Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Word From the Rector

Dear Friends,

I want to share with you a letter from a young woman whose spiritual journey was significantly affected by the Chapel of the Cross. Elizabeth Costello and her husband, Joseph, were Resident Assistants next door at Spencer Dormitory, when she began to attend our worship services. Soon she was confirmed here and joined the Episcopal Church. After completing a degree at Duke Divinity School, she became the Director of Christian Formation at Holy Comforter in Burlington. We sponsored her for the ordination process during that time, and Bishop Curry has now accepted her as a Postulant and asked her to do an Anglican Year of Seminary.

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Vacation Church School 2012: Shared Stories, Different Faiths

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In an age when our religious differences are more often recognized than our similarities, the Children and Family Ministry Committee wanted to create a Vacation Church School that would highlight stories we Christians share with the Jewish and Islamic faiths. We did not want to compare and contrast the traditions. We simply wanted children to understand that we share stories with people who worship on different days, in different places, and in different ways than we do.

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ABC Sale Disbursements

The ABC Sub-committee met on May 21, 2012. The committee was comprised of Pat Phelan (chair), Nancy McGuffin, Richard Gaillard, Mary Beth Grealey, and Jerry Cotten. Our task was to review the 30 ABC Sale requests and select which ones we would recommend to the Vestry for funding and how much funding we would recommend.

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June Vestry Actions

At its meeting on June 21, the Vestry:
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A Word from the Rector

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Recently, a member of the parish told me that she had stopped by the chapel on a weekend afternoon. No one else seemed to be around except a woman who was praying in one of the pews. When this visitor noticed the parishioner who came in, she asked her if she belonged to the Chapel of the Cross. When she replied that she did, the visitor told her that she was a former student here who was back for the day. “I had to stop by,” she said. “I belonged to a prayer group which you opened your doors to each week, and I personally used to visit this chapel often for quiet time.” Her voice breaking to the point of tears, she said, “Please tell your parish how grateful I am for your generosity with your buildings and how important it has been for me and many others that your chapel is so available for prayer.” Continue reading

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Nurturing our Partnership with South Africa: Kawasa School and St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church

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The fourth line of the Chapel of the Cross mission statement affirms that we are, “Bringing Gospel Witness to the World.” In his March, 2011, Dear Friends, Stephen Elkins-Williams wrote: “We are urged by Jesus to be a light on a hill; in our case we are to be literally that. From the visibility of a cherished town on a hill encompassing a highly influential university, we are to let the light of the Gospel shine on the world’s darkness, those places most in need of transformation.”
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Yokefellows Prison Ministry

Yokefellows meets on all but the last Tuesday evening of each month at the new chapel at Orange Prison in Hillsborough. About 50 area volunteers and an equal number of inmates usually attend. For the volunteers it is a ministry of listening.
Inmates that participate do so on a volunteer basis. Almost all also participate in one or more Bible study classes a week. Many are active participants in AA meetings, both within the fences and on passes to other meetings. They are working hard on changing their lives.
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