Letter From Pastor Luther - May 20th, 2020


Week 11

Good afternoon sisters and brothers:

            Things are slowly starting to open.  Signs are ambiguous.  Might be a very good thing (for our mental health and the economy!), or might yet be dangerous (there are pockets of COVID 19 re-surging in states that opened earliest).  The fact of the matter is that we’re still in a bit of flux, and still learning what’s best to do.  In conversations with our council President, Dr. Brent Brown, we agreed that based on the restrictions currently in place, and lack of basic clarity regarding the concrete re-opening of the church, we are not yet ready to open our campus.  We shall continue to examine the state of things on a week by week basis, with a view to opening the moment that we can safely do so.  That said, there are many things going on in your church, to provide for the spiritual well-being of each and every one of you, during this time of caution and care.  Our website:  https://www.godamong.us is a central source of where to find more information.  Many of the activities listed there, are linked to many different social media sites including Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/incarnation.lutheran), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/ilcservants), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ilcservants).  Others will be found by Zoom invitation that you’ll see in a weekly newsletter like this one.  By way of example:

            - food drop of for Interfaith Community Services.  Every Tuesday and Friday morning, between the hours of 09:00 and 11:00, volunteers are here to move groceries from your trunk into theirs, and took take all the donations to ICS that very day.  A wonderful ministry opportunity.

            - Check-in with Pr. Tim every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at 2 pm by Zoom.  This gives our members an opportunity to check-in and to let their friends and family know how they’re doing.  Join Check-In Zoom Meeting here:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/636616491?pwd=YWd4TnQ0aDZKS2swTlhTR3ZvTGFHdz09

            Meeting ID: 636 616 491

            Password: Check-in

            - Monday to Saturday “To Start Your Day” Bible reading and Prayer designed to begin your day in God’s word in an email sent to each and every one of you at 6 am.  I hope you’ll look at it and follow.  And if you didn’t get it, please let us know in the office, so that we’ll get you on the mailing list.

            - Monday to Saturday “Evening Devotions” are scheduled every evening at 7 pm for you and your family, and can be found on our website and linked to all the social media sites listed above.

            - Wednesday evenings at 7:20 pm, we’ll be continuing our evening Bible/Book study on N.T. Wright’s book, “Surprised by Hope”.  I hope you’ll join us for a brief video followed by conversation on the subject we’ll be covering.  To get to our Bible study Zoom, please click here:

https://zoom.us/j/93359952462?pwd=US84eWh4bXlVTjQ0VVM2RHFQTk1Qdz09

            Meeting ID: 933 5995 2462

            Meeting Password: 92064

            - Saturday morning at 8 am, Men’s Bible Study meets in a Zoom meeting.  Please feel free to join in; you’ll be made to feel most welcome.  The link to join is found here:                 

https://zoom.us/j/96496876991?pwd=MHR6TUozS1pQZUo0ODJrOXhGRTlYUT09

            Meeting ID: 964 9687 6991

            Password: 648312             - Sunday morning at 10 am, Worship is held and incorporates as many of the elements of our worship life as we can virtually, and we sure hope you’ll join.  Again located on our website, it premiers there and on YouTube.com, ( https://www.youtube.com/ilcservants ) with links to the other social media sites at 10.  We really hope to see you there.

            - 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

            Meeting ID: 317 366 6136

            Password: ILCcoffee

            - Every Monday evening, a men’s fellowship group called “Monday Knights” meets for fun and conversation. Though they have met in Zoom meetings recently, they are anticipating going back to their favorite restaurant soon. For more information, please contact Darrell Datte at  619-9971545 or email at ddatte55@gmail.com

            As you can see from the full slate of activities, we are a busy place, even under a shelter at home order.  We are here to serve you and are committed to doing so to the very best of our abilities, especially during this time of uncertainty.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help with something for which you have no resources; in truth, your church is here for you.

            May you remain safe and content in the knowledge that you are in God’s Holy hands! 

            Peace and grace,

            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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Worship Streamed Live Sundays at 10:00am

Traditional Worship:               8:30 am Sunday

Christian Education for All Ages:       9:45 am

Contemporary Worship:     11:00 am Sunday

Informal Worship:                5:30 pm Saturday

Office Hours:           M-F    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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