April 26, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
Earth Day Outdoor Worship
April 28, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11:00 am, Peace Plaza
Dale Osborne preaching
 Youth Group
6:00 pm, Sunroom/Lounge
From Our Pastor
How's this for a little Easter-tide humor....my good friend Brent Bowden is the minister at FBC Rochester, New York, and on Easter evening sent me this tale that rivals Ray Steven's "Mississippi Squirrel Revival." Brent wrote: " Can’t make this up: we had a church mouse running among the pews for Easter service today. Even visited me in the pulpit during the sermon. Ran inside the French horn at one point. Danced around the communion table during communion. Never laughed so hard in a church service before ." That had to have been a sight! Sometimes the outdoor critters come inside our holy places. And all spaces can be holy.

We will be outside (weather permitting) this Sunday for our annual Earth Day service. Dress casually and comfortably---if I see a tie on anyone I'll get my scissors---bring a lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic lunch to enjoy the day. Dale preaches, the Old Time Gospel Band will lead us in music, and good fellowship will break out all over.

Just as life began in a garden, new life and resurrection can be birthed in gardens. Last week the New York Times ran an article from the late Oliver Sacks entitled " The Healing Power of Gardens."  Sacks was a noted neurologist and author (his book Awakenings is wonderful) and described his love of being in gardens starting at a young age. He writes that gardens are essential in all creative processes. He used to take his patients to gardens whenever possible. " In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens ."

Sacks, ever an evangelist, says that " Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long days in windowless offices, for those living in city neighborhoods without access to green spaces, for children in city schools or for those in institutional settings such as nursing homes.  The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological."
After lunch outdoors on Sunday (you'll need to provide your own lunch this year) I plan on going to the NC Botanical Garden. Who wants to join me? 
Or visit the Duke Gardens. This memorial always is meaningful to read:
Resurrected new life can begin in a garden. It might even be as surprising as an Easter mouse running around a crowded sanctuary at Easter and landing in a french horn.

See you Sunday. And may our lives be a blend of the strength of the soil and the beauty of flowers.

With much affection for you,

P.S. Today, Friday April 26th, is Arbor Day. As part of our festivities on Sunday we will plant a tree on the south side of Peace Plaza. Thanks to the great efforts of our Earth Ministry and Grounds-folk. 
(Photo taken at Koinonia Farm gift shop outside Americus, GA by Marcus McFaul)
The Binkley 411
April 27 Community Cleanup & Tree Planting Ceremony
9:00 am

The Grounds Committee and Earth Ministries are co-sponsoring the April 27 Cleanup and the Earth Day tree planting ceremony on April 28.

At the 2018 Earth Day services Earth Ministries announced that it would issue a year of monthly “Challenges.” They ranged from The Ugly Mugs of May to Creating a Sustainable Christmas and many more. The Challenges were designed to increase the awareness and engagement of the entire congregation to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Reclaim everything possible.
The 12th and final Challenge is to engage in a multigenerational Community Cleanup in and around the grounds of Binkley Church and the neighborhood nearby Binkley.

In honor of Earth Day, we need YOU for a Binkley Campus and Beyond Clean-Up gathering on Saturday morning,  April 27, 9-11:30 am.  After bagels, coffee and juice, we'll divide into teams and head out to predetermined areas on the church grounds or surrounding neighborhoods. All ages are invited, 4-104! Come as a family or come alone! Shoes matter and bring some gloves – though we have some extra ones if needed. Let's have fun and show the Earth our loving care. Sign-up begins this Sunday in the Narthex. Thanks from the Earth Ministries Team! & Grounds Committee!
Saturday, Apr. 27, 1-2:30 pm, Lounge: 
This is a group for women looking for a place that’s safe to voice your personal thoughts and experiences about sexism and patriarchy at Binkley, and who would like to help transform Binkley into a place of equality and mutual respect for women.  After our last meeting, the attendees decided that the first step for us was to read the full Reference Team Report, in which our consultant, David Brubaker, states: “I would urge more conversations about power and gender in your congregation. As in the broader society, Binkley has not yet achieved full equality between women and men.” (November 2018). You can find the Reference Team report here . Our next steps will be to move forward to make policy changes around gender equality and power at Binkley. We believe it is time.  #ChurchToo.  Please come! We need your voices, experiences, ideas, suggestions for change, and leadership. Please feel free to speak to any of us if you’d like more information.  ~Linda Bourne, April Kemper, Caryl Price, Susan Rogers
Adult Sunday School Classes
9:30 am
Join us on Sunday morning, April 28, 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:  Each week, the group discusses ideas about parenting from current resources. The simple format includes the following: prayer, brief check-in, summary of the book or article being shared, and a discussion on prepared questions. We welcome novice and experienced parents alike looking to share laughter, support, and hope in the journey of parenting. 

The Bible and The New York Times , St. Francis Courtyard:  Marcus McFaul will lead a discussion on the following articles: The fullness thereof: How indigenous worldviews offer hope to a besieged planet and The Earth is Just as Alive as You Are . Class will be held outdoors in the St. Francis Courtyard (weather permitting). Bring lawn chairs and dress casually!

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  John 20:19-31.

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.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your lunch!
Deacon Elections
This Sunday, we will elect new deacons to take office in May. Each member of Binkley Church is encouraged to participate in the election of Deacons. The Deacons assist the ministers in providing pastoral care within the congregation, attend a monthly meeting, serve communion, and help with the spiritual life of the Church.

Your Sunday bulletin will contain a ballot with names of those who are eligible to serve. Ballots will be counted, resulting in a list of nominees. Those with the most nominations will receive a call from a member of the Diaconate asking if they wish to serve, and those who agree will comprise our Deacon class of 2019-2022.

Click here for more information on what it means to be a Deacon. 
Wednesday Night Series
May 1, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Program: At the Intersection of Faith and Medicine. Dr. Ray Barfield, oncologist and pediatric palliative care specialist at Duke Health, professor at Duke Divinity School, and writer, will share his latest thinking at this complex and critical juncture in the healing arts. At Duke he considers theology, humanities, and the arts in the formation of physicians. Check out Ray’s Ted Talk, and come to meet Pearl Barfield’s son! Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or let the office know you are coming by noon on Monday, April 29. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.
Men of Binkley
Saturday, May 4, 8 am, The Egg & I
The May gathering of the Men of Binkley will be Saturday, May 4 at The Egg & I , 8:00-9:30 a.m. All Binkley men and friends are welcome.
Sundays, May 5-26, 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. May 5, 12, 19, and 26 during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:30 am in the Library). Register for the class no later than April 30 by contacting the church office: office@binkleychurch.org.
The Yard Sale is Coming!
August 17
The August 17 Binkley-Barbee’s Yard Sale is fast approaching. While you are spring cleaning, or even if you're not, it is time to put aside things you can live without. If you're moving or downsizing and have furniture to donate call Larry Neilsen at  919-967-3572 . (Just give him at least at week's notice to arrange for pick up and storage.) Other times of need: books, toys, games, DVDs, garden supplies and plants (start cuttings now), sporting goods, clothing (men's, women's, children's), electronics, kitchen ware, accessories, small appliances, and collectibles. 
And don't worry, if you want to donate something that doesn't fit those categories—it's obviously a White Elephant!

Sue Wallace , Yard Sale Chair

We Need Your Suggestions for Yard Sale
Proceed Recipients
The proceeds of the Yard Sale are dedicated 100% to Outreach, and the recipients of the proceeds are determined by the Outreach Committee. Although the Yard Sale is months away, it is not too early to begin this consideration. Determining the recipients well in advance of the sale would aid in the preparation of publicity materials and generate even more enthusiasm around this colossal event. Please contact Roal Carlson or Sheryl Scrimsher , Outreach Co-Chairs, with your nominations by May 5. Use this form to submit your request.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Saturday, April 27, 12:00 - 3:30pm
The Festival is sponsored by the Marian Jackson Center for Saving and Making History whose mission is to honor, renew, and build community in the historic Northside and Pine Knolls area. If you would like to help publicize the Northside Festival, please contact Sheryl Scrimsher. More info: https://jacksoncenter.info/

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

April 29-May 2, Baltimore, MD

May Friendship Day
Friday, May 3, 10 am, sponsored by Church Women United, Chapel Hill – Carrboro Unit, at First Baptist Church (106 N. Roberson St, Chapel Hill, Program:  “The Time is Now, Agree to Differ” , Lunch following the program (bring a salad to share, as you are able). Join your Christian sisters (and some brothers) in this celebration. Contact: Connie Gates,  conniegates@hotmail.com , 919-929-0650.

Preschool Pizza Picnic! 
We are all invited to the Preschool Pizza Picnic next Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm on the big playground. The Preschool will be selling Village Pizza and Pasta pepperoni and cheese pizzas. Choose from large 18” pepperoni or cheese pizzas or order by the slice at $2 each. You can send your order to courtneygracewright@gmail.com by May 1 st . Come visit with Preschool parents and their kids! Have fun! Eat pizza!  

Orange County Justice United Public Assembly, May 9, 7:00 pm, Lattisgrove MBC
At least 12 Binkley members are needed to lend support to the churches of Orange County Justice United at its Public Assembly. Issues covered include diverse staffing for Orange County Schools and affordable housing. A free bus will leave from St. Thomas More Church at 6:30 p.m. Carpools can also be arranged. For information, please contact Paul Lindsay, 919-604-1699,  plindsay2@aol.com, and click here for details.

June 21-23, Virginia Beach, VA

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

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