Letter From Pastor Luther - March 4th, 2021


Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone


Love Better!


March 4, 2021 (Year One)

Sisters and brothers in Christ:

We are now coming to the end of one year of the suspension of all campus activity due to the pandemic. A lost year in some measure, but in some ways, a time of challenge from which we have all grown. We have learned how to worship together virtually. We have learned how to produce musical offerings entirely online. We have learned how to provide Bible studies, Bible readings, and evening devotions, all online. So we have learned a lot.


We look forward to learning even more as we move forward. It won’t be too terribly much longer, and I think we’ll be resuming in person worship in some form or another, and we’ll have to learn how to do that. And we will. We are in conversation with synod office about engaging in an Anchor Church relationship with another congregation, an exciting mission opportunity for us to be in service. And hopefully, we soon will! We are looking forward to re-engaging the various mission activities we’ve long labored at, and which we love, as soon as we can. And we will.


Please stay strong in your faith! Changes are coming! Changes always come! And we’ll be ready. In the meantime, nurture your faith in worship, devotions and bible study, all of which you can access from our website. If you have need of pastoral care of any sort, please do call. We are, as always, here for you!

Peace and grace,

Pr. Luther



- Before worship, around 9 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://zoom.us/j/98483096300?pwd=aTVJV0JJWkdsaG9ESFFMTlNuWVVDUT09



ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Love Committee Event

"Thank you to all who participated in the Love Committee's event this past Sunday. It was a very valuable discussion, but there was some misunderstanding regarding the committee's intentions for the event. The goal was not to come to a decision on whether or not to remove the flag from the sanctuary. Rather, the objective was to open a dialogue on that issue, to make space to express why for some the flag holds sacred meaning in the church and for others it has no place in God's house. As stated in our mission, we strive to lovingly provide you with tools, resources and opportunities for conversation to better understand and eradicate inequality and discrimination in ourselves and our community."


Lenten Conversation

Join us for a special Lenten Conversation series this Lenten Season. It will be every Wednesday evenings following right after Evening Devotions at 7:15 pm starting February 24, 2021. Our Lenten Conversations will focus on the book "Quarks, Chaos & Christianity" by John Polkinghorne, an Anglican priest/theologian and a renowned theoretical physicist. We'll be led by a couple of our very own scientists Dr. Jack Johnson and Dr. Bruce Brown, as well as our pastors. Please join us. Below is the Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/93837114953?pwd=Y3duR3NWa2tHVm1iRktnUmtrZVdGZz09


Easter Donations

Each Easter, we ask that you consider a monetary donation towards our Easter Special Music, Decoration, or Pastor’s Discretionary Funds. Your name will be included in the slides for our Easter Sunday online service. All donations must be received by Sunday, March 28 to be included in the slides. Please use the following link to contribute online www.godamong.us/easter-donations. You also have the option to print out the form and mail a check to the office. Thank you.


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 .

Doorstep Donations for Lent Would you like to make donations of food and hygiene items for the homeless right from your own doorstep? Contact Joyce Miller to schedule a contactless pick-up at joycemiller7062@att.net or 858-218-5047 (cell).


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. Since we will only be building the components, the time commitment will be much less than usual (4-6 hours). This is a great opportunity for those that like to build or paint, but have been unable to travel into Mexico for prior builds. If you are interested in participating in this build or have questions, please contact Jake Johnson (jakej_3@yahoo.com / 858-451-3268). We do need to raise $7,500 for this build, so if you would like to contribute please mark your donation with "Mexico House Build". Here is a link to the church website to donate via Paypal: GIVING | incarnation-lutheran Details from our October mission project are included here: Details from our October mission project are included here: http://projectmercybaja.org/2020/11/05/the-first-of-the-houses-built-in-chula-vista-goes-up-in-tijuana/

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.