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.
Every Sunday beautiful flowers adorn our altar, arrangements created by our Altar Guild. If you would like the opportunity to contribute to our flower fund in thanksgiving for, in memory of, or in honor of a loved one, you may sign up for a specific Sunday, make a donation of $50 to the flower fund, and the name(s) of those you wish to honor will be printed in the bulletin for that Sunday. This is a lovely way to both support our flower ministry and remember or honor a loved one.
There are two ways to sign up for altar flowers:
- Write your name on the flower chart in Farlander Hall and mail your check to the office or place in the collection plate. Make sure to write “flower donation” in the memo field. Send an email to the address below and say who your donation is for.
- Fill out the online form.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 27 – Games 4:30 p.m., Dinner 5:00 p.m.
Kicking off our Season of Faith in Action.
Fun for all ages–both children and adults–with great food and great company, and kid-friendly carnival games with prizes. Two chilis will be provided (vegetarian and meat) along with salads and bread. Want to help? Please bring desserts, non-alcoholic drinks, or wine. We especially need help to clean up!! RSVP by October 20 here: https://tinyurl.com/COI2019Harvest
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
“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 an afternoon of art and meditation and community building. 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. If you have been to this retreat many times before, we have some new offerings for you.
We will assemble a beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community during the Harvest Party on October 27.
Adults and teens
$35.00 – Includes all the materials needed to make one icon
Click here to register
Registration closes October 21, 2018. Space is limited; don’t wait to register!
What to bring:
You don’t have to bring anything. 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.
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:
Sunday October 20
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and learn about all the ministry groups here at Incarnation! Whether through prayer and worship, study and learning, community life, or action, there are dozens of ways to get involved, serve God and neighbor, and connect with others here. Ministry groups will be staffing tables after all three services. There will be fun, festivity, and maybe some surprises. Mark your calendars!