ILC Letter To The Congregation - March 18th, 2022



Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone, always


Love Better!


ANNOUNCEMENTS:



Welcome to Lent


Lent is a season in the Church when all Christians are called into a time of fasting, prayer, and service to strengthen their spiritual lives and awareness of God’s will in the world. There are several ways you can enhance your Lenten journey in 2022.

Here are a few ideas:


• choose a challenge from the We Are Church challenge list

• commit to daily, random acts of kindness

• write a letter, email, or text each day to someone who needs some cheer

• participate in the Local Mission Clothing Drive and/or Mexico house build

• attend Pastor John’s Sunday morning adult class

• commit to daily Lenten devotions or Bible study


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.


Incarnation Lenten Challenge: WE Are the Church - Serve in Love (video)


We are about halfway through Lent and hopefully you are thinking about what to participate in for this year's Lenten Challenge. It can be something ongoing or a one time event. There are many committees, groups or events that need your assistance. Please pick one and contact the chairperson to find out how YOU CAN SERVE IN LOVE! WE Are the Church (that’s us the laity) and we are called to serve.


Here's the video from Sunday, March 13th in case you missed it or want to watch it again.


If you haven't already contacted a chairperson, please click on the link, fill out the form, and click submit. Your name and contact info will be passed onto the chairperson of the committee(s) or group(s) you chose.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyrpx6N671PupXQkm71Q-acO0cv1KmUmsq-fa_PnpfESiiDw/viewform



Clothing Drive Thanks to all who helped with the "Service after Service" clothing driver this past Sunday. We sorted through many bags and boxes and ended up providing 14 bags of clothing to Bridge of Hope San Diego for distribution to families in transition and refugee families being resettled in the area. We also provided 8 bags of men's clothing to TACO for the homeless in downtown. Remember that this was not a "one-time" activity; we will continue to collect good, clean clothing throughout the coming months.


The next "Service after Service" sorting day will be Sunday April 3 at 10:30. Mention this program to friends and neighbors as they start spring cleaning; call the church office if you need help delivering the clothing to church. New socks are also welcome and needed.


Love Commitee Survey

"Since its inception, the Love Committee has been dedicated to providing opportunities for us to learn and grow in community. We would love your feedback on how we've been doing and how we can plan for the future. Please take some time to fill out our survey. It should take you no more than 5 minutes. Click here to access the survey.


Your thoughts are greatly appreciated."



REX Club is Back!

All 1st-5th grade students are invited to join the fun on Sunday, March 6 from 6:30-7:30pm. Monthly meetings are held in the Lighthouse for an hour of activities and a Bible lesson. Mrs. Nancee Prast will lead the fun. Youth volunteer help is welcome. REX Club will also meet on April 3 and May 1.




Mexico House Build Mission - Saturday, April 2nd

Our mission work in Mexico continues with a new home for the Hernandez Gutierrez family, parents and three daughters aged 4 to 16. The family's message to ILC: "A good home would take away a lot of worries. It would give us stability and the peace of mind of providing for my daughters. We thank you in advance, it is good that there are people like you who have the good heart to help families in need. If you make our house for us, we will take care of it as much as we take care of our children. The Lord thanks you with Joy."


If you are interested in joining the build team please contact Jake Johnson (jakej_3@yahoo.com).


Items for the family: An online list to sign-ups for household donations can be found by clicking here: Mexico House Build Donations


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



Palm Branches Needed! We need around 30 of those big palm branches! We also need fan palm branches and those palms with the wispy branches. Please drop them at the church on Friday, April 8. If you need someone to help transport those big palm branches, please contact the church office or us at beckie@godamong.us. We will decorate on Saturday, April 9 at 9:00am. We could always use your help. It’s so much more fun (and quicker) with a big group. Don’t forget to wear gloves and bring a pair of gardening shears if you have them.



The Weeping Tree – A Service for Good Friday – April 15 at 7:00pm

Outside the city wall stands the weeping tree. In silence, she lifts her weary arms against the darkened sky. In her crooked and twisted arms she cradled Jesus. She was cut and fashioned by hatred and violence but became a tree of life for the world. Her arms are outstretched still. Join us for a service of meaningful narratives, scripture and choral meditations



NEW AT ILC…Drama Ministry

Feeling a little dramatic lately? Just love to be theatrical. Interested in gaining confidence in front of a group? Then join our new drama ministry group at ILC. We will explore now to share, uplift and encourage God’s Word. Interested? Contact Beckie Steller at beckie@godamong.us or call the church office. All ages are welcome!


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. joycemiller7062@att.net Thank you for your never ending generosity!!

The Food Donation Team

Join us for free Community Education Presentation in English on March 22. REGISTER following this link: https://tinyurl.CEPstressMar22





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.


Helping Girls At Le Foyer de l'Esperance

Global Mission

Our work with street girls continues in Cameroon with our partners at Le Foyer de l'Esperance. Pr. Luther will be in Cameroon from Nov 9th-22nd connecting with the nuns, Fr. Alfonso and our worker, Sophie Moke Metate. 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 this PayPal link. Thank you in advance for supporting this mission.

Women's Bible Study - Mondays at 7pm on Zoom

Do you enjoy thoughtful conversation and laughter? Come join us for the Women's Evening Bible Study every Monday at 7:00pm on Zoom. We discuss the scriptures from Sunday and share how to apply these teachings to our lives. Click on the Zoom link and check it out!

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96236680323?pwd=d0RSZk5JT21sVi83UWt4NGN5dHZHQT09


Meeting ID: 962 3668 0323

Passcode: 601113



GODAMONG.US UPDATES NEEDED If you are the leader of, or are involved in, a group at ILC, we need updated information about your group for our website. Please send all updates to scott@godamong.us



Disaster Response

The 2021 wildfire and hurricane season continues to be devastating across the United States. Additionally, natural disasters across the globe demand our attention. You may send your gift to support wildfire, flooding and earthquake survivors. When sending a check to ILC please indicate which response you wish to support, and your check will be used in its entirety for that cause, through Lutheran Disaster Response.

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 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?