October 8, 2021
From Our Pastor
Who did you think of when Charles Coble asked us on Sunday to name a teacher-educator who left a positive impression on you? 

I thought of Carolyn Yates, my 6th grade language arts teacher; Coach Washington, elementary school basketball coach; Robert Horne, 9th grade Civics teacher: Doy Steele, high school drama teacher; and my two tremendous 11th and 12th grade humanities liberal arts cluster teachers, Marsha Gray and Ann Schuessler...and space doesn't allow to name Mrs. Dozier, Miss Trollinger... 

I am a product of the Dallas Independent School District: Urban Park Elementary: John B. Hood Junior High (now renamed by vote of the students!, Piedmont Global): and Skyline High School.

Then off to a state university with professors, instructors, and mentors who introduced me to a wider world of knowledge, stoked my curiosity, and enlarged the wonder of learning. Take a moment now and think back to your formative teachers. What was the content of what you learned, and how did they foster the continuing desire to learn and grow? Can you recall their distinct manner of teaching, the character they displayed, and the care/challenge given to you? 

Public education runs on the dedication of teachers, administrators, staff, bus drivers, PTA's, lunch teams, crossing guards, volunteers, AND a citizenry committed to the good will for the common good of all. When it is under threat, as it is now in NC and elsewhere, then those who believe in the common good for all need to stand together and advocate for fair and equitable policies. We are seeing nationwide a version of "white flight" educationally; far right-wing state legislatures funnelling tax-payer dollars to "Christian" parochial academies (to the tune of 65 million dollars annually in North Carolina alone!).
All religious groups are free to begin whatever schools they want to but not from public tax dollars. And contrary to paranoid conspiracy theorist thinking, public education isn't some liberal left-wing indoctrination plan. When did critical thinking skills, civics, and civic engagement in the public square fall into such disregard?

Why must a church speak to these issues? "We are called to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The children of NC are certainly our neighbors and deserve all the love and care we can show them. A sound basic education is the best way we can show them tangible love to help them have what they need to make the most of this life they have to live. Particularly the most vulnerable in our society (from https://pastorsforncchildren.org/home/why-the-church/)."

Watch this video  North Carolina Belongs to Children (Words and Music by Peter Rawitsch © 2021). it captures musically the imperative to become involved. 

We are pleased to welcome to our campus this weekend public educators state and county wide. It is looking like a rainy weekend so we may have to move inside (ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS WE HAVE OBSERVED WILL BE REQUIRED). Sunday's preacher is Rev. Suzanne Parker-Miller from Pastors for NC Children. Pastors for NC Children are sponsoring these upcoming events.

Take a quick look at Sunday's Order of Worship and pay special attention to the lyrics of the final hymn from Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. 

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
Marcus McFaul
This Sunday at Binkley
Sunday School
9:30 am
For four weeks (9/26-10/17), we will worship together
outdoors on the Peace Plaza.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Sanctuary (masks required).

  • Masks are voluntary. We encourage those who are not vaccinated to please wear a mask at all times.
  • Restrooms will be available.
  • Seating will not be provided; bring a chair or blanket. Please contact the office if you need assistance with seating.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and water!
  • The service will be livestreamed on our website, Facebook, and YouTube for those who cannot attend. Details on accessing the livestream can be found below.
  • In the event of inclement weather, worship will be in the Sanctuary (masks required).
If you will not be able to join us in person, we will livestream the service at 11 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.
About Sunday's Guest Preacher
Suzanne Parker Miller is a Moravian minister who lives in Raleigh, NC with her spouse and two elementary-aged children. She serves as Executive Director and Founder of Pastors for NC Children, an ecumenical ministry that mobilizes faith communities for public education. She grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and is a proud graduate of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system before graduating from Meredith College. She attended Duke Divinity School and graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA, with her Masters of Divinity degree. Prior to children, Suzanne served as Associate Pastor at Raleigh Moravian Church. Suzanne earned a Certificate in Justice Ministry Education through Auburn Seminary in 2019. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys board games, especially Settlers of Catan. She can be reached @suzparkermiller on Instagram and Twitter and facebook.com/PastorSuzanneParkerMiller.
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!

Rally for Public Education
On the Peace Plaza (Weather permitting)
October 9, 11:30 am-1 pm

In the event of inclement weather, the rally will be held in the Sanctuary. Masks are required at the event regardless of location.

Public Education Sunday
October 10, 11 am
Click here for more info.
When you’re travelling in unfamiliar territory, it helps to have a guide! The journey inward, for most of us, is in some ways a venture into the unknown; what will we uncover, or discover, and what might change. It takes a healthy amount of curiosity and courage just to start out!
We have an opportunity to do some guided exploring of our inner world with spiritual director Sally Orcutt for 5 weeks, via Zoom, beginning on Wednesday Oct. 20, at noon-1:15pm. Sally’s focus in this series, “Discovering Your Deepest Self,” is on clearing pathways through the old habits of heart and mind that sap our energies on our journey of discovery of “true self,” the mysterious center of our life. Wise teachers she’ll draw on include Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating, and Cynthia Bourgeault. The group will work together to help one another along the way.
Are you wondering whether this adventure might be for you? We’ve scheduled an introduction – “Come and See” -- on Wednesday Oct. 13 from noon-1PM. If you’re intrigued, sign up for the series at this link to register. There’s a fee for the series of $50, and as always, scholarships are available; contact Stephanie Ford (stephanie@binkleychurch.org) for information. Sally will donate the fees to the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, her school. 

Come and see!
The Binkley Pumpkin Patch is now sponsored by the Outreach Committee and has been re-imagined as a fundraiser for the Inter-faith Council, which is the preeminent social service and advocacy group in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community.
The Pumpkins will be arriving on the afternoon of October 14 and we will be selling them through Halloween, or until they run out.
Help us make the patch successful by purchasing pumpkins for your holiday decorating and by volunteering your time:
Volunteers needed:
Unload the Delivery Truck
Thursday, October 14, 3 pm
Staff the Patch
2-hour shifts
10:30-6:30 Monday-Saturday
12:30-6:30 on Sundays
October 15-31
Contact Roal Carlson (roalcarlson@yahoo.com) to be kept in the know about the Binkley Pumpkin Patch. That’s the only way you will hear about the plans for the Pumpkin Patch’s musical cow!
Binkley Church
Bolin Creek Clean-Up
Clean Jordan Lake
Saturday, October 23, 9 – 10:30 am
Gather at the Chapel Hill Community Center
120 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Community Volunteers Welcomed
  • Fulfill Public Service Requirements
  • Family Groups Encouraged to Participate
  • COVID Precautions will be observed!
Black Lives Matter Vigil
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 12-1 pm
Hot Dog Lunch, 1-1:30 pm
  • 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.
Details soon!
Holiday Decorating Crew
We are in need of some folks with lots of holiday spirit to help us get the Sanctuary decorated for Christmas. Worship Committee Chair Alan Brown is hoping to convene an interested group of individuals sometime in mid-October to discuss. If you can help, please email Alan or call at 704-905-9940. 
Help an Afghan Refugee Family
Thanks to the Binkley family’s great generosity, we are very nearly done with what we are required to provide. However, because we still don't have a few of the things that we do need, such as groceries for the refrigerator at the last minute, financial donations would be greatly appreciated. A few large furniture donations are still missing from inventory, so those will need to be purchased as well. If you can help, please write your check to Binkley, and in the memo line write Afghan Resettlement Fund. You can also contribute online at this link. Contact Denise Laux for more information.
Our Wider Community

The Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road
Friday, October 15, 10:00 AM till 2:30 PM

Click here to learn the various ways you can support Binkley preschool through linking loyalty cards, purchasing from specific merchants, and purchasing holiday greenery.
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October 18

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