Weekly News & Notes from Incarnation

News & Notes - September 13, 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
From the Director of Spiritual Formation...
Starting this Sunday

Blessing of Devices          
Join us this Sunday at the 9:30am service as we bless all the devices that are helping us in school, work, connecting with family and each other
Inwardly Digest Book Study 
Join Pastor Stephen on Zoom
11-11:50 am on Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 11 and 25:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88079358521; or to dial in, 669-900-9128, Meeting ID: 880 7935 8521 #
Daily spiritual practice takes dedication and discipline, and we often wonder where to start and how to keep it from feeling like yet another task on our to-do list. In this grounded, practical book, author Derek Olsen uses The Book of Common Prayer as a template for a deeper spiritual life. Olsen explains the purpose and intention of the prayer book with fresh insight, offering practical applications for daily living.
You can get a book from Incarnation Book Store.
To order, contact Linda Sevier here.
Family Faith Box 
Drive Through
Sunday September 13 1:30-2:30pm               
Church of the Incarnation Parking Lot
If you've ordered a Faith Box  
we look forward to seeing you at the drive through on Sunday  
 Starting Tuesday
Lectionary Lunch
Join Pastor Stephen on Zoom for a time to study and discuss the 
readings for the upcoming Sunday.
12-12:50 pm on Tuesdays starting Sept. 15:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86541597529; or to dial in, 669-900-9128, Meeting ID: 865 4159 7529 #

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:
  • 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 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.
This Coming Week... 
Sunday, September 13
7 am - 8:30 am - Open Table's Breakfast
9:30 am: Sunday Service - Zoom or Facebook
11:00 - 11:50 am: Inwardly Digest Book Study (for meeting links see above).
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Family Faith Box drive through pick-up, Incarnation parking lot.

Monday, September 14

Tuesday, September 15
8:00 - 8:30 am: Outdoor Morning Prayer. We meet in the courtyard, socially distanced, with face coverings. Enter via the 636 Cherry Street parking lot. Prayer Books will be provided or you may bring your own. Hand sanitizer will be available.
12:00 - 12:50 pm: Lectionary Lunch (for meeting links see above).

Wednesday, September 16
6:00 pm - Alleluia Choir: Zoom 
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Anam Cara: Psalm & Silence. For Zoom details, email anamcara@incarnationsantarosa.org

Thursday, September 17
6:00 pm - St. Cecilia Choir: Zoom 
9:00 am - Education for Ministry (EfM)

Friday, September 18

Saturday, September 19
9 am to 11:00 am - Open Table Prep

Sunday, September 20
9:30 am: Sunday Service - Zoom or Facebook 
Please take note...
2021 Pledge Campaign coming to you!
Judy Velasquez

Beginning on October 4 the 2021 Pledge Campaign will begin.  Our theme this year is Acting in Faith. We are acting in faith that our beloved church building will be filled again with people.  We are acting in faith that our choirs will once again be singing to the rafters at our services on Sunday morning.  We are acting in faith that we can serve our Sunday morning guests a hot breakfast and sit with them and visit.  We are acting in faith that our Sunday school will be filled with our children.
We are acting in faith in our own lives as we take on our daily tasks in this time of Covid-19.  I am reminded of Frank Baumgardner's acts of faith every time I read another letter from him to the Let the Public Speak column in the Press Democrat. And calls to members of the church to check in.
The Pledge Committee invites you to share your acts of faith with us to post in News and Notes so we can celebrate all the little and big and in-between acts that make up our daily lives and help us to realize our baptismal covenant.  Please send them via email to me at judith.velasquez@att.net.
The Order of the Daughters of the King...
 will be meeting on Fridays September 18, October 2, 16, and 30, 2020 via zoom. If you are an Episcopal woman who is interested in the Order please contact Joan Hans-Stafford, chapter president, by e-mail at jesstafford60@gmail.com, or by phone at 530.906.7347 to gain access to the meeting.
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order of women who pray, serve and evangelize the message of Jesus in their lives. We can be identified by the little silver cross that we wear habitually daily and pray, "For His Sake, I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do by the grace of God, I will do. Lord, what will you have me to do?"
Thank you,
Joan Hans-Stafford
Women of the Table Chapter President
New Groups at Incarnation
New Church Book Group starts September 9
A new online book group is forming at Incarnation. The focus of the group will be the works of Nadia Bolz-Weber, and will start with one of her earlier works, Pastrix and will be lead by Paul Mallatt.

New York Times bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.
Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.
The book group will meet via Zoom starting Wednesday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm. Please contact Paul Mallatt if interested.  paulyfa@me.com / 707-312-3870
Contact Linda Sevier to order your book though the church bookstore: sevierlinda@gmail.com
Pastrix is available on Audible click here. 
Becoming Beloved Community - Book Study Opportunity!
Something new is happening! For the first time, Incarnation will join the good folks of St John's, Petaluma, St Stephen's, Sebastopol, and St Patrick's, Kenwood as a mini-deanery group to read How to Be an Anti-racist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to anti-racism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
Praise for How to Be an Anti-racist:
Ibram X. Kendi's new book, How to Be an Antiracist, couldn't come at a better time. Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author's own path from anti-black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to anti-racism. How to Be an Anti-racist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, 'the basic struggle we're all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.'NPR
We'll meet via Zoom every other week, committing to reading, listening to each other, and growing in our Baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
Please contact Paul Mallatt, paulyfa@me.com,  or Helen Killeen, hkil2e2n@gmail.com, to let us know you're interested. We'll be in touch about times and dates and look forward to another amazing time of loving change! Stay tuned!
Contact Linda Sevier to order your book though the church bookstore:
sevierlinda@gmail.comHow to Be an Antiracist is available on Audible click here.

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  John C., Jan H., Doreen, Robyn, Bruce, David & Susan, Ricette, Nancy, Rex, Andrea, George, Lauren W., Amy C., Monique & Kirk, Alice D. , Carolyn, Amanda Cortese, and Nancy Hanke.
...for those who have died: Alan Robarts, Wallace Look, Marilyn Payne, Gary Lindsey, David Ratner, Frank Gavaller, John Ziaja, 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
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

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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