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The Heroine's Quest

Saturday, February 2
10:30 am- 4:30 pm in Norm Cram Hall
One day workshop of myth, art, and ritual

Cost: $125 - Click here to register.

In cultures around the world throughout time, February 2 has signified a day of deep introspection and illumination. In the Ancient Greek world, it marked the journey of Persephone from the underworld as she brought light and hope back to Earth. In the Christian tradition, it is the day known as Candlemas, a feast in which all the candles that will be used in the church for the coming year are blessed.

On this day, we will gather together as a circle to explore the common threads between Candlemas, Persephone and the tale of Psyche and Eros as ancient roadmaps for the individuation of the Self. These are profound stories that speak to us of leaving family, of love and yearning, loss and betrayal, of the slow journey to wisdom, patience and discernment. The myths are guides in how to find beauty in even the darkest of places, and ultimately how to awaken transformed, united with Love, having realized our full potential.

Join us for this transformative journey as we embark on connecting these deep myths of healing and wholeness to our own lives
through storytelling, art meditation, guided journaling and a powerful labyrinth ritual.

Candlemas Family Evening

Saturday, February 2
5:00 pm in Norm Cram Hall

Our Candlemas Family Evening will celebrate the Presentation in the Temple and the Feast of Saint Bridgit with storytelling, beeswax candle-making and the sharing of soup; helping to kindle light and new life in the cold and darkness of the outer season. Beginning at 5pm in the parish hall with the story of Jesus' presentation in the Temple, proceeding to the candle-making, finishing with soup and the story of Saint Bridgit. Contact Larry for more info @ onezelf2@gmail.com.

Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, February 2, 2019
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: 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 Paul Mascovich at pmascovich@att.net.


Celtic Evensong

Dedicated to Mary Oliver

Sunday, February 10
5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Mythica will be dedicating this Evensong to Mary Oliver, weaving together her words with music of Mozart, Bach and Schubert which she adored, performed by Kayleen Asbo and violinist Nigel Armstrong and some chants which we are writing to some of her key phrases.


Monthly Labyrinth Walks

2019 Schedule TBD

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.


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, February 3
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, January 25
Note change of date for January.
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,

Upcoming dates for this study are basically every other Sunday:

January 6 & 27
February 3 & 17
March 3,17 & 31.

All are welcome. For further info contact Larry Temple onezelf2@gmail.com or 707-628-9870.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, January 17
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, February 1
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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