OCTOBER 24, 2017
Fires Update

The worship space and parish hall at St. Patrick's, Kenwood, appears to be undamaged, and the Rev. Karen King says they will have a "no-frills service" there this Sunday. "There is a large branch on the office. PG&E has to assess the situation and possibly will cut the power until the limb can be removed, which depends on the insurance company," she said.

Grace, St. Helena, hosted "Navigating the Insurance and Home Rebuild Process" last week, and the Rev. Amy Zuniga said " About 30 fire victims and local real estate and insurance brokers attended the workshop; the information was really helpful."
At the regular public worship at Stanford Memorial Chapel during homecoming weekend on Oct. 15, students, staff, faculty and alumni of Stanford University contributed $3,367 to the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, fire-relief fund. 

Monetary donations are the best way to support the victims of the fires, which officials are calling the deadliest series of fires in California history:
  • Episcopal Relief & Development, through the U.S. Disaster Fund. 
  • Episcopal Diocese of Northern California bishop's discretionary fund through the diocese's website. The bishop has begun disbursing funds; please contact your clergy person with any needs involving fire relief and we will respond promptly. 
  • Incarnation, Santa Rosa, through its fire-relief fund.

We are praying for all who were affected by the fires in our region, and the clergy, staff and volunteers as they help those who need it most.

A prayer from Bishop Barry for the diocese

Most Gracious God: 
Hear our prayer for all whose lives are impacted by this crisis. 
Shield and deliver all emergency responders; 
 give wisdom and guide those in authority; 
comfort those who mourn great loss. 
Help those who wish to help 
 to be patient and effective in compassion. 
Bless us all, and help us trust in you. 
 In Jesus' name we pray, 
Bishop Barry Beisner tells the crowd at the open house in St. Matthew's Center, Sacramento, of the long history the River City Food Bank has shared with the diocese. Photos by Alexis Kahn.

Center at St. Matthew's Greets River City Food Bank

My, St. Matthew's has changed!
Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Thomas, Bishop Barry, Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters and the Very Rev. Mary Hudak all played roles in making the second location of RCFB a reality.

Where there once was staid, heavy, dark oak pews, Saturday, Oct. 21, were tables piled high with vegetables, small shopping carts and industrial refrigerators and freezers. The courtyard was alive with dozens of  people chatting excitedly about River City Food Bank's new venture to bring food security to the needy of Arden Arcade.

Read more about RCFB's expansion and plans here.

More photos from the open house are here.
Convention A pproaches - Last Chance to Register!

Convention is approaching quickly! Make sure you have registered to avoid waiting in line before Convention. General registration has closed; however, late registration will be open until Oct. 31.  Register here.

Last minute change s to your delegation happen! However, registering and communicating about those changes in advance helps us all to avoid confusion. If someone from your congregation's delegation changes, please make sure to let us know. This is especially critical if an alternate or substitute is not on your Certificate of Lay Delegates. If this is the case, you can revise your Certificate of Lay Delegates right up to Convention b y emailing Elizabeth Vang .
Alternates and visitors do not vote at Convention (unless an alternate formally takes the place of a registered delegate, by reporting to and filling out the correct forms at the registration desk). However, it is wonderful to have alternates and visitors attend, as Convention is a time to learn and connect with others, and gather resources to take back to their congregations.

Don't forget: this year's free Pre-Convention gathering will be held Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McClellan Conference Center. Register here; the deadline is Nov. 1.
Bishop Search Process: Applications for Search Committee

The search committee to nominate candidates for the election of a new Bishop of Northern California is seeking members until Nov. 12. Information on qualifications to serve on the search committee and an application form are here. More details on this will follow.
2018 Open Enrollment 

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Open Enrollment is the time of year when current and retired employees can enroll in a healthcare plan and/or make changes to their healthcare coverage for the upcoming year. 

For retirees, the open enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2017.
For active employees, the open enrollment period is  Nov. 3 - Nov. 20, 2017.

Please note that if you are an eligible employee/retiree currently enrolled in a medical and/or dental plan, you should receive an Open Enrollment package from the Church Pension Group to your personal address, which will then provide more information on how to make changes. You cannot make any changes before receiving this letter.

All eligible employees/ retirees NOT currently enrolled in either a medical or a dental plan  will not receive an Open Enrollment package from the Church Pension Group. If you wish to enroll in a medical and/or dental plan with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2018, click here for more information.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule
  • Oct. 29 - St. Luke's, Auburn
  • Nov. 19 - St. Paul's, Healdsburg 
  • Nov. 26 - St. Augustine's, Rocklin
  • Dec. 3 - Christ Church, Eureka 
  • Dec. 10 - St. Timothy's, Gridley
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available here.
Trinity Cathedral Art Show - "Light Out of Darkness"

Trinity Cathedral's national juried exhibition entitled "Light Out of Darkness" continues through Oct. 26, with viewing times on Tuesday through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and by appointment at  Beatnik Studios, 723 S Street in Sacramento.  For more information call 916.400.4281 or email  art@beatnik-studios.com .
Four Week Course at Trinity Cathedral: Oct. 26-Nov. 16

Taught by Morey Lloyd, this four week class at Trinity Cathedral is designed to look back to 1517 and study Luther's dynamic use of the written word. In addition, the class will explore the unsettling influence of conscience to see the power of searching for the truth that sets all free, while also reflecting on today's struggles of advancing the Gospel for a new age.

Attendees will write a new Thesis for a better witness to the truth of a New Heaven and a New Earth. All are welcome to celebrate and re-create a New Covenant with all of God's people. More information here.
All Souls Day Creative Retreat at Incarnation - Oct. 28

The urge to honor and remember is long and strong in the human spiritual  story.   Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe in a day of art and meditation and community building on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Sponsored by Incarnation's Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts, the morning will be filled with story telling of saints old and new. Each person will make a decorative icon on a wooden plaque. Lisa will bring images of saints to use or you can bring photos of someone who has passed that you would like to honor.   To complete the day together, everyone will assemble a beautiful Dia De los Muertos Altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community. 

Registration is $35; you may register here. For more information, visit Incarnation's website (scroll down). 
Choral Evensong & Organ Recital at St. John's, Chico

Please mark your calendars for St. John's free choral evensong and organ recital celebrating All Saints' Day on  Sunday, Nov. 5 , at  4 p.m.  The adult choir will honor all saints, known and unknown, with works by Rodney Hansen, Robert Lehman and Michael Sitton.

Following the Evensong, St. John's David Rothe will present a short concert featuring works by D. Buxtehude, H. Scheidemann, J. S. Bach, J.C. Bach and H. Purcell. A reception will follow in the Parish Life Center. 
Save the Date

Dec. 10 - Molly's Revenge Winterdance Show to Benefit Fire Relief will be  at 7 p.m. that Sunday evening, site TBA. 

Contact the Very Rev. Cliff Haggenjos, St. John's, Roseville, for more information.


Jan. 13 - The Center for Bible Study is pleased to announce a one day conference entitled "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 will include presentations from several of the contributors.

The conference will be hosted at St. Andrew's, Antelope, on Saturday, Jan 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $20, which includes lunch. Space is limited to the first 100 applicants. To register, email  peterrodg@gmail.com or call  916.337.5319.

St. Andrew's, Antelope, will also be hosting a choral evensong on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. The Rev. Peter Rodgers will be the officiant with music by Renaissance Choir Sacramento. All are welcome!
Keep in Touch with Province VIII

The Province VIII Executive Committee has a new electronic newsletter in order to expand communication throughout the province and share ideas, resources, and opportunities. Sign up  here  to learn more about what's happening in other dioceses throughout the province. 

Upcoming Province Vlll events:
  • Nov. 9-11 | Provincial Deacons' Conference: To Set the Captive Free | Reno, Nevada | Registration at office@episcopalnevada.org.
  • Nov. 15-17 | Province VIII Leadership Conference | Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA | For information, contact Barbara Schafer at bschafer12@cox.net
  • Nov. 17-19 | Called to Be... A Safe Place for All of God's People | Three day revival with PB Curry hosted by San Joaquin in Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. | Free admission; registration required.
  • Get on the bus: The Diocese of Northern California will have a charter bus to transport a number of us, particularly youth who would like to attend the Stockton event. More information and how to reserve your seat coming soon! 
Children's Education Conference - Jan. 16-18

Join the All Our Children National Network in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 16-18 for a national, ecumenical event focusing the church's attention on the urgency of quality public education for all children. The event will focus on specific steps you and your congregation can take to deepen relationships, grow your impact in your community, and live out your Christian mission through local partnerships, action, and service.

The three day gathering will include informative, interactive workshops and plenaries led by practicing educators, experienced community leaders, and hands-on researchers, including a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Learn more here .
Church Leadership Conference - March 2-4

The Church Leadership Conference is an annual gathering of vestry members and congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection and formation. The conference will be March 2-4 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Speakers and presenters will address core needs in strategic leadership, financial planning and creative communications. 

For more information and registration,  click here
From the Episcopal Church

There is still time for high school students to apply to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (OYP) at the  Episcopal Church's  79th  General Convention  to be held July 5 to 13 in A ustin, Texas.  Deadline for applications and nominations is Nov. 1. More information is available here.

Other news: 

Episcopalians' 'widow's mite' is doing mighty work in recent disaster relief

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.