January 24, 2020
This Sunday at Binkley
January 26, 2020
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

Welcome to Binkley!
9:45 am

Worship
11 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Musical Guest Meredith College Chorale
A Concert of Songs by Sue Klausmeyer
2 pm, Sanctuary

Bell Choir
4:30 pm, Choir Room

Youth Group
6 pm, Sunroom/Lounge

From Our Pastor
This Sunday we welcome the Meredith College Chorale to worship with us at Binkley. Then, at 2 pm, they will offer a concert of songs composed by our own Sue Klausmeyer. Some of our Meredith graduates will participate in the service. The mascot for Meredith, you ask? The "Avenging Angels!" Oh my.

I invite to consider the adult Christian education study  Living the Questions.  It is a wonderful introduction to what we might broadly call "progressive Christianity," which we, in the main, represent here at Binkley. It is a 21 week discussion/video/book(s) series that I am very excited to facilitate. You can read more about it from their website here  https://livingthequestions.com . The class will meet in the church lounge  starting Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7pm . Please sign up!

Along those lines my sermon this week, entitled, " Questions, Anyone ?" explores how important it is to approach the Christian faith in humility, avoiding where possible the seduction to certitude/proof. Fool-proof answers lure us into the realm of fundamentalism (both right and left). Likewise, a tension often exists between affirming mystery (which should not be lost) and the temptation of making faith a form of sacred superstition is a real one. How can we understand and live the Christian message as 21st century followers of Jesus? 
Lastly, the passing of Sam Wilburn has diminished us all. A memorial Service celebrating his life and faith is tomorrow, Saturday, January 25th at 11am. His obituary said it so well: " He always felt the three most important things in his life were Binkley Church, Habitat for Humanity, and his family." 

With much affection for you,
Marcus
The Binkley 411
Sunday School Offerings for Adults

Introduction to Process Theology (with Herman Greene, in the Sunroom): Process theology is a genre of Christian theology. Herman Greene will give a six-part introduction to process theology through the familiar prayer: (1) God is great; (2) God is good; (3) Let us thank God for our food; (4) By God’s hand we all are fed; (5) Give us Lord our daily bread; (6) Amen. This class is best taken as a series, but folks may join the class for any of the sessions.

T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets: a deep listening (with Meredith Bratcher & Tom Fewel, in the Chapel): Two poetry lovers, Meredith and Tom, will convene a series of 6 gatherings to discuss T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.  These four poems were published between 1936 and 1942; most were written during World War II. Interlinked, they form a rich meditation on human experiences in and out of time, on natural forces, on God. The conveners hope in this deep listening to let the poems’ meaning find the participants, rather than to pin the poems down in a scholarly way. They aim with Eliot to make a pilgrimage to internal sacred spaces, the poems lighting a way.

Easy English Bible Study (with Bo Lloyd, in Room 18): This class is presented in simple English for any person whose native language is not English. We focus on basic Christian concepts, Bible stories, the life and teachings of Jesus, and specific beliefs appreciated at Binkley.

Mindful Parenting (with Megan & Miles Highsmith, in the Lounge): Each week, the group discusses ideas about parenting from current resources. Novice and experienced parents, grandparents, and more alike share laughter, prayer, and support, in the journey of caring for a child/teen. 
Worship with Children
Children ages 4-5th grade are invited to join Claudia Templeton and Stephanie Ford at the back of the Sanctuary just before the sermon begins. Claudia and Stephanie will lead the children to the Sunroom where they will consider how God is glorified in music through engaging activities. Your child can be picked up there after the service ends.
Wednesday Night Series
January 29, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition
Although headlines all too often depict Islam as violent, Omid Safi has collected soaring and poetic writings, which offer us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition – a tradition that celebrates love as the ultimate path leading humanity back to God. Dr. Safi, Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke, will talk about this vision of radical love in Islam and what it means at the intersection of faith traditions and prospects for peace. Read more about Dr. Safi here . Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or contact the office by Monday at NOON to make your reservation. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.
Memorial Service Details
The memorial service for Sam Wilburn will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 11 am in the Sanctuary.
Meredith College Chorale and Concert of Songs by Sue Klausmeyer
On Sunday, January 26 the Meredith College Chorale will join us to sing for our 11 am worship service. Then, at 2 pm there will be a concert to premiere new vocal works by Dr. Sue Klausmeyer, including a piece commissioned for Meredith and pieces that Dr. Klausmeyer wrote for our own Binkley Chancel Choir during her interim last winter. Meredith College is an historically Baptist college, and we have many connections here at Binkley. Please join us in welcoming these singers, and enjoy their beautiful music, on January 26.
Last Call for El Refugio Donations
If you have any further donations of clothing or gift cards, please bring into the main office by January 26. A list of needs is available here .
Living the Questions:
Facilitated by Dr. Marcus McFaul
 Beginning Feb. 6, 7 pm, Lounge (21 sessions)
Explore a kind of Christianity that makes sense today. Living the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity. Register for the class by contacting office@binkleychurch.org by February 1.
2020 Program of Ministry Budget Meetings
Members should plan to stay after worship on February 2, 2020 for an information session on the 2020 Program of Ministry Budget.

The vote to approve the budget will take place at a Church-in-Conference after worship on February 16.
HKonJ
(Historic Thousands on Jones Street)
February 8, 9 am   
North Carolina’s most impactful demonstration of the year, “Historical Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly and Moral March” is an event organized by William Barber and the North Carolina NAACP annually since 2006.  The Peace and Justice Group, the Humanitarian Crisis work group and the Outreach Committee all invite you to join us.  Watch this space for information on carpooling from Binkley, or you can take the NAACP bus!  “No time to stand down.  We must stay strong and endure!” Learn more here .
Barbee’s at Binkley
February 9
The congregation from our sister church, Barbee’s Chapel, will join us for worship and a potluck lunch on February 9. Please bring a dish to share and a welcoming smile for our friends from Barbee’s. 
Humanitarian Crisis Work Group
February 16, ~12:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
All are welcome to our next Workgroup Meeting following the 11:00 worship service and Church-in-Conference. Bring a bag lunch, drinks and cookies provided. Susan Ketchin and Bob Winstead will debut and teach us the beautiful song that Susan has written for the cause. We will make plans for the important next steps needed to respond to the crisis. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.
Greeters Needed
The Binkley greeters are a small group of dedicated people making guests and members feel wanted, needed, and special for a few minutes prior to Sunday morning services. We are in need of expanding our crew and have openings on the second, third, fourth, and fifth Sunday teams. Please contact Stewart Bankhead ( jsbankhead@gmail.com ) if you'd like to take on 1 Sunday a month, or less, as a greeter, or as a sub. I know you'll be blessed. Our members and guests have made the greeters feel special too. Thank you for considering this important calling. I know it makes our church a more welcoming place.
Binkley Art Show to Return
Here’s your chance to shine! Our Family and Friends Art Show will return in Fall 2020. The one-day, after-worship event will be seeking submissions, including original paintings, drawings, needlework, woodwork, glass, pottery, textiles, and possibly other media. Children’s pieces are welcomed. Both for-sale and not-for-sale items may be displayed. So get your pieces ready, and watch this space for further details as the Fall approaches. If you have questions, contact Myra Knight, chair of the Fine Arts Committee.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Fri., March 13, McKimmon Conference Center, Raleigh
Speakers from the Durham Nativity School, Rebound, Recovery Communities of NC, and Reintegration Support Network will present how engagement and support creates a healthier community. Early Bird rates end 2/28/2020. For registration and more information visit fcmi-nc.org


Binkley Preschool Registration Open
Binkley Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit Binkley Preschool’s website for more information and the 2020-2021 application: 

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