Our Global Mission: Past, Present and Future
Journal of the Chapel of the Cross X February 2011
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Campaign Completion Effort Undertaken
Planned Giving: Simple and Easy? Rewarding?
Vestry Actions - December 2010 ABC Sale 2011
Volunteers â€“ We Need You!!
African Journey: The Spirit Made Manifest
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I am Positive!
So How about That Weather?
Adult Education Programs
Episcopal Campus Ministry Spring Break Mission Trip ABC Sale 2011 Volunteer Form
[ Dates to Remember ] February 6
Vestry Nomination Period Closes at 6:30 p.m.
To Buy the Sun, a play about the life of Pauli Murray, at 7:00 p.m.
Vestry Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Annual Parish Meeting at 10:00 a.m.
For a service schedule and information about the various ministries of the Chapel of the Cross visit: www.thechapelofthecross.org
As I write this in mid-January, I am struck by the overwhelming and seemingly endless number of deaths we are experiencing. The bulletins of the first three Sundays in January alone have asked our prayers for 16 people who have died, including 5 parishioners and 11 extended family members. If we add in the months of November and December, the total numbers rise to 8 parishioners and 25 family members: 33 deaths connected to our parish in 11 weeks. Given the fragility of life and the universality of death, death should not surprise us, of course. But whether it comes totally unexpected “like a thief in the night,” as some of these deaths did, or whether it ends a long debilitating struggle, death always catches us off guard. It never seems usual, a familiar part of life. Perhaps because of its finality and its impenetrable mystery, the death of someone we love is unsettling and disorienting. It rightly knocks us off our stride and causes us to look at the world with different eyes. It is not something we recover from easily. That is why I have been so edified and encouraged by your care for one another at these difficult times. Time and time again I hear of those who are grieving being comforted by cards and messages of caring, of food being delivered, even of whole meals brought over in the weeks following. Several of our staff members who lost family members recently have been deeply moved by those of you who have not only reached out to them and comforted them but who have even attended the funerals in another church, sometimes driving a significant distance to do so. Many of you have gone out of your way to participate in funerals here for parishioners you have known or to organize and help with a welcoming reception following the service of even those you have not. These gestures surrounding the death of someone closely connected to our fellow parishioners are very important. They are much more than socially mandated customs, which we are afraid not to follow. Rather they are much needed expressions of care and assurance that support and enfold the ones who are staggered by this always
surprising intrusion of death. Our words and our actions let the survivors know that life and love are still real, that they can face “the days ahead in the comfort of a reasonable and holy hope.” On behalf of those who have experienced your presence and your support in their time of mourning, I thank you for your care and understanding concern. You are wonderful embodiments of the Christian faith in action. When we know there are others standing with us, we know that we can indeed “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
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Campaign Completion Effort Undertaken By David Ross
As 2011 gets underway a Campaign Completion Task Force (CCTF) has been established to complete the essential capital fundraising effort for “A Light on the Hill: Building to Serve” Campaign for the Chapel of the Cross. Why? Because the space and facilities presently available do not begin to meet the needs and demands of our parish. As the result of several years (2007-2009) of advanced gift fundraising plus a general campaign conducted from September to December, 2010, approximately $4 million has been committed in outright gifts and pledges payable over 3-5 years to the Campaign. In addition, approximately $5 million in verified new planned/deferred gift commitments has been recorded. During the last six years (2005 – 2010) the Annual Fund has continued its yearly (or) dollar increase at a rate of 1 - 15% per year. The CCTF will ultimately consist of approximately 2025 individuals who will complete the leadership and general campaign solicitation calls. The target is increasing outright pledges and planned/deferred commitments by a minimum of $2 million each for a total of $4 million in additional commitments. This new task force is chaired by David Ross. All task force members will have made their own 2011 annual fund pledge, an outright campaign pledge, and a planned/ deferred gift commitment. Members will make 3-5 personal solicitation visits. The Task Force will meet monthly and complete its work by June 30, 2011. One of the key charges is to enhance the understanding of the significant capital needs with individual parish members and groups within our church. Organizationally, the Task Force will be under the Campaign Cabinet umbrella, which continues to be ably chaired by Margaret and Reid Conrad. It replaces the Advanced/Leadership Gifts Committee. Members of the
Task Force as of 1/18/11 are: Margaret and Reid Conrad Syd Alexander Watty Bowes David Dill Stephen Elkins-Williams Harriet Gaillard Frank Holt Perri Kersh James Moeser Jim Noonan Alan Rimer Paul Rizzo Bill Ross David Ross, Chair David Routh Kim and Rob Sullivan Dick Taylor Ted Vaden Frances Widmann Ford Worthy Robert Wright With more detailed plans for Phase I well underway, the critical work of this group of dedicated parishioners along with the additional generosity of the parish will determine how many of the current capital needs of the Chapel of the Cross will be met during Phase I construction. If you have an interest in participating in this Task Force effort, please contact David Ross (929-9172 or rjkinc@ mindspring.com), Margaret or Reid Conrad (maconrad@ mac.com, email@example.com ) or the Rector (929-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org). X David is a parishioner who has worked as a volunteer with the parish’s capital campaign since its official beginnings in 2007. Recently retired from the fund raising firm of Ross, Johnston, and Kersting, David has made a pro bono commitment of 20 hours/week to this effort for the next six months.
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Planned Giving: Simple and Easy? Rewarding? By David Routh
Unfortunately, planned giving is often made to be more complicated and technical than it needs to be. Yes, planned gifts do involve references to the tax code and a variety of legal concepts – but the most popular planned gift options are remarkably simple, easy to execute and are very rewarding for the giver.
Simple and Easy? Yes! The most popular planned gift options are among the simplest to understand and the easiest to execute. Over 70% of all planned gifts nationally are given in the form of a simple bequest. A bequest is typically a paragraph added to your will or revocable trust (or a simple codicil), that directs the executor to make a gift to your designated charity. This can be described as a specific dollar amount or as a percentage of your residual estate. The legal cost involved is typically not more than a couple hundred dollars. So with fewer than 50 words, properly recorded, all of us can make a real difference! Another simple and easy planned gift option is a designation from an IRA or another type of retirement account. Most of us have these accounts, and don’t realize that they are the most tax-inefficient assets to give to our heirs. Executing a retirement plan designation is even simpler and easier than a bequest. It involves asking your retirement account administrator for a new beneficiary designation form (or even downloading one from your provider’s website), completing it properly and returning it to your provider for their files. Again, a designation can be made for a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the account – with no legal expense required! Unlike leaving these accounts to your heirs, when you make a designation from your retirement account, neither your estate nor your charity pays any taxes as a result of this gift. Are there other interesting planned gift strategies? Sure! Some make gifts of real estate, some make designations from existing charitable trusts, and some give paid-up life insurance policies that are no longer needed.
There are many interesting options – although simple bequests and retirement plan designations remain the most popular. Rewarding? The reality is that most of us can make larger gifts through our estate than we can during our lifetime. We all work (and save) for a lifetime to provide for our families and to provide for a rainy day. In our estate plans, most of us want to leave assets to our heirs to give them a head start and provide some security that they may not otherwise be able to achieve. That is as it should be. But for many, once they have decided what they would like to leave to their children or other heirs, there is still a likelihood (none of us can perfectly predict the future) that assets will be left over in the estate. That is when the fun can start, if we will give ourselves permission to dream a little. For most of us, there are two or three causes that we really care about – and have been devoted to during our lifetimes. For most reading this newsletter, the Chapel of the Cross is one of those top two or three. While the work of this parish needs our annual fund contributions every year to operate (and this year particularly!), it also needs our consideration as we think about potentially larger gifts through our estates. With a gift from our estates, we can help ensure that this parish will continue to have the resources to thrive and engage those who are young – to those who are young-at-heart – for generations to come. Is that rewarding? I think it is. One Piece of Late-Breaking News The tax legislation that was just signed into law in December contained an important charitable incentive that was reinstated and extended. It allows those who are 70½ and older to make gifts from an IRA directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing any income on that withdrawal from the IRA. This provides an attractive incentive to use your IRA as a possible source for your current charitable February 2011 Cross Roads 5
gifts. And, a distribution from your IRA to the Chapel of the Cross can satisfy all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution for the year. If you have an interest in this Charitable IRA Rollover provision, consult your tax advisor or ask the parish Director of Stewardship and Development, Kris Dahlberg, (email@example.com) how to make a gift from your IRA.
ABC Sale 2011 Volunteers – We Need You!! Saturday, April 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
X David is a member of the Stewardship Formation Committee; he can be reached at david.routh@ustrust. com.
Vestry Actions - December 2010 At its meeting on December 16, 2010, the Vestry: • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that, at the end of 2010, after all income has been distributed and changes in investment values have been distributed across all fund principals, that the principal of the Buildings and Grounds Fund be transferred to the Capital Fund, that all income in the Capital Fund be available for the immediate repairs to the Franklin Street stained glass window and the chapel windows, as well as for future capital needs associated with the care and maintenance of the physical plant, and that the Buildings and Grounds Fund be closed • Approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that undesignated gifts, bequests, and memorials which come into the Program Fund be allocated in the following manner – 10% to work outside the parish, 30% to the Capital Fund, and 60% to the Program Fund • Accepted with gratitude a bequest in the amount of $25,000 from the estate of Patricia Neimeyer, to be placed in the James Music Fund and used for the furtherance of the music program as determined by the Organist-Choirmaster • Approved the nomination of Mary Laurent (ECM) to the Outreach Ministry Committee • Approved the nominations of Becky Haley, Paul Haley, Daniela Waterhouse, Laura Benton, Julia Burns, Lindsay Jaacks, and Mary Davis to the Global Mission Committee. 6 Cross Roads February 2011
The annual ABC Sale provides everyone with the best of buys and opportunities for short-term service to the church and our community. It is a wonderful way to raise funds for worthy community organizations and a great opportunity for fellowship in our parish. You can help make this event a success by being a donor, a buyer, and/ or a volunteer. Terrific volunteers have made this wonderful celebration of goodwill a reality for the community for over 40 years. Experience the excitement, tradition, and fellowship that are a part of this sale. Raise funds to help support the Sale. De-clutter your attics, basements, closets, and drawers, too. Volunteer before or during the Sale. And shop for an incredible variety of merchandise. YOU make it all happen. Volunteers serve in donating, sorting, arranging, picking-up, pricing, and selling merchandise, and in preparing the church buildings for, and cleaning up after, the sale. Volunteers who return year after year to participate really make the sale possible; and newcomers give it a fresh face each year. Please join this enthusiastic and dedicated group of parishioners. We need you!! We need volunteers in all departments, a few vans and trucks with drivers for pick-ups, a strong and hardy clean-up crew as well as plants to fill our garden shop. On April 3 we will need a few strong arms to start set-up for the sale. Most of all, we need everyone to help spread the word of this worthwhile event. It’s easy – just fill out the Volunteer Form found on the inside back cover of this issue of Cross Roads and leave it in the parish office, email the co-chairs, or call to volunteer. Reg Carver and Mary Sullivan are co-chairs for this year’s sale. Please contact Reg (firstname.lastname@example.org or 493-9499) or Mary (email@example.com or 533-6298) if you have a specific interest or wish to find out more about the sale. There’s room for everyone!
African Journey: The Spirit Made Manifest By Linda Haac
Whenever you depart for a trip, you often find yourself filled with a mixture of excitement and anticipation, not to mention some measure of anxiety. You never know exactly what awaits you. Certainly, that’s how I felt when Julia Burns and I left for Africa after being commissioned by the Chapel of the Cross to undertake a mission trip to South Africa and Botswana. As the Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams noted at that service, the hope was we would be transfigured in Christ by our experiences. I cannot say whether I was transfigured or not. I do know I experienced what it means to see the spirit made manifest. I can also report that those who prayed for us at the Chapel of the Cross were “prayer warriors,” indeed, and made our journey a safer and more successful one. I thank them. So what was Africa like? Here are some reflections: Springs, South Africa, Monday, 22 November, 2010 The Rev. Sharron Dinnie takes us to the Kwasa preschool, where graduating little girls are offered scholarships by our parish to attend one of the better primary schools. The children are in a classroom singing their names for the teacher to take roll. The songs are in English and Zulu. The Lord’s Prayer is sung extra loud. I follow “The Donkeys” group out. Other groups are known as “The Ducks,” “The Frogs” or “The Monkeys.” One teacher will tell me later how these children’s world is composed of zebras and guinea fowl, not fairies and gnomes. The school follows the Ntataise method, which means “to lead the young child by the hand.” The teacher of my group reminds her students: “The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.” Later, we visit the settlement where these children live. Many people we meet are infected with HIV and several are sick. The Rev. Dinnie is trying to find $140,000 to purchase land surrounding the day-care center because squatters have moved in. She also wants to hire an executive director for Kwasa, and has bought two houses to shelter AIDS orphans. Gaborone, Botswana, Tuesday, 23 November, 2010 The bus from Pretoria, South Africa, to Gaborone, Botswana, follows the more scenic, longer route, which takes nine hours rather than four. The scenery is reminiscent of the high plateau of the American West, and the sun is hot and bright. We pass through village towns, and see cows along the hillsides and goats by the road. Fresh graves dot the cemeteries. Later, I will learn Botswana’s main exports are beef and diamonds.
Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 St. Peter’s Day-Care Centre holds its graduation ceremony for what it calls its “reception class.” The graduating children are between five and six years old, and are dressed in long black robes with bright yellow collars, along with black caps, looking for all the world like pint-sized versions of college graduates. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Musanda T.S. Mwamba, Bishop of Botswana, hands out certificates. St. Peter’s is one of three day-care centers the Anglican diocese of Botswana oversees. Many children have only one parent, and others have lost both parents. Nine children are on HIV/AIDS antiviral medication. The preschoolers sing their national anthem and their school song and then pray. Next they put on a nativity play with a visibly pregnant Mary. The children will feast later on cake decorated to resemble a soccer field. St. Peter’s director, Father Andrew, hopes to build a primary school for graduating preschoolers. He wants to build a missioners’ cottage. Needed, in addition, are operating funds for the day-care center. This afternoon, we meet with Bishop Mwamba. “We’d like to journey together,” he says. His hope is our two dioceses can join together to obtain national and international funds for faith-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs. The next day we visit the Holy Cross Hospice DayCare Centre. On the playground, a little boy dressed in a red T-shirt shouts, “I’m the red Gabriel.” Thursday, 25 November, 2010 Three members of St. Martin’s in Charlotte, N.C., lead an adult workshop, “A Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program.” The workshop begins with singing, and the voices are clear and beautiful. After the introductions, the Botswana moderator says, “The dogs are all fastened,” meaning we know each other now. Father Lawrence Womack from North Carolina explains that HIV/AIDS affects our spirit, noting villages where people are not allowed to sit with others, like lepers, where people stop attending church, where they move out of neighborhoods, where there is workplace discrimination. There is name-calling, stigma. He asks for help. Days later, on the sixteen-and-a-half hour plane flight home, we’re held aloft by prayers and song. X Linda is a member and former chair of the Global Mission Committee. She can be reached at lindahaac@ yahoo.com. February 2011 Cross Roads 7
I am Positive! By Julia W. Burns
In mid-November when most parishioners were making plans for Thanksgiving, Linda Haac and I were preparing to leave for southern Africa. This article describes a portion of that journey. Sharita Womack, a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte and chairperson for the HIV/AIDS subgroup of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina/ Anglican Diocese of Botswana’s Companion Diocesan Committee, and I held a white tee shirt in front of ten young adults. “I’m Positive” it proclaimed in bright yellow and red letters. What does this mean to you we asked our audience? What do the words “I’m Positive” mean to you? Write your answer down on a piece of paper. Our workshops were held in late November, 2010, with the youth and adults of the Cathedral Church in Gaborone, Botswana. The objective was to develop a culturally and spiritually sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention program to support healthy relationships among adults and youth. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist who treats traumatized youth and children, I was excited to travel with Sharita’s group on this mission trip. The audience responded to our question about being HIV positive in this way. “Not me. Don’t have time for that, no. You might be but not me. This person is trying to make the most out of having HIV. This person is being honest and proud of their status even though they know it might be hard on them. This person is working on the bright side of his status, wanting to make others aware and safe. If I remain abstinent, I can always be negative.” All good answers but in this case, all wrong. The back of the tee shirt reads, “About ending HIV/AIDS.” I am positive about ending HIV/AIDS. I am positive about HIV/AIDS. I am positive about life and living. I am positive about God and love. I am positive about embracing all God’s children and living in the light. Each of these declarations embrace the workshop’s themes. We tried this exercise using the “I’m Positive” tee shirt with both adults and teens and the results had similarities
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and differences. The adults wrote more about shame, fear, and secrecy. The youth wrote more about not me. Both groups embraced those with positive status. The incidence of HIV/AIDS in Botswana has decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent according to Howard Moffat, a physician we stayed with during our visit to Botswana. The maternal transmission rate has dropped from 40 percent to 4 percent in the past five years. HIV/ AIDS is increasing, however, in sexually active young men. The country is undertaking a new campaign aimed at honesty, thoroughness, and accuracy. The hope is to reduce transmission rates. The current campaign emphasizes ABC, Abstinence, Be Faithful, and Condomize. The youth add, let’s be realistic, ABCD is more like it. Abstinence, Be Faithful, Condomize, and Don’t be Fooled! Many of the adult members of the Cathedral Church we attended in Gaborone adhere to the need for educating the youth about abstinence. Several of the youth felt that the ready availability of condoms actually increased promiscuity and as a result increased infection rates. One mentioned that his ancestor had 13 wives and that multiple partners in Botswana is a tradition. There were significant differences regarding morals and spirituality guiding body and mind. There is but one common goal, however, decrease infection rates and treat new cases. I AM POSITIVE. I am glad I went to Gaborone, Botswana, and met the Bishop and the HIV/AIDS committee that are valiantly fighting an illness that effects everyone in their country. I believe that being missioners to those with HIV/AIDs, partnering with our companion Diocese in Botswana, and educating and listening to them is our responsibility. X Julia is a physician and member of the Global Mission Committee; she can be reached at doctorjuliawb@ gmail.com.
So How about That Weather? By Linda B. Rimer
The Environmental Stewardship Committee was prepared to use its February article to encourage you to “green-up” your Valentines this year. We had lots of ideas about sending a dozen organically-grown roses instead of traditionally-grown roses; or taking your sweetheart to a restaurant that serves locally-grown food; or buying fairtrade chocolates. But as the summary reports of weather extremes that occurred in 2010 were published, the Committee felt compelled to share this information with the Parish instead. 2010 was surely a year of extreme weather events! In early February, Washington, DC, was blanketed with nearly 18 inches of snow. On May 1-2, the western half of Tennessee was struck with what the National Weather Service called an “epic flood event”. When it was over, 13.57 inches of rain had fallen at the Nashville airport. Twentyone people died in the subsequent flooding. July 2010 was the hottest ever recorded in the 130 years that Russia has kept records. The high temperatures, combined with a severe drought, created ideal conditions for massive wildfires which broke out in the drained bogs, swamps, and peat fields surrounding Moscow. According to government reports, at least 15,000 people died nationwide during the heat wave and subsequent fires. Flooding began in Pakistan in July; by mid-August, one-fifth of the country was underwater. As river levels rose, an estimated 20 million lives were affected. The death toll reached nearly 2000. The National Climatic Data Center (part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) rated the summer of 2010 as the hottest ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. On September 27, the temperature in downtown Los Angeles set a new record at 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Boston experienced its warmest year ever in 138 years of daily temperature readings. The high temperature reached in Pakistan, 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Asia. Seventeen countries set new record high temperatures in 2010.
If you think that 2010 was a quiet year for hurricanes, that’s probably because no major storms made landfall in the US this year. But 2010 was actually labeled a “hyperactive” hurricane season with 19 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and five intense hurricanes. Here at home, coastal North Carolina experienced its second “500 year rainfall” in eleven years. The first 500 year rain event was the rain associated with Hurricane Floyd in 1999; the second was in September 2010 when Wilmington recorded 22.54 inches of rain over the course of five days. As this is being written, Australia’s Queensland state is experiencing flooding that is impacting a region larger than the size of France and Germany combined –with more rain predicted. As of January 7, approximately 200,000 people had been affected. Now we know that weather is weather and climate is weather over a long time. Said another way, climate is what we expect (skiing in western NC in February) and weather is what we get (snow sledding and snow ball fights in Chapel Hill in December). But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that the climate we have experienced in the past is not the climate we will experience in the future. Rather, we can expect more extreme weather events –such as droughts, floods, and heat waves, and more wildfires. http://www.ipcc.ch/ In the 2009 report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, the US Global Change Research Program stated clearly that “widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase. Climate changes are already affecting water, energy, transportation, agriculture, ecosystems, and health. These impacts are different from region to region and will grow under projected climate change.” http://www.globalchange.gov/ publications/reports/scientific-assessments/us-impacts/keyfindings (continued on page 11)
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Window Repairs By Alan Rimer
Parishioners may have heard that the Chapel of the Cross is about to embark on a significant event – cleaning and repair of the stained glass in the chapel, the repair of the tracery and refurbishment of the Franklin Street window and cleaning of the other stained glass in the church. Some may wonder “why now” when we are in the middle of the capital campaign to build new parish facilities. As we shall see, this work is imperative in order to save these important treasures. But first, a bit of history as reported by Terry Eason. In the church, the three altar lancet windows and the great traceried Franklin Street window were provided as a part of the original William Erwin gift which funded the new church in 1924. This initial effort was to establish a high standard, with the hope that the rest of the windows, provided with temporary leaded rectangles of amber glass would, over time, be replaced with something similar to these principal windows. These spectacular windows exhibit the highest artistic workmanship for traditional painted, leaded, stained-glass windows. They were designed, painted, and executed by the Percy Bacon Brothers of London who worked in the late Victorian and Edwardian style of the noted artist C. E. Kempe. Bacon windows are relatively rare in England, and we have not been able to locate another example in the United States, though there may be others. A number of the washes, painting, and jewel-like techniques used in these windows would be very difficult to replicate in this country or in Europe. Estimates of the value of these windows are likely in excess of $1 million. The windows in the historic chapel are replacement windows from the 1917 renovation when the new wooden frames, with true tracery, were installed to mimic the original double hung windows that had only decorative tracery overlays. The amber glass dates from this era, whereas the original glass was described as “white”. Over the years these windows have presented maintenance problems, including significant leakage during major rain storms. The Buildings and Grounds Committee has been concerned about the condition of the stained-glass at Chapel of the Cross for over six years. Issues related to the windows in the chapel and the church have been under active 10 Cross Roads February 2011
evaluation for several years involving a variety of outside experts, and monitored by members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. In October, 2004, an engineering firm specializing in stained-glass windows investigated the fractures which had been noticed in the vertical limestone mullions in the Franklin Street window. In a 2005 report, it was suggested that the fractures were likely due to excessive wind forces such as that which might occur during a major hurricane. The parish was advised to keep a watchful eye on the window. In the spring of 2008, the Buildings and Grounds Committee again discussed the condition of all of the stained glass. The Committee agreed to investigate possible stained glass “studios” to evaluate the current condition of the stained-glass in both the church and the chapel. Over the course of the following year, additional information was requested from three studios and, in 2009, the firm of Lynchburg Stained Glass Co. was selected. They noted that the Franklin Street window would require a stonemason to determine the repair necessary to the tracery issues reported in 2005. In 2010, the Vestry authorized Carolina Restoration & Waterproofing to evaluate the
condition of the tracery and determine the work needed before the stained glass repairs could be properly evaluated. The report indicated that the tracery was deteriorating very rapidly and recommended that it be replaced as soon as possible with matching limestone tracery. The difference would be that the tracery be thicker from front to back to meet the higher modern wind design standards of approximately 130 mph. The current Franklin Street stone tracery could have withstood winds in the range of 85 mph if it were not damaged. Hurricane Fran may have exceeded that velocity and caused the damage that was noted in the tracery. The structural wind resistance of all the other window tracery in the church was also checked by the structural engineer, and all the rest were, thankfully, found to meet the higher standard. So what happens now for all of the parish’s stained glass? The Vestry authorized the repair of the stained glass which will be paid out of the Buildings and Grounds Fund which was established for just such expenditures. Over a period of approximately six to seven weeks, all of the stained-glass will be removed from the Franklin Street tracery, carefully packed and sent to the Lynchburg Stained Glass Co. in Virginia to be completely rebuilt with new leading and waterproofing. This work will take between two and three months. Once the stained-glass has been removed, Carolina Restoration & Waterproofing will, over a period of approximately two months: 1. Take photographs and measurements of the tracery, 2. Design new, thicker cross-sections of the tracery to withstand additional wind loads, 3. Secure the services of a North Carolina stone carver (Mt. Airy) to carve the new tracery from limestone supplied by the same company who supplied the original limestone.
Based on preliminary estimates, it may take two months to reinstall the tracery and stained-glass. During this period of time, arrangements will be made to protect the openings and provide as much light inside the church as possible. The Franklin Street entrance to the church will be closed and our wonderful new doors and tympanum will be protected. The restoration of the chapel windows will not be nearly as complicated. Over a period of approximately two months, the windows will be removed, and totally rebuilt by Lynchburg Stained Glass Co. The window openings will be covered with plywood during this period of restoration. What will our investment yield? It is anticipated that the repair of the Franklin Street window will provide a useful life of approximately 130 to 150 years, assuming the window is checked on a regular (approximately 30 years) basis. After repair of the chapel windows, their useful life should be extended another 75 to 100 years provided the windows are checked on a regular basis. In addition, refurbishment of the windows will significantly reduce heating and cooling losses with resultant energy savings. Depending on a variety of factors, work on these projects should begin in late January or early February and be complete in about five months. While there will certainly be some inconvenience during all of this effort, the longterm benefit to our parish will be quite significant, and we can again rejoice in the beauty of the windows that grace the church and the chapel. X Alan is a member of the parish’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. If you have questions regarding this work, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu or 919-929-7076.
So How about That Weather? (continued from page 9 As stewards of God’s creation, we must care deeply about this issue. As our Presiding Bishop testified before a Congressional committee: “The crisis of climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the goodness, interconnectedness, and sanctity of the world God created and loves.” http://www.prairiestewardship.org/Resources/ Testimony_Katharine%20J%20Sch.pdf Caring deeply about climate change first means that we reduce our personal contribution to the emissions of greenhouse gases that are disrupting our climate. It also
means that we support public policies that do the same. But we must also begin to engage in plans and actions that both reduce the risks of harm from these climate impacts, and increase the resilience of our communities – both near and far – to deal with our current weather and future climate. X Linda is a member of the Vestry and serves as chair of the parish’s Environmental Stewardship Committee. She can be reached at email@example.com. February 2011 Cross Roads 11
Adult Education Programs Sunday Mornings 10:20 – 11:05 am February 6, 13, 20 Israel: That Holy, Troubled Land
February 6 Impressions of Israel, Summer 2010 Emily Morris and Jessica Bodford Two of our own had the opportunity to visit Israel this past summer. Carrboro High School student Emily Morris and UNC student Jessica Bodford were part of a 2½ week pilgrimage accompanied by former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey; John Peterson, National Cathedral Canon and Dean of St. George’s School, Jerusalem; and Bishop Curry. They are excited to share their observations. February 13 Zionism and the Palestinians Dr. Jeff Spinner-Halev Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics, in the Political Science Department at UNC will trace the history of Israeli/Palestinian relations since 1948. Dr. Spinner-Halev’s research focuses on the tensions that arise within contemporary liberal and democratic theory, and between theory and practice, with special emphasis on Israel, India, and the US. February 20 Palestinian Portraits Thomas Trueblood Tom Trueblood, a member of Church of the Advocate, retired in 2008 after 32 years as a government relations manager for International Harvester/Navistar, working in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. He will share stories of people he encountered on a Sabeel Witness Visit to Israel and Palestine in October/ November 2009 and discuss the church’s stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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February 6, 13, 20 Manifesting Christ in the World The season after the Epiphany is observed as a time of mission, reaching out to others by “showing forth” Jesus as the Savior of all people. This Sunday morning series will introduce you to groups in the parish who are engaged in mission. Representatives of ministry groups will share personal reflections on their work and how they perceive their work as a manifestation of Christ to others. Many of the Sundays will include hands on projects. Feb. 6 Parish Visitors, Care Teams Feb. 13 Guild of the Christ Child Feb. 20 Global Missions February 13 Newcomers’ Orientation The Rector and other parish leaders offer an orientation to the Chapel of the Cross, its people, and its ministry, for all who consider themselves new to the parish. February 6 Growing with Our Aging Parents Ann Baker (See notes below) February 6 Building a Better Relationship with your Teenager: A Workshop for Parents Leslie Branden-Muller, Ph.D. This two-part workshop will provide a forum for parents to reflect on what it means to parent an adolescent. We will explore what makes teens act the way they do and try to understand how they experience the world. We will also look at what adolescents need from parents. Parents will have a chance to voice concerns and questions and to learn strategies that they can use to build better relationships with their teenagers. Leslie Branden-Muller is a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family psychology. She is the parent of two teenagers.
February 20 Journey to Africa Linda Haac and Julia Burns This past Thanksgiving, Linda Haac and Julia Burns went on a two-week fact-finding trip to Springs, South Africa, where our parish supports the Kwasa school, and to Gaborone, Botswana, where they participated in an HIV-AIDS prevention workshop, among other activities. Come see their photographs and hear their stories about our important African connections. February 27 Parish Annual Meeting
Tuesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 Adult Faith Formation Bill Joyner, Maggie Stilton and Gretchen Jordan will facilitate a five-session series using a DVD series by Dr. Marcus Borg. This resource is for anyone seeking a richer understanding of issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology: Who was Jesus? Who is God? What is Salvation? How do we practice our faith? How do we live in community? The DVD features Marcus Borg and a panel of participants discussing these questions that serve as an introduction for small group discussion. Registration is necessary since workbooks must be ordered. Each session will run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Please sign up on the Adult Education bulletin board in the dining room or email Gretchen Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing with Our Aging Parents Ann Baker First Sundays 10:20 a.m. in room 1 Facilitated by parishioner and clinical psychologist Ann Baker, this monthly support group gives those with aging parents a chance to share experiences and support each other while accompanying parents in this stage of their lives. Contact Ann at email@example.com with questions about this group. First Wednesday Womenâ€™s Bible Study Gretchen Jordan February 2, 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the library Join other women for stimulating discussion and reflection on stories of women in the New Testament. This month we will look at birth narratives found in Luke 2. Awakening Heart Second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. This group gathers monthly to sit in silence with one another. All are welcome. Contact Jane Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Centering Prayer Tuesdays, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in room 1 This group gathers weekly to sit in silence with each other. All are welcome. Contact Pat Moore at email@example.com or the Rev. David Frazelle at dfrazelle@thechapelofthecross. org for more information.
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Episcopal Campus Ministry Spring Break Mission Trip Dear Chapel of the Cross Parishioners, My name is Presley Garrison and I am a student chaplain with the campus ministry group. I am writing to let you all know about the trip we intend to take to Guatemala for spring break this school year (March 4-12). I also would like to let you know how appreciative we are of your support already in our fundraising and encourage you to continue to help us out as we continue to prepare for our trip. We are so fortunate to be a part of this parish and could not undertake many of our projects without your greater involvement. We are taking ten students and two adults on this adventure. The students are all very committed to the project and fully intend to put in hours of service in exchange for the parish’s financial support. One of our chaperones will be our Chaplain, Tammy Lee, and the other will be my dad, Chris Garrison, a former Peace Corps volunteer, fluent Spanish speaker, and all together lovely person (if I do say so myself). We intend to fill the trip with Compline services, music, and other centering activities in addition to the physical work we will complete during our stay. The central purpose of our trip is to build a well so that people who do not currently have access to clean water will no longer be in that situation. Ultimately, we will drill a shallow-water well and teach hygiene in the
Children living in a community that would benefit from a Living Water well. This family in particular is involved in starting an “eco tour” for sustainable community income. Another cool project!
community. This will be under the supervision of Living Water International, an organization built to solve the water crisis across the world. There are many problems associated with the lack of clean water in impoverished communities; they are not limited to but include: health risks, educational disadvantages, women’s inequality, and sustained poverty. In my opinion, one of the most poignant facts given to us is that women spend 15-20 hours every week collecting water that is still unsafe to drink. This leaves women with little time for productive work, childcare, or rest, which reinforces their low status and the poverty of the entire community. We were alarmed to hear this and are grateful for the opportunity to chip away at this problem. If you would like any more information about what we are doing or living water in general please visit www.water.cc or speak with Tammy Lee or any of the student chaplains. Thank you again so much for your help and support. We would not be able to do this without you. Presley Garrison
Students work at our last spring break mission trip in Lebanon, PA with Habitat for Humanity.
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Student Chaplains who will make the trip to Guatemala in March: Presley Garrison (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kelly Scott (email@example.com), Christian Kohlmann (cbk234@ email.unc.edu), Matt Givens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ABC SALE 2011 VOLUNTEER FORM
Please complete form and turn into the parish office or to one of the sale co-chairs. SALE DATE: APRIL 9, 2011
Email: _____________________________________________ Times available from April 4: Department Preference AM PM Monday, 4/4
___ Bake Shop
Wednesday, 4/6 ___
___ Children’s Clothing
Friday ___ ___ ___ Women’s Clothing Saturday
___ Women’s Boutique (French Room)
___ Men’s Clothing ___ Garden Shop ___ Furniture (Thursday evening or Friday) Other ways I can help: ___ Linens ___ Recreation ___ Will work where help is needed
___ Treasure Room
___ Pick up/transport donations
___ White Elephant
___ Deliver and hang posters
___ Sorting (Monday-Thursday)
___ Work as hall/door monitor, package check
___ Set Up (Sunday 4PM)
___ Float during dale delivering food, bags, etc.
___ Clean up (Saturday 2-4PM)
___ Assist with Spanish speaking shoppers
___ Donation Drop Off Attendants
___ Help youth serve lunch to shoppers ___ Provide baked goods for Bake Shop ___ Coordinate volunteer snacks during the week ___ Coordinate/Assist with sale day breakfast/snacks (hospitality) Questions: Contact 2011 ABC Sale Co-Chairs: Reg Carver (email@example.com or 493-9499) or Mary Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 533-6298)
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The Chapel of the Cross A Parish in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina 304 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop The Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg, Assistant Bishop The Rt. Rev. Alfred C. “Chip” Marble, Jr., Assisting Bishop
The Vestry Terms end 2011 Ann Craver 493-1926 Harriet Gaillard (Jr. Warden) 408-0402 Doug Kelly 929-4038 Bill Stockard 408-0410 Terms end 2012 Valerie Bateman 929-7947 Linda Rimer 929-7076 Ford Worthy (Sr. Warden) 969-7584 Terms end 2013 Alice Cotten 929-2464 Nancy McGuffin 969-8111 Dick Taylor 942-1426 Joel Wagoner 967-4897 David Joseph, Treasurer Nancy Kelly, Clerk
The vestry regularly meets on the third Thursday of each month. Assignments, contact information, and photos of the vestry members may be found on the parish web site (www. thechapelofthecross.org), and on the board across the hall from the parish office.
The Clergy The Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams, Rector The Rev. Tambria E. Lee, Associate for University Ministry The Rev. Victoria Jamieson-Drake, Associate for Pastoral Ministry The Rev. David Frazelle, Associate for Parish Ministry The Rev. Dr. William H. Joyner, Deacon The Rev. Margaret Silton, Deacon The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Pfaff, Priest Associate The Rev. Dr. William H. Morley, Priest Associate The Rev. John M. Keith, Priest Associate The Staff Dr. Wylie S. Quinn III, Organist/Choirmaster Gretchen Jordan, Associate for Christian Formation Boykin Bell, Associate for Christian Formation Caren Parker, Youth Ministry Assistant Kristine Dahlberg, Director of Stewardship and Development Mary Anne Handy, Parish Administrator Marsha Pate, Parish Administrative Assistant Marty Rogers, Comm. and Tech. Manager Debby Kulik, Parish Accountant Ron McGill, Facilities Manager Adrian Empson, Hospitality Manager Joy Gattis, Sunday Morning Child Care Director Sarah McRae Wedding Coordinators Anna Lorenz Rebecca Rogers Susan Gladin, Johnson Intern Program Director
Parish Office hours: Mon.—Fri., 9 am to 5 pm. Phone: 919-929-2193 Fax: 919-933-9187 Web: www.thechapelofthecross.org Email: email@example.com