JULY 25, 2017 
Summer of 1867 Was Big Year for Our Diocese  

By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim 
Communications Director, and 
the Rev. Harry Allagree, Historian for the Diocese of California

Two Episcopal churches not too far apart - Grace, Fairfield, and Ascension, Vallejo - are celebrating their 150th anniversaries this month. 

At right is the first Grace Church, established in Suisun as a mission in 1867. In 1879 Bishop John Henry Ducachet Wingfield wrote: "Suisun, where we have a small church and rectory attached. During
the past year my Chaplain has held semi-monthly Services, which have been well attended. Four persons were confirmed in May, and in anticipation of the happy event, the ladies had the building put in thorough repair. I found a church without debt or incumbrance - a rare 
state of affairs in California..." (Spirit of the Missions, Vol. 44, p. 21)

Ascension, Vallejo, celebrated its founding with a visitation by Bishop Barry Beisner Sunday, July 23, and Grace, Fairfield, will do likewise this coming Sunday, July 30, with a service at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon for the bishop and area clergy in Suisun.

Read more about the history of these two churches and nearby St. Paul's, Benicia (which had its first service on Sept. 24, 1854) here.
New on Our Staff

The Rev. Sarah Quinney is our new Missioner for Youth Discipleship for the Diocese of Northern California. Rev. Sarah is priest-in-charge at St. James, Lincoln, and will serve the diocese in concert with that ministry.

Rev. Sarah will help our congregations and church leaders in the development of youth discipleship - locally, in the deanery and on the Diocesan level. 

Please contact Rev. Sarah at  sarah@norcalepiscopal.org  or at 916-442-6918 ext. 224, for more information regarding offerings for our youth in the diocese and beyond, and general support for lay and ordained individuals ministering with youth.  
Reminder of Due Dates

The Certificate of Lay Delegates form for 2017 Diocesan Convention is due by  Aug. 3, 2017. The completed form must be mailed to the Office of the Bishop, Attn: Elizabeth Vang, or emailed to  elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org.

The Certificate of Lay Delegates form and more information is available  here. The next deadline is for Resolutions, due by Sept. 1, 2017. The registration deadline for Diocesan Convention is Oct. 2, 2017.
Invest in Our Ministries This Fall

The Bishop's Partnership Appeal is coming this fall!  The Bishop's Partnership Appeal is an end of year opportunity to financially  support   the churches and programs of this diocese.

To learn more about how your congregation or ministry can reap the rewards from this program, please contact  Jacqi Seppi, Administrative Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary and Office Support for The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California, by e-mail  jacqi@norcalepiscopal.org or by calling 916-442-6918 ext. 228.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule 
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available  here.

Lift Every Voice Lifting Up Youth Leaders

Our group from Northern California - the Rev. Sarah Quinney, Anna Wiley of Trinity, Folsom, Emily Potts of Epiphany, Vacaville, and Emily Dedo of St. John's, Roseville, and young adult leaders Elizabeth Potts of Epiphany, Vacaville and Kevin Briggs of St. Martin's, Davis - have been learning how to apply what they have learned in the prior years of Lift Every Voice and how to spread the word of reconciliation to others. They were in Haw River State Park in North Carolina July 21-25.

Rev. Sarah, our Missioner for Youth Discipleship, said: "It has been wonderful to connect in person with the friends we have made from all over the world. Some new youth have joined us this year, including a few from our diocese, and I have been so impressed with the way the other youth have welcomed them into their existing community. One of our youth, Emily Dedo, said on her first day here, 'I love it here. Everyone is so kind and every where you look people are laughing and talking.' "

Unlike past years where the participants made pilgrimages to sites of deep wounds in the American South and in South Africa, Rev. Sarah said, "This year has solely focused on training the youth to be trainers, leaders and facilitators so that we are ready to come back to our communities and train others to help us continue the work of reconciliation."  
Save the Date: Pathways 2018

Save the date for next year's Pathways:  June 24-30, 2018! We'll be in touch with the location and theme in the next few weeks. Spread the word!
Another opportunity for connection: Trinity Cathedral will be hosting an overnight event during diocesan convention, Nov. 3. More details to come.
Screenagers - St. Luke's, Woodland - July 27
A free public screening of the documentary, "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" will be shown this Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m. at  St. Lu ke's, Woodland .
This award winning documentary discusses the various aspects and impacts of social media, video games and internet addiction and offers insights and solutions to empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Appropriate for parents, grandparents, teachers, youth workers and children age 10+. Watch the trailer  here.
St. Mary's, Elk Grove, Is Turning 30: 
Fiesta Planned Aug. 12
 St. Mary's, Elk Grove, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Aug.  1 2 with a fiesta from 2-6 p.m. A worship service will follow. Former parishioners and neighbors are planning to attend, and all are welcome.
Comings and Goings

  On Aug. 1, Pastor Karen Siegfriedt of   Trinity, Sutter Creek, will be handing over the baton to Father Craig Kuehn, who will step in as the interim priest. Kuehn was rector at the Church of Our Savior, Placerville, from 1999 until retiring in 2014 and becoming a priest-associate at Trinity. 

St. Martin, Davis, will be welcoming the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan as their new rector in September. She has been the rector at a church in St. Louis, but has many family ties to Davis. 

St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova, also has called a new rector. More on this next week!
Renovation Has Begun at Trinity Cathedral
Construction began last week and the Great Hall is a hard-hat zone only. No one will be allowed in through the alley access or into the hall or kitchen until the construction tape is removed. Until then, enter only through the glass doors from Capitol Avenue. For the most up-to-date information, call  916-446-2513.
In Remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Timothy Greene

A variety of services will be held in honor of the Rev.   Dr. Timothy Greene, who   died July 6, 2017.   Timothy was a priest of our diocese,  serving at St. Luke's, Calistoga. The dates and times of gatherings and services are as follows:

Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m., San Francisco
Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m., Yountville 

Addresses of the services are available  here.
Services Announced for Canon Stefani Schatz of DioCal

Stefani Schatz, Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of California and wife of the Rev. Dr. Joe Duggan, priest-in-charge at St. Francis, Fair Oaks, died in Santa Barbara on July 12. Services for her will be  in Santa Barbara on July 30 and at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on Aug. 12. More information from the Diocese of California is here. Please hold Joe, and Stefani's mother Iva, in your prayers.
Experience Online Theological Learning
Registration is now open for fall online courses through CALL (Center for Anglican Long-distance Learning) at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Offerings include Anglican Bible, Prayer as Protest, Liturgical Worship, Church Finance and Administration, Social Ministry Leadership, and Jesus: Person and Way. These courses run for seven weeks and are entirely online, and useful for those seeking deeper personal enrichment as well as those in leadership roles in their communities. 

Dates: Sept. 18-Nov. 7
Cost: $220;  Registration and course descriptions here. 
Questions: Email  call@cdsp.edu
Seeking a Unique Retreat? Here are Two Options

"Way of the Cross" at St. Columba's
All Saints' Episcopal Church in Carmel, CA 
will be offering anindividual spiritual retreat house starting Aug. 5. DameJulian's Cottage is one bedroom, two-story cottage, located on the church property, just six blocks from Carmel beach. For reservations , please 
St. Columba's, Inverness,  located in West Marin, near Point Reyes National Seashore, is open for both group and individual retreats. For more information on room rates, for photos and for any other questions, visit  St. Columba's website  or contact  retreat@stcolumbasinverness.org .
News from The Episcopal Church

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church is asking church leaders to complete two online surveys: 

* One about the Church Pension Fund, here;
* The other about the Episcopal Church's social justice work, here.
The data that the committee collects from the surveys will be used to prepare its report on the state of the church for the 79th General Convention in 2018.

Rafael Morales consecrated as seventh bishop of Puerto Rico 

Province VIII Altar Guild meeting Sept. 15-17, Salt Lake City

I f you have a news story or event of interest to others in the diocese, or if you would like assistance with your church or ministry communications, contact Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director at lori@norcalepiscopal.org , 916-442-6918, ext. 226.