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Our care for those who have lost so much in the fires:

An update on our efforts at Church of the Incarnation

By the Rev. Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge

We have experienced an amazing outpouring of generosity since the October fires that killed more than 40 people and destroyed more than 9,000 structures in our region. In our parish, we know of 11 families who have lost homes (and we are protecting their privacy).

To date we have collected more than $80,000 for our fire relief efforts. We are exceedingly grateful for your contributions. Most of these donations have come from outside parish, including from a family foundation that has given us an unsolicited grant of $10,000. We also collected more than $2,700 at a recent fire relief concert we hosted in the church. (more…)

Santa Rosa Rise and Shine Child Care Center

Cary and Josiah Rich started their day care program in October 1990. In the last 27-plus years they have always supported the families they serve with a program that provides stability for children to thrive.

In 2017 our community was devastated by a County-wide firestorm and they lost their home. No longer able to operate as before, they were issued a temporary waiver to operate in the home of another licensed provider. With their waiver expiration coming to end they were presented with an opportunity to open anew as a child care center. (more…)

Let the handbells ring!

Have you enjoyed the handbell music presented at various services in the past? If so, you can be a part of our new campaign to purchase Incarnation a 2-octave, 25-bell set to use instead of borrowing from other groups. With these new bells, we hope to enhance our musical worship at services and special church events.

You can become a supporter by purchasing a specific bell (and have an acknowledgement engraved on the bell handle) or simply donate towards the goal of $7,500 by clicking on the link https://www.jotform.com/incarnationsr/handbell-fundraiser

We hope you will join us in this endeavor to add to the musical legacy of Incarnation.

All Souls Day Creative Retreat – with Lisa Thorpe

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 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 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.

Adults and teens
$35.00 – Includes all the materials needed to make one icon
Bring a sack lunch

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.

You may bring flowers 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:

http://lisathorpe.com
https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/

Incarnation presents: Music for Trumpet and Organ

Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Incarnation will host a concert of Music for Trumpet and Organ on Friday, October 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The performers will be Dr. David Rothe, Organ, and Ayako Nakamura, trumpet and flugelhorn. They will be joined by our own Carol Menke, Soprano, and Laura McLellan, Cello.

Dr. David Rothe taught music at CSU, Chico, from 1968 to 2008, and is one of the finest organists around! Ayako Nakamura is lead trumpet for the North State Symphony and also teaches trumpet and other music courses at CSU, Chico.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door. Mark your calendars for this rare opportunity to hear the “regal” combination of music for trumpet and our own Casavant pipe organ!

Service of Prayer and Remembrance

Sunday, October 7,  5:30 p.m.

Please come join us for a special Service of Prayer and Remembrance for the anniversary of the fires on Sunday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome to attend as we mark this occasion and offer our grief, hopes, and prayers to God, whose love is always with us in joy and sorrow. If you wish, bring an object or photo for a prayer altar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration of New Ministry

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 pm

Don’t miss our parish’s Celebration of New Ministry, coming up Wednesday, October 3, at 7:00 pm! Our bishop Barry Beisner will preside and Stephen Shaver will be instituted as rector. A festive reception will follow.

In order to have as accurate a headcount as possible for planning, we request that everyone RSVP. Please take a moment to let us know you’re coming. Childcare will be available. Just click the link below:

Celebration of New Ministry

Our address is 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. There is some parking in our lot on 633 Cherry Street, and a parking garage a 2-minute walk away at 521 7th Street.

Choral Evensong Service

Sunday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.

Come and hear the beautiful service of Evensong, one of the more elegant traditions of the Anglican church. At the end of the afternoon and before the evening, it’s a time for meditation and prayer; the service lasts for less than an hour. Our Evensong combines chant, hymns, Renaissance polyphony, and modern choral works with Biblical readings and prayers.

The choral ensemble Cantiamo Sonoma will sing Evensong on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 pm in the church. The music of of J. P. Sweelinck, Eriks Esenvalds, Rachmaninoff, and more will be featured. Come join us!

New Beginnings Celebration

Sunday, November 18, 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the celebration of our annual pledge campaign! This year we are asking everyone to bring in their pledges by November 18, so they can be carried to the altar to be blessed at our Sunday morning liturgies on that day. That evening we will celebrate with our New Beginnings Celebration: beverages and appetizers at 5:00 p.m., a festive program in the church at 6:00 p.m., and a celebration dinner in Farlander Hall at 6:30 p.m..

To RSVP for the evening celebration CLICK HERE

If you need a ride, please contact us at info@incarnationsantarosa.org. We will do our best to assist you.

Make your 2019 pledge online

What is Your Inner Harvest: A SoulCollage® Workshop

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.”
Meister Eckhart

SoulCollage® is a creative and transformative process developed by psychotherapist Seena Frost. SoulCollage® cards are created by cutting and pasting images on 5×8 cards. Through a simple process, the images speak through the intuition and imagination of the card maker. Each card has wisdom to share with its creator and in so doing, participants can experience a deeper sense of self and a connection to the sacred. SoulCollage® is fun! Come experience the synchronicity, sacredness and surprise of SoulCollage® in this afternoon workshop.

All materials are supplied. No artistic experience is necessary.

Church of the Incarnation
Short Hall
$35.00
Space is limited, register today.

Pay here

Dinner for Children and Families

September 9, 2018, 5-7:00 p.m.

What’s Godly Play? How do I use the nursery? What should we do about baptism? Can my child receive communion? How do I talk to my kids about God?

If these kinds of questions have ever occurred to you—and even if they haven’t—please come for an evening of food, fellowship, and conversation with Pastor Stephen and Daphne Vernon. We’ll have dinner, then the kids will enjoy some staff-supervised play time while the grown-ups gather for conversation. We’ll talk about the shape of our children’s ministries here at Incarnation, both now and in the future. We’ll also talk about this whole crazy project of raising kids and how we support one another in that as a community of faith.

Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers for children from infancy up through grade 6 are all invited. Older siblings are welcome too. Please RSVP to Daphne.

Backpack Donations for Burbank Elementary School

Burbank Elementary School needs our help!

We are collecting brand new backpacks for Burbank Elementary School students who need our support. Now is the time for plenty of great sales at Target, Costco, and Walmart. School supply lists are available at Target.

We are asking for new

  • Backpacks
  • Binder paper
  • Pens and pencils in packages

Please bring the new backpacks with supplies in them to the office. If you prefer that we pick up supplies on your behalf, you can make a donation of $25, writing “Backpacks” in the memo line.

For questions or more information, please contact Daphne at dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. Burbank Elementary School is so thankful to be supported by everyone here at Incarnation. Let us pray for them and keep them in our prayers throughout this year.

God of all mercies
We ask that you would bless
the youngest to the oldest of learners,
children and youth who are helpless and powerless,
with Your infinite and loving mercy,
granting them the strength to learn, concentrate,
and act in love towards
their teachers and fellow students.
We also ask that You would watch over them,
at home and at school
and give them proper direction
so that they may learn
of Your wonderful virtues.
We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 19, 2018
All services – 8:00, 9:15, 11:15

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, we will mark the end of the summer season with the Blessing of the Backpacks. There will be a time to bring whatever you carry to do the work you have been given to do by God – your school backpack for yourself and for donation, your briefcase, your lunchbox – to the altar for a special blessing. In blessing the things we carry, we go blessed to be the Presence of God in all circumstances and conditions whether lunchroom, classroom or boardroom.

July 8, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 9, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

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Have you ever wondered how many people have ever lived on Earth?

The people at a think tank called the Population Reference Bureau have. Of course a lot depends on how far back on the evolutionary tree you start. But starting about 50,000 years ago with the emergence of modern Homo sapiens, they came up with an educated guess of about 108 billion human beings ever born.[1] (more…)

Intergenerational Mission Trip to Nicaragua, partnering with the CDCA

July 21-28, 2018

This year the youth will go on a Mission Trip to Nicaragua. We will spend the week learning about the culture and Nicaragua’s history as well as working in the community on a new health clinic. This year we are inviting adults from Incarnation to join us for an intergenerational mission trip experience. Individual cost for non-youth group members is $1200 per person. Youth group members will pay $525 per person and will fundraise $675 for each youth group member.

The Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) is a project of the Jubilee House Community, Inc. (JHC), a non-profit organization. It has 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. and International Mission status in Nicaragua. (more…)

February 18, 2018 – The Rev. James Richardson

First Sunday of Lent

“The heavens were torn apart and the Spirit descended like a dove.”

This past week, I was privileged to attend a luncheon honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Living Room.

For those unfamiliar with this remarkable place, The Living Room is a day shelter for women, many of whom live on the streets or in their cars, and many of whom are escaping domestic violence.

And some of you may not know this: This parish founded The Living Room. (more…)

Camp Sunday

Sunday, April 8, 2018

On Sunday, April 8, staff from The Bishop’s Ranch and St. Dorothy’s Rest will be here to tell us about summer camp programs. There are camps for all ages this summer—from ankle-biters to elders! Camps offer a welcoming community where adults and kids have opportunities to step away from regular life and create new relationships, challenge themselves, play together, learn more about themselves and the world around them, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Some camps are intergenerational and others for youth grouped by age or grade level. St. Dorothy’s and the Ranch offer safe and sacred spaces where all are welcome no matter their race, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexuality. Both offer camper scholarships which can be coupled with diocesan camp scholarships to make the cost very affordable. No camper will be turned away due to financial hardship. Come and learn about camps after the 9:15 service!

Blessings of Gratitude: A SoulCollage® Workshop for Lent

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

“When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”
Meister Eckhart

SoulCollage® is a creative and transformative process developed by psychotherapist Seena Frost. SoulCollage® cards are created by cutting and pasting images on 5×8 cards. Through a simple process, the images speak through the intuition and imagination of the card maker. Each card has wisdom to share with its creator and in so doing, participants can experience a deeper sense of self and a connection to the sacred. SoulCollage® is fun! Come experience the synchronicity, sacredness and surprise of SoulCollage® in this afternoon workshop.

All materials are supplied. No artistic experience is necessary.

Church of the Incarnation
Short Hall
$35.00
Space is limited, register today.

Pay here