Monthly Archives: October 2013

2014 Annual Campaign Kickoff – Carter Kersh

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Good Bones

During the next four to five weeks leading up to Advent, you will be able to see the framework for the entire new parish hall take shape:

  • The initial steel will go up.
  • Steel decking will be laid down on each floor and on the roof.
  • Workers will shoot metal studs down all over the decking and add welded wire fiber on the floors.
  • On the roof, rigid insulation will be laid down over the decking, followed by plywood and roofing membrane.
  • Concrete will poured in slabs one floor at a time.  Depending on scheduling and the weather, the concrete may be poured on all the floors along the Arboretum side first, but that depends.
  • After floors are poured and the roof is prepared, cinderblock walls will go up and you will be able to see the openings for doors and windows.
  • Finally, they will spray an air barrier material on all the cinderblock.

The framework will be prepared for brick, slate, windows and doors — all the beautiful exterior finishes that will rest on the good bones of the framework.  Some real challenges are ahead:  we will have more construction activity inside our existing building as they marry the old building to the new.  More on marriage next week.

Good bones are the foundation of beauty.  Thank you for all you’ve done to prepare a foundation and framework that will stand the test of time.

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.  Your annual fund pledge is important too — the operating budget supports all the activities that will radiate out from our new building.  Already the pace of activity has quickened and the halls and rooms are alive with parishioners.  Be thinking about your annual pledge as we approach the fall stewardship season.  Make sure you are current on your  2013 pledge.

Walker Mabe

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An Advent Quiet Day: Walking with the God Who Comes

December 7, 2013, 9:30am to 2:30pm – Camp New Hope

 Please join the Spiritual Life Committee of the Chapel of the Cross for our annual Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 7th from 9:30 to 2:30 at Camp New Hope.

Leading this year’s Advent Quiet Day is Susannah Smith, an Episcopal priest, a spiritual director, retreat and workshop leader, and the spiritual director to the Johnson Interns.

The subject will be “Walking with the God Who Comes”. In this “irrational season”, this retreat offers you the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation. The watchwords of Advent and of the retreat is “watch and wait”, in hope and anticipation that you might be found whenever and wherever God comes. The retreat will include circle time with others, the camaraderie of lunch together, and quiet time on your own for the stillness of meditation, for journaling, or for walking the beautiful grounds of New Hope. Come to wait and watch for the God who comes.

The Advent Quiet Day will include ample time for quiet reflection outdoors or by the fire, breakfast snacks and lunch, and a closing Eucharist. Casual dress is encouraged, as there will be opportunities for walking the beautiful grounds of Camp New Hope during the times of reflection. The Quiet Day will be held in the spacious and comfortable main Dining Hall at Camp New Hope, which is located on Highway 86 just a few minutes north of Chapel Hill.   See:   www.newhopeccc.org

$10 donation is requested to cover the meals. Sign up in the church office or by calling 929-2193.

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October Vestry Actions

At its meeting on October 10, the Vestry:

  • Learned that Margaret Gifford has resigned her position on the Vestry, as she will be moving to New York, and appointed Eugene Dauchert to fill this unexpired term
  • Signed the document of approval for ordination as a priest in support of Elizabeth Costello
  • Approved the nomination of Jill Conrad to the Global Mission Committee
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Vestry endorse a goal of $1,500,000 for the annual canvass for the 2014 Budget
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Rector and the Chief Administrator encourage program budget managers to inform the Finance Committee promptly when it appears that current Operating Budget appropriations will be inadequate to cover essential expenses
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee to adopt a policy on reimbursement of expenses, to require that requests by members of the staff and volunteers for reimbursement of expenses from the Operating Budget, including mileage, be submitted no later than 15 days following the last business day of the month in which such expense was incurred, and that requests filed after that time shall not be honored without the express approval of the Vestry
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that, effective January 1, 2014, the practice of underwriting from the Operating Budget the cost of parking in the Morehead lot by parishioners attending the 5:15 p.m. service be discontinued
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Chapel of the Cross contribute in the current fiscal year up to $15,000 to the Inter-Faith Council Capital Campaign to supplement the $5000 already contributed for that purpose in 2012, with such funding to come from the following sources in the discretion of the Outreach Ministry Committee:  up to $5000 from the unencumbered balance of the Social Ministry Fund, proceeds of the 2013 ABC Sale, and the Discretionary Outreach line item of the 2013 Operating Budget
  • Approved the recommendation of the Outreach Ministry Committee for disbursement from the Discretionary Outreach line item funds in the amounts of $1000 to PORCH, $500 to Faith Connections on Mental Illness, $500 to Orange Alamance Prison Ministry, $2000 to the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund, and $2000 to the Inter-Faith Council Capital Campaign, with the understanding that, with the exception of PORCH, the checks will not be written immediately, to address cash flow issues.

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Swinging Steel

Everyone on Franklin Street knows that the crane has arrived and the steel is going up. The rain this week slowed us down some but we are making hay while the sun shines today.  Each steel beam is marked with two marks, a piece mark indicating where its place is in the structure, and a north mark, for orientation.  The vertical beams are being lowered into  the diamond-shaped openings at each interior footing, where they rest on an anchor bolt and four leveling nuts. Workers connect the beam to the anchor bolt and adjust the nuts by turning them until the beams are level, plumb, and square.  Then they apply a non-shrinking grout that will hold everything in place for now.  Once all the steel is erected, the whole structure will be racked with cables to make it completely square.

Masons are building the stair tower higher and higher.  The tower itself is a main structural pier, as some of the steel will be tied into it as it is swung into place.  In the continuing concrete saga, the form carpenters are preparing the forms for vertical slabs next to the existing foundation — next to the Chapel and the Yates wing.  This concrete pour will take place on Monday, and will seal off the blind side waterproofing and the soil nailing so that any water that might get in will go straight to the under slab drainage system.

Swinging steel is a delicate and dangerous operation.  No one is allowed inside the fence without signing a release and wearing a hard hat.  Please don’t wander onto the site to take a closer look — we know it’s tempting — without checking in with the project superintendent, Cliff Brown, first.  Even better, make an appointment through the office and we will give you the grand tour.  And no more taking the short cut from the Morehead through the construction site!  Endangering yourself endangers the Chapel of the Cross, so follow the protocol for construction safety.

Swinging steel requires nerve, courage, and the willingness to take risks.  It also wouldn’t work without a lot of planning.  In its vision of what this church can be in this place, the Chapel of the Cross is fortunate to have a bold vision undergirded by a meticulous approach. Many of you have joined in as planners or risk takers, as suits your individual natures.  Thank you.

Your prompt or early pledge payment, or an increase in your pledge, makes a big different to us right away. 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.  Your annual fund pledge is important too — the operating budget supports all the activities that will radiate out from our new building.  Already the pace of activity has quickened and the halls and rooms are alive with parishioners.  Be thinking about your annual pledge as we approach the fall stewardship season.  Make sure you are current on your  2013 pledge.

Walker Mabe

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Timing is everything

Telebelt
Telebelt

The telebelt arrived this week and put on quite a show.  The job of the telebelt is to deliver the rocks and dirt for the backfill — the materials that go behind the tall concrete exterior walls.  First the workers waterproofed the walls and attached light blue protection board on the backfill side.  Drainage systems were installed at the very bottom and the telebelt went to work.  The machine, a long conveyor belt with a hopper at one end and shooting snout at the other, moved stone and dirt efficiently across the site and up and over (or even through) the concrete walls, dumping material exactly where it needed to be.  Seven feet of stone went behind the walls followed by three feet of dirt.

Telebelt

In a business where timing is everything, the telebelt achieved in two days what would have taken men and equipment two weeks.  The time saved set us up to pour the concrete slab on Saturday, enabling us to stay ahead of the forecast week of rain that begins early Monday.  By this afternoon all will be in readiness for the concrete slab: the under slab drainage system is complete; electrical and plumbing rough-in is in place; water based termite treatment has been deployed; and bright yellow vapor barrier has been installed.

Under slab drainage system

Workers will arrive at the site by 4:30 am tomorrow morning and turn on the lights to work by.  By 5 am the trucks of concrete will start arriving, one truck carrying ten yards of concrete every 15 minutes.  Four trucks an hour will take about two and half hours to deliver a bit over 100 yards of concrete, which will be pumped by our old long-necked friend onto the basement floor. Once the concrete is placed the workers will wet screed it to even it out and make a uniform finish.

Concrete is made out of different sizes of particles of gravel, sand, and dirt, and because this will be our basement floor we want it to be very smooth and hard.  The workers will use a piece of equipment called a bull float which uses magnesium to work the fine particles to the top of the slab for a slick finish.  (If you were building a sidewalk, you would want a broom finish so the sidewalk would not be too slippery.)   Next we will apply a curing seal that slows down the curing process – -the longer concrete takes to cure, the harder the finished product will be — we want it to be very hard.  While it is curing, the workers will take a soft-cut saw to cut control joints about a third of the way down into the slab, thereby controlling where the cracks are and preventing other, less desirable cracking.

Only one spot will not be covered in concrete tomorrow: the place at the base of the ramp where the crane will stand to do its work.  The steel is on trucks and ready to come to Chapel Hill and will probably arrive early next week.  The promised storm will have a bit of an effect on when the crane arrives — when it does you will see a 70-ton hydraulic crane in its place at the bottom of the ramp.

Timing is everything.  Your prompt or early pledge payment, or an increase in your pledge, makes a big different to us right away. 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.  Your annual fund pledge is important too — the operating budget supports all the activities that will radiate out from our new building.  Be thinking about your annual pledge as we approach the fall stewardship season.  Make sure you are current on your  2013 pledge.

Walker Mabe

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September Vestry Actions

At its meeting on September 19, the Vestry:

  • Approved the nominations of Mark Biggers and Hillary Miller to the Outreach Ministry Committee
  • Approved the recommendation of the Outreach Ministry Committee for disbursement from the Discretionary Outreach line item in the amounts of $1000 to Justice United, $2000 to PTA Thrift Shop, $3000 to Family Violence Prevention Center, $1000 to Community Empowerment, and $2000 to Oxford Houses
  • Authorized the wardens to contract with Hansell Painting Company, in the amount of $10,900, for painting and repair of the exterior woodwork of the chapel, these funds to be paid from the Cobb Chapel Fund
  • Authorized the wardens to contract with Double Hung, LLC, in the amount of $3543.36, for the repair of the chapel windows, these funds to be paid from the Buildings and Grounds line item
  • Authorized the wardens to contract with Davidson Audiovisual, in an amount not to exceed $12,000, to replace the two main loudspeakers in the church, these funds to be paid from the Capital Fund
  • Approved the recommendation of the Oversight Committee to amend the Final Financing Plan to increase the project budget by $150,000, with such spending to be used to pay for add-alternates 1 through 8 as indicated in Exhibit B of the Phase One Financing Oversight Committee Report to the Vestry, dated August 12, 2013; 7) confirmed the authority of the Phase One Financing Oversight Committee to determine how any potential cost savings may be utilized, provided that its actions are in accordance with the Final Financing Plan
  • Approved the continuation of the Oversight Committee at least through 2016, with perhaps some change in personnel
  • Learned that the Annual Campaign kickoff, with a goal of $150,000, will be on October 27, with ingathering Sunday on December 8
  • Learned that there will be a series of programs on Faith and Politics on Sunday, October 6, and Sunday, October 20
  • Learned that the Outreach Ministry Committee is sponsoring a viewing of A Place at the Table on October 24
  • Learned that Ellen Cole is the new part-time kitchen manager.

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