April 16, 2021
From Our Pastor
Another day, another week, another black American murdered by police. Just miles from the trial proceedings over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a young 20 year old man, Daunte Wright, was killed by a white police officer. In a phone call with his Mother, he said car air fresheners dangling from the rear-view mirror was cause for being pulled over.

Body camera footage has emerged that captured a December 2020 incident in Virginia of a confrontation between a local policeman pepper-spraying Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, with his hands raised outside of his car window. Caron Nazario is heard saying, “I’m honestly afraid to get out of the car."

For American-Africans there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.
For persons of color nothing can be assumed as safe when dealing with law enforcement.
For black men and black women questions of survival in the most basic situations and circumstances...

Botham Jean, an accountant, 26, in his own Dallas apartment, murdered by a white female officer who claimed she thought he was in her apartment.
Breonna Taylor, 26 year old nursing student, killed in her own Louisville apartment in a botched raid, wrong address. Sleeping while black.

Driving while black, ask Sandra Bland---were she still alive.
Jogging while black, Ahmaud Arbery---were he still alive.
Praying while black, Mother Emanuel AME massacre victims---were all 9 still alive.

If you've wondered why we continue to hold weekly Black Lives Matter vigils every Saturday, holding signs with the names of the murdered, it's because, sadly and infuriatingly, another name must be written, another family in mourning, another community embroiled in outrage...just another day in America. 

Whether hate crime attacks involve African Americans, Asians, Latinos/Latinas, LGBTQIA+ folks, or any other targeted group, the killings must stop.

I hope to see you Saturday at noon as we give public witness to the gospel.

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
This Sunday at Binkley
Welcome Guest Preacher:
Mandy Mizelle-Norris
Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris is a chaplain, minister, retreat leader, and imperfection advocate who lives in Durham, where she spreads the gospel of Dean Smith (Roy Williams, and now Hubert Davis) onto the hard soil of Duke fans. Since graduating from Wake Forest University School of Divinity
in 2013, Mandy has been fortunate to serve with congregations, hospitals, and mental health clinics throughout the Triangle. In the Before Times, she and her son could often be found (and heard) on the back row at Binkley, dropping every single coloring pencil out of the children's worship bags onto the floor with impressive acoustics! Both Baptist and Tar Heel born and bred, Mandy is delighted and grateful to join you all this Sunday.
The Binkley 411
Pentecost on the Peace Plaza
Sunday, May 23
We are thrilled to announce that our first in-person worship experience in over a year will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 23. We will worship outdoors and socially distanced with all appropriate safety protocols in place. Details coming soon!
CROP Walk 2021
April 18-25
The Walk is Virtual but the Need is Real
  • Week-long virtual event from Sunday April 18-April 25.
  • Sign up or donate here.
  • Contact your supporters and direct them to donate online via the link above, and promote the Walk on social media to increase support.
  • Socially distant fund raising is encouraged.
  • You can still walk! Just in a socially distanced, masked, very small group. 
  • Questions? Contact Karen Long or Sheryl Scrimsher.
Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm
On the eve of Earth Day, please join Binkleyites for a service celebrating God’s beloved Earth in song, Scripture, poetry, and ideas for action. Even as we have endured the Covid quarantine, we have also encountered and realized Earth’s wonder and beauty in new ways. Let’s see what we have learned together. Links to this recorded presentation will be sent the day of the program.
Nature Walk for All Ages
Saturday, April 24, 10 am, NC Botanical Garden
We'll begin with a guided walk while hearing interesting lessons from the fun and knowledgeable Charles Coble. We'll conclude our morning together with a picnic lunch (bring your own lunch; water and dessert provided).
Please RSVP to Stephanie Ford.
Sunday, April 25, Post-Worship
Join Binkley leaders as they present a slate of new Deacons to be elected by the congregation. The slate of nominees will be presented on Friday, April 23. The meeting will take place directly after the worship service at approximately 12:15. A link to the meeting will be sent to our Member mailing list on the morning of the 25th
Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup Update and Feedback Meeting
Sunday, April 25, 7 pm

Do you wonder what the Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup (HCWG) is doing, or do you have ideas about what we could be doing?
You are invited to join us for a Binkley Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup Meeting (via zoom) Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 PM. The HCWG has been actively and visibly advocating for people who are marginalized for the past 1 ½ years. It is time to step back and review what we have done and to seek feedback and input from the full HCWG and others in the congregation to guide us as we move forward. Following a short presentation on what we have been doing, we will have breakout sessions giving you a chance to share your thoughts about:
  • What are the main issues that you see facing our HCWG (advocates for people who are marginalized)? Can you prioritize them?
  • In what specific ways can we visibly advocate for people who are marginalized?
  • Are there specific organizations, groups, or initiatives that you believe we should consider volunteering with or donating to?
To prepare for the meeting, please review the recently adopted Binkley Proclamation: A Call to Action for Our Common Humanity.

A Zoom link will be sent the day of the meeting.
Spring Read with Marcus
Thursdays, April 29-May 13, 7pm
Join Marcus for a three-week book study of Diana Butler Bass’s latest: Freeing Jesus. Register here.
Faith Connections on Mental Illness Hope and Healing Conference
Thursday, May 6, 8:30 am-4:15 pm
Father Greg Boyle, best-selling author and founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program, will keynote the 10th Annual Faith Connections on Mental Illness Conference with Hope and Healing: Faithfully Practicing Community Inclusion. Click here for more information and to register.
Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil
Saturdays, 12 noon-1 pm
You are welcome to join members of the Binkley Community for our weekly vigil to remember and honor those who have lost their lives due to police brutality.  

Questions? Contact Dick Clifford.
Mondays with Marcus
Every Monday, 12-2 pm, Binkley Grounds
You're invited to meet one-on-one with Marcus on the Binkley grounds for fellowship, coffee, prayer, lunch—whatever you wish! 30-minute time slots are available from 12-2 each Monday afternoon. Sign up and get more details here
COVID-19 Update
Click here to get the latest on 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.

Weds., May 5, 7 pm
Offered via Zoom, the event will feature storytelling, prizes, and meals from Carrboro United. Proceeds will provide nutritious meals and wellness visits to seniors throughout Orange County. For more information and to register, go to https://www.mowocnc.org/events.
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April 19

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