Inquirers & Seekers Class

September 25, October 9, 16, 23, 2016*

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Short Hall

Inquirers & Seekers is a class for those new to our church, for seekers, for the curious, for those who might want to join the church, and even for those who definitely plan to join the church.

  • A place to safely explore your faith journey, as well as to connect with others who are new to Incarnation. You will have a chance to meet Pastor Jim and lay leaders, hear about their faith journeys, and learn about the ministries and life of our congregation.
  • There will be opportunities to ask questions about the Episcopal Church, its ways of worship and traditions, and about our parish, its calling to serve in downtown Santa Rosa and beyond.
  • For those wishing to be confirmed, this course serves as partial preparation for confirmation. The Bishop’s visitation will be December 4, 2016.
  • Please register for the class by filling out the signup sheet in the bookstore, calling the church office at (707) 579-2604, or sending an email to Please let us know if you will need childcare.
  • For those who regularly attend the 11:15 a.m. service, please consider worshipping at 9:15 a.m. for the duration of this class.

Note: Confirmation classes are scheduled for October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21*. More details to follow. Confirmations will take place on December 4.

*Please note that dates have changed.

Heavenly Treasures Open House

Sunday, September 25 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

We are so excited to share this good news. Our August coffers totaled more than any month this year, allowing us to give back even more to the community! In appreciation for helping make this possible through your donations and purchases, we are premiering our Fall/Halloween décor on Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. So stop by, say BOO! and snag some fun stuff! And don’t forget to tell friends/family since our doors are open for all to enjoy. Hope to see you then!

Gun Violence Prevention Group

October 9 and October 14, 2016

The Gun Violence Prevention Group, an interfaith group of several churches, faiths, and groups working to eliminate gun violence, is sponsoring a free showing of the 90-minute film, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA.

October 9, 3 p.m. (Sunday) at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401.

October 14, 7 p.m. (Friday) at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa.

Have any questions? Please feel free to contact Incarnation member Mark Friedman, 707-688-0053.

All Souls Day Creative Retreat with Lisa Thorpe

October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Church of the Incarnation
Adults and teens
$30, includes lunch and all materials needed for one icon

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,” my mother explained shortly before she left me. “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”

-Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

The urge to honor and remember is long and strong in the human spiritual story. From the ancient traditions of Hindu home shrines to Eastern Orthodox icons to Dia de los Muertos altars of Mexico, people through time and place and religion have created structures and images to remember and honor those we love and revere. To create a piece of art dedicated to a person or idea is to take the time to absorb, observe and remember, to put that person or concept foremost in our hearts and minds.

Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe* in a day of art and meditation and community building. The morning will be filled with story telling of saints old and new. After a lunch break, the making begins! Each person will make a decorative icon on a wooden plaque. Lisa will bring images of saints to use or you can bring photos of someone who has passed that you would like to honor.

To complete the day together we will assemble a beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community.

Click here to register:

Registration closes on October 24. Space is limited; don’t wait to register.

What to bring:

You don’t have to bring anything, as everything will be provided to make one saint icon, however, if you would like to honor someone important to you, be they famous, family or friend, you are welcome to bring a photo or printed image. The boards we are using are 6×8 inches so you will want your image to be smaller than that to fit on the board and leave room for embellishment. Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to glue down.

Flowers may be brought to put on our altar. Marigolds are traditional but any would be nice.

*Lisa Thorpe is the Artist in Residence at The Bishop’s Ranch Retreat Center outside of Healdsburg. She has been making art and teaching to all ages for 30 years and loves merging art, spirit and community. Find out more about Lisa at her website and her blog: