Monthly Archives: February 2014

You’re the Top

When it comes to stocking, storing, and staging on our site, there is only one way to go…and that’s up.  A visit to the top floor reveals valuable copper plumbing pipes and sprinkler system pipes arrayed 30 feet off the floor among the rafters.  A crane was back this week to hoist all the roofing materials, from insulation to plywood to shingles, onto the building roof, where it will be easy to access next week.

Another crane is finishing the steel work for the roof tie-ins and the front canopy.  Now that the third floor is a reality, the workers are finalizing the layout for the choir and youth rooms and plumbing rough-in for the bathrooms.  Next week, 20 cubes of brick will be delivered and the masons will create some brick mock-ups so that we can all see what the façade will look like.

With the sprinkler system piping delivered from the fabricators, it won’t be too long before we start installing long-needed sprinklers throughout the church and parish hall — in old buildings and new.  It’s one of the many ways our historic buildings are benefitting from being joined to new construction.

You’re the top.  Thanks for your help in getting us over the top and into the third floor and for your generous response to our annual operating needs via the annual campaign.  We made good progress last week and our volunteers are busy contacting those who still have annual pledges outstanding.  We historically have a significant number of pledges that come in during February and March — it’s not too late!  Also please remember:  if you had an automatic debit from your bank account or charge to your credit or debit card for 2013, you need to re-authorize for 2014.  You can do it all online or call the church office for assistance.

Walker Mabe

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Contemplative Prayer Practices: Opening the Heart to God

Initial session: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:30am – 1:30pm

St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough

Continuing: Six Tuesday night sessions March 18 to April 22 from 7:15 – 9:15pm

at The Chapel of the Cross

“Our basic core of goodness is our true Self. Its center of gravity is God. The acceptance of our basic goodness is a quantum leap in the spiritual journey.”  – Thomas Keating, Open Heart, Open Mind: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

This course will assist persons in their spiritual journey by introducing contemplative prayer practices that open one more deeply to God’s presence. Being present for all sessions – or as many as possible – contributes to the sense of community among us and to our opportunity to deepen our own spiritual lives.

The course will be led by The Rev. Dr. Winston Charles, who is a graduate of Sewanee and Virginia Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Union Theological Seminary, New York. He served as Rector of Christ Church, Raleigh, for 15 years. Since then, he has worked with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in areas of spiritual direction and contemplative prayer and spirituality.

This 8-part series begins with a morning session on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 8:30am – 1:30pm at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, and then continues for six Tuesday night sessions March 18 to April 22 from 7:15 – 9:15pm in the dining room of The Chapel of the Cross. Limited to 50 people. There will be a participation fee of $35. Scholarships are available through David Frazelle. Sign up by emailing Travis Powers at tpowers@thechapelofthecross.org or by calling the church office at 919.929-2193.

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Faith and Politics

140214-faithpoliticsA group of over 30 parishioners gathered Sunday evening in the dining room to share a meal and continue our Faith & Politics discussion. This quarter the focus was on mental illness. Parishioners Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health Care; Dr. Betsy Champion, psychiatrist at Central Regional Hospital at Butner; and Marsha Pate, Program Unit Leader at Club Nova led a lively discussion where we looked at the changes in mental health policy in NC over the years, challenges for those dealing with mental illness, and how we, as people of faith, might respond. We specifically discussed ways we might remove the stigma of mental illness and lovingly support those living with illnesses as well as their family and loved ones.

Next quarter we hope to continue this conversation with a discussion about voting rights in NC.

– Perri Kersh

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Vestry candidate information

There are nine nominees for vestry this year; we will elect four persons for three-year terms beginning with the vestry retreat in May.  Meet the candidates at the annual parish meeting at 10 am Sunday, March 2.

Once we are back in the office after the big storm, we will finalize the date for voting; we will do our best to avoid Sundays bracketing UNC spring break!  We will notify the congregation of the final schedule following the wardens’ meeting Monday morning, February 17.

In the meantime, here is some information on your vestry nominees.

Ann Craver

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 1996.

Previous Vestry Service

Member of the Vestry at Chapel of the Cross from 2008 until 2011.  While on the Vestry, liaison to the Global Mission Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Current parish activities

  • Finance Committee since 2010 (Chair 2010-11).
  • Delegate to the Diocesan Convention for the past six years, serving two consecutive terms.  As a delegate, served on the Constitution and Canons Committee, and the Elections Committee.

Past parish activities

  • Member of the Parish Communications Committee 2006 until 2012.
  • Co-Chair of the ABC Sale with Mary Kent Hill, circa 2004.
  • Taught Church School during son John’s early years in the parish
  • Husband Rhodes and I supported the Junior Choir and Acolyte Program for many years
  • Participated for two full terms in the Education for Ministry (EFM) Course, under the direction of Tammy Lee.

Work outside the parish

  • Member of the Board of Trustees at The Asheville School, where I serve on the Executive Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Committee on Student Life.
  • Friends Board of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Immediate Past Chair of the Durham Library Foundation
  • Member of the Economic Development Task Force at North Carolina Central University
  • Past President of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and active Sustainer
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Junior Leagues, International
  • Practiced law for many years, but have concentrated on service to non-profit and community organizations for the past two decades

Barbara Day

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross for more than 20 years

Current Parish Activities

  • Member, Global Mission Committee:Chair, South Africa Committee; Chair, Committee to Welcome South Africa Partnership Group to our Church (May 2014)
  • Representative to Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP): Leader, Faith in Action Pre-Conference Seminar; Member, Program Committee
  • Co-chair, Hospitality Ministry:Chair, Funeral Receptions; Co-chair, Newcomers’ Receptions
  • Lay Eucharistic Minister

Past Parish Activities

  • Co-chair, Hospitality Guild: Initiator Shepherds’ Ministry; Reorganizer, Bread Ministry; Co-chair, Funeral Receptions and Co-leader, Newcomers’ Reception
  • Lector and Intercessor
  • Founding Member, Global Mission Committee: Leader, Pilgrimage to South Africa, KWASA School and St. Peter/St. Paul Anglican Church for 15 Chapel of the Cross Pilgrims; Coordinator, Year-Long Study prior to Pilgrimage; Initiator of Partnership between Chapel of the Cross and KWASA School
  • Representative, Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (6 Years); Chair, Faith in Action Pre-Conference Seminar (5 Years); Member, Program Committee (5 Years)
  • Leader and Team Leader, Annual and Capital Campaigns
  • Member, Finance Committee
  • Contributor to Cross Roads

Work outside the Parish

  • Recently retired UNC Professor and Chair:Doctoral Student Dissertation Advisement
  • Member, LEAP Board of Directors (Latino Educational Achievement Partnership)
  • Counselor, UNC Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
  • Member, Doctoral Student and Dissertation Committee, Duke Divinity School
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Chapel Hill-Carrboro: Initiator, “Read for Fun,” UNC Children’s Hospital Playroom
  • Board Member, UNC Women’s Club

Katherine Kopp

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 1979

Previous Vestry Service

  • Chapel of the Cross vestry, mid-1990s: chair of the Personnel Committee and liaison to the Chapel of the Cross Preschool

Current Parish Activities

  • Member, Stewardship and Faith Formation committee
  • Member, Annual Campaign Advisory Committee
  • Member, Newcomers committee
  • Member, Altar Guild

Past Parish Activities

  • Sunday School teacher
  • Co-chair of the ABC Sale
  • Served on the Christian Education and Formation Committee
  • Served on the Parish Communications Committee
  • Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and the Women’s Gatherings
  • Hospitality Coordinator (a past position that oversaw use of the parish kitchen)
  • Sunday Child Care Director
  • Guild of the Christ Child (welcoming newborns and their families to the parish)
  • Worked with parishioner Lee Thomas and the Rector to write the current mission statement for Chapel of the Cross, which was subsequently adopted by the Vestry.

Work outside the parish

  • Real estate broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services York Simpson Underwood Realty in Meadowmont Village
  • Freelance writer and editor
  • Board member and trustee of Preservation Chapel Hill (term ends 2014)
  • Member of the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission (HDC), a community advisory board appointed by the Town Council (term ends 2014)

John Pegram

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 2011.

Previous Vestry Service

  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Roxobel, NC : Vestry member and Clerk, several terms from 1975 to 1996
  • St. Francis Episcopal Church, Goldsboro, NC: Vestry, two 3-year terms 1998 to 2010
  • Senior Warden at St. Francis 1999-2000

Current Parish Activities

  • Parish Treasurer and ex officio non-voting member of Vestry and Project Oversight Committee
  • Standing member of Finance Committee
  • Greeter, with wife Harriet

Work outside the parish

  • Former Chairman and CEO of Southern Bank; retired in 2010 after 35 years
  • Currently serve on the Board of Directors of Southern Bank
  • Hobbies: Golf, Photography and grandfather of 3 year old twins

Martha Schutz

Membership

Joined the Chapel of the Cross the year before my confirmation (final year of junior high) in 1973.

Previous Vestry Service

  • Current member of the Chapel of the Cross Vestry, filling the unexpired term of Hugh Morrison
  • Served as a “deacon” and chair of the Social Ministry Committee in the 1980s at the United Church of Christ–formerly Congregationalist church–in Connecticut. (When in Rome!)

Current Parish Activities

  • Member of the Master Plan Steering Committee; Chair of the Interiors Subcommittee
  • ABC Sale Treasury volunteer for several years

Past Parish Activities

  • Sunday School teacher (4th grade and 2-year-olds)
  • Member of the ABC Sale Disbursement Committee
  • ABC Sale department chair
  • Cross Roads contributor
  • Training Choir “choir mom”
  • Member of the Christian Education Search committee
  • President, Preschool at the Chapel of the Cross
  • As a young parishioner in the 70s, Martha “lived every week in eager anticipation of Sunday evening EYC!”

Work outside the parish

  • Independent editor and researcher; lecturer at UNC-CH
  • Member, Chapel Hill Public Library Board
  • Coach Write tutor, CH-Carrboro schools
  • Volunteer, ArtEast and NC Center for the Care of Huntington’s Disease

Kirsten Sherk

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 2005

Parish Activities

  • COTC representative to Orange County Justice United, a coalition of faith communities and community organizations
  • Member of the Outreach Ministry Committee since 2011
  • Member of the ABC Sale Disbursement Committee

Past Parish Activities

  • Member of the Micah Group, an effort to educate the parish on social justice issues, particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
  • Participant in an MDG study group led by Patricia Watts Hill and a number of other evening Bible study groups.
  • Member under-40 foyer dinner group
  • ABC Sale volunteer, escorting our shop for free guests
  • Grew up in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Church leaders were very engaged in the wider world around us, and it was through them that I learned about democratic struggles taking place around the world in the 1980s.

Work outside the parish

  • Media strategies advisor for Ipas, an international health organization based in Chapel Hill
  • I don’t think my 20-year career in international development can be separated from my religious beliefs. I think that there’s amazing potential for improving the community around us by working with other communities of faith and our elected leaders on finding solutions to some of our most basic challenges, like affordable housing or fair wages.
  • In my leisure time, I can usually be found in my garden or my kitchen. Every year is a new experiment in the vegetable garden, but it keeps me in touch with the earth and the seasons. Cooking has been a lifelong passion, and in the past few years, I’ve combined my love of our North Carolina produce with my love of cooking and learned to preserve.

Ken Talbot

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 2005

Past Vestry Service

  • Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd, Germantown, Philadelphia: Vestry member, 1982-1985
  • All Saints’ Parish, San Francisco: Vestry member, 1996-1999 and 2002-2005, Senior Warden, 1997-1999

Current Parish Activities

  • Member, Buildings & Grounds Committee
  • Participant in Foyer Dinner Groups
  • Men’s Spirituality Group
  • ABC sale volunteer

Past Parish Activities

  • Support Team member for Frances Widmann
  • Adult education series participant

At All Saints’ San Francisco:

  • Lay Eucharistic Minister, licensed 1998 by William Swing, Bishop of California
  • Lay Reader
  • Chair, 2002-2005, Centennial Capital Building & Restoration Campaign
  • Haight Ashbury Community Services, Saturday lunch program in the parish hall, Cook and food server, many years
  • Buildings & Grounds Committee, many years

Work outside the parish

  • Fearrington Homeowners Association, board member 2008-2012, president 2010-2012
  • Fearrington Cares, cancer support group care giver

Boone Turchi

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 1972

Past Vestry Service

  • The Episcopal Church at Harvard and Radcliffe: Vestry, 1961-63, Senior Warden 1962-63
  • The Chapel of the Cross: Three terms on the vestry, 1973-75, 1977-79, 1988-90

Current Parish Activities

  • Lay Reader

Past Parish Activities

  • Social Ministry Committee, Founding Chair, two terms
  • University Ministry Committee, multiple terms
  • Personnel Committee, chair and member, multiple terms
  • Acolyte advisor

Work outside the Parish

  • Member of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry in Higher Education
  • Professor in the Department of Economics at UNC

Ted Vaden

Membership

Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 1994

Past Vestry Service

  • St. Michael’s, Raleigh, 1991-1993
  • Chapel of the Cross, 2002-2004, Senior Warden

Past Parish Activities

  • Long-Range Planning Committee, 2004
  • Next Step Committee, 2005
  • Capital Campaign Cabinet, 2008-2012
  • Communications Committee, 2008-2010
  • Stewardship Formation Committee, 2011- 2012
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2012-13

Work outside the Parish

  • Editor and Publisher, The Chapel Hill News, 1994-2004
  • Public Editor, The News & Observer, 2004-2009
  • Deputy Secretary, N.C. Department of Transportation, 2009-2012
  • Chairman, Johnson Intern Program (current)

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Notice of Annual Meeting

The Chapel of the Cross will hold its annual parish meeting at 10 am, Sunday, March 2, in the church.

Children’s church school will begin at 10 am that day, following a slightly shortened 9 am worship service.  There will be no adult church school. Due to a campus event, there will be no parking in the Morehead lot on March 2; you will need to plan to park in the Rosemary Street lot, elsewhere on campus, or on the street.

The meeting will include reports from the treasurer, senior warden, and the annual campaign as well as written reports from the six commissions, the project oversight committee, and the finance committee. The Rector’s annual letter to the congregation and the committee and commission reports will be distributed and posted on Cross Roads.  We will also vote on two amendments to the by-laws regarding conduct of vestry meetings and voting by remote technology. (See proposed amendments below.)  Those who attend will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from the candidates for election to the Vestry:

  • Ann Craver
  • Barbara Day
  • Katherine Kopp
  • John Pegram
  • Kirsten Sherk
  • Martha Schutz Lo
  • Ken Talbot
  • Boone Turchi
  • Ted Vaden

Vestry elections will be held during all the services on March 23, with any runoff elections on March 30.  Paper ballots will be available; you may vote for a  maximum of four to fill three-year terms beginning in May 2014.  Baptized, confirmed communicants age 16 and above are eligible to vote; you must be present to vote — no proxies or absentee ballots.

Information on each candidate will be emailed and posted on Cross Roads by this Wednesday, February 12.

Conduct of Vestry Meetings and Voting by Remote Technology

The By-Laws of the Chapel of the Cross are amended by adding two new sections as follows:

“Section XXX. The Vestry may conduct a meeting by means of teleconference, video conference, or any other technology that allows all persons participating to hear each other at the same time and to participate in discussion. For the purposes of determining a quorum and for voting, members participating in a meeting by means of remote communication shall be deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Section XXX. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Vestry may be taken without a meeting if (i) all members of the Vestry consent to such action in writing or by authenticated electronic transmission and (ii) the action is recorded in the minutes of the next succeeding meeting together with the writings or authenticated electronic transmissions agreeing to it.”

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Thrills and Chills

Chiller

(to the tune of “Thriller”, with apologies to Michael Jackson — click here for a link to real song)

It’s Saturday morning

And something’s hulking out there in the street.

It’s stopping traffic,

And moving it will really be a feat.

Is this a dream?

Or are our air conditioning problems ending?

The Barnhill team

Is inching through the gates of Spencer Dorm

They’re cool; not warm: Continue reading

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Brave New World!

PM&E rough-in is underway.  One of the most complex parts of a big project like ours is the coordination of the piping and ductwork for the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems. There is another world of infrastructure above the ceilings, in the walls, and below the floors that needs to be meticulously laid out and coordinated.  This world that we can’t see includes ductwork for the heating and air conditioning; plumbing lines for water, waste, and steam; conduit for electrical and telecommunications lines; and piping for the sprinkler system.

Barnhill is using a fairly new 3-D modeling concept called BIM (building information modeling) to accomplish this coordination, layering the different systems over, under, and around each other to disappear behind walls and above ceilings. BIM eliminates conflicts between the different parts of the infrastructure, helps keep the project on schedule, and keeps track of progress and system warranty and maintenance data.  It takes advantage of smart phone and tablet technology to coordinate photos of the work at hand with the drawings at the same time.  Brave new world, that has such wonders in it!

On this adventuresome theme, the workers have been exploring all our various attics as part of the infrastructure work.  All the attics will be accessible from the new building, and they will be cleaned, corrected, and lighted — some for the first time ever.  The original roof over the altar area of the Chapel has been covered over for many years by an inaccessible attic that was built on top of that roof when Yates and Battle were added on.  The workers will be exposing that old roof and building a floor over it as part of the cleaned up attic space, eliminating a 15-foot drop.  You will hear noises from that area during the week, and the contractors don’t know what they may run across.

Developing a parish budget is also an adventure.  We wait to see how annual pledges look before putting anything on paper.  This year annual pledges are behind last year, and well below our goal.  Accordingly, the budget adopted by the vestry earlier this month cuts programs across the board and eliminates cost of living salary increases.  Click here to see senior warden James Moeser’s letter to staff. We are hopeful that many faithful pledgers will make their 2014 pledge by the end of February.  Have you made your pledge?

Walker Mabe

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