April 20, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
April 22, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Earth Day Outdoor Worship
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

Worship
11:00 am, Peace Plaza
Marcus McFaul preaching
Youth Choir Joint Rehearsal
12:30 pm, UCCH

Falling Upward Book Discussion
4:00 pm, Library
From Our Pastor
The wonderful writer Alice Walker once wrote that  "'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses gratitude, humility, and understanding. "

To say Thank You for this past Sunday will take a very long time. My heart is filled with deep gratitude for the ways that so many folk around Binkley and our community celebrated our call to partnership in ministry and mission. As you know, many of my friends and family traveled to Chapel Hill last week to be present for our services, and one reported to me that they almost came forward to join the church! Commuting from St. Louis and Phoenix might be difficult though. Your warmth and gracious hospitality communicated an authentic and heartfelt welcome. Thank you.

Thank You to every member of the Installation Planning Committee; Nape Baker, Charles Carver, Sandy Clifton, Charles Coble, John Honor, Lillian Lee, Melinda Wilde, Peg Williams, Sonnie VanSant. 
Thanks to the Choir. Extraordinarily beautiful.
Thanks to every member of the Fellowship Committee who labored to make the reception so lovely and fun (you'll find a photo of these folks as you keep scrolling).
Thanks to my remarkable ministry colleagues at Binkley: Dale Osborne, Stephanie Ford, Daniel Cherrix, Duane Gilbert, Stephenie Sanders, and Charles Myhand.

Ruth Ann Ross, Becky Robinson, Linda Textoris, my profound thanks to each of you for the woven stole given to me (of the McFaul tartan no less!) as well as for the four matching stoles for each one of our pastoral staff. All are beautiful and possess symbolic power at the start of this new ministry. I say Thank You to every Council representative who took part in the candle-lighting ritual, which underscored that all ministry is undertaken together in specific times and places.

At one point in the service I had in my sight-lines Pauline Binkley Cheek (daughter of our church's namesake) and Dylan McDonough, side by side, separated by generations but committed to our united mission, one expressing with eloquent wisdom the church's prophetic past, and one who may serve as prophet with his line; " I light this candle for all the kids here at Binkley now, and the kids who will join us in the future in learning more about God and God's love."

Past, present, and future; all three. As Dag Hammerarskjold said, "For all that has been---thanks. For all that will be---yes."

Yes, indeed. My deep and abiding thanks.

With much affection for you,
Marcus
The Binkley 411
An Invitation to Strengthen Our Church Community
The Reference Team, appointed by the Church Council and working with consultant David Brubaker, invites you to attend one of the cottage meetings held during the last week of April and first week of May.

Click HERE to sign up, or you can sign up before or after Sunday's service.

At these meetings you will have the opportunity to participate in a small group discussion whose purpose is to strengthen our church community. We want to learn from our recent experience in calling Marcus to be our pastor, to consider the future vision of our church building on the work of the transition team, and to foster congregational relationships. Please feel free to contact the Reference Team by emailing referenceteam@binkleychurch.org, or you may call any member of the Reference Team to answer any questions you may have. Reference Team: Meredith Bratcher, Nancy Cheek, Tom Fewel, Tonya Hamm, Matthew Ripley-Moffitt, Jenny Walters, Don Willhoit and David Brubaker  
Church Family Updates

Our condolences to the family of Lynn Houser who died on April 10, 2018. A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 pm on April 21, 2018 at Binkley.
This Sunday, April 22, 9:30-10:30 am, we welcome you to adult Sunday School. Please feel free to drop into a class you haven’t tried before:

Mindful Parenting, Lounge: This week, Lucy Vander Kamp will be facilitating the discussion.

Evangelism and Vocation in a Post-Singularity World, Sunroom: Bob Winstead will be leading the class discussion.

Finding Myself on a Journey, Chapel: Meredith Bratcher guides this Bible-based experiential learning and life reflection class. This Sunday, the class will be looking at John 10:11-18, the “I am the good shepherd” text.

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.
Earth Day Worship
This Sunday, April 22
Worship this Sunday—weather permitting—will be held outside in the Peace Plaza. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and dress casually! Our Old Time Gospel Band will offer their musical gifts and Dr. McFaul will preach. A special proclamation from Earth Ministries will be included, and our friends from Anathoth Community Garden & Farms will be here to talk produce! A potluck lunch will follow, so bring a dish to share (salads, desserts, etc—fried chicken will be provided). Chairs will be provided for those who cannot bring their own.
It’s CROP Walk Weekend!
Thanks to you, we've just hit our CROP Walk team goal of $4000! And we can do more! Sponsor one of the the Binkley CROP Walk Team members (members to-date are Linda and Daniel Textoris, Sherri Davis, Sondra and Jerry VanSant, Sibyl Wagner and Adams Wofford, Julie Lentz, Amy-Jae and Tom Crawford, Dale Osborne, Kimberly Brewer and April Kemper).  You can donate on-line by going to the Binkley CROP WALK website  https://www.crophungerwalk.org/chapelhillnc/binkley    Just click the big   DONATE " button.  Binkley’s CROP Walk team members will be in the Narthex Sunday to collect CROP Walk team donation packets, to collect donations for the team, and sell some awesome CROP Walk T-shirts. 
 
Instructions for CROP Walk Team Members 
Bring your donation envelop to the narthex CROP Walk table. Be sure to first fill out your donation form completely and sign the consent in the gray area on bottom. Total your donations. Don't hand it in at the general registration desk at the Crop Walk. We will be handling all Binkley Church registration. Also, turn in money/checks (in your donation envelop) to Kimberly or Dale at the church; do not bring $$$ to the Crop Walk. (If you collect some pledges after the 22nd, you can give the $$ to Dale.) Meet at 2:00 at Carrboro Town Commons. Look for red Binkley sign. Walk begins at 2:30 p.m  3.7-mile or .8 mile stroll through Carrboro and Chapel Hill, including UNC-Chapel Hill. Rest stops along the way provide water.
Parking. The CROP Walk is the same day as the Carrboro Street Festival, so parking may be a challenge. Carpool if you can. There are businesses around the Carrboro Town Commons that will be closed Sunday, so you can park in their lots. 
Wednesday Night Series:
Making a Difference Where We are: Next Steps
April 25, 5:30 pm, Lounge
On Earth Day Sunday (April 22), the Earth Ministries Committee will share the stirring “Proclamation of Sustainability” that Binkley Church is adopting. This proclamation calls us to community-wide change, but all change takes time. What are the next steps? What are some practical things we can do now to get going? 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: Black eyed Pea Cakes, Roasted Vegetable Kabobs, Spring Salad with Strawberries, Grapes, & Candied Walnuts , Homemade Bread, Key Lime Pie. Please indicate “vegetarian.”
Binkley Outreach Proudly Presents:

Durham County Community Living Programs (DCCLP)
Intellectually Challenged Adults
Talent Show
April 28, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall  
Everyone is invited for dessert and a show that will warm your heart. The Intellectually Challenged Adults that live in Group Homes and the Independent Apartment Living Program that are managed by DCCLP are working hard and getting very excited about performing for us.

We will be hosting the group for dinner at 5:00 and then the show will be open to all at 6:30. If you would like to bring a dessert or would like to be an ambassador at a table with our guests for the dinner, then please contact Terry Huneycutt-Horn at 919-218-3243, or at Mediate4321@gmail.com

I look forward to this joyful evening with all of you.
 For more information about this organization, please see DCCLP.org.
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.
Men of Binkley
May 5, 8 am, Sunroom
Our featured guest will be an presentation by Rev. Dr. Bob Seymour who will be speaking on the topic: Chapel Hill in the 60’s . As most know this was a very turbulent decade in America’s history – desegregation of the schools, racial riots, the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy; President Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Act; the Vietnam War; and on and on. Through all of this decade Rev. Seymour was Senior Minister at Binkley and emerging as a significant community leader in the Chapel Hill community. Come be a part of this special time for sharing and learning. We will also enjoy Sunrise biscuits, cinnamon rolls, coffee, and a time of prayer and fellowship together. 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.
Men of Binkley March Madness Challenge

2017 winner Joe Clontz hands off the basketball trophy to Jerry VanSant, who captured 1st place in the 2018 Men of Binkley March Madness Challenge. Joe Templeton came in a close second.
Binkley VBS Volunteers Needed 
Vacation Bible School takes place at the end of June, June 25-29 (with a short orientation Sunday evening, 6/24). VBS will meet each morning from 9:00-12:15, and there are a number of ways you can serve: helping with one of the centers (Bible story, arts and crafts, science, music), being a shepherd to a group, helping with snacks, or offering behind-the-scenes support. It is a lot of fun and meaningful for all ages. Our theme this year: "God's Garden, God's City." Adults and youth are welcome to volunteer! Want to know more? Chat with Stephanie Ford or send her a quick email: stephanie@binkleychurch.org.
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.
Thank You!
The Installation Service for Marcus was a wonderful success! Thanks to all of you who brought food, helped with set-up and clean-up - and came to celebrate a new beginning for our church.  The Fellowship Committee

We are ALL grateful to the Fellowship Committee and the Installation Planning Committee for the fine work they did putting this event together. THANK YOU!
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

Linda Martinez hopes to attend UNC-G this fall, having finished her studies at Alamance Community College. She will be paying out of state tuition as a Dreamer. Her family is having a fundraiser for her this Sunday afternoon. How about tacos for supper while supporting a good cause! Click the link above for more info.

There are many opportunities coming up soon in the Chapel Hill area to work for social justice. Click the link above to learn more. This page changes weekly, so keep checking back for updates.

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 .

Church Women United May Friendship Day
May 4, 10 am, First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
“Reaching for Wholeness in Gratitude for God’s Presence” ; also Quenton Harper (Democracy NC) re voting issues. Annual salad potluck lunch. Join sisters (and maybe some brothers) from local churches in fellowship. (for information, contact Connie Gates,  conniegates@hotmail.com ).

May 17-19
Sessions in this three-day training will cover: power, self-interest, culture of a broad-based organization, public and private relationships, individual meetings, and more.  Click the link above for more info.

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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