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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are on display in the Great Hall throughout Holy Week.

11. Jesus is condemned to Death.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate. They all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement. He took some water and washed his hands, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, but he sent him to be killed anyway. He tried to make himself feel better by washing his hands and saying that he was innocent.

Think about whether you would be brave enough to speak up for Jesus. Or, would you join the people who testified falsely against Him? Would you be too afraid to speak?

The poster for the first station was made by the Middle School class to represent Mark 15: 6-15

Now at the festival [Pontius Pilate] used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then [Pilate] answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

022.  Jesus Takes Up the Cross

Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called Golgotha (pronounced: GAHLguh- thuh).   The soldiers made fun of Jesus by wrapping him in a purple cloak and putting a crown made of thorns on his head. They spit on him and called him “King of the Jews!”  Through it all, Jesus was silent. He took up the cross and carried it.

The “crown of thorns”  was made by children in 2014.

033. Jesus Falls for the First Time

Jesus, even though he was in the form of God, did not think that being equal to God was the most important thing.  Instead he emptied himself, took the form of a servant, and was born as a human.  And in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.   For that reason, God has highly exalted him, and has given him the name which is above every name.

Sometimes, we feel very weak, or very sad, just as Jesus did after carrying the cross for such a long way. Others times, we feel confused or unsure.  Jesus understands our needs.

Imagine you are walking down Franklin Street on a difficult day.  You are reading the posters tacked to telephone poles and see this.

044. Jesus Meets his Mother

To what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem?

What image can I use to comfort you, O Mary?

For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall end.

There are times when we feel as sad as we have ever been. Sometimes, we do not even know what is causing us to feel so sad. But Mary knew why she was sad. It is so hard for a mother to watch her child suffer. It is even harder when she knows that her child has done nothing wrong. Can you imagine how Mary must have felt, watching Jesus – Love itself – on this final journey?

The pebbles in this bottle represent tears. If you are mourning or worried or feeling sad, you can add a tear, along with a quiet prayer. Remember that the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall end.

055. The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, named Simon. They laid the cross on him to carry it behind Jesus. It reminds us of something Jesus had already told his friends. “If anyone would be my follower, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Share my burden with me. You learn from me how to carry a load, and with me the way is easy and the load is light.”

There are a lot of people who are in need, who are lonely or sad or hungry. As Christians, we are called to support those in need. Like Simon of Cyrene, we help carry a heavy load and share a burden.

066. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

Jesus was despised and rejected by men; He was a man of sorrow who knew grief. People would not look at him, but hid their faces.  Veronica, however, wiped Jesus’ face to comfort him. Her actions told him of her love.

The Fourth and Fifth grade class created this prayer station. Write a prayer on the cloth. Let the cloth remind you of Veronica and the kindness and comfort she showed. Place the prayer on the cross, as Veronica placed the cloth on Jesus’ face.

On Easter, these private prayers will be replaced with flowers of hope and joy.

077. Jesus Falls a Second Time

Have you ever been very, very thirsty? Jesus was given no water as he walked on the road towards Golgotha. He was thirsty and tired and he fell for a second time.

Imagine you are on a walk – a long, dry, dusty walk. You are tired and thirsty, and you are so weak that you fall.  Run your fingers through the sand. Know that Jesus understands your fatigue and pain.

088. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Many people followed behind Jesus, and among them were women who cried and screamed for him, but Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”

Jesus told the women not to worry about him, but to take care of others, especially the children.

099. Jesus Falls for a Third Time

Did you know that Jesus may have been born in a cave and not a stable? The land around Bethlehem was hilly and rocky and had many caves.

Much later in his life – the night before he died, in fact – Jesus went to a garden to pray. Peter, James, and John were with him for company, but they kept falling asleep. Jesus was alone and afraid and very, very sad. Perhaps he leaned against one of the rocks in the garden. Perhaps he knelt down by the rock, or rested his arms on it. Perhaps he laid his head on the rock, and his tears washed over it.

Jesus prayed to God that his burden could be lifted, that ‘the cup could be removed’ from him. But the soldiers came to the garden to arrest Jesus and they took him before the chief priest and elders. He was condemned to death and he walked, barefoot, carrying his cross over stony streets.

The path Jesus walked was rocky. And he fell three times.

What rocky paths have you walked? What hard times have caused your tears? This station was created by middle school students to assure us that we all experience hard and rocky time.

1010. Jesus is Stripped of his Clothes 

When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with a bitter and poisonous herb called gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. They divided his garments among themselves by rolling dice for them. This fulfilled the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.”

The dice were made in 2012 to represent the tenth station.

1111. Jesus is nailed to the Cross

When they came to the place which is called The Skull, they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. The scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the evildoers.”

This cross was created by the middle school church school class. They have left their finger prints on it to remind us that we are all part of this sad story.

1212. Jesus dies on the Cross

When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “He will be your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “She will be your mother!” Then he said, “It is finished!” And crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” He bowed his head, and handed over his spirit and the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

In the Gospel of Matthew, the very last thing that Jesus said was “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Those words are from Psalm 22:1 and might be confusing if you don’t know the whole psalm.

1313. The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother.

Mary says, “All who pass me, behold and see if there is any sorrow as bad as my sorrow. My eyes are exhausted with weeping; my soul is confused; my heart is poured out in grief. Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”

This moment, sometimes called The Lamentation, has often been depicted in great works of art. One of the most famous is the Pieta by Michelangelo, which is in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. The sculpture is made of marble and it is the only piece of his art that Michelangelo ever signed.

Feel a piece of smooth marble and imagine how Michelangelo felt, a chisel in his hand, as he worked for two years to create is beautiful but sad masterpiece. Listen to the music as you feel the marble. It is Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater, which is a hymn to Mary in her sorrow.

1414. Jesus is laid in the tomb

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea (pronounced ehr-uh-muh-THEE-uh), named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.

The stations end here, with Jesus laid in the tomb. It is a hard ending, as hard as the stone of the tomb. But we know that it is not the end of the story. We know that Easter is coming and we know that the great mystery of Easter is how Jesus came alive again and is with us in all times and all places…

This station reminds us that the story is not over, that the best part is still to come.

The first grade class used Legos to build the cave that served as Jesus’ tomb. When we teach our children the story of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection, we also teach a story of Love and Hope.

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Our architectural jewel

All week long the scaffolding has risen around the tower and across the north face of the chapel.  Carefully harnessed and moving with skill and caution, workers have built the structure that will enable the restoration and repair to go forward.

A foreman from Waters Craftsmen removed some pieces of slate on the roof and laid down a snow and ice shield to protect from the weather at the spots where the feet of the scaffold meet the roof.

There is bracing across the front entrance of the Chapel, but we stress that this is temporary and will be removed once the scaffolding is secure.  The caution tape and scaffolding materials in the grass and in the circle will also disappear when this part of the job is complete.

Next week, work will begin on two project stages at once: the demolition of the tower roof and the removal of the coating on the tower brickwork.  The team will complete its work on the tower in May and then move on to the east and west sides of the chapel.  They will leave the scaffolding up for a short while longer for the painters to use while repainting the wooden quatrefoil trim and the window louvers on the tower.

Everyone involved in this work is acutely aware that Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday this weekend.  Workers and materials will be out of the way well before the first service of Holy Week begins on Maundy Thursday.

Our chapel‘s personality shines out through the scaffolding’s embrace.  Somehow the silvery grid highlights the way a church tower points towards heaven.  One is reminded of the construction of the great cathedrals, or the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire or the Blitz.  The chapel restoration will be brief compared to those years-long projects.  It feels good to polish up our architectural jewel.

– Walker Mabe

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Looking Towards Jerusalem: Holy Week at the Chapel of the Cross

March 29-April 5, 2015

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who for our sins was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; who by his suffering and death became the author of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him. – Preface of Holy Week, BCP

March 29

Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion

Stations of the Cross at 10:15 am in the Great Hall (to remain throughout Holy Week)

Growing up in a “low” Episcopal church, we did not walk the Stations of the Cross. (We did not genuflect, cross ourselves or particularly welcome the “new” prayer book either.) Although there must have been a Good Friday service, my family did not attend. So as a child, I had only a vague idea of what happened between Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Easter morning.

This was probably true for most children, even at the Chapel of the Cross.   A few years ago, however, we decided to offer a “Way of the Cross” that families (and others) could walk together on Palm Sunday.   Fourteen stations were created by church school classes and EYC groups during the early weeks of Lent, and then set up throughout the building for just a few hours at the start of Holy Week.

The next year, we left the “Way of the Cross” standing through Good Friday and continue to do so. At any time during Holy Week, people can walk a pilgrim’s path from the moment Jesus was condemned by Pontius Pilate until He was laid in the tomb. Though the stations are powerful reminders of Jesus’ last hours, they are appropriate for any age.   Some — when Simon helps carry the cross or Veronica wipes Jesus’ face — encourage us, that we too, can help others. Other stations — when Jesus repeatedly falls — assure us that He knows our pain of being human.

The Stations of the Cross have become an important part of my Holy Week experience because they make it more whole. They allow me to travel from Palm Sunday to Easter in a new and deeper way.

-Boykin Bell

March 29

Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion

Holy Eucharist at 7:30 am, 9 am, 11:15 am, and 5:15 pm

Perhaps no other liturgy in Holy Week has such rich emotional resonance as Palm Sunday and requires such complex and dissonant responses from the believer. The structure of the service itself requires this of us: first we acclaim the Lord as Messiah, throw him a jubilant political demonstration, and sing triumphant hymns of praise in parade. Then we turn against him: we deny him, we assent to his torture, we crucify him. The mood and action turn on a dime. Through a beautiful 4th century chant (the “Passion Tone”) we follow every step to Calvary, confront a wide range of characters (what would we have done if we had been there), until finally through the voice of a Roman military officer — a hated foreigner — we confront the Truth: Truly this man was the Son of God. Powerful words, beautiful music, moral dilemma, and the pure love of God. “Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine…”

-Van Quinn

April 2

Maundy Thursday

Holy Eucharist 5:15 pm; Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing, 7:30 pm

Maundy Thursday is a service of solemnity and quiet as the liturgy draws us into the events of Jesus’ last night with his disciples.  We enter the church and the lights are dimmed, and on the altar we see white flowers, for the first time since Lent began.  The choir and clergy process as the Gloria in Excelsis is solemnly chanted.  We hear the story of the first Passover and the sacrifice of the Pascal lamb, Paul’s account of the Institution of the Last Supper, and John’s story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.  We then have the opportunity to reenact that moment, when we humble ourselves: both to receive the ministrations of others and to wash the feet of others.  During the foot washing, the choir chants beautifully moving anthems, such as the Ubi Caritas — “where charity and love are, there is God.”  The liturgy proceeds to the celebration of communion.  Then after all have received, we watch in silence as the altar is stripped of every symbol of Jesus’s presence.  Darkness falls as we spiritually go with Jesus to Gethsemane.

Maundy Thursday is a night of great poignancy and tenderness.  It invites humility and gratitude as we reflect upon what Christ has given for us.

-Vicky Jamieson-Drake

April 3

Good Friday

The Three Hours, noon to 3 pm

The Stations of the Cross, 7 pm

To me, one of the most powerful moments in Holy Week is when the large, wooden cross is processed down the aisle of the church during the Good Friday liturgy. The rugged, wooden, almost life-sized cross, which stands in stark contrast to our beautiful crosses in precious metals and stained glass, reminds us that the cross was an instrument of shameful, state-sanctioned murder. And yet, the emphasis of this ancient procession is not death but love that endures death, not failure but victory that assimilates failure, not powerlessness but strength made perfect in weakness.  All this stirs the soul as the choir sings Vittoria’s setting of the Trisagion: “Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us” in Greek and in Latin. The music is doleful, but more than that it inspires supplication, longing, and awe. In this climactic moment in Holy Week, God reconciles all opposites and beckons all humankind to himself.

-David Frazelle

April 4

Holy Saturday

Liturgy of the Word, 9 am

Easter Vigil, 9 pm

Easter Vigil – the holiest night and oldest night of the year.

-Bill Joyner

I love the whole rhythm of Holy Week because it catapults us into Kairos instead of Chronos. God’s time instead of human time.  The service that has always appealed most to me, however, is the Easter Vigil. To light the first fire of Easter, hear the story of salvation while sitting in candlelight, proclaim the Easter proclamation, absorb the powerful lessons of Resurrection and break the Alleluia fast is to participate more fully in the story of God’s saving grace. The paschal candle lit from the first fire shines at every funeral and baptism we do from that moment forward, reminding us that the only death that matters  is the one we die in baptism.

-Tammy Lee

April 5

Easter Sunday

Holy Eucharist 7:30 am, 9 am, 11:15 am, 5:15 pm

I love Easter morning! The eager, standing-room only congregations proclaim that it is in only being with each other and celebrating this great Christian feast together that we are able with God’s grace to grow into Easter people. Easter is not a mystery that you can absorb the deep meaning of all by yourself. Some people say that they can pray better when they are out by themselves in nature where they can more directly sense the dynamic and overflowing presence of God. And on a given day, that may be true — especially if by “nature” they are referring to something more natural and rustic than a golf course!

But there is something about Easter that compels us to celebrate it by coming together in joyful communal worship of God. We all know that!   That is why we come!! That is why we do not just go for a solitary walk that day or simply get together with a few close friends. Easter pulls us in and makes us glad to be together and raises our spirits beyond whatever is dragging us down. Alleluia!

-Stephen Elkins-Williams

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Vestry Actions

At its meeting on March 19, the Vestry:

  • Was reminded of a 2008 agreement that the Johnson Service Corps will be forwarded $30,000 from a gift to the parish when an annuity (secured by an irrevocable trust) that is tied to this agreement is received by the parish;
  • Reflected on the recent Annual Meeting and the new process for election of Vestry members, addressing concerns of parishioners about the scheduled time for the meeting, some misunderstandings about the qualifications for voting, and different options for submitting a ballot.

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Our chapel’s fine old face

Starting next week, workers will erect scaffolding around the tower and along the front of the chapel, and our chapel restoration project will be underway.

You will still be able to use the front doors, and worshippers will be protected as they enter and exit.  There may be brief periods when you will need to use the side door in the cloister, but generally all will go forward as usual in our daily rounds of evening prayer and Holy Eucharist.  While the circle may be blocked temporarily as equipment arrives and trucks unload, traffic and parking in the circle, as well as preschool drop-off and pick-up, will not be affected.  The workers will park trailers in two of the parking spaces in our lot for the duration of the project.

Once the tower scaffolding is up, work will begin to repair the brick tower parapets,  the slanted front wing walls, and the tower roof and flashing.  The harmful tar will be removed and any damaged brick patched or replaced.  Throughout the project the workers will use locally sourced, historic brick that matches the original brick in size, color, and compressive strength.  They do not foresee that many bricks will need replacing.

The old tower roof will be taken away and replaced with a new 16-ounce, flat-seam copper roof.  All the seams will be sweated and soldered as befits a proper copper roof.  The workers will add a new hatch so that we can access the roof safely and easily in the future for maintenance and inspections.

The parapets present a special problem and we can’t get them spiffed up fast enough!  All the tar, sealant, and loose mortar will go away.  The parge coating — a thin layer of mortar similar to stucco and made of dry sand and aged lime putty — will be cleaned, prepped, and patched.  Each parapet will be clad in lead and covered with a 16-ounce copper capstone cover.  The flashing at the base of the parapets will be replaced and tied in with the new roof.  (Most of this work will take place behind the parapets and inside the crenellations — where water has gathered and wicked into the walls for many years.)

At the joint where the vertical parapet wall meets the horizontal roof, the workers will install reglets — L-shaped flashing strips that keep moisture from entering at the joint. The reglets will be set with lead and repointed with mortar.

Once the tower and front wing walls are complete, our painters will use the scaffolding to access the tower and finish painting the trim to match the windows.

Then the scaffolding will come down in front and be moved to the east and west sides where the process will be repeated.  The south wall that adjoins the rest of the parish house will be the final section of parapet repairs.

The second phase of our project will involve using a gentle, peroxide-based stripper to remove the old yellow latex paint.  The peroxide solution will be applied, covered in plastic, and allowed to “dwell.”  If needed, the workers will use a micro-abrasive system that combines water and very fine, powdered glass to smooth it all out — dermabrasion for our chapel‘s fine old face.

We are in good hands here.  David Black of Hager Smith (right) and Collin Waters of Waters Craftsmen (left), along with project foremen Frank and Ben Camden and Mark Clay have worked on projects just like ours for many years.  They know the rhythms of the liturgical year and the special relationship parishes have with their worship spaces.  They will be with us for five or six months.

Let the transformation begin!

– Walker Mabe

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Anyone got a match?: Treasure of the Day

It was the line that made Bacall famous, the first line she ever spoke on film, in To Have and to Have Not.

We think this humidor might bring that Bogie and Bacall kind of glamour to mind — sleek, handsome, and sophisticated.

The mahogany is as smooth as a bias-cut satin gown.  The proportions are generous — 15 by 11 by 8 inches with wonderful brass touches: inset handles, hinges, and liner.  Circa 1930, the cigar box features a Benson and Hedges label inside and the initials of the proud owner on the lid — OAM.

And isn’t it possible to get Cuban cigars now, that we’ve opened relations with Cuba again?

Of course, we know smoking is what killed Bogie, so we would plan to use this box for something else — love letters, or keepsakes, or souvenirs from travel abroad.

 Valued at $750; priced to sell.  That spicy hint of tobacco when you open the lid won’t hurt you.

Donation drop-off continues today until 7 pm and tomorrow, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2015 ABC Sale

Back home at 304 E. Franklin Street

Saturday, March 21

8 am to 2 pm


Back home at 304 E. Franklin Street

Saturday, March 21

8 am to 2 pm

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Blown, Cut, and Gilded: ABC Sale Treasure of the Day

150317-lampWow.  This showstopper of a lamp commands a room without shouting too loudly.  Crafted at the Dorflinger Glass Works in White Mills, Pennsylvania, it’s a bit over three feet tall and lovely.

Christian Dorflinger (1828-1915) learned his craft in his native Alsace as a boy and dedicated his life to perfecting it.  His company was known for the quality of its crystal and the brilliance of its cutting and engraving.  Dorflinger Glass is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of American History in Washington.    Dorflinger provided much of the crystal for the White House, serving eight presidents.

Tourists today can visit the Dorflinger Glass Museum and a 600-acre wildlife sanctuary near Hawley, PA.

Dorflinger never made pressed glass, and our lamp is an example of hand-blown, cut glass with extravagant gilding, probably done by the Vienna-trained artist Karl Prosch, who joined the company in 1900.  It is an early electric lamp, circa 1910.

Valued at $600, this lamp manages to be Victorian and contemporary all at once. You can time travel  with the flick of a switch.

Donation drop-off continues today until 5 pm; Wednesday extended hours, 8:30 am to 7 pm; and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2015 ABC Sale

Back home at 304 E. Franklin Street

Saturday, March 21

8 am to 2 pm

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Swoon worthy: ABC Sale Item of the Day

We begin our annual anticipations with a truly swoon-worthy prize: a Victorian style baby carriage, circa 1895-1905.  This spectacular wicker carriage features the original wheels, adjustable hood and seat, and brake mechanism.

We can imagine Nana perambulating with Wendy, John, or Michael Darling through Bloomsbury, or perhaps a young Samantha (the American Girl doll, not the Sex and the City character) being strolled through the streets of old New York.

Fast forward to last century, when Peter and Christy Lee wheeled their son Jamie to his baptism at Chapel of the Cross in 1974 — in this very carriage!

Bugaboo and MacLaren can’t hold a candle to this carriage.  History and utility, style and charm, all rolled into one.  Definitely not for jogging.  Valued at $600.  Perfect for your darlings.

Donation drop-off starts today:  ABC Sale volunteers will take your donations (old timey or the latest rage) until 5 pm. Drop-offs continue Tuesday, 8:30 am to 5 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am to 7 pm; and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2015 ABC Sale

Back home at 304 E. Franklin Street

Saturday, March 21

8 am to 2 pm

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Silent Auction Catalogue

If you’ve bought your ticket for the ABC Sale fish fry and silent auction on Sunday, March 15, you’ll want to peruse the silent auction catalogue and prepare your bidding strategy. Ten wonderful prizes donated to support the ABC Sale.  So do a little online window shopping  and make your plans…

Long Weekend in a Private Home at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Spend a long summer or fall weekend in this idyllic setting on beautiful Smith Mount Lake.  The house features four bedrooms (1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Double and 2 Singles) and three baths on three levels.  Kayaks, floats, and Sunfish all available at your private dock.  Kitchen and bath recently refurbished. Smith Mountain Lake is about 2 and ½ hours from Chapel Hill.  Work with the donor to pick a weekend that fits your schedule.  Sorry no pets.

We spent a halcyon summer day skiing on Smith Mountain Lake many moons ago.  The Blue Ridge mountains, the dark blue water, the sunlight, the quiet, the trees…heaven!  This could rank as one of your best getaways ever. Minimum bid $300.


French Wine Experience

French wine experience curated by Mary Sullivan, featuring Vin de Pays du Val du Loire Sauvignon and Notre Dame des Pallières Gigondas.  The decorative keepsake box includes Eiffel Tower cocktail napkins, Rabbit corkscrew, a French torchon (or tea towel), and a wine stopper.

2012 Sauvignon from Magali Metenier, Tracy-sur-Loire, France

Magali Metenier offers the fabulous value Vin de Pays du Val du Loire Sauvignon. Although literally within meters of the Pouilly Fume appellation limit, this is characterized as a Vin de Pays. Crisp freshly cut apple notes, mingled with grapefruit, rhubarb and compelling acidity, the richness and bold, ripe forward fruit on the palette instils the desire for yet another mouthful. This Sauvignon has won outstanding plaudits wherever presented including the Gold Medal at the World Concourse of Sauvignon and the Gold Medal at Angers.

2011 Notre Dame des Pallières, Gigondas, France

Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières is a very old family estate run by brothers Jean-Pierre and Claude Roux, whose name comes from a place of pilgrimage visited by the Provencal people in the Middle Ages which was to protect them from the plague! The Domaine is based in Gigondas in the Southern Rhone wine region. This classic cuvee, issue of average 50 year old vines (80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah) from an outstanding vintage, is matured in vat for the most part, with 15% matured for up to 12 months in 2-3 year old French oak barrels. A classy nose of ripe black fruits is followed by hints of Garrigue herbs, licorice and cigar leaf, with a firm but elegant and complex finish, ending with rounded spicy notes.

You’ll use the box and accessories for years and remember the taste of the wines forever. The French wine experience is valued at $100, but we think it’s priceless!

Pre-Civil War Ogee Clock

A rare, working William S. Johnson ogee clock, c. 1841-1855, with intact label showing its Brooklyn provenance.  This walnut clock, named for its ogee shaped moulding, is 27 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and about four inches deep.  All parts of the weight-driven mechanism are included. Behind the strawberry motif on the glass door is a label bearing the name of the atelier of William S. Johnson on Courtland Street in Brooklyn. We know that Johnson built clocks at this location between the years of 1841 to 1855.

All you have to do is wind it up.  $200 minimum bid.

Old Fashioned Southern Ham

Country-cured NC ham donated by project superintendent Cliff Brown of Barnhill Contracting and expertly prepared the old fashioned way for your Easter lunch or other occasion.

Walker Mabe and Ellen Cole will scrub, soak, bake, and slice-a four-day process.  You’ll have enough for a reception.

This 14-pound example of Southern dry curing costs around $45 from Steven’s Sausage Company in Smithfield, NC.  We think the process of bringing it to your table is priceless!

Needlepoint Chapel Kneeler

A Chapel kneeler with the cross of your choice needlepointed by Nancy McGuffin in memory or in honor of a loved one.

Parishioner and needlepoint expert Nancy McGuffin will work with you to select the cross of your choice for one of our iconic Chapel kneelers.  She will add a names or names at your direction.  You can donate a kneeler in memory or in honor of a loved one or to mark a special occasion or milestone.

Be a part of the history of our historic Chapel, and add to the beauty of the space and the solemnity of the worship.

$100 minimum bid for the kneeler.  Your love and Nancy’s labor: priceless!


One Year of COTC Kitchen Casseroles

A year of casseroles from the COTC kitchen -one casserole a month to serve 4-6 people.  Prepared for you by volunteers in the Chapel of the Cross kitchen.  Examples include chicken divan, eggplant parmegiana, Southwest chicken, macaroni and cheese, egg and sausage breakfast casserole, and more!  We will bake to suit your taste and dietary requirements.

A life saver!

John Hardy Bracelet

A tribute to the ancient Asian practice of chain weaving, this oval station bracelet by John Hardy in stainless steel and 14k gold, is donated by Fink’s Jewelers. The smooth and supple bracelet feels great on your wrist and can be dressed up or down. It comes with a velvet jewelry bag cleaning cloth.  John Hardy is a pioneer of “sustainable luxury,” and is uses reclaimed gold and silver, ethical stone sourcing, bamboo planting, and the preservation of traditional jewelry techniques and indigenous cultures.


“One of a Kind. One Piece at a Time. Each by Hand.”  A classic, timeless piece-valued at $650 retail.

Two strands of cultured pearls

Two strands of graduated, cultured pearls, ranging in size from 3-5 mm.  A little creativity on your part would make pursuit of these pearls very worthwhile. This double strand necklace with a simple 14k clasp was rescued from the $10 jewelry bin by a discerning eye.  We started to restring it in its original design when we realized you could create two perfect necklaces for two daughters, or perhaps some other use that would make it perfect for you.  Our jeweler agreed.

The pearls have a lovely luminosity; it would cost $1800 to replace them.  Thanks to Wentworth and Sloan for helping us with the appraisal.  Minimum bid $200.

Hibel Lithograph

A framed mother and child lithograph on 100% rag, archival paper by Edna Hibel (1917-2014), one of the pioneers of American lithography.

Edna Hibel’s career spanned more than 60-years as painter and lithographer.  She was born in Boston and educated at Brookline High School. Hibel began to paint when she was nine years old and learned watercolor during summers at the shore where her family vacationed in Maine and Hull, Massachusetts. Hibel studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts from 1935-39, receiving a Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico. In 1966 she began lithography, continuing in 1970 in Zurich, where she worked every year until her death.  She has created lithographic works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, wood veneer and porcelain. Hibel created a United Nations stamp, “Mother Earth.” In 1995, she was commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives to commemorate the 75th anniversary of women receiving the universal right to vote.

List price for this lithograph, unframed, is $550.

Six Months of Soup

Many of our parishioners have been the lucky recipients of soup from our priest associate for campus ministry, the Reverend Tambria Lee.

Win this prize and get six months of soup, one soup a month, made with love.

Salvation in every bite! Priceless.

Massage Envy Gift Certificate

One free massage from the folks at Massage Envy in Eastgate.  A great post-ABC Sale reward!

$40 value.

Tickets are $15 per person. The evening includes delicious fried flounder with all the trimmings cooked onsite by The Filling Station of Robersonville, in Martin County. Cash bar for wine and beer.  NCAA Selection Sunday will be broadcast on the big screen. All proceeds go to the ABC Sale, which in turn funds organizations in our community and state.  The Morehead parking lot will be open for us that evening — so parking is free!

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Meet your 2015 Vestry Nominees

Syd AlexanderSyd Alexander
Baptized at the Chapel of the Cross – spring 1950; confirmed at COTC – April 1962
Previous vestry service
Served 4 terms on the Vestry at COTC; served on numerous Vestry Committees; Jr. Warden twice; Sr. Warden twice; Co-Chair Capital Campaign; Co-Chair Every Member Canvas
Current parish activities
Usher, Lay reader
Vice Chancellor of the Diocese
Past parish activities
Chancellor to the Church
Delegate to Diocesan Convention – 23 times
Diocesan Council – 8 years, Chair Commission on College work – 2 years, Chair Dept. of Administration and Budget – 2 years
Standing Committee of the Diocese – 6 years, President 1 year
Trustees of the Diocese – 6 years, Secretary of Trustees – 6 years
Deputy to National General Convention
Work outside the parish
Volunteer activities include Habitat, IFC, South Orange Rescue Squad, Carolina Center for Public Service, Farmer  Foodshare
Profession – Attorney in private practice

Patty CourtrightPatty Courtright
Member since the mid-1970s
Current parish activities
Newcomers Committee
Greeter for the past 8 years
Shepherd for about 4 years before I started leading the shepherds program about 5 years ago
Past parish activities
Church school teacher (4th and 5th grades) for two years
ABC Sale volunteer for many years, including co-chairing the White Elephant Room
Work outside the parish
Worked in the communications field in higher ed for the past 15 years. Since 2007, director of internal communications at UNC (but soon to retire)
Sustainer with the Chapel Hill Service League and volunteer with Christmas House every year

Ann CraverAnn Craver
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; liaison to Global Missions and Chair of the Finance Committee.  Currently serving a one year term, and therefore eligible for reelection.
Current parish activities  
Finance Committee since 2010 (Chair 2010-11).
Chair of a Building Use Ad Hoc Committee
Lay reader
Delegate to the Diocesan Convention, serving my third consecutive term.  I am a member of the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons, 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
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

Doug KellyDoug Kelly
Joined the Chapel of the Cross in Fall 1989
Previous vestry service
1 term, 2009 – 2011.  Served 1 year on the Stewardship Formation Committee, and  chaired the  Buildings and Grounds Committee for 2 years
Current parish activities
Senior Choir (since 1989)
Lector and Licensed Lay Reader
Coordinator and scheduler for weekday Evening Prayer readers
Sunday Bulletin proofreader
Transition subcommittee on music
Past parish activities
Chaired Educational Policy Committee in the 1990s under Stephen Stanley
Library Committee
Work outside the parish
Just retired from UNC (professor in Mathematics and Statistics, served 5 years as department chair and 4 years as Senior Associate Dean for the Sciences).
Main hobbies are reading and music (singing, lounge piano)
Have volunteered with Triangle Hospice, IFC Homeless Shelter, A Helping Hand

Matt PohlmanMatt Pohlman
Attended adult inquirers class with my wife in 2002; we were confirmed by Bishop Curry thereafter.  Married at COTC in October of 2001
Current parish activities
Children’s Chapel leader
Church School teacher in various classrooms over the last 6 years teaching preschool to middle school.  ABC Sale clean-up for the last 4 years
Past parish activities
Two years ago, I coordinated a group of parishioners that caroled to home-bound parishioners at Galloway Ridge.
Work outside the parish
I am an investment advisor by trade, CPA by education, and local community Board member by avocation.
Current and recent past Board experience includes:  Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, Preservation Chapel Hill, Mental Health Association of Orange County and various related committees.
Lastly, I have coached (to little success) a number of local sports teams through the YMCA, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Parks and Recreation and Rainbow Soccer.

Melody HarrisonMelody Harrison Savage
Member since 1980. Both of my sons were christened at COTC, were members of the Junior Choir and Acolytes
Previous vestry service
Vestry/Senior Warden
Current parish activities
Altar Guild
Financial Oversight Committee
Past parish activities
Church School Teacher
Chair UNC and COC Habitat Partnership
Chair of the Committee to Establish the Church of the Advocate
Strategic Mission and Ministry Plan Committee
Parish Realignment Committee
Work outside the parish
Professor UNC Speech and Hearing Sciences
Treasurer then President of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Board of Directors The Women’s Center

Kevin TrapaniKevin Trapani
Lifelong Episcopalian.  Jennifer and I joined The Chapel of the Cross in 1996
Previous vestry service
Served a term on the Vestry in the early to mid-2000s
Current parish activities
Steering Committees for The Light on the Hill Capital Campaign and the Annual Campaign
Past parish activities
Church School teacher
Personnel Committee Chair
Two-time Annual Campaign chair
Facilities use planning committee
Work outside the parish
President  & CEO of The Redwoods Group, a social enterprise created to keep kids safe from sexual abuse and drowning, for 18 years
Chair of the United Way of the Greater Triangle,
Chair of Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise
Trustee of The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Board member of UNC’s Center For International Understanding

Boone TurchiBoone Turchi
Member of the Chapel of the Cross since 1972
Past Vestry Service
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

Robert WrightRobert Wright
Active parishioner since 1979, confirmed 1983
Previous vestry service
Two previous vestry terms, 2001-04 and 1987-90
Chaired the Personnel Committee, chaired the Salaries and Benefits Subcommittee of Finance Committee, Chaired the Finance Committee
Current parish activities
Volunteer Chapel Organist since 1998
Acolyte Advisor since 1983
Licensed Lay Reader since 1982
Past parish activities
“A Light on the Hill” Capital Campaign Cabinet and Executive Committee
“Next Step” (Long-Range Plan Implementation) Committee
Delegate to Annual Diocesan Convention, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007;  Member, Faith and Morals Committee, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009
Chair, Stewardship Committee, Member, Steering Committee, “From Generation to Generation” Capital Campaign; Chair, Parish Development Committee
Work outside the parish
Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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