Living Fully Into Our Baptismal Covenant

October 17, 24, 31, November 6, 14, 21

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Room 3

Led by Pastor Jim Richardson

What is prayer? Does God listen? What do the words “grace” and “faith” really mean? How do we read Bible in the context of our own life and times? Can we make this ancient religion relevant to our own life and times? These and many more questions will be explored in a special six-week course with Pastor Jim on Monday evenings beginning on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This course is especially recommended for adults seeking baptism, confirmation and/or official membership in the Episcopal Church during the visitation of Bishop Barry Beisner on Sunday December 4. The class is open to anyone who wants to explore faith issues more deeply, not just those seeking confirmation.

The course will be structured around the Baptismal Covenant as teaching tool on the deeper meaning of baptism and Eucharist. We will spring off the covenant into many corners of faith and life. The course culminates in a day-long retreat on December 3 with dinner hosted by angels that evening.

If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Jim or email him at To sign up please email or call the office 707.579.2604

All Souls Day Creative Retreat with Lisa Thorpe

October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Church of the Incarnation
Adults and teens
$30, includes lunch and all materials needed for one icon

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,” my mother explained shortly before she left me. “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”

-Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

The urge to honor and remember is long and strong in the human spiritual story. From the ancient traditions of Hindu home shrines to Eastern Orthodox icons to Dia de los Muertos altars of Mexico, people through time and place and religion have created structures and images to remember and honor those we love and revere. To create a piece of art dedicated to a person or idea is to take the time to absorb, observe and remember, to put that person or concept foremost in our hearts and minds.

Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe* in a day of art and meditation and community building. The morning will be filled with story telling of saints old and new. After a lunch break, the making begins! Each person will make a decorative icon on a wooden plaque. Lisa will bring images of saints to use or you can bring photos of someone who has passed that you would like to honor.

To complete the day together we will assemble a beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community.

Click here to register:

Registration closes on October 24. Space is limited; don’t wait to register.

What to bring:

You don’t have to bring anything, as everything will be provided to make one saint icon, however, if you would like to honor someone important to you, be they famous, family or friend, you are welcome to bring a photo or printed image. The boards we are using are 6×8 inches so you will want your image to be smaller than that to fit on the board and leave room for embellishment. Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to glue down.

Flowers may be brought to put on our altar. Marigolds are traditional but any would be nice.

*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 and her blog:



November 6, 7:00 p.m.

This year’s Cabaret is coming soon–it’s Sunday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Farlander Hall. The musical selections will be varied, with songs from musical theater to jazz with solos, duets, trios, and there will also be some choral numbers. Light refreshments both savory and sweet will be served, along with beverages, alcoholic and non. All of the proceeds from the Cabaret go toward funding the orchestra for our annual Good Friday Concert. The St. Cecilia Choir is completely responsible for all aspects of these productions. We buy and prepare the hors d’oeuvres and desserts, decorate the hall, and put on the show! Tickets are $25 per person, or you can get your friends together and purchase a table of 4 for $80. Tickets can be purchased from any St. Cecilia Choir member. This one usually sells out–so get your tickets soon!