June 29, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
July 1, 2018
 Early Worship
No Early Worship this Sunday

10:40, Jazz Prelude begins
11:00 am, Sanctuary
Communion Sunday
Marcus McFaul preaching
Youth depart for BYC during Worship
From Our Pastor
I encourage you arrive earlier than normal this Sunday,  Jazz Sunday , for gathering music with our extraordinarily talented jazz musicians.They will begin an  extended prelude set around 10:40 a.m. and you will not want to miss a moment of their music.  The children from VBS will offer some of their learned songs from this week as well.

Additionally, we will bless and pray for all our Binkley  Baptist Youth Campers  and their chaperones who will leave for camp near the beginning of the service. We are beyond grateful to God that Dale Osborne has recovered from the incident at the beach and is well enough to lead our terrific kids in their exploration of Creation (this year's theme). And what a setting for such an exploration of the beauty and majesty of the created world ( Laurel Ridge Conference and Retreat Center ) . We pray for safety in travel to and from, and that their time away be filled with fun, meaningful experiences, and deepened friendships.

Two short commercials for upcoming events: My teacher and friend, church historian and American religion scholar,  Dr. Bill Leonard will be at Binkley in two weeks (July 15th)  to lead a discussion of the changing landscape of American congregational-religious life. He leads the conversation in the Fellowship Hall that Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Bill will preach in the worship service. This is a timely conversation for our church as we begin the important and exciting process of envisioning possibilities for future ministries and how we navigate the changing waters. Dr. Leonard is one of the best classroom instructors and preachers you will ever hear, so please be present July 15th.

Which leads to commercial number two:  The Church-Wide Family Retreat, with its focus this year on worship, at Blowing Rock in late July with Brad Berglund.  Brad is a remarkable person with creative musical gifts, photographic skills, and a spiritual depth that invites and encourages peace, contemplation, and renewal. I cannot emphasize to you in stronger terms how wonderful of a retreat facilitator and musician Brad is---please sign-up for this time away in the mountains. I hope all members and friends of Binkley---OF ALL AGES AND GENERATIONS----will take advantage of this spiritually refreshing and fun opportunity. More details about cost and schedule can be found here .

My sermon this week will wrap up three weeks of looking at David. The text is II Samuel 1: 17-27 and sermon is entitled, "Singing the Blues."

I know vacation season has begun but if you are in town I hope you'll make every effort to be in the service of worship. I am so glad and delighted to be with you in significant ministry to this community and our world at this particular time in the country's life.

Lastly, many of you have asked about my new home and address, so here's the contact information:  107 Salt Cedar Lane Chapel Hill, NC 27516 . In the next few weeks I'll be getting a new cell number and will update that info at that time.

With much affection for you,
The Binkley 411
The staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday! The office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, and will reopen at 8:30 am on the 5th.
This year, our focus turns to worship and its enlivening place in our spiritual journeys as individuals and as a faith community. Brad Berglund, author of  Reinventing Sundays , as well as a gifted musician and minister, will be our guide. All ages will appreciate Brad’s personal, creative, and engaging style. There will also be time for nature hikes, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, outdoor games, and a yearly tradition: a delightful talent show on Saturday evening. All talents welcome! Please contact Stephanie Ford if you have questions. The retreat begins Friday evening and concludes on Sunday morning; 4 meals and 2 nights.  Registration forms available HERE or at Stephanie Ford’s door. Deadline is July 10.
The Looking Great at 60 Campaign is open for business! We are committed to sprucing up our building in time for Binkley’s 60th Anniversary, to be celeb rated this September. Beginning on July 8, one of us will be in the Narthex following worship to answer your questions and take your contributions! Consider adopting a task and helping us reach our goal quickly! For more information, see pages 8-9 of the July Newsletter .
July Challenge: #choosetorefuse
For the month of July, people far across the US and the world are taking part in “Plastic Free July,” a global campaign which encourages people to stop using single use plastics during July, whether for a day, a week or even the whole month!
All you have to do to complete the challenge:
  •  Refuse one of the ‘Big 4’! These are plastic bags, coffee cup lids, straws, and plastic bottles.
  • Take a picture of you with your non-plastic alternative (e.g.: Your cup and/or your cup with no straw, your non-disposable beverage cup in lieu of a plastic bottle, your paper bag or cloth bag in lieu of your plastic bag, your coffee cup with no lid)
  • Post it on the Binkley Facebook Page (with the hashtag #choosetorefuse) and then—
  • Challenge and tag two other Binkley people to do the same. Fun! (You can also do this on your own FB page.)
  • And that’s it – simple, right? Only four simple steps to take in order to make a change this July and to make a greater statement that you want to be a part in caring for our Earth.
IFC Community Kitchen News
Every fourth Wednesday of the month, two terrific Binkley volunteer crews prepare a hearty lunch and dinner for approximately 75 hungry friends at the Community KItchen (corner of Rosemary and Columbia). David Resnik has been a skilled leader for the dinner crew for many years but he is moving and must turn over the reins to a new leader. Many thanks to David for helping God's children with nutrition and fellowship. Now God is calling someone new to lead the Dinner Crew. Is that person you? I sure hope so. Tom Fewel, Sue Wallace, Sarah Colwell, Sherri Davis and other Dinner volunteers are eager to work with you. Contact Dale Osborne is you are ready to put on an apron and serve.
Richard Rohr’s  Immortal Diamond  Discussion Grou p
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  cac.org  (follow links to Online Education, Immortal Diamond). 

Any questions and/or interested? Contact Cate Alexander, 919-903-9563.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am, Chapel Hill Courthouse
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

Opportunities for Kids and Youth (OKAY)  a partner of IFC, supports programs that serve low-resource families in our community so children can have some activity during the summer. Church members and friends are encouraged to volunteer and/or donate supplies. Suggested programs: RENA Community Center (919-918-2822), June 25 to August 3; El Centro Hispano ( aalanis@elcentronc.org ), July 23 to July 27; Food for the Summer at IFC takes lunch & activities to housing complexes all summer (919-960-1163,  foodforthesummer.org ). The OKAY Coordinator is our own Connie Gates,  conniegates@juno.com

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