March 15, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
March 17, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Lunch & Learn
Post-worship, Lounge

Youth Group
6:00 pm, Sunroom/Lounge
From Our Pastor
The second Sunday in Lent finds us with Jesus lamenting the practices and attitudes of Jerusalem (Luke 13: 31-35). “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your people just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that. Look, your house is abandoned.” Matthew says, “Jesus wept” over Jerusalem. Luke doesn’t say Jesus wept but it’s hard to imagine Jesus uttering these words without tears in his eyes.

Will Willimon, formerly Dean of Duke Chapel, recounts the following story:

Back when I served as Junior High rep to the Official Board of Buncombe Street Methodist Church, Billy Graham announced a city-wide crusade in our town, little Greenville, South Carolina. The whole town mobilized. Every church in town was canvassed for their support. At the church’s board meeting grownups debated our congregation’s participation. Our preacher told the board what a great opportunity this was for our church, for our whole town. Billy Graham! 
Our preacher said that he had been meeting for the last few months with a group of clergy from other churches in town and rarely had he witnessed such excitement.
The board was having none of it and refused to rejoice with our pastor at the prospect of the citywide crusade.“Bunch of Baptists trying to get a leg up on us,” gasped one.“Graham says that there will be no separation of the races during the meetings.” That did it. The board voted to protect our church from Grahamesque miscegenation and racial mixing and refused participation.After the meeting, as I exited a side door to catch the legally racially segregated Greenville bus to go home, down a dark church hallway I heard weeping. I crept down the hall. Light shown from an open door. I peeked in. Our pastor, Dr. Dubose, was sobbing, holding his head in his hands. Keeping up with the disruptive movements of a righteous God is not for the faint of heart." ("What Makes Preachers Cry?" 2019).

See you on Sunday.

PS---my thanks for all the kind birthday wishes, much appreciated.

With much affection,
From Our Minister of Music & Organist
This completes my first full week at Binkley! On top of all the normal activities a new employee has to do (like filling out paper work, learning to use the copier, and finding the microwave), I have prepared to play for worship, rehearsed the choir and met the bell choir, met with various staff members and committee chairs, and, in general, tried to hit the ground running! 
I am overwhelmed by the warm and genuine welcome I have received from you all, and I hope you know how much that means to me as I begin in a new position in a brand new city. Please keep introducing yourselves when you see me around the church, and I promise that eventually I’ll know learn everyone’s name! This is a wonderful adventure for me, and I already know that I have found a truly unique and incredible place among you all. 

The Binkley 411
Adult Sunday School Classes
9:30 am
Join us on Sunday morning, March 17, 9:30-10:30 for an adult Sunday School class. There are a variety of opportunities to choose from, and each class is open to newcomers!

Mindful   Parenting,  Lounge:  This week, Christine Jernigan will be facilitating the conversation.

The Bible and The New York Times , Sunroom:  Dr. McFaul will facilitate a conversation around the following articles:

Finding Myself on a Journey , Chapel:  Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. This Sunday, the passage to be considered is Luke 13:31-35/Luke 9:28-36.

It’s Not Just One Way , Room 17:  Each week in this class, an individual or couple shares their spiritual journey with the group.

English as a Second Language and Christianity , Room 18:  Bo Lloyd leads the class in an engaging study of Christian faith, while also helping participants improve English vocabulary and fluency.
Lunch and Learn
Sunday, Mar.17
12:30 pm, Lounge
Come and hear attorney and advocate, Alice Glover, and her colleagues talk about their week-long volunteer work in Tijuana with families seeking asylum. Dale Osborne will also share about the trip he and Ashley Nissler took to deliver our Epiphany gifts to El Refugio. Light lunch provided.
Monday, Mar. 18
12:30 pm, Lounge
Anyone available for a hearty lunch and a wholesome program at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 18 is invited to Primetimers. This month our program is led by Virginia Taylor. Virginia will educate, engage and encourage regarding efforts to feed school children during the summer months when school is not in session. Many in our community rely on the public school lunch for a healthy mid day meal. When school is not in session, hunger sets in quickly. Lunch from K&W is $9. Please RSVP to the office or sign up outside Dale’s door by Friday, March 15.
There are several Lenten Opportunities still available to you throughout the 40 days of the season: a study of Richard Rohr's Breathing Underwater , a prayer class led by Meredith Bratcher and Stephanie Ford, and a 6-part series on Christian meditation led by Dana Trent.

It's too much to list here, so click here to get details on everything!

New Lenten Offering for Students:
Tuesdays during Lent,
beginning March 19, 8 pm, Chapel
All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to gather in the chapel each Tuesday evening during Lent for Compline. Offered at the close of day, Compline is an ancient prayer service that directs the heart toward God as the body prepares for evening rest. Our services will include poetry, scripture, responsive readings, and a guided prayer. The service will begin at 8PM and will last for about half an hour. Please contact Austin Maynor with any questions.
Wednesday Night Series:
Mar. 20, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation. The third installment of this six-part series led by Dana Trent. For full details, please check the March newsletter. Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or RSVP to the office by Monday, March 18 at noon. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

Can't make it on Wednesdays or want to enrich your meditation experience even further? Click here for a free Lenten Guide from Dana.
Habitat Build
"Beloved Community"
Saturday, Mar.23, 8:15am-12pm
Let's finish the Seymour House. Our next volunteer build opportunity is March 23 during the morning shift. Register here . If you can not build but would be willing to bring lunch to the workers, please be in touch with Dale Osborne or Linda Textoris.
Church-Wide Meetings & Gatherings
Sundays, March 24 & 31
March 24: An after-worship gathering to thank our hard-working committee members and to formally welcome our new Minister of Music & Organist, Kyle Ballantine. Post-worship in the Fellowship Hall.

March 31: A church-wide meeting to continue discussing the proposed new church sign. Post-worship in the Fellowship Hall. 
Sunday, Mar. 24
Stop by the table in the narthex to sign up and pick up your donation envelope. We are also selling tee shirts for $6.00. Seventy-five percent of the money raised by CROP Walkers goes to Church World Service for hunger relief, and twenty-five percent stays in Chapel Hill-Carrboro for local hunger relief. If you want to donate on line, click here and be sure and identify your team as Binkley Baptist Church. 
Women of Binkley: Sharing Stories
Saturday, Mar. 30, 2 pm, Library
During the recent Seymour Symposium, Dr. Serene Jones reminded all of us of the power of sharing stories. As a follow-up to the January meeting and Samoan circle conversation on women’s experiences at Binkley, we wish to offer a time for women to come together to share stories among ourselves. We have set aside Saturday, March 30 from 2:00-3:30. Please gather with us in the Library and we will move to a larger space if needed. Come ready to share your experiences and to be heard. ~ Priscilla Bratcher, Linda Bourne, April Kemper, Caryl Price, Susan Rogers.
In the Light of Self-Compassion: Women’s Retreat
May 3-5, 2019 – Salter Path, NC 
Join Binkley women (and invite friends) for a weekend to renew body and spirit at the beach. We’ll consider practices of self-care physically, spiritually and mentally. Laughter is sure to be on the menu. The Trinity Center is our host, and May is a lovely time to be at the seaside. Registration forms are available at Stephanie Ford’s door. 
Binkley is a Cool Congregation!
Binkley is among five churches in the nation chosen as a Cool Congregation by Interfaith Power and Light in recognition of our recycling and composting efforts. Click here to learn more, and be sure to thank Linda and Karin for helping us achieve this honor!

March Challenge
For the Beauty of the Earth
The Fine Arts Committee will be featuring a very special art exhibit in the Sanctuary during the entire Season of Lent, from March 1 until after Easter. The exhibit, titled For the Beauty of the Earth, will feature over thirty paintings of nature by local artist, Joan Meade.
To the side of each painting will be a quote or saying by poets and other authors. The Earth Ministries Challenge is to ask viewers of the exhibit to comment in writing on what they have seen and read. At the end of the exhibit, near the Baptistery, will be a large glass container and some paper, on which we encourage everyone to write comments that are expressive of thoughts and feelings evoked by the exhibit.
It is the hope and challenge of the Earth Ministry Team that all ages, members and visitors, will take the opportunity to really ‘take-in’ all of the paintings and share their impressions in writing. We, in turn, will share many of the comments in Friday Updates while the exhibit is on display in the Sanctuary.
Lenten Art Exhibit
“For the Beauty of the Earth ”: 
Paintings by Joan Meade
The lovely selection of paintings displayed in our narthex and sanctuary are by Chapel Hill artist Joan Meade. Ms. Meade’s work focuses on the natural world, particularly water, rocks, and trees in all their amazing manifestations. The collection reflects her extensive travel in both the United States and other countries. Accompanying each painting is an identification card that gives the painting’s name, the location that inspired it, and a poem or other inspirational writing chosen by members of Binkley’s Fine Arts Committee. The exhibit celebrates the natural beauty that surrounds us always, but which is especially prominent during the Lenten season of rebirth. The 31 paintings will remain in place through Easter Sunday. Additional information about the artist and her work are available on the credenza in the narthex. To see more of her paintings or to contact her, go to
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have proclaimed March as Skip the Straw Month. Click here to learn more about how you can be involved.

Click here to view a list of upcoming social justice events taking place in our area, provided by Connie Gates.

April 5, 2019, St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Click here for more information.

Friday, Apr. 26-Sunday, Apr. 28. Calvary Baptist Church, Wash. DC Theme: What is Liberty Without Liberation? Visit for details and registration.  

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

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