• Entry view, note light fixtures installed
  • Kitchen cabinets install in progress

We are making great progress renovating Shepherd by the Sea's new worship space on Cypress Way in Gualala: new goldenrod paint in selected areas, warm white in the remainder of the space, installation of doors, flooring, and kitchenette cabinetry. 

This coming Sunday, December 3, 2021, is the first Sunday of Advent. We invite you to join us at the Gualala Arts Center, Coleman Hall, for our worship service from 10-11 am. The Rev. Portia Hopkins, our Episcopal Advising minister, will preside. We will light the first candle on the advent treat, singing "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." 

The Gualala Arts Center is located among the redwoods at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala. (Directions). We will share coffee, treats, and fellowship outside after the service.


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

Background on Shepherd by the Sea and our travel: 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, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church and our worship liturgy is drawn from both denominations.

Shepherd by the Sea has has been worshiping in various locations since the start of the pandemic when we lost our long-time church site. We then met for year and a half at the Gualala Community Center. Sadly, the Gualala Community Center was consumed by an arson fire on February 13th, 2023, a tragedy for our small coastal community. We are now eagerly anticipating the completion of renovations of our permanent worship space on Cypress Way in Gualala.

As we continue to renovate our permanent worship space, our resilient and enthusiastic congregation copes with several temporary spaces.  Until our new worship space is ready, Shepherd by the Sea will be worshiping either at the Gualala Arts Center or at the Ohlson House on the Sea Ranch (whenever the Gualala Arts Center is unavailable due to special events).