Most of us either have never been inside Santa Rosa’s sweet and novel Church Built from One Tree, or we can’t remember when we were. Tuesday, Feb. 22, will be the ideal day to rectify that.

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m, the city will host a grand re-opening of the former First Baptist Church as it assumes its new role as a historic and charming venue for parties, receptions, weddings, anniversaries, what have you.

A ribbon will be cut and refreshements served, and there will be the appropriate remarks and expressions of appreciation to all who made the restoration of the 1873 church a labor of love.

Someone on Tuesday necessarily will recall that Guerneville lumberman Rufus Murphy hoped to attract a little fame and consumer interest in redwood when delivered the lumber to the congregation and declared that every board foot came from a single giant tree near Armstrong Woods.

The Church of One Tree ( is located at 492 Sonoma Avenue, between Highway 101 and Santa Rosa Avenue. Its back is to the street, which seems odd until you walk and see how nicely the quaint landmark faces Juilliard Park.