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

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)

Proposed Governance Model

A presentation of the proposed Governance Model will happen on Sunday, October 1 at noon in the Media Room with Pastor Benjamin. Come learn about the proposed model, ask questions, and share feedback. Copies will be available at the presentation, or you may view the document right here. If you are not able to attend on October 1, there will be more opportunities to learn about the governance model announced soon.

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

The Community Church of Sebastopol is delighted to offer the Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) for 4/5th graders this Fall! OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum that values human sexuality as a sacred gift. We welcome both church and community members 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. The program begins with an Orientation on September 10th, with classes at 9am on September 17th through November 19th.

Our church’s OWL leaders, Brooke Bell and Pete Emerson attended a three-day intensive training this summer to prepare to lead the children in the OWL program. They’ve been working over the past month to gather materials and ready themselves and the church space for the OWL program. The church will bless them for their work at the worship service on September 10th.

OWL Update

OWL continues its life-affirming, justice-making work with our 4/5th Graders, meeting at 9:00am in the Chapel on Sunday mornings. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum designed by our denomination, the United Church of Christ, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalists. Our fully certified teachers, Pete Emerson and Brooke Bell, will lead the following lessons with the OWL class in October:

  • November 5: Decisions and Actions
  • November 12: Consent and Peer Pressure
  • November 19: Healthy Relationships and Celebration!
    plus OWL recognition ceremony during worship

Additionally, there will be a Parent Information class with Pastor Rachel at 9:00am in the Media Room on Sunday, November 5th, to preview the final three lessons.

Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions and for the complete schedule:

Confirmation, not Conformation

September 17 - November 26

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God. – Romans 12:2

Community Church will be offering a Confirmation Class this fall. That’s confirmation not conformation. In other words, the class is not about getting young people to conform to a prescribed meaning of the Christian faith. Confirmation is a rite of passage, a focused spiritual time for a young person to deepen in faith and to receive a blessing from one’s spiritual community, the Church. It’s a time to nurture one’s relationship with God, to explore Christian practices, to learn basic beliefs, and to discover how these things can become a life-long adventure.

More information and details can be found here.

Young Adults Group - 20/30's Group

December 8 at the Community Church

Post high school, college students – all young adults – are invited to our 20/30’s Holiday Party Potluck in the Youth Lounge at the Community Church. Please bring your favorite holiday dish to share, beverages will be provided. We will be having a holiday sweater contest and a White Elephant gift exchange. Always welcoming new people and guests to the group! If you are interested or have questions, please Contact Ross Galleto or 707-495-1507.

Faith in Action Team (FIAT)

Let’s Put Our Faith into Action!

Our church is a member of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) which is a multicultural, multi-faith organization working together to provide a better life for all in Sonoma County.

Please join us at the county wide meeting and vote for the top priorities for NBOP to focus on for the next few years. Let’s have a good turn out from the Community Church to show our support and concern for these issues.

    • Sunday, November 5
    • 3 – 5 pm
    • Glaser Center – 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa

    We will meet in the church parking lot by Fellowship Hall at 2:10 pm to carpool to Santa Rosa.

    Over the last month we have been gathering concerns from our congregation to take to NBOP. The top concerns raised:

      • Need for affordable housing
      • Need for mental health services
      • Help for the homeless

      Thank you to all who participated in the survey. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Joyce Cox. We will keep you posted once a new date is selected and would love to have you join us.

      Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

      Thursday, November 23 from 1pm to 5pm

      On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 join ustable decorations 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 2017 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 12 & 19 (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 22 or Thursday, November 23.

      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 20.

      Copies of the 2017 Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner flyer in English & Spanish are right here!


      Women's Retreat Christmas Wreaths & See's Candy Sales

      A Fund Raiser for the Women's Retreat Scholarship Fund

      This holiday season enjoy fresh greens from California lovingly hand-crafted into beautiful Christmas Wreaths.

      Wreaths can be ordered on December 3 & 10 and picked up on December 10. All proceeds will benefit the Women’s Retreat scholarship fund. Wreaths are $20 each - check with Jane Huneke for more information.

      Assorted boxes of See's Candy will also be available for purchase on December 3 & 10. Look for the table in the courtyard after worship.

      All Ages Advent Workshop & Meal

      November 26

      The Children’s Ministry Team invites all people who want to deepen their Advent practice to an all-ages Advent Workshop after worship on November 26th.

      We will begin at noon with a home-cooked, sit-down meal in Fellowship Hall. After the dishes are cleared, we will move on to crafting-- the choices will be staying at a table to color giant Advent posters, or creating an Advent wreath to take with you for your home Advent practice. All coloring and wreath-making materials will be provided, along with a beautiful weekly devotional to take home.

      The workshop will be guided with the intention of bringing all generations together in relationship and creating a meaningful home practice of candle-lighting during Advent. All are welcome, but you must register to attend!

      What you need to be ready for the Advent Workshop:

        • Register for the workshop by contacting the church office by Friday, November 17th, so we can set a place for you!
        • Maximum capacity for this workshop is 50 people.
        • This is a zero-waste event: please bring your own plates, utensils, and cloth napkins.
        • Cups and beverages will be provided.

        If you can help with set-up or clean-up (either for the meal or the crafting), please contact Brooke Bell. If you have questions or want to talk more about creating a home rhythm for Advent, please contact Pastor Rachel.


        Christmas Poinsettias

        Poinsettias will be on display in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 17 & 24. Following the morning service on December 24, 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 24.

        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 17 will list all the Memorial Poinsettias ordered. Poinsettia order form (PDF)

        Advent Spiral

        December 3

        greenery spiral

        Come deepen your Advent practice at our 4th annual Advent Spiral in the Chapel on December 3 at 5 pm, please sign up with Karin in the church office. Children, youth, and adults are welcome.

        There will be soft guitar music as we process through the spiral one at a time. Each person will have an unlit candle in an apple holder, and will silently walk to the center of the spiral to light the candle. Then as s/he walks out of the spiral s/he will place the apple candle on an empty stump in the greenery.

        This ritual calls forth in all of us the seeking of light—in going to our very center, we discover the light and take it out to share it with others. Please come ready to participate in a quiet walking meditation as we begin our Advent season.