December 6, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
December 8, 2019
The Second Sunday in Advent
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11 am, Sanctuary
Dale Osborne preaching
Peace & Justice
12:15 pm, Library

Vivaldi GLORIA
With Holy Trinity Lutheran
4:00 pm, Sanctuary
Practicing Compassion
"To know how to receive, that is also a most important gift, which
cultivates generosity in others and keeps strong the cycle of life...
Giving, receiving--one breath." --Dhyani Ywahoo,  Voices of Our Ancestors

This week, consider how you receive the welcome, smiles, gestures of
kindness, and gifts from others. Pause and really take in the compassionate
moments you receive, including those from pets and other creatures.
The Binkley 411
Christmas Eve Offering Nominations
The Outreach Committee requests nominations from the congregation for possible recipient(s) of the offering taken at the Christmas Eve service. Please send your nominations by Friday, December 6, to the Outreach Co-chairs: Roal Carlson or Sheryl Scrimsher. Please include the name of your nominated recipient as well as information about its mission or needs. The Outreach Committee choose and announce the recipients by mid-December.
Adult Sunday School Classes
This is our last week of adult Sunday School for the fall. Please join any one of the interesting adult Sunday School offerings, even if you are visiting for the first time. 9:30-10:30 am. By the way, next week, we have our Christmas Breakfast, an intergenerational and joyous event, 9:45-10:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us then!

Jesus Deported , Lounge: Micheal Palmer will lead a discussion on Ephesians 2: 17-20: “So Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;    for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Creator. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.

Mindful Parenting, Sunroom: This week, Megan and Miles Highsmith will be facilitating a thoughtful conversation. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and all who care for children and teens welcome!

The Book of Job , Room 17:  Professor Templeton offers a pithy invitation to the final class of the semester: “The questions are the answers.”

The Way of the Pilgrim , Chapel: This Sunday, Susan Ketchin will facilitate an in-depth look at the poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. You are welcomed to bring in your favorite poems by each of these great poets, perhaps one “old” one you know and love by each poet, and one “new” one from each that you have recently discovered.

Easy English Bible Study, Room 18: Bo Lloyd leads the class in an interesting study of Christian faith, which also helps participants improve English vocabulary and fluency.
“Three Sacred Pauses” Advent Reflection
Dec. 11 and 18, 1-2:00 pm, in the Chapel

Christmas Coffee & Worship
Dec. 15, 9:45 am, Fellowship Hall
Please bring breakfast snacks to share.

Nativity Reenactment
Dec. 15, 11:00 am, Worship
Sign up for this opportunity on the bulletin board next to the Christian Formation office.

Lovefeast in the Moravian Tradition
Dec. 15, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Blue Christmas Service
Dec. 18, 6:00 pm, Chapel

Wednesday Night Series
December 11, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
An Even Simpler Christmas
Do you remember the fun we had last year thinking about the 12 Days of a Sustainable Christmas ? Well, the merriment is back! Together, we’ll learn even more about the delights of “greening” the holidays. Bring your ideas, be ready to sing and laugh, and let’s find ways to care for the Earth as we celebrate the season. Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or contact the office by Monday, 12/9, at NOON to make your reservation. Dinner is $7 for adutls, $4 for children.
What can YOU personally do to help with Binkley’s next step in responding to the Humanitarian Crisis?
The Humanitarian Crisis Workgroup is convening an event at Binkley on Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall. We are hoping to have people from numerous religious and non-religious organizations in the area attend. We believe that in order for our country to stop the marginalization and the unjust and inhumane treatment of so many people, we must speak up with one united, visible voice. We are hopeful that each of you will make personal contact with one or two of these organizations and invite them to the event. After the 11:00 service on Sunday, December 8 or December 15, please stop by the table in the narthex where you can choose the organization(s) you wish to contact . A copy of the invitation, which includes all of the information about the event, will be given to you when you sign up. Personal contacts make all the difference! Working together to make this event successful will bring us one step closer to creating a unified, visible voice.
Stewardship 2020 Update
As of December 6, we have received 117 pledges totaling $523,094. This represents 72.8% of our 2020 Pledge Goal of $718,044. If you have already pledged, THANK YOU! If you have yet to make your pledge for 2020, you may complete one and return to the church office or place it in the offering plate during worship. You can also email your pledge to  Duane Gilbert  . For all of us there will be many opportunities throughout the year to continue cultivating our time, talent and treasure. Thank you for giving and prayerfully supporting Christ’s ministry at Binkley.
Flowers for the Communion Table
The 2020 Flower Calendar is now available in the narthex. Please consider signing up for one or more Sundays to provide flowers for the communion table. Doing so is a perfect way to commemorate or honor a special occasion or loved one while beautifying the worship space. You may also contact the office to secure a date. Sign up soon to get your preferred date!
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Please help community members in need by donating your used furniture to The Furniture Project. The Furniture Project is a community-wide, all volunteer charitable outreach that collects gently used furniture, provides a tax donation receipt and delivers to the family in need that has been referred by an advocate. For more information, see the poster on the Binkley church bulletin board, or contact the Furniture Project Director Jane Hathaway at  or 919-612-2759.

Binkley Preschool Registration Open
Binkley Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year starting the first week of December. Children of Binkley Church members will receive priority admission when their applications are received by December 31, 2019. Please visit Binkley Preschool’s website for more information and the 2020-2021 application: 

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