March 6, 2020
This Sunday at Binkley
March 8, 2020
Second Sunday in Lent
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Youth Group
7:00 pm, Osborne Home
From Our Pastor
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has focused attention on the importance of something so simple: handwashing. I assume you are washing your hands as a surgeon scrubbing up for duty, thoroughly treating your phalanges with soap and sanitizer.

A simple inventory about attending worship or any activity at Binkley: If you are ill (cold/flu/respiratory issues/etc) don't attend services until well. If you've traveled on domestic or international flights monitor your health before entering large crowds. Continue to cover your mouth at the elbow for sneezes or coughs.

As I indicated last week we are suspending our typical "passing of the peace" until further notice and are asking you to limit physical touch (hugs and handshakes) out of caution and care for our members. Acknowledging another's presence can be done with the Hindu practice of "namaste," persons greeting each other place their palms together, fingers pointing upward, and say namaste with a bow.

Though considered a part of Hindu culture, namaste has a universal spiritual overtone. God is transcendent as well as immanent. Divine spirit is everywhere, even within our innermost self. Divinity is present in all of us.

When I greet you, I greet the divine spirit in you. I bow to you with folded hands, the same way I pray to God. Whether one is Hindu or non-Hindu; you are a “temple of God” to me, is the idea behind this respectful greeting. Over these next several weeks let's be the best "Baptist-Christian-Hindu" people possible!

This second lenten Sunday I continue the sermon series on the Human Journey with an installment on Young Adulthood. I am thankful for the unusual level of appreciation you've expressed to me about last Sunday's sermon on Childhood and Adolescence. 

Lastly, as we move toward March 22nd and our farewell service and reception for Dale Osborne and his family, we pray for Dale as he struggles physically with a severe pinched nerve, which affects the use of his hands. Ever cheerful, even in pain, Dale's faithful and dedicated ministry among us for 27 years is a remarkable testimony to the relationship between Pastor and people. His departure from the role of Associate Minister brings with it, naturally, sadness and surfaced anxieties. May we honor this transition for the Osborne's and for all of us in the congregation with grace and good will. In essence, bowing before this moment in a namaste posture, open handed, that says, " We bow before the Mystery with gratitude for the Divine that we have experienced in Dale's gospel ministry."

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
The Binkley 411
What you should know about the Corona Virus
You’ve likely heard about the Coronavirus (officially called “2019-Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”) in the news. While the immediate health risk remains low to Americans and there isn’t a vaccine yet, there are still ways that you can help prevent the spread of this virus.

To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
  • Stay home when you’re sick, and
  • See your doctor if you think you’re ill.
Visit  The Centers for Disease Control website  for more information on the Coronavirus, including what you should know about symptoms, treatments, testing, and other frequently asked questions. (

Binkley activities will continue as scheduled until further notice. Please use your best judgment as to whether coming to church is safe for you. If you cannot make it to church, service recordings are available online within 24 hours of the end of the service. If you are ill or need assistance, please reach out to your Deacon.
Sunday School Offerings for Adults
Lent Term Sunday School begins this week
These classes will be offered March 1-April 5

Spirituality for Activists (and all who care!) with Cate Alexander, Sunroom. For those who work to make our world a better place, this is an especially unnerving and exhausting time . This week, the group will look at the depth and impact of polarization in the country and why positive thinking won't solve our problems. Margaret Herring, a life-long activist from the Civil Rights Movement, through union struggles and ecological devastation, will join us. She has a unique historical perspective on the life of activism.

Three Sheroes of Faith, Justice, and Compassion with Collins Kilburn, Room 17. The class will explore the lives and religious views of three fascinating and inspiring women. This week the group discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe: What Fueled Her Anti-Slavery Passion and What Triggered Her Blockbuster Novel? We will look at her marriage, her struggle with becoming a writer while rearing seven children and managing a household, and he relationship with the abolitionists of the day.

Mindful Parenting (with Megan & Miles Highsmith, in the Lounge): Each week, the group discusses ideas about parenting from current resources. Novice and experienced parents, grandparents, and more alike share laughter, prayer, and support, in the journey of caring for a child/teen.  Marcus McFaul will be facilitating the conversation this week.
Worship with Children
Children ages 4-5 th grade are invited to follow Stephanie Ford out of the Sanctuary to Room 13. Stephanie will share stories about Jesus as a youth and young adult. Your child(ren) can be picked up there after Worship (please note the new location) .
Celebrating Kyle
The Music Committee will sponsor a reception in the narthex following worship on Sunday, March 8, to celebrate Kyle’s one year anniversary at Binkley. Please plan to join us for some light refreshments and conversation, and have the chance to greet Kyle on this happy occasion. 
Wednesday Night Series
March 11, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
In January, 2019, with Binkley as the leader, Orange County Bail/Bond Justice launched as a faith-based initiative, with two main goals: (1) Change unjust bail practices in Orange County; and (2) Provide assistance to people who cannot afford to pay their bail. The main initial work of the project centered on the court observation program. On February 2, OCBBJ released the initial findings of this program. The OCBBJ report found that there are, in practice, two systems of justice in Orange County - one for the poor and one for those who are not poor. The report provides 14 recommendations for reform, with 5 highlighted as the highest priority. Kimberly Brewer will present the key findings and recommendations of the Report.  Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or contact the office by NOON on Monday to make your reservation. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.
Weaving Beauty into Our Lives:
Binkley Women's Retreat, April 24-26, 2020
Plan to join new and old friends at our annual retreat, this year in a new spot: Blowing Rock Conference Center. We'll enjoy the mountains in spring, while reflecting on ways that nature, art, music, poetry, and more bring the healing and hope we all need. See Stephanie Ford for details. Registration forms at Stephanie’s office door.
The Enneagram:
A Map for Understanding Ourselves & Others
Sat., March 7, 9:00-2:30, Lounge
Facilitated by Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed.
This workshop is for the beginner as well as for those with a basic understanding of the Enneagram who want to learn more about some core elements and how they combine. Lunch is included with the registration cost. Register by emailing Stephanie Ford .
Cost: $50
Click here for more details.
Faith Connections On Mental
Illness Hope & Healing
Conference 2020
Faithfully Practicing Community Inclusion
Friday, March 13,
McKimmon Conference Center, Raleigh

Keynote Speaker: Father Gregory Boyle, S. J., Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA, the largest gang intervention program in the USA. He and two of the Homeboys will relate their powerful experiences
in addressing marginalization, gang violence and mental health conditions that often lead to hopelessness, violence and incarceration. For registration and information on additional speakers visit:
War, Peace, and Justice in a Time of Climate Change
Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, will lead a 3.5-hour workshop on issues of conflict and climate change on Saturday, March 21, 2010, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 This event is co-sponsored by Binkley Earth Ministry.

Register here . No payment is due when registering. Voluntary contributions for this event of $0 - $15 may be made at the door. If you have questions, contact Herman Greene.
Celebrating Dale
Dale’s final Sunday at Binkley is March 22. After worship that day, we will celebrate his 27+ years of ministry and friendship with a joyful and meaningful reception. Please join us.
Ways you can help:
  • Spread the word. We want to spread the word to all who know and love Dale. If you know of someone who does not receive Binkley communications but should be invited to the reception, please send their contact information to Jane Walters: You can also share and invite friends to the Facebook event.
  • Send us your photos of Dale. Please send your photos digitally to or drop printed photos by the office with your name printed on the back. We are especially looking for photos from before 2015. Submissions due by March 15.
  • Write a card. You will have the opportunity to leave written well-wishes for Dale and his family at the reception.
  • Contribute to the love offering. A love offering will be collected for Dale and his family in gratitude for his decades of service. You may contribute online (, place a check in the offering plate, or bring your contribution by the office by March 20.
Mass Poor People’s Assembly & March on Washington
June 20, 2020, Washington, D.C.
Reply by April 5
 A group of Binkley folks will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in this important march. For more details on the event, click here . For more information on how to travel with the Binkley group, click here . Please make your reservation by April 5.
Service of Jubilee
Launch & Discussion: March 29
Service of Jubilee: May 3
Plan to gather on March 29 after the worship service for lunch (provided) and small group discussions to share your ideas about ways to encourage Binkley folks to become more involved in the ministries and programs at Binkley. These discussions and reflections will prepare us for a Service of Jubilee on May 3, where the entire campus will be transformed into a celebration of our ministries, and where all of our members and friends can learn about and become connected to ministries where they feel led to serve. Stay tuned for details. For more information, please contact Tonya Hamm:
Sunday, March 29, 2 pm,
Carrboro Town Commons
There will be a table in the narthex following the 11 am services every Sunday where you can sign up to sponsor a walker, donate directly and/or buy a tee shirt. Online donations are preferred. Click here to donate. One quarter of the donations go to the IFC for food programs and three quarters go to Church World Service for hunger relief.
Questions? Email Karen Long:
Our Plants Need You!

We need someone to help water the plants inside the church. If this is something you may be interested in, please call Betty Hornaday, 919-933-7466, to find out more information. 
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Weds., Mar. 11, 7:30-9 am, Church of the Holy Family
Please consider attending this important event and investing in the development of a new cohort of effective community leaders in Orange County. Details here .

Fri., March 13, FRANK Community Gallery at University Place
A pop-up art benefit for Eyes Ears Nose and Paws (EENP). Details here .

Link your grocery store loyalty cards to BPS. Here's how .
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