Events at St. John's

All public gatherings at St. John's are cancelled until further notice due to the covid-19 virus. 

We continue to offer worship, classes, and common prayer remotely via Facebook Live and Zoom.

Go to the Worship menu for information about these events.

The regularly-scheduled events below will resume when the public health emergency is over.


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

Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, May 23
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

As is the current norm, the group will be held via Zoom, and an invitation with link to the meeting will come out closer to that date. I am excited to begin our new book,  Always Living With Contradiction, by Esther de Waal. Let’s get through the Prologue, which I have found interesting since it is contains direct quotes from St. Benedict, as well as from the Old and New Testaments. And it sets the stage for the rest of the book.

The Benedictine Group meets monthly, focused on learning and practicing the Benedictine Rule. The morning starts with centering and morning prayers, and chanting in the Sanctuary; then moves to the library for Lectio Divina, discussion, and closing prayer. 

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


Fellowship Meal - Prayer and Potluck


The prayer service will be at 5:30 in Cram Hall with dinner immediately following at 6 p.m.

If you are coming to the potluck only, and arrive early, please enter the kitchen using the side library door during the prayer service.

If you would like to be part of a team to help plan and lead the evening prayer service, contact Daniel at or 762-8872.

If you would like to volunteer to be the maitre d' for the potluck for a future month, contact Betty at


Interfaith Food Pantry

4:45 p.m.
Elim Lutheran Church
504 Baker St.

The Thursday Evening Interfaith Pantry is looking for volunteers for Thursdays. 

The Interfaith Food Pantry is continuing to serve anyone who is experiencing food insecurity at this time. Food distribution remains at Elim Lutheran Church every Thursday (St. John’s supports the 2nd Thursdays) at 5:30pm.

Volunteers begin preparing the food as it starts to arrive after 4:15pm. 
Current volunteers must be HEALTHY, wear MASKS (bring own), and GLOVES (provided).

At this point all preparation and distribution will be done outside in the church parking lot, with markings for “social distancing” and most food pre-selected/sorted into bags/boxes. With the utmost respect for our patrons, we have always been happy to allow them the opportunity to choose what items best suit their families; however, at this time we have to move to a more impersonal approach.  

We are currently serving around 60 families, representing all ages, cultures, and faiths.

In an effort to avoid overwhelming/crowding the site, if you wish to volunteer please email Erin Hetrick-Hohenner at

The food pantry takes place at the Elim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 504 Baker Street. For more information, please call 762-4081.


Labyrinth Walks


Join us on the third Friday evening of each month for a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart, and reduces stress. Walking the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice that provides a container for contemplation and growth. Walks are facilitated by Emily Betts and other Bay Area labyrinth facilitators. Live music provided by Robin O'Brien and Jean Farmer of Notan. No registration necessary; by donation.

For more about the history of the labyrinth, click here.


Petaluma Contra Dance


Click here for more information about North Bay Country Dance.

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.


Sacred Circle Dance


Join us for dances both meditative and joyful to music from many cultures. Dances are simple and taught first. Further info:




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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