July 16, 2021
Virtual Outreach
One of the 'silver lining' aspects of the pandemic is that we are now able to reach people any time, anywhere with our worship services with livestreaming. Church Moderator Laura Davidson's family in the Midwest are some of those people. Margaret Haverstic, Laura's sister-in-law, wrote to us recently to let us know what their experience has been like to worship with us virtually, and we'd like to share that with you today:

We as a family were blessed and continue to be blessed by the virtual services Binkley has made available since the spring of 2020. During the lockdown, it allowed those of us in isolation to come together with family members scattered throughout several states. We represent Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and, of course, North Carolina. What a treat it was to gather for worship and feel the connection of both our family and a faith community which reflects our values.

We joined Micheal and Maria Palmer’s wonderful Sunday school class on the book of Matthew. I admire their keen intellects and passionate desires to connect and serve community.
They are treasures, as is every member of that class who shared and prayed and learned with us.

We have continued to enjoy the virtual services even though the pandemic restrictions have lifted. Binkley’s focus on community outreach and ministry gives me hope and inspires me. Thank you for being the helping hand, the welcoming smile, and the torch for justice and love that you are in Chapel Hill, surrounding communities, and now to places more distant than you ever imagined.

I cannot stop without mentioning the efforts of your videographer and musicians. We have particularly enjoyed seeing the musical performances, especially the choir. The virtual performances were a beautiful and powerful illustration of the individual life and the collective community in a mosaic of mission, praise, and worship. Thank you for bringing joy and beauty and hope in dark days.

With Love from Missouri,
Margaret
This Sunday at Binkley
  • Worship will continue to be held in the Sanctuary at 10 am for the summer.
  • Reservations are not required and attendance is not limited. 
  • In an effort to accommodate worshipers who cannot yet be vaccinated, masks are required for everyone at all times.
  • Social distancing will be observed by leaving at least two seats between each family. We encourage pre- and post-worship conversations to take place outdoors.
If you will not be able to join us in person, we will livestream the service at 10 am on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. You choose which platform works best for you. Going forward, we will not be resending this link on Sunday mornings, so be sure to bookmark the link in your web browser. After the livestream has ended, you can view the service at your leisure on Facebook or YouTube.
The Binkley 411
COVID-19 Update

An Update on our Plans for Worship and Reopening
  • See above for the latest on worship guidelines.
  • Groups may resume meeting indoors with masks. Rooms must be reserved through the office.
  • The church reception desk is open 10 am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday. Barring illness or emergency, someone will always be available to assist you in the office during those times. All staff will be regularly available in the office and by appointment. Staff Directory
All visitors to our campus are required to wear face masks. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration!
Black Lives Matter Vigil
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Vigil: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Ice cream & Conversation: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

  • Honor black lives lost at the hands of police brutality, and support and energize an overall commitment to stand up for justice. 
  • Rain or shine – Bring an umbrella or chair if you would like.
  • All are welcome!

Questions? Contact Dick Clifford.
Jesus and the Disinherited
Book Study
Sundays, August 1-29, 9 am, Fellowship Hall
Join Marcus McFaul for a study/discussion of Howard Thurman's classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited. Everyone is encouraged to order the book through Amazon or the preferred local bookstore.

This 5-week opportunity will involve analysis of the book itself, as well as its impact on subsequent theological works around racism, and biographical material on Thurman himself. The film "Backs Against the Wall," (extended trailer here) will be included in our study of Thurman's life and thought.
A Farewell Reception for Dale
Sunday, August 1, Post-worship, Fellowship Hall
Dale's last day on staff was March 22, 2020, and for obvious reasons, we could not celebrate him the way we wanted to. As we open back up, we are pleased to be able to celebrate Dale together in person on August 1. Mark your calendar and please take advantage of this opportunity to greet Dale and his family and to share your well-wishes. All are welcome.
From Our Business and Facilities Manager, Duane Gilbert
Many of you have reached out asking how I am doing since Cynthia, my amazing wife of 34 years, passed away on May 15. I am still in the early stages of grief, but it brings me much peace to know that Cynthia's 18-year battle with Parkinson’s is over and she is no longer suffering.  I am so grateful to the staff and the Binkley community for supporting me during this time. Many of you have traveled this journey with me since I joined the staff 14 years ago, and for that I say, "thank you."

My family and I will celebrate Cynthia’s life together privately later this month. I will be grateful to remain in your prayers and I welcome the opportunity to see you again in the office very soon. Please know that I am being well cared for by my family and church communities, among which you are counted.
Flowers for the Communion Table
We are now accepting reservations to provide flowers for our outdoor worship services. Click here to choose your preferred date. We will send you a reminder the week of your sign up, and you will have the opportunity to honor or commemorate a loved one or special event in the worship bulletin. Contact office@binkleychurch.org with questions.
Publication Deadlines

Submissions for the August
Newsletter are due by:

July 19

Submissions for the weekly bulletin and Friday Update are due by:

Wednesday Noon
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