mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP for SUNDAY JULY 25, 2021

  • PASTOR on CALL

  • BOOK DISCUSSION: "On the Brink of Everything" online

  • LOOKING AHEAD: PW BIBLE STUDY for FALL

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship last Sunday
  • RJ has visitors! 
WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
  • HELPFUL COVID-19 LINKS

LINKS to DOCUMENTS
  • REMINDERS:
  • CHANGES to WORSHIP IN-PERSON POLICIES/PROCEDURES
  • Book Club Selections for August & September




SUNDAY
WORSHIP




Balmoral Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 25, 2021

                                  
BALMORAL WORSHIP at 11:00am 
IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scriptures: Psalm 139:1-6
& 1 Samuel 3:1-11

Sermon: "Faithful Seeing"
Rev. Elizabeth Dick
CIRCLE of FAITH WORSHIP at 8:30am
IN BPC's Fellowship Hall

Everyone is also invited to join the Circle of Faith's return to In-Person worship service! To enter the building, use Office door to the Fellowship Hall.


You will still receive emails on FRIDAY & again on SUNDAY with links to the the services online access for Worship & a downloadable Sunday Worship Guide. 

Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are still available on the 
LIVE STREAM ONLINE WORSHIP
Not ready to be indoors in a crowd? Or going on vacation?Balmoral's service will ALSO be LiveStreamed online for those who want to "be there" but still need to be able to worship remotely. You will receive an email on Friday and again on Sunday morning with a copy of the bulletin and a link to the LiveStream online service.
Rev. Carla Meisterman will be the out of the office from Sunday, July 25 through Saturday, August 14, 2021 completing the worship plans for the Fall quarter and 2 weeks of vacation spending time with her mother in Wisconsin. 

Rev. Elizabeth Dick, our Pastoral Care Resident, will be the Pastor on call while Carla is out. 
You can reach Elizabeth by phone or signed text
at 314.330.0506 or by email at elizabethdick2@gmail.com
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
HOSTED BY PARKER J PALMER
“ON THE BRINK OF EVERYTHING”
Thursday, July 22 online!
This book was one of the Sunday Studies books last year. Those who took the class might be interested in the discussion. The discussion is FREE, but you must register to get the link sent to you. 

ANNOUNCING for FALL
BIBLE STUDY
What My Grandmothers Taught Me
Learning from the Women in
Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary—Matthew names these women for a reason.
How might Jesus have heard the stories of his grandmothers? What might the young Jesus have felt as he heard about his family?
What might the stories of these women have added to his sense of identity, as part of a particular family in a particular time and place?

Have you thought about Jesus’ grandmothers? What can these Grandmothers-of-the-Faith teach us? Their stories will lead us into the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ. By exploring these stories together, we will have a richer idea of what the good news is.

We will be letting you know in August about our plans for Fall's study dates and how to get your book !

"How Can We Keep from Singing!"
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Masks and social distancing are no longer required for fully vaccinated* people attending Balmoral Presbyterian Church for worship and small group activities in the new part of our building, or for CofFCC worshippers in the Fellowship area.

Everyone, masked or not, can sing in worship, including masked unvaccinated people and masked partially vaccinated people whom the church will trust to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing.
 
Classrooms A and B are also now available for meetings of Balmoral small groups including the Book Club, Writers Circle, Trouble I've Seen, Glenda Ellis Small Group, Bailey Small Group, and groups coordinated by Pastoral Care Resident, Rev. Elizabeth Dick.

Reservations for Classrooms A and B are required.
Please contact Calendar Coordinator Barry Dotson
barry.dotson@yahoo.com
signed text/cell: 901. 277.1596
to schedule the use of Classrooms A and B
 
We will take our time welcoming the non-Balmoral singing groups and other organizations back into the building. Look for that to happen this fall.

*In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  
The Balmoral Presbyterian Church
COVID-19 Task Force Policy
 Policy for Worship and Building Use
 
Effective Monday, June 14, 2021
BPC Worship and Building Use Policy is in effect for
ONLY the new part
 of the Balmoral Presbyterian Church building including:
Narthex, Sanctuary, Classrooms A and B, Choir Room,
Sound Room, Long Hallway and Restrooms.
The remainder of the building will be off-limits to Balmoral members in deference to the children of The SEED Program.
 
  • Vaccinations are encouraged but not required for attending worship and group gatherings in the choir room and classrooms A and B.

  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated persons attending worship and group gatherings in the choir room and classrooms A and B.
 
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated persons are trusted to wear a mask and practice social distancing in the building.
 
  • Unvaccinated children and youth must wear a mask if age 2 and older.
 
  • All worshippers may sing and participate in responsive readings.
 
  • The configuration of chairs will remain unchanged until further notice.
 
  • Worshippers may come and go from the sanctuary without direction from ushers.
 
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance; hand sanitizer will be available in the restrooms.
 
  • One-page bulletins will be available at the sanctuary doors and people are asked to take them home to dispose of them.
  

Please Remember For Everyone's Safety...
We trust that people who are unvaccinated
and partially vaccinated will continue to wear masks.
We ask that 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) not enter the building and, instead, participate in worship through livestream. 
 
 
The BPC COVID-19 Task Force has not completed our work by any means. We will be monitoring the effectiveness of the policies and procedures, making recommendations for modifications as needed, making plans for Fall's Sunday Studies and other in-person activities. And we are available for comments and questions as we look forward to returning to worship in the building again!
 
BPC COVID-19 Task Force
Scott Hill - Chair
Mary Schmitz, Clerk
Kathy Singleton, Barry Dotson, Beverly Hooker,
Scott Dawson, Frank Carney
 
To contact the Chair of the BPC COVID-19 Task Force:
Scott Hill - signed text: 901.277.9794
email: hill8910@bellsouth.net
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The Church Office will NOT be staffed. Please continue to use your contact lists to reach us!
BOOK CLUB for the SUMMER
The Book Club will be meeting over the summer! Here are the books and leaders for our next 2 months.
At Home
by Bill Bryson
AUGUST 10, 1:30pm
Nonfiction - An examination of how the house evolved. Going from the kitchen to the bedroom, the dining room and beyond, Bryson examines the evolution of almost everything— from Thomas Jefferson's contribution to home architecture, to wallpaper, lawns, plumbing, even cemeteries. You'll learn a little about a lot of interesting stuff.
– Led by Janice Hill
Desert Queen:
The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell
by Janet Wallach
SEPTEMBER 14, 1:30pm
Nonfiction/Biography - The daughter of a wealthy British industrialist, Gertrude Bell, comes of age in Victorian England. Intelligent and eager to escape society’s narrow confines, Bell goes off to college and eventually becomes enamored with the Middle East. Her fluency in Arabic facilitates travel in the desert where she encounters Saudi tribes as she makes archaeological discoveries. The knowledge she gains proves valuable to the British military once WWI arrives. A fascinating life and story.
– Led by Jane Rousseau
Cameron Fox-Cohen (21);
Bruce Meisterman (22); Connie Pride (23);
Gary Reese (24); Scott Hill (28);
Erich Shultz (30)
 
Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group CLASSROOM A and/or on Zoom

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

2nd Tuesday of the Month
BOOK CLUB meets in person in Classroom A and on Zoom

(Bible Study and the Bailey Small Group will not be meeting over the summer)

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 July 25, 2021
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
NO SUNDAY STUDIES - NEW CLASSES BEGIN in SEPTEMBER
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service in the Sanctuary & on LiveStream

Sunday, July 25 thru Saturday, August 14, 2021
Rev. Elizabeth Dick will be the Pastor on Call
while Rev. Carla Meisterman spends time in Fall worship planning
and 2 weeks of vacation
TO REACH ELIZABETH: phone or signed text to 314.330.0506
       or email elizabethdick2@gmail.com

Sunday August 1, 2021
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
NO SUNDAY STUDIES - NEW CLASSES BEGIN in SEPTEMBER
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service & Communion
in the Sanctuary & on LiveStream

Sunday August 8, 2021
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
NO SUNDAY STUDIES - NEW CLASSES BEGIN in SEPTEMBER
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service in the Sanctuary & on LiveStream

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
1:30 pm BOOK CLUB
in-person at BPC in Classroom A
(AND on Zoom for those who cannot be there in person)

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
BPC Worship Sunday, July 18, 2021




Rev. Elizabeth Dick joined us for worship after her family's vacation at Montreat
Choral Leaders Becky DeLoach and Ted Pearson on guitars, with vocalists John Gilmer and Linda Warren; Leiza Collins (not shown) joined us at our pianist.
Prayer of Illumination
Becky DeLoach
Old Testament
Leiza Collins
New Testament
Ted Pearson
RJ Powell gets a visit from Hudson Deloach, grandson of Becky DeLoach
Story Time!
SUMMER NEWSLETTER
If you have photos or items for the calendar, please be sure to send them by email to Kathy Singleton by email ksingle2@bellsouth.net or by text 901-734-7193!
COVID-19 HELPFUL LINKS
Click the link below to get current locations for VACCINES:

For COVID-19 TESTING information, go to this link:
NOTE: Several CVS and Walgreen's locations are now currently on the updated list at the link above.
Family & friends visiting? Going to visit a gathering? How safe will you be? Click the link here: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/
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

CONTACT INFORMATION
Pastoral Care this week will be supplied by
Rev. Carla Meisterman 901.235.1014 
       or email carlam@balmoralpc.com
Rev. Elizabeth Dick 314.330.0506
       or email elizabethdick2@gmail.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. 
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)
 July 2021
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.