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

Inspiration & Affirmation Collage Cards – with Lisa Thorpe

Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration! Come to this day of creativity and make a stack of inspirational collage cards. You decide if you want to make cards to keep, share with friends, or maybe to leave as little random acts of kindness out in the world!

Join The Bishop’s Ranch Resident Artist Lisa Thorpe for a day of art and spirit. She will bring lots of art papers and images to make multiple 4×6-inch collage cards that you will laminate with an inspirational quote on the back. Don’t worry if you are shy about your art abilities. Lisa will teach you all the techniques you need to feel successful and delighted in your work!

What to bring:

You don’t have to bring anything, everything will be provided to make a stack of inspirational cards, including poems, quotes and a list of affirmation words. However, if you would like to bring some favorite poems or inspirational quotes to put on the back of your cards that would be great. The cards we are making are 4×6 inches so consider the size when considering what you might bring. You can bring interesting magazine pictures, or art papers you’ve saved or even old family photos can be fun to use.

Adults and teens welcome
Bring a sack lunch
$35 includes materials
Click here to register

Find out more about Lisa at her website and her blog:



New Rector

Dear friends of the Church of the Incarnation,

The Wardens and Vestry of the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, are pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver, as rector. This appointment is the successful culmination of the prayerful, engaging, spirit-filled work of many in the parish who served on the Profile Committee, Applicant Review Committee and Vestry. This was a yearlong process which attracted many excellent applicants from across the country.

In our profile we wrote that we were looking for a rector who was spiritually alive and grounded in prayer; open-minded and pastoral; theologically intelligent, with a deep appreciation for Episcopal tradition, liturgy, ritual, and the important role music plays in our worship.

We sought a thoughtful preacher whose inspirational sermons touch hearts, connect with our lives and challenge us; a gentle teacher of insightful theology who is well read and curious, with a sense of humor.

Stephen certainly embodies these attributes and we are very excited about the bright future of Incarnation.

We thank each of you for your prayers and support during this process: we are grateful for your voices in the profile process, your commitment to this church and your faithful presence each week as we worship and serve together.


Stephen’s biography

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver comes to us from Berkeley, where he currently teaches liturgical leadership at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Stephen has served parishes in California, Washington State, and Texas and also spent time as a hospital and hospice chaplain. In 2012 he came to Berkeley to work on a Ph.D. in liturgy, which he completed last fall. He received his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2007.

Stephen is no stranger to the Diocese of Northern California, having served for several years as a trainer for our diocesan College for Congregational Development and as co-director of a joint version of the program with the Diocese of California in 2015-16. Along with liturgy, Stephen is passionate about congregational health and vitality. He has led Christian formation programs for children, youth, and adults, and loves helping people learn more about where God’s story intersects with their stories. Many of his sermons, and occasional blog posts, can be found on his website at www.prayerbookcatholic.org.

Stephen’s family roots are largely in the Reno-Tahoe area, and he thinks of himself as a West Coaster at heart. He spent much of his childhood as a “third culture kid,” living with his family in Korea, Pakistan, and Russia. Stephen loves traveling, hiking, running, and cooking and is an avid choral singer (he and his wife Julia met in their college choir). Julia is originally from Palo Alto and is a family physician. They have a two-year-old daughter, Abigail, who loves playgrounds, fire trucks, and cheese.

Stephen, Julia, and Abby will be joining us early in the summer after Stephen completes his teaching obligations at CDSP. They are thrilled to be coming to Santa Rosa and to Incarnation.

Steve Layton
Sr. Warden


A letter from Stephen

Dear friends,

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ!

I am delighted and humbled to be called as your next rector. My heart is full of joy and anticipation, and I can’t wait to join you in ministry. I’m deeply grateful to the profile and review committees and to the vestry for their dedication and hospitality during the call process. Their devoted work on your behalf is a testament to the kind of community you are.

Incarnation is a special place. Your jewel of a building stands at the heart of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, and your beautiful, transcendent worship stands at the heart of your life together. That worship doesn’t stay inside the building, though: it spills over outside the walls to bless the entire community around you. Your heart for outreach is obvious in ministries like the Open Table and the Incarnation 100-and, profoundly, in the way you have come together to care for those who have lost so much in the fires this past fall. There is an incredible spirit of vitality and resilience at Incarnation, one that has carried you through flourishing and challenging times alike. You have done wonderful work in these years of transition, and I’m looking forward to the adventures God will send us as we start this new chapter together.

It will be a few months before I’m able to be with you in person, but I am praying for you all, every day, by name (and by picture, thanks to Steve Layton, who gave me a copy of your most recent photo directory!). Please pray for me too, and for Julia and Abigail, as we prepare to move to Santa Rosa to come share life with you.

God bless you all. See you soon.
In Christ’s love,

Free therapy at Incarnation this Saturday, October 21

Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is hosting free drop-in counseling at the Church of the Incarnation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs to talk about the recent fires. Licensed therapists will be on site to lend their ear and expertise to all. Therapeutic arts & crafts, games for children, and refreshments will be available.

Catastrophic events such as fires can have devastating and lasting mental health effects on individuals. Counseling can make a difference. For more information on the effects of trauma on children or adults, please see RECAMFT’s resource page: http://recamft.org/local-resources.

Honduras Youth Group Mission Trip

July 26 – August 5, 2018

There are many different ideas of summer service projects. I’m excited that this Summer my service project is with my Church. On July 26th, I’ll be on a plane with my youth group on our way to Honduras to meet students from the ages of 6-18 and learn more about their life, community, and hear what their greatest needs are and how we can help. Throughout the year my school gives me opportunities to serve locally and this experience will help me see how I can serve globally.

Follow our blog during the trip at https://2018hondurasmissiontrip.wordpress.com/


Come join us in welcoming our new Rector!

Sunday, June 24

Two services: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver will be here for his first Sunday on June 24. There will be two services that day: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. We will have a welcome lunch in Farlander Hall after the 10:00 a.m. service. You are encouraged to come and help us extend a warm welcome to Pastor Stephen and his family, wife Julia and daughter Abby. Please remember to wear your name tags to help Pastor Stephen get to know you.

Why do we face the Gospel book?

The Rev. Jim Richardson, Priest-in-Charge

The gospel is a Greek word meaning “good news” and that is the title given to the first four books of the New Testament–Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the biographies of the life of Jesus. These are traditionally considered the most important books for Christians in the Bible, hence they are arranged first in the New Testament. (more…)

Three Sunday Services to return (with choirs!)

September 10 – 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Our summer schedule ends on September 10 and we will be back to our regular worship schedule of 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. And as an added bonus, our wonderful choirs return at the two later services. Please mark your calendars!