Photo Directory

Sign–ups – Every Sunday in February in Farlander Hall, after each service
Photo Appointments – March 3, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and March 4, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed for help with photo sign-ups!*

Do you ever see people and wonder what their names are? Are you a new member and wish you had something to help you put names with faces? Help is on the way! We are producing a new pictorial directory!

There is no cost for the directory. Each participating family will receive a complimentary 8×10 portrait, a directory and have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends. Sign-up after services on Sundays, or by visiting this link, to schedule your photography appointment online.

*Volunteers are needed to help make our directory a success. If you are willing to help with our photography sign-ups, or serve as a host or hostess during the photography sessions, contact Nancy Wegge at photodirectory@incarnationsantarosa.org, or call the church office. This will be a fun project, a great way to meet more people in our parish, and does not require a long-term commitment.

Preparing for Lent: Counting the Days

A Creative Retreat with Lisa Thorpe
February 25, 2017 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Adults and teens. $35 includes lunch and all materials needed to make 40 Lenten cards.

During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifference.

-Pope Francis
(from Pope Francis’s Twitter feed)

The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are Prayer (justice towards God), Fasting (justice towards self), and Alms Giving (justice towards neighbors).

Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe in a day of meditation, movement, writing and making in preparation for Lent. We will reflect on the three practices and as Pope Francis suggests find ways to make that practice concrete. Each person will make a deck of 40 Lenten cards to count the days of Lent. Like its familiar counting cousin the Advent calendar, these cards will mark the 40 days of Lent. Instead of the candy or treats of the Advent calendar your Lenten cards will challenge you each day to make the three practice of Lent concrete.

This workshop is for all; no art experience is necessary, just an open heart and mind. Our 40 Lenten cards will be made as torn paper collage, an accessible technique that is designed for all levels, from those with art-phobia to those art-phenoms in our midst. Come and enjoy!

What to bring: You don’t have to bring anything. Everything will be provided to make 40 Lenten cards. However, if you would like to bring old letters, journal pages, magazine pictures, or special art papers to use on your collage cards, please feel free.

To register online, please click here. Deadline to register is February 20, 2017.

Lisa Thorpe is the Artist in Residence at The Bishop’s Ranch Retreat Center outside of Healdsburg. She has been making art and teaching to all ages for 30 years and loves merging art, spirit and community! Find out more about Lisa at her website http://lisathorpe.com or blog https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/

Living Compass Lenten Series

Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to become intentional about listening more deeply to God, ourselves, and others. As we make this turn inward and commit to listening with more intention, we typically become intentional about changing the routine and rhythm of our daily lives. We may choose to take on a certain practice or habit. We may also choose to give something up. Join us for the journey.

To reserve a spot, contact Daphne dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org.

New Time for Children’s Sunday School

Beginning January 8, 2017

Beginning on January 8, 2017, our Sunday School and youth groups will start at 9 a.m. Classes begin earlier than the worship service so that there will be plenty of time for a full lesson, and so that the children and their teachers can be in church for Communion.

We’ve experimented for the past year with different starting times, and hopefully, this time will work for families. If you have kids, please come check out our extraordinary programs for them. Here are the schedule and locations: (more…)

Incarnation 100

June 10, 2017

The third annual Incarnation 100 bicycle ride will take place on June 10, 2017, with a new chair, Kristi Hruzewicz.

Kristi provided invaluable guidance and hands-on work behind the scenes of our first two very successful years. She has a strong background in leading fundraising events, including seven years with a highly successful Bay Area bike ride for disabled services. (more…)

New Vestry members elected

And what does the Vestry do?

On one level, the Vestry is the elected board of directors for our parish. Yet the role of the Vestry is far deeper than that. Our prayer book (p. 854) declares that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church — not the bishops, not the priests, not the deacons, and not the Vestry. Jesus as the head of the Church means that the Vestry’s role is to discern where Jesus is leading us. The Vestry should be seen as a circle of spiritual leaders who are responsible for setting policy for both for the physical plant and the spiritual wellbeing of this parish over the next year.

Elected to a three-year term the Vestry at our annual meeting January 29 were: Peggy Zimmerman, Kathryn Crabbe, Jim Furness, and Kathleen Kane. They join Karen Lockert, Diana Ardley, Barbara Avery, Carolyn Rausch, Elizabeth Gibbs, Steve Layton and Diane Schoenrock.

Governance is not the main business of the Church. Worship is. And the cornerstone of our worship is baptism and Holy Eucharist, and from that flows our discipleship. The Vestry is one path of many among us for discipleship.

Serving on the Vestry is a large commitment. Vestry members must be servant leaders and listeners; they must be prayerful doers of the Word, generous in spirit and generous with their time and treasure. In short, they are disciples of Jesus Christ. The Vestry will be on retreat February 10-12 at St. Dorothy’s Rest.

Our election at the annual meeting was not a rubber stamp. By your votes in electing them, you are affirming that these people have the strengths and gifts so needed in the year ahead. You vote is your affirmation of their leadership. And you do more than this with your ballot. You pledge your support and offer your thanks to them for their willingness to serve on the Vestry.

New Church Bylaws

Did you know that the original Church of the Incarnation Bylaws and Letters of Incorporation were drafted on June 181895? And that the term for these Bylaws and Letters of Incorporation was only 50 years? Since this draft, there have been only two minor modifications, the first in 1949 eliminating the 50-year term and the second in 2003 stating that the Church is a nonprofit religious organization for California law purposes. (more…)

Who We Are

The Church of the Incarnation is an inclusive community of faith, following Jesus Christ as a parish of The Episcopal Church. We are a downtown urban church. We recognize that Christ has no body now on earth but ours, and we are committed to carrying out Christ’s charge to love one another through service, worship and prayer. Our abiding values are those expressed in our Baptismal Covenant with Jesus Christ, and those values guide us in our life of faith.

We believe that Christ calls us to strive for justice and peace among all people while respecting the dignity of every human being. While we are partners in God’s work throughout the world, we are called in particular to respond to the needs for both bodily and spiritual nourishment of the community where we live, work, and worship.

The Episcopal Church is a member of the global Anglican Communion which has a common root in the Church of England. Anglican churches follow a middle path between the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant denominations. The Episcopal Church includes diocese in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Ecuador and Taiwan.