Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

Special Events Coming Up

Faith Formation Hour Sundays at 9am

Our educational hour, with programming for all ages, meets from 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 following the Children’s Sermon.

There is a place for everyone starting at 9 am. Check out the schedule right here.




Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 24

Our evening Christmas Eve services are always special, with three different, distinctive and very beautiful worship services.

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    December 24 - Christmas Eve Services
  • 4 pm - Child-Friendly Pageant Service
  • with Carols and a Candlelight Processional into the Courtyard.

  • 6 pm - Family-Friendly Service
  • with Children's Message, Sermon, Carols & Chancel Choir
    and a Candlelight Processional into the Courtyard.

  • 8:30 pm - Traditional Service
  • Sermon, Carols & Handbells
    and a Candlelight Processional into the Courtyard.






Advent Bible Study

NAMES FOR THE MESSIAH: A SUBVERSIVE ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

Tuesday Evenings during Advent Led by Pastor Benjamin Faith Chapel, The Community Church of Sebastopol

Guided by the work of Walter Brueggemann, Pastor Benjamin will lead a 4-week Bible Study on Isaiah 9:6 for those seeking to explore a “sub-version” of the Christmas story, a version that speaks underneath the superficial version touted by dominant culture.

The primary resource, “Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study,” by Walter Brueggemann, is not required but may be ordered through Sebastopol’s own Copperfield’s Books, or online.

4 Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Faith Chapel

  • November 27 – “Wonderful Counselor”
  • December 4 – “Mighty God”
  • December 11 – “Everlasting Father”
  • December 18 – “Prince of Peace”

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Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias will be on display in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 23. Following worship on Sunday and Monday, poinsettias will be delivered to those who are unable to attend services. If you can help with deliveries, please see Kathy bell following worship. If you purchased a poinsettia to take home, you may take it home after worship on December 23.

You may order one (or more) of these beautiful living plants in memory of a loved one no longer with us or give a poinsettia in honor of someone special in your life. A bulletin insert on December 23 will list all the Memorial Poinsettias ordered. Poinsettia order form (PDF)


Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

What is OWL?

Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality program created by our denomination, the UCC, alongside the Unitarians. Our religious heritages compel us to create safe settings where people can come to understand and respond to their experiences as sexual beings. OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our church. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. Read more...


Safe Parking Program

Safe Parking Volunteers Needed

Homelessness is an ongoing problem in our county and has been made worse by the fires of last year.

The Community Church, with help from Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa, will be restarting our Safe Parking program. Safe Parking will allow people that have no other place to sleep, other than in their car, to stay the night in a safe environment on our church property. The program will allow up to 5 vehicles to park from 8:00pm to 8:00am. Many participating in this program are families with jobs and children attending school. All participants will be screened by Catholic Charities and must participate in Catholic Charities’ intake program to avail themselves to services that will hopefully find them a home.

Safe Parking at our church will only work if we have Site Volunteers. Site Volunteers will be needed to welcome participants, show them where to park, provide them with a Safe Parking Dashboard Placard and show them how to get access to bathrooms. Site Volunteers would also be asked to drive through the lot once a night to see that only vehicles registered in the program are on the premises.

Our goal is to have enough volunteers so no single volunteer would be needed more than one night a week.

Please consider helping us do our part for our neighbors in need. This is such a small gestor on our part and provides the means of helping a family regain their footing in the community. Contact Gary Bachelor or the church office at 707.823.2484.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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December 17

Women's Fellowship will be sponsoring a Prayer Shawl Ministry. We plan to meet to knit or crochet shawls from 10:00-noon on the third Monday 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 and to RSVP to the gathering.





By-Laws

A major revision to the by-laws of The Community Church of Sebastopol was unanimously passed at the April 15, 2018 Congregational Meeting. Read more about the adopted By-Laws, approved positions for the adopted governance model, and other information in the Governance section of Documents.