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.
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:
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!
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..
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.(more…)
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…)
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!
“When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”
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
Space is limited, register today.
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life. And there is nothing more central to that life than loving—loving with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. For people of faith, love is not an abstract or feel-good concept, but an urgent call to radically incarnate love in how we relate to God, our neighbor, and ourselves.
Back by popular demand Dr. Arlene Dijamco will teach a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma that encourage the body to return back to a state of balance. Sessions will be one hour long and will be taught so you will be able to continue the exercises at home. Booklet provided. Special session for families with children at 2 p.m.
Rainbow Workshop for Children – 3 p.m.
Deborah Craydon of FloraCorona.com will lead a rainbow drawing and colored light elixir healing play session for children and their loved ones.
Reiki and Sound Healing Treatments – 1 hour
Pete DeLaurentis will give individual treatments balancing the light of your energy field and relieving stress. This gentle approach includes mind-body techniques, positive intentions, and sound healing.
Workshops will be held at the Church of the Incarnation, 636 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa, CA.
Carol Menke, Artistic Director
The Reverend Stephen A. Little, Officiant
Robert Young, Organist
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Originating in Anglican ritual, Evensong combines chant, hymns, Renaissance polyphony, and modern choral works with Biblical readings and prayers. Cantiamo is attracting a growing number of listeners for its Evensong services in local churches.
The intent is to provide listeners with a peaceful hour of music and meditation at day’s end. Cantiamo’s Evensong services are the only ones offered in Sonoma County. This coming Evensong will feature the choral music of John Sanders,William Crotch, Louis Bourgeois, Nicolas Custer, Josu Elberdin, Maurice Duruflé, and Ēriks Ešenvalds.
“Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.”
— Psalm 80:7
As you have gathered by now, today is the first Sunday of Advent, the church season of waiting before the dawn of Christmas and the celebration of Jesus Christ coming into the world as a newborn innocent baby long, long ago. (more…)