October 11, 2019
This Sunday at Binkley
October 13, 2019
Morning Celebration
9:00 am, Lounge

Sunday School
9:30 am

11 am, Sanctuary
Gloria Lightsey-Lewis preaching
Blood Pressure Check
Post-Worship, Narthex

Humanitarian Crisis Planning Meeting
Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
From Our Pastor
From time to time I'm asked these two questions: 1)  "What's the  best  part of your job?"  and 2) " What's the  worst  part of your job?"

While I always attempt to re-frame the questions differently; "Well, you see the call/vocation/job is all the same really, I think you mean which features are more or less enjoyable, more or less rewarding?" Yet even my re-wording isn't entirely helpful because evaluation of something (why are we so quick to evaluate-critique in the moment?) is itself limiting. Things change. People change. We rethink/reconsider a thing and over time situations we thought irredeemable or unpleasant are understood differently.

Locking others, ourselves, and situations in permanent states of "good or bad" leaves no wiggle room for the Holy Spirit to move in ways that can lead us to reconciliation, forgiveness, new life, maybe even love. I grieve for folks (myself included) who cannot even imagine the possibility of changed conditions.
Back to the original question that began this missive; one aspect of my pastoral calling that is  always, always, always   meaningful, rewarding, joyful, and enlivening is listening to a person's stories, learning more about their lives, engaging (while trying not to pry!) with folk about what matters to them;  THEN
connecting them with others in the congregation who share similar interests, paths, backgrounds, neighborhoods, and hopes. Without a doubt this piece of pastoral ministry is significant---friendships emerge, partnership in the gospel grows, and perspectives that were limited by past experiences can...change, and change us. I'm willing to name that (let's call that a "ministry of introduction") the best part of my job.

On that note I hope you are making connections with guests as well as newer and longer-term members. You'll be glad you did. See you on Sunday.

With much affection for you.
Your Pastor,
Marcus W. McFaul
The Binkley 411
The Fourth Annual Binkley Pumpkin Fundraiser will be October 12 – October 31. Proceeds will benefit the Music Program and various Binkley Outreach Committee projects. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to connect with our community in a fun and friendly way. If you can volunteer some time to cover pumpkin patch sales, please sign up online at bit.ly/binkleypumpkins or after worship on Sunday. We also need help unloading the pumpkin truck on TOMORROW, Saturday, October 12, from 9 am-noon. Contact Roal Carlson for more information.

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Adult Sunday School Classes
You are invited this Sunday, October 13, 9:30-10:30 am, to participate in an adult Sunday School class. There are a variety of wonderful opportunities to choose from, and each class is open to newcomers!

Jesus Deported , Lounge: This week Micheal Palmer is considering the story traditionally called the "Good Samaritan" and will discuss how we can follow Jesus' directive to be like that Samaritan in the context of today's anti-immigrant climate.

Mindful Parenting, Sunroom: This week, be surprised. Either Kara Richards-Baker or Miles Highsmith will be facilitating the conversation. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and all who care for children and teens welcome!

Twisted Christian Messages , Chapel : Herman Greene, eco-and process theologian, will consider “Christian Perfection, Sex, and Sin: Exploring Matthew 5:48 – ‘Be ye perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.’ and Hebrews 4:15 – ‘Jesus was tempted as we are, yet without sin.’”

The Book of Job , Room 17:  This Sunday, Joe Templeton will look at the three not so wise men in Job. “What does it mean to be a Job’s comforter? Can an institution play the role of Job’s comforter in our society today?”

The Way of the Pilgrim, Room 15: This week, the pilgrim souls class is looking at Teresa of Avila and Flannery O’Connor as “saintly outlaws” (as Reynolds price called some of his fictional characters) who speak powerfully across time. Susan Ketchin facilitates this class.

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.
October 13: Bring to church ink cartridges, medications, wine corks, and guitar strings that you want to be responsibly discarded. The Earth Ministries crew will make sure your unwanted items are disposed of properly.
Blood Pressure Check
Health Ministries committee will host an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked after today’s worship service. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to ensure your blood pressure is within a healthy range.
Planning Meeting for Humanitarian Crisis Response
Sunday, Oct. 13, Post-Worship, Fellowship Hall
Please bring a bag lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided. We will follow-up on the great idea-generating meeting that was held on September 22. Your input is essential as we work to advocate for and support people who are marginalized, and being treated unjustly and inhumanely. All are welcome!
Wednesday Night Series
Oct. 16, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
An Evening with Marilyn Wolf & Linda Beatrice Brown: Space for Conscious Living
Join Marilyn Wolf, spiritual guide and energy work practitioner, and Linda Beatrice Brown, poet and innovative teacher, as they share the vision behind the Space for Conscious Living in Greensboro. The space is intended to offer individuals education and holistic support as they deepen their spiritual lives and even experience a shift in consciousness. Come and hear these dynamic women of Spirit! Check ‘Event’ in the Friendship Register or contact the office no later than NOON on Monday, Oct.14 to make your reservation. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children.
YOGA is coming to Binkley!
Sponsored by Health Ministries
Thursdays, 10/17, & 24, 11/7 & 14, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
Led by Jill Simon. Cost is $10 per drop-in class. No yoga experience required. Bring a yoga mat, towel, water and loving kindness towards your body. All are welcome. Contact Tonya Hamm with any questions.
Binkley at Barbee's
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 20, as we will carry on our tradition of combined worship with Barbee’s Chapel. Binkley members are encouraged to attend worship at the Barbee’s Campus (5916 Barbee Chapel Rd) and stay after for a wonderful meal provided by our hosts.The worship service at Barbee’s will begin at noon. For those who cannot make it to Barbee’s Chapel, we will hold regular 11 am worship at Binkley.
Bill Leonard at Binkley
October 27
Bill is the founding dean and professor of Church History at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a friend of Binkley. Bill will preach at 11 am and offer a Lunch and Learn post-worship, during which he will address the changing landscape of American Christianity and shifting identities of Baptist congregations. If you would like to attend the lunch, RSVP to the church office by Thursday, October 24 at noon. Lunch will be catered from K&W; cost is $10.
“Trunk or Treat”
All Hallow’s Eve Party
Wednesday, October 30,
5:30-7:00 pm
Binkley’s yearly Halloween party is taking a new twist this year. Games, face-painting, and healthy snacks as usual – but this year, church folk and friends are invited to open their car trucks (decorating, welcome) for a festive and safe “trick-or-treat” in our own parking lot. Bonfire with s’mores, and perhaps a gentle ghost story or two. Please contact Stephanie Ford or Dale Osborne about bringing your car , volunteering, and more.
** Please note that we will NOT serve dinner during this event.

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