Letter From Pastor Luther - April 17th, 2020

Week 6

            Happy Easter!  Christ is Risen!  I hope that everyone managed to celebrate with family in person where permissible, and virtually where necessary.  We are stronger in community.  Always.

            Since our Palm Sunday service, and our Easter Sunday service, we have been soliciting feedback from folks with respect to technical challenges.  I am so grateful to Scott, who in this time of peculiar challenge, is consistently rising above the issues, and ably finding us solutions. 

            Our whole staff meets twice weekly virtually, to make decisions about worship and logistical matters that need to be addressed.  Additionally, ministry staff meets once a week to focus more on worship and devotional needs.  Altogether we are keeping busy, and keeping ministry going.  All three of us on the ministry staff, have noticed a significant uptick in demands for pastoral care, with some folks just wanting to connect and talk with another human being, with other instances of increased depression, anxiety and everything those things tend to precipitate or aggravate.  I am grateful to all of our staff to their dedication and constancy in this time of stress and isolation. 

            I want to offer a word of thanks to our membership as well.  You have continued to be generous and kind, as you have supported our ministries with your pledges and gifts.  We have no way of knowing how long this situation will continue, or the impact it will finally have, but I am so very grateful that you are so intent on being Christ’s hands in the world!  Please, please keep it up.  God’s people need you now, more than ever.

            Our council President, Dr. Brent Brown says:  “Thank you for the prayers.  I will be video taping a quick state of the church address after discussion with the executive council.  We are having a full virtual council meeting April 21st.  And I look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

            And now, once again, by way of reminder (but with a twist....):

            1). The campus will remain closed until further notice, with all worship and study times going online.  All external activities that normally take place on campus have also been postponed indefinitely.  At this point, as previously mentioned, we are planning worship in a virtual worship format through the month of April, and likely into the month of May.  Ministry staff remains available by telephone or email, so please reach out if you have a need.

           2). Sunday morning worship is going to continue at 10:00 am, but in an attempt to streamline what we’re doing, and to make access easier, we’ll be using the YouTube platform.  For those of you who are diehard Facebook fans, and new to YouTube, you’ll still be able to go to our Facebook page where there will be a link that will direct you to the live broadcast on YouTube.  ( https://www.facebook.com/incarnation.lutheran ).  You will also find a similar link on our website that will take you directly to the YouTube channel. ( https://www.godamong.us ).  Everything on Sunday morning can be accessed from our  YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/ilcservants ).

            3). We are continuing to reach out with evening devotions live every evening (Monday thru Saturday) at 7:00 pm.  You can access these devotions, which will continue to be Facebook Live, at the internet addresses listed above. 

            4). Every weekday (Monday thru Friday), you can join Pr. Tim and other ministry staff in a check in time on Zoom.  This is how you get there.  ( https://zoom.us/j/636616491 ).  I hope you’ll join us, just to let us know how you are doing, to say hi to your neighbors, and to let us know if you need anything.  Remember, we’re here for you!

            May God richly bless you and yours in this season of Easter!  We celebrate a new life, a resurrected life!  May you be called to live this “resurrection life” in all that you do, so that God’s children everywhere may come to know the joy of God’s presence, even or especially in their moment of isolation!

           In Christ’s service,

            Pr. Luther


- After worship, around 11 am, Darrell and Nancy Datte host our after worship coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom, and look forward to welcoming everyone in our community. Please think about joining in and saying hi to your brothers and sisters. That gathering can be found here:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3173666136?pwd=b21OU3p1L0laNjZYcmx2clJMbDRmZz09



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