June 14, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
June 16, 2019
"Simply Summer" Worship
9:45 am, Lounge

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Shadowlands Movie Screening
6:30 pm, Lounge
From Our Pastor
A potpourri epistle today...

Where were these cooler spring-like temps during the Spring?

* This week we begin a series of services that examine the life and writings of C.S. Lewis. When it was determined that this summer's VBS curriculum was centered on his Narnia series it seemed like a natural thing to do. Stephanie Ford has already begun her weekly study group of his book  Surprised by Joy , and this Sunday evening we will screen the movie  Shadowlands  based on his marriage and care of Joy Davidman. Come! Invite! The film starts at in the Lounge. My sermon, " A Most Reluctant Convert " is a phrase taken from his description of himself when he embraced the Christian story.

** We say goodbye and farewell to Sandy Clifton this Sunday as she moves back to New York. We will miss her! Sandy joins a cadre of Binkley folk who've recently moved on to new locales: Peg and Ken Williams (Rochester, NY), and Gwen and Art Sherwood (Boone, NC), and moving soon will be Marilyn Metcalf and her family back to Florida, as well as Jim Barron and Philip Pieper back to Birmingham, Alabama. Let the record indicate that I voiced strong opposition to all of these moves by these incredible people. But in spite of my pastoral temper-tantrums, proximity to grandchildren, business opportunities, family obligations, and the mountains won out. Binkley is a better place for their participation and contributions of ministry. 
*** Here's another Summer Reading plan featuring all female Baptist authors that the Baptist Women in Ministry has compiled. Note our own Dana Trent is included.

**** Have you met and gotten to know our Summer Ministry Assistant, Blair Ramsey, yet? Blair will be a senior at UNC and has been with us for the past couple of years in worship and with our campus ministry. This summer she's helping us with children and youth ministries as well as giving worship leadership. Blair's home church is College Park Baptist in Greensboro. Welcome, Blair!

***** Elsewhere in this Update you'll read about a fantastic event on  Saturday, July 27th.  That evening we will return to  Gerrard Hall  on the Carolina campus for a night of music, ice-cream, and fund-raising!  PLEASE BOOK THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!  It will be wonderful to go back where we started, now 60 years later, to sing, reflect (and fund-raise for our choral scholar program!), and give thanks for the Spirit's gracious leading of our congregation. I'm tremendously grateful for our Minister of Music/Organist, Kyle Ballantine, and his work in making this happen.  JULY 27th @ 6 PM!!! BE THERE!!!!

With much affection for you,
The Binkley 411
"Simply Summer" Worship, 9:45 am, Lounge
Join us for an informal gathering to worship, sing, pray, and dialogue with Scripture through art, drama, small group conversations, and more. All ages welcome. Interactive play geared to include children as part of this worship experience. Occurs weekly through August except on June 30 and July 21.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Well, that’s up to you! On June 9, the Day of Pentecost, the church sanctuary chairs were moved into a circle arrangement for the summer; yet we had a little difficulty moving ourselves to sit in that circle!  This Sunday, will you be willing to seek out a new place to sit? Will you embrace a view from a different perspective? Will you be willing to tolerate a Pentecostal moment of confusion and unfamiliarity to try something new?  
Why do this?
  • A circle is a symbol of unity, of continuity, of wholeness.   By sitting in a circle we embody those  symbols. "God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is everywhere."
  • In a circle, we are one family gathered around a table of welcome. 
  • Sitting in a circle offers an opportunity to see the faces of your Church family; a chance to speak to someone you've missed, to notice who is absent, to meet someone new, and to be grateful for the faces you see.
  • Sitting in a new place can provide a new perspective and reminds us we can adapt gracefully to change.
  • A circle reminds us we are connected to each other and to all creation.

Come join the Circle!
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Book Group
Wednesdays, June 5-19, 12 pm, Lounge

Shadowlands Movie Screening
June 16, 6:30 pm, Lounge

Click here for more info on our C.S. Lewis book group and movie screening.
Donations Needed for VBS:

  • Toilet paper tubes (or paper towel tubes)
  • Cardboard refrigerator boxes (2)
  • Cardboad spool from a roll of carpet

To borrow:

  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Old fur or faux fur coats
  • Rectangular plastic bins (11" x 17” or larger)
  • Swim gloves (webbed)

Please bring your donations to Stephanie Ford's office.

Volunteer your time:

We need volunteers to help in all areas of VBS. If you can't commit to the whole week (June 24-28), we can still use you. You can volunteer to set the stage by recreating the Land of Narnia in our Fellowship Hall! Contact Stephanie Ford .
It doesn’t take long to look around at our world and have concerns for our Nation. These concerns can range from mental health to poverty, from health care to having a living wage, from immigration to climate change. This list can, at times, seem endless. The Binkley Diaconate has been leading us in a Season of Prayer over the last number of weeks, and they are planning a worship service on June 30 th , that will call us to a time of prayer for our nation. Prayer is a time of remembering and being open to the Divine for how we, as a church and as individuals, can be attuned to what actions we can take to reach out to those that we see are hungry, or thirsty, a stranger, needing clothes, medical care, in prison, and beyond, as taught to us in the Gospel of Matthew. Please join us for this special worship at 11:00 am on Sunday, June 30, for a “Call to Prayer for our Nation."
Memorial Service Details
The memorial service for Margaret Atkins will take place on Sunday, July 14, at 2 pm at Carolina Meadows (Fairways).
Every summer, Binkley folks of all ages retreat to the mountains to relax, worship, and get to know one another away from the normal routines and stresses of our daily lives. Together, we will consider how we might live on Earth with greater compassion and joy. We will worship, reflect, hike, create art, learn, and play. We will begin on Friday evening and end with an outdoor worship gathering on Sunday morning. Registration forms are available here or at Stephanie Ford’s door. For more details or to volunteer your gifts, contact Stephanie Ford .
Save the Date:

“Where the Music Began”
Gerrard Hall Hymn Sing
and Choral Scholar Fundraiser
60th Anniversary Capstone Celebration

Saturday, July 27 at 6 pm

More information to come!
From the Preschool
As a thank you gift for the congregation’s support this past year, the Binkley Preschool has given us a lovely matted and framed collage made up of pictures of the faces of all the students in the 2018-2019 year along with their first names. The collage spells out “Live Laugh Love Play.” The collage will be hung in the Education Wing for all to see. It is a lovely gift, so please go see it if you get a chance. 
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
June 21-23, Virginia Beach, VA

Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence
July 15-20, 2019, Cali, Colombia

There are no shortcuts in the spiritual life.  If you believe this, as spiritual teacher Thomas Merton did, but have not seen a more focused way forward, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius may be for you. Daily at-home spiritual practice and a weekly gathering over 8 months (with necessary breaks) are involved. For more information, click here o r call Cate Alexander at 571-275-5600.   

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