News & Notes - January 3, 2021
The Second Sunday After Christmas
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:

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.
Coming Right Up...
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 p.m.: Epiphany Evensong
Have you ever had an epiphany—a moment when something was suddenly revealed to you? The Feast of the Epiphany, one of the principal feast days of the church year, commemorates the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world, starting with the arrival of sages from the east to greet the newborn Christ Child. We’ll celebrate the Epiphany with a service of Evensong on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6 (use the regular Zoom link for online services). The service will also be livestreamed on Facebook. Please join us online.
Friday, January 8, 10:00 a.m.: Daughters of the King
Beginning Friday January 8, the Order of the Daughters of the King will be meeting for on Zoom at 10 - 11:30 AM. The meetings will be every other week from this date forward. If you are an Episcopal woman who would like to join us please let Joan Hans-Stafford know at and she will forward the information to you for the meeting.

The Order of the Daughters of the King is devoted to a daily routine of prayer, service and evangelism. Prior to becoming a daughter a three month study to taking one's lifetime vows is provided via a DOK coach. The Order of the Daughters of the King members can be identified by the little silver cross we wear daily, habitually.
Monday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.
Becoming Beloved Community Deanery Book Group

This has been a year of tumult and trouble. As we move into 2021, many are likely yearning for a new beginning. Rather than just leave 2020 in the rearview, we invite you to join us in discussion to turn this year's challenges and discomfort into transformation.

In January, many from our community will be participating in a book study of How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. This is an opportunity for those of us at Incarnation and other faith communities in Sonoma County to maintain a heightened awareness of racial injustice and white supremacy in our communities and to develop actions we can take to repair the breach.

Please join us in 2021 every other Monday from 6:30-8 PM PST, January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22. Meetings will include an in-depth discussion of the text as well as conversations on race, social justice, white supremacy in our own faith communities and places we live. No prior knowledge or experience is required for participation. All discussions will be confidential and all are welcome.

If you are interested in joining (no commitment required at this time) please fill out the following form by Friday January 1, 2021 : Form Here. Please fill out the form even if you already filled out a similar form for the canceled session last October.

Contact Linda Sevier to order your copy through Incarnation’s Bookstore
For more information please contact Paul Mallatt at 707-312-3870 /
How to Be an Antiracist is available on kindle and available Audible.

Once you have registered for the group, you will receive a Zoom link and login information.
Please Take Note...
No Outdoor Services in January
We will take a break from outdoor services for January and perhaps February. With the colder, wetter weather and the likely post-Christmas increase in COVID-19 cases, this will give us a chance to take a break, re-evaluate our plans for in-person worship as we get deeper into 2021, and to plan for what an eventual return to indoor worship will look like. Thanks to all who have participated in outdoor services during the fall; please watch for more updates in the new year.
Support our Organ!
Our beloved Casavant organ is in need of some restoration work on its pedalboard, one of its pipes, and the Cymbelstern (the device that makes the “celestial tinkly-bell” effect used on some hymns). Even now, while we’re not able to meet in the church, our organ continues to sustain our online worship thanks to recordings by Robert each week. But in order to have it in top shape by the time we’re able to resume indoor worship services, we plan to have the repair work done early in 2021. The total cost for the repairs is estimated at about $4000. Donations to support these repairs and other ongoing maintenance are warmly welcomed. Donations can be made by indicating “Organ” in the memo line of a check or by visiting, clicking “Give Now,” and selecting “Organ Fund.”
Incarnation Book Group - Living Buddha, Living Christ
The Incarnation Book Group continues to meet on the Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please join us on Zoom in reading Living Buddha, Living Christ, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Here's what the publisher has to say.

"World-renowned thinker and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh, considered by many to be a 'Living Buddah', explores the spiritual crossroads where the traditions of Christianity and Buddhism meet. Living Buddha, Living Christ reawakens our understanding of both religions and the connections between them.

The best-selling author of Creating True Peace, and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between the two greatest living contemplative traditions. In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and reawakens our understanding of both. 'On the altar in my hermitage,' he says, 'are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors.' "

See you Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm PST.

Contact Linda Sevier to order your copy through Incarnation’s Bookstore
For more information and Zoom link, please contact Paul Mallatt at 707-312-3870,
Living Buddha, Living Christ is available on kindle and available audible.
Update: Sung Prayer, led by Robin O’Brien
Greetings, Incarnationians,

We ceased our Fourth Friday Sung Prayer gatherings in March, 2020. I hosted them from my home on Facebook Live through August. At this time I am not anticipating that we will meet again. Any person considering starting a Sung Prayer group at Incarnation is welcome to contact me for advice and support.

Robin O’Brien
An opportunity to serve our church –
Vestry candidates needed!

You may ask what is a vestry and what do you do?

During the 3 year term, you attend a monthly meeting and a couple of retreats where you bring your ideas and vision to help support the ministries of our congregation. Learn more about how things work here at Incarnation. Pray regularly for all of us. Live out your faith both at home and at work. Pledge your financial support. Be both a servant and a leader.

Please prayerfully consider serving Incarnation in this role or encourage a friend you think would be a good fit. For a fuller description of Vestry roles and responsibilities read here.

If you are interested in serving on the Vestry, please contact Vestry members, Nancy Wegge, 916-600-5458,, or Connie Sinclair, 707-849-4240,

Eligible Vestry candidates must be enrolled in the Register of the Parish, be at least 16 years old, be regular in attendance at services, and be a steward of their time, talent and treasure for the support of the church.
Prayer for America
Every Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Do you feel helpless to effect change in our pandemic hobbled world? Add your voice to assist in the healing of a divided nation. A group of Incarnation parishioners is praying together every Monday at 3:00 pm on Zoom. The meeting is short (about 15 minutes) and centers on prayers from the Book of Common Prayer. Our nation needs your help. Please join us!

For Zoom link, please email Brad,
Virtual Celebration for the life of Geoffrey Wright
Geoff, son of Elizabeth and Gene Wright, died on Saturday, October 24. You are invited to join his family and friends for a virtual Celebration of Geoff “Jefe’s” Life at 2 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, January 9, 2021 on this site, Even if you can't attend the celebration, do visit this website were you can read an obituary about his remarkable and singular life, a tribute to him by his former law professor at George Washington University, and view a collection of photos.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to NOLS, a non-profit global wilderness school that Geoff attended. You may send a check to 284 Lincoln Street, Lander, Wyoming 82520 (please reference “Geoff Wright” with your donation) or online at, (and note that the donation is in honor/memory of Geoff in the appropriate text box). Elizabeth and Gene Wright receive email communication at

Log-in information for the Geoff’s Virtual Celebration of Life can be found under the “Celebration” tab on this site,

Save the date! Annual Meeting, Sunday January 24, 10:45 a.m.
A Zoom meeting will be held after the 9:30 a.m. worship service with the same link. There will be a 15 min. break after the service.
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...
..Dicksie, Matt C., Jeremy R., Virginia, Bruce, Cindy P., Mary, Early, Don B., Harry A., Jim R., Pam, Dan, Mai-Wah, Amy C., Alyce, Leslie, Chris S., Don G., Francoise, Gene & Elizabeth, Rob M., Hugh & Angela, Mary, Robyn, Monique & Kirk, Amanda, and Nancy H.

...for those who have died: 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, Alphonsine Lhermitte, Raimundo Castro, Wallace Look, Marilyn Payne, Gary Lindsey, David Ratner, Frank Gavaller.
...for the victims of the fires: specials prayers for the first responders, and all those who have suffered injury or loss.
...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, January 3 - Second Sunday After Christmas

Monday, January 4

Tuesday, January 5
  • 6:30 pm - Incarnation's Book Group
  • 7:00 pm - Through the Ear to the Heart: contemplative singing. Contact Devi Mathieu to request the Zoom invitation:, 707-829-0815.

Wednesday, January 6 - Epiphany
  • 6:00 pm - Alleluia Choir: Zoom
  • 7:00 pm - Epiphany Evensong

Thursday, January 7
  • 5:00 pm - Rainbow Group
  • 6:00 pm - St. Cecilia Choir
Friday, January 8
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Open Table prep
  • 10:00 am - Daughters of the King

Saturday, January 9
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Open Table Prep

Sunday, January 10 - The First Sunday After Epiphany

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.