Now is your chance to make a difference at the Chapel of the Cross. Our parish is an impressive operation, with five worship services on Sunday and five regular weekly services, a bustling kitchen, a thriving outreach program, and Christian formation opportunities across all age groups and stages of life.
Whatever your talent and whenever you have the time, we have a place for you. We are blessed with many dedicated volunteers: in our kitchen, at our reception desk, in all aspects of our worship, caring for our buildings, working with our children and youth, and reaching out into the community and the world.
There is still room for you. Our kitchen is now regularly turning out dinners, receptions, meals for the homebound, and the food that fosters fellowship. Our parish house is now an attractive venue for wedding receptions, university functions, charity events, and workshops, seminars, and classes. Our basement rooms are used every day by after school programs, ESL classes, 12-step groups, support groups, and amateur performance groups. The Episcopal Campus ministry is embracing its expanded and refurbished student center — just in time for exams. We minister to four continuing care retirement centers with regular worship and pastoral care. Our outreach is centered around thoughtfully selected focus areas that enable us to make a real difference outside the parish while equipping our members to take on the issues that are important to them.
Won’t you join us? Add yourself to our talent pool!
Ellen is here to manage the kitchen. When she and her family moved here in 2004, they decided to look around at several different churches; however, as they drove down Franklin Street one afternoon, her children spotted COTC and declared “That is where we are going to church.” Ellen became involved in the ABC Sale, youth ministry, the women’s retreat, and the women’s initiative. A year ago, we asked her to join the staff as part-time kitchen manager. “I truly think the kitchen can bring together all parts of the church,” she said. “It is a place of community and fellowship, the heart of our gatherings.”
Mary and Bob are here for Episcopal Campus Ministry. When they came to the area in 1986, it seemed like home, mostly because of “the little chapel that is so dear to our hearts,” said Mary. Twenty-five years ago, a student who was living with them invited them to ECM and the Chases “just fell in love.” They’ve been attending ECM events ever since, helping to prepare meals, offering a listening ear and a comforting adult presence. The Chases have volunteered together as ushers, as Monday-morning tellers, and as enthusiastic supporters of numerous outreach ministries, but they are most strongly identified with ECM. Calling themselves the “oldest of the oldies,” the Cases feel privileged to be able to spend time with the University students. “The potential in these young adults is just enormous,” Mary said. “They do such wonderful things-we can sit back and be retired and know that the world is going to be fine!”
Ann is here for Global Mission. She came to Chapel of the Cross as a Methodist, attended Inquirers Classes, and was confirmed by Bishop Williamson. Lay reader was her first role, but after hearing Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak at a conference, she felt called to begin planning mission trips, first to Africa and now to Honduras. She is busy planning COTC’s fifth mission trip to Honduras, where the mission team will continue our work with Kim and Mike Miller at La Esperanza de Jesus, a ministry to abused and abandoned children. Although she has a global vision, she is firmly rooted here. “This place is where we go out from and where we come back to,” she said, “spreading the Word and offering hospitality.”
Peg is here for altar guild. Peg followed her husband Phil to Chapel Hill after their marriage in 1970. The two met while singing in a choral society at an Episcopal church in NYC. “I assume you’ll want to be in the choir,” he said on their first Sunday here. Thus began a long tradition of attending the 9 o’clock service with their children and then singing at the 11:15. Twenty-five years, ago, the Rector asked her to be on the altar guild. “I love the fellowship of the team,” she said, “and our caring for each other and the opportunity to be of service in the background.” You can often find her here on a Saturday morning, seeing what flowers the florist has delivered and making up the arrangements that grace our altar.
Kay is here as a birthday caller, part of COTC’s pastoral care ministry. She and fellow parishioner Susan Munn make weekly calls to parishioners who are having birthdays. She loves the parish and she loves her volunteer job. “Each week is unique,” she said. “I enjoy speaking to the very old, the very young, and the teenagers, who always have big plans for their birthdays.” Many times she reaches an answering machine, taking delight in the variety and humor of people’s recorded messages. “This is a great way to serve the church,” she said.
Lila is here to work as an office volunteer. Eight years ago she retired to Chapel Hill from Washington, DC. A lifelong Episcopalian, Lila was immediately embraced by the congregation and got involved in Bible study, Foyer dinner group, the Lenten study group, and as an office volunteer. “Chapel of the Cross was friendly, welcoming, comfortable, and familiar,” she said. “And they were not at war over anything!” Lila was the first volunteer to take a shift at our new reception desk in the new building. “I enjoy the interaction with others and being of service,” she said.
Wish you were here. A strong budget makes for strong programs that attract strong volunteers. The 2015 annual campaign is underway. You should have received a pledge packet in the mail. The online 2015 annual fund pledge page has been activated. Please prayerfully discern your ability to contribute and respond to the call with a pledge for 2015, even if you are unable to contribute
Now is your chance to celebrate as we conclude our campaign and give thanks! On November 23 there will be ONE SPECIAL SERVICE at 10 am in the church, followed by a Thanksgiving feast for everyone in the Great Hall. Whatever type of food constitutes Thanksgiving joy in your house, bring a side dish or dessert to share. Let us know what you will be bringing here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide the festive bird!