MAY 30, 2017 
Better Late than Never - to Become a Priest

This is the third in a series o n our latest ordinations and installations

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator 

Unlike our last two recently ordained priests, the Rev. Mark Ragon Parker was raised as an Episcopalian; however, he didn't become a priest until "relatively late in life."

The Rev. Mark Parker, right, bestows a blessing upon Paul Hauck, husband of Sierra deanery's the Very Rev. Mary Hauck, after Parker's ordination to the priesthood at Emmanuel on April 8.  (photograph by Lori Korleski Richardson)
Although he now lives near Grass Valley, Parker grew up attending St. Mark's in Berkeley, where he later attended seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, earning a Certificate in Anglican Studies.
After retiring as the Director of Library Services in Placer County in 2010, Parker was able to spend more time serving at Emmanuel, Grass Valley, his home parish. 
In 2011, Parker worked on a congregational interest survey at Emmanuel that included questions on interest in seminary level learning. Subsequent conversations with Emmanuel's rector, Fr. Seth Kellermann, led Parker to discern that he felt called to ministry even though he stated that before then he'd "never thought about it exactly."
For the next five years of what Parker described as "a pretty typical process of reflection and discernment," Parker completed his studies, enrolled in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at UC Davis Medical Center and did his field work at St. John's, Chico. 
Parker is now an associate priest at Emmanuel, helping others discern their calls, as well as carrying out his own. 
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. 

For more information on the trip and for the brochure,  visit our website.

Bishop's Visitation Schedule

Bishop Beisner will be visiting the following congregations in June & July:
For the Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule,  click here.
Formation Goes Digital at Free Conference - June 6

The eFormation conference is all-online and free, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6. This free digital media for ministry learning conference from Virginia Theological Seminary provides opportunities for personal and professional development. 

Workshops include: Digital-Only Faith Formation, Using Videos for Ministry, Theology by Design: A Practical Approach to Design Thinking for Congregations, Trying Everything: Experiences of Digital Evangelism and Fundraising. Two affinity group gathering times will also be offered for participants to share and ask questions about the future of their ministry. All workshops will be available afterwards. Register, receive email reminders and gain access to the conference on ministry in a digital world at eformation2017.
Summer Camp Nurses Needed 

Photo taken from Camp Galilee's website
The Bishop's Ranch is looking for several registered nurses to work one or two weeks of their BREAD camp in July. 

The RN position includes $750, room and board, family members can attend the week with them for free, and children of the nurse can attend any camp session for free (if interested/applicable).

For more information, click here. For any questions, please contact Camp Director Ardath Dixon.

Camp Galilee, on the Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe, is also looking for registered nurses to volunteer for week-long camp sessions, ranging from mid-July to early August.  

For more information on the position, click here. For any questions, please contact Program Director  Chelsea Arcaris.
Summer Camp Scholarships - Still 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 summer 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. 

For any questions, please contact Tamoya Bell.
Prayers Requested

Transfiguration House in Eureka is closing up, and the last of Northern California's Sisters of the Transfiguration are moving to the convent in Cincinnati on June 1

The home will continue to be used as a place for prayer and church use. Please pray for safe travels and transitions for oblate Mattie Decker, the Rev. Sister Diana Doncaster and her cat Motka as they drive across the country. "It is hard to say farewell to this beautiful area and so many people I have come to love so dearly, but it is necessary," Doncaster wrote on her Facebook page. 

There are 30 candidates registered to attend Cursillo #113 at Camp Alta, June 1-4.  Please pray for the team, as well as the candidates, both before and during the weekend. 

A multigenerational group of 17 pilgrims, including Rector Sean Cox, from Faith, Cameron Park will be traveling to Honduras from June 4-12. Please pray for safe travels and a successful vacation Bible school experience.

And speaking of prayers, Thy Kingdom Come continues until Pentecost Sunday, June 4. A daily talk about the power of worldwide prayer can be found on their webpage or on their Facebook news feed.
Signups Continue for Incarnation 100 - June 10

The Incarnation 100 is a great event for avid and recreational cyclists alike. To register for the Saturday, June 10, event that starts at the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa,  click here .  More information can be found at   the Incarnation 100 website
St. James, Lincoln to Receive New Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Sarah Quinney, assistant rector at St. John's, Roseville, has accepted a new call as priest-in-charge at St. James, Lincoln Her first Sunday at St. James will be June 25.

"While I am excited about my future ministry with the people at St. James, I am also very sad to say goodbye to the community I love at St. John's. I ask your prayers for all of us as we move through this transition. ... You have forever shaped me and my ministry." 

St. James' interim priest-in-charge Andrew K adel is packing up and driving across the country to reunite with his wife, former diocesan Communications Director Paula Schaap, in New York. Please keep him in your prayers as he and their two dogs make the 2,800-mile trip. 
2017 ECS Grant Recipients

ECS awarded a total of $14,000 in Ministry Development Grants. Congratulations to the five congregations who received the grants! 
  • St. Andrew's, Corning: "Reaching Out" Program to support county jail inmate transition into the community. $1,000 
  • St. James, Lincoln: Community Garden outreach to low-income families and seniors. $1,000 
  • St. John's Marysville: For the Community Services Coordinator to expand her work with the homeless coalition in Yuba County and to continue to partner with other agencies to serve the homeless population. $5,000 
  • Epiphany, Vacaville: Volunteer Upkeep Project, inviting the current community dinner attendees who are under- or unemployed to work at the church to develop better job skills. $2,000
ECS is especially pleased to announce their first ever Warren Dunning Memorial Grant for Social Justice Ministries, which is a three year grant to assist congregations in developing long-term projects of benefit to their communities. 

Our Saviour, Placerville: Program to develop a permanent Veteran's Stand Down Resource Center, of which there is only one other in existence. The need in Placer County for veterans' support is huge. $5,000

Abraham's Path - July 16

St. Paul's, Benicia, invites you to come down for what they hope will be an interesting and enriching experience, including a wonderful Middle Eastern nosh and speakers on experiencing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, on Sunday, July 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. 


Men's Ministry Workshop - Sept. 16

St. Augustine's, Rocklin is hosting a one-day workshop, designed to inspir e, invigorate, stimulate and enrich the different groups of men's affiliations of the Episcopal Church in the Sacramento area. As of now, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please contact Robert Shonk .


Fall Convocations - Oct. 14

The convocations of the seven deaneries of the Episcopal Di ocese o f Northern California will be Saturday, Oct. 14.  To see which deaneries have set their times and places, click here .


Presiding Bishop's Episcopal Revival - Nov. 17-19

Yes, Episcopalians have revivals as part of the Jesus Movement and it's heading West. The sixth and final Episcopal Revival of 2017, led by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will be in Fresno Nov. 17-19. Details to come.
Resources in the Fight Against Gun Violence

The audio of the "three-note" presentations and the "three-note" panel discussion from the recent Bishops United Against Gun Violence are now online, as are the texts of the talks by the Revs. Kelly Brown Douglas and Julian DeShazier and the remarks by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.  You will find the links on the right shoulder  of this page. 

The Rev. Marcia Tyriver, deacon at St. Patrick's Kenwood, has pulled together a listing of legislation being considered both statewide and nationally that could further gun violence or that would make us safer.
Upcoming Events from DioCal

On June 15, the Diocese of California will host a Pride Evensong at Grace Cathedral , beginning at 5:15 p.m. Following the service, a panel will discuss the history of ministry for LGBTQ+ people in the Diocese of California. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. For more information on the event, click here .
Admission is free; however, participants are asked to RSVP on Facebook. For more information, please contact Sara Yoe.

Grace Cathedral is celebrating the Summer of Love and its values of peace, love and  community with a fun-filled sampler of events to inform and inspire, beginning June 2.
News from the Episcopal Church

In light of current issues such as the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the banning of refugees based on religion, the Standing Rock Reservation and the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration and human trafficking, The Episcopal Church will sponsor the New Community Clergy and Lay Conference on  July 19-22 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. 

The theme is Affirming Life, Liberty and Justice. Registration is available  here. The deadline to register is  June 7. For more information,  click here .

I f you have a news story or event of interest to others in the diocese, please send an email to Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator.  Interim Communications Director Lori Korleski Richardson will be away until June 19.