August 23, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
August 25, 2019
Simply Summer Worship
9:45 am, Lounge

11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
An Invitation to Dialogue
Post-worship, Fellowship Hall
From Our Pastor
As I said this past Sunday, you inspire me constantly and consistently. The passionate and dedicated commitment to excellence in ministry, demonstrated in every corner of our congregation, is spectacular. The Yard Sale is but one example of many that speak to the care you offer our community. So to  EVERY SINGLE VOLUNTEER  from Binkley and Barbee's Chapel over an almost three week period... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Fittingly, Sunday worship this week is a Service for Healing and Wholeness. BioFreeze, Icy-Hot, and Flex-All 454 will be provided! Lidocaine patches cost extra...The desire for healing and wholeness includes physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological dimensions. Here's a link that gives 10 signs our souls---not just bodies---are fatigued. Any of those apply to you?

Shifting gears here a bit. Several weeks ago the former chaplain at Signature Health Center, Christopher Wyckoff, was a guest in worship. Across his time at Signature he had become familiar with Binkley through resident Bill Bodkin. Evangelist Bodkin would show him bulletins and newsletters from our church and describe our ministries. Wyckoff, now an adjunct seminary professor, recently wrote a piece on his experience with us. The theme of Sacred Resistance captured his imagination and, as it happened, he joined us on the 4th of July Sunday in which we had a Service of Prayer for the Nation. The online article can be found here.
I was reminded the other day that every single person that comes to church was almost persuaded  NOT  to attend; so many obligations, "let's sleep-in this weekend", sick kids, sports programs, craft shows, heaviness of heart (re-read above link about tired souls and bodies!), so many conditions that could prevent our presence in the gathered community. But when we do arrive the Holy One surprises us with what we might actually need. One of the scriptures this week, from James 5:14ff, " Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord...pray for one another, so that you may be healed."  Prayer, song, embrace, kindness, candles all around the sanctuary this week. And oil. Just not CBD yet. Yet.

My prayer is that we find the healing properties of a Christ-Spirited community when we wander into spaces meant for grace. The sermon is from Luke 13:10-17 the story of a sabbath healing of a bent-over and burdened woman. Does that describe you?

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
Marcus W. McFaul

PS: I will be on vacation beginning Sunday afternoon and will return to preach on September 8.
The Binkley 411
Carl Henley Memorial Service
Saturday, August 24, 2 pm
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall
An Invitation to Dialogue

Binkley Leadership has scheduled a listening session on Sunday, August 25, immediately following our 11 o’clock worship. This gathering will give us, as a congregation, an opportunity to discuss a proposed statement regarding human suffering in our country. The statement speaks up for families who are being torn apart, people being treated inhumanely, and people being marginalized because of
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation/identity, and/or
  • Citizenship status

This statement, proposed for publication in The Raleigh News and Observer , urges individuals and other churches to work for these humane concerns.

Please stay after worship to express your feelings, listen and learn. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend but wish to express your support or concerns, please contact your deacon or a member of Church Council to register your opinion. To read the statement in full, follow this link .
More Bees, Please!
Binkley’s Labor Day Service Project. September 1, 9:30-10:30 am, Lounge:
Something for ALL Ages!
Did you know that 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to reproduce and that bees are the major “pollinators”? Earth’s wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables depend on our bees friends. But , bees are in jeopardy. How can we help them survive and thrive? Join us on Labor Day Sunday (September 1) as we hear about bees from our own local beekeeper Erik Butler . We’ll learn ways to help bees, write postcards on their behalf, make bee crafts, and more! Finally, we will be able to give our dollars and cents to Heifer projects for beekeeping and local bee-health causes . Coffee, juice, and breakfast snacks available!
A Year of Compassion:
Launching a New Year at Binkley
September 8, 2019 , 9:30-10:30 am, Sanctuary
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) . At Binkley, we are called to learn the ways of compassion, for ourselves, our neighbors, the stranger among us, and God’s beloved Earth. And so with joy, on Sunday, September 8, we launch a new year of Sunday School for all ages: children, youth, and adults. Join us this Launch Sunday in the Narthex at 9:15 am, where you will be greeted with coffee and juice, breakfast snacks, and friendly faces. Then, in the Sanctuary, at 9:30 am, we will sing, hear a story, meet teachers, and worship together, before children and youth then follow their leaders to their classrooms. Adults will remain in the Sanctuary to discover the wide-ranging opportunities for Adult Christian Formation. See Adult Formation brochure for class listing.
School Supplies Needed
Collecting in the Narthex:
 Sundays: 8/25, 9/1, and 9/8
School begins for Orange County students on August 26, but many students do not have the resources to get the supplies they need. We can help by donating to Morris Grove Elementary. Please add a couple of items the next time you go shopping:
  • backpacks
  • #2 pencils
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • crayons (24 pack)
  • spiral notebooks (wide-ruled)
  • marble composition books
  • notebook paper (wide-ruled)
  • glue sticks
  • highlighters,
  • 1 inch 3-ring notebooks
  • 3-pronged plastic folders
2019 Men of Binkley Retreat
October 18-20, 2019 Trinity Center, Salter Path, NC
“I Have No Idea!” Facilitated by Rev. Don Durham ( CBFNC ministry partner Healing Springs Acres near Denton, NC). We welcome your participation in this third annual event – please note that registration is first come, first served! Registration forms are available here in the narthex. Registration and full payment of $240/double or $280/single is due no later than Sunday, September 28, 2019 . Place your registration form in the offering plate, deliver to the church office, or slide under Marcus’s office door if he is not in. Write a check to Binkley and designate “Men’s Retreat.” See Charles Coble or Larry McManus for more information.
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.
Saturday, August 24, 10 am, Chapel Hill Library
A symposium featuring scholars and historians, sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, OCCRC, and Chapel Hill Public Library. 

Renowned Al’s Burger Shack is teaming up with Dr. Linnea Smith, Louise Coggins , and Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) every Tuesday through September with a LUV Burger. A portion of the proceeds will help Lift Up the Vulnerable end human trafficking in warzones. Learn more .

Fabric for Rosa
Our friend Rosa, who is in Sanctuary at Church of the Reconciliation, is looking for fabric to sew aprons and other items. If you have spare fabric, please contact Ashley Nissler.

Binkley Preschool has openings in the four-year-old classes for this fall. Contact Kim Buckley if you are interested. (Tel 919-968-1427)

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