March 1, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
March 10, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Dale Osborne preaching
Post-worship, Sanctuary

Prayer: Pathways & Obstacles
12:30 pm, Lounge

Peace & Justice
12:30 pm, Library

From Our Pastor
A potpourri column today...

* Still basking in the brilliant glow of the  Seymour Symposium.  Serene Jones was inspiring, engaging, and completely vulnerable in sharing her own stories. A huge debt of gratitude to every member of the planning committee and to all of you who volunteered to make this event so powerful. It was nothing short of extraordinary. You can view photos here and audio of the sessions that took place in the Sanctuary will be available soon.

**  Kyle Ballantine  is in THE (CHURCH) HOUSE! We welcome our new Minister of Music and Organist, Kyle Ballantine to Binkley! His first service with us is this week, the First Sunday in Lent (also known on the liturgical calendar as "Time Change Sunday," so spring forward kids!) An official welcome reception for Kyle and his partner John Pollock will occur on March 24th after worship.
It is our great joy to have join us in ministry such a gifted and genuine musician and minister.

*** You have many opportunities at Binkley to observe a holy and meaningful Lent. As you can see from this list there are plenty of options to deepen your own journey to Easter. Our Lenten theme,  Breathe on Us, Breath of God  calls us to slow down, consider our breathing, and invite the gracious Holy One to fill us with life anew. Maybe this season we all could think more deeply (even meditate) on the life-giving message of Genesis 2:7:  "the Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life."  (Common English Bible). May the One who creates, in Christ re-creates, and by whose Spirit we are enlivened, walk with us to the cross and to the joy of Easter day.

With much affection for you,
The Binkley 411
Adult Sunday School Classes
9:30 am
Join us on Sunday morning, March 10, 9:30-10:30 for an adult Sunday School class. There are a variety of opportunities to choose from, and each class is open to newcomers!

Mindful   Parenting,  Lounge:  This week, Miles Highsmith will be facilitating the conversation.

The Bible and The New York Times , Sunroom:  Dr. McFaul will facilitate a conversation around this article . Additionally we will discuss the recent decision from the United Methodist Church regarding LGBTQ discrimination. 

Finding Myself on a Journey , Chapel:  Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. This Sunday, the passage to be considered is Luke 4:1-13.

It’s Not Just One Way , Room 17:  Each week in this class, an individual or couple shares their spiritual journey with the group.

English as a Second Language and Christianity , Room 18:  Bo Lloyd leads the class in an engaging study of Christian faith, while also helping participants improve English vocabulary and fluency.
Sunday, Mar. 10, Post-worship
The Binkley Church Council has called a Church in Conference for Sunday, March 10, for the purpose of electing the 2019-2020 Church Council. The gathering will be in the sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 worship service.

Click here to view a list of nominees.
There are several Lenten Opportunities still available to you throughout the 40 days of the season: a study of Richard Rohr's Breathing Underwater , a prayer class led by Meredith Bratcher and Stephanie Ford, and a 6-part series on Christian meditation led by Dana Trent.

It's too much to list here, so click here to get details on everything!
Lunch and Learn
March 17, 12:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Hear from attorney and advocate, Alice Glover, about her week-long experience in Tijuana educating those seeking asylum; as well as from Ashley Nissler and Dale Osborne about their journey to Stewart Detention Center and the work of El Refugio. A light lunch provided. 
Monday, March 18
12:30 pm, Lounge
Anyone available for a hearty lunch and a wholesome program at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 18 is invited to Primetimers. This month our program is led by Virginia Taylor. Virginia will educate, engage and encourage regarding efforts to feed school children during the summer months when school is not in session. Many in our community rely on the public school lunch for a healthy mid day meal. When school is not in session, hunger sets in quickly.
Lunch from K&W is $9. Please RSVP to the office or sign up outside Dale’s door by Friday, March 15.
Habitat Build
"Beloved Community"
March 23, 8:15am-12pm
Let's finish the Seymour House. Our next volunteer build opportunity is March 23 during the morning shift. Register here . If you can not build but would be willing to bring lunch to the workers, please be in touch with Dale Osborne or Linda Textoris.
Church-Wide Meetings & Gatherings
March 24, and March 31
March 24: An after-worship gathering to thank our hard-working committee members and to formally welcome our new Minister of Music & Organist, Kyle Ballantine. Post-worship in the Fellowship Hall.

March 31: A church-wide meeting to continue discussing the proposed new church sign. Post-worship in the Fellowship Hall. 
Sunday, March 24
There will be a sign up table for Crop Walk in the narthex the next two Sundays. Stop by to sign up and pick up your donation envelope. We are also selling tee shirts for $6.00. If you want to donate on line, click here and be sure and identify your team as Binkley Baptist Church. 
Women of Binkley: Sharing Stories
Saturday, Mar. 30, 2 pm, Library
During the recent Seymour Symposium, Dr. Serene Jones reminded all of us of the power of sharing stories. As a follow-up to the January meeting and Samoan circle conversation on women’s experiences at Binkley, we wish to offer a time for women to come together to share stories among ourselves. We have set aside Saturday, March 30 from 2:00-3:30. Please gather with us in the Library and we will move to a larger space if needed. Come ready to share your experiences and to be heard. ~ Priscilla Bratcher, Linda Bourne, April Kemper, Caryl Price, Susan Rogers.
In the Light of Self-Compassion: Women’s Retreat
May 3-5, 2019 – Salter Path, NC 
Join Binkley women (and invite friends) for a weekend to renew of body and spirit at the beach. We’ll consider practices of self-care physically, spiritually and mentally. Laughter is sure to be on the menu The Trinity Center is our host, and May is a lovely time to be at the seaside. Registration forms are available at Stephanie Ford’s door. 
March Challenge
For the Beauty of the Earth
The Fine Arts Committee will be featuring a very special art exhibit in the Sanctuary during the entire Season of Lent, from March 1 until after Easter. The exhibit, titled For the Beauty of the Earth, will feature over thirty paintings of nature by local artist, Joan Meade.
To the side of each painting will be a quote or saying by poets and other authors. The Earth Ministries Challenge is to ask viewers of the exhibit to comment in writing on what they have seen and read. At the end of the exhibit, near the Baptistery, will be a large glass container and some paper, on which we encourage everyone to write comments that are expressive of thoughts and feelings evoked by the exhibit.
It is the hope and challenge of the Earth Ministry Team that all ages, members and visitors, will take the opportunity to really ‘take-in’ all of the paintings and share their impressions in writing. We, in turn, will share many of the comments in Friday Updates while the exhibit is on display in the Sanctuary.
Lenten Art Exhibit
“For the Beauty of the Earth ”: 
Paintings by Joan Meade
The lovely selection of paintings displayed in our narthex and sanctuary are by Chapel Hill artist Joan Meade. Ms. Meade’s work focuses on the natural world, particularly water, rocks, and trees in all their amazing manifestations. The collection reflects her extensive travel in both the United States and other countries. Accompanying each painting is an identification card that gives the painting’s name, the location that inspired it, and a poem or other inspirational writing chosen by members of Binkley’s Fine Arts Committee. The exhibit celebrates the natural beauty that surrounds us always, but which is especially prominent during the Lenten season of rebirth. The 31 paintings will remain in place through Easter Sunday. Additional information about the artist and her work are available on the credenza in the narthex. To see more of her paintings or to contact her, go to
Photography Sessions
I'm Erin Warner and I've recently moved here from Tennessee and am living with the Porterfield-Winsteads. I am a senior in high school and I love photography. In order to build my portfolio I would like to offer photography sessions for 20.00 each. I will take pictures and provide you with digital images. Please email to make an appointment or with questions. Thank you!
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
April 5, 2019, St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Registration now open. A day-long interfaith conference in Chapel Hill on April 5, exploring how faith influences our reactions to suicide and what we can do better in our responses. Speakers will address how faith communities can engage, support, and build resiliency around those affected by suicide and suicidality. Click here for more information.

Friday, Apr. 26-Sunday, Apr. 28. Calvary Baptist Church, Wash. DC Theme: What is Liberty Without Liberation? Visit for details and registration.  

Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence
July 15-20, 2019, Cali, Colombia
We invite you to join us for the 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference in Cali, Colombia! The conference is open to everyone and anyone interested in peacemaking and will also serve as the 2019 Summer Conference for BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. During our time together, we will build on the important work of Baptists engaged in peacemaking processes around the globe and equip those engaged in ecumenical and interfaith peacebuilding around the world.  

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