January 25, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
January 27, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

Welcome to Binkley! Inquirer's Class
9:45 am, Library

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
 A Time to Share Perspectives on Women's Roles at Binkley
2:30 pm, Fellowship Hall

 Youth Group
6:00 pm, Sunroom/Lounge
From Our Pastor
Over the next several weeks I want to share in this space the words and wisdom from Serene Jones, President of Union Seminary in NYC, and our 2019 Seymour Symposium speaker/presenter. Make sure you've reserved March 2-3 on your calendars to be here. The column below is from an entry entitled, " The Revolution We Need is a Spiritual One."

"The revolution we need is, as with all revolutions that have occurred, a spiritual one — a deep awareness with profound and pervasive material manifestations, a transformation that changes the way we do everything, think about everything and act in the world. We are not the same people.

The revolution will involve a change in the way we understand what justice is and how truth is measured. We need to see the world through a lens of meaning that immediately shows us the deep interconnections and interdependencies among everything that exists, so that we imagine patterns of interaction that enhance and encourage flourishing at every turn.

The need we have is for a revolution of love. Nothing less will do now.
The revolution we seek is one where we are unable to name hatred, brutality, cruelty and indifference, where we are so repulsed by these forms of diminishment that they become unimaginable to us, impossible inside ourselves and gradually unknown in the world. So much so that we will be bewildered by collective exclusions and expulsions, if and when they happen. To use the words of the prophet, people will build houses and live in them, will grow food and eat it, will make beautiful things that we ourselves adore. And no one, anywhere, will be predator or prey. This vision alone has the power to elevate and save us, deliver us from our worst selves.

The need we have is for a revolution of love. Nothing less will do now. A revolution of love beyond the measuring stick of a justice that forgoes attention to the particular details of life at its best and worst.
A revolution of love beyond the reductive lens of a truth that decrees one single answer to the challenge of finding equality and freedom for all.

What we need is a revolution of love where wrestling with the inevitability of our earthbound deaths will be the closest we ever come to despair, and once we fully understand the true adventure of the completion of our lives, the experience will be the topic of deep poetic ponderings, of song, of dance, even celebration — never the subject matter of social protests, of savage deaths lost in the burning streets, of our unawareness of ourselves and our inattentiveness to each other, just another news story that is forgotten with the day.

We need a revolution of love now."

Amen, Serene. Amen.

The service this Sunday will focus on the importance of listening and valuing one another in the Body of Christ, the Church. I encourage you to look over both the bulletin paying particular attention to the Community Covenant for congregational meetings. At its best a community of faith will pursue a pattern of love where "inattention to each other" is unthinkable. Read I Corinthians 12:12-31a before Sunday. The sermon is Listening to the Body. I so hope to see you Sunday.

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
The Binkley 411
Habitat Build
Saturday, Jan. 26
1-4:30 pm

Click here to sign up and join Binkley friends in building "A Beloved Community" of affordable housing for Seniors in Orange County.

Binkley members have been helping to build a house in honor of Pastor Seymour at the Crescent Magnolia subdivision in Hillsborough. The subdivision is intended to be part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a Beloved Community. Because of a wonderful memorial gift from a Binkley family, the church has made a significant contribution to the cost of the house. Habitat has sent us a thank you letter, which says in part: “Thank you so much for this transformative gift that will provide a safe home for seniors in our community as they age. We are incredibly grateful for your partnership! “In another part of the letter, Habitat also thanks us for paying tribute to Pastor Seymour’s legacy of civil rights activism through the gift. Thank you being part of the Beloved Community.
Adult Sunday School Classes
9:30 am
A new year, a new start! Join us on Sunday morning, January 13, 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.

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 4:14-21 .

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.
New Binkley Church Sign Proposal
The committee appointed to make recommendations for a new church sign will present a display of our recommendations in January and eagerly await your comments. Join us in the narthex after worship to look at the plans for the sign and see a model of the planned sculpture that is recommended to be part of the sign. Committee members will be available to answer questions at that time. There will be a place to receive your written comments after you review the recommendations. ~The Sign Committee (Rob Lewis, chair, Fred Schroeder, Janet O’Neal, Chon Shoaf) 
Invitation to Men and Women of Binkley :
A Time to Share Perspectives on Women’s Roles at Binkley
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2:30-5 pm, Fellowship Hall
If you have something to say and want to hear new perspectives, please come. Through the use of personal stories, a look at Binkley’s history and a Samoan Circle time to share, we hope to continue this important conversation that has been and is taking place among various groups within the church, both formal and informal. We want to bring the conversation forward by including the voices of all who wish to participate as we grapple with some deep concerns. Please join us. Child care will be provided, but you will need to let the church office know by noon on Wednesday, January 23. We look forward to seeing you there. ~Priscilla Bratcher, Linda Bourne, April Kemper, Caryl Price, Susan Rogers.
Binkley's Bail Bond Justice and Support Project Kick-Off
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7-8:30pm,
Fellowship Hall
Childcare provided. This is an opportunity for the Binkley congregation to learn more about the problems of the current bail bond system, details about the Bail Bond Project including the goals, the four parts of the project (Court Observation, Data Collection/Assessment, Participatory Defense, and a Bail Bond Fund), volunteers/resources needed, and project timeline. Speakers will include people impacted by the bail bond system;  Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director  Carolina Justice Policy Center James Williams, Chair NAACP Criminal Justice Committee ; and members of the Binkley Peace and Justice Action Group. You will have the opportunity to volunteer for specific aspects of the project depending on your "time and talent."
Wednesday Night Series
Jan. 30, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Program: God’s Mysterious Moves: Process Theology & Global Warming. Herman Greene, founding director of the Center for Ecozoic Studies, considers how God may be ushering in new possibilities in the midst of this global crisis. A friend to Binkely, an activist for the flourishing of Earth, Herman will bring fresh theological perspectives and hope to making a difference. 
Listening as Ministry/Listening for Conflict Resolution
Thursdays beginning January 31, 6:30 pm, Lounge
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” - Maya Angelou

“Remember this, my dear brothers! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”
- James. 1:19

What is it like to have someone really listen to you? How do you know when someone is truly understanding what you are trying to communicate? What happens inside a speaker who feels understood? What happens inside a listener who cares enough to listen for understanding? How does a relationship benefit when both people demonstrate their intention to want to truly understand the other even when they disagree?
You are invited to explore these questions and to learn skills that will help you to be a more loving, effective listener for those close to you and for anyone whose relationship you value. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use these skills and others to create respectful, productive conversations when there is a problem or conflict you want to discuss with another. The class, facilitated by Diana Coble, will meet for five to six sessions on Thursdays from 6:30 until 8:00 beginning January 31 in the Lounge. Classes build on each other so that attendance from the beginning is most beneficial to the individual and the group. Please contact Diana Coble at dianacoble@gmail.com or 919 942-9184 if you wish to participate.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8:00 am, The Egg and I
On Saturday morning February 2, we have reserved the community room of the Egg & I (1101 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) from 8-9:30 am for breakfast and fellowship. Dutch treat. All Men of Binkley and friends are welcome.
Next Sunday in Worship:
On February 3, our Chancel Choir and soloists, accompanied by piano, bass and drums will sing the “Gospel Mass,” leading us in worship and in celebrating the Lord’s Supper. About “Gospel Mass:” About the same time that I once served as Minister of Music at Binkley, 30 years ago, Robert Ray composed a setting of the Catholic Mass in a gospel style with an English text. The premiere of “Gospel Mass” was in 1979 at the University of Illinois-Urbana, with a chorus of Ray’s students performing, and, since then, it has been very popular both as a concert piece and a part of the liturgy of the church. The “Gospel Mass,” six movements in all, is infused with energetic rhythms and jazz harmonies and lasts about 25 minutes. The movements will be interspersed throughout the worship service. I hope that you will prepare yourselves for a unique worship experience. As composer Robert Ray says, “The piece strikes an ecumenical chord that allows people of all denominations of faith to embrace the style.” ~Sue Klausmeyer, Interim Director of the Chancel Choir
2019 Program of Ministry Budget Meetings
All members are encouraged to attend two upcoming meetings regarding the 2019 Program of Ministry Budget. Based on pledges received from our Planting, Cultivating, Harvesting Stewardship Campaign, the finance committee will present a proposed 2019 budget for discussion at a meeting after worship on February 3, in the Fellowship Hall. On the following Sunday, February 10, a Church-in-Conference will be held to approve the budget. You may still submit your 2019 pledge to the church office to help us reach our ministry goals for the coming year. Pledge cards are available in the narthex or you can email your pledge to business@binkleychurch.org.

Login to the Members section of the website to view the proposed budget.
Registration Now Open!
2019 Seymour Symposium
March 2-3
Adventurous, creative people to serve as co-chairs of this summer’s Famous Binkley—Barbee's  Yard Sale!

If you're looking for a way to make a BIG impact on our community, this is your gig!
For more information,please contact Gary Stutts (919-493-0377, gw.stutts@frontier.co m ,) or Sonnie VanSant (919)-942-4470, ssvansant@gmail.com )
CROP Walk is Coming!
Mark your calendar now. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro CROP Walk will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 . More information and sign up packets will be available in February. In the meantime, the IFC – which cosponsors Crop Walk, along with Church World Service – needs volunteers to man registration tables, monitor street crossings and set up and clean up on the day of the Walk. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Karen Long at kemplong@bellsouth.net
January Challenge
Choose and Commit to ONE Sustainable New Year's Resolution
Ready to take on a more sustainable lifestyle in the New Year? Looking for ways to minimize your impact on the planet? This year make changes that will help both you and the Earth! To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some potential resolutions for you to choose from. Think about what is reasonable for you when choosing a resolution. Some of these may seem easy, but others may be quite challenging! You can obviously adapt any one to fit your own personal needs. Pick one to share with us this Sunday, and your resolution might make it in next Friday's Update!

Resolving Resolutely for our Earth Home
More resolutions have come in! Here are what some of you resolved to do on Sundays, 1/13 & 1/20:
  • Home composting (4)
  • Eating organic as much as possible (3)
  • Not buying disposable pens (using ballpoint pens with refills)
  • Eating less meat, and none of it beef or pork (2)
  • Eating local meat
  • Meatless Mondays
  • Cooking from scratch (2)
  • Saying “no” to plastic straws at every meal (5)
  • Choosing to take bus/bike/walk to work one or more days per week
  • Researching and purchasing in-season-only produce
  • Hanging laundry out to dry
  • Bringing own water bottle (5)
  • Switching to LED lights at home (2)
  • Bringing reusable shopping bags (6)
  • Bringing containers for leftovers
  • Only buying coffee if a reusable cup is available (2)
  • Avoiding fast fashion
  • Reducing use of plastic bags by 75%
  • Reducing average driving speed by 10% with the goal of 15-20% reduction in fuel use

Come on Wednesday Night, Feb. 6, to cheer each other on (and see what we’ve learned through making these resolutions)!

All are welcome to attend the next Earth Ministries meeting on January 31 from 1:30-3 pm in the library.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

April 5, 2019, St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Registration now open. A day-long interfaith conference in Chapel Hill on April 5, exploring how faith influences our reactions to suicide and what we can do better in our responses. Speakers will address how faith communities can engage, support, and build resiliency around those affected by suicide and suicidality. Click here for more information.
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February 18

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Wednesday Noon
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