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ILC Letter To The Congregation - August 12th, 2022


Conversation with the Council:

This Sunday, August 14th is the next Conversation with the Council. It will be held at 10:45 in the main sanctuary. The topic is Staffing & Temporary New Worship Time. Hope to see you there.

Prayer Team:

Would you like to be part of the Council Discernment Process?

If so, join the prayer team. As you are probably aware, the Church Council is currently in a time of discernment as long term goals are set and staffing decisions are made. The most important part of this whole process is PRAYER. The Council asks that all members of Incarnation pray for discernment. The Council is also seeking people to be part of a Discernment Prayer Team who will commit to praying daily for Incarnation and who are willing to receive specific requests via email all from the comfort of their home. If you would like to be a part of this exciting ministry, please call, text, or email Joan Bohnstedt at 858-442-9692 or

As you probably know, the team arrived safely home from Cameroon on Thursday. It was an amazing trip and many relationships were renewed and built. Here’s a brief recap of the final days of the project.

They continued to work on the crocheting and handiwork with the girls. The team also did some work on the Foyer building including putting bunk beds together, hanging curtain rods and hanging a bulletin board. As Mary Talle put it, “The walls are made of concrete and we broke a few drill bits, but manage to find replacements and get things hung.”

The Sunday before the team left they went to church with Sophie. Sophie preached and Pr. Luther did the benediction.

They also watched and joined the girls in singing and getting ready for the official grand opening of the Foyer Girls’ Center at the end of the month.

Please click on the link below to see photos of what has been happening. A big thank you to Mary Talle for posting these and many more photos on Facebook.

Thank you for all of your support for this mission and for all of mission activities at Incarnation. We couldn’t do this without you!


Incarnation is invited to attend the DBSA (the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance) meetings at San Rafael Parish. The support group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings each month at San Rafael Parish in Meeting Rooms A & B in our Pastoral Center Building. In-person meetings will resume July 28th. To find out how to access it, please call Lynn at (858)518-3176.

Mexico House Build Mission - Saturday, October 22nd

The date for our next Mexico House build is Saturday, October 22nd. This will be the 16th home we've build for a deserving family (wow!). The big news for this mission trip is that St. Bart's Episcopal in Poway is planning to join us and build a second house that day.

If you are interested in joining the build team please contact Jake Johnson (

We also need to raise $7,500 to fund the materials for the home. Please mark checks or online donations with "Mexico House Build".

Summer Education Opportunity

Tired of watching reruns of shows you didn't like to begin with? Want to spend some summer hours enriching your spiritual life? Check out the Great Courses DVDs in the church library on such topics as History of Early Christianity, the Old Testament, History of the Bible and others, or shorter programs on Martin Luther, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was martyred in WW2. Your church library holds a wealth of resources; take advantage of it.

Clothing Drive

The monthly "Service after Service" clothing project will take a break for a few months - but that doesn't mean that we are not still collecting good, clean clothing for refugee families in San Diego and for TACO. You can bring them to church on Sundays (or during the week) to leave in the church office. We anticipate that the need will only grow with more resettlement of families from Afghanistan and the Ukraine. Tell your friends and neighbors about this program as a way of promoting our church family.

And -- mark your calendar for November 6 as our annual Interfaith Day of Service when we celebrate All Saints Sunday with " God's work - Our hands" in the community.

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

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?

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