To the tune of Peggy Sue, we celebrated Tammy Lee’s 20 years of service at the Chapel of the Cross.
Monthly Archives: August 2013
Walls, footings, and rock excavation. Walls, footings, and rock excavation. We’ve reached the bottom of the lowest grade of the new building — the elevator and sump pump pits — and we’ve poured the foundation walls and set the anchor bolts around part of the perimeter. We lost a day to rain this week, so the crew will be here Saturday to pour the west wall, on the Morehead side. They are erecting the wooden forms and rebar along that side in readiness for the concrete. Still to go are the walls that encompass the Chapel. The waterproofers will arrive in the next couple of weeks to be followed by the arrival of the steel after Labor Day.
A number of architectural design details are being finalized now, and the contractors are taking a closer look at some of our existing infrastructure. So if you see holes cut in the ceiling and workers in parts of the building that you thought were safe from construction, rest assured that all will be put back in better order than it was originally.
The construction site is only one source of energy and activity at the Chapel of the Cross. Our autumn semester and the range of activities that are beginning reflect what a vibrant community we are. In fact, we are busier than ever: Continue reading
If you missed the EYC presentation of their mission trip to Atlanta last Sunday during Dinner on the Grounds…You now have a chance to watch it right here!
The Outreach Ministry Committee kicks off their fall season Sunday, August 27th in the Chapel with featured speaker Stacey Yusko, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Come meet Stacey and hear about the growth of Meals on Wheels and volunteer opportunities with the organization.
Back in 1974, Chapel of the Cross parish members identified a need for nutritious meal delivery to senior citizens. Along with several other local churches, the Chapel of the Cross founded Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro in 1976. Currently Meals on Wheels is serving between 110 and 121 meals every weekday, an estimated 32,000 meals in 2013. Just in August a new route was added for NW Orange County. The ties between the Chapel of the Cross and Meals on Wheels continue to be strong and many volunteer opportunities (link to http://www.chcmow.org/volunteer/) are available.
Join us on Sunday 8/25 at 1pm in the Chapel and Save the Date for the Meals on Wheels Food Truck Rodeo September 27, 4-8pm at the Carrboro Farmers Market.
Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro:
The lumbering ballet of heavy equipment in our construction pit has a new star dancer every day as crews continue to pour footings, pour the basement walls, and pulverize rock.
The long-necked concrete pump (in photo at right) stretched across the site to deliver the concrete for the south wall. Concrete cannot be dropped more than four feet, or else too much air will get mixed into it and it will separate. By adding sections to the neck, the workers were able to pump the concrete directly into the space between the wooden forms on the back side of the building.
On the west wall, footings are being poured, using a familiar cement mixer, chugging with its concrete burden.
On one side of the site, a large track hoe fitted with a rock breaker — or pulverizer, as we like to call it — hammers steadily at the blue granite that is under the site of our future elevator pit. Click on this link for a short video and to listen to the sound of rock being crushed into powder. Continue reading
Welcome back if you have been traveling this the summer! We return to our “regular,” fall service schedule this Sunday, August 25. Services will be held at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:15 PM. There will be a Blessing of the Backpacks during the 9:00 service to give thanks for our schools, classrooms, teachers and students and to ask for the blessings of curiosity, understanding and even mistakes. Children are invited to bring their backpacks to church in preparation for the first day of school (which for many is the next day) and to participate in the short blessing.
Children’s Chapel will continue to be held each Sunday, now during the 9:00 service. Interested children ages 2-7 should gather on our temporary playground on the Spencer dorm / east side of the church. They will process with adult leaders and “youth saints” to the historic chapel a few minutes after 9:00. In inclement weather, children will gather in basement room 5. Youth who would like to volunteer as “youth saints” should contact Boykin Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about duties and training.
Church school will begin with a kick-off skit and outreach fair on Sept. 8. The short, musical skit will be held in the church immediately following that day’s (slightly abbreviated) 9:00 service. Church school classes will begin on Sept. 15. All classes will be held on church grounds this year. Maps of classroom locations will be posted and more information will be sent in upcoming emails.
Church School Teachers are needed in almost all classrooms! Most classes have four-person teaching teams with rotating responsibilities. Generally, each teacher leads just seven classes per year and assists in another seven. That is a very small commitment with a very big impact. Please contact Boykin at email@example.com if you might be interested in teaching.
Registration forms for church school do not need to be re-submitted if they have been filled out before. However, if there are any changes to your or your child’s contact, allergy or other info, please let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not completed a form since 2010, please download one and submit it to the Christian Formation office or email to email@example.com.
The Chapel of the Cross middle school youth group went on a mission trip this summer to a church that ministers to migrant farmworkers. The Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry is a few miles away from many migrant workers’ houses, which we visited to deliver clothes, hygiene products and stuffed animals for the kids.
We had an amazing experience. We visited the homes at night, when the workers were home from the farms where they were working. I visited three homes (which are sometimes called camps). Each one had at least 20 people living in it. One had closer to fifty. It surprised me to see so many people living in one building. Continue reading
Friends of Christ School is a local spiritual education program sponsored by many local churches including the Chapel of the Cross. The program is taught in four modules, each a prerequisite for the next. The first module, “The Christian Journey as Transformation,” will take place this fall on Tuesday evenings at the Chapel of the Cross and will be co-taught by David Frazelle and Laura Dunham, the founder of the school. A free orientation session will be held September 7 at 10 a.m. at Amity Methodist Church. Cost for an eight-week module is $25. For more information visit http://www.friendsofchristschool.com or contact David Frazelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Ramp Room – Before and After|
One of the fortunate by-products of having a crack construction team on the premises is the value they add when it comes to the stewardship of our existing buildings and infrastructure. As we’ve carefully planned to link old systems to new, we realized just how down at heel some of those ancient systems are. Demolition revealed a number of maintenance issues that could not be ignored, and Mother Nature hit us hard with the floods of several weeks ago.
The foot-high flood waters in parts of the basement left behind an unhealthy residue of mud and sediment, flooded our elevator pit, and wreaked havoc with the old air conditioning and humidity control systems. But there was a silver lining to this particular rain cloud:
- A generator set has been added to the project plans: a power outage will never again stop our sump pumps from running, and will also protect the student residents, keep frozen food frozen, and enable phones, computers, elevators and alarm systems to continue running through an emergency.
- Barnhill pumped out the flooded elevator pit and discovered that there is no sump pump there. They will install a sump pump for the elevator and connect it to the drainage system and oil/water separator for the new building.
- We discovered during the floods that the roof drain leads for the old building all terminated at the old back door — a recipe for disaster. Barnhill is doing some exploratory work on the roof drain leaders and the exterior building envelope leaks so that this problem will be eliminated.
- We’ve also discovered condensate lines leaking and a clogged main condensate drain — a maintenance issue that is being addressed.
- We’ve made improvements to the cooling system for the chapel, which was poorly installed, and the difference is like night and day.
- We’ve agreed to purchase facility management software that will help us keep up with scheduling, planning for, and overseeing maintenance of all our infrastructure.
This week a crew of professional cleaners arrived and worked a miracle in the basement, restoring the ramp room and other areas in preparation for the first day of church school on September 8. There is still some work to be done in that area, but they gave us a great start in taking care of the spaces we use for education and outreach.
Outside, the construction crew is taking care of business. They’ve completed subgrade excavation of the hole and the ramp is finished. The huge pile of dirt in the middle — the footing spoils — is being hauled off to Merritt Gravel Pit. Revisions to the subgrade and outside drainage systems are being made to better match the soil and rock conditions discovered during the digging. Rock exploration will be finished next week; we’ve found some shale and some blue granite but so far quantities are not alarming. The first basement wall will be poured on Monday.
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to help us in taking care of this place we love. Mark your calendars for our parish barbecue on September 22, when you will have the opportunity to tour the building, meet construction staff, and sign a steel girder that will rest at the top of the building. Be a part of the Spirit at Work!
There are lots of ways of taking care: acceleration of your existing pledge, a new pledge or donation or an extension of your pledge. To make a donation or new pledge of any amount, access the Light on a Hill campaign on our website or give us a call at the office.