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@nullincarnationsantarosa.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
Space is limited, register today.

Pay here

Organ Concert & Workshop


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

By Rising Star Recitalist, Jillian Gardner

Workshop: 4 p.m. – Wellness for Organists
Concert: 7 p.m. – Bach, Vierne, Duruflé

Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Events are Free – Good-will offering collected to defray expenses

Presented by Numina and Redwood Empire AGO

Living Compass Lenten Series

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.

For more information, contact Daphne Vernon at dvernon@nullincarnationsantarosa.org

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