If Anabel Taylor Chapel is the liturgical home of our community, “Wait Avenue” at 214 Wait Avenue on North Campus could be considered its spiritual heart and soul as well as a home away from home. Currently the home of the chaplain and family, the house is also a welcome center for our ECC community. Annual barbecues in the spring and fall, summer get togethers for those in residence, and periodic ‘fireside chats’ are also held in the back yard on cool fall and spring nights. We also have community gatherings here for classes, Christmas parties, and the occasional impromptu gathering of students and friends for house church. Many a Sunday night meal has originated from the Wait Avenue kitchen, and students have from time to time booked time to use its kitchen to bake some cookies or whip up a Sunday night meal when the spirit inspires!
There is a rich history in the house and many delightful stories. A number of Cornell marriages began over sherry hours hosted by the chaplain and family during the 50’s and 60’s, and ECC students lived there during the 2000’s. House resident Phil Vangeli was known to feed the resident skunks leftover pizza prompting a recent chaplain to joke that they seem sorely disappointed that they are no longer getting such fine fare!