From Bishop Barry

Epiphany 2019: Bishop Barry "chalking" the church doors of Epiphany, Vacaville. 
Learn more about the tradition of chalking.

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you.

I hope that Christmastide was a time of joy for you, and that this great Season of Epiphany will fill your life with abundant blessings.

I am grateful to our sister Suzanne Guthrie for the gift of " At the Edge of the Enclosure," and the wisdom gathered and shared there.  In this moment of writing to you, at the threshold of the Season, I find her offering of these words of Karl Rahner have a deep resonance for me:

"A new year has begun. During this year, too, all the paths from east to west, from morning until evening, lead on and on as far as the eye can see, through the deserts of life, with all its changes. But these paths can be turned into the blessed pilgrimage to the absolute, the journey to God. Set out my heart, take up the journey! The star shines. You can't take much with you on the journey. And you will lose much on the way. Let it go. Gold of love, incense of yearning, myrrh of suffering -- these you certainly have with you. He shall accept them. And we shall find him." (Karl Rahner, The Great Church Year)

May the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us all in this next stretch of our blessed pilgrimage.


Bishop's Signature
Heading to the Holy Land with Bishop Barry?

If you are traveling as a part of Bishop Barry's pilgrimage to the Holy Land this month, please help us share a little of this experience with the rest of the diocese! 

Just one or two photos as the trip progresses would be helpful, and if you can include a caption or even a short reflection -- even better!  You can share the photos/posts to our Facebook timeline or email them to communcations@norcalepiscopal.org
Invitation to Diocesan Priests and Deacons

As has been announced, the walkabouts for the introduction of the candidates for bishop are scheduled throughout the diocese during the week from Jan. 21-25. The Transition Committee and the host churches would like to invite the clergy of the diocese to have dinner with the candidates at the walkabout location. Dinner will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. each evening and will finish at 6 p.m. This meal is at no cost to you and will allow for informal time with the candidates. Please plan to join us when we're near your area!
RSVP here for dinner in your area.  
Daily schedule for the walkabouts
Here is the daily schedule for all five walkabouts:

4:30     PM      Area Clergy Dinner with Candidates
6:00     PM      Check In
6:30     PM      Walkabout starts
8:30     PM      Social Time
9:00     PM      Candidates Depart

Monday, Jan. 21 - Santa Rosa
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Chico 
We will be live-streaming the walkabout in Chico on the diocesan Facebook page.
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2341 Floral Avenue
Chico, CA 95926
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Eureka
Christ Episcopal Church
625 15th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Davis
The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
640 Hawthorn Lane
Davis, CA 95616

Friday, Jan. 25 - Sacramento
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA 95816
Special Electing Convention - register by Friday, Jan. 18 

The Special Convention for the election of the 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California 
  will be Feb. 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Faith, Cameron Park, located at 2200 Country Club Drive. The event is free, but all must register to attend. The due date for registration is Friday, Jan. 18. Register here.

For more information on the Bishop Search, visit  norcalbishopsearch.org
Funds collected for the clergy in the Diocese of Cuba

During the 2018 Diocesan Convention, the Eucharist offering was taken for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba. We are pleased to share that we received several donations after convention, and as of   Jan. 8, 2019, the diocese has donated a total of $9,115 to this fund.  Thank you to all who donated!
2019 Diocesan cycles of prayer

Jan. 13 - All Saints', Sacramento 
The Rev. Michael Monnot, Rector 

Jan. 13 - St. Mary's, Elk Grove 
The Rev. Anne Largent Smith, Priest-in-Charge 

Jan. 20 - The Belfry, Davis 
The Rev. Casey Dunsworth, Pastor 

For the full Diocesan cycle of prayer and the 30 day cycle of prayer,  visit our website
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Feb. 3 - St. Paul's, Sacramento 
  • Feb. 17 - St. Stephen's, Sebastopol
  • March 3 - St. John's, Roseville 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
The Bishop's 2019 visitation schedule is available here.
Donations needed for The Center at St. Matthew's

One of our diocese's most beloved ministries, The Center at St. Matthew's, needs your help! They are in need of the following items: b ookshelves, s ide tables, and l ocking file cabinets.

Please email Executive Director Jim Schaal at stmatthewsepiscopal@gmail.com if you or your church can donate any of these items.
Ordinations to Transitional Diaconate - Saturday, Feb. 16

On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.,  Alex Leach,  Jane Snibbe, and  Julie D. Vice will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, 2620 Capitol Ave. 

Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles. 
Celebration of New Ministry - Thursday, Feb. 28

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Brad Helmuth, Rector at  Holy Trinity, Nevada City , located at 201 Nevada St., will be Thursday, Feb. 28  at 6:30 p.m. 

Reception to follow. Clergy - white stoles.
Celebration of Life for Marilyn Karoly, Feb. 2 in Saratoga

The celebration of life for Marilyn Karoly, wife of the  late Rev. Charles Karoly, will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew's, Saratoga.
Join Trinity Cathedral in counting Sacramento's homeless

Trinity Cathedral parishioners will be volunteering for Sacramento County's 2019 Point-In-Time homeless count. The homeless count is essential to help our county apply for the appropriate level of federal homelessness funds. It's well organized and you will feel good about doing it. 

Volunteering does not require any prior experience but you must be 18 years of age or older; have a strong interest in helping people who are experiencing homelessness; be able to walk a couple of miles and attend a required training class to learn to safely conduct accurate counts with teams within carefully pre-mapped territories. Information about the count goes out within the homeless community so that our counters are welcomed by people who are homeless. 

The counts will occur Jan. 30-31 in the evening, and locations are to be determined. Volunteers go out in groups to their assigned area. You can  sign up here; please also email Shireen Miles to let her know know you are interested:  volunteeringshireenmiles@comcast.net
Strengthen your baptismal ministry and learn about your faith
Our diocese has established a partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership which will allow lay and clergy members of our diocese to enroll in online courses at a discounted rate. Whether you are working on a new Lay Ministry license or are looking for a continuing education opportunity, CALL may have a course that is right for you.

One of our very own deacons, the Rev. Phina Borgeson, is teaching one of the classes available this winter. Here is the class description:

Images of Diakonia is a seven week exploration for those discerning a call to the diaconate, deacons, and anyone who'd like to deepen their understanding of the church's diakonia to which we are all called in baptism. "Images" was designed by Deacon Maylanne Maybee who adapted elements of it for the recent deacons' retreat here at Bishop's Ranch. Since Maylanne is unable to teach it this year, Deacon Phina Borgeson is pinch hitting, and looking forward to helping students connect images from liturgy, their communities, and popular culture.

Visit the CDSP website  for more details, and, if you want to register, please email Betsey Monnot at betsey@norcalepiscopal.org for information about receiving the discount. The winter term begins on Jan. 21.
Companions in Franciscan Spirituality: free 10-day programs 

The Community of St. Francis in San Francisco is offering several free 10-day residential immersion programs in Franciscan Spirituality. This program is for adult women who wish to  study Franciscan spirituality and live out of that spirituality by sharing in community life, worship and ministry in the church and widercommunity.  

The dates for the programs are: Holy Week/Easter April 12-22, Summer July 19-29, St. Francistide Sept. 27-Oct. 7.   For more information, visit communitystfrancis.org or contact Sr. Pamela Clare at pamelaclarecsf@aol.com .
From the wider Church

Episcopal Church
The 2019 United Thank Offering grant application materials are now available. The focus of the 2019 UTO grants is  Go  - crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like JesusUnited Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address a new focus area each year. The deadline for submission of a completed application and required documents is Friday, March 1.  Learn more.

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