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The Sonoma Valley Interfaith Ministerial Association wishes to express heartfelt condolences to the membership of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church at the loss of their beloved Pastor Rich Gantenbein.
Rich was a founding member of the SVIMA and a champion of interfaith dialogue. Rich was always ready to do his share in service to the community; supporting the schools, serving on the board of the local hospital, work parties at Sonoma Overnight Support and a stalwart supporter of F.I.S.H. If it mattered to the Valley, it mattered to Rich. His commitment to Sonoma went beyond his role as pastor to one congregation, being of service was who he was at his core.
As faith leaders we have relied on Rich’s wealth of knowledge and generosity of spirit. He was a deep hearted man and he will be remembered by his colleagues for living a life of value with integrity. We will miss our dear friend; may he rest in peace.
Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert
Vice President, SVIMA
Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00pm
Trinity Espiscopal Church
Learn how Muslims, Christians and Jews worked together during WWI. Luc Ferrier will discuss his research and the project in hoping to build new bridges with the American people of all faiths and none.
4th Annual Shared Service of Remembrance
Friday, November 1st, 6:30pm
First Congregational Church/Congregation Shir Shalom Sanctuary
Join First Congregational Church, Congregation Shir Shalom and Valley of the Moon Threshold Singers
for an evening of music, poetry, and reflections on grief and loss. This year, our service falls on Shabbat
and will begin by lighting the Shabbat candles and end with the Rabbi Finley leading the Mourners
Kaddish. Feel free bring pictures, flowers and momentous to add to the altar of remembrance.
All are welcome.
Community Thanksgiving Service
Thursday, November 28th, 10:00am - 11:00am
First Congregational Church/Congregation Shir Shalom, Burlingame Hall
Join us for our annual interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service of song and prayer. All are welcome.
Hospice By the Bay Lights of Remembrance
Sunday, December 8th, 6:00pm
Join us for our annual tree-lighting ceremony to remember and celebrate those who have been lights in our lives. All ages are invited to attend this community gathering and the program includes a sharing of inspiring messages, candle-lighting, music and reflection. Hot cider will be provided.
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Friday, December 20th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St, Sonoma
The multi-colored canvas labyrinth will be open to receive sojourners beginning at 6:00. This is a magical evening of candlelight and instrumental music designed to welcome the change of season and invite reflection on the beauty of winter. People are invited to come and go as they wish and the labyrinth will stay open until 8p.m. or until the last guest finishes their walk.
1st Night of Hanukkah Community Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22nd, 4:00pm
Outside Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St, Sonoma
A community gathering to light the first candle on Congregation Shir Shalom's giant Hanukkah menorah. Music, singing and hot chocolate for all. Everyone is welcome!