Volume 139 | Week of October 19, 2020
This Week at Incarnate Word
"Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word. Lord, let my heart be good soil, where love can grow and peace is understood"

~Evangelical Lutheran Worship #512

Due to continued health and safety concerns, there will be no "in-person" gatherings until further notice. We will continue to provide updates as more information is made available. Click below to find out more from the NYS Department of Health including Test Site information.
Congregation Council
Monday, October 19th
The regular monthly meeting of the Congregation Council takes place at 7:00 pm by Zoom. Please keep our leaders in your prayers for their continued discernment and leadership in these challenging times.

2020-21 Council Officers:

Kelley Madden - President
Elva Mikk - Vice President
Margret Roberts - Secretary
Glen Suckling - Treasurer
Choir Fellowship
Wednesday, October 21st
Though currently unable to meet in person, folks from the choir continue to meet by Zoom every Wednesday at 5:30 pm to share in mutual love and fellowship. You never know what mystery guest will show up at these gatherings.

Book Study with Two Saints Church
Wednesday, October 21st
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery
Join us for this provocative book study which continues each Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm through Wednesday, October 21st. We will meet by Zoom with discussions being facilitated by Fr. Keith Patterson and Pastor Doug. Click here for more information about the book. Pastor Doug will send out the Zoom Link to those who have been participating.

 If you have not been attending but would like to, contact Pastor Doug for the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode.

Staff Meeting
Thursday, October 22nd

The staff will be meeting on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:30 am by Zoom. Please continue to keep all our staff in your prayers as they help lead us in our outreach efforts.
Looking Ahead
Reformation Sunday
Sunday, October 25, 2020
John 8:31-36
Zoom Communion
Sunday, October 25th
Join us on Sunday, October 25th at 10:30 am from the safety of your home for a Service of Holy Communion by Zoom. All are invited to provide your own bread and wine for this brief worship service.

Zoom Fellowship will directly follow the service.

Meeting ID: 819 4272 2466
Passcode: Communion

Phone: 1 929 205 6099
Witness Palestine Film Festival 2020
The conflict in Palestine-Israel is decades old and so is the dispossession of the Palestinian people. However, this conflict is not presented as a human rights issue in mainstream American media. It is highly politicized and distorted. The idea of the Witness Palestine Film Series is to address such misconceptions by screening documentary and narrative films about the conflict, compelling films which illustrate the realities on the ground in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Witness Palestine Film Festival is sponsored by Rochester Witness for Palestine, an interfaith group, who seek a just peace for the people of Palestine wherever they may be. They have all traveled to Israel and Palestine on at least one political tour where they have met with and heard stories from both sides.

This film festival is an attempt to communicate some of this information to others in the Rochester and Western New York area by working with a broader, more diverse segment of the community. The Witness Palestine Film Committee includes activists involved in interfaith and Palestinian solidarity work.

All films will be available for streaming this year. Click below for the line-up of films and discussions throughout the month of October. 
Voting 2020
"We are called to conversation and prayer around our role as U.S. residents and as people of faith in ensuring our election systems promote dignity and respect for all.

We are called to act by speaking out as advocates and engaging in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens."

Social Policy Resolution “Voting Rights to All Citizens” adopted Aug. 2013
Pastor's Ponderings

God's Sanctuary