Incarnation Newsletter & Announcements

March 23, 2012

Sunday Announcements Mar. 25, 2012

Filed under: Announcements — Mitch Garcia @ 7:43 am
A Death in the Parish: We have some very sad news, again – Peggy Day died last week at her nursing home in Sebastopol.  She was 91.  Fr. Matt was able to bring her last rites, at the request of her daughter, Linda.  Her burial and memorial service will be held by family in Marysville, California. Peggy was one of the founders of The Living Room and believed passionately in that ministry. She also served two terms on Diocesan Council and was very active with ECW. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to The Living Room at 636 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa, CA.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Peggy.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Jose Ramirez’s Memorial Service will be held this coming Thursday, March 29th, at 11 AM, followed by a reception.

As a part of their ministry to the church, the Guild of the Incarnation provides the receptions for most memorial services here. However, this one promises to be very large (several hundred people), and thus they would appreciate it if attendees would bring salads, pre-cooked hot dishes, and/or cookies. They can be dropped off in Farlader Hall before you go in to the service. Please contact Lynn Cassil with questions about the reception (528-9255).

The final Lenten Series and Supper will be this Thursday, March 29. 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 for more information about the Series.

There are sign-up sheets for this Thursday’s Potluck near the small groups table in Farlander, please take a moment and sign-up to bring something for this week. Thank you.

A Welcoming Congregation: Last Sunday the Welcome Committee threw a St. Patrick’s Day Newcomer Party, which was open to the entire parish.  There was plenty (actually, too much!) good food, and everyone was engaged in wonderful conversations.  It was a really fun party, and if you didn’t make it out this time, we hope you can make it to the next church event.

Hanging out in Farlander Hall after your regular Sunday service, you don’t get to meet everyone who attends the other two services.  Also, you might feel rushed to get on with your day.  Attending the church’s social events are a wonderful way to hang out with your fellow parishioners, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

The church’s newly-formed Party Committee (which is still recruiting party planners) has taken on the goal of making sure the church offers one social event per month.  The Party Committee hopes to provide the parish opportunities to socialize with one another, in order to foster community, and to allow friendships to grow.

The Welcome Committee encourages all to partake in these soon-to-come fun events!  In the meantime, we have noticed the efforts being made by you to connect with newcomers in Farlander Hall after Sunday services, and we want to say thank you, and keep it up!

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.

Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts presents:

A Good Friday Concert

This year we will feature soloists Carol Menke, Chris Fritzsche, Kevin Baum, and Tom Hart in excerpts from the well known Stabat Mater and Requiem literature.  Cantiamo Sonoma will also be joining forces with the St. Cecilia Choir and the Incarnation Chamber Orchestra to perform a concert on Good Friday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m.  From duets to larger choral works, all musical selections promise to be contemplative and appropriate to the theme of the evening.

Please join us for this annual concert!  This one traditionally sells out – so be sure to get your tickets beforehand, as opposed to getting them at the door. Tickets will be available soon on the Numina website and from Carol Menke or any St. Cecilia Choir member.

The Incarnation Bookstore will have new hours beginning April 1. The hours will be 9 AM to 11:30 AM with selected Sundays open until 12:45. To those of you who attend the 11:15 service, please stop in early to see our selection of books, cards and gifts. Rebecca Gbasha and Judy Velasquez will be the new managers of the bookstore. Both Rebecca and Judy have an extensive knowledge and love of books. In the coming months, the bookstore will stock more religious objects and gifts than in the past. We will also be donating some of our profits to Incarnation’s outreach programs: Open Table, Burbank School, The Living Room, and St. Andrews Mission. The Vestry has established an oversight committee to set direction and provide the financial framework for the bookstore. Any suggestions should be given to Rebecca or Judy. The Vestry members are David Jasper, Bob Matteucci and Ellen Murphy. Father Matt also serves on the committee. Come on in and enjoy our unique shop!


Dear Church of the Incarnation: We are ever so grateful for the school supplies. The copy paper has become as precious as gold.  The pencils, pens, erasers, and writing tablets make it possible for us to support our learning. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated.

-Rose Morgan

One of the teachers at Burbank School

Just a reminder: As you see from the letter, school supplies (pens, pencils, paper, erasers, etc) are continuously needed and appreciated at Burbank School. You can place your donations in the bag marked “Burbank School” in Farlander Hall. Thank you!

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! 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


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


I hear wedding bells! We now have a page dedicated to weddings at the church, so check it out –


Just a reminder: it’s never too late to turn in your pledge card!




Friday, Apirl 6th, 8 pm:

Musical selections appropriate for the evening of Good Friday(Church of the Incarnation)

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

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 · 707-324-6021

A Good Friday Concert


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