October 2017

Dear Friends,
As the autumn season begins, I am very happy to be able to announce that we have a new Interim Director of Music, Levente Medveczky.
Levente is a graduate student in the organ department at the Juilliard School which is of course the leading music conservatory in the country. (Our former organist, Dr. Matthew Lewis earned his PhD from Juilliard and now teaches there.) Originally from Hungary, Levente served a church in Utah before moving to New York City. I know you will want to welcome him to the Incarnation Family.
Levente sent this nice message upon being called to Incarnation:
Dear everyone,
First of all, let me thank Doug for the utmost kind introduction to the staff! I am sincerely excited to begin serving a lovely congregation as the Church of the Incarnation is, and to offer any and all my help to build a stronger community together! I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you over the course of this and next week! Until then, God bless you all!
With love, Levente
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The choir has returned and Sunday School and the Adult Bible Study have resumed. We had a fine retreat at Incarnation Center and have reserved the last weekend in September 2018 for our next visit to Ivoryton.
Mission and Outreach
Mission in October will focus on Moravian Open Door. The Executive Director, Susan Atts-Mendoza, will speak at Incarnation on Sunday, October 8 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Come learn about the history of Moravian Open Door, the services they provide, and their relationship with Incarnation. Susan will also discuss the ways her faith informs her work and what the residents of Moravian Open Door have to teach the church about being in intentional community.
On Friday, October 27, we’ll head over to Moravian Open Door for bingo night with the residents beginning at 6:00 p.m. We are seeking donations of refreshments and especially bingo prizes (worth approximately $10). Let me know if you can join us and/or if you can donate a prize for this event.
20s/30s Group
Common Table Theology is back! 20s/30s are invited to the Parish House on Wednesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a cooking demonstration by parishioner Dawn Harris Scarangella, a delicious meal and spiritual discussion. Our table topic will be “Spirituality and Social Media.” RSVP to me. Suggested donation of $10.
Children and Families
The Christian Parenting Group meets every other Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. Meetings in October will be on the 12th and 26th. On October 26, guest speaker and founder of Tournesol Kids, Carey Davidson, will begin a four-part series on promoting spiritual growth and wellbeing in our children.
–The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser
Circle Saturday, December 2 on your calendar. That’s the date of our Incarnation Christmas Fair. Coming up sooner than you think. Please volunteer. And donate saleable items. If you bring them in now, I can sort them and price them at a leisurely pace. Also think about special donations for our silent auction. We can use nice wines, unique “antiques” and housewares, and especially donated meals at local restaurants. Plan to volunteer to help sell things as well from 10 until 6. Many thanks.
–Laurie Mygatt
***A recent initiative by our Anti-Trafficking Group received prominent mention in the Episcopal News Service daily briefing: This New York priest is on a mission to help children trapped in sex trafficking at hotels.
***Brian Lamb, Andy Roberts and the Garden Committee for all their work on the garden and flower boxes this summer. The flowers and plants this year have been spectacular!
***Sandy von Benken, Erlinda Nelson, and all who assisted with the farewell party for Dr. Lewis.
*** Annette Defex and Dawn Harris Scarangella for their help with preparations for Family Friday in September.
We are especially grateful for the following sonnet in Matthew’s honor composed by our Senior Warden, Jonathan Vaughan:
To Dr. Matthew Lewis
Sunday, September 3, 2017
A Sonnet on his time as Music Director for Church of the Incarnation
When first we heard you make a tuneful sound
The year was in the prior millennium,
You made the organ and the choir resound,
Now time moves on, and swings its pendulum.
When Widor swells, or Franck, or Fauré sing
We feel uplifted. Choir and pipes combine
To honor festive seasons, and to bring
To life both hymns and music more sublime.
Our landmark church has beauty on display,
Both art and architecture are our pride,
But life comes to our service when you play
And move us all, like boats upon a tide.
Our hearts are full, so let us toast today,
To Matthew, and to Madame Duruflé.
On Sunday, October 8, there will be the traditional blessing of animals in front of the church. Bring your pet any time from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association will be leading tours of local landmarks during the afternoon of Saturday, October 14. Our church will be open and John Chadwick will be one of the docents greeting visitors. To buy a ticket for the tour ($45), click here.
For the first time in many years, we will have an Instructional Eucharist during the 11 AM service on Sunday, October 15. Adrian will celebrate the Eucharist and the choir and congregation will participate as usual but, in place of the sermon, I will offer a running commentary on the different elements of the service. This event follows a recommendation of the Renewal Works team. I think you will find it interesting and informative.
On October 22, we will welcome the priest-in-charge of our sister parish in the Diocese of London, St. Vedast-Alias-Fosters. The Rev. Paul Kennedy and his wife, Paula will be visiting the United States for the first time, and Paul will preach at 8:30, 11:00, and 5:00 on the 22nd. He will also speak at the Coffee Hour about current activities at St. Vedast and in the Diocese of London.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 30, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. We’ll be discussing Graham Swift’s Mothering Sunday. Light refreshments will be served. All of course are welcome.
On May 8th, John A. Morse died of heart failure at the age of 88. Before he moved to Ohio some years ago to be near his children, Jack was an enthusiastic usher and member of the Men’s Group. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children.
May light perpetual shine upon him, O Lord, and may he rest in peace. Amen.
Looking ahead, the next talk in our “Christianity in the Marketplace” series will be on Sunday, November 19, at 12:30 PM. Dr. Janet Loengard and Nancy Deihl will discuss ethical issues of working in academe; both are noted teachers and scholars.
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Finally, we are enclosing recent contribution statements with some of these Parish Letters, and there is a letter from the 2018 Stewardship Chairperson, Lenore Ritter. We have another celebratory Parish Luncheon planned for Sunday, November 5, at 12:15. The luncheon will be catered and free, but reservations will be mandatory; call 212 689-6350 or email me at info@churchoftheincarnation.org. If you can bring a dessert, let us know.
I look forward to seeing you this autumn!
The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley
Enclosures: 2018 Stewardship Letter, 2017 Pledge statement (for contributors, via U.S. mail)
Dear Fellow Parishioner,
“All things come of Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee.”
I Chronicles 29:14 KJV
As we accept the bounties that God has given us, it is incumbent on us to realize the importance of stewardship. The stewardship of our Church and the spiritual journey we share is an ongoing commitment – not only to our community, but to our own spiritual growth. We ask you to consider your pledge as an investment to perpetuate this growth. The liturgy, music, sermons and pastoral care, as well as the fellowship of our parish, all require your continued support.
Every year we ask you to consider enhancing your participation in supporting the Church of the Incarnation. But, we are also asking you to acknowledge the many blessings you have received.
At this time we are asking you to invest in the church and its’ future. Your investment, both financial and physical, is an important part of the future of the Church of the Incarnation. By investing with your pledges, we can continue this spiritual ministry that is so vital.
You will be receiving a pledge card, and we ask that you prayerfully consider what percentage of your income God might be calling you to give. How deep is your faith and desire to support your church? How full is your spiritual bank account? Remember that our pledges are an expression of our love for God and also ensure that the Vestry meets the annual budget and other goals of our parish.
We hope to see you and share in a wonderful companionship at the annual Parish Luncheon on November 5 at 12:15 PM in the Assembly Hall. The luncheon will be free but reservations are required; call 212 689-6350 or email the Rector at info@churchoftheincarnation.org.
Many thanks for your support!
Lenore Ritter,
2018 Stewardship Chairperson

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