Current Ways to Donate and Serve

Neighborhood engagement can take many forms. Sometimes it’s by using our God-given gifts and time in service and sometimes it’s in providing much needed financial or other physical resources. In both cases, engagement implies relationship, that when we extend ourselves in these ways, we also receive in return through connection to God’s children.

New Opportunities

Serve

Provide Weekday or Sunday Meals for the LifeHaven Community

Solid Ground Service Opportunities: Food Shelf Market Volunteers, Community Meal Hosts, Drivers, Resume Support and Birthday Bags

Join a List to Welcome Those of Ukraine Who Enter the U.S.

In anticipation of accepting up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing the Russian invasion, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is planning to help those seeking safety in the U.S. You are invited to join its work of welcome. Visit the Ukraine Crisis Action Hub to join a volunteer list to be informed if/when volunteer opportunities to welcome refugees are available in the area, as well as other ways to support those of Ukraine. 

Ongoing Opportunities

Donate

ELCA Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, ELCA Disaster Response stays to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more here or donate through Incarnation’s online giving site.

Short Term Missionary Grant Fund

Incarnation has established a new Short Term Missionary Grant Fund resourced by donations of the Incarnation community, which will support high school youth, college students or young adults feeling called to a 3–12-month mission experience. Prospective recipients will apply for a grant and a team of mission-minded Incarnation members will evaluate applications and make recipient decisions in August. Donate via Incarnation’s online giving page  or write a check to Incarnation with “Short Term Missionary Grant” in the memo.

Serve

Incarnation Monthly Food Packing at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids

Shobi’s Table Kitchen Volunteers and Food Truck Hosts

Sunday Refreshment Servers

Coffee, Lemonade, and treats have returned following Sunday worship! Not only is this a great opportunity to connect with the community after worship, it is also an easy and fun service opportunity for families and ministry groups to serve together. To “claim” a Sunday with your family or group (only 4 to 6 people needed), go to this Sign Up Genius here.

Incarnation Cemetery Mowing/Landscaping Teams

The Incarnation Cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful place. It serves the people of Incarnation and many people from the community. There is a dedicated group of volunteers that care for it during every season. This year, people are needed to mow the lawns each week. All equipment and supplies are provided as well as training. Advance scheduling will be provided to all volunteers and it is hoped to limit participation to two-three times per season. The time commitment would be approximately three hours per mowing. Please email Bill Reichwald at bill.reichwald@gmail.com or call him at 612-751-6379.

The Gathering Volunteers

The Gathering meets each Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten Community Center in St Paul and on Thursday at the at St. John in the Wilderness Church in White Bear Lake for activities of learning, moving, creating and joy serving individuals experiencing mid stage memory loss. Fully vaccinated Lyngblomsten staff, volunteers and participants work together while masked from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. which includes a time of lunch (bring your own) in a setting that allows for social distancing. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 and finish by 2:15.  While most volunteers choose one day that they call “theirs,” a few do more than one day at The Gathering.  Some volunteer weekly, others are doing every other week. For more information or to volunteer, email Shelli Beck or call at 651-414-5297.

Plastic Bags and Plarning to Make Mats

Keep plastic bags out of the landfills by donating them to Incarnation to be made into mats for those experiencing homelessness. Groceries bags, newspaper bags, shopping bags, all work. Bring your bags to the Incarnation office anytime the building is open. Also needed are those to “plarn” from the bags,   crochet mats or both, a great service project for a group. Contact Danette Griffith to make arrangements for training. To date, Incarnation has delivered  over 25 homemade mats to The Listening House .

Worship Team Members

Serve as a part of worship teams as greeters or ushers during in person worship services. Masking is currently requested of worship volunteers whether vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. This is a no-touch service opportunity which is critical to providing hospitality to worshipers who choose to attend in-person worship. Contact Julie Durbin if interested.

Incarnation Quilters

The Incarnation Quilters meet for quilting and fellowship on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays at 9:00 in Grace Hall year round.   New volunteers are always welcome. Contact Amy Martell if interested in learning more or joining the group. 

Hands and Hearts Group

Incarnation’s Hands and Hearts Group experiences the joy of serving with others and making a difference in the local community, through service one weekday morning or afternoon per month typically between September and May. Each service project accommodates between six and 15 volunteers. Some of the Hands and Hearts Group volunteer almost each month while others join less frequently, some once a year or less. All are welcome and are encouraged to be a part of any month’s service project when opportunities fit schedules and passions. Email Diane Betterley  or call her at 651-238-4040 to receive  monthly emails about upcoming service projects.

Sew Clothing Protectors for Residents of Shoreview Senior Living Community

Sewing clothing protectors for residents of the Shoreview Senior Living community is fun and an easy way to serve from home. Easy instructions and a visual is found here. If you need a hardcopy pattern, contact Becky Benson . Upon completion of the clothing protectors you have made, label them “Activity Department” and drop them off at Shoreview Senior Living at 4710 Cumberland St., in Shoreview. Contact Corinne Bielenberg, Activity Director of Shoreview Senior Living with questions. Also, remember that there are both men and women who will use these clothing protectors so be creative with your fabric selections and have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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