BPC NEWS BRIEF
Wednesday,
May 25, 2022
mailing address:  Balmoral Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 17309, Memphis, TN 38187
NEWS THIS WEEK

  • WORSHIP for SUNDAY, May 29

  • MID-SOUTH PRESBYTERY EDUCATION DAY June 4

  • PENTECOST OFFERING to SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE

  • DONATED BOOKS WANTED for the VA!

  • ‘God, Our Nation Feels the Loss’ - new hymn remembers gun violence victims in Uvalde, Texas

  • I THINK WE AS A CHURCH HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO LOVE AGAIN

  • BPC SUMMER SCHEDULE
  • SUNDAY STUDIES will start back up in the Fall
  • BOOK CLUB for SUMMER
  • NEWSLETTER will be MONTHLY over the summer

  • BPC Photos
  • Worship Sunday May 22

WEEKLY INFORMATION
  • Birthdays
  • Calendar of Events
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • BRING FOOD for the FOOD CART
  • Give out Hospitality bags
  • SIGN UP to be a WORSHIP LITURGIST!





BPC WORSHIP

Sunday,
May 29, 2022

11:00am IN BPC's SANCTUARY

Scripture: Psalm 68:4-10 & Acts 1:6-11

We will still send an email on FRIDAY
with the LiveStream YouTube link & Sunday Worship Guide. 
Previous Worship Services at Balmoral are still available on the 
CIRCLE of FAITH WORSHIP 8:30am
IN BPC's Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to join Circle of Faith's worship service!
To enter the building, use Office door to the Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAY STUDIES is
ON VACATION for the SUMMER
We will start up again in September
REGISTER NOW BELOW!!!
Dear Friends,
"Everything has changed." "Things will never be the same." Over the course of the last two years, we have heard these or similar words spoken around our churches. These words are true. The pandemic has fundamentally shifted how we have to think and "do" church. Some of these changes have been hard, and some may have actually provided new life and new energy. 
 
On Pentecost weekend we will celebrate the gift of the Spirit, the giver and re-newer of life. In that same Spirit, we invite you to join us on June 4th, 2022 from 9:00-1:00 for the Presbytery of Mid-South Education day. We will be exploring how to be a vital church in a post pandemic world. We are excited to have the Reverend Dr. Jan Edmiston, former co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly as our keynoter. Jan has a passion for thinking about new and creative ways to do church ministry. 
I hope you will join us. Please feel free to share this event with others around your church. Registration and brochure information is attached to this email.
In Christ,
Rev James L Gale Jr
Executive Presbyter
PENTECOST OFFERING
June 5

The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.
Nurturing the faith of those
solid foundation of faith.
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Balmoral will be collecting Pentecost offering gifts through Pentecost Sunday, June 5. Envelopes are provided on the sanctuary table. Or you may put a check marked for PENTECOST in the offering plates.
Casey Gurlen will be graduating this month! Cards of Congratulations can be placed for her on the table at the entry of the sanctuary or can be mailed to her home at 6735 Aberfoyle Cv., Memphis, TN 38119-7806
ORLANDO WHEATLEY
is leaving for a six- month sea tour with the navy. Please encourage him by keeping in touch by emailing him at:

  • WORSHIP will be IN-PERSON and LiveStreamed as usual at 11:00am each Sunday all summer!
  • SUNDAY STUDIES will be ON VACATION for the SUMMER (We will start up again in September)
  • PW BIBLE STUDY will meet on JUNE 1 then will take off for the rest of summer. Watch your email for details!
  • Balmoral Book Club is taking a summer break in June, but plans to meet again Tuesday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m.
  • THE NEWSLETTER will be a MONTHLY email on the 1st Wednesday for June, July, and August. (see below for dates you will receive your newsletter this summer)

Check with your Small Group Leaders about their Summer Plans!

Summer Newsletter Schedule
  • JUNE 1
  • JULY 6
  • AUGUST 3

(weekly newsletters will return for Fall beginning August 31)

(NOTE: Prayer Requests on Tuesday and Worship YouTube Link on Friday will continue weekly during the summer)
THE VA WANTS YOUR BOOKS!
GENTLY USED BOOKS WANTED!
The VA has a need, a big one, that won’t cost you any money!  We need books!!! Books in good condition!  BUT we need to be a bit picky…. 
No books that smell of cigarette smoke, no books that have been sitting in open boxes in someone’s garage or attic gathering dust and/or bugs.  We need books of many genres, fiction & non-fiction: histories, mysteries, DIY, westerns, biographies, cookbooks, etc. We’ll take some romances, but most of the folks here aren’t big on the Harlequin variety!! Karen Pilkington will be collecting the books – bring them to church in bags or boxes and leave them next to the Food Cart and her DAR chapter will see that they get to the VA.
A NEW HYMN REMEMBERS GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN UVALDE, TEXAS
‘God, Our Nation Feels the Loss’ is Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s newest hymn
by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a Presbyterian pastor and hymn writer, has published a new hymn lamenting gun violence and remembering “the beloved children of God who died in the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas” on Tuesday. 
“Many of us, as individuals, do not accept violence, keep silence or clamor for guns,” Gillette wrote in a note accompanying her hymn, “God, Our Nation Feels the Loss,” which is set to the music of “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me.”
“Yet, as a nation, we do these things, and as a nation, we need to repent; we need to turn around and live a different way. All of us are called to do more than sing and pray; please work for gun safety laws in your community and state.”
The hymn relies in part on Matthew 2:18: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
Here are the lyrics:
God, our nation feels the loss
as our children pay the cost
for the violence we accept,
for the silence we have kept.
Rachel weeps for children gone;
God of love, this can’t go on!
 
Jesus, Lord, we hear you say,
“Don’t turn little ones away!”
May we build a kinder land
where our children understand:
Every child here matters more
that the guns we clamor for.
 
Holy Spirit, wind and flame,
send us out in Jesus’ name.
May we shout and say, “Enough!”
May we build a world of love —
till the sounds of weapons cease,
till our young can grow in peace.
Winfrey Gillette has written more than 400 hymns set to well-known tunes. She asks readers to “please share the hymn with pastors, musicians, worship planners and activists.”

Learn more about her at www.carolynshymns.com.
I THINK WE AS A CHURCH HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO LOVE AGAIN
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II and the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett share their prophetic gifts during Thursday’s ‘Being Matthew 25’
by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, shared a forward-looking and candid conversation that was aired on the PC(USA) Facebook page on Thursday.
Watch their 41-minute conversation, hosted by the Rev. Dee Decker, acting senior director of communications for the PMA, by clicking on the image below.
“What does it mean to follow Jesus?” she asked. “Jesus was not executed on a Roman cross because he merely prayed. His prayers led him down a path to encounter and engage the principalities and powers that would take away the hope of God’s people … He said, ‘I’m going to give it all for the possibility that somebody will get it.’”

“Jesus never shied away from controversy. He stood his ground. He never said, ‘Oh, this is too much.’” Instead, Moffett said, Jesus said, “I’m seeing you devour your widows’ houses. I’m seeing how your laws are exploiting people. He called it out, and he called it out in such a way not to condemn, but that the world could wake up to a new possibility … God’s kingdom or kin-dom.”

Nelson talked about the work of repair that’s needed within the PC(USA), the nation’s largest Reformed denomination.
“We have to figure this one out. I don’t know if what’s coming before the General Assembly will necessarily resolve everything, nor what dent it will make,” Nelson said. “But I’m clear we have to be singularly focused on what does it mean to open our spirits and our minds to new possibilities going forward that will unify this denomination.” Just as with families, church people “are not going to agree with one another. We should not be walking out the door because we disagree with somebody else,” Nelson said. “We should not reject people because they are different. We should not be in the space of judging people. We are not judges. God is the judge.”

BOOK CLUB
THIS SUMMER
Balmoral Book Club is taking a summer break in June,
but plans to meet again Tuesday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. in classroom A.
We will be discussing the book Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert,
to be led by Jane Rousseau.
This is the story of a 7-year-old girl sent to a leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i, who found a sense of family and belonging there. "Brimming with warmth, humor, compassion and a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is a masterpiece of storytelling about a people who embraced life in the face of death."
OPPORTUNITIES for OUTREACH
FILL UP
the
FOOD CART!
DONATIONS! DONATIONS! LET'S FILL IT UP!
Now that we can donate food again to the
St. Luke Methodist Food Pantry, let's fill it up!

HOSPITALITY BAGS
ARE AVAILABLE NEXT to the FOOD CART -
PICK SOME UP!
You can also pick up Hospitality Bags to donate to those you pass along the road who are in need.
(And bring donations for more bags - bring bottles of water,
And bring donations for more bags - bring bottles of water, boxes of raisins or other dried fruit, granola bars, cheese crackers (NO PEANUT BUTTER!!), clean socks - when you see someone asking for a handout, hand them a Hospitality bag!

URGENT NEED: WE ARE OUT of BOTTLED WATER and SOCKS for the HOSPITALITY BAGS! Please bring what you can!
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
LITURGIST SIGNUPS
We have LOTS of open slots for Worship Liturgist volunteers. Use the button here to sign-up!
Choose the Sunday(s) you are available to serve. All materials you need will be sent to you for that week!

(Contact Rev. Mary Gale if you have questions or need help signing up.)

BIRTHDAYS
Casey Gurlen (26); Janet Smith (26);
Shirley Vosburg (29);
Phil Shannon (30); Noah Mercer (31)
 
Every Monday
2:00pm Writer's Group CLASSROOM A and/or on Zoom

EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
12:30pm CHAIR YOGA in CLASSROOM B

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

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, May 29, 2022
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
(SUNDAY STUDIES will take off for the SUMMER – see you in the FALL!)
11:00 AM BPC Worship in the Sanctuary & on LiveStream

Sunday, May 29, 2022
1:30 PM Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian
(Contact Scott Dawson to sign up to volunteer)

Sunday, June 5, 2022
PENTECOST SUNDAY
8:30 AM Circle of Faith Worship in the Fellowship Hall
11:00 AM BPC Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary
& on LiveStream

BPC PHOTOS
Worship last Sunday, May 22
Liturgist Janice Hill &
Rev. Mary Newberg Gale
Choir
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 is supplied by Pastoral Care Intern Rev. Elizabeth Dick 314.330.0506
       or email elizabethdick2@gmail.com
and our Transitional Pastor
Rev. Mary Newberg Gale 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. 
POLICIES for WORSHIP & BUILDING USE
  • Wearing a mask in the church building is optional.
  • Social distancing is still encouraged.
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms of illness are asked to not enter the building.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask, including members of community organizations that use the building.
  • Should a surge in Covid-19 infections prompt the Shelby County Health Department to recommend indoor mask-wearing and social distancing, the task force will convene to decide how to react.
  • Members who test positive for Covid-19 are asked to notify Rev. Elizabeth Dick, who will notify the congregation so members can decide how to respond.
  • To keep the SEED children as safe as possible, the procedures controlling the old end of the building will remain unchanged, except when there is a need for someone to pass through the SEED area.
  • Individuals may bring only water into the sanctuary; food and drink is permitted elsewhere.
  • Passing plates to collect the offering is permitted.
  • The SEED children and staff are allowed to use the new hallway to access the playground and the main bathrooms.
  • The drinking fountains are no longer off limits.
  • The kitchen is no longer off limits.
  • Collections for the Food Cart may resume.
Small Group Meetings in Classrooms A & B must be scheduled with Barry Dotson, barry.dotson@yahoo.com or signed text/cell: 901. 277.1596
THIS ISN'T ENTIRELY OVER YET, HOWEVER!
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: sphill1946@gmail.com (NOTE his new email!)
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. Mary Gale (mngale@balmoralpc.com) and/or Rev. Elizabeth Dick (elizabethdick2@gmail.com) with a copy to Kathy Singleton at ksingle2@bellsouth.net.
MAY 2022
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 2021-2022 calendar is available to you.