May – June 2018

Dear Friends,

Major repairs to the stonework on the Madison Avenue façade of the church will commence this summer. You may recall that the steeple was restored on all four sides a few years ago. It is now time to address the rest of the west façade.
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We could spread out the work and do it in phases, but we will save a considerable amount of money in the long run if we are able to do all the restoration that is needed both now or will be required over the course of the next ten years. The Vestry is soliciting bids at the moment. Contributions to underwrite the work would be very welcome; they can be made through our web site.
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Here are some further reflections on buildings and finances, from my weekly blog that is posted on the web site:
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Last night, I attended the annual dinner of the Church Club of New York, a social organization run by city Episcopalians.
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The guest speaker was the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. Among other things, he mentioned an enormous building project in the upper gallery of the Abbey. It is in process now and will cost over thirty-two million pounds (forty million dollars).
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This is an extreme example of the vast expenses incurred by any ecclesiastical body that has to maintain a historic building. Many such buildings in the UK–like the Abbey and St. Paul’s–have American supporters or “friends” to help underwrite the work.
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While Incarnation’s building needs at the moment (about three hundred thousand dollars) are much smaller that Westminster Abbey’s, our base of support is also smaller. In other words, we need all the friends we can get.
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BIBLE TRIVIA NIGHT
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On Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., there will be the annual Joint meeting of the Men’s and Women’s Groups in the Parish House. Our program last year was such a success that we want to repeat it this year. Here’s last year’s notice of the event:
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Join us for a night of Bible trivia. Not confident in your biblical knowledge? Not to worry; there will be plenty of easy questions and teammates to help you out. Come celebrate our last meeting of the program year with fellowship, friendly competition, and even a few prizes. Refreshments will be served.
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INCARNATION BOOK CLUB
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The next meeting of the Incarnation Book Club will be on Monday, June 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will be discussing the novel, Less by Andrew Sean Greer. This novel recently was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
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THANKS TO:
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***The Chalice Bearers, Lay Readers, Altar Guild, Acolytes, Ushers, Hospitality Committee, youth, and everyone else who helped with the Holy Week and Easter services and festivities, and Rodica Georgescu, for making the Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday.
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***Kathleen and Michael Linburn for a very generous gift toward the new stonework restoration work.
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***All who volunteered for our April Senior Resource Day.
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***The Incarnation youth who participated in a service project for Moravian Open Door.
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***The Anti-Trafficking Group hotel outreach teams, who continue to educate hotels in our neighborhood on the importance of sex trafficking awareness training for hotel employees.
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FROM THE ASSOCIATE RECTOR:
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Mission and Outreach I am excited to announce that Pentecost Sunday, May 20, will also be Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. We look forward to celebrating parishioners engaged in our Mission and Outreach activities: Senior Resource Day volunteers, the Anti-Trafficking Group, volunteers at Moravian Open Door, participants in Operation Santa, and all children engaged in our Family Friday service projects. If this list includes you, please be sure to join us. Volunteers will be recognized at all three services, and we will have a special reception at the 12:00 p.m. Coffee Hour.
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Also on Sunday, May 20, we will have a meeting of the newly formed Moravian Open Door Committee at 1:00 p.m. Anyone who has volunteered at Moravian Open Door is welcome to attend. We’ll be reflecting on our ministry and planning for future events. Notably, our ministry with Moravian Open Door will soon be featured in Moravian Magazine, a publication for members of the Moravian Church in North America. I look forward to sharing the article once it goes to print!
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Twenties and Thirties The Rector is hosting the 20s/30s Group for a spring party on his roof deck. Join your fellow young adults on Monday, May 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.This is a great opportunity to bring the entire Group together for the end of the program year and bid adieu to some members who will be relocating over the summer. RSVP to me.
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Children and Families There will be a pizza and bowling party after the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, June 10, for all acolytes to celebrate their ministry at the altar and leadership in worship. If you see Baird, James, Christopher or Kendall, please extend your thanks for an ongoing job well done. Our worship is enhanced by their faithful presence and service. Acolytes and I will meet by the sacristy immediately after Morning Prayer and depart from the church. We’ll finish at Bowlmor Lanes (222 W. 44th St.) at 3:30 p.m.
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In years past, the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend marked the last day of Sunday School. In response to popular demand, our teachers have graciously volunteered to keep Sunday School going through Sunday, June 17, which aligns with the school year. Thank you, teachers! I know the children thank you as well. We will also continue the Christian Parenting Group and the newly formed Parent Toddler Playgroup through mid-June. These groups meet on alternating Thursday mornings; contact me for more information.
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Due to a scheduling conflict, we will not be offering Vacation Bible School this year. I know that’s a disappointment for some our kids (mine included) and parents alike, be we will be organizing a couple events for families over the summer. This includes another Family Friday on June 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll be having a talent show and dance party. Children are invited to get their talent show acts ready and prepare to shine!
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Women’s Group The date of our May Women’s Group meeting has been a bit of a moving target in attempts to accommodate a very special speaker. The new date is Wednesday, May 23, when we’ll gather in the Parish House from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.with Melissa Fogarty, Incarnation’s cantor for Candlelight Communion. Melissa will lead the group in an exploration of deep music listening as a resource to put us more in touch with ourselves and our faith. If there are any songs or pieces of music that you find particularly meaningful, let me know and Melissa will incorporate them into the evening. All music genres are welcome. Melissa offered this program to the 20s/30s earlier this year, and on a personal note, it was a most powerful and heart-opening spiritual experience. I hope all you ladies can join me for what will be a truly exceptional night.
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Thy Kingdom Come Incarnation is joining the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and Anglicans around the world in “Thy Kingdom Come,” a global prayer movement that invites Christians to pray between Ascension Day (May 10) and Pentecost (May 20) for more people to grow in their relationship with Jesus and for God to show us new ways of living and loving.
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We encourage you to join us by phone each night during these 11 days at 9:00 p.m.One of the clergy or a fellow parishioner will share a brief reflection, Scripture reading and prayer. The dial in number is 712-770-4160. When prompted, enter the participant code 661383#. Each call will last approximately 5-10 minutes. Learn more about “Thy Kingdom Come” at thykingdomcome.global. Together let’s pray for God’s kingdom to come and for the Holy Spirit to move in our own lives and in the lives of others.
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Summer Movie Screening The Sunday morning Bible Study is presently focused on the Book of Acts, which shares the story of the birth of the Christian church with the Apostle Paul taking a leading role. Recently, the movie Paul, Apostle of Christ hit theaters in New York City. The timing couldn’t be better, and we look forward to screening the movie at Incarnation this summer. Stay tuned for details on the date and time, and join us in Bible Study at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings to learn about Paul’s journey in preparation for the film.
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–The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser
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FROM OUR NEW VESTRY MEMBER:
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Alex Nelson grew up in Rhode Island and came to New York for graduate school. He started work for Putnam Investments overseeing Property Management including real estate purchases, sales, construction, and insurance, and subsequently became Chief Administrative Officer for Putnam Mutual Funds. He then became Managing Director of 401K Sales and Services. He returned to NYC in 2005 to manage the pension sales business for AXA Equitable from which he is now retired.
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Alex has served as President of the Board of Managers for 425 Fifth Avenue Condo Association for the last 10 years. He and his wife, Erlinda, have two children. They were happy to find Incarnation, attend services regularly, and participate in several Church programs.
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Education: BA – URI; MBA – Columbia; APC (Real Estate Finance) – NYU
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NEWS FROM FORMER PARISHIONERS:
***Former Honorary Assistant, the Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook was in town recently, and Dana and I were able to bring her up-to-date on Incarnation news. Sheryl is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty and Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education of Claremont Theological College outside Los Angeles. She reports that she, her husband Paul and her daughter Rachel are thriving in the warm California climate.
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BOOKS—DUSTY BUT FREE
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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 in the next few weeks.
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SUMMER AT INCARNATION
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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. And as we prepare the autumn and winter, we also welcome any ideas you might have for parish discussions and programs.
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The usual Dutch-treat summer brunches at a local restaurant will take place on June 17, July 22, and August 19. Come and bring a neighbor.
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FALL RETREAT
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Click here for a detailed description of our third annual Parish Retreat at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut. This weekend provides both spiritual uplift and country downtime. Fill out the reservation form if you would like to attend. Spaces are limited.
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As I write this, I am preparing to travel to London to represent the Diocese of New York at the enthronement of the new Bishop of London. While I am there, I will be meeting several times with the priest-in-charge and members of our sister parish of St. Vedast-Alias-Fosters, and I will be preaching there on May 13. I will be sure to offer your greetings to the folks at St. Vedast.
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Yours,
Doug+
The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley
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