August 10, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
August 12, 2018
Early Worship
9:45 am, Lounge

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
From Our Pastor
In her book  Praying Our Goodbyes , author Joyce Rupp includes this line in a prayer of farewell to one who is leaving;
We love you dear friend, and we treasure your life.
We tenderly hold you in the palm of our hands.

As I re-read that prayer this morning it captures my own significant feelings for our dear friend Daniel Cherrix, whose life we treasure very much. 

I am certain that when you received and read the news from earlier today of Daniel's resignation as our Minister of Music and Organist you experienced many emotions and varied reactions--sadness, shock, surprise, confusion, grief, and most definitely gratitude for Daniel's extraordinary gifts.

When Daniel began his medical leave of absence in late June, it was our hope and expectation that he'd return to his duties in August, as we've communicated to you in this and other spaces. It is ridiculous to state the obvious but...we are all disappointed that he will not be returning to Binkley. He made such incredible contributions not only to our faith community but the Triangle itself.

The profound gratitude we feel for his ministry cannot be overstated; his passionate pursuit of meaningful church music accompanied with joyful exuberance left us anticipating Sunday morning worship with delight. We are all indebted to him for his pursuit of excellence in musicianship and ministry.
As you recall the many memorable moments with Daniel, from Vespers to Children's musicals, Cabaret, Choral offerings, Fall Festival, Youth Choir trips to South Carolina, Pumpkin Sales, the initiation of our Choral Scholars program...the list of lasting impressions (many with great laughter!) too numerous to name. Perhaps most of all his personal engagement with us filling our lives with such fun. I know that I speak for his colleagues here on staff in saying that his humor led to much hilarity on Tuesday mornings!

As the earlier message indicated,  please respect Daniel’s desire for privacy and our obligation under employment law not to disclose further information.  Be assured that he did receive the cards, notes, and other messages of support sent from you while away and expressed to me his deep appreciation for the care they conveyed.

I am grateful for the steadfast work of our Human Resources Committee, chaired by Anne Huffman, as well as the tireless efforts of Sonnie VanSant, Church Moderator.

We will worship together this Sunday as a people who in word and thought will convey:

We love you dear friend, and we treasure your life.
We tenderly hold you in the palm of our hands.

With much affection,
The Binkley 411
Sunday, August 19, Post-Worship, Lounge
Binkley’s Peace & Justice Action group invites you to be a part of our conversation about future goals and priorities. Mission Statement Peace & Justice Action of Binkley Baptist Church endeavors to engage the congregation in responding to the prophetic call of Christ by pursuing peace and working for justice. We sponsor opportunities for congregation-wide focus on local and global social issues while we support the justice work of individuals and groups within Binkley. We offer both short-term actions and long-term initiatives for living into this prophetic calling in the following ways:

  • cooperate in actions with existing justice groups in our own congregation, the wider community, and the world;
  • organize events that include opportunities for learning and action;
  • respond to urgent peace and justice issues in our community and world;
  • pray for peace and justice workers and for all creation suffering from violence and injustice.

Participation in Peace & Justice Action is open to all Binkley members and friends. So join us in the Lounge following worship on Sunday, August 19. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to or 919-357-8445 if you plan to attend.
Looking GREAT at 60 Campaign Update:
Well, friends, Priscilla, Don, Karen and Kimberly (and Business Manager Duane Gilbert with his green eye shade) are happy to share with you that we are  SO CLOSE to toe goal of funding important building projects around the church in anticipation of Binkley’s 60th anniversary! YTou have contributed a total of  $30,900 or 87% of our $35,600 goal! Can you help us close the gap? Don Willhoit will be at the table in the Narthex this Sunday with the Clean Up Bucket for your donations. Thanks to so many generous Binkleyites, our bucket is getting close to the top. Why don’t you make it spill over? You can put cash or a check in the bucket Sunday, put a check in the offering plate, or contact Duane in the office Monday through Friday mornings to make a pledge or gift. Thank you!
From Outreach
It is time to nominate recipients for Binkley outreach dollars for the 2019 program year. Nominations are due Friday, September 8, 2018, either to the church office or to . More details to follow.

Community Kitchen Chef Needed
On the 4th Wednesday of every month, Binkley supports the local community by preparing a lunch and dinner meal for approximately 50-75 hungry citizens at the Inter Faith Council (IFC) community kitchen located at the intersection of Rosemary and Columbia Streets in downtown Chapel Hill. We are in need of a new Binkley 4th Wednesday Dinner coordinator. The dinner crew works from approximately 4:30 - 7:00 pm but uses two shifts (prep and serving). The coordinator makes sure the team is available to serve through email correspondence and should be available by the beginning of the 4:30 pm shift but is not required to stay through the meal serving time. The coordinator should be hospitable, organized and eager to feed children of God who are hungry. Is that person you? If so, please contact Dale Osborne for more information and a shout of HOORAY!

ESL Teachers Needed,
Do you have 2 Sundays per month that you could offer to the meaningful experience of teaching Sunday School class to learners of English as a second or foreign language? You don't have to have experience -- but hospitality, a willingness to explain new words, and an interest in talking about the Bible, Christianity, and culture to "newcomers" are needed.  Please get in touch with Stephanie Ford, , if you are interested or have questions.
Richard Rohr’s  Immortal Diamond  Discussion Group
The discussion group that just completed Richard Rohr’s  Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life  will read Rohr’s next major book,  Immortal Diamond: the Search for the True  Self starting in September. Would you like to join us?

If you have read Falling Upward (or want to read it over the summer), you are ready for the group. In addition to weekly discussions at the church, we’re going to take an online course associated with the book for additional multi-media materials, including talks by Fr. Richard, and a moderated discussion for participants. Registration for the course is now open and participants should sign up at  (follow links to Online Education, Immortal Diamond). 

Any questions and/or interested? Contact Cate Alexander, 919-903-9563.
Back to School Supplies Needed
A box for school supplies will be located in the narthex this Sunday. Donations will be received by area foster children. Supplies needed are:

  • #2 PENCILS
  • COPY PAPER (8 ½ X 11)
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
The statistics are alarming: Nearly one in three adolescents ages 13 to 18 now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 32 percent of teens report persistent feelings of sadness or helplessness. To help to give teenagers skills to navigate their mental health journeys and to offer adults tools for helping, two Triangle advocacy groups are sponsoring #TeenAnxiety: A Youth Mental Health Summit at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill  on Saturday, Oct. 6. Click here for more info and to register.

Calling All Binkley Golfers, Support Prison Ministry
The Yates Baptist Association is having their annual golf tournament—Superball-Shotgun Start format—on Saturday, Sept. 15at the Umstead Pines Golf Course in Durham. Individuals and teams of men, women, or youth are welcome! Cost is $65 which includes golf and lunch. Proceeds support the ministries of Yates Baptist Association, including Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry. Email Kristen Young at  for a registration form, Michael Bond at  for sponsorship opportunities,and if you'd like to volunteer, please contact Teresa Dotson at
Many of the 3,500 children in our community who rely on the school lunch program may not have access to regular meals during the 11 weeks that school is not in session.

Volunteering is as easy as picking up a box of lunches at a school cafeteria, distributing them at a local community center or housing community and returning a tally sheet to the cafeteria.  Shifts last from 11:25 – 1:15, so you can volunteer at lunch. And you can choose how often you wish to participate.
Please visit our Volunteer Signup page or contact Carolyn Brandt

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