SLOTS filled by the end of the day.

Scott Dawson

IF ANYONE IS CALLED TO SERVE....
We work every 1st and 3rd Thursday. 
See ya Thursday 1/21!!

CONTACT SCOTT DAWSON for more INFORMATION
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ONLINE! lling headline
Our own
AMELIA LUCAS
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 lorilucas@gmail.com
BOOK CLUB
Tuesday February 9, 2021 1:30pm
Book Club had a great zoom visit and discussion of "Their Eyes Were Watching God", led by Ted Pearson, this week. 
Everyone is welcome to join us for our next Book Club Tuesday, February 9. We will discuss the book 
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen.
Cynthia Stanley will lead the discussion.
This book was named one of the best books of the year (2020) 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. 

Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—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.


IN THE NEWS AROUND MEMPHIS
VACCINE UPDATE:
SHELBY COUNTY is TAKING APPOINTMENTS
BUT ALL SLOTS for JANUARY are ALREADY FILLED UNTIL MORE VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE.

With the federal government asking states to now begin vaccinating those people 65 and older, representatives from the Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday they’ll follow guidance from the state on the issue. 
But Shelby County is only getting an allotment of 8,900 doses a week for the remainder of January. Appointments for 75+ has started at the Pipkin Building at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds but all available slots for January filled within hours of the site opening.

So it is still on a day-by-day announcements on who is eligible and how many appointments are available.
State Also Launched online COVID vaccine eligibility tool
The state created an online tool last week to help people know when they will be eligible to receive the vaccine. With a simple question and answer format tells you which group you are in and whether or not you are currently eligible for the vaccine, and you can opt in to be notified by phone, text, or email when you ARE Eligible.

NOTE: This tool does NOT schedule you for appointments - you will need to use the Shelby County site above for appointments.
Family & friends visiting? Going to visit a gathering? How safe will you be? Click the link here: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/
‘Whenever you stand for justice, love and inclusion, you stand with God’
by Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service/ January 7, 2021
PC(USA) Washington office coordinator speaks out about Capitol attack on Epiphany
The U.S. Capitol Building (Photo courtesy of the Office of Public Witness)
LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Wednesday was Epiphany, the day that marks the end of the Christmas season and God’s revelation of hope to the Earth in Jesus Christ.

This year’s observance, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) points out, was marred by the violent mob of supporters of President Donald Trump that stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon as Congress was certifying Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election as President and Vice-President of the United States.

“This was an alarming and sobering reality of the divisions within our country and the danger posed by those who are guided by extremist ideology,” OPW coordinator the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins said in a statement.

“The Office of Public Witness strongly condemns the actions of President Donald J. Trump and his followers. These actions were not just an attack on the Capitol Building, but an attack on American democracy. There must be a demand for accountability on the part of the president, or else the rule of law means nothing. It cannot be applied to some, but not to all.”

The physical offices of the Office of Public Witness are directly across the street from the U.S. Capitol Building. No one was working there Wednesday, as the office has been closed since March and employees have worked from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the staff is very familiar with the Capitol and the area where the attack took place.

As the day Congress certified the electoral college vote approached, Trump encouraged supporters to come to Washington, D.C., repeating false claims of voter fraud in an effort to overturn the results of the November election, which saw Biden and Harris win. Trump spoke at a Wednesday afternoon rally near the Capitol where he told supporters to keep fighting. A portion of the crowd peeled off and went to the Capitol, eventually breaking past police barricades and entering the building, including the House of Representatives and Senate chambers and offices of officials including Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California). The elected officials had been evacuated to a secure location.

“They broke windows, spray-painted walls, ransacked offices, and left threatening notes,” Hawkins’ statement said. “Two pipe bombs were left outside of the DNC and RNC local offices. A cooler of Molotov cocktails was discovered in a parked car. Members of both houses were ushered into safe locations for their well-being knowing that their lives were at risk. Many are still shaken by what happened.”

The attack resulted in four deaths.

“The Office of Public Witness mourns the loss of life that occurred and we pray for the four families now in mourning,” Hawkins wrote.

“Epiphany proclaims hope in the midst of despair,” Hawkins writes. “Let not the destructive events of yesterday derail us from our goal of liberty and equity for all. No amount of resistance will quell our resolve to fight for freedom, justice, and democracy for all people.

“Our country is changing and there is resistance, much of it through violent acts and rhetoric. But we will prevail because whenever you stand for justice, love and inclusion, you stand with God.”

View the complete statement here.
The Office of Public Witness is one of the Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Stated Clerk, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II,  and Advocacy Director will take to Facebook Live to discuss Capitol attack
Thursday, Jan 12 2:30pm (Central Time)
Live Event to Focus on Jan. 6 attack and its root causes
The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, and Associate Director of Advocacy, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, will hold a discussion about the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol on Facebook Live Thursday.

Hawkins said the discussion with Nelson, who was his predecessor as coordinator of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness on Capitol Hill before being elected Stated Clerk in 2016, will be a broad conversation ranging from the riot and insurrection at the Capitol to the roots of the incident in the rhetoric and policies of President Donald J. Trump.

Subjects will include:
  • The fact that this could occur in the United States. How did we get to this point?
  • The National Council of Churches statement calling for the impeachment of the president.
  • The unwavering support given to Trump the past four years while he advanced policies such as immigration bans and reductions, the building of the border wall, and disruption of international alliances.
  • The danger of white privilege and supremacy, and racism in policing.
  • Where we go from here as a community of faith dedicated to justice and equality for all?
The discussion will be at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (2:30pm Central Time) on Jan. 14 on this link on Office of Public Witness Facebook Page. Or you can click here to register to watch it on Zoom.
Anne Hagler (13), Sandra Lamb (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)
ONLINE 
EVENTS 
 

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
COLONIAL PARK FOOD DRIVE


Sunday, January 17, 2021
9:45 - 10:45 AM Advent Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM Worship Service with Rev. Anne Hagler via YouTube

Sunday, January 31, 2021
12:00 noon on Zoom
Annual Congregational Meeting



CONTACT INFORMATION

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 carlam@balmoralpc.com
Rev. Anne Hagler 901.628.2104 or anneh6616@gmail.com
    
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 ............... LORIEB1165@yahoo.com
Cathy Bailey ........... (901) 481-6395 .............. catbailey2017@gmail.com
Frank Carney ...........(901) 337-4917 ............. fcarney@evanspetree.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
Don Lamb ............... (901) 754-5530 ............................ fbslamb@aol.com
Ted Pearson home: (901) 754-9796 ...................  pearsonteda@aol.com 
...........................cell: (901) 486-6117
John Van Nortwick (901) 605-2907 ............ jvnortwick@cornerstone-
systems.com

(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 ksingle2@bellsouth.net or by phone or text to (901) 734-7193. 
BPC PHOTOS
BPC Worship 
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Introit "Brightest and Best"
Linda Warren, organist
CHIMING the HOUR
John Gilmer, Fran Addicott, Linda Warren
Hymn 490 "Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters"
Sharing the Peace "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace"
"At the River"
Linda Warren, John Gilmer, Fran Addicott
Remembering Our Baptism
Rev. Carla Meisterman
Hymn 485 "We Know That Christ is Raised"
John Gilmer, Fran Addicott, Pete Addicott, William Warren
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LINKS to DOCUMENTS
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.
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  • 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. 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 (carlam@balmoralpc.com)
 JANUARY 2021
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