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Upcoming Events at St. John's:

Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, August 15
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.


St. John's Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, TBD
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Start in the Sanctuary

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: 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 Laurie Warren:


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, September 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.



Habitat for Humanity


Addressing the Housing Crisis in our Community


Saturday, September 8


Habitat for Humanity is an international faith-based organization dedicated to improving lives by building modest, affordable homes in partnership with our communities and families in need. Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity is organizing an ecumenical building project with faith communities in Petaluma, including Elim Lutheran, Petaluma UCC, First Presbyterian, and St. John’s Episcopal. This is an opportunity for members and friends of St. John’s to take a small but direct step in addressing the housing crisis in our community, and strengthen relationships with our neighbors.


The project day will be Saturday, September 8, 2018, and the build site will be in Santa Rosa. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and must register at the Habitat website:


Once registration is completed you can sign up for the specific project day here.

If you are interested, or would like more information you can contact David Irvine, Faith Partners Liaison for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County at 707-318-2541 or



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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