Letter From Pastor Luther - April 21st, 2021


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April 22, 2021 (Second Year of COVID-19, Week 7)

Sisters and brothers in Christ:

What follows below are the guidelines set forth for re-opening on May 30, by our church council, designed and tweaked by the physicians in our community and in conformity with the laws of the state and county, the best practices of the ELCA, and CDC guidelines.


We are aware that the range of response to the pandemic has been curiously broad. There are some folks, who are inclined to buy into conspiracy theories, who believe that COVID-19 was something of a hoax designed to frighten us all into sabotaging our economy and our way of life. (No comment on that, but that extreme is among us.) There are others who are terrified at the prospect of infection and so fearful for their lives, that despite vaccinations and safe practices, including distancing, and masking, are choosing to remain in isolation until the virus is completely eradicated. (Another extreme position in our midst, if for no other reason then the fact that this virus is indubitably never going to be “eradicated”). And in the middle of these extremes are the vast majority of people who want to reintegrate safely and intelligently in the days to come. The guidelines below are designed to help us accomplish that.


PLEASE BE AWARE: THESE GUIDELINES CAN AND WILL CHANGE as the CDC and governmental parameters require. So check them online regularly!


The Plan

  • Live-streamed services will continue with the same degree of excellence for the foreseeable future.

  • Small groups will be allowed on campus only with masking and proper physical distancing and at the approval of council and ministry staff

  • Please if able, get vaccinated

  • We will have weekly services at the following times:

  • 10:00 am Sunday service on campus starting 5/30/21, remaining 10:00 am Sunday service online

  • We are doing one service weekly instead of one Saturday night service and two Sunday morning services due to required sanitation measures and staffing considerations.

  • Service at one location to Main Sanctuary (in person) to start with, potential for Lighthouse and Parish Hall live streaming if necessary in the future.

  • There will be a required weekly online sign-up through our website

  • Total amount of people will be split into 2 groups. Arrival times will be in 15 minute increments and departure times will be in 5 minute increments.

  • Group 1 will arrive at 9:30AM and will be dismissed at end of service

  • Group 2 will arrive at 9:45AM and will be dismissed 5 minutes after end of service


The Experience


Please understand that the in-person worship experience will be far from normal. We hope and pray that over time we will gradually return to normal. Capacity will be greatly reduced to allow for 6 feet of physical distancing.


  • Face covering must be worn at all times and will be provided if you do not have one

  • If you experience COVID19 symptoms in the last 10 days or have recent contact with an ill person with COVID19, especially if unvaccinated, please stay home

  • Hand sanitization will be provided at every entry point

  • Temperature check and symptom check at every entry point

  • Deep cleaning will be done after every service

  • No live singing or recitation, we will still have worship led services however with music leadership and recorded productions

  • Communion will be placed on seat and prewrapped

  • There will be no mingling inside the building. You will be ushered directly to your seat, and then dismissed by rows at the end of the service

  • Children are permitted at most services IF they can follow all required protocols (wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash hands), Adult supervision is required

  • Giving will continue online or through the mail. There will also be a box at the entrance of the Sanctuary to drop in offerings. No offering plates will be passed during the service.


What We Need from You


We will constantly evaluate and evolve our approach. We know some of you want us to do more and some of you want us to do less. So please have a spirit of grace, love, and unity toward one another during this time, recognizing that we all have different views on this. We also ask you to be flexible and open to change. Many of the decisions we make are to protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us, and this is a dynamically evolving situation which will surely evolve as time goes on.


Finally, please anticipate God to provide us with direction as we continue to grow as a church during this time.


James 1:2-3 states it best:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.


In joyful anticipation of being together again,


Pr. Luther



ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Coffee Before Worship

Before worship, around 9 am, join us for coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom. We 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://zoom.us/j/98483096300?pwd=aTVJV0JJWkdsaG9ESFFMTlNuWVVDUT09


2021 Grads

Dear Parents of 12th, 8th, 5th, and Kindergarten Grad’s,

In keeping with ILC traditions, I’ll be putting together a display/presentation to highlight our promoting students. Please email me a recent picture of your student. Please also include the school that they are leaving and where they will attend in the fall. Send it all to me by May 16th. (Seniors: include plans for after high school)

This has been a very challenging year of school for your students and you as parents/guardians. It would be really nice to have all of these students pictured in the presentation. Please contact me, at deaconmindy@godamong.us or call 858-232-2141 if you have questions.


A Message from Dr. Brent Brown

Our Council President would like to stress,

"Please look into getting the vaccine as soon as possible if safe for you to do so. The faster we all get vaccines safely the faster we can have more people in church."


National Brain Tumor Society

Every year, our family is comitted to raising money and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Society in memory of our daughter, Lauren. Lauren passed away almost six years ago after an eight month battle with brain cancer, and I think about how precious life is as I miss her sassy personality everyday. Please help us help those who are affflicted with this deadly disease. This year, you can take part in our virtual walk anywhere in the country! So please join us on this special day when we remember Lauren and support all those who are fighting this illness. Thank you for your support and please consider tuning in as we honor this community on May 2nd. For more information on the National Brain Tumor Society, visit www.braintumor.org.


Incarnation Lutheran remains committed to supporting this wonderful cause, and we ask you to prayerfully consider joining us!


Project Mercy/Mexico House Build Mission

Our next house build for a Mexican family is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th. Due to Covid-19 and related border restrictions, we will do this build in Chula Vista again. We will assemble and paint the home components and Project Mercy personnel will deliver to Mexico and assemble. For this build, we are partnering with Spirit of Joy Lutheran of Ramona to build 2 houses!


Thank you very much to those of you who have already donated! At this time, we have reached our goal, but you could contribute for future house build projects by using the church PayPal link, or send a check to the church. Please remember to mark your donation with "Project Mercy".

Donate to Lutheran Church of the Incarnation of San Diego County

Food and household donations: Since many of you like to donate items to the family, we've created an online wish list of things that are good to donate. Please look at the list and sign-up for any items you would like to purchase and donate. Please share this link too: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4aa9ad28ab9-mexico


Below is the bio for the family we are building a home for.

Stephen Ministers

Training Update: Please continue to pray for our Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders as they work on key skills in order to become better caregivers. Our Stephen Ministers in training this week will be studying "Using Mental Health Professionals and other Community Resources" What happens when a care receiver needs a different kind of care or a higher level of care than a Stephen Minister is qualified to provide? The Stephen Minister works with our Stephen Leaders to connect the person with a professional caregiver who is able to meet the person's needs. In this week's session, our Stephen Ministers take a look at what other types of caregiving are available and at the limits to their caregiving. This will prepare our Stephen Ministers to refer care receivers to the appropriate caregiver should the need arise. If you are going through a particularly difficult period and would like to pursue the idea of meeting with a Stephen Minister on a regular basis, please call Deacon Mindy or one of the Pastors.


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 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.