This Weeks Announcements

Announcements

Register for In Person Worship

8:45 a.m. (Traditional) and 10:30 a.m. (Contemporary)

Gather to hear scripture, pray, receive communion (a gluten free wafer is now available) and be surrounded by people in community. Enjoy instrumental music and music from small ensembles, but no congregational singing. Masks will be required. If you forget yours, we will have extras. The Nursery is unavailable at this time. Click here to learn more.

After you register, you should receive a confirmation email; if you do not, please contact Amy Martell.

Incarnation Launches Budding Idea Grants

Funding is being made available to help put promising new ideas to work in the greater community, locally and globally. The Budding Idea Grants program is sponsored by Incarnation’s Endowment Committee. Details, including eligibility, are available online here.

Office Hours

Starting October 5, Incarnation Office hours will resume, but at a limited capacity and timeframe. We will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and Sunday 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. If you have something to drop off, there is a table and basket outside the office for this purpose. If you need to enter the front office area, we ask that no more than two households enter at a time to allow for social distancing.

Growing Through Loss Grief Support Series to be held at Incarnation

Thursdays, Now – October 15 from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Growing Through Loss is a grief support series sponsored by the North Suburban Grief Support Coalition, which includes Incarnation. This 6-week series provides an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. Each session begins with an educational presentation by a professional, followed by small groups facilitated by leaders who understand the grieving process. Click here for information on the weekly topics.  This grief support series will be in person at Incarnation. Enter through Door 1 near the Sanctuary. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Volunteers are also needed weekly to greet participants and help with registration. For more information, contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.

You Matter to God: Learning and Small Group Opportunities

Small groups meet a variety of days/times starting in October
Join in a conversation happening across Incarnation and beyond on the theme, You Matter to God. God loves you and you matter to God – a statement that is significant for how we are in community with others, how we care about our neighbor, how we live out our gifts in the world, how we are in relationships with others, and much more. Along with Sunday sermons, this theme will be explored in greater depth in daytime and evening small groups and a mixed large group/small group format on Thursday afternoons. To register or find out more, click here or contact Denise Floe.

Dear Church: Book Discussion on Diversity and the Church

Once a week on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., by Zoom, starting October 6
Explore diversity and racial justice in the church by reading, discussing and sharing stories around the book, Dear Church, by Lenny Duncan. Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake invites the Incarnation community to join in large and breakout group discussions by Zoom on Tuesday evenings. Nate Bergengren leads this opportunity and is on staff at Faith Lutheran and at Incarnation as worship music leader for Children, Youth and Family. Click here for more information.

Job Transitions and Loss Small Group

Once a month starting in September, dates/times TBD

Connect with others who are unemployed, under-employed or in a job transition, including those impacted by COVID-19. Meet other people in a similar life circumstance to find a sense of hope, purpose and community with a faith perspective. Gather over Zoom (no subscription needed, assistance available). Leader: Mike Styba. To register or find out more, contact: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Retirement Small Group

Once a week on six Mondays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom  
If you’re recently retired, considering retirement or want to reflect on retirement, this small group will focus on how retirement can be a time of purpose, meaning, relationships and spiritual growth (the group will not discuss financial planning). Leaders: Nancy Stutzman and Grant Rykken. Register: nancystutzman@comcast.net.

I AM Yoga

Mondays, September 21 – November 30, via Zoom. Mat Yoga: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.; Chair Yoga: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: 11 sessions for $77 or drop-in for $10
Led by Tina Zerrath, an experienced Yoga teacher, keep your body and spirit healthy and strong this fall. Some prior experience is necessary to ensure a safe practice as Tina is not able to see everything you do and help you make adjustments. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Incarnation Office at 651-484-7213.

Volunteer to Pack Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Meals at Permanent Sites 

FMSC is dire need of volunteers to pack food so that they can continue to feed kids around the world. Packing stations accommodate up to five volunteers who will not be socially distanced, so it’s best to sign up with two to five people with whom you are comfortable being physically close. Here’s what you can expect as how to register. Consider volunteering if you are not vulnerable or are caring for someone who is.

Juniper Falls Free Checkup

Juniper is a statewide network of Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging and community and healthcare organizations that helps people live well, get fit, and prevent falls. Falls are not inevitable. With a little knowledge, most falls can be avoided. Click here to learn more.

Food Donations

If you have physical items you’d like to donate to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, please bring them to the Lake Johanna Fire Station where an open trailer is ready for donations, especially school supplies. Incarnation is not accepting physical donations for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at this time; please do not leave anything outside or within the Incarnation building. Thank you.

Incarnation’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Incarnation is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and worship space for all our workers, congregants and visitors. To ensure we have a safe and healthy environment, Incarnation has developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the Preparedness Plan.