Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

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Safe Church Policy

The Church Council in October directed Pastor Rachel to put together a team of people to create a Safe Church Policy for our church. The team worked diligently to develop a Safe Church Policy that defines abuse prevention and response policies, as well as creates an atmosphere of truth-telling and education around being a Safe Church. Serving on the team: Pete Emerson, Pat Furber, Linda Inman, Laurie Kellner, and Pastor Rachel. The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.

Safe Church Policy (PDF)


Governance Change Process

By Rev. Benjamin Broadbent, Senior Minister & Patty Raney, Moderator

For the past year, our church’s Council has been working on organizing and articulating a new governance model to serve our congregation in the coming years.

On January 29, 2018, at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, the Council will review the process so far and outline the next steps. Here’s a preview (subject to adjustment):

Process so far:

  • Began in Fall 2016
  • Part of monthly Council agenda starting February 2017
  • Council formed Governance Committee in April 2017
  • Council Off-Site Retreat in August 2017
  • Governance Committee offered made presentations to congregation, Trustees, Staff & Women’s Fellowship
  • Overview of governance model in October 2017 newsletter
  • Outline of governance model on outside bulletin board November & December 2017
  • Bylaws Sub-Committee created draft of Bylaws in December 2017

    Next steps:

    • Governance Model Presentations for all interested members:
    • 1. Wednesday, January 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Media Room 2. Sunday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Media Room
    • Annual Meeting of the Congregation:
    • Sunday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary o Overview of proposed Governance Model o Description of process so far and next steps o Draft of Bylaws made available to the congregation for review
    • Special Meeting of the Congregation:
    • Sunday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary o Vote on proposed Bylaws o Vote on slate of nominees for new Governance Model

    As you can see, it has been an involved and inclusive process. Ideas are being shared and energy is being generated. Please participate, learn more, ask questions, make suggestions, and pray for the well-being of our congregation and its leadership.


    Faith Formation Hour Sundays at 9am

    We have some exciting new programs and a new format for Sunday mornings! The biggest shift is that we will now have an educational hour with programming for all ages 9:00-10:15am every Sunday morning. The whole church will join in worship at 10:30am, with the option for children to continue to Children’s Worship in the Chapel with Pastor Rachel after the Children’s Sermon.

    There is a place for everyone starting at 9 am - click here for schedule information


    Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

    OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum that values human sexuality as a sacred gift. Both church and community members are invited to join our OWL program - we see it as part of our church’s commitment to promoting justice and peace in our world. We are asking families to commit to the Orientation and the full 10-week program, in order to support healthy group dynamics and because the curriculum builds on itself.

    Our first OWL program with Grades 4 & 5 completed - watch for information about the next session.

    Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.


    New Member Meeting

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    January 14

    New members will be received into The Community Church during the worship service on Sunday, January 28. There will be an informational meeting for those interested in church membership following the worship service on Sunday, January 14th, in the Media Room and will include a simple lunch. If you cannot attend that meeting, but are still interested in finding out more about The Community Church, please see one of the ministers. Childcare can be available - just let us know at 823-2484.

    More information on membership and the Community Church can be found here.


    Service of Lament & Comfort

    January 23

    Lament: A passionate expression of sorrow or grief, often in music, poetry, or song form.

    People of all ages are invited to an hour-long evening Service of Lament & Comfort on Tuesday, January 23, at 6:00 p.m. in Faith Chapel.

    A safe space will be created for participants, according to their own comfort level, to voice or otherwise express their sorrow concerning any number of things, including a change in life-stages, anxiety about the wider world, a recent loss, or grief inexplicable. This is a time to be honest with ourselves and with God, and to receive an assurance of God’s comfort.

    The first-ever Lament and Comfort Service was held on September 26th, and the majority of those in attendance requested that we “Do it again”. In this service, guided by the wisdom of Biblical Psalms, we follow a path from Orientation (basic trust in God), into Disorientation (lament), toward Re-orientation (new trust in God). A safe space will be created to acknowledge and express sorrow concerning a change in life-stage, anxiety about the wider world, a recent loss, or grief inexplicable. Pastor Ben and a small team will lead the service which includes music, ritual, readings of psalms and periods of silence.

    For more info or to arrange transportation, nshimetz@gmail.com.

    128th Annual Meeting

    January 28, 2018

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    The 128th Annual Meeting of The Community Church of Sebastopol will be on Sunday, January 28th, immediately following worship in the church sanctuary. This will be a significant meeting and your attendance is encouraged to learn about new proposals and ask questions. We will receive our annual committee reports, elect new officers and adopt a budget for 2018. Childcare will be available.

    All committee chairs need to turn in their annual report to the church office by January 7, 2018 so we can have the annual reports available to the congregation at least a week prior to the meeting to allow ample time for review. Please call the church office – 823-2484 – if you have any questions or would like to see copies of previous reports to help you get started.



    Young Adults Group - 20/30's Group

    February 2 at Hop Monk

    Post high school, college students – all young adults – meet on the first Friday of each month at Hop Monk Tavern in Sebastopol for our 20/30’S GROUP on Frdiay, February 2nd at 7PM. Hope you can join us for a visit and some good conversation! If you are interested or have questions, please Contact Ross Galleto or 707-495-1507.



    An Educational Estate Planning Seminar

    February 10, 2018

    Community Church of Sebastopol will be holding an education seminar on TRUSTS, ESTATES & FINANCIAL PLANNING. Sponsored by the Memorial & Endowment Committee, with legal and financial planning expertise on hand to share their wisdom and answer your questions. Who is this for? Church members and their friends –

    • Young Adults, Young Families getting started
    • Working People eyeing retirement
    • Seniors in golden years

    Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday morning, February 10th, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:00 am in the Media Room. We will have coffee and refreshments – more details to follow.

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