News for the week of April 2, 2019
Celebrate Bishop Barry
Join the diocese as we gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry Beisner. These events are free. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
 

Saturday, May 11, 5:30 - 8 p.m.   
St. John's, Petaluma

Friday, June 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal, Sacramento

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

 
The diocese is giving Bishop Barry and Rev. Ann a trip to begin their life in retirement together. You may donate to their gift here

For questions about these events, please visit the bishop search website.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Memorandum of understanding after consecration of new bishop
Bishop Barry has signed a memorandum of understanding which outlines the change of his relationship to the diocese after the consecration of the new bishop, June 29, 2019.

This memorandum is available on our website here .
California Episcopal bishops statement supporting moratorium on the death penalty in California
Grace and peace to you, in the Name of Jesus Christ. We are the bishops of the six dioceses of the Episcopal Church in California. On March 13, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in the state, calling it “ineffective, irreversible and immoral.” We are grateful to Governor Newsom for taking the bold and courageous step to institute a moratorium on executions in the state of California.
 
While we acknowledge that this may be an issue on which reasonable people of good faith might disagree, we want to reaffirm emphatically our Church’s opposition to the death penalty, a position first officially stated by our General Convention in 1958. Then, and in subsequent statements, the Episcopal Church has based its opposition to the death penalty in our understanding of God’s justice, our regard for the sacredness of human life, our commitment to respect the dignity of every human being, our desire to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and our mission to continue Christ’s work of reconciliation in this world. Read the full statement here .
Phishing scam alert
The Office of the Bishop has received notice of several emails which claim to be from Bishop Barry Beisner asking for donations. Please do not reply to these emails or click any links, and block the sender. Bishop Barry does not send emails that ask for donations. Learn more about how to recognize phishing attempts here .

Please also note that we take email security seriously and will never release your email to a third party. 
Bishop Beisner hires new Director of Communications
We are pleased to announce that Jay Elmquist will be joining the Office of the Bishop staff as Director of Communications beginning April 15.

Jay Elmquist has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for about four years. He found a home in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California when he moved to Sacramento in 2015. In that time he has worked on the Adult Spiritual Formation Committee and served in worship as a choir member, a Verger and a Eucharistic Minister. He is excited about the church and the paving the way to the future. Jay is serving as a member of the Bishop Transition Committee, taking the lead in planning and implementing the Walkabout process. He is very excited to have a part in the future of our diocese in the role of Director of Communications. Read more about Jay here.
Bishop's visitation schedule 
  • April 7 - St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
  • May 19 - St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta  

Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is  available here .
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND OUR DIOCESE
Update on Camp Noel Porter
After a lengthy process of discernment stretching back years, in December 2018 the Board of Trustees authorized the listing of Camp Noel Porter property for sale. We have accepted an offer from a Christian organization whose stated purpose is to use the property for long term ministry/camps and God’s purpose. The Outdoor Chapel will remain in use and well cared for by this faithful organization.

Read the full update here .
Children at St. Martin's, Davis, help neighbors
Every Spring, about 64 migrant farm-worker families take up residence in the Davis Migrant Center. While the children and youth attend the public schools in Davis, there is a real need for homework support and enrichment programs for them. For the past several years, a group of volunteers led by Natalia Deeb-Sossa, an associate professor of Chicano/a Studies at UCD, has brought such programming to the Davis Migrant Center. This summer Natalia plans to lead a photojournalism project for the young people at the migrant center.

Read more here .
Christ Church, Eureka, holds ‘Sacred Saunter’ for spiritual seekers
As if we all needed a reminder, the Rev. Daniel London, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, began our “Sacred Saunter” on March 16 with the injunction to just “breathe.” From there, the 20 or so of us gathered inside the main entrance to Sequoia Park began a slow descent to the duck pond, a half mile below us, passing by a trickling waterfall and blooming trillium as we went.

Read the full Eureka Times-Standard story here.
Celebrate Fr. Sean Cox of Faith, Cameron Park
As you may have heard, Fr. Sean has accepted a call to serve on the diocesan staff in Indianapolis. Sunday, April 7 will be the Cox family’s last Sunday. You are invited to celebrate the end of Fr. Sean’s ministry at Faith Church with a potluck immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Please bring your favorite main dish, salad or dessert to share.

There will be an opportunity to share your personal thanks, blessings and well wishes with Sean, Katie and the kids via a note or card.
ECS application period is open; ECS Sunday is April 7
The 2019-20 Request for Proposals (RFP) and applications for the Ministry Development Fund Grants, the Bishop Jerry & Jane Lamb Grant, and the three-year Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant can be downloaded from the ECS website .

If you did not submit a Letter of Interest, please contact Betty Harrison-Smith at bettyharrisonsmith@gmail.com , so that a mentor may be assigned to assist you through the application process.

Applications are due May 1 and should be emailed, with the appropriate attachments, to Betty Harrison-Smith.

Please note that the fifth Sunday of Lent, April 7, is ECS Sunday!
We are inviting all congregations to participate. Each congregation will
receive information about the ECS appeal, a suggested newsletter article/bulletin
announcement and copy-ready bulletin inserts for April 7. Please be on the lookout for the information in your mail box.
Rooted in faith: Immigration advocacy, the Church and you
Alexia Salvatierra and Paula Nesbitt will be leading a two-day presentation and training on faith-rooted immigration advocacy. Racial reconciliation will also be part of this important workshop. We will also prepare ourselves for Immigration Day, which will be held at the state capitol on May 20. If you want to complete Racial Reconciliation Training certification, you must attend both days of the event.

When : Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where : St. Martin's, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Registration : The cost is $10; lunch will be provided. Please register here .
Safe Church training opportunity
Sunday School teachers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, church staff, vestry members, and clergy are invited to participate in a workshop on Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People. This workshop satisfies the denominational requirements for those who work with children or vulnerable adults.

When : Saturday. May 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where : St. Augustine's,1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765
Registration : The cost is $15; refreshments will be provided. Please register here .
Contact : T he Rev. Tom Gartin at tom@staugustineepiscopal.com
Summer camperships available for diocesan camps

Our diocese is yet again offering summer "campership" scholarships! We have 28 camperships available in the amount of $250 each (max), to be used for children and youth active in congregations within our diocese on a first come, first served basis. Camperships can be used for the following camps: Camp Living Waters, Camp Galilee, Bishop’s Ranch and St. Dorothy’s Rest. 

Please note that our scholarship process is a bit different than we've done in past years. Learn more/apply here .

Would you like to support youth in affording these life-changing summer camp experiences? Please donate here . (Youth Camp Scholarship).
Camp Living Waters - Arcata 
A week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of Redwood Valley, Camp Living Waters is based at St. Alban's parish in Arcata and draws staff members from the faith communities of the North Coast.  Learn more
Camp Galilee - Lake Tahoe 
Camp Galilee is the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Camp Galilee's summer camps help youth develop deep relationships with their peers, caring counselors, the natural world, and God.  Learn more
St. Dorothy's Rest - Camp Meeker 
Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest on the Russian River and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy's offers a summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world.  Learn more .
Bishop's Ranch - Healdsburg 
BREAD Camp is set among the forest, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, where campers can discovery community and spirituality, and participate in summer camping activities.  Learn more .
Join Province VIII bishops and take the Creation Care Pledge
Join the Episcopal Bishops of Province VIII as they take the Episcopal Church's Creation Care Pledge! Hear the reasons they're taking the pledge and some of the changes they're making in their own lives by watching this video .

You can take the pledge here.
From the wider Church
Episcopal House of Bishops March 2019: The Bishops’ Resolution on Lambeth and a Statement from the Bishops’ Spouses Planning Group

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church met in retreat at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC. At their March 15 business meeting, they adopted the following Mind of the House Resolution and received a statement from the Bishops’ Spouses Planning Group which follows the bishops’ statement:

Bishops gathered at the Spring 2019 meeting of the House of Bishops are aggrieved and distressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s decision to exclude same sex spouses of bishops from participating in the Lambeth Conference, 2020. We appreciate that all of our bishops diocesan, suffragan, and assistant have been invited, and are concerned by the use of exclusion as a means of building communion. Read more here.

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