This Week at the Chapel of the Cross

March 20, 2017

COTC tour of Renaissance Venice exhibit on April 6—register by March 27

We’re taking a field trip!  The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has a special exhibit of altarpieces, devotional paintings, and portraits from Renaissance Venice on display through June (

The Chapel of the Cross has reserved a tour guided by museum docents on Thursday, April 6, at 11:30 AM.   We’ll lunch in the Iris Café ( after our tour, then return to the museum to view the Ansel Adams exhibit.

The cost of both exhibits and a prix fixe lunch will be $32.  For those who would like to visit the museum but will not eat lunch, the cost will be $16.   NCMA members receive an additional discount on admission.   Space is limited, and registration closes March 27.  Click here to register through COTC Connect. Email Boykin Bell at for more information.



This Week at the Chapel of the Cross

Special Worship TONIGHT!
Come one, come all to the SPECIAL WORSHIP Service on MONDAY, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross. This monthly service of worship, songs, and stories especially for our neighbors and friends with developmental disabilities happens on the third Monday of each month and all are welcome.  The service is followed by fellowship and lemonade.


Lenten study of The Divine Millieu by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on Mondays
This small group book study continues on Monday evenings through Lent at the home of Nancy Tunnessen.  In Teilhard de Chardin’s words:  “This little book….has sought to teach how to see God everywhere, to see him in all that is most hidden, most solid, and most ultimate in the world.”  The book is written for “the waverers;” people who struggle to reconcile modern truths with traditional church teachings.  Contact Nancy at for more information.


Lenten Resources
This year, we are combining two Lenten studies: “5 Marks of Love” (from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist) and “Lent in a Bag” (which includes meditations on the Sunday Gospel readings).  The two devotions can be used separately or in tandem, individually or with a group of people.  Each week’s study will be “marked” with a token to carry in your pocket, place on a window sill or put in the center of the dinner table for discussion.  If you would like to subscribe to “5 Marks of Love” and make a Lenten bag (or box or basket) at home, instructions are available here. What will God’s mission look like for us during the weeks of Lent?


All are welcome to Centering Prayer on Tuesdays
Could Centering Prayer be a helpful Lenten discipline for you? The Centering Prayer group meets in room G23 in the Yates Wing each Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  The gathering includes a brief check-in, 25 minutes of sitting in silence, and a closing educational period. All are welcome; no experience is necessary. For additional information contact Pat Moore,, 919-967-1961; or Watson Bowes,, 919-929-3323.


Wednesday Bible Studies for Women and Parents
The 9:00 am Weekly Women’s group is reading Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama’s *Book of Joy*.  New members are welcome anytime.  The Guild of the Christ Child / Parent’s Bible Study meets at 11 am in the nursery.  Contact Boykin at for more information.


Jacob Reed kicks off Quinn recital series this Saturday, March 25
Chapel of the Cross is sponsoring a recital series in honor of Dr. Wylie S. Quinn, who will retire in June after serving as organist and choirmaster of the Chapel of the Cross since 1970. Saturday’s recital features Jacob Reed, former organ student of Dr. Quinn. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the church and is free and open to the public.

Jacob is a senior at Yale University, where he studies organ with Thomas Murray and harpsichord with Arthur Haas. A double major in mathematics and in music, he is also the inaugural student in Yale’s simultaneous BA/MA program in musicology. Jacob began his formal study of the organ at the Chapel of the Cross.  He was an organ student at the 2015 Royal Danish Academy of Music Summer Campus, and at the International Summer Academy for Organists in the Netherlands.

Jacob was a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar, and was selected as a 2013 YoungArts National Finalist. Saturday’s concert will include works by Max Reger. J.S. Bach, William Bolcom, and Franz Liszt.

Upcoming concerts:
Friday, April 7: Dr. David Arcus, St. Matthews, Hillsborough
Friday, April 21: Dr. Susan Moeser, University of North Carolina


Angels and Demons; Wrestling with God, money, and faith on Sunday morning
This Sunday, March 26, is the final installment of the series on Sunday mornings led by the Rev. John Branson.  Everyone is welcome to this Bible study, conversation about childhood experiences with money, and to explore our fears and apprehensions about “having enough.” You need not have attended the previous two meetings to participate in this one.   On April 2, we’ll have two gatherings:  Suzanne Sauter will discuss the “Rough Hewn Green Wooden Cross in Illuminated Manuscript and Stained Glass” in the parlor and Boykin Bell will lead an Adult Inquirers’ Class, “What it Means to be an Episcopalian” in the Overlook Room.  All are welcome in either program.


Newcomers Reception March 26 in the parlor
Newcomers, please join us on Sunday, March 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Church Parlor. All who feel like newcomers are invited to a reception hosted by the Rev. Elizabeth Marie Melchionna and the Church Shepherds. It’s a wonderful way to meet other newcomers as well as long-time parishioners, and to learn more about all the incredible opportunities our Church offers. Please RSVP to


EYC News
No EYC tonight due to Spring Break. Join us next Sunday, April 2, to prepare for summer mission trips and have some fun!


Sign up for Vacation Church Camp June 19-23
VCC will be held June 19-23, 8:30 AM – 12:00 noon.   We’ll be studying some of Jesus’ parables through music, skits, games, crafts and other interactive activities.  Registration is open on the church webpage.  Adult and youth volunteers are needed for one day, five or something in between.  Contact Boykin Bell at for more information.  Click here to register.

New Ways to Give: Text, App, Card, or Apple Pay!
The ushers are moving down the aisle with the offering plates, and you forgot your checkbook.  Or you don’t have a pen.  Any cash?  Only a handful a change and a wadded up dollar bill.  We now offer new ways to give:


  • Text giving: Text COTC and the numerical amount you wish to give (ex. COTC $100) to 73256.  The first time you text you will have to set up your credit card info but after that you’ll just have to hit accept.  You’ll get both a text and email receipt.  Your donation will go straight to the annual fund.
  • With a credit card, debit card, or Apple Pay at the Welcome Center: Someone at the reception desk is happy to take your card or your cell phone payment interface for any amount on a Sunday morning or weekday.
  • Giving through the Church Life app: You can use the Church Life app to give to any of our funds (annual, building, capital, memorial, or designated).  The Church Life app also features the church calendar and the parish directory, with driving instructions to listed addresses.  Download the app at the app store—it’s called ACS Church Life.  Note—you need to be registered with COTC Connect to use the app.  As a reminder, COTC Connect is where you can set up automatic payments, check your giving statements, access the directory and calendar, and register and pay for events.  Click on COTC Connect on the homepage at
  • And of course there is always a Check, using the envelope in the pews if you like or Cash, using an envelope if you would like donor credit on your COTC account.


2017 ABC Sale — April 29
Our annual ABC Sale is Saturday, April 29! Below are our current volunteer needs- please see how you can help…

  • Bakers to help stock the BAKE SHOP on sale day
  • 2 people to help do BAG CHECK on sale day Sat. 4/29 from 8-10am.
  • Volunteers to help in the TREASURES Dept. Tues-Thurs shifts 4/25-4/27
  • 2-3 people to help work shifts in the GARDEN  Dept. 9-4 Fri 4/28 and/or 8-2 Sat 4/29
  • Co-Chair for the Men’s Clothing Dept. – we know you are out there– we need your help!!
  • 2-3 people to help with shifts in FURNITURE department on sale day Sat, 4/29

Please contact Stephanie Palmer at if interested in volunteering!


Calling All Gardeners
Help stock the Garden Center with plants from your garden or houseplants ready for a new home. Now is the perfect time to start vegetable or flower seeds to have seedlings ready for the sale on April 29th.Donations of gardening tools also welcome. Thank you from Garden Center co-chairs Mary Beth Grealey and Richard Gaillard. Contact Richard at (919) 619-1640 or for more information


Currency Clean-up
As you work through your home looking for items to donate to the ABC Sale this year, please check all your corners, pockets, and cushions too! Maybe you didn’t have many Euros when you finished your last European vacation and it wasn’t worth the hassle of exchanging them. Maybe you thought the money from Japan was beautiful and you imagined making jewelry or art, but never finished the project. Maybe you found a handful of change when you cleaned out your junk drawer. Save it for EYC!!  EYC is collecting currency (domestic and foreign). Please bring these currency donations when you drop off other donations for the ABC Sale. We will sort them and get it exchanged. These funds will be used for the youth mission trip this summer! Please contact Caren Parker at with any questions.


It’s not just about the “stuff”….it’s about the people too
Do you have a story about the ABC Sale? We’d love to hear it!  As we head into our 55th ABC sale, we’d love to collect stories to add to our history.  If you have a story to share, please submit your story to Dana Campbell (


Upcoming for Your Calendar

Spring cleaning in the COTC kitchen March 31
Like to clean? Enjoy organizing? Please join us on Friday, March 31 at 10 am in the CotC kitchen for a SPRING CLEANING morning. Not only will we get the kitchen ready for spring, but we will also enjoy great fellowship as we give our beloved new kitchen a makeover. Questions? Contact Ellen Cole,


Join EYC for “Democracy for Sale” April 9
EYC will sponsor a free screening of “Democracy for Sale,” part of the America Divided series, on Sunday, April 9 at 7pm in the Great Hall. Released in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and featuring actor and North Carolina native Zach Galifinakis, “Democracy for Sale” highlights the effects of political spending in North Carolina and how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. We hope you’ll join us for this free screening and explore what it means to walk with Jesus into the political arena.


Holy Week Labyrinth April 10-14 at Binkley
The Chapel of the Cross will be one of the sponsoring congregations of the Holy Week Labyrinth at Binkley Baptist Church.  The labyrinth and prayer stations will be open Monday, April 10 – Friday April 14.  As a sponsoring congregation, members of our parish will help lay the 40’ X 40’ canvas labyrinth on Sunday evening (April 9), welcome walkers for several hours during the week and fold the canvas Friday afternoon.  The hand-painted labyrinth is a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral and was created by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Inc.   For more information about the labyrinth, go to .  Hours for walking the labyrinth and invitations to a Children’s Walk, Quiet Walk and Workshops will be posted at a later date.


Help Stock the Freezer
Casseroles needed:  The Good Samaritans could use a resupply of small and medium sized casseroles for parishioners in need.  We still have a good supply of soups.  Please label with GSams, ingredients and date.  Labels are on our freezer for your use.  Casserole containers, labels and recipes – if you are interested – will be on a card table in the hall outside the Great Hall. Thanks to all who have faithfully kept our freezer stocked this winter.
Food may be brought to the front desk during the week or left in the kitchen freezer on weekends. If you are in need or know someone who is please contact a clergy member or the front desk.


Pastoral care
We want to respond to pastoral needs in the parish!  Please help us care for you by letting a priest know by phone or email if you are ill, hospitalized, or have a pastoral need and would like a clerical visit.  If you experience a pastoral emergency (such as a death, hospitalization, or personal crisis) after hours call the parish at 919.929.2193 and follow the prompts to be connected to the emergency priest on-call.  Please share this information with your family and healthcare power of attorney so that the church can respond in times of need.


Register for the Summer High School Mission Trip July 23-28
Rising 9th graders through graduating seniors will be traveling to Asheville, NC and partnering with AYM ( July 23-28, 2017. To hold your spot and pay a deposit, you can register here:
The cost of the trip is expected to be around $600. Scholarship funds are available. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 30th!!


Middle School Mission Trip June 23-25
Rising 6th-8th graders will travel to the Episcopal Farm Workers site in Dunn NC, June 23-25. Here they will have an opportunity to visit and get to know more about the lives of farmworkers and their families. Youth will witness firsthand the difficult conditions in which farmworkers live. They will also be able to create a connection between the food on our plates and the human faces that help harvest it. Sign up here: The cost of this trip will be $150. Scholarship funds are available.


How to make prayer requests
To request prayers of the congregation, please email our parish life coordinator, Ellen Cole, at We pray for those who are sick or suffering, for expectant and new parents, and for those for whom altar flowers have been given, among others. If you are submitting a name for the list, it is your responsibility to secure permission from the person whose name you are submitting. Names listed in the bulletin remain on the prayer list for three weeks unless a longer period is requested. You may add other prayer concerns to the weekday evening prayer list (which is not published) for evening prayer at 5:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  This list is in the old rector’s office between the Chapel and the parish hall lobby.


COTC name tags—do you have one?
If you already have a Chapel of the Cross name tag please be sure to wear it. (And get yourself a COTC lanyard at the Little Pop-Up Shop!) If you haven’t yet signed up for a name tag please email to request one. Please clearly state the name of each individual for whom you are requesting a name tag. They will be available for pick up at the front desk.


Communication to EYC Families
The best way to stay on top of EYC events and schedule changes is to receive the Thursday EYC email and check the Sunday bulletin. If you are a youth or youth parent and are not receiving the EYC email each week, please let Travis ( know so he can add you to the list!


Finding your place at the Chapel of the Cross
Our directory of parish ministries reflects our commission structure and engages newcomers and longtime parishioners alike. Finding Your Place provides information and contacts for volunteer service, committees and governance, ministry to others, Christian formation, and spiritual growth.


In our community

Interfaith conversation and lunch with Dr. Mitri Raheb March 25

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine will be featured at the Saturday, March 25 interfaith conversation and lunch at the Church of Reconciliation 110. N. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill.  10AM-12:30 pm. Register via phone or email: 919-929-2127 or Catered lunch $10 cash or check at the door.

Saturday March 25, 7:30 PM Story telling and Music, same location, with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, and Musician and author David LaMotte.  Registration not required, free to the public.

Sunday, March 26 11: 00 am Worship with Rev. Mitri Raheb at Duke Chapel.

All events are part of the Ecumenical Conference, Dare to Dream: Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Rev. Raheb is recipient of the 2015 Olof Palme Peace Prize and author of the 2014 book, Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes. For more information, contact Jerry Markatos 919 542-2139.


Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to bring a smile to a senior/disabled member of our community? Deliver a meal! Volunteer to deliver meals or be a substitute. We deliver hot meals M-F from 10:30-12:30. We are also looking for volunteers to pick up donations from Trader Joe’s (8:50 a.m. M, W, or F) and Panera on Franklin Street (10:00 p.m., Tues).  Please contact Heather Harris, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at or visit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels website,


Diocesan ECW Spring Convocation Meeting March 25
While CotC does not have an ECW, we are still included in Diocesan wide and Convocation events. On Saturday, March 25, our convocation will be holding their spring meeting from 10-2 at St. Titus, Durham. The main focus of this meeting is planning the Diocesan ECW convention (being held at St. Philip’s, Durham, on November 3-4). If you are interested in attending either the March 25 or the Diocesan-wide meeting in November, please contact Ellen Cole,


Justice United Public Assembly on March 28, 7:00-9:00
Justice United and the Orange / Chatham District Attorney have worked out a way to help reduce onerous fines and fees for nonmoving violations, most often levied on non-Caucasian drivers. At the March 28 public assembly at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, we need a big turnout from Chapel of the Cross and other JU member institutions. Please let Nancy Tunnessen ( know that you will be at this assembly.


Faith Connections on Mental Illness Annual Conference — March 31
Registration is open for Transforming Lives:  Overcoming Stigma in Mental Illness, a day-long program focused on the stereotypes, bias, stigma and silence faced by those dealing with mental illness. This conference will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 31 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. This year marks the seventh conference offered by Faith Connections on Mental Illness in conjunction with Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Professional credits from Wake AHEC are offered for an additional charge. Breakfast and lunch will be included. Early registration is encouraged as there is a wait list each year.   Register online at and visit for details.


JSC to sponsor Call & Money Workshop for young adults Tuesdays April 4-May 9
Join the Johnson Service Corps on Tuesday evenings this spring to learn how to discern a call and find the resources to support your call as your life evolves. This six-week workshop, sponsored by Johnson Service Corps, will be offered in two locations—Durham and Chapel Hill—and is open to young adults 21-35 years of age. The classes will meet from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings (April 4 – May 9). Sliding scale fees range from $60-240. The program will include a light vegetarian supper each week. To register, please visit


Just Music! Friday, April 7
Join the UNC Chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) for an evening of worship and prayer at our spring 2017 benefit concert, Just Music! On Friday, April 7, 7-9 p.m.  Just Music will feature both a student musician and the Christian folk-rock band, The Gray Havens, an Illinois-based duo with “a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.” The concert is at North Carolina Study Center (203 Battle Lane, Chapel Hill). Visit: to purchase tickets.


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