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

  • WORSHIP & Communion for SUNDAY March 7

  • PASTOR OUT of OFFICE through 3/6

  • Agenda
  • Link to the Zoom Meeting



  • 2nd DOSE PFIZER VACCINATIONS are AVAILABLE @ Methodist University Hospital on Fridays this month

  • Memphis take-over of vaccine distribution

Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell

  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship last Sunday


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Worship with us on our YouTube Channel Sunday morning at 11:00am
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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, March 7, 2021


BALMORAL WORSHIP at 11:00 AM on YouTube
aScriptures: Psalm 19 & John 2:13-22
a aSermon: "Covenant Response"

We will be celebrating communion virtually this Sunday in Worship. Please bring to your place of at home worship what you will take as the bread and the cup. You may use food and beverages in your home that are used for communion around the house: bread, a cracker, or a cookie and wine, juice, or water.

SUNDAY STUDIES at 10:00am on Zoom
Join with members & friends of BPC and Circle of Faith
for either one of our two classes available:
  • "Christ in Crisis?" by Jim Wallis
  • BIBLE STUDY of Paul's letters
aaaaaaaaPlease read 2nd Corinthians chapters 7 to 9 for this Sunday.
(A full schedule for the Winter quarter is available
at the end of this Newsletter under Document Links.)

Everyone is also invited to join the Circle of Faith service led by Rev. Cliff Stockton. The link will be listed each week in the ONLINE EVENTS calendar in this Newsletter!
(The service ends in time for our joint Sunday Studies classes.)

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 
STAY AFTER BPC's WORSHIP for the CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on Zoom at 12:15 - see details below!
Rev. Carla Meisterman will be using a planning week Monday, March 1, 2021 – Friday, March 6, 2021.
Rev. Anne Hagler will be on call through Friday, March 6, 2021. You can contact Anne by phone or text 901.628.2104 or
Sunday, March 7, 2021
12:15 pm on Zoom
On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 the Session heard the report from the 2021 Nominating Committee and called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, March 7, 2021 for 12:15pm to elect Ruling Elders to the Session Class of 2024. The Nominating submitted the following Nominees:
Janice Hill, Beverly Hooker and Erich Shultz.


Call for a Quorum 
Opening Prayer                                                                           
Report from the Nominating Committee   
Nominations from the Floor                                
Vote on the slate of Officers for the Session Class of 2024
Motion to Adjourn                             
Closing Prayer   
Thank you for prayerfully submitting names of those who are called to lead our church as Ruling Elders on the Session for the next three years. 

And thank you to the members of the Nominating Committee: Ted Pearson, Gordon Brigman and Jessica Orians.
Tuesday, March 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, March 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m., when we will discuss our March book selection
The Nikel Boys by Colson Whitehead
(discussion leader: Do Kaiser)
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling fiction book based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and whose cruel practices warped the lives of thousands of boys who were sent there. A devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

In case you missed it, Colson Whitehead was on 60 Minutes last Sunday. Watch his interview here:
Looking ahead, here are the books we have identified for the rest of the academic year: 

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

Everyone is unique when it comes to devotional preferences
By Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri | Presbyterians Today
I’ve been on an intentional spiritual formation journey for most of my adult life. As a young person, I struggled to find a prayer routine that felt right for me — body and spirit. I followed the more traditional ways to nurture spirituality: worship services, prayer groups and Bible studies. I even tried to establish a personal devotion routine. For guidance, I looked into the practices of the most spiritual people I knew — my abuela, Jovina, and my abuelo, Edgar. My grandparents’ prayer routine included reading the Bible following a book of devotions and kneeling beside their bed to pray silently. I was convinced that, with some modifications, this would work for me. It did not. My attempt to follow this routine ended up with knee pain, wandering thoughts, climbing into bed and falling asleep, prayer unfinished. I woke the next day feeling frustrated with “my lack of commitment” to a life of prayer.
I continued, though, pursuing some version of this model in the following years, still feeling that something was missing. Years later, I realized the spiritual practices that fit the needs of my grandparents would not necessarily fit my “very Vilmarie” ones.
In the early 2000s, I attended a denominational conference for Committees on Preparation for Ministry. There, I heard the term “spiritual disciplines” for the first time. We participated in different spiritual practices specifically in the context of vocational discernment. Engaging in lectio divina — where you take a Scripture passage and read and reflect on it several times — and walking the labyrinth for the first time was eye-opening. An awareness of spiritual possibilities awoke.
I firmly believe that when one seeks to cultivate a deeper, closer relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will make way, bringing forth opportunities to continue this exploration. I had such an experience while attending a CREDO conference, when I heard these words by Dom John Chapman: “Pray as you can, not as you can’t.” I realized then that an effective spiritual routine had to resonate with who I am. Such a routine is based on personality, ways of learning and processing information, and when/how a person might feel most connected to God, self and others. Brian C. Taylor said it best: “Engage in practices that enliven you, not the ones you think you should do.”
I also learned that this journey was best traveled with the guidance of a trained spiritual director. I am grateful for the presence of the Rev. Diane Shoaf in my life. Together we have worked on exploring practices that deepen, broaden and strengthen my relationship with God. These days I feel closer to God through art and movement, and my preferred spiritual practice is called “Praying in Color,” a practice developed by Sybil MacBeth that involves praying while doodling and coloring. While sitting still, quietly reading the Bible and praying would be fine at times, the spirit of this extreme extrovert, music and color enthusiast needed to explore other areas and develop an inventory of spiritual practices that responded to particular spiritual needs.
John Calvin said, “Prayer itself is properly an effusion and manifestation of internal feeling before [God] who is the searcher of hearts.” May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us as we find those spiritual practices that evoke a wholehearted expression of faith, without restraint, before the presence of God.

Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri is an educator and a Presbyterian ruling elder. A member of First Spanish Presbyterian Church in Miami, she has most recently served as co-moderator of the 223rd General Assembly (2018).
  • Don’t force practices that don’t feel right for you.
  • There are many spiritual practices to make your own. Like Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, you might find spiritual wellness at the other side of a colored pencil.
  • Seek the guidance of a certified spiritual director to explore a routine that responds to your needs. Consult your mid council leaders or Spiritual Directors International at for a certified spiritual director in your area.
  • Be mindful that preferences and needs are bound to change throughout your life.

AVAILABLE @ Methodist University Hospital
METHODIST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (Union Ave.) has Pfizer 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccines available on Friday afternoons by appointment only. (1st dose vaccines are not yet available through them until their clinic is set up)
Rev. Stacy Smith, pastor of Buntyn Pres, is working with Methodist, and has indicated there are openings on the following Fridays: 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, and 3/26.
To secure an appointment, contact Stacy by texting her at (201) 0487-0818 with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL, ,and preferred DATE. Also send her a general time of day you prefer and she will do her best to schedule you around that time, if possible.


City of Memphis Takes Charge of Vaccination Rollout
Last week, the City of Memphis took over vaccine sites formerly managed by the Shelby County Health Department after problems at the Pipkin site and some wasted vaccines. The new management saw a dramatic through-put last week, as well as visit times from sometimes hours to less than 20 minutes.

The Health Department website is still managing the appointments for all of the locations. They are currently making some new first- and second-dose appointments available this week. The following signup links are posted on the Health Department’s websiteAnyone without internet access may call the Health Department’s vaccination hotline number: 901-222-7468 (SHOT) for assistance in setting an appointment. That hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days per week.

For more the latest information about vaccines, testing, and signups for appointments, go to
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Although vaccines are rolling out and cases/hospitalizations are going down, this is NOT THE TIME to LET UP GUARD! The pandemic will continue until a majority of people are vaccinated.

Masking, Social Distancing, staying-at-home whenever possible is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Though the vaccine helps to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, you CAN still get it and you CAN still spread it to others!

COVID-19 Testing is readily available if you may have been exposed!

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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:
Six things to do right now to be a better ally
Louisville Seminary professor has a half-dozen strategies white people can use to accompany their siblings of color.
by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service | March 1
LOUISVILLE — Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell literally co-wrote the book on becoming an ally in the struggle for justice. So when she states that’s easier said than done for white people trying to be allies with their siblings of color — as opposed to straight people looking to do something similar for their LGBTQ+ siblings — it’s time to take notice and take action.
Action was the prescribed action Friday when Craigo-Snell, a Theology professor at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, led an online workshop put on together with Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.
“When straight folks declare themselves as allies, somehow that has helped,” she said. “The same is not true of white people trying to be allies to Black folks. It often has ended in conflict.”
Craigo-Snell and Christopher J. Doucot, co-authors of the 2017 book published by Westminster John Knox Press, “No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice,” tried to explore why that was the case. Once they’d submitted their manuscript in November 2016 — at about the same time that Donald J. Trump was elected the nation’s 45th president — their editor asked them to “take out the academic stuff and put in what to do right now.” 
A revised chapter in the manuscript yielded six things allies — although the authors prefer the term “conspirators” — can do right away to help in the struggle for racial justice.
“Whatever issue is pulling on your spirit — people who are houseless or hungry, issues in the justice system or educational access — there are people here or Louisville or Chicago or pretty much anywhere you are who have been working on that for a long time,” Craigo-Snell said. “It’s not our job as conspirators to figure out how to fix the problem. We connect to people already addressing the problem.”

Show up “and tell them, ‘I care about this issue and I’d like to be of use. Is there anything that needs to be done?’” she suggested. “Wouldn’t you welcome someone who showed up to make sandwiches and sweep the floor?”

Listen to others’ voices, “and instead of inserting your own voice, repeat theirs with citation in the spaces you have access to,” she said. Pepper social media posts with the same goal in mind, she said: “Let me retweet that with citation to help it reach a larger audience,” she said.

Another tip: Start filling your bookshelf and social media feed with the voices of Asian, Black, Latinx, trans and queer authors, “and not just about racial issues,” she said. “At the end of the day I want to read a formulaic mystery novel.” As it turns out, “people of color and queer people have written formulaic mystery novels. Read books by people who don’t look like you.”

This, Craigo-Snell said, “is the easy one.”
“Call your [elected] representative and say, ‘I’m paying off a mortgage at this address and I would like you to vote this way.’” Talk to teachers and principals about the textbooks being used in the classroom. “The rooms you have access to,” she said, “are the places you can amplify voices and advocate.”

This potentially live-saving practice got its start in Latin American countries under oppressive regimes. “It was good folks in North America who wanted to help” by accompanying people in danger, she said. “A white body with an American passport can help assure disappearances won’t occur.” A word of caution, she said: “The spaces where you put your body are uncomfortable and possibly dangerous.”

Here Craigo-Snell is thinking of something akin to the Impedimenta jinx used by Harry Potter and friends to slow down those who would do them harm. “It can be important to impede the process of injustice,” she said. A well-known example is the Sanctuary Movement, which “slows down the process until the legal work can be done,” Craigo-Snell said. “There are ways we can impede justice in moments where it’s not ethical not to.”

To Craigo-Snell, the best example is Pride, “people celebrating being gay, doing it flamboyantly and joyfully.”

Injustice “is based on fear,” she said. “Joy is the opposite of fear. Food, dancing and silliness break down barriers.”

While she was still in seminary, Craigo-Snell said a professor wrote an opinion that LGBTQ people should not be ordained, an opinion other professors shared. “Students who were LGBTQ were in a terrible position,” she said. But they had an ally: a “crazy smart” professor “who looked like a witch and struck fear in our hearts, but she was a wonderful cook.”

This professor spent three days “baking every dessert you could think of,” then held a “laying on of food” event for the seminary’s LGBTQ community, who came over to dine on dessert and feel the support and love. “So many classmates said that’s what got them through, those dessert parties,” she said.

Robin Ashworth (4),
Bill Hooker (13),
Robin Van Nortwick (20),
John Gilmer (27)

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, March 7, 2021
9:00 AM Circle of Faith Worship on Zoom
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion Service via YouTube
3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 7, 2021
12:15pm on Zoom

Sunday, March 14, 2021
9:00 AM Circle of Faith Worship on Zoom
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service via YouTube
4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 21, 2021
9:00 AM Circle of Faith Worship on Zoom
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service via YouTube
5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday
9:00 AM Circle of Faith Worship on Zoom
10:00 - 11:00 AM Sunday Study on Zoom
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service via YouTube

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm BPC Worship Service via YouTube

Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday
9:00 AM Circle of Faith Worship on Zoom
11:00 AM BPC Worship Service via 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, February 28, 2021
2nd Sunday of Lent
Prelude "The Road Home"
Linda Warren, Leiza Collins, Fran Addicott, John Gilmer, William Warren, Clinton Bailey, Pete Addicott
Call to Worship with Anne Hagler
Hymns "The God of Abraham Praise" & "We've Come This Far by Faith"
Linda Warren, William Warren, Clinton Bailey, Fran Addicott,
Pete Addicott, John Gilmer and Leiza Collins on piano
Musical Offering "Take Up Your Cross"
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 (
 MARCH 2021
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