News & Notes - March 7, 2021
The Third Sunday in Lent
Online Service: 9:30 a.m.
From the Rector: Vestry Happenings
Dear friends,

Last Saturday our parish Vestry met for our annual orientation retreat to welcome our four new members and organize ourselves for the year ahead. We had to meet via Zoom for a half-day instead of going away together in person for an overnight, so it certainly wasn’t as thorough of a retreat experience as we might have wished for if it weren’t for the pandemic. Then again, in the chaos of March last year, we didn’t even get to have an orientation retreat at all last year—so this was a definite improvement!

We spent time in breakout groups to get better acquainted; discussed parish culture and history; went over information about our congregation’s finances and property; talked about resilience and flexibility in rapidly changing times. And, through a process of prayer and discernment, we selected new leaders in a number of roles. I’m delighted that Inese Heinzel will be serving as senior warden and Judy Velasquez as junior warden this year. David Jasper will continue as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, and Kathleen Kane will continue as clerk. Our vestry chaplains this year are Connie Sinclair, Kathleen Robarts, and Sara Joslyn. Allan Bolchazy and Diane Schoenrock will be co-chairs of our Buildings and Grounds Committee, while Michael Del Vecchio and Judy Velasquez will stay on as chairs of our Development Committee and Signe Sugiyama as chair of our Outreach Grants Committee.

Please pray for all these dedicated servant leaders of our congregation. And please stay tuned for more about how you can be involved in the work of the vestry and its committees (in particular, the Development Committee is interested in finding new members).

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Vestry at any time to ask questions or share ideas. And, if you’ve never served on the Vestry, take a moment to reflect on whether you might be called to serve in a future year. It’s a wonderful way to get to know the congregation at a deep level and offer the gifts God has given you for the common good.

In Christ’s love,
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).
“I was there.”
The story of the day,
as told by a soldier on duty

Friday, March 12, at 7:00 pm,
(entirely in English)

The 14 carved wood Stations of the Cross lining our church sanctuary include a figure of the same Roman soldier in 10 of the scenes. What might the artist have thought about this soldier as he repeatedly carved him from the grain of the wood?

We hear what might be the soldier’s own words, of his transformative day, as imagined and spoken by David Jasper.

This narrative will be presented again, spoken in Spanish by Bo Simons, on Friday March 19.
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 III

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 or anyone in your family has been baptized?
  • 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...
Holy Week Schedule Coming Soon
The Regathering Committee is discussing indoor and outdoor possibilities for Palm Sunday and Holy Week services. We will keep you posted!
Begins March 16, 6:30 pm, The Incarnation Book Group
We continue 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.
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...
...Doug, Raffi, Ed, Carolyn D., Annie & Haru, Andy, James & Priscilla, 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, March 7

Monday, March 8

Tuesday, March 9
  • 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 10
  • 4:00 PM: Youth Group. For more information contact Daphne, dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org
  • 7:00 pm: Online Evening Prayer (see Online Services above for link)
  • 7:30 pm: Anam Cara - Psalm's and Silence

Thursday, March 11
  • 5:00 pm: Rainbow Group
  • 6:00 pm: St. Cecilia Choir

Friday, March 12
  • 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 13
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Open Table Prep
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Daughters of the King

Sunday, March 14 - DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS



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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.