May-June 2017

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite sections in this Parish Letter is “Incarnation in the News.” I’m always pleased when our activities are noticed by the world outside the Episcopal Church. This month, there is much to report about the recognition earned by our outreach ministries.

***On Easter Monday, an article in the New York Times mentioned our Human Trafficking project and quoted our Associate Rector.
***The next day, Times columnist David Brooks said some very positive things about his experience as a camper and counselor at Incarnation Camp.
***On April 30, Mayor Bill Di Blasio proclaimed the day, “St. George’s Chorale Society Day.” The Society proceeded to mark its 200th anniversary with a splendid performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in our church.
Copies of these articles and the proclamation are posted in the Parish House and on our website. Congratulations to all the staff and parishioners who support these outreach projects.
***Sandy von Benken and the Hospitality Committee team who put on the reception on April 2 to honor Bishop Allen Chin and the confirmands. We officially welcome to our parish: William McMillen Lulka, Mark Oppenheimer and Dana Scofidio (confirmed) and Alex Nelson and Stephen Szycher (received).
***Rodica Georgescu, for making the Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday.
***The Chalice Bearers, Lay Readers, Altar Guild, Acolytes, Ushers, Hospitality Committee, and everyone else who helped with the Holy Week and Easter services and festivities.
***Jedd Katrancha for donating electronic devices to the Episcopal Digital Ministry in Haiti.
***Kirsten Dyer, Mark Oppenheimer, Mary Taliaferro, and Axi Walker for participating in our 20s/30s service project at Moravian Open Door.

The Men’s Group has begun a new program that we are calling, “Spiritual Friends.” The idea is to set up pairs of group members; the pairs will meet occasionally for dinner to discuss spiritual matters. One pair has already formed; let me know if you are interested. (Adrian is exploring a similar program for the Women’s Group.)


On May 21, we begin a new series for the Sunday morning Bible study: “SundayGospel, Sunday Times.” Each week, we will look at the Sunday Gospel reading and consider what perspective our Christian faith offers on the events of our day. “SundayGospel, Sunday Times” will run for six weeks, concluding on June 25. Bible study will go on hiatus for the remainder of the summer.


Our Lecture series on Christianity in the Workplace continues on Sunday, May 21, with a talk by Dr. Kay Spencer Crabb. Her talk at 12:30 in the Assembly Hall will be followed by a discussion that will conclude around 1:15.

Kay is a member of Incarnation who has a psychiatric practice primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults. A Radcliffe College student, she received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, where she majored in English. She went to medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and then did further study at the University of Maryland, NYU, and Bellevue. She is currently on the voluntary faculty at NYU.

As members of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, Incarnation will be holding an Open House on Sunday afternoon, May 21, from 1:15 to 5:00 p.m. Stop by if you would like to greet visitors or if you have friends who would like to see the church.
As another choir season nears its conclusion, I am filled with gratitude for our wonderful singers, and for so many enthusiastic comments I hear from church members week after week. I hope you all know what an incredible pleasure and honor it is for us to make music here at Incarnation!
Our last choir Sunday of this season will be May 21, which will feature choral music of Tallis and Titcomb, along with organ music of Franck and Duruflé.
Beginning Sunday, May 28, soloists from the choir will sing for the 11:00 a.m. Sundayservices. This is a great opportunity to hear these fine singers in solo capacity. It also gives us opportunity to hear different music: solo literature, ranging from oratorio and cantata to lieder, chansons and other song repertoire. A very nice way to have music in the summer! Choir will resume Sunday, September 17.
On Sunday, June 11, I will give an informal talk in the Assembly Hall after church. We will discuss music in worship, particularly congregational participation and how it enriches our lives. I hope you’ll join me!
Matthew Lewis
Supper groups are now being formed; they will begin this summer. Let me know if you’re interested.
Mission and Service
Incarnation’s anti-trafficking group has steadily continued to reach out to hotels about sex trafficking awareness training for hotel employees. Recently, State Assembly Member Amy Paulin took notice and requested details about this advocacy ministry. She has since proposed a bill that would require all hotels and motels in New York State to post the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and provide human trafficking awareness training to their staff. Stay tuned for information on how we can lobby for this bill’s passage.
On Sunday, June 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., all are invited to participate in Incarnation’s S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project. Join us in the Assembly Hall to learn more about the anti-trafficking group’s outreach ministry to hotels and help with its next initiative – labeling 2,000 bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to distribute to local hotels. Participants are welcome to join the anti-trafficking group at a later date to approach hotels with the with the complimentary bars of soap, information about human trafficking, and posters of missing children in New York City.
Children and Families
The last day of Sunday School will be Sunday, May 21. Following the 11:00 a.m.service, Sunday School teacher and Altar Guild member Meredith Huveneers will lead a field trip to the altar guild sacristy. Meredith will give the children an up-close look at how we keep and care for our sacred vessels used in the Eucharist.
Thanks to our Sunday School teachers – Meredith Huveneers, Kim Neufeld, Kristin Schreiber, and Emmy Wardrop – for another year of service to God in cultivating the joy of the Lord in our children and bringing them up to follow Jesus. There will be a reception for teachers on Monday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. in my apartment.
Our next Family Friday will be June 23 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will include a dance party for kids. If you own an Xbox or Wii video game console that we could hook up to the TV in the Assembly Hall for this event, please let me know.
We are blessed by our acolytes, their service at the altar, and their dedication to our worshiping community. In celebration of their ministry among us, all acolytes are invited out for pizza and bowling after morning services on Sunday, June 25. Acolytes and chaperones will leave from the church after worship. Parents may pick up at Bowlmor Lanes (222 W. 44th St.) at 3:30 p.m. or back at the church at 4:00 p.m.

This year’s Vacation Bible School will run August 14-18, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day. VBS is open to children ages 3-10. Parents, as you make plans for summer camps and vacations, please keep these dates in mind. As always, we look forward to this special opportunity for scripture based songs, art and imaginative play as we nurture our children in the faith. Program details coming soon.

Twenties and Thirties

Gardening is a life-nurturing spiritual activity that allows us to connect with God in connecting to creation. 20s/30s are invited to join the Garden Committee to work in the church garden on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, we’ll head out for brunch in the neighborhood. Let me know if you can join us for gardening, brunch, or both.

Save the date: Young adults from around the Diocese will be going to the Mets-Yankee game on Tuesday, August 15. Tickets are $30. I’m going and hope you will too! RSVP to me.
The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser
I have asked the new member of the 2017 Vestry to submit a biography for this Parish Letter:
Catherine Chesney Carotenuto is serving her first term as a Vestry member. Catherine grew up in Memphis, TN and moved to New York City in 1994. She was happy to find Incarnation, where she particularly enjoys serving as a chalice bearer and lay reader. She and her husband, Robert were married at Incarnation in May 2008. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she also has a MA in Art History from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Catherine has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1998, and held various positions in the President’s Office and the Office for Construction and Facilities before joining the Department of Arms and Armor in 2016. She and Robert live in Riverdale and enjoy travel, theater, cooking, and of course, visiting museums.
I am still paring down the number of books in my library. Some of those I am giving away are on display in the Parish Living Room. Feel free to take any that interest you.

As we plan for a couple of recreational events for the summer months, we welcome your suggestions. I hope that you will have time for rest and re-creation.



The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley

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