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What Does Jesus Look Like to You Now?

    I was minding my own business, texting on my phone, or reading an email; I’m not even sure which, when suddenly a young man, short of stature, slight of build, with black hair, grabbed it out of my hands, and he was gone.  In that brief instant, I went from shock, disbelief, into straight up anger.  And the chase was on.  He had violated me, and he would pay…of that, I was certain!  With adrenalin coursing through my veins, I bounded up the remaining 26 steps leading to the Sky Train platform, in hot pursuit of that terrible miscreant.  As I neared the top of the staircase, I realized that he had gotten even further ahead. Adrenalin was still flowing, but a bit of doubt was beginning to set in….(the bounding I just mentioned, should more likely be described as “lumbering”…) As he got further and further in front of me, (now descending another flight of stairs on the opposite side of the street, I began to feel a little bit hopeless.  But I continued.  As I reached the bottom of the stairs, I realized I could no longer see him.  I continued running.  In about 90 seconds, a police officer stopped me and asked me why I was running.  I told him the whole story.  I was a bit impatient with him, I remember, because I wanted to keep going….the thief was getting away.   “What did your phone look like?” he said.  “It looked like a phone!” I replied, huffing and puffing, gasping for air. I was getting frustrated, but calmed myself and described the phone and the case. He asked if I could tell him what was on it.  I was about to become a bit angrier still, but I wanted to see where this line of questioning was going.  I replied that I could, and he went on to say that my phone, which no more than 5 minutes previously had been stolen, had already been recovered.  (The Thai Tourist Police are very vigilant in protecting foreigners there…)  I was so relieved.  But then, in the next 20 minutes, he began to scold me for carrying my phone so publicly in view. This, I had to take.  And he let me have it.  For twenty solid minutes…  As he chastised me for my stupidity, my thoughts began to wander a bit, and I realize that in truth (apart from the uniform), that my savior here, looked a good deal (exactly) like the perpetrator of the crime….a young man, short of stature, slight of build, with black hair.  An odd coincidence.

     This weekend, we explore the meaning of the Transfiguration of Jesus and ask the question, “What Does Jesus Look Like to You Now?” 
     Please join us, won’t you?  We gather for worship at 5:30 pm on Saturday evening, and at 8:30 and 11:00 am on Sunday morning.  I look forward to seeing you there!
Peace and grace,
Pr. Luther
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Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO)  


This month it’s Sunday Undies.  Men’s and women’s underwear (S-M-L) are urgently requested.  For the next couple of cold months we will still need coats and blankets.  Always needed are socks (white or black) and work pants (Levis, Wranglers, etc.).  Please place donations in the bin by the stairs in the narthex.   The TACO guests appreciate all that you do for them.


2017 Youth Service Trip!


Youth Are Going to Los Angeles!

“Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) is a faith-based network of urban service-learning programs that expose, educate, challenge, and motivate participants to respond to the issues and concerns facing an increasingly urban world.  By experiencing God’s love and shalom in ever-expanding new ways we can share and demonstrate God’s alternatives to the evils of racism, poverty, and violence that tear down communities and lives.”

Our group will be challenged to "see the face of God in the city" as we spend time listening, learning, volunteering, and reflecting on our experiences. 


The trip is scheduled for July 23-28, 2017. Students 13-years old and up are encouraged to attend.  Signups are underway.  A deposit of $75 is required.  For additional information about DOOR, visit their website at: http://www.doornetwork.org


The youth thank all of those who continue to support and pray for us as we work to raise funds to cover the expense of sending students on this trip.


Parish Nurses - Nutrition & Fitness

Walking Group on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. 

In February the walking group will meet at Kit Carson Park by the duck pond at 8:00 am.  It's a beautiful time to walk in nature with God and friends, and it helps encourage exercise!


Happy New Year!
If you made some New Year’s Resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help you keep them. We will begin a new step challenge on January 13th. Our pretend journey will take us through 13 National Parks! We will be stopping along the way at different destinations depending on how many total miles ILC walks each week. It should be a lot of fun and we hope you will join us. Participants will register with a nickname and each participant will be able to see other participant’s progress. It will be up to you if you want to share your nickname and compete with others or if you want to remain anonymous. We will have a map in the narthex each Sunday beginning January 22th to show our progress and where we have traveled.
You can sign up by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  You will receive an email with the information for the online registration site.
For more information contact your parish nurse at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (858-487-2225 ext 7021).  All messages are confidential. 
Finnish Church News

Dear San Diego  Area Finns      


The San Diego area Finnish Lutheran congregation meets at Incarnation Lutheran Church, Poway (16889 Espola Rd., Poway, CA 92064).  Our Pastor is Doctor of Theology Jarmo Tarkki.  Sermons are in English, liturgy and hymns in Finnish.  You are warmly welcome to participate at the Finnish Lutheran Church of San Diego.   See you at church!


Pastor Jarmo Tarkki has a message for everyone. Read the latest news. 



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