Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 is the next New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The church will be open from 1pm – 5pm each day to welcome guests and point out our history and art/architectural highlights. For more information see NY Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House. Our new spatial sound installation Calling Up by Stephan Moore will be heard during the open house as well. Calling Up is a 3-channel site-specific generative spatial acoustic work featuring 11th century chant by Hildegard von Bingen, recorded by Voices of Ascension, and exhibiting this weekend 12-3pm Mondays through Fridays. For more information about Stephan Moore and his work see http://oddnoise.com/
On Sunday, May 21, 2017 we celebrate our Diocesan organization Episcopal Charities and ask you to join us in raising funds on this day. As the outreach arm of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Episcopal Charities equips parish-affiliated outreach programs to transform the lives of people in need in their diverse communities. Through grants and technical support, they support nearly 100 programs that transform lives and strengthen communities. These programs include: Food pantries and community kitchens that address hunger in local towns and neighborhoods; skills-building programs that help brighten the futures of the unemployed, recent immigrants, and ex-prisoners re-entering society; health and wellness programs that improve quality of life for senior citizens, the homebound, children with special needs, and recovering substance abusers; children’s arts, academic enrichment, and summer recreation offerings that broaden the horizons of thousands of young people annually. Our food pantry at Ascension has received financial support from Episcopal Charities for many years. Envelopes for a special offering will be available in this week’s bulletin. Here is a link to the webpage for about Episcopal Charities of New York.