June 2019
From Bishop Barry
Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you.

Yes – it’s the last one. My last Aurora. Like so much that is familiar about this ministry lately, it now comes to an end.

I am grateful to our Transition Committee, and staff, and to so very many of you for infusing such great joy into our many recent occasions of farewell. I am grateful for the privilege of working together with our Bishop-Elect, as she begins her ministry here. I rejoice to see her already deeply and meaningfully engaged with you. I pray that you will cherish and support her. The same goes for our Staff: I rejoice in their devotion to this Diocese. Take good care of them.

I rejoice in you, and your ministries. I rejoice to be present at the start of what I believe will be a wonderful episcopate. I rejoice to see grace abounding in this transition. 

I rejoice, and I thank God and you. God bless you abundantly, as you have been a very great blessing to me.

On my way rejoicing,
Bishop's Signature
At right, Bishop Barry is in vestments that were given to him for his consecration and ordination to the episcopate. Photo taken on June 8, at Bishop Barry's last ordination service.
Office of the Bishop staff change; accounting and benefits position open
We are saddened to share that our Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist, Elizabeth Vang, has accepted another position. Elizabeth has been on our staff for over three years, and she will be missed. Her last day was Friday, June 7.

Please send any accounting or benefits questions to benefits@norcalepiscopal.org.

Due to Elizabeth's departure, we are now hiring a Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist. Learn more about the position and apply here.
RSVP closed June 3; live-stream of Consecration will be available
We are pleased to share that we will be live-streaming the consecration. We will share the link on the  Bishop Search website as soon as we have it.

We are no longer accepting RSVPs for the Consecration of the Rev. Canon Megan M. Traquair, June 29, 2019.

If you wish to update your RSVP, please contact Michelle Karimi at  michelle@norcalepiscopal.org  or 916-283-8215.
Reserve your bus seat to the Consecration by Thursday, June 13!
Trinity Cathedral has reserved a bus to take you to Bishop-elect Megan Traquair’s Consecration. Here are the details for Saturday, June 29:

  • 9 AM: Leave Trinity Cathedral (Garage parking at the Cathedral is $5 for the day)
  • 9:45 AM: Arrive at Mondavi Center, UC Davis
  • 11 AM: Consecration followed by a reception
  • 2:30 – 3 PM: Board bus to return to Trinity Cathedral

The cost is $30 per person. Please make checks out to “Trinity Cathedral Church” with “Bus Reservation” in the memo line. Please mail your check to: Trinity Cathedral; 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento CA 95816.

The reservation deadline is Thursday, June 13. Please RSVP to the Cathedral Office (916) 446-2513 or trinity@trinitycathedral.org . When you call or email, please let us know how many seats you need.
Celebrating Bishop Barry in Sacramento, June 7
Over 200 members of the diocese gathered at Trinity Cathedral to celebrate the episcopate and ministry of Bishop Barry Beisner. More photos are available on the diocesan Facebook page.

There is one final celebration of Bishop Barry's ministry:

Saturday, June 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
All Saints, Redding.

The deadline to register for this free event has passed. See you there!

Bishop ordains four to the transitional diaconate
Pictured from left to right: The Rev. John Heidel, The Rev. Karen Lawler, The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair,
The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, The Rev. Anny Gennato, and The Rev. Tim McDonald.
On, Sat urday, June 8, in his final ordination service prior to the ordination and consecration of our new bishop, Bishop Barry Beisner ordained John Heidel, Karen Lawler, Anny Gennato, and Tim McDonald to the transitional diaconate. Bishop Elect Megan Traquiar took part in the service as well, addressing the candidates during The Examination and handing each of the newly ordained deacons their Bible.
Bishop Barry completes last parish visitation
Bishop Barry Beisner's last parish visitation was Sunday, June 9 at Emmanuel, Grass Valley. He is pictured with Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair, Rector Seth Kellerman and Archdeacon Gary Brown.
Buddhist and Christian meditation: Living and breathing on a common path
For over 25 years, the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation has been offering this unique opportunity to experience both Buddhist and Christian contemplative practices, through brief instruction, extended periods of silent meditation practice, and generous time for unstructured quiet and solitude.

It will be held July 21-26 at St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista. Scholarships are available. Full details are available here
From the wider Church
The application process is now open for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2019 grant cycle. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2018 Constable Grants ranged from $17,000 to $71,000 for a total amount of $200,000 distributed among six grant recipients. Learn more here.

Other news from the Episcopal News Service are available here.