News for the week of Apr. 28, 2020
Bishop Megan's virtual visitations have begun
The Rev. Sally Hanes Hubble and the Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair
have a conversation and greet the congregation at announcement time
(Click the arrow to watch the video)
Bishop Megan made a visitation with St Paul's, Healdsburg on Sunday, Apr. 26. Unable to be there physically because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was able to participate in their service virtually as preacher and meet with the congregation and the vestry via Zoom.

To maintain social distancing and still allow for congregational participation, St. Paul's has been making video recordings of parishioners in their Sunday morning role, then incorporating them into the live-streamed worship. They have also been creating recordings of individuals in their choir and combining them to play during the service.

You can see the service in its entirety here.
Bishop Megan greets the congregation in the live chat that was running during the service
Lay readers read from remote locations, including this young person who read the reading from the Acts of the Apostles
A sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter from Bishop Megan
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
The Good Book Club: The Gospel of Matthew | Easter 2020
The study of the Gospel of Matthew is under way. Many virtual groups throughout our diocese are using this as bible study and for discussion topics when they meet. Bishop Megan has assured us that we can start at any time, even right now. Sign up today and join us!

RESOURCES AND LINKS
Recording and links from the conversation about live-streaming
We were treated to a workshop about online worship on 4/23, presented by Sarah Stonesifer Boylan, the Digital Missioner at Virginia Theological Seminary. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your experience, resources, and anecdotes. You have enriched and blessed our diocese.



  • Sarah has office hours twice a week to answer questions about digital ministry.
  • Tuesdays, 4-5pm ET (1-2 pm PT)
  • Fridays, 12-1 pm ET (9-10 am PT)
  • You can sign up at this link: bit.ly/digitalministrymeeting
Online resources for people in recovery
Isolation is perilous for people in recovery. We learn that our sobriety depends upon keeping connected to sober people, being accountable to others, being of service to others. Read more from Rev. Anne...
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
Racial reconciliation and healing training
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries invites you to join a Zoom-based Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle beginning on May 21, 2020.

Sacred Ground is a 10-session, film-based dialogue series on Race and Faith offered through the Episcopal Church as part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative.

It is built around powerful documentary films and readings which will serve as the jumping-off point for dialogue. Click here to read more and register.
The Center for Bible Study podcast
The Center for Bible Study is offering free online podcasts to help people grow in their study and understanding of the Bible. The first course, Exploring the Old Testament in the New, can be found here. All participants need is a Bible (NRSV, NIV, CEB), a notebook, and a desire to dig deeper into scripture.

Future episodes will be found at the link below and on the websites of St. Andrew's, Antelope and The Center for Bible Study.

The course is free, but donations of thanks for this course may be sent to:
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,
7850 Watt Ave,
Antelope, CA 95843

Podcast link: buzzsprout.com/1026769
This week's "Habits of Grace" video from Presiding Bishop Curry
POSTPONEMENTS AND CHANGES
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