April 6, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
April 8, 2018
The Second Sunday of Easter
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

Worship
11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Peace and Justice
12:15 pm, Lounge

Installation Planning Committee
12:15 pm, Library

Youth Choir
5:00 pm, Choir Room

Youth Group
6:00 pm, Lounge
From Our Pastor
Easter...and after. 

What a glorious celebration last Sunday was---beautiful music, delicious breakfast, brightened spirits, full sanctuary, the joyful eucharist shared as the body of Christ gathered to rejoice in new life! Wow. 

Now what?

My wise mentor Browning Ware once observed that Easter is only as powerful as what it produces...after. His point was that big crowds at Easter rarely translate into regular on-going participation in a congregation. " I am impressed much more by those who come on Easter and after. Easter people swell the crowd, but 'after' people stoke the fires and fuel the ministries,"  he once wrote.

Now that we are in the Great Fifty Days (the Church's keeping of time from Easter to Pentecost Sunday, May 20th) there are many opportunities in the "Easter and after" category for growth, renewal, and dialogue around Binkley.
An out of town friend of mine receives our monthly newsletter (read it here ) and after reading the April issue commented that she would love to be part of our church "if I had enough energy!" I assured her we don't require a physical aptitude test for membership. No calisthenics or marathon training necessary. But I do recommend deep breathing.

I hope to see you this Sunday. My sermon will be drawn from John 20:19-31 and Acts 4:32-35 and is entitled "Resurrection Community." I'll explore the contours and features of what a community of resurrection resembles: the extravagant sharing of gifts from abundance, the powerful presence of peace, and the necessity of asking for-extending-and living both forgiveness and forgiven-ness.

Easter is only as powerful as what it produces...after.

Much affection for you,

Marcus W. McFaul
The Binkley 411
Men of Binkley
Apr. 7, 8 am, Sunroom
Our featured guest will be Rev. Richard Overly, ordained as an American Baptist Minister and now engaged in some fascinating international consulting. The Men of Binkley is open to all who identify as male and are 18 or older. We welcome your participation and the opportunity to strengthen the relationships and bonds of all men at Binkley. We’ll also enjoy: Breakfast with Sunrise biscuits, cinnamon buns & coffee, Prayer, Fellowship and Sharing.
Meet David Brubaker and Share Your Ideas for Reconciliation
Apr. 7, 1 pm, Lounge

The Reference Team and David Brubaker, our consultant, invite you to join us Saturday, April 7 between 1 o’clock and 2:30 in the Binkley Lounge. You will have the opportunity to meet David, talk with him and the team and hear about our purpose of facilitating staff and congregational engagement in reconciliation, new visioning and stronger organizational structure. David and the team will speak briefly at 1:30. We would like to hearing any thoughts you may have about how to achieve our purpose. Please come and participate in the conversation and enjoy light refreshments.

Consultant Reference Team: Meredith Bratcher, Nancy Cheek, Tom Fewel, Tonya Hamm, Matthew Ripley-Moffitt, Jenny Walters, Don Willhoit
This Sunday, April 8, 9:30-10:30 am, please join us for adult Sunday School. You are always free to drop into a class you haven’t tried before:

Mindful Parenting, Lounge: This week, Miles Highsmith will be facilitating the discussion
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Evangelism and Vocation in a Post-Singularity World, Sunroom: Charles Coble will be leading the class on Science Fiction.

Finding Myself on a Journey, Room 17: Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. For this Sunday, and April 15 and 22, the class will be viewing and reflecting on a movie on the Gospel of John. Please note room change!

English as a Second Language and Christianity, Room 18: Myra Knight and Joe Pardington take turns leading the class in an engaging study of Christian faith, while helping participants improve English fluency.
BOOK DISCUSSION
Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr:
Apr. 8-May 13, Sundays, 4-5:30 pm, Library
According to Rohr, a spiritual transition occurs from one half of life to the next. This transition may take years or happen quickly, when some unbidden event occurs that shakes our very foundation. It is at this point that the religion of our early years appears inadequate for the challenges of the adult life—because it usually is. Falling Upward introduces readers to concepts that appear throughout Rohr’s writing, including the two halves of spiritual life, the true and false self, the shadow self, and more. At the first session, we’ll discuss the introduction and Chapter 1. If you are interested in a deeper study, A Companion Journal to Falling Upward is also available. The discussion will be facilitated by Cate Alexander, Binkley member and spiritual director. Contact office@binkleychurch.org to sign up.
Wednesday Night Series:
Sustainability: On the Path to Waste Reduction
Apr. 11, 5:30 pm, Lounge
Linda Bourne and Karin Mills, formerly the owners of The Spotted Dog, followed sustainable practices at their restaurant for two decades. They bring abundant wisdom and vision, as well as practical ideas. Join them for a discussion on the many “R’s” of sustainability: growing into “green” and looking at composting as a transformative process. Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register to make a reservation, or contact the office by Monday at noon. Dinner is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Dinner begins at 5:30; Program at 6. Menu: Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Spinach, Mushroom, & Artichoke Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze, Hearty Homemade Bread, Dessert. Please indicate “Vegetarian”
Deacon Elections
           On April 15, we will elect new deacons to take office in May. These new deacons will replace those completing their three-year terms: Roal Carlson, Lillian Lee, Tim Ross, Brennetta Simpson, Karen Van Manen and Melinda Wilde. The new deacons will join Chair-elect Terry Huneycutt-Horn and Gretchen Aylsworth, Margie Billinger, Marcella Burk-Groon, Stuart Cantrell, Barbara Davis, Tom Fewel, Lyn Lamont, Allan Maltbie, and Anne Winfield. Our congregation speaks of the mission of Binkley Baptist Church as “building compassion and joyful community”. Deacons personify this by assisting our ministers in pastoral care for the congregation. This may differ from deacon to deacon as each decides how best to reach out to those members assigned to him/her in order to deepen our congregational connections.
           A list of Binkley members eligible to serve as new deacons will be posted in the narthex in the coming weeks. I hope that you will prayerfully consider leaving your name on the list of possible nominees this year. If you feel you are not able to serve as a deacon at this time, please mark your name off this list or notify Stephenie Sanders in the church office by April 9 . The names remaining will become the nominees on the ballot on April 15. It has been my great joy to serve as your Diaconate Chair this past year.         ~ Melinda Wilde

Rev. Dr. Marcus McFaul’s Installation Service
On Sunday, April 15, at 3:00 PM we will celebrate a new ministry within Binkley Church and to our larger community as The Reverend Dr. Marcus McFaul is installed as the fifth Senior Minister at The Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.  A reception will follow.  More details will be forthcoming as the planning committee whose members are Sandra Clifton, John Honor, Charles Coble, Melinda Wilde, and Peg Williams continues its work.  Nape Baker, Chair, Installation Service Planning Committee

If you would like to make a contribution of finger food for the reception, please contact Lillian Lee,  lilweslee@yahoo.com  (919-942-6528)

McFaul Installation Service
An invitation to all ordained clergy members of Binkley Church
All members of the Binkley congregation who have ever been ordained as ministers are invited and encouraged to join Binkley clergy and visiting clergy to robe (red stole, if possible) and participate in the opening processional during the Installation Service for Rev. Marcus McFaul on Sunday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m.   

R.S.V.P. to 919-942-4964 or office@binkleychurch.org would be appreciated.

Please plan to assemble in the Chapel by 2:30 p.m. Rev. Peg Williams will greet and organize the procession of clergy.
April is a month of celebration at Binkley. Click on the image above to learn more.
CROP WALK Is April 22

We hope you'll join the Binkley CROP Walk Team!  
Celebrate Earth Day weekend by joining this fun and rewarding walk!
 
You can join on-line by going to the Binkley CROP WALK website.  (Click "Join Our Team" mid-page). 
 
See the website or the full bulletin insert this Sunday on ways to join our team or sponsor a walker. Binkley’s CROP Walk team members will be in the Narthex beginning Sunday, April 8th to give CROP Walk packets to walkers collecting cash and check donations (non-online), to help walkers register on-line, to accept donations for the team, and sell some awesome CROP Walk T-shirts.
Inquirer’s Class to Start April 29
The Inquirer’s Class is a four-session opportunity for anyone interested in uniting with Binkley to learn more about our mission and ministries. It is also designed for those who’ve recently joined the church. The class will meet during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:40 am) for four consecutive weeks (4/29, 5/6, 13, and 20). The final session on May 20 falls on Pentecost Sunday and will include breakfast. Marcus McFaul will facilitate the class. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to office@binkleychurch.org by April 24.
Request for Proposals for Endowment Fund Grants
The Binkley Endowment Fund produces income that is to be made available for three specific uses:
1.      To provide support for special outreach ministries
2.       To supplement support for special projects and programs, and
3.       To provide for emergency needs of the physical plant.
The Endowment Committee is seeking proposals for use of income generated for use in 2018. Requests can be made by any church board or committee or from individual church members. The amount of funds available for 2018 is approximately $11,000.
Proposals should include a statement of the purpose of the request (one or two paragraphs should be sufficient), explanation of how the request meets one or more of the three allowed uses listed above, and the amount of the request. Requests should be submitted by the end of April and sent to the Endowment Committee through the church office.  The committee will then review the requests and make formal recommendations to the Church Council. Ordinarily, funds must be spent or obligated prior to the end of the calendar year.
Did You March? Share Your Photos
Showing support for important causes is a strong Brinkley tradition. Most recently, several Binkley members Marched for our Lives. If you attended any march, and have photos to share, please send them to Priscilla Bratcher or Stephenie Sanders . Deadline is April 20.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

There are many opportunities coming up soon in the Chapel Hill area to work for social justice. Click the link above to learn more.

Justice United Public Assembly
April 10, 7-9, pm, Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church
JU is asking Binkley Church to send at least 10 to 15 people to show powerful citizen support for affordable housing, jobs, and immigration in Orange County. For more information, please contact Paul Lindsay,  919-604-1699  or  plindsay2@aol.com .

Friday, April 13, 8 am, St. Thomas More
Cultivating Mental Health: Hope and Healing

On April 14, Binkley will once again be walking with other faith communities to raise money to support NAMI Programs here in North Carolina. Anyone wishing to be a walker or to sponsor a walk should contact Rob Lewis or Gloria Lightsey-Lewis, or click here .

FROM PEACE AND JUSTICE
The Binkley  Peace and Justice Action  and  Outreach Committees  sponsor a table at the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. The banquet is on April 28 at 6:00 p.m., Chapel Hill Sheraton Inn. Banquet tickets are $50. A few tickets already purchased are available to others as needed: see Dale.  Funds raised support ongoing local branch efforts, scholarships, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. For information and tickets, contact Tom Fewel,   tfewel@gmail.com .

May 19, 7 pm, Blacknall Presbyterian Church
The Caramore Community provides housing, vocation, and supportive services to adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.

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