Weekly News & Notes from Incarnation

News & Notes - July 26, 2020
The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Services Online at  10:00 a.m.  (see below for details)
From the Director of Spiritual Formation:
A Reflection by Henri Nouwen

Returning from vacation where I had some open to reflect on life, the current events and where is God in all this I came across this reflection from Henri Nouwen that expressed my sentiments better than I could. I thought it best to share in its entirety rather than try to and express it myself. I'm thankful to be back and excited to create and serve with you.

Peace be with you
- Daphne Vernon
We Are a People of Hope
The state of the world suggests to me the urgent need for a spirituality that takes the end things very seriously, not a spirituality of withdrawal, nor of blindness to the powers of the world, but a spirituality that allows us to live in this world without belonging to it, a spirituality that allows us to take the joy and peace of the divine life even when we are surrounded by the powers and principalities of evil, death, and destruction. I wonder if a spirituality of liberation does not need to be deepened by a spirituality of exile or captivity. I wonder if a spirituality that focuses on the alleviation of poverty should not be deepened by a spirituality that allows people to continue their lives when their poverty only increases. I wonder if a spirituality that encourages peacemaking should not be deepened by a spirituality that allows us to remain faithful when the only things we see are dying children, burning houses, and the total destruction of our civilization. May God prevent any of these horrors from taking place, may we do all that is possible to prevent them, but may we never lose our faith when "great misery [descends] on the land and wrath on this people . . . [when there are] signs in the sun and moon and stars . . . [when] nations [are] in agony, bewildered by the clamor of the ocean and its waves" (Luke 21:24-26). I pray that we will not be swept away by our own curiosity, sensationalism, and panic, but remain attentive to him who comes and will say: "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34-35).

This Coming Week... 
Sunday, July 26
7 am - 8:30 am - Open Table's Breakfast
10:00 am - Sunday Service:  Zoom or  Facebook

Monday, July 27

Tuesday, July 28
8:00 - 9:00 am: We meet in the courtyard, socially distanced. Prayer Books will be provided or you may bring your own. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Wednesday, July 29
6:00 pm - Alleluia Choir: Zoom 
7:00 pm to 8 pm - Anam Cara: Psalm & Silence. For Zoom details, email  anamcara@incarnationsantarosa.org

Thursday, July 30
6:00 pm - St. Cecilia Choir:  Zoom 

Friday, July 31

Saturday, August 1
9 am to 11:00 am - Open Table Prep

Sunday, August 2
7 am - 8:30 am - Open Table's Breakfast
9:30 am -  Outdoor Service (see information below)
9:30 am - Sunday Service: Zoom   or Facebook
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  (except the first Sunday of the month): 10:00 a.m.
For first Sundays, see below.
  • To dial in: Call (669) 900-9128. Enter meeting ID code: 997 787 434 #.
We are also livestreaming each Zoom service on our  Facebook page, so as long as the technology cooperates, 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 livestream on the Facebook page by clicking the link above.
Outdoor Services
Please join us for outdoor worship services (advance registration required):

(1) Outdoor Morning Prayer, Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m., in the central courtyard (enter via the parking lot at 636 Cherry Street). Limited to 12 people, with advance registration; face coverings required.

(2) Outdoor Sunday Services, first Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m., limited to 50 people, with additional services to be held if more than 50 people register. Face coverings required. The service will also be available via Zoom and Facebook (use the directions for online services above).
Please take note...
Daughters of the King
The Women of the Table Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King will meet for a ZOOM meeting on Friday July 24, from 10 AM-11:30 AM. If you are interested in attending please contact Joan Stafford, jesstafford60@gmail.com, or 530-906-7347. Our focus study question will be: Who/what has recently renewed or enlightened your journey [as a Christian?]. We will also discuss our findings about the Haitian people for a future project.
Thank you,
Joan Stafford, President
Church Campus Update
In accordance with both state and county orders, our campus remains closed for most activities. At present the only in-person gatherings permitted are the following:
  • Minimum church business needed to maintain our basic operations (this includes staff, vestry, and approved office volunteers doing tasks that can't be done from home)
  • Sunday Open Table programs and preparation (permitted under the provision for charitable feeding programs)
  • Limited in-person worship gatherings (permitted under a special provision for worship services; see "Outdoor Worship" above)

We do not currently have permission for any other groups to meet. Please contact Alison Cole or Stephen Shaver with questions about activities on the church campus.

News from Jim Richardson
Our former priest-in-charge, Jim Richardson will be retiring as the Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral as of Aug. 31. His last day leading worship will be Sunday Aug. 2 at 9:00 am on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity.Cathedral.Sacramento/
Lori and Jim plan to stay in Sacramento, where he will be pursuing writing projects and hanging out at a social distance with friends.
Sunday Open Table Update July 2020
  Sunday Open Table celebrated its 10th year of service to our community this year. Since early in 2010 we have served over 100 people each Sunday with a meal and a smile. This mission has been possible due to continuing support from this congregation in terms of cash donations, in-kind donations and so very many volunteer hours. 

We have adjusted our service in the times of Covid to include a bag lunch with two sandwiches and hard boiled eggs and snack bar along with a hot  cup of coffee. We have strict safety protocols in place during the time we hand out these bags on Sundays between 7:00-8:30 am. It takes a lot of people to make this program work. During the week our shoppers pick up the needed supplies of food and accessories. 

On Saturday our prep crew of 4-6 people makes over 100 sandwiches and boils a lot of eggs. On Sunday a crew of 8 puts on the finishing touches and then serves with a smile (hidden behind masks, of course.) We are always looking for a few extra volunteers on Sunday. It is a rewarding task and you will know how appreciated this program is for the unsheltered and needy in our community. If you would like to volunteer for one Sunday or more (right now looking for people under age 65), please go to incarnation.ivolunteer.com. In addition to serving food, we could really use someone(s) to help distribute clothing during the same time a few Sundays per month.
Your help needed!
We are searching for a dependable car under $5,000, as well as a separate room/cottage for rent.  A parishioner is in need of both. Please contact with possibilities or referrals, Stacy Duvall, wp@stacyduval.com,  849-2702, David Jasper, dajasper@sonic.net, 538-7220, or Alison Cole, alison@incarnationsantarosa.org,  579-2604 .
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.
From the Bookstore...
The Last Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Gail Cafferata , that's  Church of Incarnation's Gail Cafferata, has written The Last Pastor. And she was.  As such, her disagreeable task involved disbanding her worshiping congregation. She writes frankly about this and the experiences of many other clergy who have done the same and shared with her their challenges and anguish. The author uses the  analogy of small sailboat sailing, the pastor at the tiller, thereby skillfully carrying us as readers into the minds and hearts of almost all those who might be on similar difficult courses.  No dull sailing this. 
California Gold Rush
Frank Baumgardner has been fascinated with the California Gold Rush and the expansion West ever since learning about it in the fourth grade.  He explores why people moved thousands of miles to an unknown place in 
Golden Dreams.  Amazon prices plus $3 for Church of the Incarnation. Support our church and please order from our bookstore!  Free Front Porch Delivery  too!!  Contact Linda at,  sevierlinda@gmail.com
New Group at Incarnation
(Watch this space for additional groups forming later this summer.)
LGBTQ+ Group Forming at Incarnation

A safe and inclusive LGBTQ+ group is forming for Incarnation members. This group is open to LGBTQ+ people and allies and will include email communication and Zoom gatherings.

The focus of the group is:
*           Social
*           LGBTQ+ issues in the Episcopal Church
*           LGBTQ+ worship at Incarnation
*           Visibility within the Church and Santa Rosa
*           Peer support
If you are interested in the group, please email or call Allan Bolchazy at allanbengr@gmail.com or 707-312-3778.
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...
...for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble,  including  Monique & Kirk, Dicksie, Alice Dingwall, Carolyn, Jeanette, Mary Jo,  Mary & Julie Matteucci,  Elizabeth Galvin-Little,  Janet Christie,  Ben K., Susan Shumaker,  Marilyn Payne, Amanda Cortese, Charles French, Nancy Hanke, and Wallace Look.
...for those who have died:  David Ratner, Frank Gavaller, John Ziaja, John Gregson, Hollie Agesen, Tom Beckett, Bill Cordtz, Dan Wagenet, Rebecca Gbasha, James Harrod,  Richard McGinniss,  Susan Hornung,  Dale Siela.

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.
Pastoral Care
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.
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