A message from Pr. Luther
Shalom, dear people! I want to share a bit of good news for a change! The other day I got a call from the Feras, the fellow whose tour company helped us with our tour of the Holy Land in 2019. His company made a purchase of airline tickets at half price during the pandemic. At that point the airlines were desperate because nobody was flying. So now his company has put together a package for an 11 day tour of the Holy Land from October 15 through October 26, for $2600 per person, based on double occupancy. This fee includes the airfare, all hotels (double occupancy), tour guide, in country transportation (buses), the tour guide, and most meals. This is considerably less than we paid per person in 2019 and less than half of what would be charged now under normal circumstances. (He’s projecting prices now to go to $5-6,000, given high fuel prices etc). In other words, this is an opportunity of a lifetime that he has offered to us first. I will be announcing it during worship on Sunday, and hopefully we can give him an indication by next Monday if there is sufficient interest. Please pray about this. It is a worthwhile investment, and is a trip that changes your life…to walk where Jesus walked. Thanks. See you Sunday! -Pr. Luther
Affirming their baptisms today are Justin Hebert, Lydia Schutt, Cory Thompson, Lindsay Zimmer, and Wyatt Zimmer. Please share in the celebration following worship with cake in the courtyard.
Conversations With Council
The first in our monthly series of meetings with council will be on Sunday, June 12th at 10:30am in the sanctuary. This month’s topic is Anchor Church. All are encouraged to attend.
Incarnation has been active in Cameroon for many years. Since 2018 we have been working with the nuns at Le Foyer de l’Esperance, which provides care and help for the street girls of Yaoundé, Cameroun who have been abused, neglected and assaulted. This summer, in July, Incarnation once again has the privilege of leading a group of 12 to Cameroon once again. In addition to the 5 or 6 from Southern California, there are a half dozen others who are self-funding to join us in our mission: from WA, TX, NY and even a couple from Canada! Four of the participants are Muslim! What a wonderful message to the world. Lutherans traveling with Muslims to the other side of the world, to serve in a Catholic run social service organization! But we need your help… Money is required to cover some of our travel expenses, but more importantly, to help us with the work we’re embarking on amongst these girls. Supplies are needed for the practical skills we’ll share (needlework, sewing, etc.). School supplies and tuition money are needed for those who can attend school or other training programs. Clothing and linens are needed regularly. Food is needed daily. So, as you can see, anything with which you can help will be a blessing to God’s children in this place. There will be envelopes during the worship services in May in which to place your donation or you can donate online by clicking https://www.godamong.us/giving and then choosing "Cameroon" from the dropdown menu.
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.
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, www.lirs.org/ukraine-crisis, lists ways to be involved from a distance. Monetary donations specifically for Ukraine can be donated online by going to the ELCA at www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Eastern-Europe-Crisis-Response 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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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?
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.