This Weeks Announcements

Welcome to Incarnation!
If you are new to Incarnation or you want to learn more about Incarnation ministries, please complete this online form we’ll use to connect you to a ministry leader according to your interests.


Make an Offering
The mission and ministries we share are made possible by the generous financial gifts from our community. Thank you for your faithful giving! Click here to give online.

Worship Livestreaming
We will be livestreaming to Incarnation’s Facebook account for now, but will update you should platforms change. If you can’t worship during these times, don’t worry. The videos will be available after the livestream ends. (Please note it may take a few hours for the service to be uploaded to Vimeo and Youtube after the livestream ends.)
Livestreaming Schedule
June 26, 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.
IF YOU ATTEND WORSHIP – BOTH SERVICES WILL BE IN SANCTUARY

If you are having trouble joining the livestream, please contact Mike Sell, Social Media Manager.

Worship Update: Beginning July 10, worship will be at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.


 Eastern Europe Disaster Response
Thank you for your generosity – to date you have given $26,977!

Lutheran Disaster Response and our partners are taking in an influx of Ukrainian refugees. The United Nations reports that over 6.5 million people have left the country and an additional 7 million are displaced within it. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response have already been at work as we responded to this crisis.

One inspiring ministry you support is Mandák House, a church in Budapest, Hungary, with a long history of helping vulnerable populations, especially the Roma people in the area. Since the first refugees from Ukraine arrived in Budapest in March, the staff and volunteers have dedicated themselves to supporting them. Over 600 volunteers receive such donations as clothing, bedding, toys and hygiene items, and distribute them to refugees.

Like many of our partners, Mandák House has watched its response to the refugee crisis evolve. The people of Ukraine now need a different kind of support, beyond immediate relief supplies. Staff and volunteers at Mandák House are helping refugees place their children in schools, find jobs, take language classes, access the health care system and integrate into the community.


Preschool Positions Available      
Our NAEYC accredited preschool program is seeking qualified candidates to fill lead teacher and assistant teacher roles for the upcoming school year. These positions will be on either Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thurs. Additional hours for positions are required throughout the school year for meetings, trainings, prep work, orientation, and school events. Substituting hours are also available if interested. The ideal candidates will be able to meet Minnesota DHS and NAEYC requirements. For more information and job descriptions, contact Kirsten Barie, Director of Preschool, at kbarie@incarnationmn.org or 651-766-0723.

Worship Banner
Green is the liturgical color for the Season After Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time, meaning ordered or numbered time. It is the longest and final season of the church year. The natural world’s plants are growing green during this season, so green is a natural color to symbolize a time of growing in our knowledge and love of Jesus. The banner depicts this with sturdy stalks of foliage exhibiting vigorous growth.

Social & Racial Justice Opportunities

Are you interested in an outing to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul? Then consider joining a group of Incarnation members for a visit to the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? on June 30. We’ll gather in the lobby beginning at 9:30 a.m. (food and beverages are available there), then head to the exhibit at 10:00 a.m. There’ll be time for discussion and lunch following. You’ll need to reserve a 10:00 a.m. entrance ticket for the general exhibits in advance, per Covid guidelines. For more information, please email Deb Rykken at debrykken@gmail.com.


Small Group Ministry Opportunities

Monday Evening Small Group: Questions God Asks Us Small Group
The Bible is typically a place where we look for answers, but God asks plenty of questions too! Explore some of the questions in a summer small group based on the book, Questions God Asks Us, by Trevor Hudson. A new small group will meet on five Monday evenings, in person at Incarnation, starting in late June. Find out more by linking here. Register for this group or express interest in another small group by emailing Denise Floe, Director of Small Group Ministry at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

 

Writing for the Soul Small Group
Is your writing mostly for to-do lists? Do you love to write but most of your writing is for technical or professional purposes? Do you have a practice of journaling? Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, explore writing as a spiritual practice as you connect with others this summer. A variety of approaches to writing will be introduced, accessible to writers of all levels. Led by Kathy Ginsbach, this group meets once/week on Thursday evenings, on Zoom, starting in mid-July. Find out more here. Register or express interest by emailing Denise Floe, Director of Small Group Ministry at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Summer Small Group for Ages 18-22
Connect with others who are post-high-school or college-age around the topic “Questions God Asks Us.” Pastor Kai Nilsen and Incarnation’s summer interns will guide the conversation, with plenty of time for simply connecting with one another and enjoying the summer. The group will get together for five gatherings in June and July on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings (TBD). Interested? Email Denise Floe, Director of Small Group Ministry at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.


Ways to Serve and Donate

July 2022 Tons of Love for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
Tons of Love campaign is back! Join us in providing financial and non-perishable gifts for our neighbors through the 2022 Tons of Love campaign that benefits our community’s Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
The focus for week one is Summer Essentials – all the things we need to enjoy this beautiful state in a fun, healthy and safe manner: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, bbq sauce, grill seasoning, sunscreen, Kid-friendly bug spray, bandaids, triple antibiotic ointment. Consider these recommendations for Summer Essentials week – or donate whatever items you choose. As always, be mindful of donating items only within “best used by” dates. Drop donations in the Ralph Reeder bin next Sunday or any time the building is open.
Remember that your financial donation is very powerful. Ralph Reeder is able to purchase far more as an organization than we can as individuals – every dollar counts!! Donate online or make checks to Incarnation — with “Ralph Reeder Food Shelf” as the Fund or in the memo. Thanks for your generosity!
2022 Tons of Love Volunteers
Help the Tons of Love campaign go smoothly by volunteering. Check out the various volunteer opportunities this year – transport donations, collect items at “Food For All” event, hang out at “Drive By Drop-off”. Learn more and sign up here.

 

Food for All MobilePackTM Needs Your Help!
We are only a few weeks away from our Food For All MobilePackTM at Incarnation, held July 29 and 30, 2022. This MobilePack is the grand finale of the month-long Tons of Love campaign hosted by the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Action Group, and supports Incarnation’s mission of feeding the hungry, in heart, body, mind and spirit, both locally and globally.
In addition to the MobilePack, the FMSC Action Group will host a community meal between packing shifts on Friday and Saturday. The meals will be available for anyone volunteering either day and served on Friday between 4:30pm – 6:30pm and Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. This community meal is possible due to a generous grant for special projects from Incarnation’s Endowment Committee.
We are looking for volunteers to serve in different capacities.
  • Pack Meals: Visit the Feed My Starving Children website and sign up today as space is limited. Invite your friends and family members ages 5+ to join you. The event is open to all Incarnation members and non-members from the greater community alike.
  • Volunteer Behind the Scenes: Volunteers are needed to support the MobilePack as well as set up and serve the community meals. Visit the SignUp Genius link to see available shifts.
  • Donate Food to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf:  Bring a bag of non-perishable items to the MobilePack and drop it off in a vehicle near the “Tons of Love” tent. “Tons of Love” is also looking for volunteers during the month of July. Visit the “Tons of Love” SignUp Genius link for more information.
We hope to host over 400 volunteers plus additional team members, packing 100,000 meals to feed 273 of God’s kids for one year. Food insecurity is a global crisis and this is an easy, impactful way for you to make a difference in a child’s life.
Thank you in advance for your support of this important ministry. For the most up to date information, visit our web page or follow our social media sites. For questions, contact Sally Lawless.
Solid Ground – THANK YOU

Thanks to our caring community, Solid Ground received an abundance of brand-new household items this spring – everything from vacuum cleaners to cooking dishes to shower curtains and so much more. Your donations will help replenish the dwindling supplies available for new families moving in. Monetary funds were also donated to help supply families with essential household needs when Solid Ground’s inventories are not sufficient. Thank you for your amazing generosity in welcoming our neighbors with your gifts as they settle into their new homes and begin their journey toward a brighter future at Solid Ground.

Solid Ground Volunteers Needed for Summer Activities 
Solid Ground is putting together a summer calendar of fun, family-friendly events, and would like to invite any interested volunteers to lead a small group activity! Do you have a special hobby or skill that you would like to share with Solid Ground families? Some examples include, but are not limited to: cooking, hiking, arts & crafts, gardening, sports/recreation, sewing, DIY projects, board games, etc. If interested, please reach out to Dylan at 651-846-9024 or DMcDonough@soli​dgroundmn.org

Make a difference volunteering with The Gathering
The Gathering is a group respite program offered through 2ndHalf with Lyngblomsten that provides four hours of fun, brain-stimulating activities for persons experiencing memory loss and a break for their family caregivers. Lyngblomsten is ready to welcome more participants and their caregivers to The Gathering, but isn’t able to do so because it doesn’t have enough volunteers. Please, consider volunteering and/or inviting your family, friends, and neighbors to do so! We’ll be hosting a Zoom information session on what volunteering with The Gathering looks and feels like on Thursday, July 14, at 3 PM. To sign up for this information session, visit 2ndHalf.coursestorm.com and search under “Service Opportunities.”  If you are not able to attend but have questions, contact Melanie Jagolino, Volunteer Coordinator, at mjagolino@lyngblomsten.org.  Our congregation is a member of Lyngblomsten, a Christian nonprofit organization providing healthcare, housing, and community-based services for older adults since 1906.

Sanctuary Altar Flowers were Given to the Glory of God by:

Dick & Jane Trapp in memory of loved ones   AND    Erick & Leann Mikkelson in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary.

If you would like to have altar flowers given in honor or memory of someone, please contact the Incarnation Office at 651-484-7213 to sign up (cost: $25). Donations help offset the cost of the beautiful flowers that the Worship Arts team provides. Altar flowers express our love for God, enhance our gathering around the Word and Sacrament, and represent changing seasons both in the church year and nature.