October 2019 — a special Mission Team project
There will be two five-day opportunities to join our Mission Team members as they participate in a United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project in Redding, CA.
VIM is helping to build homes for people who lost theirs in the 2018 Carr Fire.
More info on the VIM website .

October 2019 — Advent Study Group
On four consecutive Thursday afternoons in October — 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31 (yes, on Hallowe’en!) at 2:30 pm in the Chapel, we will once again hold an Advent Study Group. Our book this season will be Light of the World: a Beginner’s Guide to Advent by
Amy-Jill Levine. Info:

Monday, October 28 at 5:00 pm
It’s time for our Charge Conference! All are invited to learn about our goals for the future of Sebastopol UMC and to share in the spirit of fellowship. Those who are willing to share their talents and grace, please contact Pastor Iunisi via the church office,
707-823-7971. Everyone is welcome to attend the Charge Conference!

Deadline for contributions to the NOVEMBER 2019 APPLESEED is October 15.
Thank you!

All Sundays in November — Thanksgiving Food Drive
It’s not too soon to start collecting food for donation to the Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry during this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive! Every year the SebUMC family generously gives hundreds of items which are shared in the community via this ever-important food bank. Shall we exceed last year’s contribution? Let’s try! On any Sunday in November, you are invited to place your canned/packaged food donations on the altar — for details please see the NEWSLETTER

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Bishop Carcaño writes about recent UMC events — Please read the March 3, 2019 message from our bishop, Minerva Carcaño, via THIS LINK.

Future of the UMC — Do you have questions about recent events in the larger United Methodist Church? Please follow THIS LINK to hear what Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor at The Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, Kansas), told his congregation on March 3, 2019 after attending the recent UMC conference in St. Louis, Missouri. (approx. one hour in length)
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First Sunday of Every Month
Next events are Sunday, November 3 and Sunday, December 1, 2019

SEBASTOPOL UMC FIRST SUNDAY DISCUSSION TABLE — We have a new opportunity to gather and discuss topics of interest to United Methodists — Please join us in Epworthian Hall after worship (11:45 am) on each first Sunday of the month. Pick up some refreshments at our Hospitality table, then sit with us and join the discussion. All are welcome!

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Fourth Saturday of Every Month
next dates October 26, November 23, and December 28, 2019

in Need of a Meal — SebUMC is one of the local churches which provide a nutritious lunch once a month for the community. On the FOURTH SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, all are welcome to dine with us in Epworthian Hall. We also welcome people who wish to donate food or time/energy to help us provide this meal for our neighbors. Please send email to for more information.

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Every Wednesday at Noon
CENTERING PRAYER AND PRAYER OF THE IMAGINATION — SebUMC, in collaboration with The Journey Center of Santa Rosa, offers a free, open prayer gathering every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 pm in our sanctuary. You are invited to come and encounter Christ, in silence, in contemplation, and in the imagination, as we practice Christ-centered forms of meditation. Centering Prayer uses silence as a doorway to God’s presence; the Prayer of the Imagination offers guided prayer/meditation to encounter the holy through the heart, senses, and emotions as we use the imagination to enter the gospel scenes. Both forms of prayer invite us into a direct experience of God/Christ/The Sacred. Beginners and people on all meditation paths are welcome.

Every Friday at Noon
OPEN PRAYER — SebUMC offers free, open intercessory prayers every Friday at noon, our prayer ministry led by Pastor Iunisi in our sanctuary (if the door is locked, please knock on the Pastor’s office door). You are invited to send your prayer requests by email to, or mail/drop off a postcard any time.

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UNITED METHODIST NEWS — Looking for more United Methodist news from around the world? Click this link to visit the United Methodist News website and to read or subscribe for FREE…

UNITED MISSION TO NEPAL (UMN) — Follow the stories and journeys of UMN’s Katherine Parker and others who are bringing health and education improvements, and building strong personal connections, in western Nepal. Visit their website via this link: UMN-Katherine Parker
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HOME CARE ASSISTANCE — Do you know someone in our area who needs help at home (cooking, cleaning, personal care, etc), or who needs help doing tasks or running errands? Contact Pastor Iunisi Tovo — she can refer you to people who are ready, willing, and qualified to assist.

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