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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Guild Shop Site Launched with Six Liturgical Golf Shirts

September 22, 2011 - The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church announced today a new online storefor the Vergers' Guild Shop. This new site has more products and better photos than ever before.

Guild Shop Manager Bill Gleason reported that a new set of six liturgically-colored VGEC golf shirts is available at a reduced price. "To celebrate the launch of the new site, we're offering the new liturgically-colored set of six golf shirts for $150 through the end of 2011 which is $25 off the normal price. These shirts are great for working behind the scenes at your parish or showing your support for the VGEC anywhere you go," said Gleason. The golf shirts are also available individually for $35 each.

The new site was built on the Amazon Web Store e-commerce platform that allows the VGEC to organize and display verger-related products in a much more professional and pleasing way. The store is organized with a new department structure that includes Conference RegistrationsAccessoriesClothingJewelry, the Training Course, and a newVerger Regalia department focusing on beginner verger-related items.

According to VGEC President Margaret McLarty, "We are very pleased to have launched this new site as part of our overall web presence for the guild. Our ability to offer VGEC-branded items, conference and course registrations, and entry-level verger regalia items is very exciting for our membership. With the new site, everyone can see and explore the breadth of items that we offer much better than before."

The new site also includes the ability for purchasers to write reviews of products that they have ordered, allowing all VGEC members to learn more about the products before making purchases.

Visit the site today at vergers.org/shop.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Verger's Update From National Cathedral

Sunday, September 4, 2011 by Claude "Duke" DuTeil

Earthquake... Hurricane... If we see locusts and frogs anytime soon the cathedral may be looking for a new head verger!

The Washington National Cathedral took a big hit on Aug 23, 2011 when the massive earthquake in Virginia shook the east coast. The Earthquake did millions of dollars damage to the Cathedral - pinnacles have fallen, others are turned, the central tower is severely damaged (engineers will not allow ringing of the tower bells), buttresses are cracked, stones have fallen (one punched a hole in the roof), and mortar is loose and falling. Engineers, architects, and stone masons are still inspecting so the full extent of the damage is still unknown. Fortunately hurricane Irene merely skirted DC and did not aggravate the damage to the cathedral.

A spirit of interfaith cooperation sprang to life as the cathedral has closed its Nave until at least September 9th.
This has all been a lesson in cooperation from which people on the other hill in DC might well learn.

Currently there is a fence around the cathedral that will probably be in place for a year or more as work begins to repair the towers. An inch by inch inspection is being done on the ceiling of the nave. The plan is to string mesh safety nets at the clerestory level in the nave and transepts. Once the inspection is completed and the nets are in place we likely be cleared  to open the nave for services. The hope is that this will be accomplished in time for the 9/11 memorial weekend events and services to be held at the cathedral.

For additional information, pictures, and to help in the restoration of this national treasure, please seedcquake.nationalcathedral.org.