November 22, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
November 24, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Alternative Gifts Fair
Post-worship, Fellowship Hall

Textoris/Wagner Deacon Families Lunch
Post-worship, Lounge

Never Again Alamance
1:00 pm, Carpool from Binkley

Practicing Compassion
Compassion begins in the awareness of life's preciousness. Every morning, say these words attributed to the Dalai Lama:
"Today I have received a great gift: I have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart, to offer kindness to the benefit of all other beings. I am going to practice thinking kind thoughts about others, I am going to pause before getting angry or saying hateful words. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” 
The Binkley 411
Adult Sunday School Classes
You are welcome to a rain-free, meaningful time with Binkley folk! Join any one of the interesting adult Sunday School offerings. You are always welcome as a first-time guest in any of the classes! Please note that the The Way of the Pilgrim is now meeting in the Chapel.

Jesus Deported , Lounge: Micheal Palmer will lead a discussion on “The Refugee at the Heart of Our Faith,” referring to Matthew 2: 13-23.

Mindful Parenting, Sunroom: This week, Steve Jernigan 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 reminds class members: This week an experienced Joban expert will lead class. Our beloved Meredith Bratcher has kindly agreed to sort out all of the Job conundrums we have encountered this fall.”

The Way of the Pilgrim, Chapel: Collins Kilburn is the guest presenter, introducing the life and writings of the Civil Rights activist and attorney, and Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray . The first African American priest, Pauli was elevated to sainthood in 2012. Learn more about this local light for justice !

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.
The Alternative Gifts Fair
This Sunday, Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
The AGF is an opportunity for you to learn, share, and support a compassionate and joyful community through your Christmas gift-giving. Non-profit groups from Chapel Hill and the surrounding area are invited to fill the fellowship hall with information and opportunities for your alternative Christmas shopping. This is also an opportunity to donate to some of the groups who are normally recipients of the Outreach Budget. Come with your checkbooks and come with good cheer.  There will be free food and maybe music!

Click HERE to view a list of vendors.
Never Again Alamance
Peaceful Protest on Sunday, November 24
Please join the Humanitarian Crisis Working Group after the Alternative Gifts Fair (1:00 pm) in the Binkley parking lot to drive as a group to Graham. We will be participating in the Never Again Alamance action in protest of Alamance County’s cooperation with ICE. If you would like to meet us there, people will begin gathering at 1 p.m. at 309 S Maple Street, Graham, NC (The Center for Spiritual Living). For more information:
The Way: A Walking/Riding Pilgrimage Across the Camino Santiago
May 26-June 5, 2020
Brad Berglund, American Baptist musician, photographer, and director of Illuminated Journeys is offering an opportunity for a pilgrimage to Spain next year. An information meeting with Brad will be held on  Monday, November 25, at 6:30pm at the home of Marcus McFaul. Go to Brad's website ( for more information. The pilgrimage (Camino de Santiago) is considered one of the most profoundly rewarding spiritual adventures one can experience. If you plan to attend the info meeting please RSVP to
Advent draws near, and at Binkley, it brings Hanging of the Greens with a Chili Supper, 3pm-5pm December 1st.

We need chili-makers and craft volunteers to pull this off.

So polish your chili pot or cornbread pan, and let Jim and Linda Hill-Wise know if you can contribute to the supper:

Craft volunteers should contact Caryl Fulcher at Directions and materials provided,
Advent Poinsettias
If you want to order an Advent poinsettia for the sanctuary, complete this form and place it in the offering plate with a donation of $ 12 for each plant ordered (or email/bring it to the office).Your donation also supports the purchase of fresh wreaths for the Sanctuary.

We will publish a list a gratitude/memorial list in the December 8 worship bulletin.
“Three Sacred Pauses” Advent Reflection
Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 1-2:00 pm, in the Chapel
Advent/Christmas activities invite busyness – even as the dark mornings lead us to quiet. So, in this time of Advent preparation, you are invited to pause from the bustle and listen to the Spirit’s voice within. Join Stephanie Ford and others in the Chapel for an hour of poetry and readings, reflective writing (so bring your journals; writing materials will also be provided), and silence. Come for one, two, or all three times. We will be using Macrina Wiederkehr’s book on the monastic hours, Seven Sacred Pauses , but you do not need to buy the book. Please RSVP to Stephanie at
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.
Friendly Faces Needed
We need some friendly folks to serve as greeters at the kitchen entrance of the church on Sunday mornings. You’ll help visitors gain entry to the building and find their way to a Sunday School class or to Worship. Please contact Marty Moore (919-967-4658) if you are able to help.
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!
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