Some 250 of you signed up for nametags at the outreach and engagement fair last Sunday. We will have those ready for you to pick up at the Parish BBQ and “You Are Here” campaign kick-off on Sunday, October 26. The nametags are Chapel of the Cross blue and white with the You Are Here logo. The nametags bear each person’s first and last name, with the first name highlighted. There are no titles or roles — we are all equal here! On the back, in addition to church contact info, is the following collect.
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP p. 225)
If you did not sign up for a nametag and would like one, please email email@example.com. We ask that individuals and families request their own nametags personally. We will continue to make them and have them available on Sundays (starting with the barbecue on October 26) for as long as people request them! We will provide simple storage at the church, although you are not required to leave your nametag here. It has been Update’s experience that the car glove compartment is the most common place to store nametags and that individuals adopt a system that is best for them.
We all look forward to the dedication of the new building (and the blessing of some older spaces as well) with Bishop Curry on Sunday. We will gather in the Great Hall at 6 pm following an abbreviated 5:15 service.
We will begin in the Great Hall, and then you may remain in the Great Hall or go to the place you would like to see blessed: the Great Hall, terrace, kitchen, main entrance, library, Campus Center, student resident suite, youth rooms, choir room, or preschool classrooms. The procession will return to the Great Hall for the final sentences and a concluding prayer.
The potluck dinner will begin as soon as the service permits and prior to the start of the congregational meeting. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. If you are coming to the 5:15 service you may drop off your dish in the kitchen starting at 5 pm. The congregational meeting will start by 7:15 and be over by 8 pm. To make it easier to attend, there will be a nursery for children.
Mark your calendars now for the parish BBQ at 6 pm on October 26. We should be completely finished with construction and refurbishing by then. The meal will be catered by The Filling Station of Robersonville, NC. The Pentecost Pickers will play, joined by our own construction superintendent Cliff Brown. We will also host representatives from the contractor, the architects and engineers, the University, Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, the State of North Carolina, utilities, and many others who have helped us get this far. Tickets will go on sale soon.
As we begin a new era of worship and ministry, watch for ways to get oriented physically and grounded spiritually in our new home. We are preparing maps and signs, planning gatherings large and small, and highlighting the involvement of diverse and varied parishioners in the work of the Chapel of the Cross.
Begin to discern how you will be present at the Chapel of the Cross and what your gifts will be as we live into our legacy.