Incarnation’s Lenten Series: A Path Through the Passion of Christ
Join Fr. Rod on Wednesdays in March. We start the evening at 6 PM with a potluck soup dinner with a Lenten class to follow from 6:30-8 PM.
One remaining Wednesday in March (the 25th)
(See description below)
6 PM gather for soup supper in Farlander Hall
6:30 begin class (continues in Farlander Hall)
Please sign up for the class and a potluck dish of soup, salad or bread (enough for 12 people). Signup sheet is in Farlander at the Welcome Table.
March 25: Eternal Life: review Scripture and Liturgy for references to eternal life. Explore some short readings and then open discussion on the understanding and role of sacrifice in our eternal life.
Event sponsored by Christian Formation
For more information contact Daphne Vernon at email@example.com
Dine & Wine & Donate!
Ken and Melissa Moholt-Siebert, parishioners and owners of Ancient Oak Cellars, have graciously offered to support the Incarnation 100 with a Dine & Wine & Donate at their new tasting room and deli shop in downtown Santa Rosa! On Sunday, March 29th, 50% of food sales and 25% of wine sales will be donated to the Incarnation 100. No flyer needed – just tell the cashier that you’re there for the Incarnation 100 and we’ll get the credit.
Ancient Oak Cellars’ Downtown Deli is located at 621 4th Street, between Mendocino Avenue and D Street, and they will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have a new pastry chef to make delicious treats, and they are known for their amazing sandwiches! So please stop by for food and even a wine tasting! Hope to see everyone there. Thanks!
Get your tickets now for the Good Friday Concert 4/3/15
This year’s Good Friday Concert will be Cherubini’s “Requiem in C Minor.” The St. Cecilia Choir will be joined by Cantiamo Sonoma and the Incarnation Orchestra, comprised of many members of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and conducted by Carol Menke.
The Requiem was composed in 1816 to commemorate the execution of Louis XVI, and it stands at the very peak of Cherubini’s achievement. Musicians such as Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms held it in high esteem because of the work’s superior compositional construction, orchestration, and mastery of form (it was sung at a memorial service for Beethoven in Vienna shortly after his death). Robert Schumann said the piece “stands without an equal in the world.” Scored for chorus and orchestra without the added display of vocal soloists, the music is complex, original, full of color and drama.
The concert is Good Friday evening, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 Preferred, $20 General, and $15 Seniors/Students, and can be purchased by any St. Cecilia Choir member, or by calling the church office at 579-2604, ext. 104. This concert traditionally sells out, so get your tickets early!
Fresh Flowers Needed
The Altar Guild will need lots of cut flowers to decorate our beautiful Church for Easter Sunday. Please bring your cut flowers to Farlander Hall by 9 am on Saturday, April 4th, so that we can arrange them in the baskets. Thank you!
Caritas Contemplative Healing
Contemplative Prayer Healing sessions are held on the first Saturday of each month in Room 3. Call Lynn Garland at 545-7525 to schedule your half-hour appointment at 10:30 or 11:15 a.m. for Saturday, April 4th.
Parish Easter Party
Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 5:00- 6:30 pm. Bring your own eggs and decorating kits and decorate Easter eggs. Join us in flowering the cross, and making baskets for our parish members who can’t make it to church. Decorate Easter Cookies and have an Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for a Pizza Dinner before the 7pm Easter Vigil. PLEASE RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Daphne Vernon at the church, 579-2604 ext. 106.
Bishop Barry’s Sermon
Bishop Beisner gave a lovely sermon on March 8th and it has been posted on our special members-only Facebook page “Incarnation Episcopal Church, Santa Rosa” where you can listen or we have this in an audio file of about 5 MB that we can email to you. To receive that, please write to email@example.com. In addition, the same is the case to hear Fr. Rod’s sermon from March 15th, which Alison also can provide. Many thanks to Gene Mendez for recording and posting both of these!
Bridge Group: Reborn!
The Incarnation Bridge Group will meet in Farlander Hall on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 1 pm to 3 pm, beginning April 7th. All are welcome: experienced, rusty, and new players, including any who want to learn. We love teaching new players. For more information, call Elizabeth Gibbs at 542-9822.
The Welcome Committee will be hosting a potluck for ALL– newcomers and not so new parishioners — on Saturday, April 11th. This is an opportunity to come together and share a meal as we continue to work towards healing and loving one another wherever we are at in our personal journeys during this time.
Happy hour starts at 4pm, with a potluck dinner to follow at 5pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and let us know what you’ll be bringing. Sign up sheets will be in Farlander Hall too. Thanks and we hope to see many people there!
Lighting for the Stained Glass Window Above the Altar
You most certainly have noticed that the lighting for the stained glass window above the altar has worsened over time. “Why doesn’t someone just change the light bulbs?” is a very reasonable question. Well, the problem is not the bulbs, it’s the fixtures. Worse yet, fixing the fixtures would simply advance the same chronic problem to future years.
The fluorescent fixtures crammed into the narrow cabinet were the best solution for the two decades past. After extensive consultations with a lighting expert, an electrician, and an installation expert, the solution for future decades is LED lighting. Not the LED lighting found at Costco or Home Depot, but commercial strips of closely-spaced, high-lumen-output LEDs. Lighting technology is coming closer to matching the sunshine which once illuminated our window a century ago.
We are pleased to inform you that on Easter Sunday, the stained glass window will once again appear to have glorious sun shining through. In preparation of its return to full beauty, the window will be dark on Palm Sunday, as the lighting structure will have been removed.
The Vestry voted to pay for this lighting improvement from the Estate Funds of Barbara Biebush. Though less than 5% of her bequest to the parish, this will be a stunningly beautiful legacy of her Planned Giving, and a lovely way to honor her in her generosity to the church she loved.
Words to Ponder:
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.