|A Welcoming Congregation
“A faith-centered community, where pastoral leadership is warm and caring, where worship life offers quality extra-dependence, and people genuinely support and care for each other, offers something unavailable anywhere else. These churches have the gift of life, and they need to be taught to share this gift more freely with the seeking, hurting people who wander in their front door.”
(Roy Oswald, “Incorporating New Members into Parish Life,” Ministry Development Journal, Spring 1984)
What gifts of life does Incarnation give to you? What other gifts of life does this Church offer? How can the Church successfully share these gifts? How can you?
The Men’s Group will meet this Wednesday March 14th, 7-8:30 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 call Mitch at 707-703-4162 or email email@example.com.
The Lenten Series and Supper continues this Thursday, March 15th. The Supper starts at 6 pm and the Lenten Series begins at 6:45 in the church. The theme for this year is Tell Out My Soul: Exploring our Baptismal Covenant in Story. You don’t want to miss this exciting and community-building series led by Julia McCray-Goldsmith, our wonderful Seminary Intern.
During the five Lenten Thursdays we’re gathering for prayer and song, and a conversational exploration of what it means to say “I will with God’s help.” We recommit to these practices at every baptism (check your BCP pp. 304-305), but what do they mean in contemporary language and life? Come hear your fellow Incarnation parishioners talk about how they understand and live out these commitments, and practice telling your own story of baptismal identity, faith and ministry using the tools of “Public Narrative.” Visit http://bit.ly/lentenseries for more information about the Series.
There are sign-up sheets for this Thursday’s Potluck near the small groups table in Farlander Hall, please take a moment and signup to bring something for this week. Thank you!
A Welcome Party: For All!
The Welcome Committee at Incarnation invites everyone, new or not-so-new, to our St. Patrick’s Day Newcomer Party!! Please join us next Sunday, March 18th at 2 p.m. in Farlander Hall and wear something green!
The party is an opportunity for newcomers to get to know us, and for us to get to know them! Good fun, good food and camaraderie are certain to occur; singing of “Danny Boy” may or may not.
If you are new, please feel free to bring your family or a friend. If you are not-so-new, please bring an appetizer to share. RSVP to Barbara Avery at 707-577-8718.
A message regarding former parishioner Gail Tucker: Many of you may remember Gail Tucker, who was a member of our congregation and volunteered for The Living Room. We are sad to say she has passed away. A current parishioner received this note from her daughter:
“Thank you for your Christmas card to Mother. She passed away on December 21st from Parkinson’s Disease and pneumonia. I will always be grateful to her for moving to Seattle and giving my family a chance to spend time with her at the end.”
Have a smartphone? Then scan this QR code for more information on Small Groups – go ahead give it a try! (To get a QR Code Reader, download it from the App Store for your phone.)
Needed: some artificial flowers to decorate lamp shades that were donated by The Lamp and Shade Shop. We will be wearing them in the HUMAN RACE MAY 5th. (You may have to read that twice.) There will be a container in Farlander Hall. Join us by Walking/Running/Pledging for THE LIVING ROOM. We will be carrying the inflated sofa again and will have ‘moving lamps’ to accompany it, our logo. At our booth we will be giving one ice cream party pack from Cold Stone Creamery. Come and join the fun and raise much needed funds for THE LIVING ROOM. In any case, Diane Cox would welcome your pledge, 707-545-0783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever wanted to ask Fr. Matt a question about theology, or have him expand more fully on some point in his sermon? Did you know we have an Ask the Rector webpage? Go to our website and look for Fr. Matt’s picture. Follow the “Ask the Rector” link to see the questions that other people have submitted and Fr. Matt’s answers. Click on the letter icon to submit your own question to Fr. Matt.
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 (www.incarnation-sr.org) and explore the possibilities! Stop by the Small Group in Farlander Hall after the service. 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 email@example.com.
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 (Mitch Garcia), call me at (707) 703-4162, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.