June 28, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
June 30, 2019
11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
From Our Pastor
In the preface to her good book  Sacred Resistance,  Ginger Gaines-Cirelli quotes theologian Jurgen Moltmann's line: " Resistance is the protest of those who hope, and hope is the feast of the people who resist."  The book itself is a feast filled with strategic possibilities for passionate and compassionate engagement around important matters.

Gaines-Cirelli defines sacred resistance as a way of being and acting in the world that is engaged with and for the world God loves...is anything, any word, deed, or stance that actively counters the forces of hatred, cruelty, selfishness, greed, dehumanization, desolation, and disintegration in God's beloved world...sacred resistance takes shape in personal attitudes and in communal protest, in spiritual practices and in political advocacy, in how we spend our time and for whom we will risk our safety.

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, a United Methodist minister in the nation's capitol, knows a thing or two about the crucial role of hope in the public arena; " I am a person of deep hope and I resist because my hope is in God. And, thanks be to God, my resistance draws me near to evidences that hope is not in vain,"  she writes.

This is one desire for Sunday's  Call to Prayer for the Nation,  namely, that we depart committed to being the change we hope to see in our neighborhoods, state, nation, and world.
At the close of the service you'll be asked to write down on a provided sticky-note one or two ways you'll commit to "praying with your feet." Abraham Joshua Heschl remarked: "When he came home from Selma in 1965, my father wrote, 'For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.'"

I encourage you to begin now praying about your responses to the many and varied national and international concerns, from oppressive systems of patriarchy and white supremacy to wage inequality, from suffering children at the Texas-Mexico border to policies that target the most vulnerable of our citizens. What shape will your/our sacred resistance take?

As our nation soon observes its 243rd birthday we ask the Holy One to indeed "mend thine every flaw." And the Holy One asks us to do the same. Advocacy is a form of prayer and prayer is advocacy too. My thanks to our Binkley Diaconate, particularly Terry Huneycutt, Susan Rogers, and Dele Famoyegun for their good leadership in making this  Call to Prayer  a reality.

See you this Sunday! I am grateful for each one of you

The Binkley 411
It doesn’t take long to look around at our world and have concerns for our Nation. These concerns can range from mental health to poverty, from health care to having a living wage, from immigration to climate change. This list can, at times, seem endless. The Binkley Diaconate has been leading us in a Season of Prayer over the last number of weeks, and they are planning a worship service on June 30 th , that will call us to a time of prayer for our nation. Prayer is a time of remembering and being open to the Divine for how we, as a church and as individuals, can be attuned to what actions we can take to reach out to those that we see are hungry, or thirsty, a stranger, needing clothes, medical care, in prison, and beyond, as taught to us in the Gospel of Matthew. Please join us for this special worship at 11:00 am on Sunday, June 30, for a “Call to Prayer for our Nation."
Baptist Youth Camp 2019
Please be in prayer for Binkley’s youth and adults who will travel to the mountains of Laurel Ridge, NC this afternoon for a six day camping experience. Our campers will fellowship with twelve other youth groups from various southeastern states. They will depart after receiving a blessing during Sunday's worship service.   
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 .
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 .
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.
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 $30. 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 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

There are no shortcuts in the spiritual life.  If you believe this, as spiritual teacher Thomas Merton did, but have not seen a more focused way forward, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius may be for you. Daily at-home spiritual practice and a weekly gathering over 8 months (with necessary breaks) are involved. For more information, click here o r call Cate Alexander at 571-275-5600.   

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