Diocesan e-News
May 2, 2017

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The new narthex screen, installed and awaiting its doors. 
(Photo from All Saints' Facebook page)

All Saints' 'Finishes' Their Church, 28 Years Later

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator 
When All Saints', Redding, was first built, plans to complete the separation of the entry area from the worship hall came to a halt when the church's funds ran dry.
Now, 28 years later, All Saints' has a narthex screen and will soon have a new rose window, thanks to the donation of local doctor Terry Rust, said the Very Rev. Paul F. Blanch, rector.
Architect Paul A. Ryan, known for his work on St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, designed All Saints'. He died before the church was completed. C raftsman Eric Hollenbeck of Blue Ox Millworks was able to use Ryan's  narthex screen  design to create the exact screen that the architect envisioned.

To read the rest of the story, click here
Office of the Bishop News & Events
Register Now for Congregational Leadership Conference, Eureka

The Eureka CLC is Saturday, May 13. Join Bishop Barry and learn how to strengthen your service to your church and community. Click here to register and to view the full program.

There is no cost to participate; registration is required. Check in, coffee and conversation begins at 9:30 a.m.; the program runs from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Bishop Beisner and his wife the Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey are leading a Holy Land pilgrimage open to everyone in the Diocese from Jan. 24 - Feb. 3, 2018. The price (including airfare, room, board, and gratuities) is $4,295. The brochure will be out this week. All interested should contact Sandra Littman, at sandra@norcalepiscopal.org.
Summer Camper Scholarships Available 

Summer camper scholarships in the amount of $200 will be available to 60 children and youth on a first-come, first-served basis to be used for Diocesan youth events.

Congregational leadership members, please click here for the form to use to request a scholarship. Congregations will be responsible for verifying that each child is eligible and for distributing the scholarships. 

If you would like to financially support this effort, click here to donate online.
For any questions, please contact Tamoya Bell at tamoya@norcalepiscopal.org
Bishop's Visitation Schedule

Bishop Beisner will be visiting the following congregations in May and June: For the Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule,  click here .
Faith Formation
Connect with Your College Campus Ministry

Is someone in your congregation headed off to college or graduate school? Have you encouraged them to get in touch with the campus ministry there? The Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at UC Davis, wants to encourage future students  to connect with them (or any other college ministry) as they head into college.

As many of you may have experienced in your own lives (or in the lives of your children),  campus   ministry  is a vital part of lifelong Christian formation. The connections built at our students' home away from home stick with them throughout their college experiences and their adult lives. The Belfry is a  safe place for questions and concerns, a quiet place to study, a community full of laughter, and - most importantly for some - a source of free food. To view The Belfry's latest newsletter, click here.
Share Your Thoughts on "Toxic Charity"

Did you read "Toxic Charity" this spring? Would you like to share your thoughts and experiences with the book with others in our diocese? 
If so, please contact the Rev. Anne Clarke at  anne@norcalepiscopal.org .

In it, Robert D. Lupton writes: "What Americans avoid facing is that while we are very generous in charitable giving, much of that money is either wasted or actually harms the people it is targeted to help."

We want to hear how this book influenced your thinking.
SafeGuarding Our Youth: Training Dates at Faith, Cameron Park

All adults and youth (regardless of age) going on mission trips must attend three SafeGuarding trainings:  SafeGuarding God's Children, SafeGuarding God's People and Title IV (anti-sexual harassment) Training.  Faith, Cameron Park   is offering training dates in May.  

Click here for registration. For those who cannot attend the trainings, you may complete all of the above units through the diocesan  Safe Church pageFor more information, contact Miranda-Lynn Gartin, Faith's Director of Youth & Children's Ministries at miranda@faithec.org or at 916-749-0307.
News & Events in our Diocese
Education for Ministry Graduation - Trinity Cathedral - May 5

The Education for Ministry invites EfM graduates and former students, and anyone interested in learning more about the EfM program, to attend the 2017 graduation, Friday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  Fundraiser - Faith, Cameron Park 

Join Faith, Cameron Park, for an evening of dancing, a catered dinner, two free adult drink tickets, and a silent auction, on May 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Childcare will be available for infants and children up to age 10 at a rate of $5 per child. Funds raised from the night will go toward Faith's youth and their continued work through Sierra Service Project.
Tickets are $20 for individuals or $180 for a private table and are  available  through  EventbriteContact Karen Harvey at  kpharvey@sbcglobal.net  for more details, silent auction donations and corporate sponsorship opportunities. 
Human Rights:  At Home and Abroad - Grace, St. Helena - May 5

Come to Grace, St. Helena, for dinner and join a discussion on our current human rights issues with leading global advocate Noah Bullock. 
The evening will start with a pupusa (stuffed Salvadoran corn tortilla) dinner at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6:15 and run until 8:00 p.m. 

A donation of $30 per person,  $50 per couple, or  $60 per family is asked; all proceeds go towards the work of Cristosal. Childcare will be provided. For more information, email  invite@grace-episcopal.org.
Annual Spring Garden Tour - St. John's, Chico - May 6

St. John's, Chico, will be offering its 34th annual garden tour on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour day, and can be purchased at several ticket outlets, which are listed on St. John's website here. For more information, contact Beth Carlson, Community Publicity Chair for St. John's at  rbmj1616@aol.com .

St. John's is also currently looking for gardens for next year's tour. If you know of a garden that would be appropriate, please contact their office at 530-894-1971. 
Pilgrimage Prayers Requested

Join us in prayer for congregations in our diocese embarking on pilgrimages to various parts of the world:   
  • Margie Harrison-Smith, Fr. Paul Blanch, Maggie Blanch, Simon Blanch,* Emma Blanch,* Benji Blanch,* Fr. Gregg Churchill, Jo Churchill, Trudi Davis, Janet Gallino, Jennifer Gillespie, Gary Hard,* Carol Hard,* Sheila Hard,* Joshua Lucero, Heidi Heiman, Frank Little, Wendy Little, Stuart Neblett, Kathy Neblett, Dan Spiess, Debbie Spiess, Bev Statton, and Gerry Statton from All Saints', Redding, are traveling to Rome and Assisi from May 8 to 15
    They will be posting thoughts about their journey as well as pictures daily on All Saints' Facebook page and on Instagram
*family members of pilgrims who do not attend All Saints', but are joining in for the pilgrimage
Signups Continue for Incarnation 100 - June 10

The Incarnation 100 is a great event for avid and recreational cyclists alike. Register for the Saturday, June 10, event that starts at the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, 
here.  More information can be found at  the Incarnation 100 website.
News & Events B eyond  our Diocese
News from The Episcopal Church

The deadline to submit nominee applications for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other Episcopal Church board positions that will be elected during the 2018  General Convention is  Wednesday, May 10 . The applications are available in English here and in Spanish here
The search committee for the Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries is seeking input as they discern the future for this important ministry.  The committee asks black Episcopalians, clergy serving congregations that are historically or predominantly black, and others with experience and passion for ministry by and with black people to complete a survey located here. The s urvey will close on Friday, May 5.
National Episcopal Church Women Seek Nominations

In a little over a year, the NECW will host the 49th Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Church Women, which takes place in conjunction with The Episcopal Church's General Convention in Austin, Texas. Before then is an election that will start very soon and closer to home: Province representatives to the NECW Board. To find out more about what is required of this position, contact president Lisa Towle,  president@ecwnational.org.
Financial Aid Available for Seminary Students 

The  Diocese of California  is offering financial aid for students, including those in the Diocese of Northern California, who are pursuing theological education at an approved seminary or the School for Deacons. Eligibility requirements differ from fund to fund. For more information and an application form, contact Melissa Ridlon at  melissar@diocal.org . The application deadline is May 17.
Presiding Bishop to Attend EcoJustice Weekend in San Francisco

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be participating in EcoJustice, a weekend event focused on racial reconciliation and justice and the environment, on 
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.  For the full schedule, cost and registration, and more information, visit the Diocese of California's website  here
Upcoming Events:

June 25-28: Cultivate: Resilient Hope is a young adult ministry conference in Austin for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. For more information and to register, click here.

If you have a news story or event of interest to others in the diocese, or if you want assistance with your church or ministry communications, call Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director, 916-442-6918, ext. 226.

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