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ILC Letter To The Congregation - April 22nd, 2022


Clothing Drive Thanks to all who have contributed clothing for our monthly "Service after Service" program for TACO and Bridge of Hope - San Diego. Our next sorting and packing day is Sunday May 1st after the morning worship service. With warmer weather on the way, now is the time to look through drawers of T-shirts and summer tops to see which ones are still good but that you will not wear again. Remember to tell your neighbors about the program; invite them to share clothing and come to church with you to see the program in action.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING There will be a Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 8, 2022, immediately following the 9:30am service in the Sanctuary. Please plan to attend. Your attendance is highly encouraged. Thank you!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month All high school and 7th & 8th grade students are welcome to participate in discussions around “Faith In An Anxious World.” The group will meet at 7pm on Wednesdays in May. Contact Deacon Mindy to participate. On June 1, at 7pm the congregation is encouraged to attend a NAMI presentation on mental health. Invite members of the community to join you for this important presentation. Who is graduating? We need information regarding the Kindergarteners, 5th, 8th, 12th or college students who graduate this year. Please send to Deacon Mindy the name, grade or degree they completed, school they attended, and future plans along with a picture of the students in your life who we will recognize on May 22.

Responding to the Ukrainian Crisis There are a number of ways to support those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service,, lists ways to be involved from a distance. Monetary donations specifically for Ukraine can be donated online by going to the ELCA at Donations by check can be given to Incarnation Lutheran Church with “LDR – Eastern Europe Crisis” in the memo line. Continue to pray for a peaceful resolution to this crisis. Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 Due to the war in Europe and the instability it is causing, we are sad to inform you that our planned trip to Germany this summer must be canceled. We regret having to cancel this trip very much indeed, but in the interest of safety, it is the wisest course. Thank you for your understanding.

WOW! The cost of groceries is skyrocketing!! Which has cost us a significant decline in food donations. If you are noticing this at the checkout imagine how it’s effecting those who are already food insecure. Feeding our neighbors in need is one of the most important things Jesus tells us to do! We can still do this, if each and every one of you brings a little. Just 3 or 4 cans each week from everybody will make a huge difference. There are often sales on canned meats, hearty soups, beans and vegetables. Let’s get back in the habit of bringing something every time we come to church. Food and hygiene products can be put in the food barrels in the narthex, or in the library, someone is in the front parking lot Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 9 and 11 or if you are not comfortable going out just yet, email me and I will pick it up from your front door. Thank you for your never ending generosity!! -The Food Donation Team

PRAYER CHAIN The purpose of our prayer chain is to provide spiritual support and healing for church members and their families and friends. If you'd like to be a member of our prayer chain or if you would like to submit a prayer request, please notify the church office either by phone or email: 858-487-2225 or

Helping Girls at Le Foyer de l'Esperance in Cameroon Global Mission Our work with street girls continues in Cameroon with our partners at Le Foyer de l'Esperance. We will be sending funds for programming needs at Le Foyer and for tuition for trade school (such as beautician school). If you would like to donate, please put "Cameroon Girls" in the memo on a check or use the PayPal link and choose "Mission Activities or Cameroon" (whichever will be available on PayPal). Thank you in advance for supporting this mission. Thrivent Action Teams If you already know how to apply online, this is a good time of the year to run a project. If you need more information please contact Jess Reimnitz, 858.345.0757 or Collecting food and clothes items for families in need; Assembling Thanksgiving boxes; Operation Christmas Child; Supporting Mission Trips; Sunday School projects. They provide seed money, so you can support causes important to you. Thrivent created a program to encourage its members to live lives of generosity. Are you a Thrivent member? If so, do you know you can apply for between $50-$250 dollars to help your church with a project?

Incarnation Lutheran Church COVID-19 Policy - As of March 20, 2022 In accordance with the current Centers for Disease Control, State of California, and San Diego Health Department guidance, Incarnation Lutheran Church is updating its COVID-19 Policy for Sunday services and all other events as follows:

• Masks are no longer required for individuals regardless of vaccination status, but are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings. • San Diego County is now listed by the CDC as having a Low community level. Specific guidance is to: o Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines o Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 • ILC will maintain its current practice of communion and other elements of worship in accordance with ELCA and Pacifica Synod guidelines • While masks are no longer required, any person coming onto our campus is welcome to continue wearing a mask, maintain a safe distance, or other measures as individually appropriate to their personal choice or personal health concerns. • We highly encourage everyone to treat each other with love and grace as we move forward. We have all been through a difficult time. Emerging from the pandemic will also be challenging. We will react to each change in guidance and church policy in our own ways as we perceive our own individual experience.

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