ILC Letter To The Congregation - November 24th, 2021


Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone, always


Love Better!


A MESSAGE FROM THE CAMEROON BOARD:

Last Sunday Pr. Luther shared via video during the sermon about what is currently going on in our mission in Cameroon. In case you missed it or want to see it again, the link is here. Below is the backstory to our mission there which helps give more context to what was shared in the sermon video.

A reminder - Pr. Luther and Nusrat Symons served as missionaries in Cameroon in the 1990s. Pr. Luther was the head of the seminary.

In 2008, the first group of youth went to Cameroon from Incarnation with Pr. Luther. That year they painted dorms and met Sophie who helped with the painting. Annual trips with the youth and one with medical staff continued for the next 8 or 9 years. During those early trips, we did projects at the local hospital in Ngaoundere and at various churches in Cameroon. We also built a relationship with the people of Cameroon. In addition to Sophie, we met Caroline and got to know Nathalie. Nathalie Fida Lassang went on to get a degree in medicine and was working on finishing her residency, but has been unable to secure the last years of residency she needed. She is currently married and living in Germany with her husband and son.

Caroline Adjimi came to the US for 5 years and lived with Dave and Louise Nichols while she got her bachelors and masters degrees in Women's Studies and Social Work. She also sang at worship with our band, Revived. In 2017 she went back to Cameroon and began working with the street girls at Le Foyer after the initial project that she was working on with Incarnation didn't work out. This began the partnership with the Catholic Le Foyer de l'Espérance. The Catholic-Lutheran partnership is highly unusual in Cameroon. Donations to Incarnation supported her as a social worker at Le Foyer. In 2019 Caroline got a scholarship to go to London and get a PhD in Women's Health. She is currently in Cameroon finishing her research for her doctoral work and will be heading back to London soon.

Meanwhile, Incarnation continued its involvement in Cameroon and kept in contact with Sophie Moke Meteke. Again through generous donations, we supported some of her schooling as she got her bachelor's and this past summer her master's degrees. She is working to become a pastor in Cameroon (which is similar to becoming a woman pastor in the United States in the 1960s and 70s). Two years ago, Sophie took Caroline's place at Le Foyer when Caroline went to London. She has been a role model and has done wonderful work with the street girls at Le Foyer. There is a segment from her in the video.

In the video you will also see the new building. The wall around the outside was paid for with generous donations from Incarnation and outside sources. Most of the building was paid for with contributions from Spain. On this trip, funds were given to the girls program at Le Foyer de l'Esperance to directly help with programs and tuition for schooling for the girls and some were given towards the increased costs of the building. In addition, the wonderful Incarnation quilting Piecemakers sent 20 quilts to be used at the new facility. If you want more information about any of our mission projects, please click on this link to get to mission work at Incarnation or contact the Cameroon Board at hopecameroon@godamong.us.

Joan Bohnstedt Cameroon Board Chair



ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Holiday Adopt-A-Family 2021



Gifts are still needed for our gift drive. The wish lists from Interfaith clients are divided between the Sign-Up Genius listings online and the gift tags on the display in the narthex. You can select as many tags or online lists as you would like. Make your online selection using the link on our website: www.godamong.us/post/holiday-adopt-a-family-2021 All gifts must be NEW and UNWRAPPED. Please plan to return gifts to the church at worship times on November 27 and 28. We will collect gifts through Wednesday, Dec. 1st. Contact Deacon Mindy if you have questions.

Incarnation Lutheran Church - Bridge Builders presents:

The Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon


After a one year hiatus, on Saturday, December 11, 2021, The Bridge Builders men’s group is hosting our Annual Luncheon honoring all members who have circled the sun at least 75 times. Beginning with appetizers and gathering at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall, a delightful luncheon lovingly prepared and served by the men of ILC will follow at 12:00 PM.


If you can attend as one of our guests, please fill out a form found as an insert in the worship bulletin and return this form to the church in the offering plate or mail to the church. We look forward to your presence. Couples can simply fill in both your names to let us know your attendance. Because of the uncertainties created by last year’s events, we would really like to get a good head count, but even if you are unable to get this form back to us, your attendance will be welcome!



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.

Virtual Sunday School: PreK-5th Grades 9:45am Sundays on Zoom

PreK-5th grade families, Sunday School has gone virtual for the fall. Please join Sandy Donnelly every Sunday for Virtual Sunday School at 9:45am PST on Zoom. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4891752267?pwd=SGp2NUwxeStlY2F1Y1hhN2xjaEZnUT09 Meeting ID: 489 175 2267 Passcode: QFGnX6


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?


Hygiene Supplies Needed! Interfaith is low on hygiene supplies, shampoo, deodorant, bar soap. There is also a need for new or gently used blankets. Thank you for your consistent generosity!

Food Drop off for Interfaith Community Services Every Tuesday, Friday (except this Friday, 11/26) and Saturday between 9:00 and 11:00 in the morning, volunteers are in the parking lot to move groceries and take all the donations to ICS.