Weekly Incarnation News

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.

Livestreaming Schedule
Worship, April 21, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
All livestreamed worship will be on Vimeo but you don’t need a Vimeo account to view the livestream. The livestream will begin about ten minutes prior to the start of the service so you can make sure you’re able to connect.

All live-streamed worship will be on Vimeo but you don’t need a Vimeo account to view the livestream. The livestream will begin about ten minutes prior to the start of the service so you can make sure you’re able to connect.

The links:

Connect to Worship 9:00 a.m. HERE
Opening of Worship
Hymn — The Lord’s My Shepherd #778
Reading — John 10:11-18
Hymn — O Blessed Spring # 447
Communion — All are welcome
Next Steps
Hymn — Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing! #385

Connect to Worship 10:30 a.m. HERE
Songs — God Is For Us, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone) (All Sing)
Reading — John 10:11-18
Special Music
Communion — All are welcome
Next Steps
Song — Soon and Very Soon

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Download a PDF of a guide for families worshiping together

Thank you for your continued commitment to the ministries at Incarnation. These ministries are vital to our church’s worship and we would love to invite you to give so we can continue to support them. If you have questions regarding setting up a recurring donation or making a gift via Stock, an IRA or a Donor Advised Fund, please contact Amy Faymoville, Gifts Manager at: afaymoville@incarnationmn.org.

Worship Banner

The “Morning of the Resurrection” banner features a watery landscape lit from above by a burst of light. The bright aura signifies Christ and his promise of redemption. The water moving toward the light suggests our life journey, buoyed by waters of Baptism, leading us toward our final resting place in heaven. White and gold, the liturgical colors for Easter season, symbolize purity, light, glory and joy.

Solid Ground
You are invited to attend Solid Ground’s “Every Family Needs a Home” breakfast. Funds raised at the breakfast support Solid Ground’s work to provide families experiencing homelessness with the hope and opportunity needed to thrive. To join others from our community at this inspiring event, email Diane Betterley or register using the link below and indicate “Incarnation” in your seating preference.

Helping Families Build Strong Foundations

Join us for our 19th annual Breakfast to Benefit Solid Ground: Registration is free! Register Now!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Vadnais Heights Commons

Our Breakfast is an inspiring morning of community and philanthropy.
The morning will include a time for community conversation, a personal testimony from a Solid Ground participant, time to connect with Solid Ground staff, and an opportunity to financially support our work of preventing and ending homelessness.

All Hands on Hope MobilePackTM
The All Hands on Hope MobilePackTM is coming up next week! We are still registering volunteers and taking donations for the upcoming All Hands on Hope MobilePackTM, held April 24-28 at Incarnation. Our goal is to raise $180,000 to pay for the meals we will pack, and to date, we have raised approximately 72% of this goal!  Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help us reach our goal!

Visit our All Hands on Hope MobilePack table this Sunday before or after worship to register and make a donation. Or, use our online donation and registration link.

Red Cross Blood Drive — Schedule an Appointment to Donate Blood
It’s spring! It’s hard to believe that incarnation’s next Red Cross blood drive is only a month and a half away.
We’d love to have you schedule an appointment to donate blood and help save lives.
The drive will be Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Click on the link to schedule, or call Gil Hartley (651-270-5376).
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Incarnation Lutheran 

FMSC April Monthly Pack in Coon Rapids

The April monthly packing shifts are happening next week at the FMSC permanent site in Coon Rapids. All are welcome to come and help us feed some of God’s precious children with only a two hour commitment from you! Join us at one or more of the shifts below and invite your family and friends to come along!

  • Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 17th from 2:30pm – 4:15pm
  • Thursday, April 18th  from 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Visit https://www.incarnationmn.org/ministries/ministry-partners/feed-my-starving-children-fmsc/ for more information and sign-up links.

March MN FoodShare Campaign a Huge Success!
On behalf of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Action Group, I want to extend a HUGE THANKS for making this year’s March MN FoodShare campaign a HUGE success. Through your generosity, we donated 2518 pounds (that’s over a ton!!) of non-perishable items and $12,770! Thank you for your giving to help our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. Blessings to you all this Easter season.

Thank-You From the Mounds View School Board
Thank you for your donation of $30,000 for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Gifts like yours make it possible for the District to provide services to many members of our community. We are grateful to you for making the Mounds View Public Schools a priority. We appreciate your contribution.
—Diane Glasheen, Chair, Mounds View School Board

Position Available — Assistant Teacher for Preschool
Incarnation Preschool is seeking a qualified candidate to fill an Assistant Teacher role for the upcoming school year. The part time position is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 am-1:45 pm. Additional hours are required throughout the school year for meetings, trainings, prep work, orientation, and school events. Substituting hours are also available if interested. For more information and job descriptions, contact Kirsten Henry at khenry@incarnationmn.org or 651-766-0723.

Children’s Ministry — VBS
At Scuba Vacation Bible School, June 17 – 20, kids will be diving into friendship with God! Scuba is filled with awesome Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, and touch! Hands-on science experiments, team-building games, unforgettable Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.

It takes many team members to help fill out key roles at Vacation Bible School. If you are interested in leading games, assisting at any of our station rotations, or helping with decorating, contact Rebecca at rchristiansen@incarnationmn.org to see how your gifts will best be used at Scuba, Vacation Bible School.

Kairos in April
Kairos meets Sunday Mornings at 10:15 a.m.
in the Fireside Room Mondays, Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m.

Link to meeting HERE.

Today, April 21, 10:15 a.m. Fireside Room
Glad, Sad and Mad: Living with Climate Change
Climate change has entered a new phase and urgent response is the order of the day. The glad response includes elements of hope and action that are in our control, knowing we (individually and together) have what we need to bend the curve of a warming planet. There are things to be sad about as many impacts are making life more chaotic and costly. Luther Dale, former teaching pastor at Incarnation and long-time volunteer leader with state and national Sierra Club, will address the barriers we are facing that make our response challenging, but necessary.

April 28, 10:15 a.m. Fireside Room
Friends of Hurama: Serving and Empowering the Most Vulnerable
The Huruma Centre Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania, now home to 93 children who without the Huruma ministry. Most of these children come from very dire circumstances and, if not for the ministry of the Huruma Centre, would be trafficked and eventually die. Pastor Chris Smith, former Incarnation interim pastor and active collaborator with the Hurama Centre and Iringa Diocese, will share how Hurama meets their daily needs and provides education that helps them grow up to be productive young adults.

Helping Paws will present an overview of how Assistance Dogs are trained and an example of the skills taught to further people’s independence and enhance quality of life.

Thursday, May 23rd. Grace Hall doors open at 10:00am. Program at 10:30am.
Lunch to follow. Cost $10.00. PLEASE make a reservation with the church office.

Call 651-484-7213.

Drop-In for College-Age to Young Adult Men
This drop-in gathering is a chance to get together on Tuesday evenings to get to know one another, learn about texts from the Bible, and talk about how the texts apply to our lives. There is also an option to stay for basketball or pickleball in Incarnation Hall after the group. The next gathering is this Tuesday, April 23 from 7:00-830 p.m., at Incarnation.

Pickleball Ends May 23
Please note: The last day of Pickleball for the summer will be May 23. Pickleball will start again in the fall.

Cemetery Mowing and Gardening Volunteers Needed
Our church cemetery needs volunteers to help on the grounds of our beautiful church cemetery.

Mowing volunteers work in teams each week to keep the grass cut and trimmed. The teams of 3 or 4 mow once every 6 or 7 weeks so each volunteer will “work” about 3-4 times each summer. Training of volunteers will be provided, and we schedule mowing shifts well in advance. Mowing will take approximately 2 hours of your time. We currently have about 20 volunteers but could definitely use more volunteers.

Garden volunteers also will work approximately 4 times per summer and we also schedule these times well in advance. Our team is made up of about 15 volunteers but because of busy schedules, we could also involve more volunteers keeping our flower gardens beautiful.

If you would like to help, please email Bill Reichwald (bill.reichwald@gmail.com) and we will provide details and and answer questions.

From the Safety Team
The Incarnation Safety Team is looking for additional members to be part of this important conversation that happens once a month. We are looking for a chairperson and additional members to be part of the Safety Team. If you have experience with safety and security or are passion about creating a safe environment here at Incarnation, we would love to welcome you to the team. Email Rebecca at rchristiansen@incarnationmn.org

Growing Through Loss Series Offered
The Growing Through Loss series provides an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. It is offered at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton.

The dates are Mondays until May 13, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Brochures are available at the Welcome Kiosk.

Weekly Update
We’re wrapping things up this week, April 17, 6th & 7th graders reviewed and celebrated this year of learning. 8th graders finished their final core course—hard issues & big questions—alongside their parent/caring adult, learning from Kai and a panel of our leaders how to apply biblical interpretation techniques as we step into God’s invitation to hold space and grace for pain and promise in our world… even in our own lives. High School Youth Group continues grow as we gather on Sunday at 6:45-8:00pm. The next 2 Wednesdays will be the All Hands On Hope FMSC MobilePack (4/24) and pastor Joel’s celebration and send-off (5/1). The choir room piano was damaged during the MSM/HSM lock-in on Feb 18/19. We are still working to rebuild trust, reach for accountability, and realize a deeper sense of our common unity. Thank you for your patience and grace during this blessed (and tedious) process.

NEW PROGRAM UPDATE!! After-School Hangout for Middle Schoolers
Wednesdays, May 1 thru June 5. 2:30–4:30pm. For all middle school students. Come for smoothies and other snacks, wi-fi, board games, movies, game room, etc. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside. Enter through Door 2. If you have a blender and/or want to volunteer, please contact Nate.

Registration for 2024-25 Confirmation/MSM (based on incoming/rising grade level)

Are you called to be a Confirmation Guide or 8th Grade Confirmation Mentor?
It doesn’t take much time, and it makes a huge difference to our youth - Details here.

Connect to Serve

To view our schedules and loads of other stuff, head to our msm or hsm webpages

Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response shares God’s hope, healing and renewal with people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more.



Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook, follow @ELCALDR on Twitter and follow @ELCA_LDR on Instagram.

Altar Flowers

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 inthe church year and nature.