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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

An Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition Where All Are Welcome

PARISH NOTES

November 2020

If you are visiting or new to Saint Ignatius, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home.



Worship
Our Community during this crisis
Christian Formation
Toiletries for Soup Kitchen

Stewardship 2021
The Leopards
Social Media

Capital Campaign: Saint Ignatius at 150
Prayer List
Ushering
Service Schedule


Worship

Although Covid-19 infection rates in New York City are amongst the lowest in the nation, nevertheless, the pandemic is raging out of control across the country and we have seen sharp rises in infections and test positivity here. The Bishop of New York, therefore, has imposed new limitations on in person worship effective immediately. Given these restrictions and our desire to include a variety of voices from the pulpit and have lay readers, we have determined that the wisest course of action is for us to be closed to the general public starting this Sunday, until further notice. For at least as long as Covid-19 remains a threat to public health and we have restrictions in place, we will continue to live stream Sunday worship and continue our other online offerings:

Solemn Mass will be live streamed on YouTube every Sunday at 11:00 A.M., and on feast days as announced. You can find our live streams and the library of all our past services on our YouTube channel

In addition, we will continue the following online offerings on Zoom (all times are EST):
Evening Prayer is said Monday-Thursday at 6:00 P.M.
Great Litany and Supplication on Fridays at NOON
Office of the Dead is prayed on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M.

You can find the links to all online services here.

If you are worshipping with us remotely, there are many ways for you to fulfill your Annual Stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge, or to make a donation to the church. The easiest way for you to do this is via PayPal, accessed by clicking the Donate button on the front page of our website. Your support remains essential to us during this period to ensure our continued operations in these challenging times, so we can serve you and our community, and keep up our historic property.

Stewardship 2021

Being a formal member of the parish means being regular in your attendance at worship and making a gift of support to the church, usually through a financial pledge. Your regular pledges to the church allow us, among other things to buy supplies, make repairs to the building, pay our share to the diocese, and, most importantly to pay our staff, so we can have beautiful worship and music, education programs, outreach ministries, and provide pastoral care for you, our members.

We have now launched our 2021 Stewardship Campaign. This is much earlier than we have done for many years and reflects the needs of our current financial situation. The Covid-19 emergency and its financial fall-out make our ability to budget for 2021 challenging. In order to ensure we can continue our ministry and programs and create a realistic budget it is essential that we have your firm commitment to support the church in the coming year as early as possible.

Once again we are conducting our every member canvas for Annual Stewardship and to check in with you about the Capital Campaign.

Both are critical to the life of our community and we hope that everyone who has pledged in the past will make a commitment to both, and hope that if you have never before made a formal pledge that you will seriously consider doing so.

Everyone who regularly participates in the life of the parish should expect to hear from someone about Annual Stewardship and the Capital Campaign.

Read the Stewardship Brochure here

Click here for our Online Pledge Form

Click here for a downloadable pledge card and direct debit instructions

Make your pledge payment with PayPal below:

At this time your continued support is especially important. To make an annual stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge payment, or make a one-time gift or offering, click here


Saint Ignatius at 150 Capital Campaign

We have formally launched both our 2021 Stewardship Campaign and our important, generational Saint Ignatius at 150 Capital Campaign. That day, we gathered not just for Mass, but for a parish lunch at which our old friend Peg Breen, president of the Landmarks Conservancy, spoke to us and encouraged us in our work. She said, “The people who built St. Ignatius had faith. They built it to honor God, to give themselves a beautiful worship space, and intending that St. Ignatius would stand, as it has since 1903. You are redeeming that faith, and passing a legacy on to a future congregation.”

This dual effort is essential for us to both maintain our ministries and program in 2021 with our stewardship pledges and ensure our future with our gifts to the campaign.

Please visit the Saint Ignatius at 150 campaign website.

You will all have received in the mail information about Stewardship and the Capital Campaign. If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by a member of the Stewardship and Campaign Committee who will wish to discuss your pledge and anything else you wish to talk about the life of the parish. Please take the time to talk. You will find more information about Stewardship, Pledging, and Parish Membership on our website.

We are most grateful to those who have already made their 2021 Stewardship pledges. We have had a wonderful start and we hope you will keep your pledges coming!

If you have not pledged, please consider making a pledge at this time. Yoiu can find an online pledge form here.

We have made it easy to make your contributions. As many do already (thank you!), you can pay through direct debit (contact us for information) and you can now pay by credit card here or use PayPal below:

At this time your continued support is especially important. To make an annual stewardship or Capital Campaign pledge payment, or make a one-time gift or offering, click here

Please contact churchwarden Abigail Plumer or stewardship chairman, Clive McKeef for additional information or with any questions.


Christian Formation

All in person Christian formation is on hold for the time being. See below for current online educational offerings.

For some reading and reflection, take a look at our sermon archive.

Advent Study of the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch During Advent, on Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. EST, you are invited to participate via Zoom in a short series of reflections on select portions of the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Following an Introduction, we will focus on his understanding of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the context in which his views took shape. To assist us in our reflections, some study materials will be distributed by email attachment. Those interested in taking part are asked to contact Deacon Kahn or Father Towner. Zoom links will be available from the website and sent to the parish via email.

Links to Daily Office offerings online can be found on our calendar page.

Youth Group and Sunday School are suspended until further notice.

Christian Formation for Youth: Our program for 7th to 11th graders continues under the leadership of the Rector and our seminarian Mary Davenport, and meets one Sunday each month at 5A.M.. The program, which is a combination of fellowship, worship, and study, will also include this year a number of special events. For more information, please contact the Rector.

Sunday Christian Formation for Children: Meredith Strauss will continue to lead our Sunday School, which meets following the 9 AM Mass, getting started around 10:10 AM. We offer childcare for children under seven years of age from 9A.M. through coffee hour following the 11A.M. Mass. Older children are encouraged to attend mass and are welcome to serve as readers, ushers, and acolytes.


The Leopards: Helping Parishioners Help Each Other

Might you have an occasional hour or two to help a fellow parishioner who is temporarily homebound or otherwise laid low? Grocery shopping, dog-walking, or accompanying someone to the doctor or to church is a simple, useful, and practical way of caring for one another within the St Ignatius community.

Or perhaps you would like a St. Ignatius Leopard in your life. If you are homebound from illness, a bad back, or post-surgery and need a little help with shopping or cleaning, or need someone to accompany you to a doctor's appointment or to church, we have a group of parisioners eager to help out.

The Leopards, led by Deacon Kahn and Lucy Kuemmerle, are hard at work formulating ways to get people the material help they need, such as groceries and supplies, as well as maintaining connection. If you need help or want to volunteer to help, you can contact Deacon Kahn or Lucy Kummerle here.


Prayer List: The weekly intercessions list is found in the Sunday Leaflet. The entire list of those for whom our prayers for healing are offered, which you will find on the next to last page of this Leaflet, will always be prayed in full on our Wednesday evening healing Masses.

If you wish to place yourself or someone else, whether a member of the parish or not, on the prayer list, please contact the office either by e-mail or phone (212-580-3326). Please do let us know if you or a member of your family or a friend is sick and would like either our prayers or a visit from one of the clergy. In these days of strict privacy laws we will not know you or a member of your family is in the hospital or ill unless you tell us. Names will be placed on the list for six weeks, after which time they will be removed, unless renewed. Please contact the parish office to place names on the list. Names submitted by Wednesday 12 Noon will appear in the following Sunday Leaflet.


Ushering at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatians who would like to serve as ushers are warmly invited to speak to any of the regular ushers. Ushers welcome people as they enter the church, take up collection, and assist in other ways throughout the service. We will pair up new ushers with more experienced ushers so that there is plenty of support in learning the ropes. Please make yourself known to us so we can include you in this ministry!


Toiletries for Soup Kitchen Guests

We like to give our guests bags of toiletries. If you have unopened shampoos and soaps from your travels, or could pick up small toothpastes and hand lotions, we have a basket by the West Avenue door to drop them in.


Social Media

As we all know, using social media sites allows us to get information to our members and friends efficiently and quickly. It drives traffic (that means people) to our web site where there is lots more information about our parish. We are finding that most people who walk through our doors for the first time have somehow found us on the internet. Increasing our on-line presence allows us to reach more people who may be looking to find a church home and make it here at Saint Ignatius.



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