March 22, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
March 24, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Committee Celebration & Welcome for Kyle & John
Post-worship, Fellowship Hall

1:30 pm, Off site
From Our Pastor
Even in Lent we can celebrate. Thank goodness that though the 40+ day journey with Jesus to Jerusalem (with its terrible events leading to surprising-mysterious stories) is one of penitence, reflection, and self-denial...each Sunday remains "a little Easter," when the Church feasts, celebrates, and yes, rejoices.

We will celebrate and rejoice on Sunday at Binkley. And with good reasons. After worship we will gather in the fellowship hall to officially welcome our new Minister of Music-Organist, Kyle Ballantine. Kyle's partner, John Pollock, will be with us as well. John will join Kyle in North Carolina at the end of the school term in Savannah, GA where he teaches. Kyle's ministry with us is cause for celebration indeed!

Now take a moment and look at the following list of special 2018 committees and ministry groups who labored long and well and will be thanked too:

Minister of Music Search Committee
Reference Team
Safety Committee
60th Anniversary Committee
Looking Good at 60! Work Group
Seymour Symposium Committee
Church Sign Committee
Senior Minister Installation Committee
If you served in any capacity on those and other committees and ministries please join us for cake, punch, and with Patrick McDonough at the piano it'll be a party! Remember: Sundays in Lent are still considered feast days so no liturgical guilt! 

Additionally, we will say a big thank-you to out-going Church Council members:
Sonnie VanSant, Wayne Price, Karen Long, Jenny Walters, Lyman Ferrell, John Honor, Ellen Stutts, and Jim Wilde . Thank you also to Miles Highsmith,Terry Huneycutt, and Sheryl Scrimsher, who will remain on the Council, but in different capacities. "Job well done," doesn't come close to expressing our appreciation for  EVERYONE WHO GAVE SO MUCH OF THEMSELVES TO THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST AT BINKLEY CHURCH.

We have so much to be grateful for; particularly this past church year when so many women and men labored in good will for the common good of all. To have advanced our mission of  building compassionate and joyful community, freely exploring spiritual paths, and pursuing justice and peace in the way of Jesus  meant all hands on deck, all oars in the water. Even in Lent heart-felt gratitude is allowed and even encouraged.

In our worship service we will commission the 2019-2020 Church Council. My sermon is drawn from the Gospel text of Luke 13:1-9 and is entitled "Worse Sinners," (which is not a statement on the new cast of Council members!)

With much affection for each one of you,
Your Pastor
The Binkley 411
Habitat Build
"Beloved Community"
Saturday, Mar.23, 8:15am-12pm
Let's finish the Seymour House. Our next volunteer build opportunity is March 23 during the morning shift. Register here . If you can not build but would be willing to bring lunch to the workers, please be in touch with Dale Osborne or Linda Textoris.
Binkley Grounds Work Day
Saturday, Mar. 23, 10 am
 Our Grounds Committee has formulated a plan to resolve the drainage issue outside the southeast corner of Fellowship Hall. No level of help will be refused. There are small rocks to move, and big ones, too! Show up on Saturday at 10 AM, or contact Janet O’Neal for more information.
Adult Sunday School Classes
9:30 am
Join us on Sunday morning, March 24, 9:30-10:30 for an adult Sunday School class. There are a variety of opportunities to choose from, and each class is open to newcomers!

Mindful   Parenting,  Lounge:  This week, Megan Highsmith will be facilitating the conversation.

The Bible and The New York Times , Sunroom:  Dr. McFaulwill facilitate a conversation around the following articles:

Finding Myself on a Journey , Chapel:  Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. This Sunday, the passage to be considered is Luke 13:1-9.

It’s Not Just One Way , Room 17:  Each week in this class, an individual or couple shares their spiritual journey with the group.

English as a Second Language and Christianity , Room 18:  Bo Lloyd leads the class in an engaging study of Christian faith, while also helping participants improve English vocabulary and fluency.
Committee Celebration & Welcome for Kyle & John:
Sunday, Mar. 24, Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
A party to thank our hard-working committee members and to formally welcome our new Minister of Music & Organist, Kyle Ballantine and his partner, John. Cake, punch, balloons, and Patrick McDonough at the piano. We’ll be out with plenty of time to make it to CROP Walk.
Sunday, Mar. 24
CROP WALK THIS SUNDAY. It is not too late to donate or walk. Stop at the Crop Walk table in the narthex  If you want to donate on line, click here and be sure and identify your team as Binkley Baptist Church. 
Wednesday Night Series:
Mar. 27, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation. The fourth installment of this six-part series led by Dana Trent. For full details, please check the March newsletter. Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or RSVP to the office by Monday, March 25 at noon. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

Can't make it on Wednesdays or want to enrich your meditation experience even further? Click here for a free Lenten Guide from Dana.
There are several Lenten Opportunities still available to you throughout the 40 days of the season: a study of Richard Rohr's Breathing Underwater , a prayer class led by Meredith Bratcher and Stephanie Ford, and a 6-part series on Christian meditation led by Dana Trent.

It's too much to list here, so click here to get details on everything!

New Lenten Offering for Students:
Tuesdays during Lent,
beginning March 19, 8 pm, Chapel
All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to gather in the chapel each Tuesday evening during Lent for Compline. Offered at the close of day, Compline is an ancient prayer service that directs the heart toward God as the body prepares for evening rest. Our services will include poetry, scripture, responsive readings, and a guided prayer. The service will begin at 8PM and will last for about half an hour. Please contact Austin Maynor with any questions.
Women of Binkley: Sharing Stories
Saturday, Mar. 30, 2 pm, Library
During the recent Seymour Symposium, Dr. Serene Jones reminded all of us of the power of sharing stories. As a follow-up to the January meeting and Samoan circle conversation on women’s experiences at Binkley, we wish to offer a time for women to come together to share stories among ourselves. We have set aside Saturday, March 30 from 2:00-3:30. Please gather with us in the Library and we will move to a larger space if needed. Come ready to share your experiences and to be heard. ~ Priscilla Bratcher, Linda Bourne, April Kemper, Caryl Price, Susan Rogers.
Congregational Conversation on Proposed Church Sign
Sunday, Mar. 31, Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
The committee tasked with developing a plan for a new church sign shared comments from the congregation with Church Council and suggested a listening opportunity for the congregation. The Council agreed and the leadership team planned a session for listening on  March 31 after worship.  There will be light refreshments provided. Please take time to attend and share your perspectives and listen to those of others as a compassionate community of faith. 

If you would like to review the preliminary proposal from the sign committee and review the comments received from the church, please click here for more information.
In the Light of Self-Compassion: Women’s Retreat
May 3-5, 2019 – Salter Path, NC 
Join Binkley women (and invite friends) for a weekend to renew body and spirit at the beach. We’ll consider practices of self-care physically, spiritually and mentally. Laughter is sure to be on the menu. The Trinity Center is our host, and May is a lovely time to be at the seaside. Registration forms are available at Stephanie Ford’s door. 
Binkley is a Cool Congregation!
Binkley is among five churches in the nation chosen as a Cool Congregation by Interfaith Power and Light in recognition of our recycling and composting efforts. Click here to learn more, and be sure to thank Linda and Karin for helping us achieve this honor!

March Challenge
For the Beauty of the Earth
The Fine Arts Committee will be featuring a very special art exhibit in the Sanctuary during the entire Season of Lent, from March 1 until after Easter. The exhibit, titled For the Beauty of the Earth, will feature over thirty paintings of nature by local artist, Joan Meade.
To the side of each painting will be a quote or saying by poets and other authors. The Earth Ministries Challenge is to ask viewers of the exhibit to comment in writing on what they have seen and read. At the end of the exhibit, near the Baptistery, will be a large glass container and some paper, on which we encourage everyone to write comments that are expressive of thoughts and feelings evoked by the exhibit.
It is the hope and challenge of the Earth Ministry Team that all ages, members and visitors, will take the opportunity to really ‘take-in’ all of the paintings and share their impressions in writing. We, in turn, will share many of the comments in Friday Updates while the exhibit is on display in the Sanctuary.
Lenten Art Exhibit
“For the Beauty of the Earth ”: 
Paintings by Joan Meade
The lovely selection of paintings displayed in our narthex and sanctuary are by Chapel Hill artist Joan Meade. Ms. Meade’s work focuses on the natural world, particularly water, rocks, and trees in all their amazing manifestations. The collection reflects her extensive travel in both the United States and other countries. Accompanying each painting is an identification card that gives the painting’s name, the location that inspired it, and a poem or other inspirational writing chosen by members of Binkley’s Fine Arts Committee. The exhibit celebrates the natural beauty that surrounds us always, but which is especially prominent during the Lenten season of rebirth. The 31 paintings will remain in place through Easter Sunday. Additional information about the artist and her work are available on the credenza in the narthex. To see more of her paintings or to contact her, go to
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Garden Day at South Estes Housing Community: An Opportunity for Binkley Gardeners:
Saturday, Mar. 30, 9 am
We will gather to work with the people of the housing community to plant seeds and small plants for this year’s garden. Please bring whatever seeds and plants and tools you need. We are especially interested in planting peppers, okra, and cabbage. We can also use more fertilizer and top soil. If anyone has a tiller and the means to bring it with you, please do so. The South Estes Public Housing Community is located on South Estes Drive Extension, across US 15-501 from University Place. For information, please contact Paul Lindsay, , 919-604-1699.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have proclaimed March as Skip the Straw Month. Click here to learn more about how you can be involved.

Click here to view a list of upcoming social justice events taking place in our area, provided by Connie Gates.

April 5, 2019, St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Click here for more information.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2 PM – 5:30 PM, Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Rd

Friday, Apr. 26-Sunday, Apr. 28. Calvary Baptist Church, Wash. DC Theme: What is Liberty Without Liberation? Visit for details and registration.  

Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence
July 15-20, 2019, Cali, Colombia

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