Monthly Archives: December 2013

Coursing out together

The masonry walls are rising around the perimeter of our new building, with doors and windows taking shape before our eyes.  The gray cinderblock walls will go up first, to be followed by the exterior brick — some of it salvaged from the Battle building, the rest perfectly matched to those old bricks.  The bricks will be tied into the cinderblocks with their rows — or courses — perfectly matched.  This is called coursing out together, with the rows of bricks and cinderblocks, the locations of the doors and windows, and even the placement of lights and other fixtures precisely determined on the plans and in reality.  Everything will fit together like a puzzle, row by row and course by course.

We continue construction on the system to catch and dispose of drainage. A 20-foot-deep concrete box structure with a sump pump at the front of the new building will catch the water from pipes running around the exterior of the building and pump it to the storm water system.  A brand new sewer system manhole is being installed in the middle of the parking lot, which will signal the rerouting of all the waste from the building.

Heaters will be running in the new basement area to keep the temperature at 40 degrees while the fireproofing on all the steel in that area dries.  Workers are installing the perimeter wood structure around the top of the building that the roof and insulation will fasten to; metal studs for the interior walls are going up as well. Continue reading

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2014 Annual Campaign Posters

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November Vestry Actions

At its meeting on November 21, the Vestry:

  • Approved the recommendation of the Global Mission Committee to donate the remaining money in the Clark Fund, in the amount of $12,970, to La Esperanza de Jesús in Honduras to construct an education center to house a library and a computer lab
  • Approved the nomination of Charlie McClaskey to the Global Mission Committee
  • Approved the recommendation of the Outreach Ministry Committee for disbursement of funds from the Discretionary Outreach line item in the amount of $500 to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center
  • Learned that the Tower Room door will be refinished in December
  • Learned that the Chapel of the Cross is the recipient of an IRA in the amount of $13,000 from the estate of Frances Widmann
  • Approved the revised Personnel Policies and Procedures of the Chapel of the Cross
  • Approved a sabbatical proposal from Tammy Lee for January through March 2014
  • Approved a motion to seek approval of the Standing Committee to grant a limited easement to Duke Energy in preparation for installation of the new transformer.

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Bricks and mortar and something intangible

Against the background of our massive new parish hall, our iconic church and chapel towers still stand strong.  The genius in the design of such a large addition is in its subordinate relationship to our historic and beloved worship spaces.

As we approach the culmination of a successful capital campaign — only $400,000 left to raise for a $7 million project — we are reminded that our commitments and responsibilities to our historic buildings and the day-to-day operations of a vibrant parish are still our chief priority.

  • Our budget for 2014 will include a line item for debt service on our construction loan — $5000 to $10,000 depending on when we start to draw down the loan.
  • The parish’s unwavering commitment to the diocese and the Episcopal Church will be reflected in its annual Diocesan Fair Share amount — this year $174,$182.
  • In addition to the Diocesan contribution, outreach ministry and global mission have requested $88,000 — we’d like to budget even more.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of our historic buildings is never complete.  We recently repaired and re-glazed the chapel windows to prepare for repainting all the chapel woodwork — a $10,000 project.  Within a year, we will face repainting the chapel itself — estimated at $65,000.  A new church sound system — sorely needed — would cost around $25,000.  We hope to be able to spend at least $12,000 towards this project.
  • Increased operating costs for the enlarged physical plant will come in at around $70,000 more than we are spending now.  While we will also save handsomely on maintenance and repair costs with the new HVAC systems we are installing, we still have to pay for utilities and maintenance for 30,000 additional square feet.
  • Currently the budget includes no salary increases, although we are holding steady on health benefits for now. The vestry would like to fund the parish life coordinator position as recommended in the strategic plan, but that will have to wait until we see if we reach or exceed our annual campaign goal.

Tired of bricks and mortar? Our budget also includes all the intangibles that make our worship so stirring and that undergird our Christian formation and liturgical education.  This week’s annual campaign poster focuses on our wonderful and varied Christmas pageants — four pageants involving dozens of singers and actors and reaching hundreds of worshippers. I dare you not to say, “Awww…”

Sunday is Ingathering Sunday, when pledges will be offered at the altar at all four services. This liturgical gesture, which includes both online and paper pledges, makes tangible the parish’s commitment to the ministry and worship of the Chapel of the of the Cross in this place.  As of this afternoon we have 341 pledges for a total pledged of $954,154.  Our goal is $1,500,000. A secondary but no less important goal is increasing our pledging households to reflect our actual membership.  Thanks to those who have pledged; your pledges will be used to finalize the 2014 budget.  Make your pledge online or with the pledge card you received in the mail. Pledge cards are also in the pews. You can set up regular edebits through the parish accounting office, arrange for a stock transfer, set-up regular credit card withdrawals through the website, make a one-time credit or debit card payment, order weekly or monthly envelopes, or just make a pledge. If you have questions or need assistance, call the church office at 919-929-2193.

Walker Mabe

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