Weekly News & Notes from Incarnation

News & Notes - September 6, 2020
The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
This Sunday: Holy Eucharist Services
This Sunday, September 9, is our first celebration of the Holy Eucharist since the beginning of the pandemic.

We are holding two services on the playground lawn at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Entrance is via the Jerusalem Courtyard on Mendocino Avenue. All participants need to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing requirements. Register to attend in person here.

The 9:30 service will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook so those worshiping from home can participate actively. See "Online Services" below for how to connect online.

Communion at home is available following the morning services. The sign-up form has closed, but if you need to make special arrangements to receive Communion, call the church office at (707) 579-2604 and follow the prompts for the priest-on-call line. We will hold a special, brief Zoom gathering at 5:00 p.m. to share home Communion together (use the same Zoom link as for Sunday morning services). If you're unable to attend this Zoom gathering, you may still receive Communion using the prayers in the booklet that will come with your Communion kit.

As always, please make thoughtful choices about how to participate. The no-risk way to worship is to participate from home on Zoom or Facebook without receiving Communion. Receiving Communion at home adds some exposure to others--perhaps something like having a take-out meal from a restaurant. Attending an in-person service and receiving Communion there creates more exposure--perhaps something like eating outdoors at a restaurant. Please use good judgment in considering your well-being and that of others. For the most recent statistics on the COVID situation in Sonoma County, please see the county's COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

We have longed to share Communion for many months. It will be so good to celebrate this central act of our worship again.
"The Bread which we break is the Communion of the Body of Christ. We, who are many, are one Body; for we all share in the one Bread." (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
From the Director of Spiritual Formation...
Faith Formation 2020 Kick Off

We are so excited to bring you a variety of offerings for Adults,Children, and Youth
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.

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 #

Incarnation Children's Ministries: Preschool-6th Grade
Celebrate Wonder is the curriculum for this time. We are excited to share a faith at home practice that is fun, and you can do them whenever it works for you. If your child is between the ages of 3-10, Celebrate Wonder is going to provide some great family fun. Each month your family will be given a Faith Box full of all kinds of stories, activities, and even some surprises.To sign up click here 

Incarnation Youth Group: 7th-10th Grade
This year we will be working with Live Curriculum starting with Jesus life, all is not decided you get input as well. We will have a Faith Box as well and zoom gatherings. To sign up click here
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 6
7 am - 8:30 am - Open Table's Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday Service: playground lawn, Zoom or Facebook or in-person
11:00 am - Sunday Service: playground lawn, in-person only
5:00 pm - At-Home Communion Service: Zoom

Monday, September 7

Tuesday, September 8
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.

Wednesday, September 9
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 10
6:00 pm - St. Cecilia Choir: Zoom 

Friday, September 11

Saturday, September 12
9 am to 11:00 am - Open Table Prep

Sunday, September 13
9:30 am: Sunday Service - Zoom or Facebook 
Please take note...
Emergency Preparedness: Make Your Plan
by Elizabeth Wright
 For a while now I've been thinking about emergency evacuation and our congregation. Then there was the pandemic. Now that fire season has arrived in full force I've talked to Rev. Stephen and Alison about this. They encouraged me to write. I've been involved in disaster planning and response since my days as a Red Cross volunteer. I worked on a Disaster Action Team as well as a mental health worker. I was in Louisiana through both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I saw how lack of planning led to chaos, loss and sometimes death. I also saw how having a close knit church community often mitigated loss and created community in the midst of chaos.
   I'm hoping all of you have a disaster plan. One piece of this is knowing where you might go. With the pandemic it's not possible to gather in large group settings. As much as we might want to come to church for solace or physical support-it's just not safe. What alternatives do we have? I've thought a lot about this. What if those in need of a safe place and those of us who have safe places to offer were able to co-ordinate with one another? For instance, I have a lovely 3 bedroom cottage that is often available. I'd be happy to have a family in need use it. Others may have granny units or rooms they'd be willing to share. Obviously during the pandemic we'd have to work out details for special needs and limitations. I've offered to begin collecting data on individual needs and resources. Nancy Genoa, also interested in this, has generously agreed to work with me. We would do this under the direction of Rev. Stephen and Alison.
   I also hope each of you has an emergency pack ready to go. You may not need it for this fire, but it looks like it may be a long hot fall. A simple pack containing medications, electronics and chargers, cash, important papers not already scanned into your computer, a change of clothes, 3 gallons of water, pet food and medications would be a bare minimum. I carry these things in the trunk of my car.   Identifying treasured objects you can grab quickly is a second level of planning.
   None of this can happen overnight. As soon as I start hearing from those of you who have resources to share and those of you looking for safe havens we'll begin working out the details. You can contact me at ElizabethHallWright@gmail.com. Please feel free to call me with any questions or ideas: 707-481-2130. I look forward to hearing from you. Please stay safe! 
- Elizabeth Wright
Birthday Card Donations Needed
Do you have any unused birthday cards stuck way back in a drawer that you never got around to using? Bundle them up please, bring to church, and put through the slot in the mailbox right outside of the gate. This would be a big help to the birthday card ministry. Thank you!
- Julie Verhoeff
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)

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.

New Groups at Incarnation
New Incarnation Community Group 
 Announcing a new group for parents and caregivers of a young child. Please join us on Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm  for a brief time of check-in and prayer with your fellow Incarnation families. The purpose of this group is to share the joys and challenges of raising our young children in the midst of the pandemic, connect with one another, and to bless the day. 
Please contact Michael Del Vecchio  at del.vecchio.m.j@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link or if you have any questions. 
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. 
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  Robyn, Bruce, David & Susan, Ricette, Nancy, George, Lauren W., Amy C., Aimee K., Edie, Megan, Monique & Kirk, Dicksie, Alice D. , Carolyn, Mary Jo, 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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