JUNE 5, 2018
Bishop Search Transition Committee Named


Front row, from left: Ane Deister (chair), Carol Kent, Renee Pierce, Anne Smith, 
Mary Higbee, Jeanne Forte (chaplain); middle row: Kacei Conyers, Jay Elmquist, Megan Anderson, Maria Acuna-Feldman, Mary Goshert, Diane Schoenrock; back row: William Chisum, Barry Watkins, Lynne Thomas, Dan Boeger, Lucretia Jenve.

Under the oversight of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, the Transition Committee will be charged with a minimum of the following responsibilities:
  • Planning and conducting the "walkabouts" (the visits of the finalists and their spouses and partners) prior to the election
  • Support and assist the Standing Committee to hold the electing convention
  • Assist the Presiding Bishop's Office in the planning of the Consecration service
  • Planning and conducting two major hospitality events on the weekend of the Consecration
  • Assist in helping the bishop elect's smooth transition into the diocese
  • Provide attentive pastoral care and thanks to the candidates not elected

Profile Is Done; Applications and Nominations Due July 7

The Bishop Search Committee published the profile of our diocese on Friday, May 25. They will be accepting applications and nominations for the eighth bishop of Northern California until July 7, 2018.

More information on the Bishop Search is  available here .
A General Convention as Diverse as the Church

By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director

For many faithful Episcopalians who attend services every Sunday come rain or shine, the General Convention is something far away that happens every three years. But for deputies, alternates, bishops, and 300 or so volunteers who handle everything from checking badges, data entry, worship setup and take down, language services, greeters, gofers, and community awareness, the convention center they share with the Episcopal Church Women Triennial will become their island home for nearly every waking hour almost two weeks.

Northern California deputies and alternates, from left: Myles Clarke, the Rev. Lewis Powell, the Rev. James Richardson, the Very Rev. Sara Potter, Jim Jordan, Charis Hill, John Miller, Canon Charles Mack, the Very Rev. Cliff Haggenjos and the Rev. Andrea McMillin, Canon to the Ordinary.
This year the 79th General Convention will be in Austin, Texas, which is also home to 14 Episcopal Churches and the Seminary of the Southwest.

Major topics to be discussed include racial reconciliation; revision of the Book of Common Prayer; evangelism; rites for the marriage of all persons and blessings of relationships; and how to support peace in Israel and the dignity of every human being in that country. Bishop Barry Beisner is sponsoring at least one resolution, On the Status of Jerusalem, which asks that the 79th General Convention strongly re-affirm its long-established position calling for the city of Jerusalem to be the shared capital of both the State of Israel and of a future Palestinian state.

The Rev. Andrea McMillin, Canon to the Ordinary and chair of the Northern California deputation, said, "General Convention is where the Church as a body talks, and it informs and affects how we respond and act on important issues down the road."

An overview of how General Convention is structured and how to prepare for it is available here. Coming June 26: Deputies and alternates talk about their past General Convention experiences and what they hope to do at this one.

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Save the Date: 2018 Diocesan Convention Nov. 9-10


Please save the date for the annual Diocesan Convention to be held in Redding, CA, on Nov. 9-10, 2018. In addition, keep an eye out for the Pre-Diocesan Convention packet to be released later this week, which will contain forms, information on registration, and more.

Deanery Convocations will be Oct. 20. More information coming soon.
New Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist

Elizabeth Vang, previously the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Bishop since November 2015, has transitioned into the role of Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist. 

Her email will remain elizabeth@norcalepiscopal.org, and her new extension is 916-442-6918, ext. 229. 

You may contact Elizabeth for any benefits-related questions.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule  
  • June 10 - St. Michael's, Carmichael
  • July 22 - Holy Trinity, Willows
  • July 29 - Holy Spirit, Lake Almanor
  • Aug. 26 - Sts. Martha & Mary, Trinidad
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND OUR DIOCESE
Faith, Cameron Park, Offers Ecumenical Walks This Summer

Ten people showed up for the first Spirit Walk at Cameron Park Lake on June 2. The relaxing, nourishing and fun spirit walks with people of faith will continue Friday mornings in June, and in July, the walks will be Thursday evenings at 6:30. Says the Rev. Sonya Reichel, "We will learn and experience a variety of meditative walks. These practices will help still your mind, calm your body, and refresh your spirit. Each walk will last no more than 45 minutes." Each week stands alone, so come when the spirit moves you! Sorry, no dogs are allowed.
 
For more information, contact  Rev. Sonya Reichel,  Assistant Rector of Faith Episcopal Church, via email at  sonya@faithec.org or via phone at  916-747-0403.
August EfM Mentor Training in Auburn: Register Soon

The 2018 EfM Mentor Training Session will be at Mercy Center in Auburn, Aug. 1-3.
 The diocese offe rs  both F ormation and Foundation classes.

Registration forms are available for download here, and must be mailed by July 13. Please register soon as space fills up quickly.

If you are training elsewhere this year, ple ase let  Sally Rooneydiocesan EfM coordinator, know of any changes in email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, etc. And please share any of this information with people who might be interested in mentoring.  

Education for Ministry is a four-year extension program that meets during the academic year in groups o f six to 12 students led by one or two mentors trained in small-group facilitat ion and theological refection. The course also requires about five hours a week of outside reading. More information on the program is available here.
Volunteers Needed for Dean Baker's Farewell Party

A big crowd is expected for Dean Brian & Andrea Baker's Farewell Dinner on Sunday, June 10, and Trinity Cathedral could use your help!
 
Several volunteers are needed for the following shifts:
  • Kitchen prep - Saturday, 6/9 afternoon
  • Set-up - Sunday, 6/10 at 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Cooking - Sunday, 6/10 at 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Ushers - Sunday, 6/10 at 4:30 pm
  • Servers - Sunday, 6/10 at 5:30 pm
  • Clean up - Sunday, 6/10 after the event
If you can help, please provide your phone number and the shift you are interested in working by e-mail to Lis Padula at epadula@sbcglobal.net or Randy Cheek at rcheek1947@att.net
Available Positions in the Diocese 

St. Martin's, Davis, is seeking  a part-time Music Director to enhance its commitment to excellence in worship and liturgy.  For a full position description, please see the  website  or call the church office to request more information: (530) 756-0444.
St. Martin's is also seeking a part-time Director of Formation for Children and Families. Please direct all inquiries to the rector, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan at
pamela@churchofstmartin.org.

Camp Living Waters is seeking a volunteer Crafts Director. The Craft Director plans craft projects and works with campers to create the projects. Camp runs from July 22-27 at Cookson Ranch, approximately a 40 minute drive from Arcata. For more information contact the Rev. Sara Potter at revsara@stalbansarcata.org or contact Emily Armstrong Buck at zasyngnathe@gmail.com.

Open clergy positions are available here.
June 18 Webinar: Our Legacy of Welcoming Refugees

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Office of Government Relations is hosting a one-hour free webinar,  Our 1939 Moment: Continuing the Legacy of Welcome, on Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Pacific. Register here.

Presented as part of the World Refugee Day observance on June 20, the webinar will be a conversation about the history and present of the Episcopal Church's legacy of refugee welcome.
Living Compass Offers Teen Health Book, Leader's Guide

For a limited time, Living Compass, a nonprofit that provides training and preventative wellness materials  to individuals, nonprofits and schools, is offering a free digital download of its book "The Teen Compass  Wellness Notebook," and accompanying leader's guide written by marriage and family therapists Scott and Holly
Stoner. Download the 114-page interactive workbook here.

Their hope is that this tool can help those that work with teens to foster important conversations about the  challenges they face and the decisions they are making.
From The Episcopal Church 

If friends have been asking you what being an Episcopalian is all about, a new book from Forward Movement Publications, "Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices" can guide them through The Book of Common Prayer, the Christian life and basic beliefs of our faith. Written by two Episcopal priests - Scott Gunn and Melody 
Wilson Shobe - "Walk" explores how intentional prayer and worship in community leads us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

If your local bookstore doesn't have it, "Walk" can be ordered here; it also is available on the Amazon  Kindle, Barnes & Noble  Nook, and at the  iTunes store.  "Walk in Love" is the companion book to a new FREE curriculum from Forward Movement called  Practicing Our Faith , part of the  Living Discipleship  series. For a sample of the curriculum, click here.

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