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St. John's Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, July 21 - 9:00 a.m.
Start in the Sanctuary

Please read the Chapters 2 ("The Invitation") and 3 ("Listening") of
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues with Laurie Warren and members of the Benedictine Study Group leading the office of Morning Prayer with simple Taize chanting in the church sanctuary. We go to the library for fellowship; study of chapter one of Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (see below); Lectio Divina; discussion of Benedictine Spirituality; and closing prayers.

Join Benedictine Study Group members in studying “Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict,” by Esther de Waal, described as “an excellent primer on incorporating contemplation and prayer into everyday life.” More information on it can be found on our diocesan website: http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/seasonalresources. Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website: www.benedictfriend.org/the-rule.html.

Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren: lauriew.sjecp@gmail.com.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, July 18
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.


Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, July 29
Noon at the home of Jeanne & Steve Nelson

We will celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the founding of St. John’s with our annual Parish Picnic, at 12 noon on Sunday, July 29, at the home of Jeanne  and Steve Nelson, 320 Liberty Road, Petaluma. The venue includes a wonderful 50's-vintage soda fountain with pinball machines and jukebox, a bocce ball court and ample lawn space for other games. Look for a sign-up sheet soon in the parish kitchen. The parish will furnish the BBQ, and the hosts will provide ice cream and toppings.


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, August 5
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Beginner's Lesson at 6:00 p.m.
In Cram Hall

Band: The Crabapples: Teresa Fife (bass), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, doumbek), Norm Cotton (piano)

Caller: Kelsey Hartman
Sound: Marty Brenneis

Prices: $10 NBCDS/CDSS-affiliate members; $12 non-members; $5 under 30, FT students w/ID, and financial hardship; $2 ages 6-17

Please note the dance is in the St. John’s Social Hall on C St. between 5th and 6th Streets by the parking lot.



Is on break until September 7

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.

Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

Is on break until September 21

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





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