Lifetimes: September 2021

An Updated Look for a New Season

By Erin Thorstad, Director of Communications
A few years ago, one of the main conversations that Incarnation leadership was discussing is how do we ensure that our ministry is growing, vibrant and relevant for the future? Are we putting our best foot forward to be inviting to new people who are looking for a church? What big picture questions do we need to be asking ourselves so we can best live into our vision of a world filled with God’s grace and love?

We were already in the process of making plans when the pandemic hit and as a faith community, we quickly needed to pivot so we could continue our ministry together. Worship and programming went online, technology was rapidly updated to meet our growing digital needs, and as a church, we found ourselves transitioning at a faster pace than we predicted.

While change can be challenging at times, it can also free us to ask ourselves if what we are currently doing best serves our goals. We have changed so much in the past few years–was it time to update our branding to reflect who we are in this new season of being the church together?

It’s a big decision to make! Our branding needed to be updated for our future ministry, but still feel authentic to the good work we’ve already accomplished and who we are. A small team of representatives from the congregation who have backgrounds in design and communications was created and several logo designers were interviewed before making a final selection. Allan Peters, a local designer who specializes in branding and logos, was chosen based on his portfolio, previous work with other churches and enthusiasm. Some of his previous employers/clients are Target, the City of Shoreview, and the City of Eagan. His process for helping clients create a new logo is to work with a team of people and figure out what the core of their identity is, based on a selection of words. Incarnation’s core words include grace, relationships, discovery/growth, generosity, and . . . incarnation.

Allan created multiple designs and, with input from the branding team, staff and the Incarnation Council we found our new logo. If you look closely at the image, a leaf is sprouting from a seed that is shaped like an infinity symbol. This logo represents many ideas about what we value as a community: the growth that we experience through God’s infinite grace and love, the transformation of one element into another suggesting discovery and relationships, and the idea that generosity is an investment that creates something new.

The concept of growth and transformation is a key image for Incarnation. Our name Incarnation means God took on form (flesh–carne) in the person of Jesus. For us, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus point to the dynamic ongoing reality of transformation that is possible in our lives. Jesus himself used this image when he taught that a seed is buried in the ground before sprouting and transforming into a new kind of life.

In the near future you’ll start to see our new logo appearing in the building, alongside the preexisting crosses and other religious art that we have enjoyed for many years. Green was our signature color in the past and green continues to be our signature color in the future as it represents growth.

We are grateful to the branding team and we give thanks to God for raising up leaders in our congregation: Tom Jacobsen, Laura Hennen, Kate Lawless and Erin Rowles all deserve a round of applause for the expertise they brought to the project and the many hours they invested in helping us create our new logo.

In this new season, we have an updated brand, rooted in the foundation of who we are as a church that we can present to the wider community as we seek to invite others into our ministry of co-creating a world filled with God’s grace and love.

From the Staff

Senior Pastor Kai Nilsen

By Senior Pastor Kai Nilsen

A phrase was used repeatedly in the book of Judges when the people of Israel turned their back on God and one another, “And everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”

I could have written that as a commentary on many news shows, social media feeds and recent school board meetings. It is also an apt descriptor of the toxic individualism that has gripped portions of our culture. “Everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.”

The main problem with that posture toward life is that it cripples our capacity to be in community. And community is what it means to be Jesus’ people. That’s our story!

As an antidote, a repeated manta for Jesus and the early church was Love Your Neighbor.

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence… For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Galatians 5:13-14

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies. Matthew 5: 43-44

Honor your father and mother; also, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 19:19

And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” James 2:8

Each of us must decide what that looks like in our daily interactions. But, what’s not up for discussion is this: The good news of Jesus is intensely and intentionally “other” focused.

Remember, Jesus didn’t come to help us build bigger and better churches; Jesus came to help us imagine and co-create a better world. Let’s renew our desire and resolve to be co-creators of this better, more loving world.

Love Your Neighbor.

That’s our story. Peace. Kai

Celebration Sunday is this weekend!

Come for worship at 8:45 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. (please note that only the 10:15 a.m. service will be livestreamed) where students and those who work with students will receive a special blessing. Kids will be given a trinket to take with them to remind them that God’s love goes with them into this new school year and children’s Bibles will also be available to take home. Outside there will be bounce houses, food trucks, yard games, a blessing toolkit and more for you to enjoy. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to come with you because we want to share this day of blessings with everyone . . . or better yet, you can be a part of welcoming the community by signing up to volunteer! This event is our way of celebrating the start of a new academic year and welcoming the community to gather together again–see you there!

All Hands on Hope Feed My Starving Children MobilePack™ Volunteer Registration is Live!

The Feed My Starving Children Action Group is excited to announce that volunteer registration is now open for the 14th All Hands on Hope MobilePack™ , held October 28- November 1, 2021. We are grateful and thrilled to continue our partnership with FMSC and host this event at Incarnation.

Many of us are familiar with MobilePack™ events, but this year there will be a few changes:

  • The event will be held in the fall vs. spring and run over five days including weekend shifts. This allows volunteers to find the shift(s) that work best for them to participate. Visit our FMSC All Hands on Hope web page for shift days/times and sign-up information.
  • We will have fewer packing stations and volunteers per packing station to ensure that we are following safety guidelines for COVID-19. Each shift will accommodate up to 210 volunteers.
  • Volunteers are now organized around a single funnel pod. Volunteers are asked to register in groups of 1-10 people to pack at their funnel. These groups should be comprised of people who are comfortable NOT being socially distanced from each other, though groups will remain distanced from all others while volunteering. In order to maximize the number of meals packed, please consider organizing a group with the most people possible up to 10. For example, two families who already socialize with one another and feel comfortable, coworkers who work with one another on a regular basis, adult small groups or youth groups who meet regularly. You can visit our FMSC All Hands on Hope web page for a sign-up link and more information.
  • Masks will be required for all volunteers, regardless of vaccination status. Both FMSC and the Incarnation COVID Task Force are closely monitoring and adhering to all local, state and federal guidelines.

What has not changed for our 2021 MobilePack™?

  • Global hunger needs:
    • Every day, 11% of the world’s population suffers from hunger, and 34 million children suffer annually from hunger.
    • Natural disasters, such as the recent hurricane in Haiti, create even more need for hunger relief
    • Our goal is to reach everyone, until all are fed
  • The energy in the building during our packing events. We will welcome volunteers ages 5 to 105 over five wonderful days!
  • The need for prayer: For those we serve around the world, FMSC staff and all volunteers.
  • Our commitment to fund the event. This year, we have pledged to raise $200,000. Of this, $150,000 will go directly toward funding the materials needed to pay for the 614,304 meals we hope to pack. The additional $50,000 will provide funds for machine packing since FMSC continues to use machine packing as a supplemental method for producing m Since our last MobilePack™ in 2019, we have collected over $61,000. We are well on our way to our goal! To donate to the MobilePack™, you can use any of the following methods:

For questions or more information, visit Incarnation’s All Hands on Hope webpage or contact Becky Benson.

Mental Health Awareness

By Jennie Norberg

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and October has National Mental Health Awareness Week, along with International World Mental Health Day.

There are a lot of things that we, as a society and as a church, don’t like to talk about. Mental health is one of them. Over half of us will be affected by mental illness at some point in our lives. The stigmatism around mental illness is lessening overall, but it can still be a taboo subject in the church. Mental illness is not a sin. It is not because of something that the person did or something their family did in the past. This is an outdated church view of mental illness. We are all sinful, and a mental illness doesn’t make someone more sinful than another. A common “treatment” in the past was to “pray it away.” Also, people were ignored or made to feel ashamed. Some said that it was evil spirits or demons in your body. This is not true.

Having a mental illness is the same as a physical illness. It is a medical issue and people should not be ashamed of it. This is much easier to say than believe. One should not be ashamed to seek treatment for a mental illness. Martin Luther once wrote, “the Church is the inn and infirmary for those who are sick and in need of being made well.” We, the church, should be that loving and caring community for those that need support and care. Studies have shown that congregants wish that their church was more open about mental illnesses.

The ELCA came out with a social message regarding Mental Health in 2012. The ELCA calls for, “ELCA members to acknowledge the needs of those living with mental illness and for this church to claim the responsibility it has as a body of Christ. The body of Christ is incomplete if people experiencing mental illness are not integrated as a visible part of the whole. The call challenges the ELCA to be a community seeking understanding that encourages individuals to pursue treatment, comforts them in their suffering, and supports them in their treatment and recovery . . . Seeking help should not be seen as a weakness, but encouraged.”

Heeding Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” (NIV) the ELCA advocates the social teaching that Christians bear the burdens of one another.

The ELCA commits as a church to accompanying you in your valley of the shadow, to advocating for your just and dignified treatment, and to praying for your healing and restoration.

Here are some ways that we can walk alongside people who have a mental illness. These guidelines come from the NAMI FaithNet website:

  • Always keep in mind that a person living with a mental illness is a person first. Never define them by their illness.
  • Check-in with the person or their family. Do not assume that the person wants to be included. A person might feel strongly about maintaining their privacy. If that’s the case you can continue to check-in with them because what they need later may change.
  • Ask them what would be the most helpful. They may have a certain kind of help in mind that they could use from the congregation, so it may be beneficial to ask.
  • Invite the family to sit with you at church services and events.
  • Making an effort to talk to them and show that you care and understand. People living with mental illness often feel isolated and talking with them alone can make a difference.
  • Instead of trying to fix their problems, just listen. Many people just need to be heard, taking the time to listen to someone will show that you care without having to come up with a solution for them.
  • Don’t belittle someone’s mental illness. Everyone has occasional anxiety, depression, or some small form of a mental health condition, but this is not the same thing as living with a mental health condition. Don’t tell someone that everyone goes through what they’re going through, or that you know exactly how they feel. Also, if someone is expressing their problems, never tell them to ‘suck it up,’ it is hurtful and shows that you don’t care how they are feeling.
  • Offer to pray with them and for them. With their permission, add them to the prayer list. Showing them that they are in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Offer a place to belong, a small spiritual support/fellowship group. Having a network of supportive friends can make a huge difference to someone living with a mental illness.
  • Offer to cook a meal, run an errand or any other helpful task. If a person is going through a hard time you can help them while simultaneously showing that you care.
  • Plan a home visit. Mental illness can sometimes prevent people from leaving their home, which may make them feel even further isolated. Having someone come to their home and interact with them can significantly uplift their mood and spirit. They will become more comfortable with you and therefore the congregation you represent.
  • Learn about mental health. The topic of mental health is often avoided and considered taboo to talk about. Be open about learning more without joking about it or using insensitive language.
  • Invite local mental health leaders to speak with your congregation. Stigma often comes from a lack of understanding. If the entire congregation can learn about mental illness from a NAMI leader or other mental health leader, they may be more likely to feel comfortable welcoming and interacting with community members who live with a mental health condition.
  • Learn to recognize symptoms.
  •  Convey a message of acceptance and compassion.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text MN to 741741 or call 651-266-7900 (for Ramsey County). These resources provide 24/7 care if you or someone you care about is having a mental health crisis. If you wish to speak to a pastor, you may also call the On Call Pastoral Care line at 612-276-2797 and the pastor on call will respond as soon as they are able.

One Person’s Journey Toward Understanding and Supporting an Asylum Seeker

By Elinor Jackson

Living in Minnesota, asylum seekers coming over the border was not on the top of my mind. I didn’t see them or deal with them, so . . . out of sight, out of mind. Until I saw the detention cells on TV and heard and saw how many people were stuffed into one area with so little to feed them and keep them warm and safe. And then COVID hit. It was so hard to see the misery on the faces of the children, especially agonizing to learn that they had been separated from their parents. How could this happen in the United States?

Still, being in Minnesota, so far removed from the border, what could I do? Then, one day I received a list of Zoom events on various internationally relevant topics. One of them was about the situation at the borders and asylum seekers. As I have been in international business most of my career, I was interested to see what was happening. It was eye-openingly appalling. It caused me great discomfort to learn that most seekers are turned back at the border and sent back to the horrifying and probably deadly places they came from. Those who are admitted are immediately put into detention centers.  THESE ARE JAILS. Asylum seekers are not illegal aliens trying to sneak into the U.S. These people haven’t committed a crime, they are fleeing for their lives, but our welcome to them is a brutal penal system where food and safety are not in the budget. The 14th Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”.  The U.S. has signed this Declaration, therefore, it is NOT illegal for people to seek asylum here, if they are in peril.

I started to listen to more Zoom events on the subject and learned even more horrifying things. There is NO program responsible for guiding asylees through the incredibly difficult process they endure on the way to the court hearing granting them asylum in about two years. They have come over the border at great peril, have literally nothing but the clothes on their backs, and can obtain nothing from any level of the government. They are, by law, prohibited from receiving aid of any kind from any government source.

Asylees have no place to stay, no authorized contacts or sources to assist them in resettling. In addition, they are PROHIBITED by law from working for at least a year. After that time, they may apply for a work permit. So, I asked myself “What would I do in a foreign country without access to assistance, unable to speak the local language, and unable to work to earn money to feed, house, and clothe my family? On top of that, the success rate of my quest to achieve status in the U.S. would be about 24%.

I also asked myself, “what can I do to assist these vulnerable people, God’s children who are loved just as I am?” I have an extra room, I have an income. I have enough. I can easily share what I have with an asylee and walk the path with that person to give them assistance, encouragement, hope and direction to make it more likely that a successful outcome will become reality. So, I have volunteered to house an asylee for the duration of his quest for status in the US. As of this writing, I am eagerly awaiting an assignment.

If you find yourself interested in learning more about asylum seekers and their plight, Pastor Jason Lukis from the International Association for Refugees will be speaking at Kairos on October 11. His topic is “Shattered to Whole” about an asylum seeker’s journey. I invite you to hear what he has to say. If you have questions about this topic or would like to volunteer to help provide transportation, mentoring and friendship to the asylum seeker I will be housing and supporting, please contact me at I cannot solve the problems that asylees are running away from. But my faith tells me I can help one person to imagine a better life.

Apostles Library Book Review

Anxious People by Frederik Backmann

Vernita Kennen wrote the following review: I am one of those people who read dedications in books before I begin reading them. I would guess you would wonder what a book is going to be like if you read “This book is dedicated to the voices in my head, the most remarkable of my friends. And to my wife, who lives with us.” I have a title for you that certainly lives up to this promise!

Anxious People by Frederik Backmann is amazingly complex and amazingly simple at the same time. The premise of the many-charactered story gives a hint to the twists and turns ahead. An inept bank robber flees from police and enters an apartment open house where the people there are presumably taken hostage. Learning the backstories of the hostages, the bank robber, the father and son policemen who investigate and even the rabbit (!) make this story even more creative.

There are serious issues (suicide, marriage complications, sexuality concerns, classism, parenting concerns, grief issues and more) among the personalities of everyone in the story. There are literary quotations including one from Martin Luther! And there is an enormous amount of humor. I laughed out loud many times while reading the short chapters, all 74 of them. And since many of them ended with sentences that made you know you could not stop reading but had to continue turning pages. (Like “And that was how this turned into a story about a rabbit.” Or how about the description of an inept policeman described as “not the sharpest knife in the drawer; he’s not even in the drawer”.

The author of A Man Called Ove has done it again. This is a book that makes you laugh, sigh, maybe even cry as you try to untangle the web of hostages, robber, policemen and more. I can hardly wait for his next novel.

Keeping Our Walls Inviting

By Danette M. Griffith

This summer, several groups of staff and members of the congregation began researching projects that will improve the building and surrounding parking lots. Conversation included whether these items would require a capital campaign or if each project be funded by separate campaigns. To date, here’s a summary of the projects and the process so far.

  1. Sanctuary – Repair/Replace Sound System
    Emily Turner, Media Arts Director, and Rick Gravely, Facilities Manager, have been working with several companies to solve the sound system problems in the Sanctuary. They hope to have several bids and decide by September. The members of our community have been very generous, and several gifts have been made to this project.
  2. Sanctuary – Lighting
    The Sanctuary needs new stage lighting and updated LED lighting throughout. Again, Emily and Rick are working with companies to obtain an estimate.
  3. 2005 Addition
    The latest addition to our building – Incarnation Hall, the classrooms and the Youth Room were built in 2005. Since then, several problems have occurred with the windows and walls. There has been intrusion of water that created rotting in the window frames. This is a major project and is a priority. To date, research has been done to see if insurance could cover the cost of repairs. It was denied by the insurance companies–both our present company and the company that held our insurance in 2005. We also pursued the makers of the windows. That was also to no avail. Most recently, John Miller, member of the congregation, talked with Sheehy Construction, the company that did the work in 2005. Sheehy brought out an engineer to look at the problems. We are confident that we can come to a good solution to have the repair work done.
  4. Parking Lot
    The parking lot has its share of problems–the largest being inadequate run-off and the subsequent problems of ice during the winter. Danette Griffith, Administrator, and Rick Gravely, Facilities Manager, are working with an architectural firm to redesign the parking lot between Doors 1 and 2. This will lead to handicapped parking next to the building and better flow of traffic. In the meantime, the handicapped parking has been moved out of the low area for the upcoming winter.
  5. HVAC Systems
    Approximately 10 of the heating and air conditioning units need to be replaced. They are working now but are past their life expectancy. We are pursuing an estimate.
  6. Debt Reduction
    We refinanced our mortgage earlier this year, bringing down the monthly payment by $8,000. However, the Finance Committee and the Congregation Council determined that we would continue paying the budgeted payment of $28,540 each month–putting over $8,000 additional against the principle. The current balance is $2,425,300. The 2018-2020 campaign has been extended into 2021. Should it continue, so that members can pledge to both the operating fund and the mortgage fund? The Incarnation Council will continue to discuss this issue.

More updates will be communicated as they happen. If you have any questions or if you are eager to donate, please contact Pastor Kai Nilsen or Danette Griffith, Administrator.

Click here to give online.


We honor the memory of loved ones in the memorial gifts given below:

Among the Congregation

Sympathy To:
Kirsten Bornus and family on the death of her sister-in-law; Darrell Thorstenson and family on the death of his father; the family of Bob Bergstrom on his death. 


Celebration Sunday Volunteers–Your Help is Needed to Create a Sense of Excitement and Welcome!
Your help is needed to create a fun, exciting and welcoming experience on Celebration Sunday! There are several ways to volunteer to ensure it’s a safe and celebratory experience for all. Join the fun for a shift! Sign up to volunteer here.

Community Bell Ringing 
Incarnation will participate with all the churches in the metro area in the official State of Minnesota 9/11 Ceremony on Saturday, September 11 by ringing the church bell at four different times in the morning. The goal is to surround the metro community and beyond in bell ringing at the times in coordination with the bell ringing by The Liberty Bell and a bell from the Minnesota Military Museum on the steps of the  State Capitol.

Mark Your Calendars: Kairos Resumes September 13
Monday, September 13: Navigating Differences That Make a Difference – The IDI as Tool & Guide
Many of us talk the talk but are less effective at walking the walk when it comes to building local and global partnerships that are mutually transformative, leaning into the challenges of anti-racism and diversity. Participants will receive an overview of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a tool used to discover one’s intercultural competence. They will also learn about the developmental theory upon which the IDI was built and identify ways the IDI can be used in congregations like Incarnation. Presented by the Rev. Peter Harrits. Join us on Zoom every other Monday night at 7 – 8:30 p.m. beginning on September 13. To register clink, here.

Bring Hope to the People of New Orleans, Haiti and Afghanistan
Recent events have been devastating for the people of New Orleans, Haiti and Afghanistan. Here are some ways to bring hope in the midst of the tragedies being faced:

Solid Ground Coat Drive
Donations: Thank you for your impressive response to the request for more donations! Of course, even more new or clean, gently-used coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarves in all sizes are greatly appreciated to help keep the residents of Solid Ground warm and dry this winter season. Consider utilizing your networks to gather more items (e.g Nextdoor app, your family, your small group, friends). Drop off items any time the building is open. Monetary donations are especially helpful to purchase coats or boots when sizes are not available to meet the needs of families. Donations may be made online under the “Solid Ground” designation or by check made out to Incarnation with “Solid Ground Coat Drive” in the memo. Donations collected through September 12.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed September 14 and 15 from 12 – 2:30pm and from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. to assist Solid Ground residents with their winter wear selections. To volunteer, contact Claire Gilbert or Mary Hoyme.

Monthly Packing Opportunities at FMSC Coon Rapids Permanent Site
Join those of the Incarnation community at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids to pack meals during shifts that have been reserved specifically for Incarnation.

One evening shift on the 4th Tuesday of each month and a daytime shift on the 4th Wednesday of each month, are available. FMSC has adjusted processes and practices following the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines, allowing volunteers to pack while maintaining safety.

For more information and to sign up for a shift, visit the FMSC page on the Incarnation website. Let’s continue the season of serving God’s kids! Pray, Volunteer or Donate today!

All Hands on Hope Feed My Starving Children MobilePackTM Volunteer Registration is Live!
The Feed My Starving Children Action Group is excited to announce that volunteer registration is now open for the 14th All Hands on Hope MobilePackTM , held October 28- November 1, 2021. We are grateful and thrilled to continue our partnership with FMSC and host this event at Incarnation. Global hunger remains a pressing need; 34 million children suffer annually from hunger. With recent events such as the earthquake in Haiti, meals are more important than ever. For more information on volunteer registration and financial donations, visit the All Hands On Hope web page.

Fall Small Groups: Our Story
Stories—our lives are a conglomeration of the stories we have lived, listened to, loathed, and loved—sometimes for good and sometimes not. The stories we pay attention to and immerse ourselves in—what we watch, listen to, or live with one another—have the capacity to change the world we inhabit. Our stories are also part of God’s Story—in the way we are shaped by God’s Story and in how our story reveals God’s on-going presence and activity in the world. Stories are valuable. Stories add meaning, inspiration and shape us.

Our Story, Incarnation’s fall theme, is a chance to connect with others in a small group setting to explore the power of story, stories in the Bible, and how our stories are shaped by and live out God’s Story. Engage with others in a new small group to explore and exchange stories. Groups will meet for five sessions in October and November. Groups are available on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Daytime groups are also being planned. To find out more, visit the Our Story webpage. Register at:

Book Discussion Small Group: Surrender to Love
Talk with others about David Benner’s book, Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality. Benner writes “There is nothing more important in life than learning to love and be loved. Jesus elevated love as the goal of spiritual transformation.” This small group will meet for five gatherings in October and November by Zoom. Together, the group will discover that Christ doesn’t want our fear, compliance or obligation, rather desires a relationship of authentic love with us. [Christ] wants our heart. He wants our love and he offers us his… He invites us to surrender to his love.” Order your copy of the book and start reading! Register: This group meets on Mondays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., September 27 – November 29, via Zoom.

Another Kind of Happy Hour
Another Kind of Happy Hour is a workshop designed to help increase the capacities within each of us to flourish in our lives and is based in scientific research and intersects with faith-based practices. It includes understanding what positive emotions are and how to cultivate them, optimism as a skill we learn, the importance of practicing gratitude, learning about our character strengths and how we use them to be more engaged in life, identifying and defining our meaning in life, and skills to make us better at all kinds of relationships. This session of Another Kind of Happy Hour is on October 21, 6 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register.

Growing Through Loss – Support for Those Experiencing Loss in their Lives
Growing Through Loss is a grief and loss support ministry jointly sponsored by the North Suburban Grief Support Coalition. The coalition hosts two six-week series each year at various locations that address both the educational as well as support aspects of a variety of loss and grief issues.

The fall series will be held on Monday evenings, September 13  – October 18  from 6:45  – 9:00 p.m., at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, 6180 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, MN  55421.

Each session offers an educational presentation by a professional from the community, followed by peer support groups facilitated by leaders who understand the grieving process. Each session is complete in itself, so you may attend any or all sessions. Registration takes place the evening before each session. There is no cost, although donations are welcome. We will be following St. Philip’s Lutheran Church’s facility use policy during this pandemic. Child care will not be provided for safety reasons. You are required to wear a face mask. You may call 763-755-5335 or visit for more information.

Preschool Staff Update
Incarnation Preschool would like to welcome Jolene Erickson and Theresa Steffes to the preschool staff!  These two new assistant teachers come with familiarity with our program as well as early childhood development. They are eager to get the school year going and we are blessed to have them.

Gratitude from Dave and Cindi Ellison
Thank you, Incarnation, for the retirement cards and gifts to the organ fund and Feed My Starving Children. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you as well for the many kind words expressed during the last few weeks. Your friendship and your support is a blessing to us and to the music program over these past seventeen and a half years.