Incarnation Newsletter & Announcements

October 12, 2012

Sunday Announcements October 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 1:39 pm
 

United Thank Offering Ingathering: Today we show our gratitude for our many blessings by giving to the United Thank Offering.  This special fund was started many years ago by Episcopal Church Women and has expanded worldwide to pay for many projects in places near and far.  We have benefitted from this fund here at Incarnation; the playground equipment was partially covered by UTO.  Other projects in Sonoma County have also received money from this fund. We missed the Spring Ingathering, so this will be our only one this year.  Please give generously!

The Women’s Evening Group will be meeting at the home of Martie Adams on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00. For more information or directions, please contact Martie at 217-5560 or write to martieadams@yahoo.com.

The Philosophy Group’s 6-week study on the problem of evil starts this Thursday from 7-8:30pm in Room 3. We will be exploring questions of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a God who is all powerful, all knowing and all good. The book we will be reading, “Making Sense Out of Suffering” by Peter Kreeft, is available for purchase in the bookstore. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cornucopia Sunday! The Outreach Commission proudly announces that the annual Cornucopia Sunday is to be held next Sunday, October 21st.  Today we’ll continue to pass out slips of paper with items on them for Incarnation’s four different outreach groups: the Living Room, Luther Burbank School, Open Table, and St. Andrews Food Program.  Example of such items are reams of paper for the school, gloves for the Living Room, or canned food for St. Andrews. Please be sure to grab one or more request slips! You will shop for the items and then bring them to church next Sunday, October 21st, where you will lay your donations at the altar.  Father Matt will bless the donations at each of the three services.  Last year we had a fantastic response and we hope for the same fantastic response this year as well!  The needs of the needy amongst us are always greater during the winter months.  The cornucopia is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, and we hope that the altar will be over-flowing with gifts that symbolize God’s love, support, and nourishment.

Do you have a chili recipe that can go the distance? Do you have a scary dessert that you’re just dying to show everyone? Sign up for the first annual chili cook off and bake off on October 26th from 4:30 to 8 pm. Whose recipe will make it to the finish line? Sign up in Farlander Hall at the big bulletin board. Along with chili and sweets, we’ll decorate sugar skulls with special guest Carla Baldassari, carve pumpkins, play games, and more. For questions contact Daphne Vernon at dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org.

The Annual St. Cecilia Cabaret is going to be here before you know it! The Cabaret is Sunday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. and the ticket price is $20, all of which goes toward the funding of the orchestra for the Good Friday Concert. Get your tickets from Carol or Barbara this morning at coffee hour. Let us entertain you!

Interested in knowing what the rest of the Episcopal Church in Northern California is up to? Want to meet other Episcopalians from around our region?  Concerned about the future of our Diocese?  Then come to the Convocation of the Russian River Deanery.  We’ll hear all about resolutions coming up at Diocesan convention, review the Diocesan budget, and meet and greet our neighbor Episcopalians around the Deanery!  Right here at Incarnation on Saturday October 27, from 10 to noon; coffee and treats will be served!

Coming Soon: Name Tags! On Sunday, October 28th the Welcome Committee will have name tags available for everyone to wear! We hope that you will wear your name tag during service and/or while hanging out in Farlander Hall. The Committee members will be on hand to help you find your name tag, tell you where to drop them off before leaving church, and answer any questions.

Are you a football fan? Come join members of Incarnation as we attend a SRJC football game on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 pm, SRJC vs. College of San Mateo. Prices are: $6 admission, $4 student with ID, $2 seniors/children. Also plan on $4 parking. For more info or if you want to carpool from the Church, contact Josh Frydenlund (Joshua.Fry24@gmail.com).

Note: If you are a SRJC alumnus and wish to join the Alumni Association for $30 per year, you will get into all the games for free! Click on this link for more info: https://santarosajc.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MembershipPage/tabid/79233/Default.aspx

Hot coffee for Open Table ministry’s guests. The number of needy, hungry guests from the street community we feed on Sunday mornings continues to inch up. On chilly mornings we had been running out of coffee for our guests, but we now have a shiny new solution.  Contributions to the Ron & Carolyn Rausch Open Table Fund have been used to purchase an additional 101-cup coffee maker to supplement the current coffee makers. We can now pour hot coffee for all our guests throughout the meal time, and they are really appreciative. If you feel moved to contribute to the Rausch Fund for Open Table to help support this important ministry, please make your check payable to ‘Incarnation’ and write Open Table on the memo line.  Place your check in the collection plate or mail to Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 95401.

Calling All Ministry Leaders! Our website is filled with information about our church and about the many ministries here at Incarnation. Some of that information may be outdated or possibly just plain wrong. I need your help and ask that you go to our website and locate the ministry you are involved with as a leader and please check to see if the information is correct. If your ministry is not on our website, then I need to know as soon as possible so I can add that information to our site. I thank you all in advance for your help and you can contact me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnationsantarosa.org to send along any changes or updates.

New to Incarnation or have been thinking about joining a small group?Are you looking for a way to connect with others?Then check out our small groups. Small Groups span a wide area of interest. We offer Care + Support groups, Study + Reflection groups, Topics + Interest groups, and Prayer + Contemplative groups. To learn more about each one go to our website and explore the possibilities! If you have a desire to form a small group, I would love to hear from you. You can call me (Mitch Garcia) at 703-4162 or email me at smallgroups@incarnationsantarosa.org.

Create your own Small Group. Did you know that we have over 18 small groups here at our church?! There is always room for one more. If you have an idea for a small group or have been thinking “wouldn’t it be great to share my joy for (fill in the blank) with others”, then consider starting your own small group. On the Small Group table in Farlander Hall is a flyer with information for anyone who is interested in creating their own Small Group. If you would like to share and discuss your idea with me, call me at (707) 703-4162. Or email me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnationsantarosa.org

Why Connect with Small Groups:

1. Small groups help people “connect and belong.” This is essential in our walk with Jesus. To journey with others connects us to them at a deeper level. Small groups give you company on your journey of faith.

2. Speak truth and hope in love and respect into the lives of people who are struggling. Living life as a follower of Jesus is one of action, of serving and loving and giving and doing. Small groups are active and not passive.

3. When we are exhausted from the circumstances of life, we need others to reassure us when we need to take that step of faith. We want to know that others will stand with us and have our back when we fail or succeed. Small groups make sure we don’t stand alone.

4. There is a deep bond you form with your community when they help “pull you to your feet” when you’re weary and feel you can’t go one step further. Small groups support one another, that leads to a deeper level of relationship and love for each other. Small groups support you.

5. Each of us finds ourselves at different places in our spiritual journeys. We need others to be patient with us. And we need to learn to be patient with others. Small groups teach us community and how to love

 

Words to Ponder:

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

~ Meister Eckhart

 

Cinema Numina

Friday, November 30th at 7 pm:

Presented by Jon Jackson: ”The Razor’s Edge” (1946)

 

Monday Evenings at 7pm:

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

(Church of the Incarnation)

 

Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-6:30pm:

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space

(Church of the Incarnation)

 

3rd Fridays at 7pm:

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

 

2nd Thursdays at 7 pm:

Aramaic Jesus ~

Experience the Words of Jesus in His Original Language

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

 

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts

www.numinacenter.org · 707-324-6021

 

July 15, 2012

Sunday Announcements July 15, 2012

Filed under: Announcements,Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 5:28 am
 

A percentage of all sales from the Bookstore will go to St. Andrew’s Mission and Episcopal Community Services during the month of July. So come on in and take advantage of all the lovely things the Bookstore has to offer, for a good cause!

The Biblical Archeology small group meets this Tuesday in Room 3, 7-8:30. All are welcome. To learn more about this group or any of our small groups please visit our website at www.bit.ly/rsmallgroups.

Claire’s going on vacation from July 19th through the 30th. Thankfully, the incomparable Susan Hill has graciously agreed to fill in part-time while Claire is away. Susan did such a wonderful job during Claire’s maternity leave, so she knows you will be in very capable hands! You can reach Susan at 707-579-2604 ext. 104, or sh@incarnation-sr.org.

Spotlight on a Small Group: The Philosophy Group

Our Philosophy group will be exploring a recent work by Princeton Philosophy Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah entitled “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.”  The term “Cosmopolitanism” dates back to 4th Century B.C. Greek Cynics who used it to express a skeptical attitude toward local custom and tradition.  The term has come to denote, however, a way of being in a global community that unites every human through shared morality.  More than any other time in human history, the world is “connected.”  Professor Appiah’s aim is to go beyond concepts such as “multiculturalism” and “globalization” to inquire how it is that we enter into relationships of mutual respect and even a “cosmopolitan community” with individuals from varying locations despite their different beliefs. Join Ken Blair for this exciting six-week series starting July 24(Tuesdays), 7-8:30 pm in Room 3. You can purchase the book from Amazon in paperback or for your Kindle.  We will be examining such questions as: How can we be in a community with people who we seem to share almost nothing with? What does it even mean to be in a community? What is the relationship between our beliefs and our obligations to others? If you have any questions please contact Ken Blair at philosophy@incarnation-sr.org.

Do you love to sing Taizé songs and chants, BUT – they are often pitched too high to sing comfortably?  We know the feeling!  Come join Jeanie Farmer & Lisa Jang, in the chancel on Aug. 1, 15, & 29, from 7-8pm (right after Sacred Yoga) to sing Taizé songs that are not pitched too high for us lower voices (that is, altos & basses).  Even if you don’t know any Taizé songs, we invite you to join us and discover how wonderful they are. ALL are welcome – you don’t have to be an alto or a bass!  Look for the sign-up sheet in Farlander. Questions? Contact Lisa Jang (527-9549).

Don’t miss our annual

Sunday Service & Picnic in the Redwoods!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Service begins at 11:00 a.m.

Bring your own meat for the grill, a side dish to share (and serving-ware for the side dish, if required), and your own drinks, plates, and utensils. Charcoal and napkins will be provided.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and a hat for the sun! We may take a group hike after lunch, weather permitting.

Directions:

The reserve is located two miles north of Guerneville on Armstrong Woods Road. From Highway 101- coming North or South- take the River Road exit (in Santa Rosa). Go west on River Road until you reach Guerneville. At the second stop light make a right hand turn onto Armstrong Woods Road. This road will end in the park. (Map will follow in future bulletins and in an email.)

Parking:

If you wish to drive into the park and pay the parking fee, tell the Ranger at the gate that you are going to the church service – he/she will direct you to the Group Picnic area.

Day Use Fees:

$8.00 per vehicle

$7.00 per vehicle for seniors

Free to pedestrians and bicyclists

(Suggestion: Park outside the park and walk to the Group Picnic area)

Our Centering Prayer community will be taking a short break and we will gather again on Aug. 13th. If you are interested in joining our group when we return please call Mitch Garcia at 707-703-4162 or visit our small group website at www.bit.ly/rsmallgroups.

New to Incarnation or have been thinking about joining a small group?Are you looking for a way to connect with others?Then check out our small groups. Small Groups span a wide area of interest. We offer Care + Support groups, Study + Reflection groups, Topics + Interest groups, and Prayer + Contemplative groups. To learn more about each one go to our website and explore the possibilities! If you have an desire to form a small group, I would love to hear from you. You can call me (Mitch Garcia) at 703-4162 or email me at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

Create your own Small Group. If you have an idea for a small group or have been thinking “wouldn’t it be great to share my joy for (fill in the blank) with others”, then consider starting your own small group. On the Small Group table in Farlander Hall is a flyer with information for anyone who is interested in creating their own Small Group. If you would like to share and discuss your idea with me, call me at (707) 703-4162 or email me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

Why Connect with Small Groups:

1. Small groups help people “connect and belong.” This is essential in our walk with Jesus. To journey with others connects us to them at a deeper level. Small groups give you company on your journey of faith.

2. Speak truth and hope in love and respect into the lives of people who are struggling. Living life as a follower of Jesus is one of action, of serving and loving and giving and doing. Small groups are active and not passive.

3. When we are exhausted from the circumstances of life, we need others to reassure us when we need to take that step of faith. We want to know that others will stand with us and have our back when we fail or succeed. Small groups make sure we don’t stand alone.

4. There is a deep bond you form with your community when they help “pull you to your feet” when you’re weary and feel you can’t go one step further. Small groups support one another, that leads to a deeper level of relationship and love for each other. Small groups support you.

5. Each of us finds ourselves at different places in our spiritual journeys. We need others to be patient with us. And we need to learn to be patient with others. Small groups teach us community and how to love.

Confirmation: A Deeper Commitment

Sometimes we get to a point in our lives when we feel called to make a renewed commitment to our deepest values.  We may have turned an important corner, or come through a difficult time, or found ourselves in a renewed relationship to God.  In those times, we might want to say out loud, “This is my commitment; this is my God; this is my church; this is where I begin the rest of my life.”

Every year or so, we make that commitment in a special service called “Confirmation.” This is a sacramental rite, performed with the bishop, that honors the importance of claiming our mature commitment to Christ. It is also a ritual that “seals” our full membership in the church. All members of the church are invited to make this deeper commitment to Christ and our church.

Some people, who have been confirmed already in a different denomination, can also stand at this service and be officially received into the Episcopal Church.  Still others, already confirmed in the Episcopal Church, may want to renew their commitment to Christ.  All of these people are prayed over by the bishop, who will lay his hands on their heads and say a special blessing.

 

This year, the service of confirmation and reception will be September 9, 2012.

This is the path to confirmation or reception:

1. Participation in Via Media and/or Inquirer’s Class (preferably both)

2. Participation in a one-day retreat (this year August 25)

Contact Fr. Matt for more details: revml@incarnation-sr.org

 

 

Summer Chamber Concert Series:

An afternoon of live chamber music

followed by a wine and food reception.

TODAY AT 4 pm (St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

Performing the works of Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, Samuel Barber, and Alfred Loeffler:

Carol Menke, soprano
Marilyn Thompson, piano
Robin Sharp, violin
Laura McLellan, cello

Larry London, clarinet

Monday Evenings at 7pm:

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

(Church of the Incarnation)

Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-6:30pm:

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space

(Church of the Incarnation)

3rd Fridays at 7pm:

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

2nd Thursdays at 7 pm:

Aramaic Jesus ~

Experience the Words of Jesus in His Original Language

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts

www.numinacenter.org · 707-324-6021

 

Words to Ponder:

 

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

 

–James Joyce

 

 

May 6, 2012

Sunday Announcements May 6, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 5:24 am

The Men’s Group will meet this Wednesday, May 9 at 7 pm in the church. If you have considered attending but were unable to due to transportation issues, call and we will help with a ride. Our group explores the challenges men face in living their lives of faith in a safe, intimate environment. This is a time of support, friendship and fellowship. All Men are welcome and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can email mensgroup@incarnation-sr.org or call 703-4162.

Hey Guys! The Men’s Thursday Night Bible Group’s last gathering for this “short walk” is this Thursday, 6:30-8 pm. This week’s topic is Be There: When those close to us suffer, it’s only natural to want to help. But what do you say when someone’s life falls apart and suffering becomes their reality? How can you show you care? Even if you have missed the last two weeks’ sessions, we hope you will join us!

The next Twilight Pipe Organ Mini Recital will be held on Friday, May 11th, 6:00 pm, Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa. The guest artist will be David Parsons, organist Emeritus of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. The program is entitled, “All for Five”, and will present music of Bach and Rheinberger. Included will be the 5th Trio Sonata by J. S. Bach. As usual, a no-host dinner will follow the recital at a local restaurant with the artist as guest. A free will offering is requested to cover costs and the purchase of a last stop for the Casavant pipe organ. The event is co-sponsored by the Redwood Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. If you have any questions, please contact Harold Julander at 707-694-1896 (cell) or bach4me@sonic.net (e-mail).

Come Join The Russian River Sisters for Bingo Night! Benefiting The St. Andrews Food Program. When: Saturday May 12th, 2012, doors open at 5:30PM for advanced ticket holders.  Bingo starts at 6:30PM.  Seating is “First Come, First Seated.” Where: The Odd Fellow’s Hall, 16219 First St., Guerneville (One block South of Main Street). Tickets are $20 for two cards.  Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase them On-Line at: www.rrsisters.org/bingo-bpt.html. Note: Some of the humor is of Adult Subject Matter. You MUST be 18 or older to attend. The line starts around 4:30PM. Come early if you want to sit together.  Tickets sell out quick!The Russian River Sisters are a 501(c)3 non-profit org. dedicated to raising funds for charitable causes.  ALL the money raised that night goes directly to the beneficiary.  The Sisters keep NOTHING!  So please come join us! You will have a fun night experiencing Bingo like you never have before! See David Bartz or Gene Mendez for more details.

When you come to church next Sunday (May 13th), you will want to avoid the downtown streets, as the big bike race is coming to town.  College Ave., Cherry Street and the corner lot will be open as usual, along with Mendocino up to 7th Street.  Beyond 7th Street, however, Mendocino will be closed.

The Evening Women’s Gathering will meet on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm at the home of Donna Wiuff. All women are welcome to join us. We are a supportive group providing a place to share our lives and our spiritual journeys with each other, building friendships as we go. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Wiuff at 707-837-8768.

The Party Committee welcomes everyone to come celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday May 17 at 6 pm (previously reported as 6:30: that has now changed). Ascension Thursday is one of the more important feast days on the liturgical calendar, and it is held on the 40th day following Easter to commemorate the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.  We’ll be serving a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Bob Matteucci, followed by a worship service. As we need a headcount for the dinner, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to bobmatteucci@comcast.net or 707-815-8900. You may also use the signup sheet in Farlander Hall. Childcare will be provided.  If you want to volunteer to help, please contact Stephanie Blair. Thank you very much and we hope many of you will come to celebrate this Feast with us!

 

Lay Ministry Workshops - St Mary’s, Napa, May 19th. Are you seeking a lay ministry license (Eucharistic Ministers OR Eucharistic Visitors, or both)? Perhaps you are just interested in a little more information about lay ministry licensing? If you nodded yes to either of these questions, please join us for our upcoming Lay Ministry workshops. The Lay Ministry workshops are presented by the Committee on Lay Ministry of the Commission on Ministry, and are open to all, whether seeking a license or not. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012 at St. Mary’s, Napa , 1917 Third Street. Morning Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hosting Parish. A $15.00 registration fee will cover food and handouts. (RSVP – Patty Park, 916-652-6576, pre-registration and advance payment is encouraged).

Animal Ministry Adoption Fair–May 20th: Sonoma Humane Society’s animals will join us at Incarnation on May 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an adoption fair! Small dogs and cats and a bunny will be available for adoption and to love on.  Come meet Sonoma Humane’s volunteers and animals and celebrate the adopted animals in your life:) For more information, contact Eileen at animalm@incarnation-sr.org.

Prayer List ~ Did you know that the Church keeps two prayer lists?  Your name or the name of anyone you care about can be added to either the confidential list that the Morning Prayer Group prays for, or to the list that gets published in this bulletin.  You do not have to disclose the reason for the prayer request.  Keep in mind that names are rotated off the list every three months, to make room for others. If you want to add someone again, just ask. Please contact Claire at 579-2604 ext. 104, or email claire@incarnation-sr.org.

A Welcoming Congregation ~ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”(John 13:34). Notice this is not a new suggestion, or a new idea, or a new possibility, or a new life-option, but a new commandment. From Jesus himself. What is new is that Jesus has exemplified by his actions in John 13 the new standard by which we should live – that the teacher should serve the servant. We must lay aside status and rank and prestige and privilege and take the form of a servant. So serve others, but also let others serve you. As you give of yourself, you will learn what talents, skills, voices and power others have to contribute. Invite them to help out, contribute, get involved. Invite them to join you, or point them to another group that they would be a blessing to, and be blessed by in return. Everyone has the ability to contribute. Did you notice that some of the men served by Open Table also help out with Open Table? How awesome is that?! To include someone is to love someone.

Via Media Sign-up! Via Media sessions will start Sunday, June 10, and run through July 22. They will be held following the 10:00 service, 11:30-1:30 (summer schedule). Via Media invites those seeking spiritual community to explore our Christian faith from a uniquely Episcopal point of view. Through an engaging course of study, prayer, conversation and questions, we will discuss topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. This exploration with others includes friendship, worship and sharing a simple meal. Participants discover a church that values reason and science along with prayer and scripture; a church where everyone is included; a church that tells the truth about its strengths and points out its challenges. Via Media, along with the Inquirers/Seekers class, fulfills a requirement for confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church. There is a sign-up sheet on the Small Groups table in Farlander Hall. If you want to learn more about Via Media or about being confirmed or received at Incarnation, visit our website at www.incarnation-sr.org or go directly to the Via Media page at http://bit.ly/via_media. You may also send an email to viamedia@incarnation-sr.org or call the office at (707) 579-2604.

Create your own Small Group. If you have an idea for a small group or have been thinking “wouldn’t it be great to share my joy for (fill in the blank) with others”, then consider starting your own small group. On the Small Group table in Farlander Hall is a flyer with information for anyone who is interested in creating their own Small Group. If you would like to share and discuss your idea with me, call me at (707) 703-4162. Or email me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

“What can I do for you?” That is the question that Small Groups ask. Our small groups are about showing people they matter. We take time with one another. We listen. We desire a relationship with each other. We strive to be genuine. To me, that is the truest and purest form of love, to make people matter, to make me matter to other people. Community with each other also creates a place where we get to pursue the unending and most amazing relationship one can have with our Creator. Jesus urges us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Loving people or maybe a better way to say it would be pursuing people. When we pursue people, we are actually pursuing what brings joy to our God’s heart. We are effectively pursuing Jesus. It’s worship. Jesus still pursues people, so why shouldn’t we? Consider becoming a pursuer of Jesus! If would have a question about our Small Groups, please email me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org, or better yet call me at 703-4162.

Did you know that Fr. Matt post his sermons in written form on his blog (http://thehopefulpriest.blogspot.com/)? Ever wish you could remember a line he spoke or a point he made or a reference to a book or something else? You can also post a comment or question to Fr. Matt on his blog. Check it out!

A Note from your Parish Administrator ~ I ask that if you have ANY church business question (even a small one) on a Sunday, please wait to ask it until I’m on duty Monday through Friday. I would like to consider Sunday a Worship Day, not a Work Day (consider: would you want to work on your day off?). It’s emotionally jarring to have someone say hello and ask me how I’m doing, when the next question is something work related. Please note this DOES include someone saying “I’ve got a work question for you, but I’m not going to ask it today!” I do appreciate your restraint, but the knowledge that you have a work question is almost as bad as knowing what it is. Many of you understand this, and I appreciate it. You’re a wonderful community and I love being a part of it!  –Claire Frydenlund


 


Monday Evenings at 7pm:

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

(Church of the Incarnation)

Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-6:30pm:

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space

(Church of the Incarnation)

3rd Fridays at 7pm:

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

2nd Thursdays at 7 pm:

Aramaic Jesus ~

Experience the Words of Jesus in His Original Language

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts

www.numinacenter.org · 707-324-6021

 

April 22, 2012

Sunday Announcements April 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 6:42 am

Heavenly Treasures Open House today! We’re open today and the shopping is fantastic! We have lots of brand new and designer clothes, a good selection of vintage wear and home decor, and a few surprises here and there. Everything’s at bargain basement prices and supports a good cause, so come on in after services. We’re just two doors north on Mendocino, and will be open until 1:00.

This morning, right before you head over to the Heavenly Treasures Open House, come to coffee hour. You will find that we are showcasing a special outreach ministry of Incarnation: The Open Table Ministry. Volunteers will be there serving coffee and pastries. Look for the folks wearing name tags that say “Ask me about Open Table.”

Next Sunday, the fifth Sunday – April 29th - we will be having two plate collections during each service. This is the first of our new ‘fifth Sunday – 2nd collections’ where your offerings in the 2nd collection will help support specific outreach ministries. Your donations received in that 2nd collection next Sunday will go to our Open Table Ministry, which every Sunday serves a 7:00 breakfast in Farlander to homeless men and women. Along with the meal, Incarnation volunteers offer fellowship and dignity below our big banner which proclaims “Christ now has no body but ours”. Since the need is great, the Vestry and our volunteers ask you to please be as generous as possible with your love offerings to help our Open Table Ministry.

The Men’s Group will meet this Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm in the church. If you have considered attending but were unable to due to transportation issues, call and we will help with a ride. Our group explores the challenges men face in living their lives of faith in a safe, intimate environment. This is a time of support, friendship and fellowship. All Men are welcome and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can email mensgroup@incarnation-sr.org or call Mitch Garcia at 703-4162.

Volunteer Opportunities at Heavenly Treasures Gift and Thrift: Heavenly Treasures is currently searching for a Manager!  The position is on a volunteer basis, and the time commitment is from 10-20 hours a week.  We are also in need of store workers, who can work as little as four hours a month.  Volunteers must be available from 10-2 during the week.  If you’re interested, please call Signe Sugiyama at 569-7448 or email heavenlytreasures576@gmail.com.

Men’s Thursday Night Bible Study. Men, join us on Thursday nights to find community with men of all ages while growing in the knowledge of God. This is a “short walk” small group, so we will meet for only three weeks and cover the following topics:

Week (1) It Ain’t Over: Become the kind of person who can find hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Week (2) Consider the Birds: Tomorrow is not guaranteed…for any of us. When we worry about tomorrow, we often miss out on the beauty, richness, and fulfillment of today. Could living for today be what’s best for us, and could it even free us from the worries of tomorrow?

Week (3) Be There: When those close to us suffer, it’s only natural to want to help. But what do you say when someone’s life falls apart and suffering becomes their reality? How can you show you care?

We will gather from 6:30-8pm in Room 3 beginning April 26th. Mitch Garcia will be leading the study. If you’re interested please take a moment and sign-up at the Small Group table in Farlander so you can receive the scripture reading before each session.

This Friday: come to Movie Night! The Party Committee is excited to announce that we will be hosting a movie night this Friday, April 27th at the church!  We will be showing the movie “We Bought a Zoo,” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, about a widowed dad who decides to buy a dilapidated zoo and restore it. There will be good quality pizza, popcorn, and drinks. We’re asking for a voluntary donation of $5 per person, or $10 per family. The pizza party will begin at 7pm, and we’ll show the movie at 7:30pm. We hope many of you can join us!  It will be a fun night for people of all ages!!! Just so we can get an idea of how much pizza to buy, please RSVP to Stephanie Blair at stephchristel@gmail.com, or 837-2972.

Animal Ministry Field Trip to Animal Place in Grass Valley–May 5th:  Have you ever wanted to go to one of the largest sanctuaries in Northern CA that take in rescued, abused and abandoned farm animals? Animal Place, most recently featured in the news for helping to rescue 4,500 chickens from a Turlock factory farm, is on 600 acres of rolling grass land about 2 hours from Santa Rosa. Marji Beach, Education Director, will be our tour guide to introduce us to many of the ambassadors who live on the farm– chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, cows and sheep. Yes, you are able to pet them and love on them! We are meeting at Incarnation Church parking lot with folks from Compassionate Living Outreach at 9:15 am to carpool.  We will start our tour at 12 noon and be done with the tour and picnic by 3:30 pm. You are also welcome to drive separately–you just need to let me know that’s what you are doing.  Cost is $10 per person for the personal tour.  We are all bringing food to share to have a picnic onsite after the tour.  It will be a vegan lunch, but you do not have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend!  Please e-mail me (Eileen Harrington) if you have any questions at animalm@incarnation-sr.org.  You will need to RSVP through the Compassionate Living Outreach Meet Up site at http://www.meetup.com/northbay-vegan/events/58858422/.

Come Join The Russian River Sisters for Bingo Night!

Benefiting The St. Andrews Food Program

When: Saturday May 12th, 2012, doors open at 5:30PM for advanced ticket holders. Bingo starts at 6:30PM. Seating is “First Come, First Seated.”

Where: The Odd Fellow’s Hall, 16219 First St., Guerneville (One block South of Main Street)

Tickets are $20 for two cards. Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase them On-Line at:

www.rrsisters.org/bingo-bpt.html

Note: Some of the humor is of Adult Subject Matter. You MUST be 18 or older to attend.

The line starts around 4:30PM. Come early if you want to sit together. Tickets sell out quick!

The Russian River Sisters are a 501(c)3 non-profit org. dedicated to raising funds for charitable causes. ALL the money raised that night goes directly to the beneficiary. The Sisters keep NOTHING! So please come join us!

You will have a fun night experiencing Bingo like you never have before! See David Bartz or Gene Mendez for more details.

A Welcoming Congregation

The mystery of God is experienced in the mystery of the stranger. Living our religious beliefs in response to the stranger is a way of encountering the mystery of God.

What mysteries lie within you? What talents are waiting to be expressed? What skills are you yearning to hone or put to good use? What ideas do you wish to share with others? Do you ever feel that inside you lies a wealth of information, stories, and beliefs, that you wish someone would time the time to ask you the right questions? Do you ever feel that there is so much you could do if only you were needed?

Now imagine that every other person also has mysteries lying within them. And for newcomers, those mysteries are especially eager to burst forth. Their desire to find a place to express their talents and share their ideas has caused them to venture through Incarnation’s doors.

Engaging newcomers in conversation, or inviting them to participate in some activity or group, allows for their mysteries to be revealed. When someone gets the opportunity to finally share a constrained talent or idea, you will see their Light shine; you will see God within them.  It’s a beautiful thing.

The Biblical Archeology small group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month in Room 3, 7-8:30. This Study/Worship small group focuses on learning the ways and practices of the Essenes (Healers), known today as the Dead Sea Scrolls community. Our studies will investigate this third major sect of Judaism at the time of Christ, its influence on Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels, and on the formation of the Church mission. All are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information there is a sign-up sheet on the Small Group table in Farlander Hall.

Animal Ministry Adoption Fair–May 20th:  Sonoma Humane Society’s animals will join us at Incarnation on May 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an adoption fair! Small dogs and cats and a bunny will be available for adoption and to love on.  Come meet Sonoma Humane’s volunteers and animals and celebrate the adopted animals in your life:) For more information, contact Eileen at animalm@incarnation-sr.org.

Calling All Ministry Leaders! Our website is filled with information about our church and about the many ministries here at Incarnation. Some of that information may be outdated or possibly just plain wrong. I need your help and ask that you go to our website and locate the ministry you are involved with as a leader and please check to see if the information is correct. If your ministry is not on our website, then I need to know as soon as possible so I can add that information to our site. I thank you all in advance for your help and you can contact me (Mitch Garcia) at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org to send along any changes or updates.


 

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

(Church of the Incarnation)

Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-6:30pm:

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space

(Church of the Incarnation)

3rd Fridays at 7pm:

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

2nd Thursdays at 7 pm:

Aramaic Jesus ~

Experience the Words of Jesus in His Original Language

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts

www.numinacenter.org · 707-324-6021

 

 

Words to Ponder:

 

The gratitude that we encounter helps us believe in the goodness of the world, and strengthens us thereby to do what’s good.

 

Dr. Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 

October 31, 2011

Incarnation Notes Nov, Dec, Jan 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 2:25 pm

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October 7, 2011

Sunday Announcements Oct. 09, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 12:00 pm
 

Join us this morning for our pancake fundraiser (supports the Youth Mission Trip). We will see you in Farlander after the 8:00 and 9:15 services.

 

SUPER SUNDAY TODAY AT HEAVENLY TREASURES

Heavenly Treasures Thrift and Gift is celebrating Fall’s arrival with a special sale today!  Stroll over after services and you’ll find a bargain wonderland.

 

Get in the mood for Fall with Halloween costumes, accessories, and decor. We have lots of vintage items, as well as brand-new and gently worn designer items. Don’t pass up our brand-new, environmentally friendly and 100% natural line of earrings. Of course, we have a great selection of books, shoes, household items, and perhaps even a bona fide treasure or two — all at bargain basement prices.

 

We’re open until 1 p.m., so come on over after you feast on pancakes and find YOUR treasures!

 

Raffle Tickets! The Guild of the Incarnation is now in the latter stages of planning and preparing for our annual Holiday Bazaar for Nov. 19th and 20th  –  We are now selling RAFFLE TICKETS at each coffee hour.  This year our prizes are a hand-made Tree Skirt and Stocking or a week stay at the Olympic Village at Tahoe.

 

Tickets are available from Guild members for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 after Sunday services.

 

The Men’s Group will meet this Wednesday, October 12th, at 7:00 pm in the church. Our group explores the challenges men face in living their lives of faith in a safe, intimate environment. This is a time of support, friendship and fellowship. All men are welcome and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can email mensgroup@incarnation-sr.org or call 707-703-4162.

 

The October group practice session for Prayer of the Heart is Wednesday, October 12, in the Clergy Conference Room, from 7:15 – 8:45 pm.  All are welcome who wish to practice the Prayer of the heart (The Jesus Prayer) in a group setting.  Questions?  Need more info?  Call Lisa, 707-527-9549.

 

The next Twilight Pipe Organ Mini Recital will be on Friday, October 14th, 6:00 pm here at Incarnation. Featured musicians will be Janis Wilson, organist, and two trumpet players, Tom Hyde and David Lindgren, playing a selection of pieces for TRUMPET AND ORGAN. Following the recital, those who would like are invited to join the artists in a no-host dinner at a local restaurant. A free will offering is asked to cover costs and to support the purchase of the last stop on the Incarnation organ… a 32′ pedal stop. Please contact Harold Julander for further information at 707-694-1896 (cell) for further information.

 

The Evening Women’s Gathering will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:15 pm at the home of Martie Adams. All women are welcome to join us. We are a supportive group providing a place to share our lives and our spiritual journeys with each other, building friendships as we go. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Wiuff at 837-8768.

 

Incarnation’s NBSC leadership team invites all Incarnation members to join us for this important event. We will be forming a car pool to attend – please email Carla Baldassari if you’d like to join us:   cbaldassari@sbcglobal.net.

 

Community Economic Conference

“Reclaiming Our Citizenship:

Taking Responsibility for the Common Good”

Sunday, October 23, 2011 – 1:30pm to 6:00pm

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Come hear what local communities and congregations are doing across the Bay Area and Northern California, and engage with others to build the capacity to act locally and regionally for long-term sustainable action in the public square.

 

Special guests include Steve Levy with the Center for the Continued Study of the California Economy; Dr. Dowell Myers, author of Immigrants and Boomers from the Univ. of Southern California; Joe Mathews, co-author of California Crack-Up: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It; Ernesto Cortes, Jr., national co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

 

The Incarnation NBSC Leadership Team is having a second round of Incarnation Conversations beginning on Sunday, October 30th after each of the services. We will meet in small groups in Farlander Hall. There will be sign ups at a table located just outside the bookstore beginning on Sunday, October 2nd. You can sign up for the Farlander conversations or to attend one at someone’s home after the 30th. An email to that effect went out on October 1st. If you did not receive it, check with Claire in the Church Office (579-2604 ext. 104).

 

We look forward to another round of conversations where we can deepen our relationships and meet new friends.

 

Halloween is creepin’ up on us!

Get ready for the All Parish party:

Friday, October 28th

from 4:30-7:00 pm

 

Bring a pumpkin to carve

Fun and food provided

Bring all your friends!

 

Anyone interested in learning what our NBSC research team has been learning about the state of public schools in Sonoma County is invited to attend the next meeting of the team:

Sonoma County Conversation on Education

Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00pm

Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa.

 

Bits and Pieces Needed: If you have Scrabble, Checkers, Backgammon, dice, Domino’s, Rummy Cube pieces or any other game pieces you no longer want, PLEASE add them to the basket in Farlander Hall. Also need any size shells, silverware including serving pieces, keys, bottle openers & all metal wine openers. Beads and jewelry (broken or not) are always needed. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed. We are repurposing items and have lots of great things already made to sell at the Guild Bazaar in November. If you can help please stop by Wednesdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. We also have projects you can work on from home.

 

Come to the Cabaret! The St. Cecilia Choir is preparing for the annual Cabaret fundraiser that helps to defray the cost of the Good Friday orchestra. Join us on Sunday evening, November 13th. The choir will prepare savories and sweets, and wine and other beverages will be served, while you sit back and enjoy the show. There will be music from theater, jazz, and a few special guests! It promises to be a wonderful night …. tickets will be available soon from Carol Menke or Barbara Avery.

 

Office Volunteers Needed! We are coming up on one of the busiest times of the year, and need some extra help in the office. We’re open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to noon on Friday. Shifts are from 9 to 12:30, and 12:30 to 4. We will especially be needing some help on Thursday mornings. We need some other friendly folks to step in! If you’re interested, please contact Claire in the Church Office (707-579-2604 ext. 104 or email claire@incarnation-sr.org).

 

The Scarf Project: Thank you all for your contributions to The Scarf Project. Knitters and crocheters have been hard at work thorough the summer and we have nearly reached our goal! The scarves are soft, colorful, and beautiful! But your contributions are still welcome! Scarves should be in darkish colors (no solid red or blue,) 7 to 10 inches wide, and about 55 inches long. Plain knitting or crocheting is fine, although patterns are welcome. I hope to collect all the scarves by December 1, 2011. So if you would like to knit or crochet a scarf for a homeless client of the Open Table Sunday morning Ministry, please contact me, Debora Leitner (523-1536).

 

Create your own Small Group. Did you know that we have over 18 small groups here at our church? There is always room for one more. If you have an idea for a small group or have been thinking “wouldn’t it be great to share my joy for (fill in the blank) with others”, then consider starting your own small group. On the Small Group table in Farlander Hall is a flyer with information for anyone who is interested in creating their own Small Group. If you would like to share and discuss your idea with me, call me at 707-703-4162. Or email me (Mitch Garcia) at  smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

 

New to Incarnation or have been thinking about joining a small group?Are you looking for a way to connect with others?Then check out our small groups. Small Groups span a wide area of interest. We offer Care + Support groups, Study + Reflection groups, Topics + Interest groups, and Prayer + Contemplative groups. To learn more about each one go to our website and explore the possibilities! If you have a desire to form a small group, I would love to hear from you. You can call me (Mitch Garcia) at 707-703-4162 or email me at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

 

Case of the Missing Kitchen Towels… Sounds like a Nancy Drew mystery! There are several kitchen angels that take them home each week, wash them and bring them back. However, we are running low. If you are a treasured kitchen angel, it’s helpful to bring them back as soon as possible. Drying the dishes, pots and pans with paper towels is difficult and expensive. If you have any dish towels you can spare, please leave them by the kitchen phone.  Not to mind a friendly stain or two.

 

Youth Group News

Did you know we have 25+ members in youth group? We do and we meet every Sunday in the youth room. We are making big plans for the year. We’ll keep you posted!

 

In Sonoma County, it is estimated that 12,565 persons become homeless annually.

 

That’s more than the populations of the cities of Healdsburg (pop. 11,254), Sonoma (pop. 9,500), Sebastopol (pop. 7,800), or Cotati (pop. 6,700).

 

Incarnation’s Open Table breakfast feeds over 100 homeless people every Sunday.  Now through October your contribution to the Open Table ministry will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a donation of up to $5,000 in matching funds.

 

To donate: Make checks payable to “Church of the Incarnation” with “Open Table” in the memo line, or put cash donations in our red donation box in Farlander Hall.

 

 

 
 

Monday Evenings at 7pm: Through the Ear to the Heart

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen

(Church of the Incarnation)

 

November 4 & 5: All Souls’ Weekend

In Darkness & In Light

An Evening of Song ~ A Day of Remembrance

(Church of the Incarnation & St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol)

 

November 4, 7:30pm Concert (Incarnation) ~

Melanie DeMore & Kate Munger

 

November 5, 9am-3pm Workshop (St. Stephen’s) ~

Altars, Shrines & Reliquaries with Liza Brickey & Sharon Landon

 

Wednesday Evenings from 5:30-6:30pm:

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space

(Church of the Incarnation)

 

3rd Fridays at 7pm:

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

(St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol)

 

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts

www.numinacenter.org · 707-324-6021

 

Words to Ponder:

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower

wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

 

–Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2011

Sunday Announcements Aug. 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 12:10 pm
How do you turn $100 into $200 instantly? By giving it away! Now and thru the middle of October, every dollar you give to Open Table ministry will be matched, dollar for dollar! An anonymous donor has given up to $5,000 in matching funds to our Sunday morning breakfast program. Make your checks out to the church, with “Open Table” in the memo line, or just put cash in the red steel donation box in Farlander Hall!

 

Last Concert of the Summer! This Sunday at 4:00 pm will be the last in the Numina Summer Chamber Concert series in Farlander Hall. Spend “An Artful Afternoon” with Carol Menke & Friends. Our parishioner, Diane Schoenrock will be the guest artist.

 

Evening Women’s Gathering: Will meet Tuesday August 16 at 7:00 pm at the home of Donna Wiuff. This is a supportive group that provides a place to share our lives and our spiritual journeys.

If you would like more information, please contact Donna Wiuff at (707) 837-8768.

 

Arizona Mission Trip and Fund Raising Pancake Breakfast:

Please join us this Sunday August 14th as we thank you and share our story. We will have a video presentation at the 8 and 10 am services and a fund raising brunch after each service.

 

Our next experiment with music and liturgy will be next Sunday, August 21, when we hold our annual service in the redwoods.  This year, we’ll have a student bluegrass band join us!  Look for more information soon about that service, which, again, will be held on August 21 at Armstrong Woods State Park.  After that, we will hold another gospel service on September 4 – that’s Labor Day weekend – and then on every first Sunday of the month for the remainder of the year.  So spread the word!  Warn the neighbors!

 

Small Groups News

 

Are you new to Incarnation? Are you looking for a way to connect with others?Then check out our small groups. Small Groups span a wide area of interest. We offer Care + Support groups, Study + Reflection groups, Topics + Interest groups, and Prayer + Contemplative groups. To learn more about each one go to our website and explore the possibilities! If you have an desire to form a small group, I would love to hear from you. You can call me (Mitch Garcia) at 703-4162 or email me at smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org.

 

Benedict’s Way is a new small group that is forming. Are you looking for a way to help remain rooted and grounded in Christ and in the scriptures? The sixth century Rule of Benedict has depth and wisdom to address these needs and more. The Rule is an amazing resource that can help us live more fully into our Baptismal Covenant, more deeply into our life in Christ and with eyes, ears, and heart that seek God in the ordinary things of daily life. If you would like to learn more, there is a sign-up sheet on the Small Group table in Farlander.

 

Centering Prayer meets every Monday 5-6:15pm in the Clergy Con. Room and all are welcome. Fr. Thomas Keating writes that “Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.” There is a pamphlet on the Small Group table by Thomas Keating “The Methods of Centering Prayer”, stop by and check it out. If you have any question or would like more information please email:cprayer@incarnation-sr.org or call 703-4162 or visit the Small Group webpage.

 

Growing Together! A Place for Families next outing will be Saturday, August 27th at Howarth Park (3-5pm). This is a time to gather with other families and friends and enjoy an afternoon together. Our goal is to help children and their families form meaningful, long-term relationships with the other families in our congregation and to grow together through Christ and our common language of faith and community. If you would like more information, please email Nick Lawrence at growing@incarnation-sr.org.

 

Christianity, the First 3,000 is taking a small break until Wednesday, August 17. We meet in Farlander, 7-8:30 pm for the final three weeks of our exciting series. If you have thought about coming but felt that you have already missed a few weeks, don’t fret! It is not necessary to have viewed the other session in order to enjoy the rest of the series. Mark the dates and join us for a truly wonderful series.

 

Are you somewhat new to the Church of the Incarnation? We would like to get to know you better! Please come to the Newcomer Welcome Party on August 28, 4 p.m., at Father Matt’s house. You’ll get to meet Father Matt, the church leaders and some church folks while having fun and enjoying some good food and drink! Please bring your family or a friend. The party is going to be a western theme, so if you feel inclined, come dressed in your favorite western threads! Please call Barbara Avery at (707) 577-8718 to RSVP and for more information.

 

Via Media Sign-up! Via Media sessions will start Sunday, September 4, and run through October 23.

 

Schedule:

Sept. 4, 11:30-1:30

Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 10:45-12:45

 

There is a sign-up sheet on the Small Groups table in Farlander. If you want to learn more about Via Media or about being confirmed or received at Incarnation, visit our website at www.incarnation-sr.org or go directly to the Via Media page at http://bit.ly/via_media. You may also send an email to viamedia@incarnation-sr.org or call the office at (707) 579-2604.

 

Bits and Pieces Needed: If you have Scrabble, Checkers, Backgammon, dice, Domino’s, Rummy Cube pieces or any other game pieces you no longer want, PLEASE add them to the basket in Farlander Hall.  Also need any size shells, silverware including serving pieces, keys, bottle openers & all metal wine openers. Beads and jewelry (broken or not) are always needed.

 

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed.  We are repurposing items and have lots of great things already made.

 

If you can help please stop by Wednesdays from 10-1pm.  If you can’t come down to the church and you would like to help we have projects you can work on from home for the Guild Bazaar.

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss our Sunday Service and Picnic in the Redwoods!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Service begins at 11:00 a.m.

Special Guests: “The Mighty Chiplings” – bluegrass band!

 

Armstrong Woods : Group Picnic Area
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446

 

Directions

The reserve is located two miles north of Guerneville on Armstrong Woods Road. From Highway 101- coming North or South- take the River Road exit (in Santa Rosa). Go west on River Road until you reach Guerneville. At the second stop light make a right hand turn onto Armstrong Woods Road. This road will end in the park.

 

Parking

If you wish to drive into the park and pay the parking fee, tell the Ranger at the gate that you are going to the church service – he/she will direct you to the Group Picnic area. You might get in free! Otherwise, park outside the park and walk in for free.

 

Day Use Fees

$6.00 per vehicle
$5.00 per vehicle for seniors
Free to pedestrians and bicyclists
(Suggestion: Park outside the park and walk to the Group Picnic area)

What to bring

Bring a picnic lunch for yourself, and something to share if you’re feeling generous! Also, wear comfortable shoes and a hat for the sun!

Please join us for a numinous year!

August 14

Summer Chamber Concerts

Church of the Incarnation – Farlander Hall

Featuring Carol Menke & Friends. Our parishioner,  Diane Schoenrock – Painting, will be the guest artists for August:

Monday Nights

Through the Ear to the Heart

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen ~ Church of the Incarnation

3rd Fridays

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol

 

Upcoming Events

September 22 at 7:30: The Culture of Wildness with Martin Shaw, Mythologist and Storyteller (Church of the Incarnation)

 

October 7 through October 9: Song and Silence Retreat

(Santa Sabina Retreat Center, San Rafael)

 

Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts

www.numinacenter.org ~ 707-324-6021

www.facebook.com/numinacenter

 

Words to Ponder:

 

“When the most important things in our life happen, we quite often do not know, at the moment, what is going on.”

~

C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

June 17, 2011

Sunday Announcements June 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 9:24 am
There’s great conversation going on about the “Spirit Mass” Pentecost service last Sunday.   Some very interesting responses have come to us through the survey forms.  Our “Summer Symposium,” held each Sunday between the 2 services, will be the place where we look at some of the responses to the service and use them as teaching points regarding both our ancient practices and our contemporary  experiments. Fr. Matt’s hope is that, together, we can develop a shared vision of where we’re headed as a worshiping congregation.

 

During times of change, the very best thing we can do is to bring our open hearts to discussions of our history and values, and to how we can apply lessons from the past to make the right decisions for the present moment.  Please be sure to join us!

 

If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Visitor, or are currently serving as one, you are asked to attend a mandatory training session on July 16 at the church.  Please see your bulletin for more information.”Eucharistic Visitors training to be held July 16! All Eucharistic Visitors, whether currently licensed or wishing to be licensed, are required to attend annual trainings.  We will have a short two-hour training on July 16, 10-12 in Short Hall.   Please rsvp to Fr. Matt: revml@sonic.net or 579-2604 x102.

 

Required Training: It is an ancient, sacred and essential purpose of the church to protect its most vulnerable members.  Today, this includes the training of all of our members in the prevention of sexual exploitation or abuse.  For this reason, we take seriously the Diocese’s mandate that we conduct this training for all clergy, vestry members, and persons with pastoral relationships. This includes EfM leaders, Sunday School teachers, Eucharistic Visitors, and Worship Leaders.

We will conduct this training at Incarnation on Saturday, July 9, 2011, 9-4.  This is a mandatory training for all persons listed above who have not completed the training in the last 3 years.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Please mark your calendars now!   And please rsvp to Fr. Matt: revml@sonic.netor 579-2604 x102.

 

The 2011 Summer Symposium

“Understanding Our Liturgy”

Sundays: June 19 through July 24, 9:00 – 9:45 am

 

The better we understand our liturgy, the more meaningful our worship becomes. This summer, Fr. Matt will lead a discussion each Sunday between the 8 and 10 am services on the history, theory, and practice of our worship. Participants will be invited to bring their questions and explore their own likes and dislikes, while we learn about the cultural and theological influences on our worship. Please join us for a fun and fascinating conversation!

 

The Evening Women’s Group will meet on Tuesday, June 21st at 7 pm at the home of Marti Kennedy. All women are welcome to join us. We are a supportive group providing a place to share our lives and our spiritual journeys with each other, building friendships as we go. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Wiuff at 837-8768.

The Animal Ministry needs your help. Some of the members of your Animal Ministry Small Group are helping the Sonoma Humane Society with dog and cats that have been in their care for over 6-months (which is a long time for an animal, to wait to be adopted). They are accepting both donations to help them get adopted as well as asking for folks to adopt them or tell their friends and family and colleagues who may need a dog or cat! You can view the wonderful animals on the Animal Ministry webpage. Go to our page and look for Urgent Needs and click on the link. Thank you for your support.

 

The Men’s Group will meet this Wednesday, June 22nd, at 7 pm in the church. Our group explores the challenges men face in living their lives of faith in a safe, intimate environment. All Men are welcome and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can email Jose Ramirez at  mensgroup@incarnation-sr.org

 

Men’s Breakfast!

The Men’s Group warmly invites all men to breakfast on Saturday, June 25th at 9am in Farlander Hall. Come and join us for a time of fellowship, hospitality, and getting to know one another a bit better. Fr. Matt will be joining us and will be sharing some of his own experiences with the men’s group he is part of, and the issues of being a man and a Christian in Sonoma County. If you would like to attend, please take a moment and visit the Small Group table in Farlander and sign-up (so we know how much food to cook!) If you have any question, please call Mitch Garcia at 703-4162, or email Jose Ramirez at mensgroup@incarnation-sr.org or call 703-4162.

WE ARE ALL HEALERS is a workshop led by the Rev. Dr. Francis Geddes and the Rev. Brian Cochran. The workshop introduces the contemplative dimensions of healing prayer. Participants learn about ten different spiritual exercises drawn from Christian, Jewish, Eastern, and Native American traditions. These exercises enable  one to work with inner imagery that serves as a bridge between the ill person, the healer, and Christ. The training is held in a private home in Oakmont, for three Saturdays, July 9, 16, & 23; 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Fee is $119, that includes the three sessions. Some scholarships are available. Limited to 12 participants, please register early. Deadline for registration is July 7th. Please see the forms on the long table in Farlander Hall. Call Francis at 579-6726 for further information or email Francis.Geddes@Stanfordalumni.org. Dr. Geddes is author of Contemplative Healing: The Congregation as Healing Community.

 

Vicki Garcia needs bits & pieces to make items for the Guild Bazaar, such as:

 

Jewelry broken or not

Any size picture frames glass or not

Scrapbook punches-to be on loan or to give to us

Any size/color beads

Glass plates & glass candle holders

Any size/color buttons

Any other craft items you may have

 

Inquirers & Seekers Class

 

July 10     11:30am-1:00pm

July 17     11:30am-1:00pm

July 24     11:30am-1:00pm

July 31     11:30am-1:00pm

(refreshments will be served)

–A class for those new to our church, for seekers, for the curious, for those who might want to join the church, and even for those who definitely plan to join the church.

 

–A place to safely explore your faith journey, as well as to connect with others who are new to Incarnation. You’ll have a chance to meet our clergy and current leaders, hear about their faith journeys, and learn about the ministries and life of our congregation.

 

–There will be opportunities to ask questions about the Episcopal Church: its ways of worship and traditions, and about our parish: its calling to serve in downtown Santa Rosa and beyond.

 

–Please register for the class by filling out the signup sheet in Farlander, or calling the church office at 707-579-2604. Please let us know if you’ll need childcare.

 

Note: For those wishing to be confirmed, this course serves as partial preparation for confirmation. Those wishing to be confirmed should contact the office for more information.

 

 

Please join us for a numinous year!

July 10 & August 14

Summer Chamber Concerts

Carol Menke & Friends ~ Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa

(See description above)

Monday Nights

Through the Ear to the Heart

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen ~ Church of the Incarnation

3rd Fridays

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol

Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts

www.numinacenter.org ~ 707.324.6021

 

 

Words to Ponder:

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

-Leonardo Da Vinci

 

 

 

April 15, 2011

Sunday Announcements April 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mitch Garcia @ 12:17 pm
Thanks to everyone who made the Lenten Series/Supper a memorable event. Fr. Matt and the Adult Spiritual Formation team would like to thank Jane Cramer and her volunteers for all of their hard work and great effort for the delicious Lenten meals that were prepared each week! The Adult Spiritual Formation team thanks Fr. Matt for his wonderful series and for sharing “his” story of the Gospel According to …You. Some of the talks were recorded and you can find the link on our website.

 

GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT: On April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. the St. Cecilia Choir and Cantiamo Sonoma with the Incarnation Orchestra will present the beautiful Stabat Mater by Franz Joseph Haydn. The soloists will be Carol Menke, soprano; Lynda Higson, mezzo soprano; Kevin Baum, tenor; and Tom Hart, bass, under the direction of Mark Penn, guest conductor. Tickets are available from Carol Menke or Barbara Avery, or online at  www.numinacenter.org. Only a few tickets will be available at the door. This concert traditionally sells out, so get your tickets now!

 

Flowers Needed – The Altar Guild will need lots of cut flowers to decorate our beautiful Church for Easter Sunday. Please bring your cut flowers to Farlander Hall by 9 am on Saturday, April 23rd, so that we can arrange them in the baskets. Thank you!

 

Basket Full of Blessings Party! Our parish Easter party will be on April 23rd this year, from 4 to 6 pm. See Daphne Vernon (707-579-2604 ext. 106) for more details. Fun and fellowship abound, come join us!

 

Please note that the Church Office will be closed on Monday, April 25th, the day after Easter. Happy Easter to all!

 

Message from the House of Bishops – The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has taken the rare step of issuing the following letter concerning the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem.  Our Presiding Bishop urges us to take action:

http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/pb-house-of-bishops-issue-letters

 

The April group practice session for Prayer of the Heart is Wednesday, April 27th, in the Clergy Conference Room, from 6 – 7:30 pm. All are welcome who wish to practice Prayer of the Heart in a group setting. Questions? Need more info? Call Lisa, 707-527-9549.

 

The Wonderful World of Theatre! The Theater-Goers Group is off to a great start! So far, some of the group have been able to attend the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts productions of “In the Mood,” “An Irish Hooley,” the Ani DiFranco show, and the musical satire, “Forbidden Broadway.”  In May, Lynn Perry Garland has organized a group to go to see “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Santa Rosa Junior College. A number of people have expressed their interest in joining the group by signing up on the clip board at the Small Groups table. If you would like to be on the email list, you can sign up on the clip board or just email me (Maggie Wager).  If you have signed up and haven’t heard from me, please email me because I may not have been able to read your handwriting and have the incorrect email address for you. You can always reach me at either my home email at  maggiew@sonic.net or at my work email at  maggiew@wellsfargocenterarts.org. It is usually best to send me an email to both addresses, that way I am sure to get it.

 

Our Former Associate for Children and Youth, Emily Wilmer, is returning to California in May, to hold a couple of workshops at The Bishop’s Ranch. See details below.

 

Lord, teach us to pray: A four-week course

Wednesday evenings from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. May 4, 11, 18, 25

Prayer is at the heart of the Christian path. Using the four Gospels we will explore Jesus’ life of prayer, including his quiet personal prayer, his prayer at synagogue and temple, his teaching about prayer, his contemplative experiences, and the consequences of his prayer for his personal life and his active engagement with society. There will be a special focus on “The Lord’s Prayer” and opportunities to relate Jesus’ prayer to your own personal prayer, parish spiritual formation, and the relationship between prayer and daily life. Cost: There is no charge, but participants may make a donation to the Ranch.

 

Learning to Listen to the Life Within: An overnight retreat

Sunday May 22 at 4 pm – Monday May 23  at 6 pm

Most people live very busy and responsible lives. Our attention and energy is directed to the ‘outside’ of life. This is necessary, but is only half of our true selves. The ‘inside’ of life is often neglected; this is the life of the heart where our spirits and God’s Spirit dwell together. The inside of life is the source of our desire, words, and actions. This retreat will help participants focus on three disciplines to “listen” to the inside of life. An Experience of Contemplative Prayer: the prayer of stillness and silence. Praying with Scripture: a method for hearing the mystery of God’s voice in scripture. Praying with Body and Soul: several forms of prayer from our Christian tradition including contemplative walking, the Lord’s Prayer and practices form the early Desert Mothers and Fathers. Cost: $130, Double Occ.; $170, Single Occ., including lodging and meals.

Location: The Bishop’s Ranch. 5297 Westside Road. Healdsburg, CA 95448. To Register for these workshops: Call 707-433-2440 or email shannon@bishopsranch.org

Led by David Keller and Emily Wilmer. David and Emily led weekly contemplative prayer at the Ranch from 2003-2006. They now live in Asheville, NC where they are Stewards of Oasis of Wisdom: An Institute for Contemplative Studies, Practice, and Living. (www.oasisofwisdom.net). Emily has over fifteen years of experience providing spiritual direction to individuals seeking spiritual growth and discernment in their lives. David is Adjunct Professor of Ascetical Theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York and Director of the Contemplative Ministry Project.

 

Our Open Table ministry needs more food! Please consider bringing in a contribution. Contact Terri Hobart for more details on what is needed: 707-823-9598.

 

Southwest Deanery “Last gasp of spring” Convocation

Dates:  Saturday, May 7th or June 4th

Places: St. Paul’s, Benicia on the 7th or St. Michael & All Angels, Fort Bragg on the 4th (your choice!)

Times: 10 am till 12 noon

 

You will be fed! You will be watered! You will be filled with valuable information! There’s singing and dancing and all manner of enjoyment (OK, no singing and dancing, but a great, informative meeting!) There is a special option for those folks “in the north of the south west” to attend Convocation in Fort Bragg. Just think of the benefits of not traveling 6 hours for a 2-hour meeting!

 

This meeting is open to all, but of special concern to Clergy, Lay Leaders and Delegates to Convention. Of particular interest are:

 

¨ Discussion around the election of people to Convention, and of a Youth representative

¨ Information session about restructuring proposals for the Diocese

¨ Sharing of best practices in the Deanery

 

All Congregations in Southwest, please respond with regrets/and or numbers, locale.

 

La Velle Seely is retiring as our rides coordinator after well over ten years of faithful service! We are deeply grateful to La Velle for all the souls she has helped bring to church. This means that we are now in need of a new rides coordinator – please call the pastoral care coordinator, whose phone number is listed at the end of the bulletin, if you are interested in helping out. We promise we won’t make you serve for 10 years unless you want to!

 

North Bay Sponsoring Committee: Are you wondering what we’ve been doing since Incarnation joined this group of nine faith communities in Sonoma County? As many as 17 committed members of our church have met five times on Sunday afternoons to faithfully consider how our congregation should proceed. We have been trained to facilitate small group meetings within the congregation, and we are now in the process of forming these small groups by geographical proximity. Judy Velasquez and Jan Slaby represent our congregation on the NBSC Steering Committee. They attend meetings once a month with representatives from the other eight congregations.We share what our faith community is doing and make collective decisions about what we will do together.Many, in what we call the NBSC leadership group, attend cross-congregational meetings. These meetings focus on four areas of concern: education, jobs, mental health, and immigration.  Some of our members sit on committees which work to gather information about these four areas of concern. These committees are called research/action teams. Several of us attended a large gathering this past October in which leaders from Marin, Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties met with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. We have had opportunities to meet with other elected officials. We are learning that this is a slow, careful process. Our relationship to one another within our church and with other congregations is based on respectful listening and heartfelt story telling. That same listening and story telling applies to our connections with our elected officials. Our own congregational small group meetings will begin in early June. We hope that everyone will take part in these meetings. Stay tuned for more information about these June gatherings.

 

What Are Small Groups? A Small Group is simply a group of people who gather on a regular basis for friendship, conversation and support. We have Small Groups covering a variety of different topics and new groups forming all the time, looking for people just like you! Check out the Small Groups table in Farlander Hall and if you would like more information, check out our Website. To sign-up or please call Mitch Garcia at 707-703-4162 or email  smallgroups@incarnation-sr.org. If you are interested in starting a small group, please call or email!

 

Create your own Small Group. On the Small Group in Farlander Hall is a flyer with information for anyone who is interested in creating their own Small Group. In the next few weeks there will be information of new groups starting, maybe one of them will be yours!

 

Animal Ministry Team was recently asked by several parishioners for updated information on disaster preparedness for their animals.  We are happy to provide info sheets and checklists for ensuring that you have a plan and supplies in place to care for your animals in case of an earthquake or other natural disaster. You can download the information from the Incarnation Animal Ministry web page and you will find copies on the Small Groups table.  The Red Cross and Animal Rescue Corps provided us with the checklists. If you want to get more involved in helping your whole community with animal rescue during a natural disaster, United Animal Nations provides training online and in Sacramento. Their website is  www.uan.org. They also provide grants for individuals who care for rescued animals that need emergency care.  There are many resources out there for helping with your furry kids!  Just ask the Animal Ministry team folks and we will provide it.

 

8 am Kitchen (Coffee Hour) Help STILL Needed. We need some volunteers to help pour coffee and bring goodies one Sunday per month – we have four Sundays open and need 6 people. Please contact Marilyn Payne (707-545-2597) if interested.

 

 

Coming Soon:
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Did you know…

…that Dave and Gene have an auto body shop?

And that Heather teaches Italian cooking?

And that Rich and Judy have a tuxedo shop?

And that Tony and Javier own a bilingual tax preparation service?

And that Nick and Donna hold health fairs?


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The parishioners of Incarnation want you to succeed, and we’d love to patronize your business!

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Listing in The Incarnation Yellow Page is FREE.

No charge.  Nada.  Zip.      No strings attached*

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Please join us for a numinous year!

April 22

Good Friday Concert ~ Haydn’s Stabat Mater

Carol Menke & Friends ~ Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa

May 14

All Parish Art Show

Church of the Incarnation, Farlander Hall, Santa Rosa

& the Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus

June 12, July 10 & August 14

Summer Chamber Concerts

Carol Menke & Friends ~ Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Monday Nights

Through the Ear to the Heart

Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen ~ Church of the Incarnation

3rd Fridays (Beginning In March)

Taize ~ Contemplative Worship Service

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Sebastopol

Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts

www.numinacenter.org ~ 707.324.6021

 

 

Words to Ponder:

 

Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it’s what they bring to the world that really counts.

 

-Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

 


 

February 20, 2010

Incarnation Notes Feb – April 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 4:37 pm

Volume 137, Issue 2 – February – April 2010