At its meeting on August 16, the Vestry:
Monthly Archives: September 2012
“Finish all the food on your plate,” my mother used to say. “Remember the starving children in (wherever)!” These two exhortations never united into a coherent concept for me; how did uneaten food on my plate relate to needy folk elsewhere? Parishioner Margaret Gifford has solved this enigma. She started Farmer Foodshare to bring fresh, nutritious food unsold by individual farmers to hungry people served by the Interfaith Council for Social Services (IFC).
An Intergenerational event at Chapel of the Cross planted the seed from which this project grew. To help children learn about hunger, families were urged to fill a grocery bag with non-perishables at their local supermarket, and donate it to the IFC. While providing many teachable moments for the parents and children involved, this practice would not provide fresh food for the recipients. Margaret, an enthusiastic customer of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, realized that an untapped source of healthful fresh food for IFC clients could be usable produce left unsold after a Market session ends. Very little of what remains at a stall can be kept for subsequent sale; most of it ends up in a compost heap. Margaret’s proposal to collect this produce offered the IFC a sizable source of healthful foodstuffs, while sparing stallkeepers the need to pack up and transport what they had left over.
Significant progress has been made over the last year on the aging in place initiative with which several parishioners are involved. Now incorporated as Carolina Villages, with non-profit tax exempt status, its mission is to provide “guidance and support to people in Chapel Hill and surrounding communities in navigating the health, personal, social, and home services necessary for safe and vibrant aging in place.”
Carolina Villages is modeled after Beacon Hill Village, in the heart of Boston, founded in 2001. Today, across the country, more than 89 ‘villages’ are up and running, and more than 123 are in development. They are connected by Village to Village Network, whose home page is here. (http://www.vtvnetwork.org/) The Village to Village website offers this definition:
Next month I will begin to box up the things in the rector’s office and prepare to move to half of the parish library, which will be partitioned for two temporary offices. Since I have occupied this particular office for over twenty-seven years, it will be like leaving an old friend, a comfortable, well-worn place where I have prayed and read and written and worked and planned and met with many people for both happy and sad occasions.
Of course the office predates me. It was built as part of the parish house constructed at the same time as the church in 1925. Interestingly, only four others have “dwelt” in this office as Rector in all that time: Alfred Lawrence, David Yates, Thomas Thrasher, and Peter Lee. While I only have known personally my immediate predecessor, I have often read and heard about the contributions of the others, and I have felt an historical bond of brotherhood with all of them, in part because we have shared the same office.
It’s a group hug with barbecue! All members of the parish are invited to the annual parish barbecue September 23, to embrace new spaces and release beloved places in preparation for church construction and renovation. Blessing of the Ground ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a barbecue dinner. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Tickets will be on sale after Sunday services through September 16 and are also available 9-5 in the church office: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-18, 5 and under free. UNC-Chapel Hill students are invited as guests of the parish. Parking is free in Town of Chapel Hill lots.
We are all very excited to present a newly re-structured and expanded Adult Inquirers’ Class. The Adult Inquirers’ Class is for anyone who wants to explore his or her relationship to God in Christ through the Church. This class is the normal preparation for baptism, confirmation, reaffirmation of baptismal vows, and reception into the Anglican communion. For newcomers who have not yet gone before an Episcopal Bishop, this course is part of the normative entry into full membership in this parish and the wider Church.
On behalf of the clergy and staff, and the adult education committee, Boykin Bell and I invite you to participate in a robust offering of Christian education in the coming year. This year’s offerings are guided by the “Four-Year Framework for Christian Formation” (see photos below). The purpose of this plan is to equip us to live the vows and deepen the beliefs of the baptismal covenant.
The new church school year starts on September 9, just weeks before we break ground on our new fellowship and classroom building. In preparation for the construction, all of our church school classes will meet in “new” rooms (most of which are old friends) until we have more space for lifelong Christian Formation.
Preschool and most elementary classes will meet in the Yates wing basement. The fifth grade class will start the year in the Rector’s conference room and then move to a meeting space on the Yates second floor. Middle and High School classes will meet at the Morehead planetarium.