Shepherd by the Sea is celebrating worship in its new sanctuary in Gualala! 

Shepherd by the Sea held a festive and beautiful dedication service on Sunday, February 18th.  Bishop Megan Traquair of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, and Bishop Jeff Johnson of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America were present to solemnize this important occasion.  Our advising Episcopal and Lutheran minsters, the Rev. Portia Hopkins and the Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka, were also part of this special service. Led by the cross, the clergy processed into the sanctuary, followed by the congregation. Bishop Traquair offered the homily, and Bishop Johnson presided over communion. Music director Sue Bohlin and violinist Marcia Potter provided musical accompaniment. Sue also led the SBTS Choir in "Come Build a Church." Food and fellowship followed the service, finishing out an exciting day in the life of Shepherd by the Sea, as we settled into our  permanent home.  

Shepherd by the Sea is a Protestant congregation open to the community in Gualala and the Mendonoma area. Our roots are in the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and our worship liturgy is drawn from both traditions. 

This coming Sunday, March 3rd, the Rev. Portia Hopkins presides at our 10 am worship service with holy communion.


Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we would like to meet you. All are welcome to join us!