Fires Update, Oct. 13




Good afternoon on this Friday the 13th. 
  
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Check calfire.ca.gov for the latest fire and evacuation information.

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No word yet as to whether any Episcopal churches have been damaged by the fires. We are praying that the ones in evacuation areas make it through.

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Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. The assistance includes food and other critical supplies, housing and the storage of belongings.

Please support Episcopal Relief & Development's response to the wildfires in California by donating to the U.S. Disaster Fund and pray for all those impacted.

Bishop Barry, the Rev. Canon Andrea, Margaret Dunning,  and other clergy and staff are continuing to work closely with Episcopal Relief & Development. If you'd rather give within the diocese, donations to Bishop Barry's discretionary fund can be made securely online at the diocese's website. 

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Faith, Cameron Park, announced in its newsletter this week that the church has given, through a Mission Grant, a total of $950 for the California fires relief, and asked the congregation to continue to be generous.

The students of Church Divinity School of the Pacific gave a $1,000 check to Bishop Barry, Canon Andrea and the Rev. Jim Richardson for our diocese's fire relief at their fall convocation Thursday night. "We are very grateful for the support and love from the seminarians at CDSP," Canon Andrea said. 
 
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Bill and the Rev. Betsey Bruneau checked in late Thursday: "Saint Francis in the Redwoods, Willits, is alive and well. Our Redwood fire is at 30,000 acres and is 5% contained, but we are fortunate that the wind is now coming from the north (until Saturday at least) thus blowing the fire back on itself, and saving our town of Willits and our church. The first two days we only had 400 firefighters on an incredibly fast spreading fire, so things were grim. Now we have 1,400, with increased other resources growing, so things are looking up. Many of us are still under evacuation orders or advisories. Our Ecology Action research farm has been evacuated, so on one is tending the beds. We do have members of our congregation that have lost everything, fleeing in their pajamas and nothing else. Pray for them and for us, and for everyone else in California threatened by this incredible disaster."

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The quiet beauty and peace of the Angela Center in Santa Rosa is no more, a victim of this week's fires. A note on their website reads: "Due to the destruction caused by the Sonoma County Firestorm of October 2017, Angela Center is closed for the foreseeable future."
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