Special Events Coming Up
Faith Journey & Soup Suppers
Tuesday Evenings March 7- April 4
Each year during Lent, we gather on Tuesday evenings to share in a simple soup supper and then hear one of our church members share his/her story and how faith has helped to shape that story. Easter is April 16 and we will meet on the five Tuesday evenings during Lent beginning March 7 through April 4.
In addition to planning the faith journey portion of the program, we are also looking to sign up soup makers for each of the five Tuesday evenings. We enjoy a variety of homemade soups for this event and if you would like to be on the soup schedule sign up here: Lenten Soup Suppers.
We meet in Fellowship Hall at 6:15 for the soup supper and then move to Faith Chapel at 7PM for the faith journey. Over the years, this has proven to be a meaningful experience for all who attend and a wonderful way to build community. Your participation will make this event even more special.
Watch for an updated list as we announce each of our faith journey presenters. We know the first presenter for March 7 will be Pastor Benjamin.Our Faith Journey presenters for this Lenten Season:
- March 7 - Pastor Ben*
- March 14 - Kathie Mayhew
- March 21 - Mike Ott
- March 28 - Marian McDonald
- April 4 - Alicia Sanchez
*The Soup Supper for the March 7 presentation will be in Memorial Hall and the Faith Journey will be presented in the Sanctuary. All other Soup Suppers will be in Fellowship Hall at 6:15 pm and the presentations will be in Faith Chapel.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Received March 26 and April 2
One Great Hour of Sharing is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee, and development actions throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery. Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and womenâs empowerment. Through OGHS you are there to help. Please give generously on March 26 and April 2 when we receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering at the Community Church of Sebastopol.
Service of Installation of
Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
The Service of Installation for Rev. Broadbent as our Senior Minister (making it official!) is Saturday, April 1, at 3:00 p.m. Save the date! A reception will follow in Memorial Hall.
Order through April 10
Memorial Easter Lilies will grace our chancel on Easter Morning, April 16. You may order one (or more) of these beautiful living plants in memory of a loved one no longer with us or give an Easter Lily in honor of someone special in your life. A bulletin insert for that Sunday will list all the Easter Lilies ordered. Easter Lilies may be taken home after the 11 am Easter Service or you may designate that your lily be delivered to a shut-in. Easter Lily order form. (PDF)
Palm /Passion Sunday
Today we enter Holy Week with a service that begins with a Palm Sunday procession of palms and ends in silence following the story of Good Friday. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Broadbent preaches a sermon on Matthew 27:11-26 entitled âThe Wrong Son of God.â
Maundy Thursday Service & Soup Supper
Thursday, April 13 at 5:45pm
Join us for a Tenebrae Service with Holy Communion and Washing of Feet at 5:45 pm in the Sanctuary led by Pastors ARachel and Benjamin. A simple Soup Supper follows in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm. All ages are invited to join us.
Good Friday Cemetery Visit and Ritual
Friday, April 14 at 5:30 pm at Pleasant Hill Cemetery
We will visit the cemetery and tour some of the interesting tombs of Sebastopol, on this day when we consider Jesusâ own death. We will do a short ritual in the cemetery and possibly some tombstone rubbings. Thereâs never a better time to visit a cemetery with children and youth, than when itâs not imminent. Come spend Good Friday with Pastor Rachel in the cemetery - all ages are welcome!
Ecumenical Good Friday Service
April 14 at 7 pm
At 7:00 p.m. we gather at St. Stephenâs Episcopal Church (500 Robinson Rd.) for an ecumenical service hosted by Rev. Christy Laborda Harris, Rector of St. Stephenâs, and with a sermon by Rev. Broadbent.
Easter Sunday April 16 Services
6:30 am â Sunrise Service in Ragle Ranch Park led by our Minister of Music, Rev. Brian Plaugher. Please park outside the park gates and walk to the Peace Garden.
9:00 am â Multi-Generational Service of Worship in the sanctuary featuring our Handbell Ensemble and sermon by Rev. Broadbent. Childcare available.
11:00 am â Multi-Generational Service of Worship in the sanctuary featuring our Chancel Choir and sermon by Rev. Broadbent. The congregation is invited to join in singing Handelâs âHallelujah Chorus.â Childcare available.
Join us for these wonderful celebrations of resurrection, new life and hope!
Women's Fellowship Spring Tea
Saturday, May 20
Mark your calendars for the Women's Fellowship Spring Tea on Saturday, May 20. Funds raised will be used to purchase new furniture for the Fireside Room. Call Chris Jenkins at 829-2230 or Kathy Matthies at 758-3970 if you would like to host a table or offer your help in any way. Watch for more details coming soon!
Summer Camps at Cazadero and Camp Tamarack
From You & Me Camp to Sr. High Camp and every age inbetween - enjoy an outdoor expericence this summer! Find out more information here.
And don't forget about our Apple Pie Scholarship - earn $$ for camp registration just for volunteering at our Apple Pies Event. Call or email the church office to sign up!