December 21, 2018
This Sunday at Binkley
December 23, 2018
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
 Worship
11:00 am, Sanctuary
Marcus McFaul preaching
Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24
The Binkley 411
Monday-Wednesday, December 24-26: Closed
Monday, December 31: 9:30 am - 1 pm
Tuesday, January 1: Closed
Advent Mission Opportunities
As we look forward to and joyfully anticipate the birth of the Christ-child, let us also seek to serve Christ's brothers and sisters who walk among us in need of warm winter clothing and nourishing food. Your clothing donations can be placed on or around the Christmas tree in the narthex beginning this Sunday, and your food donations (which will be taken to the IFC) can be placed in the decorated boxes in the narthex.
Christmas Eve Offering 2018
The Outreach Committee’s recommendation to the Church Council for the Christmas Eve offering has been approved, and will be divided among three projects: Fifty percent (50%) will go to Binkley families in need . Thirty percent (30%) will go to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to assist migrant laborers recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Migrant workers often do not have access to other hurricane relief funds. And twenty percent (20%) will go to Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center , a grassroots civil society organization located at the Separation Wall. In Arabic, “ wi’am ” means “cordial relationships.” The Center reaches out to children and families in Bethlehem to provide a safe space for learning and playing, and varied educational and recreational activities including drama, music therapy. We believe it is fitting to support a peace-making organization for children in Bethlehem at Christmas. Many thanks to all who nominated recipients. And please give as generously as your budget allows. These are all worthy projects. 
Used Car Needed
A member of our church is looking to purchase a used car. Finances are tight. Contact Dale Osborne if you have any questions or a car to sell.
December Challenge
Have a Sustainable Christmas
Here are just a few ideas for a Sustainable Christmas:
 
  • Give the gift of a story previously unknown to your family; 
  • Prepare some baked goods as a gift to friends and loved ones; 
  • Give to a charity and encourage other family members to do the same; 
  • Enjoy Christmas Day dinner minus the throwaways by taking your compostable leftovers to the outdoor compost bins at Binkley;
  • Create your own unique wrapping paper from potentially discarded paper or other materials.

The next meeting of the Earth Ministries Team is Thursday, January 31 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Church Library. Anyone feeling called to this ministry is invited to attend!

Some Earth Ministries Stats to Know:

As of 5:00 p.m., December 17, Binkley Church’s solar panels have saved 31,215 kg of CO2 emissions from being emitted; the equivalent of 1,732 trees planted, and have saved $4,884 on our electricity bills since the installation of the solar panels in July 2016.

From May 15 to December 15, Binkley has diverted 9.43 tons (18,865 pounds) of compostable waste from the landfill. By December 31, we will have diverted 10 tons! That is 1.18 metric tons/month of avoided CO2 emissions.
Epiphany Service Project
Call for Donations
At our Epiphany Coffee House, Jan. 6, 9-10:30 am (more about that in the upcoming January Newsletter ), we will be gathering supplies for El Refugio . El Refugio, in the remote town of Lumpkin, Georgia, offers support to the 1,800 male detainees, and their visiting families (overnight lodging, legal support, and more). These families come a long way to visit their loved ones, and there are no hotels nearby. Families with children bunk up in a small ranch home.

The latest joy is that Samantha Bee Full Frontal , through the auspices of TBS, has donated a second house to El Refugio (see the funny and inspiring “Lumpkin or Leave It” )

So on January 6, we are preparing a big care package to send to El Refugio, with Ashely Nissler’s help.

So as you do Christmas shopping and returns, look for deals on new items (or plan to donate “gently used” ones). Here is a list of needs:
  • Spanish and English language books in a variety of genres
  • Toys (without small pieces or batteries–choking hazard)
  • Books for children (Board books are especially welcomed)
  • Puzzles (large pieces best)
  • Bath towels
  • Kitchen towels
  • Full and twin sheet sets
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Art supplies for children
  • Gas gift cards (Shell is best)
  • Gift cards for Subway and Dunkin Donuts
Men of Binkley
On  Saturday morning January 5 , we have reserved the community room of the  Egg & I  ( 1101 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 ) from 8-9:30 am for breakfast and fellowship. Dutch treat.

All Men of Binkley and friends  are welcome. It is not at all required, but if you plan to attend, drop one of us an email note.

Co-Chairs, Men of Binkley
Safety Committee Information Meeting
On January 13, 2019 the Safety Working Group will have an informational meeting to report on the activities of the group during the past year:. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the morning worship service.
Save the Date:
Our Wider Community
Click the links below for more information on each event.

IFC EVENTS

Donate a holiday meal to a family.

Interfaith Council (IFC) is conducting a capital campaign to build a new food services building in Carrboro where meals will be served and folks can pick up groceries. Click the link above to contribute.
Link your grocery store loyalty cards to BPS. Here's how.
Revised November 2016
Church Office Hours

Mon.-Thurs.
8:30 am - 4 pm

Friday
8:30 am - 3 pm
Publication Deadlines

Submissions for the February Newsletter are due by:

January 21

Submissions for the weekly bulletin and Friday Update are due by:

Wednesday Noon
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