In this week's newsletter A prayer for those impacted by recent natural disasters: Gracious Lord, we pray for parts of the world ravaged by natural disasters. Relieve those affected by floods, wildfires, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Especially today we pray for all affected by hurricane Ian in the Caribbean, Florida, and eastern United States. God of grace, hear our prayer. Amen Mark your calendar for these events:
10/9 Conversations with Council - the topic will be Reconciling in Christ. This is a very important conversation for our congregation! Please plan to attend.
10/15 Bob Zajac's memorial service at 2:00pm
Other news items:
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 email@example.com. (back to top)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also need to raise $7,500 to fund the materials for the home. Please mark checks or online donations with "Mexico House Build".
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:
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.
October 9: Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments
October 16: Mounts Gerizim and Ebal, and Making a Choice
October 23: A Mountain by Galilee and the Beatitudes
October 30: Calvary 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.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2:00 PM
Women's Monday Evening Bible Study
People of all generations (from high school on up!) are invited to attend the weekly Zoom Bible Study from 7-8pm each Monday. Our book study will be N T Wright's Acts for Everyone, Part One (The New Testament for Everyone). There are a few copies available at church and you can also order your own copy from Amazon or from Reparations Club, a Black-owned, woman-owned bookstore in LA (email email@example.com to inquire). Even if you don't have the book yet, please come on Monday.
The Zoom link can be found on the Women's Bible Study page on the church website.
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.
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 September 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:
According to the CDC, in San Diego County, community level is LOW.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
People may choose to mask at any time. The CDC advises that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Individuals coming onto our campus should take whatever measures they deem individually appropriate to their personal choice or personal health concerns
If you are immunocompromised, learn more about how to protect yourself.
ILC will maintain its current practice of communion and other elements of worship in accordance with ELCA and Pacifica Synod guidelines.
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
NO MORE CLOTHING, PLEASE: We have more clothing donations than we can handle at the moment, so we are ending the clothing donations. We appreciate your generous support!
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