A certain light

 

The stones of the old buildings in Europe have a certain light to them, characteristic of the great cities and their local quarries and kilns.  This afternoon the east wall of our chapel glows warm and pinky-gold in the cloister light, perfectly blending with the granite of the church and the old bricks of the parish house. The faint echo of the Royal School of Church Music choir, practicing for Sunday’s service in the church, convinces us we are in another time and place. But it’s our time and place, and isn’t it beautiful?

 

The crew has almost completed work on the east side.  There is just one set of scaffolding remaining, where the workers will repair some of the mortar joints before applying a second coat.  All the parapet caps are in place, including the long cap that runs from the side wall up to the tower.

 

Once the front and northeast corner is completed, all the scaffolding will be moved around to the west wall and front corner, where most of the parapet caps are already in place.  We look forward to seeing the western wall alive in the blaze of a Carolina sunset.

 

Our time and place. Remember that during the summer months, expenses continue, even though many of you are on vacation. Please keep your pledge current via online giving while you are away!

Walker Mabe

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Interim Rector Update from James Moeser

On July 9, the Vestry met with Canon Hunn to learn more about the search process for an interim Rector. As you know, the Vestry will act as the search committee for the Interim Rector. Next week, I expect the Vestry to approve a salary line for the new Rector. (We will offer the same salary to the Interim, on the advice of Canon Hunn.)

 

Heather Benjamin and the Personnel Committee have been gathering information about salaries and benefits from the national church and the Diocese of North Carolina for the last several weeks. She has been in communication with Ann Craver, the chair of the Finance Committee, to make sure that what we propose is financially doable.

 

Once the Vestry has approved an amount for salary and benefits, we shall communicate that to Canon Hunn. Things should begin to move rapidly after that. Canon Hunn has already been in preliminary communication for possible candidates for our position. He has been in conversation with Bishop Curry about individuals who have served successfully in parishes of similar size and complexity. He has already been in touch with several possible candidates to gauge their interest.  They are developing their list for us.

 

I anticipate that Canon Hunn will recommend two, or at the most, three candidates for us to consider for Interim Rector. The Vestry will hold two-day interview sessions with each of the candidates through the month of August. These interviews will be conducted in an atmosphere of prayer and a framework of total confidentiality. We will not reveal the names of the persons being considered to anyone, including our own staff. We will ask each of the candidates to celebrate a Eucharist and preach a sermon for the Vestry during this interview period. We will share a meal with them, show them the building and the town of Chapel Hill.

 

Some of you have approached members of the Vestry with suggestions for persons who should be considered for the Interim Rector position. Please know that you may communicate directly to Canon Hunn at michael.hunn@episdionc.org. He suggested that if you know of priests who may want to be considered for our position, you should advise them to be in direct touch with him. The Vestry will consider only candidates nominated by Canon Hunn on behalf of Bishop Curry.

 

Let me assure you that the Vestry is approaching this task with humility and in a spirit of prayer, that we may discern God’s will for us and our church.

 

Please pray for the Vestry and pray for those who may be hearing God’s call to serve as the Interim Rector for the Chapel of the Cross.

 

James Moeser

Senior Warden

 

 

Stay updated on our Rector transition

The transition to a new Rector comprises three distinct parts: celebration, interim, and search.  Click here for a link to YouTube videos of the meeting with Canon Hunn on June 14. Throughout the summer vestry members will be available after the 10 am service for informal conversations about the rector transition process.  Click here for a link to James Moeser’s transition Q&A; you can see his most recent email by clicking here.   You can stay up to date any time by going to announcements on the home page or using the Cross Roads blog and searching for rector transition.  We want you to know everything about our celebration of Stephen Elkins-Williams, the selection of an interim rector, and the new rector search process. For more transition information, check the kiosk in the Great Hall!
Celebration Calendar

You will want to be part of the parishwide events we are planning for the summer and fall:

  • August 23 — Dinner on the Grounds in conjunction with our annual Outreach and Engagement Fair
  • August 30 — Clergy and staff speak about Stephen Elkins Williams — pot luck supper after the 5:15 service
  • September 13 — Church School Kick-off and skit
  • September 27 — Parish BBQ with music from the Pentecost Pickers and farewell presentations to the Rector
  • October 4 — Blessing of the Animals at 9 am followed by cake; special music at 11:15 am; preaching at both services by Stephen Elkins-Williams
  • October 11 — One combined service at 10 am with special music; Stephen Elkins-Williams to preach and celebrate; farewell reception in the Great Hall following

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Neapolitan ice cream

On these scorching summer days, our Chapel looks like a shimmering mirage of… Neapolitan ice cream.

With the removal of the scaffolding around the tower on the north wall, it is easy to see the original paint color (vanilla), the brick in paint-removal mode (chocolate), and the finished product (strawberry).

The crew have completed the paint removal on the east wall and have started to apply the Keim mineral coating, repairing mortar joints as they go. As I watch from my vantage point, Frank is finishing up the final parapet cap along the east wall. I can hear the lively conversation of the workers from their perches on the east wall scaffolding–always amusing and occasionally instructive.

Next they will erect scaffolding along the west wall and begin the process on that side.

Frank, Sean and all the workers continue to be very sensitive to our schedule of worship, preschool pick-up and drop-off, and special services. And they are maintaining their humor in spite of the heat.

Stay cool. Remember that during the summer months, expenses continue, even though many of you are on vacation. Please keep your pledge current via online giving while you are away!

Walker Mabe

wmabe@thechapelofthecross.org

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Tower view

Our Chapel tower view has improved immensely with the removal of the scaffolding and the completion of that part of the restoration project.  Now you can start to get an idea of what the finished product will look like.

People have been coming in off the street to exclaim and ask to take photos — the local populace and visitors agree that the color and workmanship are just what was needed.

The workers are making progress on the east side.  Scaffolding is erected and about half the surface has been stripped.  We have a great view of the process: a hydrogen peroxide stripper is applied with a paintbrush, covered in plastic and allowed to “dwell” on the brick.  Later the workers power wash it off , applying elbow grease on the tough spots.  The west side should go even more quickly as it is more weathered.

It looks like parapet caps will be added on the west side next week.  We had a question from a concerned parishioner about the lead-coated copper in the caps.  The caps have a special coating and are of a composition that is allowed by the EPA for architectural applications.  This ancient method that protects churches and cathedrals around the world is hundreds of years old, and more environmentally friendly than it’s ever been.

Happy 4th of July.  The office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day. Remember that during the summer months, expenses continue, even though many of you are on vacation.  Please keep your pledge current via online giving while you are away!

Walker Mabe

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Parapet caps

One by one, workers are installing the parapet caps on the Chapel’s east wall.  The caps are lead-coated copper and will keep rain water out of the walls from this day forward.

The top half of the tower scaffolding will come down Monday.  There may be some temporary frame scaffold across the north façade to finish up the wall facing Franklin Street.  While the scaffold company is at work, the crew will work on stripping the east west walls.

If you haven’t noticed, it’s been HOT.  The workers start the days early and keep well hydrated.  When the weather turns in the fall, we should  have a completely restored Chapel exterior.

While you are away: during the summer months, expenses continue, even though many of you are away.  Please keep your pledge current via online giving while you are away!

Walker Mabe

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Vestry Actions

At its meeting on June 18, the Vestry:

  • Adopted the Vestry Bylaws, as proposed and amended;
  • Approved Kirsten Sherk as Chair of the Outreach Ministry Committee;
  • Approved Matt Pohlman as a member of the Outreach Ministry Committee.

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Rector Transition

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report that the Vestry has elected Dick Taylor to chair the search committee for a new Rector.  As you know, Dick is a recent Senior Warden, very active with the church at the Diocesan level, and is well known and respected by all.  I am delighted that he has agreed to serve in this critical leadership role.

The next step in the transition process will be on Sunday, June 14, when the Rev. Michael Hunn, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of North Carolina, will preach at our 10:00 am service.  After the service there will be an informational meeting with Canon Hunn for the entire congregation in the Great Hall.  Child care will be provided.  As I indicated to you in my earlier message, the Vestry was really impressed by Canon Hunn’s professionalism and experience in facilitating more than ninety searches for Rectors in this Diocese in the last decade.   He will give those present an overview of the entire transition process, including:

  • the selection of an Interim Rector
  • how the congregation can provide direct input into the Parish Profile that will describe us to those who may consider a call to our parish
  • the search process for a new Rector

So, come with all your questions.

For the remaining Sundays of June, July and August, we will plan for different members of the Vestry to be available in the parlor or the Great Hall following the 10 am service to answer questions and to hear any suggestions or comments from members of the parish.

Late this summer or in early fall, Dick and I will issue a call for applications for the Rector Search Committee.  Please be thinking now about whether you wish to serve on this committee.  It will be very time intensive in the spring and summer of 2016.  When we issue the call, we will ask you to write a brief paragraph about why you would like to serve and the perspective(s) you would bring to the committee.

Once this application period of about three weeks is over, Dick Taylor and I will put together a proposed search committee slate and take it to the Vestry for approval.  Once the Vestry approves this committee, the search will be in its hands, working with the Canon to the Ordinary and the Bishop.

Our hope is that the entire process of transition for the Chapel of the Cross will be a process of prayerful discernment — our discernment of who we are as people and parish; the discernment of God’s call to the right person to lead us through this transition as our Interim Rector; and ultimately the discernment of that call to our next Rector.

James Moeser

Senior Warden

Click here for a link to the most recent information on our celebration of Stephen Elkins-Williams, the selection of an interim Rector, and the new Rector search process. For more transition information, check the kiosk in the Great Hall!

 

Celebration Calendar

You will want to be part of the parishwide events we are planning for the summer and fall:

  • June 28 — Dinner on the Grounds following the 10 am service — bring a side dish to share; fried chicken and tea provided
  • July 19 — Dinner on the Grounds with the Royal School of Church Music
  • August 23 — Dinner on the Grounds in conjunction with our annual Outreach and Engagement Fair
  • August 30 — Clergy and staff speak about Stephen Elkins Williams — pot luck supper after the 5:15 service
  • September 13 — Church School Kick-off and skit
  • September 27 — Parish BBQ with music from the Pentecost Pickers and farewell presentations to the Rector
  • October 4 — Blessing of the Animals at 9 am followed by cake; special music at 11:15 am; preaching at both services by Stephen Elkins-Williams
  • October 11 — One combined service at 10 am with special music; Stephen Elkins-Williams to preach and celebrate; farewell reception in the Great Hall following

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