September 20, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
September 22, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Our Response to Humanitarian Crisis in the USA
Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall

Hand Bell Choir
4:30 pm, Choir Room

Youth Group
6 pm, Sunroom/Lounge
From Our Pastor
Today the global climate strike effort has been led by Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old from Sweden. See below for a clip of her thoughtful and well-articulated concerns.
My friend Diana Butler Bass reminded readers of her blog that Joan of Arc led an army, Jane Austen wrote her first work, Sojourner Truth escaped slavery, Anne Frank kept her journal, and Malala won a Nobel the same age as Greta. Says Bass,  " young women are fierce when changing the world. I'd say!

Holding politicians around the world accountable for actions and inaction which impact the earth is one feature of this movement.
What about holding faith communities accountable for our silence in the face of this crisis? At a recent event I attended one presenter asked the gathered crowd how many of their clergy never mentioned climate change/crisis from the pulpit---the number of raised hands was frighteningly sad. 

Thunberg ended a recent address with the words  "see you on the streets. " I like that a lot, one young woman challenging young and old alike protesting in solidarity in support of policies and practices that address the warming of the planet, renewable energies, deforestation, devastating weather patterns, and so much more. It's a shame " see you in the pews"  is laughable for many folks concerned with the same issues even though scripture unapologetically proclaims " The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it (Psalm 24:1)"  There is no "Plan(et) B."

A young voice on NPR this morning said it right: This is about earth justice. Bravo, youth. Drag us with you to the streets, the voting booth, and maybe even the sanctuary.

I hope to see you this Sunday for worship. Each day I am reminded of how grateful I am for all of you and that we are engaged in ministry together.

with much affection,
The Binkley 411
Adult Sunday School Classes
You are invited this Sunday, September 22, 9:30-10:30 am, to join an adult Sunday School class. There are a variety of opportunities to choose from, and each class is open to newcomers!

Jesus Deported , Lounge: Micheal Palmer leads this class looking at the plight of foreigners in our own country through biblical eyes.

Mindful Parenting, Sunroom: This week, Christine Jernigan will be facilitating the conversation.

Twisted Christian Messages , Chapel: Marcus is offering a discussion on "Fundamentalism: Born in the USA and Still Alive and Kicking."

The Book of Job , Room 17: Joe Templeton leads this class on this important literary gem from the Old Testament.

The Way of the Pilgrim , Room 15: Susan Ketchin is facilitating a reflection on David, the Psalmist (“Singer-Songwriter”)

Easy English Bible Study , Room 18: Bo Lloyd leads the class in an engaging study of Christian faith, while also helping participants improve English vocabulary and fluency.
Planning Meeting for Humanitarian Crisis Response
Sunday, Sept. 22, Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
The group that devised a statement published in last week’s local newspapers will hold an organizational/planning meeting to focus on Binkley’s response to the Humanitarian Crisis in our country. It will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the 11:00 Worship Service (approximately 12:30 pm).  We will discuss creation of several possible subgroups focusing on various types of response. We will also seek additional input on possible directions and activities. We are eager to directly address the inhumane and unjust treatment that so many are facing in our country. Bring a bag lunch; drinks and desserts will be provided. All are welcome! Gary Stutts, Moderator
Wednesday Night Series
Sept. 25, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Why We Need a Green New Deal and
What Should Be In It?
Come and learn what we need to do to transform our energy system, create millions of jobs, and preserve a livable planet for our children. Our speaker, a member of Kehillah Synagogue, Kathy Kaufman, spent 29 years as an EPA policy analyst and is now an advocate for clean energy and energy efficiency.   Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or contact the office no later than NOON on Monday, Sept. 23 to make your reservation. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.
Pride March and Festival is Coming!
Join fellow Binkleyites on Saturday, September 28, at Duke East Campus to show the community our commitment to diversity and love. Gather at 10:30 am at the Binkley booth to prepare to line up for the march. We will march behind our huge rainbow banner that proclaims “All Are Welcome”. If you would like to participate but prefer not to march we are looking for someone to sit at the Binkley booth during the march. This event is so much fun. Come join us! Call Tonya Hamm or Chris McDougald for more information.
Next Week in Worship
Sunday, September 29
AWAB Celebration
Special Guests
John Blevins, licensed at Binkley in 1992
Musical guest Eric Bannan
Welcome to Binkley!
Inquirer’s Class
Sundays, Oct. 6 & 13, 9:45 am, Library
An Inquirer’s Class Opportunity for those interested in learning about the mission and ministries of our church. Facilitated by Senior Minister Dr. Marcus McFaul, these sessions are designed especially for those who are interested in joining by membership. October 6 & 13 during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:30 am in the Library). Please register to by September 30.
Memorial Service Details
The memorial service for Carolyn Kozelka will be held on Friday, October 11, at 4:30 pm in the Carolina Meadows Lecture Hall. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers during their time of grief.
2019 Men of Binkley Retreat
October 18-20, 2019 Trinity Center, Salter Path, NC
“I Have No Idea!” Facilitated by Rev. Don Durham ( CBFNC ministry partner Healing Springs Acres near Denton, NC). We welcome your participation in this third annual event – please note that registration is first come, first served! Registration forms are available in the narthex. Registration and full payment of $240/double or $280/single is due no later than Sunday, September 28, 2019 . Place your registration form in the offering plate, deliver to the church office, or slide under Marcus’s office door if he is not in. Write a check to Binkley and designate “Men’s Retreat.” See Charles Coble or Larry McManus for more information.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Saturday, September 21, 10:30am-5:30pm

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3 pm, Pullen MBC

Renowned Al’s Burger Shack is teaming up with Dr. Linnea Smith, Louise Coggins , and Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) every Tuesday through September with a LUV Burger. A portion of the proceeds will help Lift Up the Vulnerable end human trafficking in warzones. Learn more .

KidSCope serves as a full-day daycare on the Binkley campus, and has openings for full and part-time teaching positions. Click here for more information.

Binkley Preschool has openings in the four-year-old classes for this fall. Contact Kim Buckley if you are interested. (Tel 919-968-1427)

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