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 Childrenâs Worship in the Chapel with Pastor Rachel following the Childrenâs Sermon.
There is a place for everyone starting at 9 am. Check out the schedule right here.
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...
OWL for 8th & 9th Graders is ongoing through the beginning of December - see a complete schedule and parent information right here.
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.
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 Charitiesâ 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
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.
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm
On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 join us in Memorial Hall as we help host the 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. With the help of Roger & Linda Collins, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner has grown more and more each year and we want to make 2018 the biggest and best yet! Hundreds of traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinners are served (or delivered) on Thanksgiving Day in Memorial Hall at The Community Church of Sebastopol.
We always have more than enough volunteers to work this wonderful event, but we can still use your help: your donation of food items or cash will help make this event a success. Non-perishable food items can be brought to church on Sunday, November 11 & 18 (potatoes, onions, canned goods, etc.) Checks can be made out to the Community Church with a notation in the memo line: Thanksgiving Dinner.
If you would like to volunteer your time, call the church office at 823-2484 to sign up to work a 2 hour shift on either Wednesday, November 21 or Thursday, November 22.
Who is invited to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner? Anyone who might find themselves eating alone, or may not have the energy or funds to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is invited. In fact, everyone is invited to our Community Thanksgiving Dinner to share a meal with our neighbors.
Dinners are served from 1-5 PM. We can also arrange for meal delivery or transportation to and from the dinner. Call the church office at 823-2484 to make arrangements before November 19.
Copies of the 2018 Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner flyer in English & Spanish are right here!
All Ages Advent Workshop & Meal
Our annual tradition of gathering the Sunday after Thanksgiving to prepare for Advent continues on November 25, after Worship. Come and enjoy turkey soup and fellowship, craft a lovely Advent Wreath for your home, and prepare your spirit for the Advent season! Space is not limited, but we do need your RSVP by November 15th so that the Childrenâs Faith Formation Team and our caterer can set a place for you at the table. Please RSVP to Becca Emerson in the Church Office.
In order to support the Advent Workshop, we need at least 12 volunteers to step forward by November 11th. Volunteers may sign up for food preparation & craft setup (Sat. 11/24) and for food & craft cleanup (Sun. 11/25). Please sign up using the clipboard in the Church Office, or contact Becca Emerson during church office hours.
Poinsettias will be on display in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 16 & 23. Following the morning service on December 23, poinsettias will be delivered to those who are ill or shut-in. 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 16 will list all the Memorial Poinsettias ordered. Poinsettia order form (PDF)
Save the date for our annual Advent Spiral, December 2 at 5pm in the Chapel. Come and center-down with this silent meditative walk, sponsored by the Childrenâs Faith Formation Team. There will be soft musical accompaniment by Jon Gonzales while each person walks with an apple-candle to the center of the spiral. People of all ages welcome! Please sign up using the clipboard in the Church Office, or contact Becca during church office hours.
Pageant Practice Starting December 9
Christmas Eve Pageant Presented December 24 at 4 pm
Calling all cast members for a Christmas Pageant, December 24, 4pm! If your child or grandchild would like to participate in our Christmas Pageant this year, please RSVP to Pastor Rachel Knuth by November 25th, letting her know:
- Your childâs top three choices of parts (Shepherds, Angels, Wise Ones, Joseph, Mary, Donkey, Barn Animals).
- Your childâs availability to attend all of the rehearsals
- Your childâs preference to have a speaking/non-speaking part
Save the dates for Christmas Pageant Rehearsals: December 9, 16, 23, after church in the Sanctuary.
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 âsub-versionâ of the Christmas story, a version that speaks underneath the superficial version touted by dominant culture.
The primary resource, âNames for the Messiah: An Advent Study,â by Walter Brueggemann, is not required but may be ordered through Sebastopolâs own Copperfieldâs Books, or online.
4 Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Faith Chapel
- November 27 â âWonderful Counselorâ
- December 4 â âMighty Godâ
- December 11 â âEverlasting Fatherâ
- December 18 â âPrince of Peaceâ
To offer the class, Pastor Benjamin is asking that, by November 18, at least 8 people commit to attend all four sessions. Additional participants are welcome to attend one or more sessions.