January 21, 2022
From Our Pastor
Scattershooting and wondering: are weathercasters and grocery stores in cahoots? Does Big Weather get a cut from Harris Teeter? Stay warm and dry beloved.

Remember that we are not gathering in-person for worship as of now; decisions concerning February will come next week and you'll be made aware in a churchwide email. 

Like you we are reading and monitoring local, state, and regional infection rates and hospitalizations. More and more we get the news that family members have tested positive, some asymptomatic and most considered mild cases, whether vaccinated and boosted or not. Where is this headed? And how is this challenging our capacity to be a church?  What does it mean to be the gathered people of God when gathering poses a health risk?

Defining church has been stretched during these years of the pandemic. 
What is the real definition of church? We are the people, called by God. We are God’s gathered community. But God comes alive in our midst in many and varied ways. Many of you have said the Black Lives Matter vigils have held the power of church for you (BTW---tomorrow's scheduled vigil is canceled due to the real likelihood of snow/ice). The Wednesday intercessory prayer group (both in-person and virtual), Music librarians weekly workouts, small groups studying books and scripture, and so forth have all been credited as displaying the presence of the divine. We gather, whether in twos and threes or in dozens and hundreds, but it is when God breathes in us that church has happened. Even on a computer screen.

Do you remember this scene from the movie The Color Purple:
“...have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him (sic) to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.”

I visited the home of a member this week. He had just come home from the hospital following tests. Other members had been present to him all week, and before I left the house another couple stopped in for a visit. On Wednesday many folks brought food to Linda and Karin's home as their family gathered following the graveside service for Linda's Mom, Ann Register. There in the Graham cemetery Suzanne Franklin-Kent, who along with her wife Katherine are dear friends to them (the couples met at Binkley!), spoke beautifully and shared the wonderful Lee Smith line from her book On Agate Hill: love lives not in places nor even bodies but in the spaces between them, the long and lovely sweep of air and sky, and in the living heart and memory until that is gone too, and we are all wanderers, as we have always been, upon the earth.

Thank you for all the ways you bring God with you in your wanderings as the church. Thank you for sharing God's presence with each other. It takes my breath away.

Tune in this Sunday as we listen to James Forbes deliver the sermon entitled Healing the Infirmities of Victimization. Jenny Walters and her father Mark offer music as does choral scholar Kyle Rodriquez.

With much affection for you,
Your Pastor
Marcus
This Sunday at Binkley
January 23, 2022
Sunday School
Worship
11 am, Livestream Only
James Forbes preaches this Sunday
We welcome Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Binkley’s first ministry intern, as our guest preacher this Sunday. You might remember Dr. Forbes from when he preached at our Homecoming Celebration in 2015 and again in 2018 for our 60th Anniversary Celebration. He is the Distinguished Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in Manhattan, where he served as their first African-American Senior Minister from 1989-2007. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Howard University, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He is the President and Founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, a social, religious, and environmental justice organization based in New York.
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in our area, worship will be LIVESTREAM ONLY through 1/30/22.

Decisions about future worship services and other events will be announced in this space, so be sure to keep an eye out for this update in your inbox each week.
We will livestream the service at 11 am on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. You choose which platform works best for you. After the livestream has ended, you can view the service at your leisure on Facebook or YouTube.
Stewardship Update
We are grateful to have received 143 pledges ($568,000) thus far toward our 2022 Program of Ministry Budget. If you are planning to make a pledge, please do so soon. You may pledge online, print and mail a pledge card, call Duane with your pledge (919-237-91231), or contact the office to have a pledge card mailed to you.
2022 Proposed Budget Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 30, Post-Worship
The finance committee will present the congregation with the Council-approved Program of Ministry Budget for 2022. This serves as a time for discussion and questions surrounding the budget. A Church-in-Conference will be held after worship on February 13 to approve the budget.
Go to the Members section of our website to view the 2022 Asking Budget. You can find the login information on the inside back cover of your pictorial directory, or you can ask the office,
The Binkley 411
Worship and Reopening Guidelines
UPDATED 1/14/22
  • Worship is currently being offered via livestream only through 1/30/22. Sunday School is being held via Zoom.
  • We encourage groups to meet via Zoom rather than in-person.
  • The church reception desk is open 10 am-2 pm, Tuesday-Friday. Barring illness or emergency, someone will always be available to assist you in the office during those times. All staff will be regularly available in the office and by appointment. Staff Directory
All visitors to our campus are required to wear face masks. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration!
CANCELLED: Black Lives Matter Vigil (1/22)
This Saturday's BLM Vigil has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please join us for the next vigil on February 26 from 12-1 pm.
John Overton Memorial Service
Saturday, January 22, 2 pm
The memorial service for John Overton will be livestreamed tomorrow, January 22, at 2 pm ET. A direct link will be sent to our Members and Friends mailing list tomorrow morning. You will need the direct link to access the service. You may view the service at your leisure after the livestream ends.
Daytime Book Group
Monday, Jan. 24, 10:30 am, Zoom
The group will meet via Zoom to discuss A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott. Contact Barbara Davis for a link. 
Reimagining Continued
Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 am-Noon, Zoom
Join church leadership for a time of sharing suggestions, ideas and thoughts about the future of our church. We will use the report produced by The Reimagining Committee as the basis of our conversations. View their report here.
Your input will help church leaders begin to shape a planning process to make the Reimagining Committee's work a reality. Your voice is needed!
If you are unable to join us on January 29, please email Laura Davidson with your comments and suggestions, or to indicate that you are willing to participate in later steps in the planning process. A Zoom link will be sent to our Members and Friends mailing list the morning of the event.
Friends Of Binkley Book Club
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 12-1:15 pm, Zoom
NEW DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 12-1:15 pm, Zoom
 The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee is the next read of The Friends of Binkley Book Club. All are invited to participate; contact Diana Coble for a Zoom link. Our emphasis is quality discussion over reading quantity in our every other Tuesday gatherings. Please read the Forward through Chapter 3 (75 pages) of The Sum of Us in preparation for the discussion.
Flowers for Sunday Services
Giving flowers for the communion table is a way to honor or commemorate loved ones and special events in your life while beautifying our worship space. Sign up now to provide flowers in 2022. Click here to sign up online, or email office@binkleychurch.org to choose a date.
Our Wider Community
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Tue., Feb. 1, 7-8:30 PM
Join Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle for a Zoom conversation on what it means to “green” your home, faith community building, or business, on the benefits of green building for sustainability, energy efficiency and savings, and on the importance of greener building codes. More information and registration here.

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