News & Notes - February 7, 2021
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
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 and Ash Wednesday 7:00 pm service :

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.
Feed our Neighbors - Souper Bowl of Caring
In years past some of you may remember our Souper Bowl for Caring food drive on Super Bowl Sunday, where the youth would greet you with an empty soup pot and a request for a donation.

Even though during Covid times, we can't ask in person, we would still like to offer you the chance to support this fundraiser for food. Over this week and the next, make a donation, and it will go towards our local hot meal program at St. Andrews.

Souper Bowl for Caring is a national food drive that supports groups to raise funds for their local food programs. Thank you for your continued support, helping to feed our Monte Rio neighbors.
Coming Right Up...
Saturday, February 6, Daughters of the King
The Order of the Daughters of the King's Chapter "Women of the Table" meet by Zoom on the first and third Saturday of the month from 3:00-4:30 pm. If you are an Episcopal woman who would like to attend please contact Joan Hans-Stafford at and she will send you the link to the meeting. The Order of the Daughters of the King, take vows to uphold a rule of prayer, evangelism and service. They can be identified by the little silver cross that they wear daily habitually.
Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. The Incarnation Book Group 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 Courage in the Face of Cruelty, by James Alexander.
“James Alexander was born and raised in Chicago, served as a United States Marine, and was sentenced to prison after committing an accidental murder. He achieved certifications as an Electronic Technician, X-ray Technician, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor while in prison. James has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and was honored as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama for helping to develop self-help programs for other inmates. With Courage in the Face of Cruelty, he takes the reader on a remarkable journey through his 28 years in the California prison system, removing the veil of secrecy and opening the gates widely for all to see. Alexander describes the inhumanity in simple terms and shows how inmates treat each other and how correctional officers treat inmates. He also uncovers the corrupt nature of unfair politicians who exploit human beings as fodder for their “tough on crime”
See you Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.!
Contact Linda Sevier to order your copy through Incarnation’s Bookstore
For more information please contact Paul Mallatt at 707-312-3870 /
Courage in the Face of Cruelty, is available on kindle and unfortunately NOT available on Audible.
Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday Services

12:00 p.m.: Simple Outdoor Ash Wednesday Service in the
Quadrangle Courtyard
This simple spoken service will include the imposition of ashes (by sprinkling, without contact) and will last about 40 minutes, with no Communion being celebrated. Attendance is limited to 40 people. Please dress for weather, rain or shine. Please register in advance at this link: Register for 12:00 Ash Wednesday Service.

7:00 p.m.: Online Ash Wednesday Service
Our principal service of the day will be held on Zoom and streamed to Facebook. We’ll impose ashes on ourselves, or on one another in our households. To participate, plan to have a small portion of ashes with you (see below for ideas). For our usual Zoom and Facebook links, see “Online Services” at the top of the newsletter.
Ashes at Home
Planning to participate in the 7:00 p.m. online Ash Wednesday service? Here are some ideas for making or finding ashes.

  • Traditionally, the ashes used in church are made by burning the dried palms from last year’s Palm Sunday. Some people save palms from year to year; if you happen to have a palm at home, you can burn it (please be careful and use a fireproof vessel).
  • You might take a piece of paper and write or draw some things you are praying for, or things you want to let go of, this Lent. You can do this individually or as a household. Then carefully burn your paper into ash.
  • You can use a bit of crushed-up charcoal, if you have charcoal available. Or, if you don’t have access to any ashes or charcoal, you may substitute a handful of earth.

Worshiping at home is different from worshiping together at church—but God is no less present. Using our creativity to adapt our practices for at-home use is one way we can invite God’s presence more deeply into the everyday circumstances of our lives.
Please take note...
Stephen on vacation next week.
Pastor Stephen will be on vacation next week, beginning on Monday, February 8. He’ll be back on Tuesday, February 16. As always, for pastoral emergencies, the priest-on-call line is available by calling the church office at (707) 579-2604.
President's Day: Office closed on Monday, February 15
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...
...Amy, Mary K., Ellen, Jennifer & Richard, Cathy & David, Marsha, Phil B., Richard M., Tosh, Lorin, Betty, Dawn, Alice D., Cammie, Cory, Dicksie, Matt C., Don B., Amy C., Francoise, Gene & Elizabeth, Rob M., Hugh & Angela, Robyn, Monique & Kirk, Amanda, and Nancy H.

...for those who have died: Bruce Cronan, Marlene Broce, Kay Conner, Mario & Henni P., Harry Dingwall, Athy, Bill Whidden, Marjorie Thoreson, Maureen Green, Alberta Jacobson, Ellen Meuse, Geoff Wright, Carole Jean Martino, Susan Hedges, Jerry Angel, 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 7

Monday, February 8

Tuesday, February 9
  • 7:00 pm - Through the Ear to the Heart: contemplative singing. Contact Devi Mathieu to request the Zoom invitation:, 707-829-0815.

Wednesday, February 10
  • 6:00 pm - Alleluia Choir: Zoom
  • 7:30 pm - Anam Cara: Psalms and Silence, Zoom

Thursday, February 11
  • 6:00 pm - St. Cecilia Choir

Friday, February 12
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Open Table prep

Saturday, February 13
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Open Table Prep
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Daughters of the King

Sunday, February 14

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
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
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.