Letter From Pastor Luther - March 31st, 2021


Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone


Love Better!


March 31, 2021 (Year One, Week 4, HOLY WEEK)

16: 1When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16: 1-8 NRSV)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This week represents the holiest of days in the Christian calendar, and we want to be as intentional in commemorating them as we’ve ever been. Accordingly, we will have worship opportunities available to you, as listed below. Please know that you are welcome, and that you are welcome to invite everyone you know; and please know that you are even welcome to even everyone you don’t yet know! Our natural impulse is to be afraid, but despite our fear, let’s share the story of what God has done for each of us in Christ Jesus. Let God’s Word be heard now....especially now!



SERVICE DATE TIME ACCESS


Palm Sunday March 28, 2021 10 am https://youtu.be/uNaMJ1adfwg


Maundy Thursday April 1, 2021 7 pm https://youtu.be/60XJhU7P_ZM


Easter Vigil April 1-4, 2021 8 pm (4/1) - 9 am (4/4) https://www.godamong.us/post/easter-prayer-vigil-sign-up


Good Friday April 2, 2021 7 pm https://youtu.be/F4DAMHts71A


Holy Saturday April 3, 2021 7 pm https://youtu.be/g9S4UU6hU28


Easter Sunday April 4, 2021 10 am https://youtu.be/VOQ-OrZDAMA


A blessed Easter to one and all from myself and everyone on staff at Incarnation Lutheran Church! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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


Easter Donations

Each Easter, we ask that you consider a monetary donation towards our Easter Special Music, Decoration, or Pastor’s Discretionary Funds. Please use the following link to contribute online www.godamong.us/easter-donations. You also have the option to mail a check to the office. Thank you.


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!


Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Leadership Team would like everyone to know a new class of Stephen Ministers is in the midst of their 50-hour training requirement at Incarnation that will come to completion in June. We would appreciate your prayers for our Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders as they progress through this process.


This week, the class will cover two topics. First, they will discuss "Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving", which describes the importance of boundaries to protect both Stephen Ministers and their care receivers while ensuring the best possible care. Secondly, they'll learn about "Crisis Theory and Practice", exploring the effects a crisis has on people's lives and how to help them move through the crisis toward greater wholeness.


Also, please remember 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, as we currently have Stephen Ministers available.


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. We are building for the Astudillo Herrera family; a widowed mother and two sons aged 12 and 9. One of the boys suffers from epilepsy. We've also attached the bio for the family that Spirit of Joy volunteers will be building for.


Diapers needed! Interfaith is out of size 5 & 6 diapers, both very popular sizes. Also dog and cat food. If you are able please add these items to your shopping list and drop off at our usual times on Sat, Tues, or Fri between 9 and 11. If you have a person in your household that likes a project, bagging the dog or cat food into smaller sizes is greatly appreciated, 10cups in a 1 gallon bag is about right. Thank you so much for your constant 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.