Monthly Archives: October 2014

Discern. Respond. Celebrate.

A note from annual campaign chairs Carter Kersh and Jim Noonan:

This Sunday marks the beginning of the 2015 Annual Fund Campaign: You Are Here. This year’s campaign will be different from previous campaigns in some significant ways. It will be shorter and more focused, spanning only four weeks from October 26 to in-gathering Sunday on November 23.

Those four weeks will encompass one of the most important annual campaigns in the history of our parish. 2015 is the year that will set the tone and direction for the work of The Chapel of the Cross for years to come. Will we rise to the occasion and the opportunity to use our new facilities to serve God and our community in greater ways than we ever have before? We are confident that we will.

The pledge packets have been mailed. The online 2015 annual fund pledge page has been activated. Please prayerfully and intently discern your ability and intention to contribute to God through The Chapel of the Cross. In the next four weeks, respond to the call indicating your pledge for next year, even (and especially) if you are unable to contribute. Finally, on November 23rd we will celebrate the conclusion of a successful campaign on in-gathering Sunday. Thank you.

Join us Sunday evening for the parish barbecue.  We  will celebrate our new building, celebrate the workers who built it, celebrate the architects and engineers who designed it, and celebrate the planners and officials who helped us make it so. We are expecting a great many of you in our Great Hall.  Check in at the reception desk and pick up your new, permanent COTC nametags in the lobby.  (If you haven’t ordered one yet, you can do it at the BBQ.)

Children can enjoy the EYC’s Carnifall and Haunted House.  The Haunted House begins at 5:30 in the Overlook Classroom on the second floor. Carnifall will unfold in the youth rooms on the third floor.

The meal will be catered by The Filling Station of Robersonville, NC, with chopped pork, barbecued chicken, and vegetarian lasagna. Also stewed potatoes, green beans, rolls, tea, and desert!

The Pentecost Pickers, with special guest Cliff Brown (on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) will make beautiful music.  We will also host other representatives from Barnhill, our architects and engineers, the University, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, the State of North Carolina, our utility companies, and others who have helped us come so far towards the realization of  a great vision.

Join us as you begin to discern how you will live into and go out from our new parish house and our beloved worship spaces. You Are Here. Here am I! Send me.

Walker Mabe

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You Are Here: BBQ, Carnifall, Haunted House, and more!

Join us for the celebration.  We  will celebrate our new building, celebrate the workers who built it, celebrate the architects and engineers who designed it, and celebrate the planners and officials who helped us make it so.

We will celebrate the season with EYC’s Carnifall and Haunted House.  And we will celebrate YOU!  For believing in the vision, putting up with the inconveniences, and giving to the cause — again and again.  Please be present for the 2014 Parish Barbecue.

On October 26, following the 5:15 service, we will gather in the Great Hall for barbecue, music, and celebration. The meal will be catered by The Filling Station of Robersonville, NC, with vegetarian options provided.

The Pentecost Pickers, with special guest Cliff Brown (on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) will make beautiful music.  We will also host other representatives from Barnhill, our architects and engineers, the University, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, the State of North Carolina, our utility companies, and others who have helped us come so far towards the realization of  a great vision.

The EYC will sponsor Carnifall on the 3rd floor in their new space during the BBQ. Their annual Haunted House will begin at 5:30 pm in the second floor Overlook Classroom. We have room to do it all.

Join us on October 26! You can order COTC t-shirts, pick up your COTC nametags, get your face painted and play games, hear about the You Are Here annual campaign, eat great food, get scared in the Haunted House, and dance to the music!

(To order nametags prior to the barbecue, send an email with first and last name(s) to reception@thechapelofthecross.org.)

Adults $10

Ages 6-18 $5

Children under 6 Free

Reserve and pay online with your credit or debit card by October 20. 

Checks, cash, and credit/debit cards also accepted at the reception desk during business hours and on Sunday mornings.  Payment must accompany reservation.

Walker Mabe

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Begin to discern

Some 250 of you signed up for nametags at the outreach and engagement fair last Sunday.  We will have those ready for you to pick up at the Parish BBQ and “You Are Here” campaign kick-off on Sunday, October 26.  The nametags are Chapel of the Cross blue and white with the You Are Here logo.  The nametags bear each person’s first and last name, with the first name highlighted.  There are no titles or roles — we are all equal here!  On the back, in addition to church contact info, is the following collect.

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. (BCP p. 225)

If you did not sign up for a nametag and would like one, please email reception@thechapelofthecross.org.  We ask that individuals and families request their own nametags personally.  We will continue to make them and have them available on Sundays (starting with the barbecue on October 26) for as long as people request them!  We will provide simple storage at the church, although you are not required to leave your nametag here.  It has been Update’s experience that the car glove compartment is the most common place to store nametags and that individuals adopt a system that is best for them.

We all look forward to the dedication of the new building (and the blessing of some older spaces as well) with Bishop Curry on Sunday. We will gather in the Great Hall at 6 pm following an abbreviated 5:15 service.

We will begin in the Great Hall, and then you may remain in the Great Hall or go to the place you would like to see blessed: the Great Hall, terrace, kitchen, main entrance, library, Campus Center, student resident suite, youth rooms, choir room, or preschool classrooms.  The procession will return to the Great Hall for the final sentences and a concluding prayer.

The potluck dinner will begin as soon as the service permits and prior to the start of the congregational meeting.  Please bring a dessert or side dish to share.  If you are coming to the 5:15 service you may drop off your dish in the kitchen starting at 5 pm. The congregational meeting will start by 7:15 and be over by 8 pm.  To make it easier to attend, there will be a nursery for children.

Mark your calendars now for the parish BBQ at 6 pm on October 26.  We should be completely finished with construction and refurbishing by then.  The meal will be catered by The Filling Station of Robersonville, NC.  The Pentecost Pickers will play, joined by our own construction superintendent Cliff Brown.  We will also host representatives from the contractor, the architects and engineers, the University, Town of Chapel Hill,  Orange County, the State of North Carolina, utilities, and many others who have helped us get this far.  Tickets will go on sale soon.

As we begin a new era of worship and ministry, watch for ways to get oriented physically and grounded spiritually in our new home.  We are preparing maps and signs, planning gatherings large and small, and highlighting the involvement of diverse and varied parishioners in the work of the Chapel of the Cross.

Begin to discern how you will be present at the Chapel of the Cross and what your gifts will be as we live into our legacy.

Walker Mabe

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Updated and upgraded

We are “in” the new parish house but work continues all around us.

The solid oak railings around the atrium above the reception area are being installed.  Made of white oak and meticulously stained and sealed, the railings alternate plain and rope spindles between chamfered and tapered newel posts.

The magnificent sound system in the Great Hall, featuring an 18-foot-wide screen and state of the art audiotronics, has been tested and demonstrated to staff.

The second phase of the project, the updating of the older buildings, is well underway.   We added an upgrade of the campus center to the end of the project, and workers have installed new kitchen cabinets and countertops, repainted the walls, and will be laying new carpet.  The temporary wall in the campus center has been removed, and once the finance office has moved into their new location (the current construction office) the students will take ownership of their new campus center library in that spot.

All of Yates will get new carpet — halls and classrooms — and will match the refurbished offices we did at the beginning of the project.  Volunteer painters have moved steadily through the building, starting in the old basement classrooms, and now working in the second floor Godly Play classrooms, applying a much needed coat of paint.

Our kitchen manager, Ellen Cole, will begin stocking the new kitchen Monday and training the first users of the equipment next week.

It’s happening!  As we begin a new era of worship and ministry, watch for ways to get oriented physically and grounded spiritually in our new home.  We are preparing maps and signs, planning gatherings large and small, and highlighting the involvement of diverse and varied parishioners in the work of the Chapel of the Cross.

Plan to attend the Outreach and Engagement Fair with Dinner on the Grounds on Sunday. Celebrate the dedication of the building on October 5, followed by a potluck and a special congregational meeting.  Begin to discern how you will be present at the Chapel of the Cross and what your gifts will be as we live into our legacy.

This fall we will also open the 2015 annual fund campaign, You Are Here.  The annual fund supports our programming, outreach ministry, building upkeep, and staff.  Just a few weeks remain in 2014 — is your Spirit at Work pledge up to date?
Walker Mabe

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