NOVEMBER 7, 2017
Episcopal-ECLA Communion Celebrated at Convention

Above from left, newly appointed Archdeacon Pam Gossard, Bishop Barry Beisner, ECLA Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Mark Holmerud, Archdeacon Gary Brown, Jerry ParĂ©, DonnaJo Woollen, Canon to the Ordinary Andrea McMillin, Deacon Donna Arellano, Canon Cookie Clark and Deacon Mary Taggart lead the delegates and visitors in prayer during the 2017 Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Convention Eucharist on Nov. 3 at McClellan Center near Sacramento. 

At left, Bishop Barry, at the podium with the Rev. Liz Armstrong, head of the Standing Committee, formally called for the election of a new bishop for our diocese.

Watch for videos and more information about Convention soon, and be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event: Nov. 9-10, 2018, in Redding.

If you did not get your Convention Evaluation in your email, the link to it is here. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

More than 400 clergy, delegates and visitors attended the 2017 convention.
Bishop Search Process: Applications for Search Committee

The Standing Committee is seeking applications from those who wish to be on the search committee for a new Bishop of Northern California now 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.

If you are an active employee and did not receive a letter from the Church Pension Group in October, please be advised that a second letter was sent out on Nov. 1

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
  • 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.

Christ Church, Eureka, Calls New Rector

We are pleased to announce that The Rev. Dr. Daniel London has been unanimously elected as the next Rector at Christ Church, Eureka. The Rev. London will start this ministry at Christ Church on Jan. 28, 2018; he is currently priest-in-charge at the Church of the Redeemer in San Rafael, Diocese of California. He is married to Dr. Ashley Bacchi, a specialist in Hellenistic Judaism.
Experience a San Joaquin Revival with Bishop Curry; 
Ride with Your Friends from Sacramento Friday Afternoon

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is coming to the Episcopal Diocese of San 
Joaquin for his only revival on the West Coast this year!  If you plan to attend, please register here . There's no cost for registration, but the diocese needs to plan for food and seating. The free event 
will be held at the following dates and locations:

Nov. 17: 4 p.m. at University of the Pacific in Stockton
Nov. 18: 1 p.m. at St. James Cathedral in Fresno
Nov. 19: 10 a.m. at St. Paul's in Bakersfield

To get a peek at what an Episcopal revival is like, see a video from an earlier event in Pittsburgh.

Get on the Revival Bus: The Diocese of Northern California will have a charter bus available on Nov. 17 to transport a number of us, particularly youth, who would like to attend this event. Please reply to Sarah Quinney, Missioner for Youth Discipleship, at The bus will leave All Saint's, Sacramento, at 3:30 p.m. so youth can meet us after school (the revival starts at 4 p.m. so we'll miss the beginning of the event).

Both youth and adults are welcome to ride on the bus. The cost is $10 (bring cash) for adults and free for youth (21 and under).  Folks are welcome to leave their cars in the All Saints parking lot.  The revival is expected to end at 8 p.m. and the expected time back is around 10 p.m. 

Put up a poster: For a pdf file from which you can print out a full-color poster for your church, click here.
Help the Rev. Olga Barrera as She Fights Cancer

Many of you know and care for  Olga Barrera,  a priest of the Diocese of Honduras, who, a few years back, spent several months living and ministering among us as part of her formation for ordination. Olga has recently started treatment for cancer. Bishop Barry asks that you join him in praying for God's help and healing. 

Bishop Allen of Honduras has asked that we also join in contributing to cover the cost of her treatment. The Rev. Sean Cox of Faith, Cameron Park, graciously has offered to manage our donations so that any money we raise will directly benefit her. 

Those wishing to contribut e should send checks to  Faith Church , marked "Tela." You may also give online by clicking on the fund "TELA Hondurus."
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 or call  916.337.5319.

 2018 Dates

Weekend Sessions  
 April 6 - 8, 2018 - The Bishop's Ranch 
 October 26 - 28, 2018 - The Bishop's Ranch
*Check-in for the weekend training sessions begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m. 
 and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. The weekend sessions end on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. 
Week-Long Intensive 
 June 10 - 16, 2018 - The Bishop's Ranch
*Check-in for the week-long training session begins on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 
 and the program begins at 4:00 p.m. The week-long session end on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

*Participants register for  both Weekend Sessions  or the Week-Long Intensive 

 For more information on CCD and to register, click here.

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 , 916-442-6918, ext. 226.