News for the week of Aug. 20, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Diocesan Convention registration is now open! Learn more about this year's theme and register here: bit.ly/diocon2019

  • Resolutions for consideration at Diocesan Convention are due Aug. 30. Please go here to to find information about submitting a resolution: bit.ly/DioConResolutions

  • There is a Safe Church training in Rocklin on Oct. 12. This is a requirement for all who work with children and vulnerable adults in our diocese. Register here: bit.ly/safechurchoct2019
Bishop Megan with civic leaders at Trinity Cathedral
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Bishop Megan Traquair and Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Bishop Megan led a Vigil of Lament and Hope: Prayers for the Victims of Gun Violence, on Friday, Aug. 9 at Trinity Cathedral. Included in the service were speeches from Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Mayor Darrell Steinberg as well as the Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting from Bishop's United against Gun Violence. Canon Andrea and other faith leaders bid the prayers during the litany. You can find the bishop's statement from the evening here.

The link to the news story about the vigil is here.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Resolutions for Diocesan Convention due Aug. 30
Resolutions may be proposed by any person with seat, voice, and vote; the Board of Trustees; Standing Committee; Commission on Ministry; Diocesan Institutions; Vestries; Mission Committees; Committees of Convention; the Bishop or the Board of Trustees.

There are two resolution forms, available for download here.

Both forms must be sent to Leta Parks, Chair of Resolutions via email at parksleta@gmail.com by Aug. 30. Any questions can also be directed to Ms. Parks.
Nominations are open: do you know someone who should stand for election?
Nominations for members of the Board of Trustees, Standing Committee and General Convention Deputies are open until September 13. There are openings for both clergy and lay people on each of these teams. The diocese has expressed a keen interest in increasing the number of lay leaders involved in our governance.  As stated in Canon 16.1.1.4 regarding the Board of Trustees,  “Of the elected and appointed members it is a goal that five shall be members of the clergy and that ten shall be members of the laity.”

Take a few minutes consider this: who do you know that could do the work desired as a member of one of these teams? Does someone in your church have a gift when it comes to understanding finance? Is there a friend that really functions well in making decisions in a team? Who in your sphere of influence shows a prophetic vision for understanding the direction the Church should take? Encourage them to fill out a  nomination form, but don't stop there. Help them do it and gather the materials they need to forward their candidacy. Raise them up for the good of our diocese and for the good of the Church. Remember, the deadline is September 13.

Click here for the Diocesan Convention nominations page.
Register for Diocesan Convention: Nov. 7-9 in Sacramento
Registration is now open until Sept. 27. Our registration fees are the same as last year's:

  • $75.00 for those who have seat, voice, and vote (delegates, clergy, seat and voice)
  • $20.00 for alternates, postulants and candidates, and visitors
  • FREE for those who volunteer (a minimum of four hours)

On Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a banquet that all in the diocese are welcome to attend. The cost for the dinner is $30.00. If you are attending convention and would like to attend the banquet, it will be added onto your convention registration fees.
Important Dates:

Aug. 30 - Resolutions due
Sept. 13 - Nominations due
Sept. 27 - Early registration closes
Sept. 28 - Late registration opens (a fee of $25 will apply)
Oct. 19 - Deanery Convocations
Oct. 23 - Second filing for Nominations (if needed) due 
Oct. 25 - Late registration closes
Nov. 7-9 - Diocesan Convention

More information on convention is available at norcalepiscopal.org/convention, including nomination forms, resolution forms, hotel information and more.
Accounting and benefits position open
We are seeking a full-time Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist. Learn more and apply here.
Request for consecration pictures
Do you have pictures from Bishop Megan's consecration? If you weren't able to attend in person, did you get photos from a watch party at your church or with friends? Are there a couple that are really special and bring you joy? We are looking for some different perspectives in our images from this momentous event in our diocese. Would you be willing to share them with us?

Please send the photos to communications@norcalepiscopal.org.

Who knows, you might see your photos in a slide show at Diocesan Convention or another diocesan event.
Please change bishop information on church websites
Now that we've consecrated our new bishop, we kindly ask that you update your church website to reflect who our new bishop is. Here is a short blurb on Bishop Megan you can include on your website or you can link to her full biography on the diocesan website here.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Aug. 25: St. Peter's, Red Bluff
  • Sept. 8: St. Francis, Willits
  • Sept. 29: St. John's, Petaluma
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
Students from Honduras attend Camp Living Waters
Students learn during the "Glade" rotation at Camp Living Waters
The plaque presented to
Bishop Megan
Claudette, Bishop Megan and Pastor Olga
This year, Camp Living water featured several special moments during it’s week long run. The theme for the week of camp in the Semper Virens deanery was Saints on Parade, and the lead clergy team of “Madre y Padre”, or Mother Geri Cunningham and Father Daniel London, led the week in their pursuit of learning to follow Jesus as they studied different saints and the lives they lived.

An extra special feature to this particular week of camp was that our sister diocese in Honduras was able to send a group of campers and two adult chaperones to camp. The Rev. Olga Barerra, Claudette and six students from the Holy Spirit Episcopal Bilingual School in Tela, Honduras were sponsored by a number of churches in our diocese, through the efforts of the Very Rev. Sara Potter, dean of the Semper Virens deanery. Bishop Megan joined the clergy team for a couple of days and received a special plaque from the Honduran campers. The plaque, pictured above, honors her historic episcopate, the diocesan partnership and the churches who made the trip possible. Thank you for your gifts and support for Camp Living Waters and our Honduran visitors.  
The Great Paddle: Camp Galilee fundraising opportunity
What is The Great Paddle? Every year, Camp Galilee staff members kayak 60 miles around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the summer camp we love. But, they need your help. Sign up now to pledge your donation and support Camp Galilee campers. Since 2007, over $70,000 has been raised.

Donate online here.
Workshop on becoming prayer: Aug. 10 in Carmichael
The incarnation has made mystics of us all. What if we read the gospels as if that were true? In this workshop, Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D., a Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco, will explore the theme of “becoming prayer” from his book: Contemplating Christ, The Gospels and the Interior Life. Through anecdotal presentations, shared reflection, centering prayer, and group exercises, Fr. Pizzuto will gradually unfold the mystery to which the whole of biblical revelation and the Christian contemplative life are ordered: that through the incarnation, we have all become ‘other Christs’ in the world.

Books will be available to purchase. Fr. Vincent will sign books after retreat. Please bring a bag lunch; coffee and snacks will be provided.

When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2140 Mission Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
Cost: $25 if registered by Aug. 6; $35 after Aug. 6 ( Scholarships are available)
Registration: Contact Janice Boyd at jboydcp@gmail.com or at 916-370-8602
Retired clergy luncheon: Aug. 30 in Carmichel
Retired clergy in the diocese are invited to a lunch gathering of retired clergy and spouses/partners. We will share a simple Eucharist before we enjoy a catered lunch. 
Discussion will be about ways to increase connection among retired clergy/spouses/partners and what would nourish your life in faith. 

Bishop Megan appreciates Bishop Barry’s ministry to the retired clergy and their spouses and partners, and wants to continue that. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: St. George's Episcopal Church, 5600 Winding Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 
RSVP: Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Jacqi Seppi at jacqi@norcalepiscopal.org or at 916.442.6918, ext 213
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Chaplain to the Retired Clergy, at leighta@mcn.org
Safe Church training opportunity: Oct. 12 in Rocklin
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, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765
Registration: The cost to attend is $15; refreshments are provided. Register here.
Contact: The Rev. Tom Gartin at tom@staugustineepiscopal.com
Episcopal Community Services announces 2019 grant recipients
This year five different congregations have received a total of six grants, including our third three-year Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant and our first ever multi-year Barry L. Beisner Social Justice Grant. A brief summary of each grant follows.

Ministry Development Grants:

St. Francis, Willits, to help remodel their kitchen so they can continue serving meals with their partner, Willits Daily Bread. They serve about 40 people per day, 4 days a week. 

St. Martin's, Davis, is developing a program to welcome refugees into their community. This involves finding a place to stay, health care, food, and connecting people with the right kinds of services. This is a first in our diocese.

Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grants: 

Our Saviour, Placerville, is in the third year of the grant for their program to establish, in cooperation with county and veterans agencies, a permanent veterans' stand down facility. 

St. John's, Chico, is in year 2 of the grant cycle. In spite of all their incredible and difficult relief work after the Camp Fire, their joint program with the Jesus Farm continues to flourish. Fruit trees have been planted, volunteers from the neighborhood and other churches engaged with the project and now they will complete their plans for a vegetable and flower garden. 

St. Martin's, Davis, has been awarded the first year of this grant for their Families Together Project. It is unusual to award two grants to one community, but we feel that this is a program that is particularly difficult in the set-up stage and requires more than the usual volunteer efforts and funding. 

The Barry L. Beisner Multi-year Social Justice Grant:

St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova, has received the first year of this grant. They are developing a pilot program to help veterans deal with moral injuries that the usual veterans' program do not include. They then plan to develop a curriculum to educate congregations about the problem and how they can help.
Faith in Action: Supporting immigrants
[August 16, 2019] The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the complex array of challenges facing immigrants across the United States, including support for children and other people seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, assisting immigrants who are undocumented, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and resettling refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries.
 
In a new video, The Episcopal Church: Walking with Immigrants, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introduces five bishops whose dioceses are actively engaged in immigrant welcome. Each bishop shares ways individuals or groups can support this work. Their intent is to inspire action and to highlight the many ways people can engage with and deepen their understanding of immigration issues.

The video ends with an overview of the advocacy and refugee resettlement work done at the national level. The Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church, speaks to the Church’s 80-year commitment to immigrants and displaced persons; support which continues today through Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations.

See the video and read more here.
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