ILC Letter To The Congregation - August 26th, 2022



Announcements


An update of Incarnation's finances will be presented at the congregational meeting on August 28. If you would like to see a copy of the financial statements prior to that meeting, you can pick one up in the library after the service on August 21. If you are not able to pick one up at that time, please email our treasurer, John Schmitthenner, at ilctreasurer@godamong.us and he will send you a soft copy. You can also email John with any questions you have so that he can research them prior to the congregational meeting.


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 jbohnstedt62@gmail.com.


HOW CAN WE MAKE IT MORE OBVIOUS THAT

WE WELCOME EVERYONE?


The Love Committee and the ILC Council are pursuing the answer to this question. At a recent Conversations with Council event, there were some good ideas to start with. To make it more manageable, we will begin by focusing on how to make it more obvious that we welcome those who have disabilities.


To that end, we invite those who themselves have disabilities, or who have a loved one with a disability, to join in a discussion about your experiences at ILC. Email LoveCommittee@godamong.us and let us know you want to be part of the conversation.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER READER FOR THE

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE PROJECT!


Matthew 25:36 - "... I was in prison and you visited me."


The Freedom to Choose Project offers a spiritually-based rehabilitative self-study program to prison inmates. Volunteers read their “growthwork” and offer loving, supportive feedback. This program is changing lives. One of them will be yours!


Please join Eric Rodriguez (Freedom to Choose Development Associate) and ILC member Nancy Datte for an info session to learn about becoming a volunteer reader. The info session will be September 3, 9:30 AM in Parish Hall and on Zoom. Email LoveCommittee@godamong.us to sign up.



CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL FAIR


The Environmental Stewardship Team of St. Bart's has invited us to join them in organizing their 2nd annual Clean Energy For All Fair. They are looking for anyone who would like to join the planning work group for the creation of this event. Contact Parth Domke at parth.domke@gmail.com to let her know you're interested or if you have questions.


DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP

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 (jakej_3@yahoo.com).


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





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. joycemiller7062@att.net 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 pegwalden1@att.net.



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 jess.reimnitz@thrivent.com.Examples: 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?