Summer 2015



Dear Friends,

The E-minder has been on vacation but is coming back soon in a new and improved version. Meanwhile, here is some news for you, either on paper of via email.


The Spire Restoration Campaign is winding down, though some of us who made two- or three-year pledges will be making additional contributions to the Spire Fund. What hasn’t been covered by donations, outside gifts, legacies, and foundation grants will be made up by these additional gifts and by income from restricted endowment funds. I’ll publish a full financial statement later this year.

Meanwhile, the tower is shining in the spring sun, and on Sunday, June 7, we will be celebrating this tremendous accomplishment with champagne and cake. If you have donated and haven’t received your souvenir stone, you can pick one up at the coffee hour.

Special thanks to the members of the Steering Committee, Janet Loengard, Chris Stromee, and Jonathan Vaughan, as well as to Michael and Kathy Linburn, Sandra Cecchini, and many others who worked on and donated to the program.


On Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m., members of the Women’s Group and the Men’s Group will hold a joint end-of-the season potluck supper. The theme of the evening will “Missionary Visits of the Apostles,” with food prepared with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern themes. Paul, Peter, James, and others began in the Holy Land and journey as far west as Spain; Thomas is reputed to have gone to India. So you have a lot of choices as to the food and drink for the dinner.

Call 212 689-6350 or email to let us know that you’ll be coming and what you will be bringing.


The Women’s Group will sponsor a showing of the film, Selma, on Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m., in the Parish Living Room. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided. The film is open to everyone in the parish, and there will be time to discuss it after the viewing.


***Former assistant, the Rev. Canon Amy Cortright, was in town recently for a meeting of an alumni committee at General Theological Seminary. Her husband, the Rev. Canon Joe Chambers, has just been appointed a top assistant to the Bishop of Missouri.

***Chuck Beardsley writes from Brunswick, Maine, that he is doing well, despite battling Parkinson’s Disease.

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A recent Murray Hill Neighborhood Association newsletter reports that Murray Hill is “the top U. S. neighborhood for college-educated persons between 25-34 years of age.” According to a real estate blog, this population is characterized by “high proportions of science and technology workers, high levels of education, and high rent.”

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The Adult Bible Study has its last session before the summer on Father’s Day, June 21. The class resumes on Sunday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m.


The Sunday School year ends on June 14, and will resume in mid-September. Please contact me if you might be interested in helping with the Sunday School in the autumn.


Incarnation’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held Monday, August 10, through Friday, August 14, 2015, and will run from 9:15 a.m. until 12:00 noon each day. The cost is $50 per child. To register children ages 3-10, please call the church office, 212-689-6350. Tell your friends and neighbors about this program, and consider volunteering your time and talent to make the week a success. We need volunteers to lead games, crafts, music, and storytelling; to help with snacks and registration; and to be in charge of groups of five or six children. There are plenty of “behind the scenes” tasks as well. You can volunteer for all, one, or a few of the days.


The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser begins her ministry here on July 15 and will be preaching at all the services on Sunday, July 19. On Sunday, October 4, at 11 a.m., we will have a celebration of her new ministry as we have had for former assistants; we will also have a luncheon that day.


***Sandy Cecchini for many, many hours volunteering as Parish Administrator, and Ginny Bubaris and other office volunteers for their help this spring.

***Everyone on the Church Family Committee for being so helpful to Tom Southworth and Basil Elliot.

***Our acolytes, who served so faithfully this year: Baird Johnson, Christopher and James Vincent, and Junior Acolyte Kendall Gardner.

***Our Sunday School teachers: Meredith Huveneers, Monica Culoso, Mark Lulka, Kim Neufeld, and Emmy Wardrop.

***Brian Lamb and members of the Garden Committee for all their work in the church garden following the end of the tower repair.


Summer rapidly approaches, which means we see the end of our choir season here at Incarnation. Sunday, May 17 was the last choir Sunday. During the summer months, soloists from the choir sing for the 11:00 a.m. services. As I always say, this is a great opportunity to hear our choir members present their solo repertoire. Another great year of music making, and looking forward to many more!

On Saturday, June 13, St. George’s Choral Society presents a free concert here at Incarnation, featuring the Poulenc Gloria and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The Bernstein piece was written in 1965, so this year marks its 50th anniversary. I hope you can all take advantage of this free concert.

The Senior Warden has informed me of a Vestry decision to make some pretty substantial budget cuts to the music program at Incarnation. I will be working out these details over the coming months, but am confident we will continue to present outstanding music here. I know we will find creative and interesting ways to do this. I am forever grateful to all the musicians we have here, especially for their hard work and artistry.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer! —Matthew Lewis


The 20/30s group will be attending the 5 p.m. service on June 7th and

then will have a beer tasting at the Parish house next door after the
service. It will be a tasting of the beer we brewed on April 30th…it’s finally ready!

Feel free to bring friends, roommates, spouses etc. Please RSVP to me if you are able to attend. Remember to come thirsty!

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I should mention that, thanks to Andrew Ousley, the beer will be called, “Steeplechaser” and will bear the label of “The Incarnation Brewing Company.”


We are holding our usual summer Sunday brunches on the last Sundays of the month: May 31, June 28, July 26, and August 30, after the coffee hour. These Dutch treat meals usually cost $15-20, depending on what you order. No reservations needed.

***On March 27, 2015, Barbara Brunger died in Madison, CT, following a long battle with Parkinson’s; she was 77. While Barbara had not attended church in some time because of her illness, she was a faithful member and contributor to Incarnation, as well as a personal friend for almost 40 years. I gave her last rites at Connecticut Hospice and later officiated at her funeral in Madison. Please remember her husband Bill and her children and grandchildren in your prayers.

***On April 12, 2015, Basil Elliot died in a Harlem nursing home, following a heart attack; he was 92. As I mentioned in my April 19 sermon and at Basil’s funeral on 5, he served Incarnation as Head Usher, Building Committee Chair, and Vestry member. He also ordered and paid for new kneelers for the church. He was a great presence in our congregation.

***On May 4, 2015, Thomas Southworth died in an Upper West Side nursing home, following a stroke; he was 94. Tom had been a volunteer receptionist at the church and assistant Head Usher since the 1970’s. Until last autumn, he was in the office six days a week, traveling by bus or subway from his home in the West Side YMCA. He knew everyone and was an inexhaustible source of information about what was happening in the parish. His funeral will be held at Incarnation sometime later in June.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

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In May, we were honored to receive a visit from the Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, a Chaplain to the Queen and one of the best-known and most-honored figures in the Anglican Communion

Bishop Chartres was in New York to address the Church Club (open to all New York Episcopalian laypeople). He attended a meeting in the Parish House with clergy from New York parishes linked with the Diocese of London and then dined with New York Suffragan Bishop Allen Shin, the Rev. Dr. Alan McCormack, and others in my apartment.

Speaking of Fr. McCormack, he has just announced that in September, he will become Dean of William Goodenough House in London. Located in Bloomsbury near the University of London, Goodenough provides residences and programs for graduate students.

We will of course maintain our link with St. Vedast-Alias-Fosters, and we wish Fr. McCormack well in his return to academe. This September, I hope to travel to the UK to preach at a service in his honor.


The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley



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