Monthly Archives: March 2014

Candidates for the Second Vestry Run-off

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

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There is More Than One Way to Be Part of the 2014 ABC Sale

ABC2013There are many ways to be involved and contribute to the success of the sale while being a part of the largest social outreach ministry of our parish.

Bake Shop – Start baking and freeze muffins, cookies, cakes, breads and treats of all sorts

Cash  – Your tax-deductible donation will help offset the expenses of the sale

Garden – Divide your perennials, start seeds and cuttings to stock the Garden Center. Contact Richard Gaillard at (rgaillard@nc.rr.com) with questions.

Jewelry – Check your jewelry box for broken pieces, unloved and unworn items of sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold or platinum – all will be sold with proceeds going to the ABC Sale

Large Items – Contact Nancy Tunnessen (ntunnessen@nc.rr.com) to arrange time and date for pick up of large items

Merchandise – Clean your attics, basements and closets and donate your sellable items

Snacks – Provide snacks, water and soft drinks for our hard- working volunteers. Contact Mary Sullivan for details
at (mlsull2nc@gmail.com)

Time – It takes over 100 volunteers to staff the sale from Tuesday, April 22 through Saturday April 26th. Our volunteers come together in friendship and fellowship while sorting, pricing and selling parishioner donations. No experience is necessary – only a willingness to lend a hand and a few hours.

Contact Bud and Mary Jo Sell (sellfam123@aol.com or 919-542-2629) with questions or your offer of help.

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Spring Cleaning Guidelines for the ABC Sale

ABCNoDonationThe success of the sale depends on the generous donations of our parishioners. Simplify, discard, clean out and give your sellable items to the 2014 ABC Sale. Most any type of merchandise is acceptable from furniture, lamps, accessories, kitchen items, antiques, books, garden items, and clothing. Please only donate items that are truly able to be sold – clean, mended, in working order, in good repair. We cannot sell dirty, torn or broken items.

The following items will NOT be accepted for the Sale:

  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Child car seats, used baby bottles, sippy cups
  • Computers, printers, fax machines and associated electronics
  • Encyclopedias, textbooks, medical/law books
  • Exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals
  • Futons, waterbed, sleeper sofas
  • Large appliances
  • Mattresses and bed pillows
  • Skis, ski boots, inline skates
  • Telephones (wired or wireless)
  • Televisions
  • Torn or soiled clothing, underwear
  • Toys
  • Typewriters
  • Worn out shoes

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Vestry Run-off Candidates

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)

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

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No wine before its time

The building crew is making tremendous strides on the roof, both parts in view and the parts hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the old Battle building.  A visit from the architect this week solved a number of design issues involving the roof where it joins the Yates wing.

The new inner “roof” over the Chapel has been completed (see photo, right) — a long-needed improvement that cleans up the area of the Battle attic that was built over the chancel of the Chapel.  Catwalks installed in the old Battle attics (see photo, left) will enable us to see and reach areas that we have neglected simply because we couldn’t access them.

Workers inside the building are erecting the metal studs for walls.  This view of the third floor illustrates the view from the future youth room; it’s pleasing to know that as our youth make their annual mission trip to Washington, DC, we are here at home preparing a space for them like they could never imagine.

We all must use our imagination here in the final months of our project.  After 20 years of dreaming, 10 years of planning, seven years of fundraising, and the single worst winter in a long time, a month or two can be viewed in perspective.  Soon you will see swift progress on the brick masonry; doors and windows will spring into being and the building will have a face.  Remember how long it took to pour the footings? When it seemed the hole in the ground would be there forever?

The crucial aspects of a well-designed building cannot be rushed.  There will be more ugly weather, but by mid-summer you will be working, learning, singing, praying, and helping others in a wonderful new building.  Hang on until we can all drink this good wine together.

Links to make a pledge or payment to either the 2014 annual campaign or the capital campaign can be found here.  Your faithful contributions are gratefully received.

Walker Mabe

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Old School

Because our building is designed to last 100 years or more, there are a number of details that combine solid materials with old school craftsmanship.  One of these is the copper flashing now being installed by our masons.  The 20-ounce copper flashing is being soldered into place over windows and doors and all along the bottom of the building, four inches above grade.

The flashing is part of the weep system — the mostly hidden tricks of the trade that enable the building to “weep out” any condensation that gets trapped between the outer brick sheathing and the inner insulation.  The differences in temperature between the outside of the building and the inside result in some condensation on the inside of the brick masonry.  The masons leave out the regular mortar joint between bricks about every two feet and replace it with a special joint that looks like a honeycomb to enable moisture to escape.  The flashing along the bottom of the walls, windows, and doors catches condensation that runs to the bottom and directs it outside.

The flashing just above grade is soldered and molded on top of four solid inches of mortar. At that point the masons also install a mortar screen, a two-inch thick, foot-tall screen that catches any mortar that falls behind the brick walls as they rise.  If mortar is left to build up at the bottom of the walls, it prevents the condensate from weeping out.  Long ago, masons used to lean over the walls as they laid them and “backparge” — wipe off and catch any excess mortar on the backside.  Now that’s old school.

In other work, the slab is being poured for the kitchen steps, door frames have been delivered, and the fireplace from  the old parlor has been placed in the new parlor.  The roof tie-in from old building to new continues, with the aid of a 3D model developed by the architect.

When, when, when.  We are besieged by queries as to when various pieces of the project will be complete. The answer is, it will happen when it happens and then it will happen all at once.  Despite the involvement of numerous engineers, a complex construction project is not a linear process!  We are almost dried in and then work will proceed apace.  We are equally impatient to complete our annual campaign and meet our participation goals– you still have time to pledge.  You can do it all  online or call the church office for assistance.

Walker Mabe

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Old school

Because our building is designed to last 100 years or more, there are a number of details that combine solid materials with old school craftsmanship.  One of these is the copper flashing now being installed by our masons.  The 20-ounce copper flashing is being soldered into place over windows and doors and all along the bottom of the building, four inches above grade.

The flashing is part of the weep system — the mostly hidden tricks of the trade that enable the building to “weep out” any condensation that gets trapped between the outer brick sheathing and the inner insulation.  The differences in temperature between the outside of the building and the inside result in some condensation on the inside of the brick masonry.  The masons leave out the regular mortar joint between bricks about every two feet and replace it with a special joint that looks like a honeycomb to enable moisture to escape.  The flashing along the bottom of the walls, windows, and doors catches condensation that runs to the bottom and directs it outside.

The flashing just above grade is soldered and molded on top of four solid inches of mortar. At that point the masons also install a mortar screen, a two-inch thick, foot-tall screen that catches any mortar that falls behind the brick walls as they rise.  If mortar is left to build up at the bottom of the walls, it prevents the condensate from weeping out.  Long ago, masons used to lean over the walls as they laid them and “backparge” — wipe off and catch any excess mortar on the backside.  Now that’s old school.

In other work, the slab is being poured for the kitchen steps, door frames have been delivered, and the fireplace from  the old parlor has been placed in the new parlor.  The roof tie-in from old building to new continues, with the aid of a 3D model developed by the architect.

When, when, when.  We are besieged by queries as to when various pieces of the project will be complete. The answer is, it will happen when it happens and then it will happen all at once.  Despite the involvement of numerous engineers, a complex construction project is not a linear process!  We are almost dried in and then work will proceed apace.  We are equally impatient to complete our annual campaign and meet our participation goals– you still have time to pledge.  You can do it all  online or call the church office for assistance.

Walker Mabe

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ABC Sale 2014

Saturday April 26  –  8:00 am to 1:00 pm

St. Thomas More Parish Center

Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your – ATTICS, BASEMENTS, and  CLOSETS!

DSC_0891It is a Lenten tradition to give up something that brings us pleasure.  You can also participate in a Lenten discipline in a different way, by giving up your clutter and by lending a hand as an ABC Sale volunteer.  Be part of the largest social outreach ministry of our parish.

DSC_0862Volunteers have made this wonderful celebration of goodwill a reality for the community for the past 51 years.  There is a need for volunteers in all departments, a few vans and trucks with drivers for pick-up of donations, hardy volunteers to unload cars and receive the donations at the curb side drop-off, sorting, pricing  and displaying merchandise in preparation for sale day April 26th. It takes many hands to create a department store of bargains and treasures.

The ABC Sale is also in need of baked goods for our Bake Shop as well as plants, seedlings, divided perennials or anything that would help give the Garden Center an abundance to sell.  Financial donations to help offset the costs of the sale are also welcomed.

2014 ABC Sale Schedule:

Tuesday, April 22 (1 – 5:00 pm) – Donations Received/Sorting/Pricing

Wednesday, April 23 (8:30 am – 7:00 pm) – Donations Received/Sorting/Pricing

Thursday, April 24 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm) – Donations Received/Sorting/Pricing

Friday, April 25 (10:00am –  2:00 pm) – Baked Goods and Plant Drop Off

Saturday, April 26 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) – SALE DAY

The annual ABC Sale provides everyone with the best of buys and opportunities for short-term service to our church and our community.  Funds are raised to benefit worthy community organizations.  You can help make this 52nd annual event a success by being a donor, a buyer, and/or a volunteer and especially by spreading the word of this worthwhile event.

– Mary Jo Sell (Contact Bud and Mary Jo Sell, Co-Chairs at Sellfam123@aol.com or 919-542-2629 to offer your help or answer any questions.)

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February Vestry Actions

At its meeting on February 17, the Vestry:

  • Approved the 2013 Parochial Report;
  • Approved a disbursement of $1,000 from the Outreach Ministry Budget Line for the Augustine Literacy Project;
  • Approved a proposal for David Frazelle’s upcoming sabbatical (May through August);
  • Learned that the total of pledges received for the 2014 Annual Campaign is still less than the approved budget;
  • Learned that recent inclement weather has delayed anticipated completion of new construction until July.

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Take a deep breath

These are the times that try men’s — and women’s — souls.  The coldest and wettest winter in almost 30 years, combined with the tricky job of marrying new construction to our decidedly quirky existing buildings make for some rough going at times.

During the heavy rains today, water has found its way down the open staircase and into the Yates building.  Yes, there are leaks, but the contractors assure us that there is sunshine at the end of tunnel.  There is water in the second floor hallway of Yates and dripping into the dining room.  Even worse is the standing water in the new building.  Just take a deep breath, be thankful for dedicated construction crews, and imagine what things will be like in just a few months.

The professionals who are building our parish hall have accomplished a lot this week.  Half of the upper roof is complete.  We are very glad that the bottom layer of the roofing is non-organic insulation — impervious to rain.

The soil nails that protected the chapel during the digging of the basement have been removed so we can install all the infrastructure piping without running into the nails.  The architect spent the day here Tuesday, braving snow and ice to get here from Washington, and was able to resolve a number of design issues.  Metal studs continue to go in, and we are poised for brickwork.

This week the HVAC unit that takes care of the church will be removed from the boiler room in the basement.  Good-bye unit #7!  The new unit taking its place will be quieter and work harder.  There will be no heating or cooling in the church Monday through Friday of next week.

With the advent of daylight savings time the crews will begin to work every evening until dark, and they are adding Saturdays to the schedule as well.  With the longer workday, workers will need to be able to get in and out of our driveway later in the day.  Remember that our main driveway entrance is two-way — please don’t block both lanes.

So — let us know if you see a leak but don’t take it too personally.  Be aware of traffic in and out of the driveway while waiting to pick up or drop off.  Celebrate daylight savings time.  And take a deep breath.

It’s not too late to make your pledge for 2014.  The vestry will look at our annual campaign results at its meeting March 20; if we have not reached our goal they will instruct the finance committee to adjust the budget downward again.  A look at the annual report will show you where we have cut so far.  Your pledge — an indication of what you plan to give during the year — will enable us to continue our outreach and programming at 2013 levels. If you had an automatic credit card withdrawal or an electronic debit for 2013, you need to renew it for 2014.  If you have a credit card that was compromised recently and the bank issued you a new one, you will need to be sure to update that info.  We are glad to help — just call the office. Renew or pledge online at www.thechapelofthercross.org.

Walker Mabe

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