No Episcopal 101 this summer
What do we do in church and why do we do it? Episcopal 101 is a quick, fun introduction to the Episcopal Church and our worship, held in the church after the 9:15 and 11:15 services each first Sunday of the month. Meet at the front of the church, 10 minutes after the end of the service. Bring your questions!
June 16, Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
A choral evensong at Incarnation will be presented by Cantiamo Sonoma, with Carol Menke, Artistic Director, and Marilyn Thompson, Organist. Cantiamo is attracting a growing number of listeners for its Evensong services in local churches. Originating in Anglican ritual, Evensong combines chant, hymns, Renaissance polyphony, and modern choral works with Biblical readings and prayers. The intent is to provide listeners with a peaceful hour of music and meditation at day’s end. This coming Evensong will feature the choral music of Humphrey Clucas, Kevin Siegfried,and Eriks Esenvalds..
July 7, July 28, August 25 – 9:00 a.m.
Our summer schedule allows people who usually attend the 9:15 and 11:15 services to worship together. It also provides a special opportunity to use the 9:00 hour as a time when the whole congregation can gather for conversation and learning: 8:00 folks can stay after, 10:00 folks can come early.
We’ll take advantage of that golden opportunity to have a series of three Incarnation Town Halls this summer. We’ll gather in Farlander Hall over coffee and refreshments, enjoy being together, and do some collective celebration of where God is at work at Incarnation, and some reflection and discernment about where God may be calling us in the future.
Please save the dates and plan to be part of the conversation.
May 30, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
The Feast of the Ascension commemorates Jesus’ farewell to his disciples, after his resurrection, when he ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1-14). It is always the fortieth day after Easter, which means it always falls on a Thursday. Ascension Day is one of the seven Principal Feasts of the church calendar (see p. 15 of the Prayer Book). This year we will celebrate it with a special evening Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. The Alleluia Choir will sing (the last time either of our choirs will sing before their summer break!). Incense will be used in this service. Please plan to be a part of it!
Sunday, August 4 – 11:00 a.m.
Please join us for worship in Armstrong Woods on Sunday, August 4, at 11:00 a.m. Plan to arrive earlier. We’ll gather together for worship, with musical accompaniment by a woodwind quartet, followed by a barbecue. Grilled chicken and paper products will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and something to drink.
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville
Day Use Fees: $10.00 per vehicle, $7.00 per vehicle for seniors.
Ask to be directed to the Group Picnic Area. For more information about the park, go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/ (Visit a Park tab, Armstrong Woods).
Simple services with no music will also take place that morning at Incarnation at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 28, June 4, 11
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Library)
People are living longer and want to maintain active and productive lives. The Study of Adult Development from Harvard University shows that there are several factors that determine our health as we age. These include how one copes with stress, whether one cultivates a strong spiritual life, maintains a healthy weight, doesn’t smoke cigarettes, exercises regularly, maintains strong social relationships, and pursues life-long education.
Aging well requires us to be more mindful about the choices we make. The benefits of choosing to age well include more energy, better relationships, and an overall sense of greater vitality.
Living Compass invites us all to think about how we can age well in heart, soul, strength, and mind. There are many things that we have control over as we age. What can you celebrate and embrace? What are you most looking forward to? What issues or concerns do you face as you age?
We hope this class will help you think about the ways in which you can maintain or improve your wellness even as you grow older. Led by Daphne Vernon, Director of Spiritual Formation. For more Information or to register, contact Daphne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 21 – after 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services
Our amazing congregation contributed their time, treasure, and talents to make the 2019 Incarnation 100 a resounding success! We had 165 riders this year, which is fewer than in 2018, but the level of donations raised by these riders increased over last year. The final financial numbers are still being tallied, but we know that we raised a significant amount of money to assist services provided by The Living Room, Sunday Open Table, and St. Andrew’s Food Program. We very literally could not have done this without of all of you. As we often hear people say, “It takes a village…” Well, in our case, our congregation is that village, and you all rose to the occasion once again this year to help those in our broader community who have no place to call “home.” You are all wonderful lights in our community!
Please join us in Farlander Hall after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services on Sunday, July 21, to see a presentation and hear more detailed information about the funds raised by the 2019 Incarnation 100.
May 26, Sunday
Next Sunday, May 26, marks the beginning of our summer schedule and the opportunity to celebrate our choirs for all the joy they have brought to our worship over the year. After the 10:00 a.m. service, come enjoy a BBQ lunch and the entertaining Apple Tree Morris Dancers. There will be an opportunity to join in some community dancing along with our Maypole tradition. The summer schedule will last through Labor Day weekend. We’ll return to our full three-service schedule on Sunday, September 9.
April 14 – Palm Sunday
Worship Services – 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
(Childcare offered all services)
Wednesday, April 17
Tenebrae: Service of Darkness – 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday Service, Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing – 7 p.m.
(Incense will be used)
Agape Meal, Farlander Hall – 8 p.m.
Friday, April 19
Good Friday Services – 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
(Childcare offered at 5:30 p.m. service)
Stations of the Cross – 1:30 p.m.
Good Friday Concert – 8 p.m., Mozart Requiem
Saturday, April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter – 8 p.m.
(Incense will be used)
April 21 – Easter Sunday
Worship Services – 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
(Incense will be used at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services)
(Childcare offered all services)
Tuesday, March 19, 12:10 p.m.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph was a carpenter who was chosen by God to serve as earthly father to Jesus. A man of faith, humility, and compassion, he accepted the responsibility of becoming Mary’s husband despite the scandal of her miraculous pregnancy. Guided by mystical visions, he led Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape the wicked King Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. Later he and Mary returned to Israel, raising Jesus in the town of Nazareth. Joseph is the patron saint of laborers. According to tradition, he taught his trade to Jesus. He is thought to have died during Jesus’ youth, since he disappears from the record during Jesus’ adult life. As Lesser Feasts and Fasts puts it, “The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.” We will commemorate Joseph on Tuesday with Morning Prayer at 8:00 and a special Holy Eucharist at 12:10 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, 4:00 p.m.
From Sandy Hook to Las Vegas to Parkland to Aurora, and too many other places to name, this country is plagued by an epidemic of gun violence unique among developed nations. Together with many other faith communities, the Episcopal Church seeks to work toward an end to this epidemic. Please mark your calendars for this special liturgy of prayer, lament, and call to action, held on the one-year anniversary of the March for Our Lives. Featured in the service will be The Murder of Innocents, a musical piece composed especially for this event by our own Beverly Kinnison and sung by the Alleluia Choir.
Planning to come? Please let us know here!
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…)
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…)
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.
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
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:
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!
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.
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:
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.