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.

Our first OWL program with Grades 4 & 5 completed - watch for information about the next session.

Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

Governance Change Process

By Rev. Benjamin Broadbent, Senior Minister & Patty Raney, Moderator

For the past year, our church’s Council has been working on organizing and articulating a new governance model to serve our congregation in the coming years.

On January 29, 2018, at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, the Council will review the process so far and outline the next steps. Here’s a preview (subject to adjustment):

Process so far:

  • Began in Fall 2016
  • Part of monthly Council agenda starting February 2017
  • Council formed Governance Committee in April 2017
  • Council Off-Site Retreat in August 2017
  • Governance Committee offered made presentations to congregation, Trustees, Staff & Women’s Fellowship
  • Overview of governance model in October 2017 newsletter
  • Outline of governance model on outside bulletin board November & December 2017
  • Bylaws Sub-Committee created draft of Bylaws in December 2017

    Next steps:

    • Governance Model Presentations for all interested members:
    • 1. Wednesday, January 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Media Room 2. Sunday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Media Room
    • Annual Meeting of the Congregation:
    • Sunday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary o Overview of proposed Governance Model o Description of process so far and next steps o Draft of Bylaws made available to the congregation for review
    • Special Meeting of the Congregation:
    • Sunday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary o Vote on proposed Bylaws o Vote on slate of nominees for new Governance Model

    As you can see, it has been an involved and inclusive process. Ideas are being shared and energy is being generated. Please participate, learn more, ask questions, make suggestions, and pray for the well-being of our congregation and its leadership.


    A major revsion to the by-laws of the Community Church of Sebastopol has been drafted. Please take some time to familarize yourself with the proposed changes. Also available to you, a copy of the current by-laws. There will be multiple opportunities for discussion and questions before these items are presented to the congregation for a vote.

    Current By-Laws, revised November 13, 2011

    Draft of proposed major revision By-Laws, dated January 10, 2018

    Watch for more information and a calendar of dates for by-law discussions and reviews.

    An Educational Estate Planning Seminar

    February 10, 2018

    Community Church of Sebastopol will be holding an education seminar on TRUSTS, ESTATES & FINANCIAL PLANNING. Sponsored by the Memorial & Endowment Committee, with legal and financial planning expertise on hand to share their wisdom and answer your questions. Who is this for? Church members and their friends –

    • Young Adults, Young Families getting started
    • Working People eyeing retirement
    • Seniors in golden years

    Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday morning, February 10th, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:00 am in the Media Room. We will have coffee and refreshments – more details here.

    Your planned giving puts . . . Faith into action . . . Hope into action . . . Love into action

    All Ages Ash Wednesday Service

    February 14

    On Wednesday, February 14, we will mark the beginning of the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service for all ages in Faith Chapel followed by a simple Supper in Fellowship Hall.

    At 5:45 all ages are invited to an Ash Wednesday service in Faith Chapel. Ashes will be available for those who would like to receive them as we start the 40 day journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and Holy Week.

    Immediately following the service, you are invited to share a meal prepared by new members Luis and Birgit Quezada & Family in Fellowship Hall.

    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 - Ross Galleto
      • March 13 - Kathy Matthies
      • 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.


      World Day of Prayer

      Friday, March 2

      This ecumenical day of prayer is celebrated globally from the time the sun rises in the Pacific until it sets. This event will be hosted by our Women's Fellowship at 2 pm with a reception to follow. All churches in the area are invited. For more information, call Chris Jenkins or see the attached flyer.

      Young Adults Group - 20/30's Group

      March 2 at Hop Monk

      Post high school, college students – all young adults – meet on the first Friday of each month at Hop Monk Tavern in Sebastopol for our 20/30’S GROUP on Frdiay, March 2nd at 7PM. Hope you can join us for a visit and some good conversation! If you are interested or have questions, please Contact Ross Galleto or 707-495-1507.