ILC Letter To The Congregation - September 22nd, 2022



Announcements

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.



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.


Our family: We will be building for the Lucio Tranquilinó family; a mother, father, son (7) and daughter (2).



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".



LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR

“The Stones Cry Out” Film Discussion Event Sunday, September 25, 2022

Are you traveling to the Holy Land in October? Have you already visited during a previous trip? Are you curious to know more about the lives of the Palestinian Christians who live there? Then email the Love Committee and sign up to attend a screening of the film The Stones Cry Out – Voices of Palestinian Christians. Jill Henderson from St. Bart’s Episcopal Church has graciously offered to share her insights from the many trips she has taken there. We will watch the film together and then there will be a time for sharing of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. The event will start after the service on Sunday 9/25 in the Lighthouse and will go until approximately 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. There will be a freewill offering to offset the cost of the lunch. Please sign up so we know how many people to expect.



Sunday September 25, 2:00pm

Women's Monday Evening Bible Study - Resumes Monday, Sept 26th

People of all generations (from high school on up!) are invited to attend the weekly Zoom Bible Study from 7-8pm beginning on Monday, Sept 26th. The first Monday back we will be choosing our next book for discussion and getting acquainted.



The Zoom link can be found on the Women's Bible Study page on the church website (linked here) https://www.godamong.us/post/womens-bible-study


Come for an evening of discussion and sharing with laughter sprinkled along the way. We hope you will attend and look forward to seeing you there. ALL are welcome.


A 35th Anniversary and YOU are invited!

Shepherd of Life will celebrate with Bishop Dave Nagler on October 2. All of Incarnation is invited to attend worship at 8:30am. Let's pack the church in support of their ministry! Sign up to attend. Carpooling is recommended. Sign up sheets are in the office or sign up online here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAEAD28A5F5C25-35th


SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY

Starting October 9, 9:30 in the Gathering Room

Sunday morning Adult Bible Study will begin on October 9 at 9:30am. This is open to anyone who wants to explore the meaning of Biblical teachings in the context of our contemporary world. We will look at places in the Bible where something special happened together with teaching; we will start with Mt. Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. To what extent can sacred scripture be accepted as law in a secular society? Let's explore together. Pastor John and Pam Lundblad will lead the study in the Gathering Room next to the offices. An outline of the study will be available on Sunday mornings. Bring your Bible with you.


Class schedule:

October 9: Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments

October 16: Mounts Gerzim and Ebal, and Making a Choice

October 23: A Mountain by Galilee and the Beatitudes

October 30: Valvary and a call to service


Oktoberfest 2022 – coming on October 9 starting at 4:00pm!



Join in the fun at our annual Oktoberfest! Once again, we will have a beer garden, dinner, music, AND we are bringing back the Challenge Talent Show (see below)!



The beer garden opens at 4:00. Bring your ID or other proof of age. Dinner starts at 5:00. There will be music in the courtyard. The Challenge Talent Show will start at 6:30.



If you plan to come for dinner, please sign up. There are signup sheets in the church office, or you can email Deacon Mindy.


 

Challenge Talent Show

Sign up to challenge someone to share a talent - you donate an amount of your choice and challenge someone to perform (sing, dance, juggle, you name it). They must take the challenge or donate double the original challenge amount. 

 

All proceeds fund the summer youth trip in 2023



UPDATE! HOW CAN WE MAKE IT MORE OBVIOUS THAT WE WELCOME PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?

The Love Committee and the ILC council are pursuing the answer to this question. We have been gathering information from some in the congregation and we've gotten some great feedback. We have been reaching out to some individuals to solicit your thoughts and perspectives. Others of you have emailed us your thoughts, which we appreciate. Here's some of what we've heard and done so far:

  • People who are unable to stand, or prefer not to, need seating up front in the sanctuary so they can see the screens. 3 chairs have been removed on either side of the center aisle to accommodate those in wheelchairs or with walkers.

  • Closed captioning has been turned on during the livestream for those with difficulty hearing. Closed captions are already available for our videos.

  • Large-print copies of the order of service for the traditional service are available upon request for anyone who needs one. Advance notice is requested in order to accommodate this need.

  • Headsets are available for those in the traditional service who need assistance with hearing.

  • For someone who has difficulty rising from a chair, having arms on the chair is very helpful. There are several of these types of chairs available in the sanctuary. Advance notice is requested in order to accommodate this need.

  • Kids with disabilities may benefit from having an older companion who is committed to be with them during Sunday School.

Some things will need more time and attention:

  • The restroom doors are difficult to open, especially for those with walkers. The doorstops don't always work to keep them propped open.

  • The handicapped spots are often full on Sunday morning. Please remember that these parking spaces are only for those with a handicaped sign or license plate.

  • Consideration for those with cognitive disabilities - we don't yet have much information about the needs of these people.

  • We're working on getting an updated campus map, showing the location of handicapped restrooms, to put in one of the kiosks and also to be able to hand out to people who are new to the campus.

  • We could consider having an ASL interpreter if/when the need arises. So far we are not aware of a need for this support.

  • There is some support for braille worship materials. We aren't aware of any greater need than what is already available.

We continue to 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.



Incarnation Lutheran Church COVID-19 Policy As of July 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 recommended for all individuals in indoor settings.

  • San Diego County is now listed by the CDC as having a High community level. Specific guidance is to:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status

  • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine if exposed

  • ILC will maintain its current practice of communion and other elements of worship in accordance with ELCA and Pacifica Synod guidelines

  • It is recommended that any person coming onto our campus wear a mask, maintain a safe distance, and any 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.



Service after Service

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.


Interfaith Community Services Food Donations Shampoo! Deodorant! Toothpaste! Soap!

Interfaith is really low on hygiene products! Let’s see if we can get their shelves filled! Bring your items with you to church on Sunday or drop off in the front parking lot on Fridays between 9AM & 11AM. Of course food items are always needed also.

-The Food Donation Team