May 18, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
May 20, 2018
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

Welcome to Binkley Inquirer's Class
9:30 am, Library

Worship
11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Peace & Justice
12:15 pm, Library

Youth Choir
5:00 pm, Choir Room

Sanctuary Matters
7:00 pm, Library
From Our Pastor
My friend Bob Hill, a Disciples of Christ minister in Kansas City, has written the following piece in the form of an acrostic for Pentecost, which we celebrate this Sunday, May 20th.

 Pentecost is that wonderfully emotive moment in the Church’s life when the Church remembers and celebrates its earliest origins. Fifty days (from which we get the Pentecost emphasis) after the startling events of Easter, Christians recall the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church in Jerusalem, and thus indirectly to all its subsequent heirs. Every Pentecost observance includes at least two celebrations: the birth of the Church Universal and the “birthing” process which takes residence in the heart and soul of everyone who is open to growth in their faith. As we approach this year's Pentecost celebrations this weekend, allow me to offer the following acronymic reflection about Pentecost’s meanings:

P -- Plenty, plenty, plenty (as they might say in Cameroon) is what Pentecost is all about. Plenty of people, power, and persuasion, all of which leads to possibilities of wonderfully “new” and pleasantly pleasing life circumstances and enhancements in your community of faith.

E -- Energy is what Pentecost is also about. Energy for keen visions, fresh dreams, bold actions, and daring programs.

N -- Newness is what Pentecost is all about. New faces, new languages, new ideas, and new vistas of hope. When we allow newness to abide in our basic attitude toward our community of faith, we avoid what has been called the “Church’s Seven Last Words” -- “We’ve Never Done It That Way Before!”

T -- Tenderness is what Pentecost is all about. The tenderly young Church gave rise to the untold tender mercies and gentle actions, which we are now called to tenderly transfer to a world which is too often brutalized, cruel, crusty, indelicate, indifferent, and wounded.
E -- Excitement is what Pentecost is all about. Excitement reigns when God takes our efforts and transforms them into mighty deeds. Someone once described how you could automatically tell if something was inspired by God: “If it is big. If it is beautiful. And if it is impossible!” To be a collaborator with the Almighty in any such endeavor is absolutely exciting!

C -- Care is what Pentecost is all about. Care for each precious member of the human family. Care for our brothers and sisters in the church family. May we always be able to say, “Church is the place where I go to give and receive appropriate care.”

O -- Optimism is what Pentecost is all about. God possessed a daring optimistic hope at the time of the Church’s origins and possesses it still in relation to those who have inherited the Church’s call into the future.

S -- Salvation is always what Pentecost is about. Peter stated God’s salvific agenda clearly ain t his astounding sermon at the first Pentecost, namely, that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The salvation of everyone through God’s grace remains the story which the Church has to share with the world.

T -- Thanksgiving is what Pentecost is all about. Not the Thanksgiving that proceeds with a turkey and pumpkin pie during November’s chill, but the sort of thanksgiving in which we are called daily to participate, especially when we remember God’s overwhelming graces, God’s miracles in the midst of the mundane.

So, Binkley-ites, may it be so that the winds of the Spirit bring us together in community to be inspired and in-spirited for the sake of the human family all around the world.

My sermon this Sunday is drawn from Acts 2 and John 15, "The Church of the Holy Advocacy." I sure hope to see you this week.

With much affection for you,
Marcus

A Message from Dale
With the Christlike love and support from all of my church family and friends, I am improving at a steady pace. My doctors and physical therapist have approved a May 29 date of return to Binkley. While I may not have the energy for full-time work right away, I am very excited about coming back to Binkley. God's healing presence incarnated in all of you has brought me this far. I am immensely grateful for your patience during my recovery. 

Love, Dale

PS: My wife Suzy is a remarkable gift from God.   
The Binkley 411
This Sunday, May 20, 9:30-10:30 am, please join us for our last adult Sunday School for Spring 2018. You are always free to drop into a class you haven’t tried before. A wonderful time for thank-you’s to our amazing teachers and facilitators!

Mindful Parenting, Lounge: This week, Becca Edwards-Powell will be facilitating the discussion. (Note: Mindful Parenting will meet for one more session on June 3.)

Evangelism and Vocation in a Post-Singularity World, Sunroom: An end-of-the-year celebration and review of the class, as well as a time to envision future classes/programs on this and related topics.

Finding Myself on a Journey, Chapel: Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. This Sunday, the focus will be John 15: 26-7; 16:4b-15.

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.
Church-Wide Offering
Sunday May 20, 2018
Benefiting Hope Mission Partners of the Alliance of Baptists
Binkley belongs to several Baptist organizations;Two of the major ones are our denomination, the American Baptist Churches (ABC), and the Alliance of Baptists (the Alliance). In the past we have collected several church-wide offerings a year to benefit the ABC. In an effort to be more balanced and to better reflect our ties to both the ABC and the Alliance, the Outreach Committee, with the approval of the Church Council, has decided to collect one offering a year for the ABC and a second offering a year to benefit the Hope Mission Partners of the Alliance.  The church wide offering for the Alliance Hope Mission Partners will be Sunday, May 20, 2018.

The Hope Mission Partners offering will benefit those Alliance partners that provide food for the poor, a place of welcome for the marginalized and health care and healing both nationally and internationally. Our sister congregation, the Pinheiro Baptist Church in Brazil, benefits fr the om the Hope Mission Partners program of the Alliance. Please remember the good work that can be done by this progressive body of Baptists when you write your checks to Binkley for the Alliance Hope Mission Partners offering on May 20 th
Wednesday Night Series
A Night with Elaine Neil Orr
May 23, 5:30 pm, Lounge
Join Binkley friends for an engaging evening with Elaine Neil Orr, as she shares her Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement. In Swimming Between Worlds , Tacker Hart and Kate Monroe encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.

Check ‘Event’ 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: Grilled Barbeque Chicken, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Snap Beans, Simple Salad, Homemade Bread, Teeta’s Pound Cake w/ Fruit Compote. **Please designate Vegetarian**
Earth Ministry’s May Challenge:
Ugly Mug Month
 
On Earth Day Sunday, the Earth Ministries Committee proposed the first of twelve challenges in the year ahead. May’s challenge : Check your cupboards for interesting, different, or infrequently-used mugs to donate. Bring your mug to the Narthex, tucking a slip of paper inside the mug with your name. At the end of the month, we’ll name “winners” in three categories: (1) ugliest; (2) most original; and (3) most unusual. Winning mugs with the “mugs” of their owners will be pictured in the next newsletter. Why all this fun? As our newly adopted Proclamation of Sustainability declares, one way that Binkley is going “green” is to reduce the amount of one-use consumption disposable (including recycled) items . So start digging for treasures.
Binkley VBS
June 25-29 
Summer is almost here, and so is VBS! Our theme is Peace Lab,  and children will learn stories of peace-making from the Bible. Children who are 4 years old (by July 1, 2018) through rising sixth graders are welcome, 9-12:15, for five mornings of worship, story, music, arts and crafts, and snack-outdoor play time.  Please invite friends and reach out to neighbors!  VBS is one of our best intergenerational learning events! Youth who have completed 6th grade and older are welcome to serve as shepherds or helpers.

Registration forms available here , or outside Stephanie Ford's door.  
Binkley's Health Ministry hosts an
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, June 21, 2-6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
We need as many people as possible to sign up to donate blood--that includes you, your friends and your neighbors. Please help make this a success. Summer months are the times when blood is most needed.
Dr. McFaul will be away starting Monday, May 21, through the end of the month. During that time, he will attend his son’s (Griffin’s) high school graduation, celebrate both sons’ birthdays, and drive a U-Haul back from Texas .
In addition to Stephanie Ford and our Deacons, Revs. Peg and Ken Williams are on-call this week in the event of any pastoral care emergencies. Ken and Peg can be reached at 919-973-4239.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

The Sanctuary Movement
ICE has been active in the Chapel Hill area. Families in our community need your help. Click here to find how you can attend to immediate needs.

Housing Needed for Female UNC Student June 10-24
Please consider providing a room for a recent Vanderbilt University Divinity School graduate who will be taking a prep course for two weeks at UNC to ready her for learning the Mayan language. She is fluent in Spanish and will be spending the rest of the summer in the Yucatan. She does not need transportation or meals, but would appreciate access to a kitchen. If interested, please contact Caryl Price:  carylthomason@aol.com , 919-619-3998. Thank you!

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

May 20, Multiple Times and Locations (click link for details)
Come to hear prophetic church leaders, Rev. Naim Ateek , founder of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, and Tarek Abuata, executive director of Friends of Sabeel, North America. Many may remember Rev Ateek from 2003- Bridging the Divide conference or from his sermon at Binkley Baptist Church.

PRESCHOOL GRADUATION:  We have an open invitation to the Preschool Graduation Ceremony, Friday, May 25th in the Fellowship Hall at 9 am. Come see little kids on the cusp of kindergarten get their preschool bona fides!

TEE SHIRT FUNDRAISER: Binkley Preschool is selling tee shirts with a quotation from Dean Smith as a fund raiser. Shirts range in size from Adult S-XL, in every color (though Carolina Blue is going fast!) as well as Youth XS & S. They are available for a suggested minimum donation of $10 per shirt. Any proceeds over cost will go directly to the Preschool. Please email Kim Buckley, Preschool Director, at director@binkleypreschool.org if you want to get a shirt. 
(And for those of you who may not know, Dean Smith’s kids went to the Preschool many years ago.) Click HERE t o see a photo of the shirt.

Link your grocery store loyalty cards to BPS. Here's how.

August 10-12, St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
You are invited to a weekend retreat opportunity August 10-12, 2018 at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, led by Marilyn Wolf. Participants will explore the presence of God the Mother in our lives. Registration deadline is July 16, but the retreat is filling up. Click here to register.
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