JANUARY 2, 2018
Happy New Year!
The Office of the Bishop wishes you an abundance of health and happiness 
in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eighteen.

New Ministry Celebrations

This Thursday, Jan. 4: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, 6:30 p.m.,  St. Martin, Davis After the service there will be a party with food and dancing. All are welcome!

Feb. 16:
 The Rev. Bradley Helmuth, 6:30 p.m.,  Holy Trinity, Nevada City

All are invited to attend these events. Clergy: red stoles.
During Advent, Bishop Barry Beisner invited us to consider a gift for the church we love, joining with the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California for the 2017 Bishop's Partnership Appeal.  You can still donate to the Appeal through  online giving .
To see a list of diocesan ministries that are participating, click here.
CCD Registration Open for 2018 Dates

Registration for the College for Congregational Development is now open. Groups chose either two weekends or a weeklong session:
  • April 6-8 & Oct. 26-28
  • June 10-15

All sessions will be at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg.

To learn more about the benefits of attending CCD and to register, click  here.
Transitional Diaconate Ordinations - Jan. 20

On Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m.,  Lisa Biersch Cole,  Jana Mauck Branson,  Grant McNeill Bakewell Jr. and  Thomas Robert Gartin will be ordained t o the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Barry Beisner at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento.

Your prayers and presence are requested; a reception will follow. Clergy: white stoles.

Anti-Racism Training Jan. 27 at Faith, Cameron Park

The first 2018 Anti-Racism Training will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Faith, Cameron Park. This year's event will be facilitated by leaders from the Kaleidoscope Institute and provides an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world.

Anti-Racism Training is required for all who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees) and licensed lay ministers.  
This event is free, and lunch is included, but registration is required. Please register by Jan. 22, 2018, here.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule
  • Jan. 7 - St. Michael's, Fort Bragg 
  • Jan. 21 - St. George's, Carmichael
  • Feb. 11 - St. John's, Lakeport 
  • Feb. 18 - St. Michael's, Anderson 
  • Feb. 25 - St. Paul's, Crescent City
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here

Bishop Search Listening Sessions Set ; More Dates to Come

The Bishop Search Committee is urging everyone in the diocese to attend a listening session close to them. 

Please save the date for these listening sessions:

Feb. 10: Incarnation, Santa Rosa
Feb. 24: St Alban's, Arcata 
March 10: St. John's, Roseville

Additional listening sessions will be held, with the dates to be determined. 

Please check the diocesan website for other information of interest. The timeline and FAQs have been updated, and a report from the retreat has been added.

2018 Bible Challenge: Start a New Study Group at Church

The 2018 Bible Challenge will kick off in the new year with resources, encouragement, and events for starting a new Bible Study in your congregation. Whether you're starting your first Bible Study or a Bible Study for a new group of people, you can begin thinking about who you might invite to participate in the transformative experience of reading the Bible together, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Weekend of Service and Overnight at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Join youth (Grades 6-12) from around Northern California at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for fun, reflection and action in honor and application of the teachings and life of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Gather, worship, play games, dive deep, make friends, enjoy food, and march! Youth: register here; adults register here.
When: Sunday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m. to Monday Jan. 15, 1 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Contact: The Rev. Mary Carter Greene, maryg@gracecathedral.org;
Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org 

Pathways Early Registration Deadline Extended to Jan. 15

Just a reminder that if you or someone in your parish is planning to attend PathwaysJune 24-30 at Sonoma State, please register sooner rather than later! The early registration discount of $50 has been extended through Jan. 15, 2018. If cost is holding you back from attending, please contact the Rev. Sarah Quinney.
Summer Camp Registration Opens at Bishop's Ranch 

It may be cold outside now, but you can get reduced rates for a summer camp week at the Bishop's Ranch near Healdsburg if you sign up before Jan. 15. The Bishop's Ranch offers programs for youth and families; get more information here. If you are a young adult who likes to work with children, you can apply to be a camp counselor; the priority deadline is Jan. 19.
Living Well Through Lent 2018

Living Compass' Lenten guide for 2018 is now available for purchase through pre-order only

Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of love and Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter.

Calling All Singers in the Diocese for Annual Choir Festival

The 31st Annual Diocesan Choir Festival  will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, and conclude with a public Evensong at 4 p.m.. Contact Canon David Link at   sierracanon@gmail.com  for more information. The form to sign up is here. Everyone is welcome to attend the Evensong and listen to the sacred music.
Meditations on 1 Peter Conference on Jan. 13 in Antelope

The Center for Bible Study at St. Andrews, Antelope, will offer a one-day, Saturday conference, Meditations on 1 Peter. The conference coincides with the publication of the book, "I Peter: A Collaborative Commentary," edited by the Rev. Peter Rodgers, with contributions from 20 of his former students at Fuller Theological Seminary. The conference, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.on Jan. 13, will include presentations from several of the contributors. Registration is $20, which includes lunch. Register here.
CDSP Offers Spring Courses Online

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, is offering online courses for all interested in furthering their theological knowledge. For more information, go to their  website. For those considering attending seminary, check out SeeCDSP.


Youth Ministry Symposium: From Anxiety to Love

Join Mark Yaconelli, teacher, author and researcher, for a contemplative approach to youth ministry on  March 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at CDSP. The symposium is $25 and includes lunch; childcare provided (please indicate your need for childcare when you register). More information on the day is available here. Register here.
From the Episcopal Church

Applications are now accepted for the 2018 United Thank Offering (UTO) grants.  The focus for the 2018 United Thank Offering grants is Becoming the Beloved Community: Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice.  UTO grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty. Applications are due March 2, 2018. More information is  available here .

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