Summer 2016

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, August 23, we will be having a Game Night. We have had these recreational summer evenings in the past, with board and card games as well as pool. This year, we can also offer ping pong and a bean-bag toss.

Come anytime between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.; no need to reserve. We’ll have refreshments available too.


I can’t remember when so many former or shut-in members passed away in such a short time. Hamilton Forster died at the age of 83 following a brief illness. Gloria Carbonell died at the age of 90 following a stroke. Fred Kellogg died at the age of 88, also following a stroke. Funerals for Gloria and Fred were held at Incarnation.

In addition, former members Don Reynolds and David Glass also died.

May God comfort all those who mourn their passing, and may they rest in peace.


Mission and Outreach

We are gearing up for a parish-wide summer service opportunity. On Saturday, July 23, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Incarnation will cook breakfast at Moravian Open Door for the 40 homeless residents who live at this transitional housing facility. To help cover the cost of food (approximately $150), we recently launched our “Make a Joyful Noise!” campaign; parishioners toss their loose change into a large, marked glass container in the Parish House. I am pleased to announce that this 3-gallon container is over halfway full – let’s fill it to the top! If you empty your loose change into a jar or container at the end of the day, consider bringing your collection of coins to church. It will definitely make a joyful noise. Donations of cash or check are also welcome and will go to support Moravian’s Open Door’s breakfast program, which provides residents a healthy breakfast six days a week. Let me know if you’d like to volunteer on July 23. On Thursday, August 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., we’ll return for a coin rolling party – a great way to bring our communities together in fellowship as we continue to discern more ways of partnering with Moravian Open Door.

In the last newsletter, I wrote about a new advocacy ministry for Incarnation. Our anti-trafficking group is reaching out to hotels in the neighborhood to let them know about the importance of training their staff to spot the signs of sex trafficking so they can alert authorities. We recently had our first hotel meeting at the Hampton Inn Empire State Building on 35th St., and it was a total success. The management team will be pursuing trafficking awareness training and then rolling it out to the rest of their staff. Please continue to hold this ministry in prayer and let me know if you want to be involved. You’ll also be able to read an article about it in the next/summer edition of The Episcopal New Yorker.

Twenties and Thirties

The 20s/30s Group is enjoying some of New York’s great outdoor offerings this summer. In June, we gathered for a picnic and screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Bryant Park Summer Festival. In August, we’ll head to Madison Square Park for their summer concert series on the Oval Lawn. The August lineup is coming soon, and I’ll be in touch with details.

Children and Families

Vacation Bible School returns for children ages 3-10 and will run 9:15 a.m. to noon, August 15-19. This year we’ll be going on a Cave Quest to learn about following Jesus, the Light of the World. Kids will spend each day spelunking through activity stations that will ground them in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love. The cost of this underground adventure is $100 per child; maximum of $200 per family. Please contact me to register your child or volunteer to help. Volunteers are needed the week of and also the week prior.

The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser


***The Rev. William Ogburn, a former seminarian intern at Incarnation, has been hired by the Church of St Luke-in-the-Field’s, Manhattan; he will be a Priest Associate there.


Summer Sundays at Incarnation feature soloists from our choir – a wonderful opportunity to hear these great singers present their solo repertoire! And a fun way to hear things we don’t often hear during the choir season. Our soloists sing two solos each Sunday, and help us worship by leading the hymns and service music, making our summer Sundays uplifting and meaningful to all of us.

The Incarnation Choir begins the choir season on Sunday, September 18. I look forward to working with this talented and dedicated group of singers for another season!

On Sunday, July 17, I gave a demonstration lecture after church, “An Introduction to the Organ.” I presented a brief history of the organ as an instrument and explained how the mechanics of this complex machine works, including how it came to be developed into the instrument we know today.

I will be away for the Sundays in August, but will look forward to playing Sunday services when I return in September.

Matthew Lewis


***All who volunteered for the June Senior Resource Day.

***Laurie Mygatt for helping to organize a screening and discussion of the film, Amazing Grace.


We are planning a fall retreat at the Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut and invite everyone in the parish (youngest to oldest) to participate. There will be outdoor and indoor recreation, as well as time for rest and worship. The retreat begins Friday, September 23, and continues through the middle of the day on Sunday, September 25. Cost of the retreat is $185 for adults and $85 for children ages 4-13, plus train fare. Please contact the Rector for more information or to reserve your spot; a $50 deposit is required.

You can learn more about what we have in store for the retreat on Sunday, August 21 at 12:30 p.m. Dana Stivers from the Incarnation Center will speak about all that the Center and surrounding property has to offer to retreat goers. She will also share about Incarnation’s historical link to the Center.


I’m happy to report that all the work that the Incarnation 2020 Committee put into its report continues to bear fruit. Adrian, Matthew, and I offer the following update, which also indicates some exciting new events coming in the autumn and winter.

Back in January, the Incarnation 2020 Committee formulated a parish-wide questionnaire aimed at getting your feedback on how our liturgies, programs and overall parish life nurture your life in Christ. The questionnaire ran for several weeks and elicited responses from approximately 50 people.

We are grateful to those who filled out questionnaires, sharing likes, dislikes and suggestions for how we as a church can enhance our communal life. All suggestions were reviewed and cataloged by the 20/20 committee, and many have already gone into effect. Since running the questionnaire, we have implemented such changes as permanent name tags, enlivening music, instruction on the hymnal, increasing mission and outreach opportunities, introduction of a family night, and small but important ways to make​ the 5:00 p.m. service more accessible and inviting.

Based on the questionnaires, there is a clear hunger for more Christian formation on topics such as inner spiritual life, church history, and faith and culture. As an immediate response, we offered a joint Men’s and Women’s Group meeting on the historical Jesus and started a Sunday series on “Christianity in the Workplace,” which will pick back up in September. This next program year will also include additional educational series offered during the week.

Finally, the questionnaires revealed a need to foster greater spiritual growth and deepening devotion to Christ. To that end, it is the recommendation of the 2020 Committee that Incarnation participate in RenewalWorks, a program supported by the Diocese that helps congregations evaluate their spiritual vitality and provides resources to support discipleship. The next opportunity for Incarnation to participate in RenewalWorks is January 2017, and you will hear more about the program in the coming months as we explore this possibility. You can also visit

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I would also note that while stewardship wasn’t specifically mentioned in the report, we do plan a rather different program this fall. New Consecration Sunday was introduced in the Diocese of New York a couple of years ago and has phenomenal success—not only in fund raising but in building commitment to God’s work.

New Consecration Sunday at Incarnation will be on November 13. We’ll have an exciting guest preacher and a free catered lunch. Much more information will be available in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, I hope the rest of your summer is fun and re-creative!



The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley

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