Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hello, gorgeous

The slate salvaged from the old Battle building demolition is cost effective and good for the environment.  It’s also pretty stuff, or even gorgeous, in the words of our project superintendent.  Something about the heft and color and patina of age befits a 100-year building.  The shingles are being reinstalled over the ice and water shield and the copper drip edge.  Each piece of old slate is a slightly different color gray, with a soft sheen that glows in the sunlight.

Our beautiful windows have been distributed around the building, ready for installation, beginning with the smaller windows first.  Each window installation is carefully sequenced to keep out water, with copper cladding, foam backer rod, and copper flashing layered to repel and divert moisture.  The big windows of the fellowship hall will be truly awe-inspiring; they should go in place next week.

As always, our building’s outward beauty is supported by the hidden systems for drainage and structural support.  Back-hoes are digging the main sewer tie-in and storm water retention pond that will be under the parking lot.  They have found some unsuitable soils — ergo the cracks in our old lot — and are replacing those with good dirt.

“Hello gorgeous” is what we say whenever one of your gifts arrives.  Whatever the size, they are all beautiful to us.  Thank you!  Click here to make a gift or pledge payment to the capital campaign.  Your annual fund pledge or pledge payment for 2014 supports our programming, outreach ministry, building upkeep, and staff.  Click here to support the annual fund and the work of the church at the Chapel of the Cross.

Walker Mabe

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April and May Vestry Actions

At its meeting on April 12, the Vestry:

  • Adopted a revised 2014 budget
  • Received a report from the Buildings and Grounds Committee on the condition of the chapel and the need for extensive repairs
  • Made plans for orientation of the new Vestry and for the annual May retreat.

At the business portion of its retreat on May 3 the Vestry:

  • Elected James Moeser for a second year as Senior Warden
  • Elected Carter Kersh as Junior Warden
  • Elected Nancy Kelly for another one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry
  • Approved a motion directing the Rector to appoint a committee to study the parish by-laws with one of its goals being simplification of the Vestry election process
  • Held an executive session followed by an outdoor Eucharist.

At its regular meeting on May 14, the Vestry:

  • Appointed Ann Craver to fill the unexpired Vestry term of Scott Beddingfield
  • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee to authorize Senior Warden James Moeser, Junior Warden Carter Kersh, Treasurer John Pegram, and Chief Administrator Walker Mabe to sign checks for the BB&T checking account
  • Approved the recommendation of the Oversight Committee to accept the legacy gift from the estate of Betty Sanders and designate it in its entirety to the development fund, A Light on the Hill Campaign
  • Met with Michael Hunn, Canon to the Ordinary for Program and Pastoral Ministry of the Diocese of North Carolina, to discuss plans for transition upon the retirement of the Rector
  • Approved the recommendation of the Outreach and Social Justice Commission for allotment of $21,000 to the Inter-Faith Council for operating expenses, payable at $1750 per month (1/12 of total), with the allotment for January through May to be disbursed now at a total of $8750 and the remaining funds to be disbursed in monthly payments of $1750 for the remainder of 2014
  • Approved the recommendation of the Outreach and Social Justice Commission to restore the Global Mission line item and the Johnson Interns Program line item to 2013 levels by transferring $1500 to each line item from the General Outreach Ministry Fund.

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Taking Real Shape

We are ready for paint on the third floor.  The ceiling grid is in, bathrooms are tiled, and the drywall finishing is complete.  It’s starting to look like actual rooms up there: the choir room, youth room, and a classroom are taking real shape.

The big event next week will be the installation of skylights that will flank the playground and allow the sun to shine in on the preschool classrooms on the ground floor.  We will also begin window installation for the rest of the building, another milestone in the construction process, and one that will make a real impact on our view of the structure.

Outside, workers are cleaning the brick and moving the scaffolding as more and more of our building is revealed to the world.  Our neighbors on Franklin Street are excited and curious — we look forward to an open house or two for our friends from town and gown.

Over in the existing Yates and Battle buildings, the ground floor sprinkler piping is in; tomorrow workers will start on the first floor.  Difficulties with the merging of old and new structures have been resolved; next week should see the completion of an elaborate yet elegant support system for the area right behind the Chapel where old Battle meets new parish hall.

The best news of the week: no basement flooding during the deluge of Thursday night!

Thank you for your very real gifts to the capital campaign.  We count on your gifts for annual operating funds as well.  If you have not made a formal pledge for 2014, will you consider making one now?

Walker Mabe

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Johnson Intern friends give rousing tribute to Susan Gladin

susan gladin and internsThe Johnson Intern Program is about servant leadership, and the program’s many friends gave a rousing farewell on April 26 to the servant leaders’ leader, Susan Gladin.

About 70 admirers of Susan – several from elsewhere in the country – turned out for a celebration dinner for her on April 28 at Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill’s Courtyard on Franklin Street.


It was a sweetbitter evening for Susan and her many friends. Tributes and music rang out for her extraordinary service to the Johnson Intern Program, but there were tears and some sad notes too at her departure. Susan stepped down last year to give more attention to her family and farm after 9 years as Executive Director of the Johnson Intern Program.


The tribute to her was impressive. Parishioner Watty Bowes, chairman of the Johnson Intern Board for 10 years, led the praises with a moving and humorous recollection of Susan’s tenure as executive director. Other speakers included Sarah Campbell, the current executive director; Marsha Pate, intern supervisor at Club Nova; Anna Shine, current intern; and the entire intern class of 2010-2011, who came from as far as Tennessee and Minnesota.
Music was provided by Alli Little and Andrew Hoelscher, of the 2013 intern class, and the extremely talented current intern group. Among the celebrants from Chapel of the Cross were the Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams and Laurie and Syd Alexander.


Susan as much as anyone is responsible for the extraordinary success of the Johnson Intern Program. When she stepped in as executive director in 2005, the program was struggling. Finances were poor, only a handful of interns were committed, and the program had been paused for a year to rebuild.
Under Susan’s leadership, the program quickly stabilized and grew. She secured major grants from outside organizations, including Trinity Wall Street, that allowed Johnson Interns to expand. The number of interns grew to the current level of eight, and she recruited local partner organizations for intern community service placements.


Perhaps Susan’s greatest contribution has been development of the Servant Leadership curriculum, for which the Johnson Intern Program has become nationally known. Servant Leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that seeks to enrich the lives of individuals, build better organizations and create a more just and caring world. The interns spend part of each week studying servant leadership, and other youth service programs around the country have adopted the curriculum Susan developed as a model.


Susan opened the course to non-interns, and many adults from the community join the interns each fall to study Servant Leadership.
The Johnson Intern Program was started in 2000 at Chapel of the Cross under a bequest from the estate of former parishioner Callie Margaret Johnson. The program was nurtured under Chapel of the Cross and subsequently became a separate 501c3 non-profit organization. Chapel of the Cross continues to provide office space to the Johnson Program, as well as an annual grant, currently $15,000 a year, and other in-kind support.


Each year, eight young people come to Chapel Hill for an 11-month period of vocational discernment and community service. They live together in “intentional community” in a shared home and work during the week for community organizations in Orange and Durham counties serving the poor, the mentally ill, the uninsured, women in recovery, seniors and others in need of support. The emphasis of the program is social justice in action.
The Johnson Intern Program now has more than 70 alumni scattered around the country continuing to practice the tenets of servant leadership and community service that they learned in Chapel Hill. The program is a key mission of Chapel of the Cross, with seven parishioners serving as current Board members.


The Johnson Intern Program welcomes parishioners who would like to become involved as mentors, Servant Leadership participants and, of course, donors. For more information, contact Executive Director Sarah Campbell at 919-442-2568 or or the website,
– Ted Vaden

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It’s complicated

The relationship between our buildings is complicated — the Chapel built in the mid-1800s, the Battle building built in the 1920s, and the Yates wing built in the 1950s.

In some of the areas where the Chapel ties onto Battle or where Yates ties onto Battle, some of the old support structure was demolished to make way for the new building.  The construction team has built temporary walls to support various structures until the designs can be modified to match actual conditions.

Many of these conditions did not become evident until the demolition took place.  In some places floor joists do not tie into the new wall they adjoin, or they run parallel to the new hall below rather than perpendicular to it.  Beams that need to be hung to support some of the old ceilings have nothing to be hung on.  Floor slabs can’t just abut the other parts of the building — they have to be structurally tied in.

These are not insoluble problems; they just take some structural design know-how and have to be properly certified before build-back can begin.  It’s not as exciting as some of the more visible work underway, but it is just as important.

Another aspect of marrying the old with the new is bringing the entire structure up to code.  Code is about safety, accessibility, and protection.  Sprinkler systems are being installed on each floor of Yates, beginning with the basement.  Even rooms that have remained untouched throughout construction must be “sprinklered.”

In case you are thinking about sprinklers and incense (we have), the church and the chapel will have neither sprinklers nor smoke detectors.  The chapel will have a dry pipe fire suppression system (it can’t spring a leak because it is “dry” until the system calls for water) in the attic that is above the chancel.

Our staff, who long ago adopted the mantra of flexibility, are working around unexpected dust, head-splitting noise, and wild temperature fluctuations.  We keep telling ourselves that the end is in sight.  The crew is working to clean up the dust and dirt at the end of each workday, but take a look before you sit down in that new suit or spotless alb.

Our relationship with money is complicated, too. Thank you for your faithful payment of building fund pledges and for those of you, new to the parish or new to pledging, who have donated to the capital campaign.  We count on your gifts for annual operating funds as well.  If you have not made a formal pledge for 2014, will you consider making one now?

Walker Mabe

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They’re Here

The construction workers are no longer “out there” somewhere; they are here, right beside and among us for the next few weeks.

One of the benefits of adding a new building to our old one is the addition of a sprinkler system for the entire building.  We will be 100 percent fire protected, worship spaces included.  To begin the sprinkler process in Yates, all the ceilings have been removed in the hallways.  Heavy plastic has been laid down on the hallway floors and plastic curtains are in place to protect the rest of the building from dust — which they do, but only to a certain extent.


Other evidence of construction workers among us is a temporary plywood wall in the dining room, which separates us from the window and wall removal that is underway on the other side.  One of the bathrooms — the one with the changing table — on the second floor is now gone.  Next week they will install the sprinkler system a floor at a time, beginning with the basement.  That means more workers everywhere.

The noise, dust, and dirt on the Yates side make progress look especially bright and tidy on the new side.  Roofers are laying slate on the roof.  The bathrooms are being tiled and painters have begun their work on the drywall that has been hung.  Everyone can see the excellent progress being made with the brick work.  Eagle-eyed inspectors among you my notice the recent appearance of the cross from the Morehead side of the Yates wing; it is now on the arboretum side of the new building.

So gird yourself for construction people all over the building, more dirt than you are used to, and loud people working on noisy projects.  It can be disruptive and make you sneeze.  Constant deliveries will clog up the parking lot, but surely you are used to that by now?   Our Galilee building is taking shape before our eyes.  You’ve supported this from the beginning — just bear up a little longer.

Thank you for all the diverse ways you have chosen to support both the building campaign and the ongoing work of the parish. We value your gifts, whether time, talent, treasure, or just continuing to bear up.

Walker Mabe

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May Kitchen Notes

Well, I am a couple of days late on the “First Monday Kitchen Notes.” I plead for mercy, though, because those of us in the Kitchen Guild have been busy as bees entertaining and welcoming our fellow parishioners and the community into our wonderful church!

In April, Ann Henley, Sarah Davis (Ann’s daughter), Mary Sullivan and Judy Wynne organized our traditional Easter Receptions featuring the HAM so lovingly prepared by Walker Mabe. Thanks to this team for going above and beyond by offering an additional reception after the 11:15 service! On April 24, Cynthia Duda and Susan Shaffer hosted a dinner during the discussion about the direction of the Youth Ministry. Cynthia also helped serve the Vestry at the Annual Retreat kick-off dinner hosted by Carter and Perri Kersh on May 2. On May 4, Marian Cranford and Cynthia helped set up and serve receptions featuring our traditional cake after both the 9:00 and 11:15 services. On this day, COTC confirmed 26 members at 9, baptized 8 children at 11:15 AND there was a wedding at 3:00 p.m. The kitchen and dining room were buzzing with excitement and it was a joy to see the bride’s beautiful dress spread out on our beloved (and versatile) library table!

I hope you were able to celebrate with us on one of the above occasions. If you did, I am sure you felt the excitement that is growing among us. We are meeting one another, sharing our stories and lingering longer as we take the time to share a cup of coffee, piece of cake or ham biscuit. This is the goal of the Kitchen Guild….to break bread with one another and in doing so to build a stronger community to go forth in the name of Christ.

We have many upcoming opportunities for you to share in this mission. Please check the dates below and see if you can join us!

  • May 18 – Faith and Politics potluck dinner – Help set up and clean up the potluck supper.
  • May 25 – Cake and Lemonade after both services, in the courtyard, honoring our guests from the Kwasa School in South Africa.
  • Each Sunday during the summer – Serving lemonade in the courtyard after the 10:00 a.m. service.
  • June 22, July 27 and August 24 – Dinner on the Grounds. Help set up and clean up during our annual summer potluck luncheons.

Also, sometime during the summer, we will be moving to our NEW KITCHEN HOME. Many hands will make this an easier task, BUT, I do not have a date for the move yet! If you would be interested in helping, please let me know, I will send an email closer to the date.

Yours in the Fellowship of the Kitchen,

Ellen Cole

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David Frazelle’s Sabbatical Plans

“Sabbatical” comes from the Latin sabbaticus, from the Greek sabbatikos, from the Hebrew Shabbat, which means, literally, a “cessation”. The biblical foundations of Sabbatical observance are twofold. First, God’s rest from the labor of creation (Gen 2:2-3) is commanded for humans, especially slaves, and for beasts of burden on a weekly basis (see Ex 20:8-11 in the Ten Commandments, for example). Special acts of individual and corporate worship (Num 28, Lev 23), as well as time for sacred reading and memory (Dt 5:15) took place on this day of rest. Secondly, the Torah orders the observance of every seventh year as a Sabbatical year (Ex 21, Dt 15 and 31, Lv 25). During this year, fields remained fallow, debtors and slaves were released, and people rested. A period of holy “Sabbatical,” then, is intended as a time of rest, restoration, worship, and sacred study. Keeping Sabbatical rhythm allows one the freedom and nourishment to participate again in God’s creativity with new energy upon exiting the Sabbatical. In this diocese, a Sabbatical every five years is the norm for priests.


On Monday, May 5th, I will begin a Sabbatical. The main focus of my time will be the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats” program. This 16-month program involves two, week-long residencies at a retreat center in Maryland, an extensive reading list in contemplative spirituality, several contemplative spiritual practices, journaling, spiritual direction, a directed retreat, and designing and leading a contemplative spirituality educational series. I plan to do the majority of the reading and writing during this Sabbatical. I will also attend the Summer Leadership Institute, which is a joint venture of the Kellogg Business School and Seabury-Western/Bexley Hall Seminary. This three-day intensive seminar is designed to help church leaders implement some of the practices and concepts from the business and non-profit sectors that can help the Church in its distinctive mission.


I am deeply grateful to this parish and vestry for supporting me in this time of prayer, study, and renewal. I am also deeply grateful to the Rector and clergy, to Laura Benton and Boykin Bell, to the Youth Ministry, CrossTies and Adult Education leaders, to the Centering Prayer group facilitators, to the church staff, to our adjunct priests, and to the many lay leaders who will keep ministries going until my return on September 5th.


– David Frazelle

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