On the evening of January 6, 2017 the entrance to The Church of the Ascension was highlighted by costumed and lighted stilt walkers, jugglers, the Rector, the welcome committee of the capital campaign and many others. Here is a link to our parish Flickr page with photos of the evening. Neighbors, passers-by, curious New Yorkers and parishioners were entertained by performers inside and outside the church, along with a balloon artist, face painter, and holiday refreshments. The events were accompanied by tunes played by Christopher Houlihan on the Manton Memorial organ. The evening was also the inauguration of new lights to illuminate the exterior of the church which now highlight the historic “first church on Fifth Avenue” every evening. The following Sunday after the 11 o’clock service we were treated to a delicious brunch in the newly renovated rectory.
Additional events are planned in conjunction with our parish capital campagin, “Building our Future”. On January 26, 2017 at 6:30pm there will be a supper party highlighting the many important aspects of our rich 175-year history. Invited guests are the five most recent clergy members sponsored by Ascension who will join us and speak about what our sponsorship meant to them and how their ministries have developed. They include the Revs. David Carlson, Paul Kahn, Mark Collins, Jennifer M. Owen and Stephen Hagerty. Please reserve for the supper ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the parish office.