Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

Special Events Coming Up

Rainbow Bread

Our new video for our new program year! Turn on the sound and check it out...

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)

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.

OWL Training will take place this summer and a new program will be scheduled for our fall program year. Watch for more information soon!

Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

Governance Change Process

Transition Process to new Governance Model and Revised Bylaws
Why, How, What and When?

Our current bylaws have been in place since 1985 and in many ways have served us very well. However, in recent years, we have become aware that our current practices are not adequately reflected by these bylaws and that many aspects of them might more appropriately belong in a Policy Book. We also realized that several processes as currently defined are redundant and that an increasing amount of energy is put into getting people to fill committees rather than to carry out ministry.

As a result, beginning over a year ago, initial conversations led to the formation of a Council Subcommittee on Governance which discussed multiple approaches and eventually focused on a Governance Model which we believed was the best approach for us to pursue our future objectives. Over the course of 2017, Council held an off site retreat to more fully explore the proposed model. The decision was made to move ahead with this model. Multiple sessions were held throughout the year to help everyone understand the new model and to answer any questions that might have arisen. Additionally, the model was presented at the Annual Meeting on January 28th of this year.

The revision of our current bylaws enables the new governance model and provides the flexibility and transparency that we all felt was essential as we move forward. The first draft of those bylaws is now complete and available for you to review. Copies can be found online, in the narthex and in the Church office. We will be holding the first of two planned feedback sessions on Sunday, February 18th at noon in the Media Room. The Transition Committee will incorporate your comments and suggestions wherever possible into the next draft. A second feedback session will be held on Sunday, March 18th at noon in the Media Room. Once again, your input will be utilized whenever possible.

After this second feedback session, a final draft will be presented for approval by Council prior to our Special Congregational Meeting on April 15th. At that point, everyone will have had multiple opportunities to offer their comments and the meeting process will be a simple yes/no vote on incorporation of the revised bylaws.

Members of the Governance Subcommittee will be happy to provide you with additional information: Pastor Broadbent, Nancy Shimetz, Patty Raney, Mike Ott, Chris Dawson, Marge Holland, Judy Rice.

Those of us who have worked on the new governance model and the revised bylaws are excited about the opportunities it provides and especially grateful that our congregation has been able to be an active participant in the entire process.


A major revs ion to the by-laws of the Community Church of Sebastopol has been drafted. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the proposed changes. Also available to you, a copy of the current by-laws. On February 18 and March 18, both meetings at noon and in the Media Room, the revisions will be presented with time for you comment, questions and feedback. These items are presented to the congregation for a vote at a special meeting on April 15.

Current By-Laws, revised November 13, 2011

Draft of proposed major revision By-Laws 2.0, dated February 23, 2018

Proposed job descriptions, pending approval on April 15: Moderator, Nominating Committee, Council Officer for Facilities, Council Officer for Finance, Council Officer for Personnel, Member for Care & Fellowship Ministry, Member for Faith Formation Ministry, Member for Outreach Ministry, and Member for Worship & Arts Ministry.

Faith Journey & Soup Suppers

Tuesday Evenings February 20 - March 20


Each year during Lent, we gather on Tuesday evenings to hear one of our church members share his/her story and how faith has helped to shape that story. Easter is April 1 and we will meet on the five Tuesday evenings during Lent beginning February 20 through March 20 in Faith Chapel at 7 pm.

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.

Our Faith Journey Presenters for the 2018 Lenten Season:

    • February 20 - Patty & Keenan Foster
    • February 27 - Diane & Larry Stallings
    • March 6 - Kathy Matthies
    • March 13 - Ross Galleto
    • March 20 - Barbara & Curt Nichols

    Soup suppers prior to the faith journey presentations have also been a big part of our Lenten tradition – and with your help, we hope to continue that tradition. Tuesday evening coordinators are needed as well as a number of soup makers for each week. Please contact Jane Huneke if you would like to see the soup suppers continue and can lend a hand. A sign up sheet is also in the church office.

    One Great Hour of Sharing

    Received March 11 & 18

    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 women’s empowerment. Through OGHS you are there to help. Please give generously on March 11 & 18 when we receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering at the Community Church of Sebastopol.


    Easter Lilies

    Order through March 26

    Memorial Easter Lilies will grace our chancel on Easter Morning, April 1. 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)

    All Ages Maundy Thursday Service & Soup Supper

    Thursday, March 29 at 5:45pm

    All ages are invited to join us for a Tenebrae Service with Holy Communion and Washing of Feet at 5:45 pm in the Sanctuary led by Pastors Rachel and Benjamin. A simple Soup Supper follows in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm. All ages are invited to join us.

    All Ages Good Friday Cemetery Walking Meditation

    Friday, March 30 at 5:30 pm at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

    We will visit Pleasant Hill Cemetery (1700 Pleasant Hill Road) and tour some of the interesting tombs of Sebastopol, on this day when we consider Jesus’ own death. We will do a short ritual in the cemetery and possibly some tombstone rubbings. There’s never a better time to visit a cemetery with children and youth, than when it’s not imminent. Come spend Good Friday with Pastor Rachel in the cemetery - all ages are welcome!

    Ecumenical Good Friday Service

    March 30 at 6 pm

    At 6:00 p.m. we gather at in our sanctuary as we host an ecumenical service which will include pastors and parishioners from St. Stephen's Episcopal and Sebastopol Methodists.

    Easter Sunday April 1 Services


    6:30 am – 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 – Multi-Generational Service of Worship in the sanctuary.

    11:00 am – Multi-Generational Service of Worship in the sanctuary.

    Join us for these wonderful celebrations of resurrection, new life and hope!

    Prayer Shawl Ministry


    April 16

    Women's Fellowship will be sponsoring a Prayer Shawl Ministry beginning April 16. We plan to meet to knit or crochet shawls from 10:00-noon on the first and third Mondays of the month in the Fireside Room. You may pick up a copy of the pattern in the church office. Contact Joanne Matson or Chris Jenkins for more information.