Free Trauma Release Workshops & Treatments

February 19, 2018 – 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.

TRE® (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises)

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.

To book,  please call  707-849-2702

Evensong, presented by Cantiamo Sonoma

March 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Carol Menke, Artistic Director
The Reverend Stephen A. Little, Officiant
Robert Young, Organist

Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa

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.

December 3, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

First Sunday of Advent

“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…)

All Souls Yoga

Tuesdays, 6-7:00 p.m.

Sanctuary, Church of the Incarnation

Classes are taught by Michaela Codding. Michaela has been teaching yoga for 10 years and teaches classes which are accessible to all, regardless of experience or fitness level.

Yoga is a powerful tool we can access anytime, anywhere. Yoga teaches us to be able to breathe in challenging times, to be aware of the busyness of our minds and the ability to re-focus from fear and discomfort toward gratitude and optimism.

Tuesday evening classes are beginner-friendly, focusing on breath, stilling the mind and letting go of the busyness of our day. It combines strength and ease in the physical practice and gives time for reflection and meditation.

Class is offered in the Sanctuary. Bring your yoga mat.

Free will donation suggested $10.00

Click here for more information about Michaela Codding.

Fourth Friday Taizé at Incarnation

Friday, December 22, 2017, 7-8:00 p.m.

It’s our last Taizé gathering in 2017, and I hope you will join us! We meet in the church on Friday December 22 at 7:00 p.m. for an hour of simple chant and silent prayer. Newcomers and seasoned Taizé enthusiasts alike are welcome. A free will offering is gratefully accepted. Feel free to email Robin with any questions at robinannobrien@nullcomcast.net.

Advent Festival

December 3, 2017 – after the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services

Join us for an Advent Festival on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Farlander Hall, immediately following the 9:15 and 11:15 services. We’ll make Advent wreaths (please see reservation form in your bulletin), decorate Christmas cookies and our Christmas tree, do crafts, and have a Christmas gifts sale.

We usually hold this event in the evening, but to allow more people to join us, we’re having it after Sunday services. So, all you have to do is walk out of the service and into Farlander Hall, and join us for a beautiful way to usher in the season of Advent!

This is a Mission trip fundraiser. For more information, contact Daphne Vernon.

Living Compass Advent Series

Tuesdays – November 28, December 5, 12, 19 – 10-11:30 a.m.

The seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with the presence of wonder, if only we remember to pause and open ourselves to receiving this gift. Practicing Wonder With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind is a timely resource to help remind each of us to take time to discover how the gifts of wonder might be born in us yet again this year.

Join us Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. for group study in Room 3, as the Living Compass guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of the Advent season, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Daphne Vernon dvernon@nullincarnationsantarosa.org

The Person Senior Wing Players Present: A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Desire, courage, imagination: those are the characteristics of actors and acting comes naturally to senior citizens. Why? Because we tend to be less inhibited as we get older, and because more than ever we love a good challenge.

The Person Senior Wing Players formed to provide an opportunity for older people to relive the excitement of being on stage when we were in high school and to discover what we can do now that we have a lifetime of experience to bring to our roles.

This is our fourth year of performing A Christmas Carol and our first appearance at Church of the Incarnation. Please join us!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the Person Senior Wing Players by Michael Welch

Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation Sanctuary

Also featuring cameo appearances by:
The Incarnation Alleluia Choir
Mary Kennaugh, Director


Ryan Gibson as Tiny Tim
from the Santa Rosa Children’s Choral Academy

October 29, 2017 – The Rev. Pamela Moore


Almighty and Everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope and serenity.

Given these past few weeks and in the aftermath of the firestorm, I would like this morning to reflect on the power of serenity. Many people are familiar with Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” However, that is not the entire prayer. The full version of the prayer goes like this, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things, I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.” (more…)

Beauty from the Ashes: A Benefit for the Victims of the Sonoma Fires

Saturday, November 25, 4 p.m. – Church of the Incarnation
Sunday, November 26, 4 p.m. – Petaluma Historical Library and Museum

Beauty From the Ashes: Songs, Stories and Poems of Love, Loss and Hope
A Benefit for Victims of the Sonoma Fires

Kayleen Asbo, story and piano
Bonnie Brooks, vocals
Larry Robinson, poetry recitation

Music of Händel, Schumann, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Samuel Barber, Loreena McKennitt, Leonard Cohen, and John Lennon.

Poetry of Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Nepo and Ellen Bass.

Saturday, November 25, 4 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino, Santa Rosa

Sunday, November 26, 4 p.m.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma

$25 suggested donation, but all fire victims welcomed free of charge.

The Church of the Incarnation fire relief fund is focusing on assisting those who are the most vulnerable, especially children, renters, those who have lost income, and those already living on the low end of the economic ladder with few resources.

Thanksgiving Day – special worship service

November 23, 2017, 10 a.m.

Put your turkey in the oven, and then come join us for a special worship service on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 10 a.m.

The service will be relatively brief, with hymns, prayers, a homily by Pastor Jim, and Holy Eucharist – and something more. Please bring the bread and wine you will serve at your Thanksgiving table, and we will have a special blessing for these items before you take them home.

The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving” so what better day to come to church to give thanks for all of the blessings we enjoy!

October 8, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

I would like you to join in me in a prayer for those who have died and were wounded in Las Vegas this past week. Please find a red prayer book near you and join me in the prayer on page 815, the Prayer for the Human Family.

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Last week, I spoke to you about why we exist as a church: We exist to pray. (more…)

Fall Adult Course: Explore your faith

Beginning October 2 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This fall, we will be offering a course for adults seeking baptism, confirmation and/or official membership in the Episcopal Church. We have had to change the dates because of the Bishop’s schedule. The course will begin on October 2, and culminates with sacramental rites with Bishop Barry Beisner on November 19.

Questions we will explore: What is prayer? Does God listen? How do we read Bible in the context of our own life and times? Can we make this ancient religion relevant to our own life and times? And where does the Episcopal Church fit into the larger Christian movement? We will structure our conversations around the baptismal covenant. The course will be led by Pastor Jim on Monday evenings beginning Monday, October 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The class is open to anyone who wants to explore faith issues more deeply, not just those seeking confirmation.

If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Jim or email him at RevJimR@nullincarnationsantarosa.org.

To sign up please email alison@nullincarnationsantarosa.org or call the office: 707-579-2604.

All the Faithful Departed: Remembering those who have died

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.

Among the most ancient practices in our Christian tradition is to read aloud, once a year, a list of those who have died in the parish in the 12 months. This year, we will also read aloud any names of the dead who you would like us to read at a special Holy Eucharist at noon on November 1 (and you are invited!). We will also include the names of all those who died in the recent fires.

You are invited to write into special books the names of anyone who has died who you would like us to remember – they can be people who died recently or long ago. The books will be in the entrances of the church on Sunday, October 29. You can add as many names as you like, but please write clearly (and add pronunciation prompts if necessary). You can also email names to info@nullincarnationsantarosa.org.

This practice stems from “Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed,” or “All Souls Day,” when we remember the names of the official saints of the church. The last day of October is the feast of the evening before the “hallowing” of these saints, hence the name “Halloween.” The church also allows these commemorations to be compressed into a single Sunday, or “All Saints Sunday,” which we will celebrate on Nov. 5 at all our regular Sunday worship services.

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 29, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation Parking Lot, 636 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa

What is Trunk or Treating?

This is a way to provide a safe opportunity to trick or treat.

Adults and Teens decorate their cars in the Incarnation parking lot and hand out treats. Children dress in their Halloween costumes and go from car to car collecting candy while enjoying your creativity.

How do I decorate my trunk?

Any way you like! You can go with a Halloween theme, sports, biblical, exotic location, animals. Whatever gets your creativity flowing, this can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Just nothing too spooky or gruesome.

How do I sign up?

For more information or to sign up for a parking space contact Daphne Vernon. RSVP here.

Daphne will confirm with you and give you more details about set up times.

Everyone is Welcome!

This event is open to the neighborhood and beyond. Invite your friends, friends of friends, grandchildren. The more the merrier.

All Parish Harvest Party

Friday, October 13, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Kicking off our Season of Gratitude

Kids’ games – 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 pm

Where? – Church of the Incarnation

For all ages!

Will this be fun for adults? – Yes, great food and music

Will children have fun? – Yes, we will have fun carnival games with prizes

Food? – Sit down dinner – BBQ chicken, veggies, salads and bread

Do I need to bring anything? Wine and dessert will be greatly appreciated.

Do you need any help? – We would love help with clean up

RSVP by October 10 to Daphne at dvernon@nullincarnationsantarosa.org 

Sunday School is back!

September 10, 9 a.m.

All are welcome!

Pre-school through 2nd grade – Godly Play – Room 1

3rd-6th grade – Junior Youth Group – Room 3

7th-12th grade – High School Youth Group – Youth Room by the parking lot

Youth Group Calendar – 2017-2018

What is Godly Play?

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!

Parish Activities Update

Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 p.m.

With the fires in our area, we are canceling the Harvest Party scheduled for this Friday. Also, Bishop Beisner has cancelled the diocesan convocation that was scheduled for this Saturday. Regular Sunday services will be held at 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11:15 am. Please know that we are in the prayers of many, and please stay safe. — Pastor Jim