November 2017  
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Help for Victims of the Sonoma and Napa Counties Fires

The Episcopal Church is providing direct assistance to those affected by the fire disaster, in the form of gift cards for gas, food, and other necessities.  You can support this ministry by donating to:


Upcoming Events at St. John's:

Roots of Wisdom
presented by Kayleen Asbo

Thursdays, 11:15-12:30
Norm Cram Hall, Petaluma
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7

Six week exploration into the myths, music, art and rituals of the Ancient world, from the Pythia of Delphi to Pythagoras.

​6 week series for $150
$30 per drop-in class 

Session One:  Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia 
November 2: Jewish Prophets and Pagan Sibyls 
November 9: Wisdom of Mesopotamia: Inanna, Isis and Osiris
November 16: Moses, Miriam and the beginning of Egyptian Alchemy 

Session Two: Wisdom of Ancient Greece
November 30: Mysteries of Grief and Transformation in Ancient Greece: Ariadne and Dionysus
December 6: Orpheus and the Eleusinian Mysteries 
December 14: Pythagoras:  The Harmony of Spheres

For more information and to register, click here.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 p.m.
at Elim Lutheran Church
504 Baker St., Petaluma

St. John's Episcopal, B'nai Israel Jewish Center, Elim Lutheran Church, and the Petaluma United Church of Christ will be celebrating Thanksgiving with an interfaith service of prayer, son, and meditation on scripture. Plenty of free parking.


The Great Divide:
How the Reformation Shaped the Modern World

Saturday, November 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Norm Cram Hall

Presented by
Bruce Elliott, Ph.D.

Along with ushering in a change in season, Halloween this year marked a significant historical anniversary, since it was on October 31st in 1517 that Martin Luther hammered up his 95 objections to Papal Indulgences. As the subject of the Reformation was central to both my university research and teaching, I've felt inspired to respond to the occasion. Accordingly, I'd like to invite you to a presentation I will be giving on the historical repercussions of this movement – see attachment.

The standard narrative credits the Renaissance with initiating the momentous transition from Medieval to Modern. While this is true, it was much more the Reformation that gave the modern world its actual shape. This presentation in Petaluma will demonstrate how key hallmarks of modern civilization – democratic government, public education, free enterprise, scientific innovation, and secular society – all issued forth from the Reformation movement .

Though there is no cost for the presentation, to get a sense of numbers, it will be helpful to hear back if you think you can make it on November 25th.

—Bruce Elliott, Ph.D



Friday, December 1, 2017
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

St. John’s has been hosting Taize services in Petaluma on the first Friday of the month since 2009. These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no doctrine, just a calm environment for meditation and for song led by a cantor to the melodious tones of piano and cello.

A donation of $10 is requested, but not mandatory.


Advent Potluck Soup Supper & Wreath Making

Saturday, December 2
5:00 p.m.
in Cram Hall

Click here for a PDF flyer.

Please join us for our fourth annual Advent wreath making evening.

Bring either a pot of soup, bread & butter or finder food dessert to share (and a beverage of your choice).

Bring your own wreath frame or we will provide the wreath frames and candles for $10, but you will need to bring some garden clippers and a bit of wire.

After our potluck dinner, we will make our family Advent wreaths, dim the lights, and light our first candle together.

What to bring: We will need lots of holly, cedar, redwood, bay laurel and/or pine boughs to make our wreaths. If you have access to any and could bring them to the church the morning of December 2, it would be wonderful! Or they could be picked up. Please contact Alison Adams at 559-5044 or email her at

This is a multi-generational event and a perfect way to begin the Advent season. Bring friends, family and children!


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

December 8, 2017
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

The Living Word/Creative Spirit Poetry Circle is on the Second Friday of each month from September thru June.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, December 20
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Parish Hall

No partners or experience needed.The circle is your partner and all dances are simple and taught first. Music comes from around the world. A donation is requested.


Celtic Evensong

5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join Kayleen Asbo and friends for a contemplative evening of poetry, Medieval music, Taize chant and meditation on the theme of compassion. Special featured guest artists will be the Braslavsky Ensemble from Paris, internationally lauded musicians renowned for their haunting and evocative renditions of Hildegard of Bingen, world chant and pilgrim music from the Camino Santiago; poetry of John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Naomi Shahib Nye and Rumi.

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.


Benedictine Group

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues. Our gatherings will continue throughout the rest of the summer and year. Laurie Warren and Kayleen Asbo offer an evening of prayer, singing and study, with: Vespers (a service of psalms, prayers and readings with Gregorian Chant), a simple soup supper, Lectio Divina, a reading and discussion on the Rule of St. Benedict, study of Benedictine Spirituality, and Compline, a brief but beautiful musical close to the day. Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren:







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