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Special Events

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Pot Luck

Wednesday, November 21
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary
Potluck in Norm Cram Hall

Come together in the spirit of gratitude and sharing as St. John’s hosts the second annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. A potluck reception will follow in Cram Hall. Participating congregations include B'nai Israel Jewish Center, The Islamic Center of Petaluma, Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma United Methodist Church, and Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma. Begin your Thanksgiving holiday with prayer, reflection and song that honors the religious diversity of our land. If you would like to help host the potluck reception, contact Betty Petrillo. Because of dietary restrictions for some of our neighbors, we are suggesting vegetarian items. 

Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, December 1
in Santa Rosa

If you missed the Petaluma Ecumenical Habitat for Humanity build day in September, there is another taking place on Saturday, December 1st, with members of Elim Lutheran and First Presbyterian. Construction continues at the Harris Village Project at 2863 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa CA 95403. If you would like to participate and have not already done so, you first need to register as a volunteer at
www.habitatsoco. org/getinvolved/volunteer/

For more information, contact David Irvine at

Click on image to download a PDF flyer.


Advent Prayer Retreat

Tuesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 8
Exact schedule will be released shortly.

Last March, during Lent, St. John’s offered for the first time a “nonresidential” prayer retreat, in which we gathered each morning and evening during the week for contemplative prayer, worship, and a silent meal. The week concluded with an expanded retreat program on Saturday. Participation ranged from those who attended all or nearly-all of the scheduled activities to those who only came for one, and by all accounts it was a nourishing experience of intimacy with one another and with the Holy Spirit. We have scheduled another such retreat for Lent of 2019, but even before then will bring the same practice to Advent. Join us December 4 – 8 as we begin the church year, and the season of expectation and preparation for God’s incarnation in Christ, in quiet, contemplation, and simplicity. The full retreat schedule will be published on our website soon. All activities on the retreat schedule are open to the public and no advance registration is required, except for meals. If you would like to eat breakfast, supper, or Saturday lunch with the retreat group, you must sign up in advance online, or contact the parish office at 762-8872 or If you would be able to help prepare a simple meal for the retreatants, sign up here. 


Regular Events

Benedictine Study Group

Next meeting TBD
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues with 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.

More information on it can be found on our diocesan website: Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website:

Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Paul Mascovich at


Celtic Evensong

Advent and Saying Yes to Life

Sunday, December 9
5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuar


Monthly Labyrinth Walks

A Path of Gratitude
Sunday, November 25
5:00 p.m.
In Norm Cram Hall

Please register through the
Veriditas website by clicking here.

Veriditas and St. John’s are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks. Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress. First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome.

Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.
Facilitated by Brighid FitzGibbon.

Donations gratefully accepted.

Veriditas would like people to register for each event they will attend. 
Please click on the title of the event to link to their website.

Sunday, December 30: Release and Renew


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, December 2
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.


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

Friday, November 16
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

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


Riddles of Our Humanity Study Group

After the 10 a.m. Eucharist
See schedule below.
In the Library

Fundamental questions posed by the riddles of our Humanity call out for us to seek understanding, to take time to ponder, contemplate and discuss.

Free From Dogma by Rev. Tom Ravetz, a book of theological reflections, will serve as basis for our discussion.

Larry Temple will facilitate this study beginning October 7th after the 10am Eucharist in the library, then further on all the Sundays when we're not studying with Rev. Daniel.

Upcoming dates for this study are basically every other Sunday:

October 7 & 21
November 4 & 18
December 2 & 16
January 6 & 27
February 3 & 17
March 3,17 & 31.

First session, Oct. 7thwill be introduction to book.

All are welcome. For further info contact Larry Temple or 707-628-9870.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, December 19
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.

There will be no Sacred Circle Dance on November 21.



Friday, December 7
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.





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