Operation Santa — COMING UP!
This year’s Operation Santa will take place in the Parish House after morning services on Sunday, December 20.
During the Christmas season, the post office collects letters written to “Santa” and makes them available for answering. Each Christmas season, we have a selection of letters to choose from in the Parish House. We will pre-sort the letters and choose those that ask for necessities; e.g winter coats, shoes and smaller gifts. You are invited to participate as the group selects letters, shops for gifts, and wraps and mails gifts together. You are also welcome to select a letter and respond on your own, make a donation, or simply help with the work of selecting, wrapping, and getting gifts to the post office. Children of any age can make Christmas cards!
Computer Help for Seniors — Senior Resource Day
Responding to current needs of senior citizens, some of whom have limited experience with computers and social media, Church of the Incarnation has developed a unique outreach program to teach and assist those who would like to learn computer skills or put the knowledge they already have to better use. Twice a year, Incarnation holds “Senior Resource Day,” when parish volunteers offer one-on-one tech assistance to help seniors in the neighborhood navigate the Internet and email, video chat, Facebook, smartphones, and tablets (such as iPads).
One of the first attendees of Senior Resource Day asked to get connected to Twitter so she could stay in touch with her granddaughter living far away. An 84-year-old who said her parents lived well into their 90’s decided to set up a profile at a dating site. Others have learned computer skills and how to use new APPS.
Our last Senior Resource Day was Sunday, November 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Local physical therapist and parishioner, Todd Edelson, also joined us to discuss PREVENTING FALLS in a presentation and Q&A. The next Senior Resource Day will be offered in the Spring of 2017.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world and enslaves thousands in our city. On October 18, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser gave an awareness training and suggested two immediate actions everyone can take:
- Learn the signs of human trafficking and save the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in your cell phone contacts. Call if you encounter a potential human trafficking situation: 1-888-373-7888
- Urge your Congresspersons to co-sponsor the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act by submitting this letter.
On November 8, Adrian led a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for parishioners to experience the UN GIFT Box, a walk-in piece of art that educates viewers about the realities trafficked individuals face. The GIFT Box is on view at the Cathedral through the end of the year.
Stay tuned for more offerings in the new year about learning and responding to the crisis of human trafficking.
Moravian Open Door
Incarnation is involved in projects at Moravian Open Door, a transitional housing program for homeless seniors. We are looking for volunteers interested in writing birthday cards so that every resident gets a note of support and care on their birthday.
To get involved or to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center was founded as “Incarnation Camp” in 1886. Now a 700-acre site in Ivoryton, Connecticut, east of New Haven, the facility includes almost 60 buildings and a mile-long private lake. It is open 365 days a year for overnight and day camps, conferences, nature study and recreation. The Incarnation Vestry annually elects the governing Board of Directors, which has representatives from our parish and 25 other sponsoring parishes. A link to the camp is provided; its main phone number is 860 767-0848.
Link Parish in London
In 2009, our parish established a link with a Church of England parish in the Diocese of London, with which the Diocese of New York has a “companion” relationship. Our link is St. Vedast Alias Foster, located in the ancient City of London, just behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. Incarnation members visiting London are encouraged to attend St. Vedast’s and to make themselves known to the clergy and parishioners there. We recently received a visit from Father Alan McCormack who has been our chief contact. Father McCormack is moving on to a new position in the summer of 2015 but our association with St. Vedast will continue as will our friendship with Father McCormack.