News & Notes - February 28, 2021
The Second Sunday in Lent
Online Service: 9:30 a.m.
Online Services
During this time of pandemic, our worship continues. Using technology, we can gather from wherever we may be and join together in the Word and in prayer.

Here's more on how to use Zoom.

Sunday Services, Evening Prayer, and Stations of the Cross :


We are also live streaming each Zoom service on our Facebook page, so you can also watch the service on Facebook, and it will be archived there for viewing later in case you're not able to join in live. You don't need to be a Facebook member to see the live stream on the Facebook page by clicking the link above.
Ideas for Lenten Practices
Would you like some ideas for how to deepen your experience of Lent? Please see any of the following ones that would be wonderful additions to your Lenten practice.

Daphne Vernon - Director of Spiritual Formation
Wednesdays in Lent: Incarnation Online Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.
On the Wednesdays of Lent, from February 24 through March 24, we will be celebrating Evening Prayer on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome; use the regular Zoom or Facebook links for services (see “Online Services” above).
Fridays in Lent: Incarnation Online Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
On the Fridays in Lent, from February 19 through March 19, we will be celebrating the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Please note that this is a change from the earlier announced time of 5:00 p.m. This traditional devotion traces the journey of Jesus through Jerusalem to the place of the crucifixion. The services will be bilingual, with portions in English and portions in Spanish. All are welcome; use the regular Zoom or Facebook links for services (see “Online Services” above).
Growing Back Better - Lent Retreat
Pray As You Go is a website that provides a daily prayer resource that is based on Ignatian Spirituality. They are currently offering an online Lent Retreat.

We have all come through a year like no other in living memory, and now we have arrived in a new year, carrying all the hopes and dreams of a new beginning, but also the many fears and troubles of the year just passed. The season of Lent gives us a heaven-sent opportunity to reflect prayerfully on our recent experience and the difficulties and the possibilities it has set before us.

2020 challenged us, individually and collectively, in ways no-one could have imagined. It has confronted us with the question of whether we want to go back to how things were, or to ‘grow back better’. It has challenged us to reflect on what kind of people we truly desire to become and what kind of world we hope to pass on to future generations.

Join us for a Lent retreat over seven sessions in collaboration with Sacred Space, written by Margaret Silf. Please click HERE for more information.
Godly Play Foundation: the Mystery of Easter II

Greetings, friends!
We continue our journey to get ready to enter the Mystery of Easter. Through the Faces of Easter stories we prepare for the king who is coming, going, and coming again. We remember this king who grew to become a boy. This boy entered a Temple where he "listened" and was "listened to". You can find this story in The Complete Guide to Godly Play Volume 4
This is a serious time. It takes many weeks to get ready to enter the Mystery of Easter. Join us each week for a time of wonder.
If members of your community have access to a Lent in a Bag, this is a great supplement to those materials.
We also have a free Lent at Home guide for to help families get ready.
We invite you to share this video to encourage the families in your community to wonder during this time. 
  • I wonder if you have ever been lost? 
  • I wonder if you have ever been found? 
  • I wonder if there is anything in your house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better?

With gratitude and grace,
Heather Ingersoll
Executive Director, Godly Play Foundation
Please take note...
The Incarnation Book Group...
...continues to meet on the Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please join us in reading The Transposed Heads: A Legend of India, by Thomas Mann.
 
The novella, 'The Transposed Heads' is Thomas Mann's philosophical version of an Indian legend about the conflict between mind and body. In a twinned paroxysm, two friends, the intellectual Shridaman and the earthy Nanda, behead themselves. Magically, their severed heads are restored - but to the wrong body, and Shridaman's wife, Sita, is unable to decide which combination represents her real husband. The story is further complicated by the fact that Sita happens to be in love with both men. 

Mann retells the tale from a metaphysical, yet ironic viewpoint. He strongly reacts to the axiomatic assumption that there is a dichotomy between spirit and life, mind and body. He, like many 20th century writers felt the necessity of reshuffling the present scale of values and meanings by constantly juxtaposing them with older ones.
 
See you Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 pm PST
 
Contact Linda Sevier to order your copy through Incarnation’s Bookstore sevierlinda@gmail.com
For more information please contact Paul Mallatt at 707-312-3870 / paulyfa@me.com
Unfortunately The Transposed Heads is NOT available on Kindle OR Audible. However it is a very short read, only 128 pages.
Notes from the Organ...
We have a very special and delicate stop on our organ which you may have never heard. I haven’t used it in the time that I’ve been your organist because it was installed in the organ chamber in a place where it was virtually inaudible. It’s one of my favorite stops and in fact I like it so much that I had one installed on the organ at St. Patrick’s church when I was there.

During the recent work done on our instrument, I had the technicians move it to the front of the chamber where it is now able to be heard. It’s usually referred to by its German name “cymbalstern” which simply means “bell star”. It is made up of 5 little strikers which, as they rotate, strike five little bells. Since our instrument is mainly French in design, our bell star is called “clochettes”. If you listen closely, you’ll hear this charming sound in the middle of the prelude (Service Sonata I) on February 28.

- Robert Young, Incarnation Organist

P.S. If you would like to listen to an examples of the cymbalstern, or zimbelstern, click HERE.
Open Table Update
Sunday Open Table continues to serve 80-100 hungry neighbors each Sunday. We also have a monthly program to provide some toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo as well as some winter warmth in the form of scarves, socks and gloves.

If you are looking for a Lenten volunteer project, it might be a good time to check out our needs at incarnation.ivolunteer.com. You could also contact Mark Neumann at 707-292-6710 if you want to get a better idea of what the job entails. It’s a good time to try it out, even once, to get a better feel for the program and the people we serve.

Another possibility is to provide some more socks or new toiletries to our collection. Jackets and coats in good condition are always appreciated. We don’t have the capacity right now to handle more clothing. Open Table is looking to returning to warm meals once the Covid 19 situation seems more stable.

The Steering Committee will be sending out surveys to former volunteers to get some feedback on their needs and ideas. (You can add your name to this list by e-mailing markscomputer@gmail.com.) We will also survey our guests to better understand their wants and needs. We are very thankful for the parish’s continued support.
Prayers
Prayer requests will stay on our list for 3 weeks. After that, if you would like long-term which is for 3 months, please notify the office. Prayers for those who have died will remain on for 6 months.

Your prayers are requested...
...Janet, Sharon, Fran, Lila, Olivia, Amy, Mary K., Marsha, Richard M., Betty, Alice D., Cory, Matt C., Don B., Amy C., Gene & Elizabeth, Rob M., Hugh & Angela, Robyn, Monique & Kirk, Amanda, and Nancy H.

...for those who have died: Lorin Leitner, Bruce Cronan, Marlene Broce, Kay Conner, Mario & Henni P., Harry Dingwall, Athy, Bill Whidden, Marjorie Thoreson, Maureen Green, Alberta Jacobson, Ellen Meuse, Geoff Wright, Marilyn Payne.
 
...for the victims of COVID-19:  especially we pray for those affected by the COVID-19 virus, and for all who are in danger.
 
...for our city, county, and community; the city council, the board of supervisors, for those who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
 
click here for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
click here for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.
This Coming Week...
Sunday, February 28

Monday, March 1

Tuesday, March 2
  • 2:00 pm: Living Compass Lent
  • 7:00 pm - Through the Ear to the Heart: contemplative singing. Contact Devi Mathieu to request the Zoom invitation: info@singhildegard.com, 707-829-0815.

Wednesday, March 3
  • 7:00 pm: Online Evening Prayer (see Online Services above for link)
  • 7:30 pm: Anam Cara - Psalm's and Silence

Thursday, March 4
  • 5:00 pm: Rainbow Group
  • 6:00 pm: St. Cecilia Choir

Friday, March 5
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Open Table prep
  • 7:00 pm: Online Stations of the Cross (see Online Services above for link)

Saturday, March 6
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Open Table Prep
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Daughters of the King

Sunday, March 7,

Pastoral Care
Talk with Stephen
Could you use a prayer or a listening ear? Do you have ideas you'd like to share? Although our offices are closed, Pastor Stephen is available to talk by phone or via Zoom. If you'd like to find a time to talk with Stephen, you can call Alison at 707-579-2604 or email Stephen directly at sshaver@incarnationsantarosa.org.
Need Support?
If you know of anyone, including yourself, who could use a communion visit or a prayer, please call the church office (707-579-2604) or email alison@incarnationsantarosa.org
 
If you have a pastoral emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the church office (number above) and follow the prompts for the Priest-on-Call.