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Letter From Pastor Luther - October 1st, 2020

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October 1, 2020   (Week 29)

Sisters and Brothers, Good Morning!     

Over the course of the coming days, you should start to see certain of our fall activities roll out, among the items I enumerated last week.  Some are already going, and others will start soon.  Please watch for all the pieces to come.  There has also been a proposal to have “Concert in the Courtyard” and we’re working on the logistics of that.  It promises to be very exciting!  I hope you will all remain active in your church; indeed, there is no reason in the world not to deepen your level of participation!

Sunday school on Zoom on Sunday mornings.

Confirmation class on Zoom on Sunday afternoons.

A study time immediately after worship called the Message Forum (sermon


Women’s Monday evening Bible study on Zoom.

Men’s Monday Knights (already in full swing) in person and on Zoom.

Men’s Saturday Morning Bible Study (already going) on Zoom.

A mid-week Service of the Word, to expand upon our evening devotion on that day.

Daily Bible readings called “To Start Your Day” availably by being on our email list.

Monthly WELCA Bible Study, as possible.

A children’s message as part of worship on Sunday mornings.

Food, etc., collection for Interfaith Community Services: Tue, Fri, Sat (9-11).

Clearly God is at work in your church, and your church is hard at work in the world, seeking as best we can, to be God’s hands and feet in the world.  I want to share a story of how that has rolled out.  When COVID19 first hit, a plea went out from our council president encouraging folks to support a COVID relief fund, and his plea was heard.  You have given wonderfully to that important ministry, and with it, we have been able to allocate, quite literally, thousands of dollars of aid to those in need, especially hard hit by the COVID crisis.  We have helped pay for food, for rent, for utilities, and even for medical expenses. 

This past Sunday, I had the privilege of having lunch with a family who were recipients of Incarnation’s help.  They are a low income family and have been utterly dependent upon both mom and dad working to make ends meet.  Though it has been a struggle, they were getting by.  But then things went south, fast.  Mom had given birth in late February, and was hospitalized for complications for a number weeks.  By the time she was released, her job was gone…a victim of COVID cutbacks.  Two weeks later, her husband was furloughed as well.  And now the husband is back at work, hopefully for the long term, but sadly, the wife’s job is simply gone.  Early on, when they were both out of work, with bills piling up and no where to turn, this situation was brought to my attention, and ILC was able to help.  They did not ask, and were profoundly grateful for our help.  For me, I rather quickly forgot the whole situation, for it had been dealt with.  I was on to helping others.  Some months later now, at lunch, the family was effusive in its thanks for everything we had done.  For me, it was forgotten, but for them, it was not.  They said that incarnation saved their lives.  They had no food and no money for rent or utilities, and virtually, no hope.  But ILC gave them that hope.  They’re still not out of the woods, but they have hope and are working hard to secure a better future for themselves and their children.  And you, ILC, were a pretty important part of that.  Indeed, that’s been the case in a large number of situations.  Thank you!

Please remember that your support of your church and its ministries, empowers us to be God’s hands and feet in the world, that any one of us as individuals could not.  Please remember us in prayer and through your support, so that as a church, we can remain financially able to meet our obligations internally, and enabled to do God’s work in the world.  You are making a big difference in the world!  Thank you for everything you have done, are doing and will yet do!!

As always, please reach out if you need anything.  We’re here for you!  Take good care, and know that you are blessed to be a blessing!

            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:

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