September 6, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
September 8, 2019
Year of Compassion: Sunday School and Program Year Kickoff
9:30 am, Sanctuary

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Peace and Justice
Post-worship, Library

Youth Family Dinner
6 pm, Sunroom/Lounge
From Our Pastor
A short potpourri missive today...

* Though I was away in Texas my pastor's interior alarm clock was pinging me with thoughts around worship here last week, hurricane preparations (and accompanying anxiety), and the ramp up to Launch Sunday this coming Sunday. I am grateful for the good work and committed ministry of my colleagues Dale, Stephanie, Kyle, Stephenie, Duane, and Charles. And our incredible church leaders such as Moderator, Gary Stutts, who put in more time, energy, and work than most will ever realize to keep the good ship Binkley afloat. My deep and abiding gratitude to all of our volunteers, ministry teams, Church Council, diaconate, committees, and devoted servant leaders.

** All of our hearts hurt looking on the destruction of Dorian in the Bahamas.
We will receive funds through our American Baptist and Church World Service relief fund, One Great Hour of Sharing .

*** Come at 9:30 a.m. for our preview of Spiritual Formation offerings. It'll take place in the sanctuary and you can learn more about the classes and events planned for the coming church year. Refreshments and music from the Old Time Gospel Band!

**** In the worship hour we hear the words of Jeremiah 18:1-11 and the invitation to enter the potter's house. My sermon will focus on the critical importance of faith formation and constant re-formation over time. A life of discipleship following Jesus is never fixed or final, is it? I hope to see you this Sunday morning.

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor,
Marcus McFaul
The Binkley 411
A Year of Compassion:
Launching a New Year at Binkley
Sept. 8, 2019 , 9:30-10:30 am, Sanctuary
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) . At Binkley, we are called to learn the ways of compassion, for ourselves, our neighbors, the stranger among us, and God’s beloved Earth. And so with joy, on Sunday, September 8, we launch a new year of Sunday School for all ages: children, youth, and adults. Join us this Launch Sunday in the Narthex at 9:15 am, where you will be greeted with coffee and juice, breakfast snacks, and friendly faces. Then, in the Sanctuary, at 9:30 am, we will sing, hear a story, meet teachers, and worship together, before children and youth then follow their leaders to their classrooms. Adults will remain in the Sanctuary to discover the wide-ranging opportunities for Adult Christian Formation.

Kerygma Bible Study: Good News for All: the Gospel of Luke
Bible Study led by Rev. Dr. Marcus McFaul
Tuesdays, 7 pm, Lounge, beginning Sept. 17
Luke's Gospel is uniquely inclusive, involving all people. The Good News is for the outcast and the establishment, for the religious and those searching.  Luke speaks to women, to men, to the strong and healthy, to the weak and dispossessed.  Its relevance today inspires faith, spirituality and action. Register by September 10 at Workbook is $22 to be paid at the first meeting.
September 8
Bring to church used eyeglasses, sunglasses, medications, and ink cartridges that you want to be responsibly discarded. The Earth Ministries crew will make sure your unwanted items are disposed of properly.
School Supplies Needed
Collecting in the Narthex Sundays thru 9/8
School begins for Orange County students on August 26, but many students do not have the resources to get the supplies they need. We can help by donating to Morris Grove Elementary. Please add a couple of items the next time you go shopping:
  • backpacks
  • #2 pencils
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • crayons (24 pack)
  • spiral notebooks (wide-ruled)
  • marble composition books
  • notebook paper (wide-ruled)
  • glue sticks
  • highlighters,
  • 1 inch 3-ring notebooks
  • 3-pronged plastic folders
Binkley Golf Open
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 am, Southwick Golf Course
The much-anticipated Occasional Binkley Fall Open will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Southwick Golf Course near Swepsonville. We will gather at 9:30 am for team selection. The Open fee is $30 and includes green fees, cart, and a hot dog and drink at the turn. Information, registration and directions are available from Joe Clontz (919-969-4517). Registration deadline is Sunday, September 15.   (Make checks to Joe Clontz. This can be paid the day of the Tournament.)  Join us for fun!
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 here 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.
Update on Proposed Statement to the Community about our Country's Humanitarian Crisis and Next Steps
On August 25, more than 50 people stayed after worship to consider the proposal to publish a newspaper advertisement stating our concern for the inhumane and unjust treatment of immigrants, refugees and marginalized groups in the U.S. There was broad support for the content of the statement, although there were suggestions about specific wording. Others shared concerns or pointed to additional related activities we could undertake. After considering this feedback and making revisions to the statement (which can be found at ), we have moved forward with publishing the statement in the Raleigh  News and Observer  and UNC’s  Daily Tar Heel  beginning, today, September 8. As a next step, the group that devised the statement is planning 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
Service Project for Bees: A Success!
Thanks to Erik Butler for a fascinating introduction to beekeeping last Sunday, and to Amy Leigh Burris for showing lovely slides with biblical references about honey, and to Buck Horton, for naming the problems bees face and information for writing legislators.  Together, we raised $540 for Heifer beehives! That's 18 beehives for family farms around the world.  Thanks to all!
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Join us for "Death Over Dessert"
Quail Ridge Books  on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm, at North Hills in Raleigh. 
This will be a conversation on death, grief, and end-of-life care issues featuring our very own "Grief Guru" J. Dana Trent, author of the forthcoming  Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life   (releases September 10, from Chalice Press).  Dessert First  has received advance praise from  New York Times  best-selling authors  Kate Bowler,   Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor  and  Philip Gulley . Support local bookstores by pre-ordering  here  or at your favorite bookseller. Dana will be in conversation with Rev. Sally Bates, retired Duke Divinity School Chaplain and UMC Pastor. Of course, there will be dessert! 

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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