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Events at St. John's

Upcoming Events at St. John's

Regular Events (click on name for link to event on page)

Special Events



Fifth Annual Community Harvest Day

Saturday, August 24
8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Truett Hurst Winery
5610 Dry Creek Rd

Honoré Farm and Mill, our source for the local, organic wheat flour we use for our communion bread, is holding its Fifth Annual Community Harvest Day. After the harvest, we will share an outstanding on-farm lunch to celebrate our success. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at

Homecoming Sunday

Sunday, September 8
Immediately following the 9:30 a.m. service
(Our last combined service of the summer)

This potluck event gives St. John's parishioners the opportunity after summer activities to gather and re-introduce themselves to the flock, and to become better acquainted with the wonderful, meaningful ministries, both in-reach and outreach, while enjoying the fellowship of  the St John’s family. If you’ve been seeking to connect with a church, or know someone who is, this is the perfect time to explore what God is doing at Saint John’s.

Stay tuned...more details to follow. 

Regular Events

Benedictine Study Group

Date TBD
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
In the Sanctuary

The next meeting of the Benedictine Study Group will be Saturday August 10th, from 8:00-10:30am. No meeting in July. Even if you haven’t been able to attend much in the past, please feel welcome to come.

We will focus during the next discussion in the book Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living, pp 19-24.

As always, I look forward to a rich and sacred time. Hope all are having an enjoyable and safe summer.

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


Celtic Evensong

Sunday, September 8
5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Music of Clara Schumann, Scottish Ballades and Irish Lullabies
​Poetry of Mary Oliver and Mark Nepo

A donation of $20 is requested.

Upcoming Evensongs:

October 13 - Joyful Noise Gospel choir and Benjamin Mertz
November 10 - Catherine Braslavsky and music of pilgrimage; Jewish and Christian chant and Jewish poetry of lamentation recited by Doug von Koss, Larry Robinson and Hari Meyers in remembrance of Kristallnacht and the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Father Daniel and Rabbi Ted will co lead prayers for peace.
December 8 - Members of Sonoma Bach with Advent Hymns


Monthly Labyrinth Walks

Sunday, August 25
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

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 date of the event to link to their website.

Upcoming dates and registration links:

Sunday, September 22
Sunday, October 27
Sunday, November 24
Sunday, December 22


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, September 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, September 20
7:30 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

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


Theological Reflections Circle

In the Library

The next meeting is after the 10am Eucharist, at 11:40 in the library, Sunday, June 2nd. When from the book, Free From Dogma, the discussion will concern the chapter "Evil Calls for Redemption". Each discussion is unique, so all are welcome if for only one time. This is certainly a topic and reality in great need of understanding and handling. Conversation facilitated by Larry Temple.

Larry Temple will facilitate this study.

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


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, October 16
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.



Friday, September 6
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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