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CROSSTIES THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CHAPEL OF THE CROSS The Pastor’s Pen... Love versus Affirmation (From an interview of Dr. Null by David Virtue.) DECEMBER 2009 Chapel Happenings TLC Dinner & Auction The TLC raised over $2,000 for two of our parochial schools: Christ Academy and St. Andrew’s Academy. Many thanks to donors, bidders and guests! VOL: What insights from the English Reformation do you think would be helpful for people steeped in American popular culture? NULL: I am so glad you asked. Americans today often confuse unconditional affirmation with unconditional love. Unconditional affirmation is what your dog gives you. He simply affirms you without challenging your innate desire to be the center of your own universe. That's why it feels so good. Unconditional love, however, is not the same as unconditional affirmation. Love creates a crisis. And the greater the love, the greater the crisis. For love reaches out for union. And the greater the love, the greater the loss of the right to live for oneself alone. In short, true unconditional love does not simply affirm us in our self-satisfied self-centredness. True unconditional love provokes the ultimate crisis where we are called to die completely to our desire for autonomy and wholly give ourselves to the one who has already done the same for us. The true meaning of the Gospel of Grace is this: that God unconditionally calls each of us to seek release from our selfish ways so that we can join the self-giving fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and his love is so at work in us to transform us that one day we will enjoy fellowship with God and one another as much as God enjoys fellowship within Himself. VOL: Did the English Reformation address this issue? NULL: What is amazing about the English Reformation is that it understood that unconditional love is at the very heart of the gospel. Christianity has always understood that the only effective way to fight sin is to love God more than The English reformers selfish self-centeredness. understood that fear, shame, and duty do not help people love God. Rather, they promote a sense of worthlessness that actually makes people more susceptible to the lure of sinful self gratification. The reformers understood that the ability to love God can only come by knowing He first loved us unconditionally and unchangingly. That was the whole point of teaching Justification by faith. Salvation could not be earned. It had to be received as a free gift. After all, if love is earned, it's not love. Of course, that goes diametrically opposed to the assumptions of American culture. November 21 Barry Johnson and Frank Bridwell pause for a photo in the Nursery project with Tom Rochte and Harry Nicholls. They hope to complete the project in time for Christmas. VOL: In what sense is it contrary to American culture? NULL: The American dream, more accurately the American myth, or even more accurately, the American illusion is that everyone has the opportunity and burden to create their own identity, to define their future, to be all that they can be by creating their own sense of self through what they do. In this culture, your worth is specifically determined by your performance. (continued on page 8) INSIDE THIS ISSUE The Chapel says Goodbye to Page 2 two Founders. Advent-Christmas Schedule Messiah Sing-Along Page 4 Page 4 Page 2 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross December 2009 Notice Board New Year’s Party - Sunday, November 29 marked New Year's Day on the Church calendar. Nicole de Martimprey hosted a "Happy New Year" crêpe party as the Litany Lunch - thoroughly enjoyed by all as the Sunday School children recited memory work and song. City Gates - on December 13, 5:00 p.m., the Men’s Fellowship will grill burgers and hot dogs. Please bring a beverage, one side dish, and an article or excerpt to read or discuss. Ember Days - December 16, 18 and 19 Greening of the Church/Adopt-A-Family Wrapping Party - December 20, after the 10:30 service. Lay Reader Licenses - will be renewed Sunday, December 6, during both services. Banek House Blessing - Nathan and Elizabeth Banek invite the parish to participate in the blessing of their home (2505 Shorewood Court, Rowlett) at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6. Following the house blessing, celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Sinterklaas), sing hymns, and play games. Please bring a finger food to share. Messiah Sing-Along - December 20, 7:00 p.m. Feast of Lights/Christmas Lessons & Carols and Boar’s Head Festival - Jan. 6, at 6:00 p.m. Parish Work Day - January 9, 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Annual Meeting - January 24, after 10:30 a.m. service. The parish will elect new Vestry members, receive the 2010 budget, choose Lay Delegates for 2010, and vote on a return to the Global Anglican Communion through full membership in the Reformed Episcopal Church. The proposed By-Laws and the Voting Member List will be published in the Parish Hall on January 3. CROSSTIES THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CHAPEL OF THE CROSS An Affiliate Parish of the Reformed Episcopal Church Maintaining the great traditions of the Protestant Episcopal Church through the exclusive use of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the 1940 Hymnal, low churchmanship and observance of The Articles of Religion The Rev. John P. Boonzaaijer, Rector The Rev. James G. Cole, Assisting Priest The Rev. Andrew Brummett, Deacon Paul Thomas, Director of Music/Choirmaster Roberts Dicks, Organ Study Betsy See, Senior Warden 4333 Cole Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205 214-521-6062 www.TheChapeloftheCross.com To receive CrossTies via e-mail, contact the Chapel Office at: office@TheChapeloftheCross.com December’s meeting of The Ladies of the Chapel will be a Dutch-treat luncheon. All ladies are invited to Maudee’s Café and Tea Room, 4333 Lovers Lane, Tuesday, December 8, at 11:00 a.m. RSVP to Caroline Simpson at email@example.com or 214-341-5170. Cost: approximately $15.00, including gratuity. The luncheon will include a “white elephant” gift exchange, so please bring a wrapped “rare” gift of minimal value and high “stealing” potential. Parking is limited. Those who wish to carpool should mention that desire when making their reservation, and meet at The Chapel 10:30 a.m. In order for contributions to be posted to your 2009 financial statement, they must be postmarked by December 31 or in the Chapel Office by noon on December 31. The Ladies of the Chapel Year-End Contributions The Nominating Committee actively seeks The Chapel extends condolences to the family suggestions regarding prospective Vestry and friends of Mary Emily Witt and Dorothy members. Nominees must be confirmed Bruton. Mary Emily passed away on Episcopalians who have been active members of November 13 and Dorothy on November 22. The Chapel for at least two years and have Both ladies were devoted Christians and demonstrated godly habits in worship and enthusiastic founding members of the parish character. Nomination Forms may be used or they never ceased to love, pray for, and Mary Emily you may contact the Office at 214-521-6062 or support. office@TheChapeloftheCross.com. Witt Mary Emily and Dorothy served on Nominations will be accepted through the Board of Trustees early in The Chapel’s December 7. Remember that the Vestry serves a history; Mary Emily as Treasurer and Dorothy very important function at The Chapel. This is an as Clerk. Two of the Chapel’s windows were opportunity to contribute to our future success. donated by Dorothy, and the pew Bibles came Many thanks to outgoing Vestry members from Mary Emily; both will be very missed Harry Friedrich and Elizabeth Helm for their Dorothy after long and fruitful lives in the Kingdom. years of service. Bruton To the Church Triumphant Vestry Nominations December 2009 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross Page 3 Statement from GAFCON/FCA Primates Council We have received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter informing us of the Pope’s offer of an ‘Apostolic Constitution’ for those Anglicans who wish to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. We believe that this offer is a gracious one and reflects the same commitment to the historic apostolic faith, moral teaching and global mission that we proclaimed in the Jerusalem Declaration on the Global Anglican Future and for this we are profoundly grateful. We are, however, grieved that the current crisis within our beloved Anglican Communion has made necessary such an unprecedented offer. It represents a grave indictment of the Instruments of Communion whose very purpose is to strengthen and protect our unity in obedience to our Lord’s clear command. Their failure to fully address the abandonment of biblical faith and practice by The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada has now brought shame to the name of Christ and seriously impedes the cause of the Gospel. The Primates Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON/FCA) is convinced, however, that Anglicanism has a bright future as long as we remain grounded in the Holy Scriptures and obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ’s call to reach the lost and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe the whole Gospel. We also believe that there is room within our Anglican family for all those who hold true to the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’. We would like to encourage those Anglicans who are considering this invitation from the Roman Catholic Church to recognize that Anglican churches are growing throughout the world in strength and offering a vibrant testimony to the transforming work of Christ. We are convinced that this is not the time to abandon the Anglican Communion. Our Anglican identity of reformed catholicity, that gives supreme authority to the Holy Scriptures and acknowledgement that our sole representative and advocate before God is the Lord Jesus Christ, stands as a beacon of hope for millions of people. We remain proud inheritors of the Anglican Reformation. This is a time for all Christians to persevere confident of our Lord’s promise that nothing, not even the gates of hell, will prevail against His Church. +Peter Abuja, Chairman GAFCON/FCA Primates Council, Nov. 10, 2009 Church/Diocesan News Parish Life Angel Tree This advent season we have again chosen Hope Cottage clients as our Christmas Angel Tree recipients. Hope Cottage is a pregnancy and adoption center which has supported adoption since 1918. They offer help with adoption, pregnancy counseling, family counseling, and education. Their mission is to enable every child to have a family and to help women in crisis pregnancies. The Chapel will be assisting six! families this Christmas. Three are birth mothers and three are foster-to-adopt families, meaning they plan to adopt their foster children. One of these families has two adopted children and has taken in four more from Hope Cottage. There are a total of 11 Date Altar Guild * - Captain All Altar Guild children: six boys, ages 2, 3, 4, 4, 12, 12 and five girls, ages 3, 3, 6, 10, and 16. As in years past we will place ornaments with clothing or gift suggestions on the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall. Please take one, or more, and return your gift(s) with the ornament attached (very important so that we know for whom the gift is intended) and put it under the tree by Sunday, December 20. You may also leave monetary donations in the Chapel Office. The Angel Tree is a wonderful and beloved mission of the Chapel at Christmas time. Please take part and enjoy the spirit of giving. Contact Suki Jarzemsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-369-4033 with any questions. Ushers * - Captain Counters E - Epistoler LR - Lay Reader L - Lector E - David Bucy E - Curt Sleight E - Chris Linebarger Gospel Acolyte (G) Epistle Acolyte (E) Flag bearers (F) Aaron Funk (E) David Funk (G) Joshua Funk (E) David Funk (G) Chris Linebarger Nathaniel Boonzaaijer Dec 24 5:00 pm * Jack Webster, Harry Nicholls, Harry Nicholls Paul Jarzemsky, John Morton Volunteer(s) * Steve Mabry, Steve Lord, Harry Nicholls, Volunteer Lights: Joan Sleight Harry Nicholls Michael Duncan Harry Nicholls Joan Sleight All Altar Guild Dec 24 11:00 pm All Altar Guild Dec 25 10:30 am Page 4 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross December 2009 Parish Life From the Vestry City Gates, Music Dept. and MISSION:Evangelism team up The Messiah Sing-Along on Sunday, December 20, at 7:00 pm is an opportunity for us to build upon the success of A Musical Fourth to reach out to neighbors, friends and family through music. We’re fortunate that a friend of The Chapel made a donation several years ago to further our Mission:Evangelism efforts. With these funds we are putting on a top notch Advent Messiah Sing Along with organ, chamber orchestra, soloists, choir and you. Please don’t miss this Advent celebration and the chance to introduce your friend, neighbor or acquaintance to The Chapel. To help support this effort financially, sponsorships are welcome and invited. We are pleased to see the Music Department, Mission:Evangelism, and the City-Gates Men’s Fellowship (who will also host this event and the Epiphany Boar’s Head Festival) team up together to accomplish this ministry. Our excellent music program will also be showcased on Christmas Eve, when Dr. Thomas and the choir will be joined by an oboist and flutist. No doubt this will make the services an even more glorious gift to God. As are most instrumentalists who perform during our worship, the musicians on Christmas Eve will be funded by the Music Fund. This fund is dependent upon gifts from the membership. Please consider a gift to the Music Fund as a way to thank God for the blessings we enjoy with the choir and Dr. Thomas. Advent: Prayer & Preparation 4 Sundays & 2 Holy Days Greening of the Church Sing-Along Messiah, Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Prayer: 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Christmas: Welcome & Celebration Christmas Eve Holy Communion with Choir, 5:00 p.m. Carols at 4:30 p.m. Family Service – placing of the Creche Christmas Eve Holy Communion with Choir, 11:00 p.m. Carols at 10:30 p.m. Traditional Midnight Candlelight Service Christmas Day Holy Communion with Organ, 10:30 a.m. 3rd day, Sunday - St. John, Apostle and Evangelist Holy Communion, 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, 10:30 a.m. 4th day, Monday - Feast of the Holy Innocents Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m. (Feast of Lights Rehearsal) 7th day - Eve of Circumcision of Christ Evening Prayer, 7:00 p.m. small group of volunteers called DoorKeepers has been keeping the Chapel sanctuary open on Saturday mornings for prayer, reading, or contemplation for a while now. In trying to expand the service to every Saturday instead of every other Saturday, we find that we could use a few more volunteers. Could you help? Could you spare a few Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. a few times a year? Contact the Chapel Office (214-5216062 or office@TheChapeloftheCross.com), or Steve Lord (214-827-0815) or Frank Bridwell (214-350-6064) to volunteer. A in the House of God DoorKeepers Epiphany: Manifestation & Adoration The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ Holy Communion, 12:15 p.m. Feast of Lights Wise Men Pageant Christmas Lessons and Carols 6:00 p.m. Boar’s Head Festival following service December 2009 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross Page 5 Sun Mon December 2009 Tue Wed 1 9:00 am - M Prayer Thu 3 Fri 4 5 9:00 am - M Prayer Sat 9:00 am-11:00 am DoorKeepers 2 Dec 21-St. Thomas Dec 25-Christmas Day Dec 26-St. Stephen Dec 27-St. John Dec 24-Christmas Eve Dec 28-Holy Innocents 6 2nd Sunday in Advent - Bible Sun 8:00 Holy Com 9:25 Christian Edu 10:30 Holy Com 12:00 Parish Council 6:00 Banek House Blessing 2505 Shorewood Ct, Rowlett December Feast Days 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:00 am - Chapel Acad 4:00 pm - Staff 6:15 pm - Café Bible 7:00 pm- Evensong 7:30 pm - Choir 9:00 am - M Prayer 7 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:00 am - Chapel Acad 4:00 pm Chapel Choir School 8 9:00 am - M Prayer 11:00 am - TLC Christmas Luncheon at Maudee’s Café 9 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:00 am - Chapel Acad 4:00 pm - Staff 6:15 pm - Café Bible 7:00 pm- Evensong 7:30 pm - Choir 10 9:00 am - M Prayer 11 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:30 am Bridge Club 12 13 3rd Sunday in Advent 8:00 Holy Com 9:25 Christian Edu 10:30 M Prayer 5:00 City Gates 12:00 Vestry 14 9:00 am - M Prayer 4:00 pm Chapel Choir School 7:00 pm - Finance 15 9:00 am - M Prayer 16 EMBER DAY 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:00 am - Chapel Acad 4:00 pm - Staff 6:15 pm - Café Bible 7:00 pm- Evensong 7:30 pm - Choir 17 9:00 am - M Prayer 18 EMBER DAY 19 EMBER DAY 9:00 am - M Prayer 9:30 am Bridge Club 9:00 am-11:00 am DoorKeepers 9:00 am - Holy Com in Advent 4:00 pm 8:00 Holy Com Chapel Choir School 9:25 Christian Edu 10:30 M Prayer 12:00 Hang Greens/Adopt- 20 4th Sunday 21 St. Thomas 22 9:00 am - M Prayer 23 9:00 am - M Prayer 7:00 Messiah Sing-Along A-Family Wrapping Party 24 Christmas Eve 25 Christmas Day 3:00 pm - Placing Creche 4:30 pm - Carols 10:30 am 5:00 pm Holy Com 4:00 pm - Staff Holy Com - Family 7:30 pm - Choir 10:30 pm - Carols 11:00 pm Holy Com - Candle Office Closed Office Closed 31 Circumcision of Christ Eve 9:00 am - M Prayer 7:00 pm - E Prayer 26 St. Stephen 27 St. John the Evangelist 8:00 Holy Com 9:25 Christian Edu 10:30 M Prayer 28 9:00 am - M Prayer 29 Holy Innocents 5:00 pm Catechism/ Feast of Lights Rehearsal/Eve Prayer 9:00 am - M Prayer 30 9:00 am - M Prayer 7:30 pm - Choir See Page 3 for Christmastide Service schedule. 8:00 a.m. Date E - Epistoler A - Acolyte U - Usher E - Bob Adams A - Aaron Funk U - Steve Lord E - David Bucy A - Joshua Funk U - Bob Adams E - Nathan Banek A - Aaron Funk U - Ron Kerridge E - Norris Murray A - Joshua Funk U - Harry Nicholls E - Bob Adams A - Aaron Funk U - Steve Lord Feast Day Capt. Mary Louise King * Cynthia Bucy Carolyn Delius Caroline Whitley * Cathy Morton Miranda Helm Karen Mabry Betty Wilson All Altar Guild 10:30 a.m. E - Epistoler LR - Lay Reader L - Lector E - Curt Sleight Altar Guild * - Captain Gospel Acolyte (G) Epistle Acolyte (E) Flag bearers (F) Aaron Funk (F) David Funk (F) Chris Linebarger (E) Dietrich Boonzaaijer (F) Aaron Funk Samuel Funk (F) Nathaniel Boonzaaijer (F) David Funk (F) Joshua Funk Nathaniel Boonzaaijer (F) Aaron Funk David Funk (F) David Funk (G/F) Joshua Funk (E) Samuel Funk (F) Ushers * - Captain Counters Dec 6 Dec 13 * Jack Webster, Joshua Funk, Paul Jarzemsky, Al See * Steve Mabry, Harry Friedrich, John Morton David Bucy Barry Hiney Carolyn Delius Volunteer LR - Paul Boehme L - Norris Murray Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 3 LR - Ed Sheen L - Curt Sleight LR - Chris Linebarger L - Paul Boehme E - Ed Sheen * Mike Duncan, Aaron Funk, Norris Murray * Steve Mabry, Joshua Funk, Volunteer * Jack Webster, Harry Friedrich, Aaron Funk, Al See Jim Dearien Norris Murray Barry Hiney Bill Simpson Jim Dearien Carolyn Delius All Altar Guild All Altar Guild Page 6 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross December 2009 Parish Life Weekdays Mon/Wed Mondays Wednesdays Saturdays Weekly Calendar 9:00 am - Morning Prayer 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - The Chapel Academy 4:00 pm - Chapel Choir School 6:15 pm - Café Bible Study 7:00 pm - Evensong 7:30 pm - Choir 9:00 am - 11:00 am - DoorKeepers Happy Birthday to… 12/3 12/17 12/18 12/20 12/27 12/28 Bob Muchmore 12/13 Wyatt Akins 12/18 Sheila Case 12/20 Michelle Gustafson 12/23 Catherine Shiveley 12/27 Kimberly Page 12/31 Ralph Widener Margaret Vonder Hoya Edward Toland Mike Collum Edwin Archbold John Boonzaaijer Parish Council Finance Committee TLC Christmas Lunch @ Maudee’s Café Vestry Meeting Ember Days Sing-Along Messiah St. Thomas the Apostle January Newsletter Deadline Dec 24, 5:00 pm Holy Com-Family Service/Carols-4:30 pm 11:00 pm Holy Com-Candlelight Service Carols at 10:30 pm Dec 25, 10:30 am Holy Com - Holy Nativity Dec 26 St. Stephen, Deacon/Martyr Dec 27 St. John the Evangelist Dec 28, 5:00 pm Children’s Catechism and Rehearsal Holy Innocents Eve (Evening Prayer) Dec 31, 7:00 pm Evening Prayer - Eve of the Circumcision Jan 1 Circumcision of Christ Jan 3, 12:00 pm Parish Council Jan 6, 12:15 pm Epiphany - Holy Communion 6:00 pm Feast of Lights Wise Men Pageant Lessons & Carols following service Boar’s Head Festival Jan 9, 8:30 am - Noon Parish Work Day Jan 10, 12:00 pm Worship Committee 5:00 pm Men’s City Gates Jan 11, 7:00 pm Finance Meeting Jan 12, 10:00 am The Ladies of the Chapel Jan 17, 12:00 pm Vestry Meeting Jan 18 February Newsletter Deadline Jan 24 Annual Meeting Jan 25, 12:15 pm Holy Com - Conversion of St. Paul Jan 31 Morning Prayer with Litany 12:00 pm Litany Lunch Dec 6, 12:00 am Dec 7, 7:00 pm Dec 8, 11:00 am Dec 13, 12:00 pm Dec 16, 18 & 19 Dec 20, 7:00 pm Dec 21 Quarterly Calendar Watch over thy children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be, keeping them unspotted from the world. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may thy peace which passeth understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Happy Anniversary to… Tom and Mary Rochte Jerry and Sharon Adams Doug and Susan Barnes Mike and Jamie Collum John and Cathy Morton 12/17 12/20 12/23 12/24 12/29 O GOD, who has so consecrated the state of Matrimony that in it is represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that they may love, honour, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and of peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen. For the Glory of God… Altar Flowers in November were given In Memory of Bob and Evelyn Firth and Cleo and Veta Mabry By Steve and Karen Mabry In Memory of Her Family By Mary Louise King In Memory of Matt and Jerry Allender and Jack and Mary Morton By John and Cathy Morton In Memory of Raymond Charles and Katharine Allen Pelton and Edith Carter Allen By Pamela Pelton In Memory of Mary Emily Witt and Dorothy Bruton By the Mabrys and Simpsons 8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion 9:00 a.m. – Coffee and Visiting 9:25 a.m. – Christian Education for all ages 10:15 a.m. – Preparation for Worship 10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer with Choir Holy Communion with Choir, First Sunday of each month Sunday Schedule Child Care A staffed nursery is available. Coffee Hour after Sunday Services. November Coffee Hours were provided by… Suki and Paul Jarzemsky Steve and Karen Mabry Steve Lord December 2009 Parish Life Poinsettias Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross Page 7 By Karen Mabry, Altar Guild Directress It is not too early to be thinking about the poinsettias for the church at Christmas time. Now is the time to send in your payment and note the memorial to your loved ones. Your contributions to the flower fund helps with greenery needs at Christmas as well as future Sundays in the new year. Just a reminder that the donation for flowers for the Altar on a given Sunday is $60.00. Thank you to all who have donated to the Altar Guild flower fund this year. Our goal is to beautify our Chapel to the Glory of God. City Gates, The Chapel Choir and Sunday Schools invite you to What Are Those Pillows Upstairs? or… Honduras Threads at The Chapel Feast of Lights, Christmas Lessons and Carols with Boar’s Head Festival Wednesday, January 6, 6:00 p.m. “12 th Night” Concert, Pageant & Festivities Altar Guild Ladies - Extra hands are helpful in the sacristy during Advent and Christmastide. Please sign up in the sacristy for Advent and Christmas duties. Advent/Christmastide Altar Guild Stewardship 2010 Budget Pledges Growing in Christ Pledging Families We serve together to Glorify God in music and worship Feed our souls with a rich ministry of Word and Sacrament 50 Honduras Threads is a non-profit organization that supports the work of women’s cooperatives in rural Honduran villages. M’Lou Bancroft and Barbara Velhum started the first co-op in Santa Cruz Arriba as part of a mission trip from Church of the Incarnation in 2002. Now there are co-ops employing over 80 women in six villages! They embroider beautifully whimsical pillows, napkins, and table runners using the basic designs of Dallas artists Pamela Nelson and Barbara Velhum, but adding their own artistry. The co-ops are making a big difference in the lives of families whose average annual income was $1800 for six people. And they enable the women to work in their own communities instead of walking 2-3 hours each way to a job. They also give teenage girls, who have little to do after they finish school at 13, an adult life of camaraderie and shared purpose with their mothers and aunts. As many of you know, Paul and I enjoyed going on mission trips to Honduras for several years and this was always one of my favorite projects, particularly when I saw the co-ops providing a place for some of my young students, who were sort of lost in the “in-between years,” to find an adult purpose in life. Honduras Threads is thrilled to have its new “warehouse/showroom” in The Chapel! We will be hosting the Coffee Hour on December 6 in order to meet more of you, introduce you to Honduras Threads, and show you some of the unique work from the co-ops. By M’Lou Bancroft and Suki Jarzemsky 40 41% Train adults and children in the Lord’s nurture Bring our friends and neighbors to Jesus Enjoy productive parish life 30 20 2010 Ordo Calendars will be available in the Parish Hall between Sunday services and after the 10:30 service starting the first week in December. This year the Chapel of the Cross is one of the featured churches. You may also e-mail Karen Mabry at email@example.com and she will take reservations for a copy of the calendar. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer dates and special days are listed. The cost is $12.00. 2010 Ordo Calendars Help bring us to the top! 10 Chapel Christmas Cards The Ladies of the Chapel will be selling Chapel Christmas Cards between Sunday services and after the 10:30 services in December. 4333 Cole Avenue Dallas, TX 75205 Page 8 Cross Ties — The Chapel of the Cross December 2009 The Pastor’s Pen… (continued from page 1) Love versus Affirmation That's why American culture confuses unconditional love with unconditional affirmation. If you are seeking to create your own identity, you want affirmation that you are being successful. This is where religion can actually be a stumbling block in the way of people learning the true Gospel. They can look at religion as just another means of proving to themselves and to others that they are good people because they do good things are better than those who don't. VOL: What do you mean? Dr. Null NULL: The heart of the Anglican Reformation is not what we do for God but what God has done for us. It is not about earning God's love but sharing the love he has so graciously given us. For Cranmer grace produces gratitude, gratitude produces love, love (not shame, fear or duty) produces repentance, repentance then produces good works, and good works produces a better society. VOL: In a nutshell, what would you say the message of this conference is? NULL: True to his Erasmian training, Thomas Cranmer said it best: the Bible is the "most holy relic that remaineth upon earth." What he meant by that was that the Bible, because it is God's Word, and God's words, it is the living mind of Christ. As we are steeped in it, or better yet, as it is indelibly written on our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit, we encounter and are united to Christ. By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org, November 5, 2009 Dr. Null is canon theologian in the Diocese of Western Kansas. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London, and currently The Episcopal Church's ScaifeAnderson Fellow at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York. He is the author of "Thomas Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love" and a "The Power of Unconditional Love: Thomas Cranmer for Today", forthcoming from Holy Trinity, Brompton, in London. Since I was attending the lectures he was giving here in New York, he agreed to this interview. Your Family & Friends are Invited to a December Vestry meeting is moved to December 13. Messiah Sing-Along with Chamber Orchestra Dr. Paul Thomas, Conductor Annual Meeting January 24 List of Voting Members and Proposed By-Laws to be posted January 3. Sunday, December 20 7:00 p.m.