The Beacon | Fall 2020
Letter from the President
Dear Chapel Family,

What a journey this has been. Nothing is as expected, and nothing feels the same. And yet, we are the same in many ways. The Village Chapel is the  same beautiful structure supported by the same amazing people - staff, volunteers, donors and friends. With all that has changed in our lives, the goodness, love and remarkable generosity of the Village Chapel family remain the same.

As a faith community, we continue to find ways to support each other and be together including virtual services, Zoom gatherings and, recently, limited in-person outdoor services. Though we are limited or apart, as Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, we remain fully known.

My two-year term as President of the Chapel Board of Trustees is over at the end of the year. What began in January 2019 in the aftermath of hurricane Florence, my term now ends during a worldwide pandemic. Although definitely not what I expected, my Chapel journey has been meaningful, and I am grateful for the blessings of your trust and support.

Peace and grace,
Mary Jo
Worship Services
Drive-Thru Holy Communion. On Sunday morning, Oct. 4,  the Chapel conducted a drive through Holy Communion with almost 60 people participating. Celebrated by Rev. Garrett Albertson, it was truly a special event and something that will be repeated the first Sunday of each month in December, January, February and March.
Outdoor Worship Services. After rain prevented us from gathering together on Oct. 11 , the first outdoor service since COVID began was held on Oct. 18 and officiated by Rev. Ron Shive. Cindy Sellers was at the organ and piano, and accompanied soloist Deb Shumate. Attendance was limited to 50 people in the Chapel courtyard. Masks were required and social distancing was maintained. The weather cooperated this time. For those unable to join in person, we live streamed both worship services on the Chapel’s Facebook page and posted to YouTube. Both services can be found there if you were unable to join us. Special thanks to Mike Boozell, our Oct. 11 soloist.
Weddings and Baptisms
So far this year, the Chapel hosted nine weddings with a total of thirteen planned through the end of this year. Twelve weddings are currently scheduled for 2021 and more are expected. Many of the weddings scheduled in the immediate future are carry-overs from previous cancellations due to COVID restrictions. On Oct. 3 the Chapel also hosted a private baptism.

These small, private services held in the Chapel abide by current COVID restrictions. Wedding parties and baptismal events comply with mask mandates and social distancing requirements. We also ensure the Chapel is cleaned after each event to ensure the safety of our Chapel visitors. Please reach out to our administrative staff to schedule baptisms or weddings.
Buildings and Grounds
We incurred minimal damage from Hurricane Isaias, a blip on the radar compared with past hurricanes. Fallen limbs and some yard work were required, which was remedied by our Trustees and Island volunteers. We always appreciate the extra help in such instances!

Renovations needed due to a burst water heater have been completed now, and include new flooring, underpinning of insulation and ductwork and new office furniture. The Chapel is back to almost normal operations and Pattie Caban is back in her office each Wednesday and Thursday.

We are looking at numerous future upkeep-related repairs, such as repair and/or replacement of the ramp leading into the office, reworking the brick pathway in the courtyard to eliminate the steps, and installing a new landscape lighting package in the courtyard area. A permanent handicap parking location in front of the Chapel will also be created. Finally, we are installing a new TV and wiring above the fireplace in the minister’s quarters that a generous donor gifted to the Chapel.

While worship services may not be in full swing inside, we still have plenty of work to do now and well into the future to keep our Chapel at the level of service we expect to be able to greet our Island visitors.
Courtyard Furniture
With the launch of outdoor services, and observations by our volunteer landscape crew, we have become aware of the sad state of our courtyard benches. We are currently researching the purchase of new courtyard benches and chairs, and hope to offer these as an opportunity to honor or memorialize family members or loved ones. If you have an interest in supporting this project, please contact Mary Jo Walker at, or Pattie Caban at
Community Outreach
StreetReach Crisis Pantry Restocking
Restocking the pantry for Brunswick County’s StreetReach Crisis Intervention was a huge success and islanders rallied to supply everything on the list. Donors purchased online items that were sent directly to the organization and included things like Gatorade, snack packs, protein bars & shakes and other needed sundries. Donations totaling more than $3,000 were supplied in just a few days! The StreetReach team was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Chapel and our Islanders.

Support for those in need on Thanksgiving

The Chapel OutreachTeam invites you to participate in our Thanksgiving Project. Join us to assemble a pre-designed, handmade Thanksgiving Greeting Card for the Homeless or Displaced in our County!  Bring $20 Cash for a Food Gift Card insert & StreetReach Ministry will deliver to someone in need the week of Thanksgiving!  Drop in anytime Saturday, Nov. 14 between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Association Center next to the Chapel. Contact Sherry Roese if you have questions @ or #704-621-0796.

Angel Tree Programs begins
The Angel Tree program will be supported again this year. More information on that is forthcoming in the next few weeks to support the elderly in the local area. We hope to increase the numbers we support, as last year’s response was overwhelming and everyone who wanted to participate was not able to do so. We really do appreciate such an outpouring of support by our Islanders on this worthy cause.
Used bicycles still being collected
Bicycleman Executive Director, Ann Mathis, recently contacted us and asked that we not provide bikes for this year’s holiday give-away. Due to Covid, they are having a much smaller event than normal. However, Re-CYCLE donations for bikes in good shape are still being accepted at the containers in contractor village, so that those bikes can be contributed to this worthy cause next year.
Communication Update
We are in the process of redesigning the Chapel website, thanks to the generous donations of several of our Chapel friends. Mobile-friendly and much easier to navigate, the new site will put the most important information at your fingertips. Expected to launch in near future, look for an announcement on our Facebook page and to recipients on our Chapel email list when that happens.

We also continue to populate our Flickr site with photos from the recent worship services and drive-through Holy Communion. While we will post some pictures on Facebook, we’ve set up albums by notable events for your viewing pleasure. No special apps needed – just click on the link at the bottom of our website to go directly to our Flickr site.

Our Facebook likes continue to increase - over 35% since this time last year – as we continue to post more and more information on our Chapel page, especially as it relates to COVID-related worship services and updates.
Chapel Servants
Merry and Keith Bradley have faithfully served the Chapel since 1984.  A past Board President, Keith also served a total of twelve years as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. Merry serves on the Hospitality and Worship Committees and the Altar Guild.  Holidays in the Chapel are Bradley favorites. Merry helps decorate at Christmas and Easter, and Keith arrives well before sunrise to set up for all Easter services at Old Baldy, the Chapel and Association Building.  They regularly serve Communion at Easter.  In addition, Keith and Merry have prepared the Chapel before countless storms over the years and then cleaned up after those storms.

The Bradleys’ Chapel service covers years and in ways too numerous to mention.  Their innate joy of service, and willingness to perform any task are deeply ingrained in our Chapel culture. If you have the chance, sit down with either of them for a lesson in Chapel history. When you do, be sure to ask Merry about her emergency plumbing services and solicit her advice on the best tarp sizes.

The Village Chapel board and staff are forever grateful for Keith and Merry Bradley.
We have numerous ministries that feed the spiritual needs of Chapel friends, as listed below.

Women’s Bible Study. This group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and is using a hybrid format including both socially distanced in-person and Zoom). They are currently studying Into the Light – Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament. Contact Kay Menk for more information at

Men’s Bible Discussion Group. Currently connecting via Zoom, this group meets every second and fourth Friday at 8:00 a.m. The group discusses current issues in their collective lives and how to bring those issues back to a basis of faith. Any interested men are encouraged to contact Dick Johnston at

Evening Bible Study. The group is currently making plans for an Advent Study. When complete, that information will be shared via email, the website, and FaceBook. Contact F.A. McLeod for information at

Roman Catholic Rosary. This group meets each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome. Contact F.A. McLeod for information at
Bill Waddell Memoriam
The Chapel family is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. William Bryan Waddell, age 89, who passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Bill is survived by his wife, Emily Hill; son, Bryan (Laura) Waddell; daughter, Holly (Tom) Marchisello; two brothers, Kenneth (Elaine) Waddell and Robert (Carolyn) Waddell; sister, Doris (Jeff) Morris; and two grandsons, Jordan Waddell and Harrison Waddell.

Bill lived on Bald Head for 23 years after moving from Galax, Virginia. He loved the island and especially the Village Chapel where he was a member of the choir for more than 20 years, a past chair of the Music committee and frequent soloist. Bill possessed a unique and wonderful ability to connect with others and his rich baritone and engaging manner will be greatly missed. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The family requests donations be made to the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island ( / click on Donate and add Bill's name to the notes section, or by mail to the Village Chapel at Box 3035, Bald Head Island, NC 28461)
Lee Wester Memoriam
The Village Chapel community mourns the loss of Lee Wester who passed away on Oct. 26, 2020. Preceded in death by her husband Thad Wester and brother John Glover III, Lee is survived by son Bryan Wester and wife Janet of Southport; three daughters, Ellen Wester of Southport, Ginny Reeves and husband Tom of Greenville, SC, and Amanda Kidd and husband Henry of Raleigh; eight grandchildren Lee Pridgen, John Pridgen, Thad Wester, Katherine Gunn, Marion Reeves, Wes Reeves, Matt Kidd, and Will Kidd; and six great-grandchildren.

Considered by many to be the heart of Bald Head, Lee was a true pioneer who came south, graduated from Duke University, and learned that oysters were a part of a Thanksgiving feast. She taught us the value of living in harmony with nature. Lee was a long time supporter of the Chapel, and served in many ways. She chaired numerous committees including Hospitality, Altar Guild, and Outreach. An avid knitter and Master gardener, Lee was known as one of the best cooks on Bald Head.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date in Lumberton, NC and on Bald Head Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Bald Head Island Conservancy P.O. Box 3109 Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461 or by going to .
Weekly Chapel Email Updates
We hope you are receiving our Chapel emails each week.  If not, and you would like to be added to our Chapel Connections list, please provide your preferred email address to Pattie Caban and Jeannie Rodbell at
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
The Bald Head Island AA group is hosting virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Meetings are held on Mondays at 8 a.m. (Zoom Group # 390 973 7348, passcode 217739) and Thursdays at 8 a.m. (Zoom Group # 390 973 7348, passcode 217739). For more information, those interested can reach out to John B. at and/or 336-671-8858. In-person meetings are not foreseen due to COVID for the near future, in accordance with AA
The Bald Head Island AA group is hosting virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Meetings are held on Mondays at 8 a.m. (Zoom Group # 390 973 7348, passcode 217739) and Thursday at 8 a.m. (Zoom Group # 390 973 7348, passcode 217739). For more information, those interested can reach out to John B. at and/or 336-671-8858. In-person meetings are not foreseen due to COVID for the near future, in accordance with AA
Chapel Donations
Please consider donating to the Village Chapel
The Village Chapel Board of Trustees

President: Mary Jo Walker*
Vice President & Worship:  Emily Hill*
Secretary: Gayle Sanders*
Treasurer: David Beam*
Building & Grounds:  Keith Bradley
Technology:  Ben Comer
Altar Guild:  Elizabeth Kinney
Communications:  Kevin Arata
Hospitality:  Mary Mears 
Outreach:  Sherry Roese
Wedding Guild:  Debbie Ward
Ex-Officio:  Elizabeth Beam

* Members of the Executive Committee


The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island provides all people an opportunity to worship God, express faith, and observe Judeo-Christian traditions to connect with God, connect with others, and connect others with God.


We are a people of the Word, people of Faith, and people of Love. Thanks be to God.


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