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.
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!
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.