July 5, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
July 7, 2019
Simply Summer Worship
9:45 am, Lounge

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
From Our Pastor
Where are you headed this summer? Any vacation plans? Some have already taken mountain and/or beach trips, some with plans to do so this month into early August. Wherever you go may it be renewing to body and spirit. You might even return with a deepened sense of appreciation of Chapel Hill.

The British Christian G.K. Chesterton had much to say about travel, largely on how to do it well and how it can affect the traveller.

A friend asked Chesterton why he is packing his luggage, Chesterton tells him he is traveling through Paris, Belfort, Heidelberg, and Frankfort, with the aim of finding the Battersea district of London.

Knowing that his destination is their current location, his friend says,  “I suppose it is unnecessary to tell you that this is Battersea?”

“It is quite unnecessary,” I said, “and it is spiritually untrue. I cannot see any Battersea here; I cannot see any London or any England. I cannot see that door. I cannot see that chair: because a cloud of sleep and custom has come across my eyes. The only way to get back to them is to go somewhere else; and that is the real object of travel and the real pleasure of holidays. Do you suppose that I go to France in order to see France? Do you suppose that I go to Germany in order to see Germany? I shall enjoy them both; but it is not them that I am seeking. I am seeking Battersea. The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.“
And then the man who deals so much with paradox that he has been called “the prince of paradox” cautions his friend, with threat of physical harm, against referring to his thoughts as paradoxical:

“Now I warn you that this Gladstone bag is compact and heavy, and that if you utter that word ‘paradox’ I shall hurl it at your head. I did not make the world, and I did not make it paradoxical. It is not my fault, it is the truth, that the only way to go to England is to go away from it.”

Regardless of the destination, believes Chesterton, there is much more to traveling than simply taking a trip. He writes that “true” travelers let the experience of a destination come to them, without manipulating it with expectations and prejudices. He is quoted as saying,

"The traveller sees what she sees. The tourist sees what she has come to see."

Safe, meaningful, enlivening, and insightful travels for us all this summer.

If you're in town this Sunday we have the joy of baptism for Tristan Whittaker and the celebration of communion in morning worship at 11:00 a.m. My sermon is on discovering and embracing the Imago Dei of every human being, namely ourselves, which by may be the longest journey we take. Hope to see you this Sunday.

With much affection for you,

The Binkley 411
Every summer, Binkley folks of all ages retreat to the mountains to relax, worship, and get to know one another away from the normal routines and stresses of our daily lives. Together, we will consider how we might live on Earth with greater compassion and joy. We will worship, reflect, hike, create art, learn, and play. We will begin on Friday evening and end with an outdoor worship gathering on Sunday morning. Registration forms are available here or at Stephanie Ford’s door. For more details or to volunteer your gifts, contact Stephanie Ford .

Register by July 8!
Summer Choir
July 14
Summer Choir is a short-term, high-impact commitment that allows you to assist in leading worship through the summer months. We’ll meet at 9:50 am in the sanctuary on each of the three identified Sunday mornings (July 14, August 4, and August 25) to warm up and practice the anthem for the day. Copies of the music will also be made available in advance to anyone who wants some extra practice. All ages and ability levels are welcome! The choir is a fun and supportive group of people who will welcome you with open arms. Please contact Kyle for more information.
The second Binkley Eco Sunday will be July 14 . After worship, you’ll find a collection center in the Narthex for depositing old batteries (including hearing aid batteries) and out of date or unused medications. There is no need to remove medicines from their containers, but to assure privacy, mark through any personal identifying information or remove labels from pill bottles. The Earth Ministry Team will assure proper disposal of all collected items.
Piano Sunday
July 21
Enjoy music from several talented Binkley pianists during 11 am worship. Be here by 10:45 for the extended prelude.
Join us for an evening of music and fellowship and get a glimpse of where it all began, Gerrard Hall, the original worship site for our congregation in its infancy, before we built on our current site.
This culmination of our celebration of 60 years will include musical performances and hymn singing, speakers to share about those days in Gerrard Hall, music by current and/or former choral scholars, a silent auction, and ice cream in the courtyard.
For more details, check page 10 of the July newsletter .

DONATIONS NEEDS FOR SILENT AUCTION: Click here to learn more about donating to the silent auction.
The Faith of a Skeptic
Lunch and Learn
Sunday, July 28, Post-worship, Lounge
Join Tom Lentz, author of The Faith of a Skeptic: Seeking Truth and Balance in Religion and Politics , for lunch and presentation on his book . Tom is the brother of Binkley member Julie Lentz. As a minister, he has served congregations in Ohio, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Robert Seymour has praised the book, saying: “…I felt like you were speaking to me from page one. The Faith of a Skeptic is a wonderful resource about things in the Bible that many Christians do not know. …You know the mind of a skeptic and answer many questions asked.” If you would like to order the book prior to the lunch and learn, it is available through CSS Publishing Company.

Reservations are required for lunch.Let the office know you are coming by July 23. Donations for lunch will be taken at the door.
Binkley Night at Durham Bulls
Saturday, August 10, 6 pm,
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Something for everyone! Picnic, singing, fireworks, and baseball. A picnic dinner is included with your ticket price of $20. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken breast, mac & cheese, potato salad, potato chips and drinks. Picnic starts at 6 pm and food will be available until 8 pm. We have the entire Pinnacle Bank Picnic Area behind the Visitors Bench dugout. It’s covered and has ceiling fans! We’ll also be singing the national anthem, so stay tuned for details on how to participate. Get your tickets after worship on Sunday from Larry McManus and Charles Coble.
Visit binkleychurch.org for details; Contact Sue Wallace to volunteer!
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
All are welcome to attend the dedication of Habitat's affordable senior housing project. This project served as Binkley's 60th Anniversary service project, and various groups from our congregation have completed several volunteer shifts at this site over the last year. The first building of Crescent Magnolia is named in honor of our Minister Emeritus Bob Seymour, and this event was planned to take place on Bob's 94th birthday.
Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence
July 15-20, 2019, Cali, Colombia

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