June 26, 2020
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From Our Pastor
A short epistle today...

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, crisis deepens daily---record new cases, off the chart hospitalizations, increased deaths, all coupled with zero national leadership, stubborn foolishness around refusal to wear face-coverings, and continued race-baiting/blaming have led to such deep despair. When will things get better? When can we expect to see the curves go downward?

In places around the globe where cases have decreased some common variables emerge: vigilant social distancing, absolute adherence to face-masks, hand washing regimen, and shelter-in-place guidelines that take seriously the necessity of limited contact with others. We are all tired and cabin fever has many of us feeling isolated and anguish of spirit.
But love of neighbor, love of self, and the hospitable welcome we give to others demands certain behaviors right now. Lives are dependent on it.
This Sunday's service includes the music of Sue Klausmeyer; a word from Church Moderator Joe Templeton; a children's moment with Stephanie Ford; and my sermon ("Whoever Welcomes, Whoever is Welcomed") is drawn from Matthew 10:40-42. I refer in the sermon to the following song (You've Got to be Carefully Taught) from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical  South Pacific.  Here is Chapel Hill's own James Taylor's version

Our continued demonstrations each Friday at 5 pm are a witness against hate and fear. See you later today.

My affection for you,
Your Pastor
This year, Binkley is exploring the theme of pilgrimage, the journey of the soul in this world. As we go through these uncertain days, we look to our faith, our mentors and teachers, our family and friends for strength. We can also find strength through spiritual practices.

It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real
journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.
We don't have a right to ask whether we're going to succeed or not. The only question we have
a right to ask is what's the right thing to do? What does this earth require of us if we want to
continue to live on it?  ~Wendell Berry
More Virtual Opportunities
Here are our current offerings for virtual learning, spiritual, and fellowship opportunities. We've got plans for more, so watch this space for updates!
A Virtual Time for Children
Canceled this week. Join us next Saturday at 10 am on Zoom!
Sermon Shaping
First & Third Tuesdays, 1 pm
Every first and third Tuesday at 1 pm, a group of Binkley members gather with the preacher for that week for a lively discussion of the week’s scripture text and to discuss the direction of the sermon for Sunday. You’re invited to join! Email  marcus@binkleychurch.org  for meeting information.
Virtual Prayer Time
Every Wednesday, 9 am
The Wednesday Morning Prayer group is continuing online. You are welcome to join us at 9:00 am via Google Meet. The format is simple: a short opening, silent prayer for 10 minutes, followed by spoken prayers offered freely by group members, then a naming of those listed in the bulletin for prayer, and ending with the Maori version of the Lord's Prayer. All in all, 30-40 minutes. Contact Stephanie Ford if you would like to join the circle, contact stephanie@binkleychurch.org .
The Binkley 411
EVERY FRIDAY, 5:00-6:00 PM on the grounds at Binkley Church

WANT MORE CHANCES TO STAND TOGETHER UNTIL THERE IS JUSTICE?   Join us for Weekly Vigils at the corner of 15-501 and Willow as we Stand Together Until There Is Justice.

  • A sign which conveys a message of antiracism
  • Sunscreen, water, and a chair if you prefer
  • Face mask and hand sanitizer

  • Participants agree to practice CDC recommended hygiene practices and social distancing at all times
  • The church will not be open, so please plan accordingly
  • If you are interested in hosting one of the weekly vigils, contact: asg@gloverimmigrationlaw.com or 919- 605-5081. 
Community Outreach During COVID

Beginning Monday, July 6, we will host a monthly Drive Thru Food Drive for the InterFaith Council Food Pantry. From 10-11 am on the first Monday of each month, we invite you drive to the Binkley Campus to bring as many food items as you are able to give to the pantry. The staff will be there to greet you--masks on--and all you will have to do is pop your trunk! No need to even get out of the car.

In addition to food donations, we will be taking a monthly collection for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund to be distributed to a local organization that is working to relieve the COVID crisis in our wider community. For the month of July, the collection will be given to the Orange County Eviction Diversion Program to help those in our community struggling to pay rent. Your donations can be brought at the same time as your food donations. Please make checks payable to Binkley with Pastor’s Discretionary Fund in the memo.

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS IN PAPER BAGS. We can also use donations of paper bags to transport the food.
  • If you cannot drive to Binkley during the specified times, please contact office@binkleychurch.org to make other arrangements.
  • You can also contribute to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund online or send a check in the mail. Make sure your donation is properly marked so it goes to the right place.
  • We need volunteers to staff the drop-off lane and to drive the donations to the IFC. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to sign up.
  • If you would like to suggest an organization to be the recipient of the monetary donations, please email office@binkleychurch.org.
Our Response to COVID-19
Click here to learn more about how Binkley is responding to the pandemic.
Our Wider Community

Please consider donating to the IFC and supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

In  Sonny Kelly’s   one-person show, the playwright, performer, and dad finds that the information his son needs to survive has radically expanded. And it’s up to him to give THE TALK. A virtuosic one-man show about the difficult conversation a father must have with his son in a racially-divided America .

IFC hands out dozens of cloth face masks daily to shelter residents, food pantry visitors, volunteers and staff. They are running almost on empty at this point. If you have masks to donate or can point to sources of donations, please contact: Jennifer Gill .

Tuesday, June 30th 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Zoom
Presented by Orange-Chatham Interfaith Creation Care (OCICC) and Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle (ICCT). Click here for more information.
Publication Deadlines

Submissions for the August
Newsletter are due by:

July 20

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

Wednesday Noon
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