December 20, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
December 22, 2019
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
11 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Youth Christmas Party
7:00 pm, Osborne Home
From Our Pastor
The warmest of Christmas greetings sent to you from all of us who have the distinct pleasure of serving alongside you in ministry at Binkley! We offer our deep gratitude for all the goodies (though not the extra weighty pounds!) and gifts you've given us, both now and all year-round.
Wherever your holiday travel plans take you please be safe, and enjoy this season with family and friends. If you are in town this week I hope to see you in worship for the Fourth Sunday of Advent; my sermon ("The Look on his Face") will be drawn from Matthew 1:18-25 and explores the role Joseph plays in Matthew's version of the Christmas pageant. I love this image floating around social media of Joseph holding the new-born baby Jesus while an exhausted Mary naps.
Remember that we have two Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, Dec. 24th; 4pm and 7pm. Our popular family-friendly service, led by Dale Osborne, is one of sweet and meaningful participation by children and parents. At 7pm (pre-service music begins at 6:45pm) a service filled with choir and candlelight is offered. My Christmas mediation that night is entitled "Comfort and Joy."
I fly to Dallas on Christmas day to be with my Dad and youngest son Griffin. And, yes, Ollie Bink will make the trip too. Truly, I hope for you a very wonderful season filled with light and love.
With much affection for all of you,
Your Pastor
A poem by Sharon Blessum, reflecting on last Sunday's (12/15) service:
a small boy wiggles in his cow costume 
a boy and girl walk down the aisle toward hay
a two-year old in turban and robe
is followed closely by the security blanket of his dad
who gamely wears his own shepherd attire
a girl with wings askew
all take up their residency
as children always have
in the ongoing tale too big for them
too familiar to us
until we sing
Away in a Manger  weaves its spell
the Story is passed on
and this young cast will carry the memory
in their unconscious forty years and more
the same music and images
will strangely stir them
as maybe their own offspring
join this lineage
later a bigger person
an adult who also loves the Story
rises to remind us of Mary
then adds that Joan of Arc, Sojourner Truth,
Malala, Greta Thunberg and Mary were all the same age
when they were pregnant with
such God-implanted passion
were all bullied but not stopped
their lives magnified the Lord
revolutionaries with female voice
living their Soul Choice.
                      sharonblessum 12/15/19
The Binkley 411
7 pm service includes music from the Chancel Choir, organ, piano, and trumpet; prelude begins at 6:45 pm.
(Hours are regular unless noted below)

Tue.-Thu., Dec. 24-26
Fri., Dec. 27
9 am-12:30 pm
Tues., Dec. 31
9 am-Noon
Weds., January 1
Christmas Message from Earth Ministries
One Blue Dot Called Home
This narrative of this video is an excerpt from Carl Sagan's book "Pale Blue Dot" (1994). It was inspired by an image taken, at Sagan's suggestion, by Voyager 1 on 14 Feb 1990.  The earth is shown from a distance of about 6 billion km. Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission, and was leaving the Solar System when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around, and take one last photo of Earth across a great expanse of space. Sagan’s message is even more poignant in our present time.

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” 
~ Terry Swearingen, Nurse & Winner of Goldman Environmental Prize in 1997
The Earth Ministries Team, Pearl Barfield, Linda Bourne, Charles Coble, Stephanie Ford, Herman Greene, Buck Horton, Susan Ketchin, and Karin Mills wish you a Merry and Sustainable Christmas!
Coming in January

Sunday, January 5 (Epiphany Observed)
  • Epiphany Coffee House Service Project, 9:30 am
  • Special Musical Guest Brad Berglund in 11 am worship
  • Taize Service with Brad, 5 pm

Thursday, January 9
  • Health Ministries sponsored Yoga Class begins, 5:15 pm

Sunday, January 12
  • Combined adult & youth Sunday School with Eliazar Posada, 9:30 am
  • Welcome to Binkley Inquirer's Class Begins, 9:45 am
  • Humanitarian Crisis Planning Meeting, 4 pm

Sunday, January 26
  • Special Musical Guest Meredith College Chorale in 11 am worship
  • Concert of Songs by Sue Klausmeyer, 2 pm

Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Sun., Jan. 19, Friday Center, on Reception 5-6,Banquet 6-8.
Tickets are $30 dollars. See Lillian Lee.

Please help community members in need by donating your used furniture to The Furniture Project. The Furniture Project is a community-wide, all volunteer charitable outreach that collects gently used furniture, provides a tax donation receipt and delivers to the family in need that has been referred by an advocate. For more information, see the poster on the Binkley church bulletin board, or contact the Furniture Project Director Jane Hathaway at  or 919-612-2759.

Binkley Preschool Registration Open
Binkley Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year starting the first week of December. Children of Binkley Church members will receive priority admission when their applications are received by December 31, 2019. Please visit Binkley Preschool’s website for more information and the 2020-2021 application: 

Link your grocery store loyalty cards to BPS. Here's how.
Revised November 2016
Church Office Hours

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8:30 am - 3 pm
Publication Deadlines

Submissions for the January
Newsletter are due by:

December 16

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

Wednesday Noon
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