News for the week of Dec. 17, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • As you plan your year-end giving, please consider making a gift to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal and supporting the many ministries of our diocese. Learn more here:

  • You're invited to the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney, Rector at St. Mary's, Napa, on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. More here:

  • Bishop Megan's convention Eucharist sermon is now available for viewing, and it is wonderful! We also have created a short highlight video from the evening; view both videos here:
Before the Camp Fire and now, one year later
The memorial that stands at Magalia Community Church, unveiled at the one-year commemoration of the Camp Fire.
By Sophie Carrick. Communications Coordinator

Although the Camp Fire no longer burns, its ashes still remain. This is evident in all those impacted by the fire and for our congregations involved in Camp Fire recovery, whose communities are forever changed. Our congregation at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chico has taken the reigns in helping those in their community through disaster recovery, whether its connecting people in the community to disaster case management through FEMA or by sending out its deacons to take care of those who are hurting.  

The Very Rev. Richard Yale, Rector at St. John’s, Chico, shared that the church was very engaged in community outreach before the fire, just in a different way. 

Rev. Richard shared this metaphor: “There’s a scene in the 1962 World War II movie, The Longest Day, where troops have been dropped on the wrong beach on D-Day. They’re led by Teddy Roosevelt Jr, a general. They’re sitting in a foxhole on the wrong beach and looking at the map, and they’re concerned. All that they have planned for, all the terrain, all the tactical objectives they had – everything was different than what they had been preparing for. 

One of the colonels says, ‘Teddy, the reinforcements and our supplies are going to wind up on the other beach, the right beach, and we’re here. And he says, ‘Well then, the reinforcements and supplies will have to follow us. We’re starting the war from here.’”

As Rev. Richard shared, St. John’s thought they were prepared for a different beach. Two months before the Camp fire, the congregation was flourishing – they celebrated the success of their Jesus Center farm project, blessed their new community prayer garden and had just refinished the church building.  

“All of this great stuff, and then on Nov. 8, we woke up on the wrong beach,” said Rev. Yale, and the congregation had to completely shift gears on how to carry out their mission.  Read more here.
Five new priests in the Church and in our diocese
On Dec. 11 at St. Michael's, Carmichael, Bishop Megan ordained the Rev. Alex Leach, the Rev. Julie Vice and the Rev. Anny Genato (shown below in that order) into the Sacred Order of Priests.
On Dec. 8 at Good Shepherd, Cloverdale, Bishop Megan ordained the Rev. Jane Snibbe and the Rev. Tim McDonald into the Sacred Order of Priests. Rev. Jane and Rev. Tim plan to remain at Good Shepherd as they carry out their ministry.

Below are principal participants in the ordination service, (L-R): The Ven. Gary Brown, Archdeacon; the Rev. Jane Snibbe, Ordinand; the Rev. Ed Howell, Preacher; the Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair, Bishop; the Rev. Tim McDonald, Ordinand; the Rev. Sally Hanes Hubbell, Litanist; and the Rev. Bob Scott, Deacon
Congratulations to our ordinands; you are in our prayers as you begin your priestly ministry!
Make a gift to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal
Bishop Megan invites you to make a gift to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal, a year-end process that is designed to directly support the congregations and institutions of our diocese. Your generous, service mindset will fuel new ways to invite folks into what God is doing here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

This year’s Appeal presents ministries in four different areas. You have opportunities to give in the areas of: 

  • Youth Campership and Young Adult Ministry
  • Feeding and Caring for Those in Need
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry
You may also choose to donate to the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California here (click "Donation to EFNC").

If you would like to give to a specific ministry of the Appeal, please indicate your chosen ministry(s) in the note/memo line when you give.
Convention Eucharist sermon and highlight video
Keep an eye on our Diocesan Convention media center, as we will be adding more videos in the coming weeks! This week, we would like to share the following videos with you:
Office of the Bishop staff transition
Sophie Carrick, our Communications Coordinator since Feb. 2017, will be leaving the Office of the Bishop on Dec. 27 to work for a charter school. This is in alignment with her college studies and desire to teach. In her three years with us, we have benefited from her creative gifts, her sensitivity to the Spirit, and her beautiful presence. We couldn't be happier for Sophie but are sad she is leaving our team.

"I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the diocese and am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing team," said Sophie.

Going forward, for all communications needs, please contact Director of Communications Jay Elmquist;, (916) 442-6918, ext. 226. AND at
Office of the Bishop closed at noon on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day
The Office of the Bishop will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 starting at noon. We will also be closed for Christmas the following day. Wishing all a very merry Christmas!
Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney: Jan. 17
All are invited to the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney, Rector at St. Mary's, Napa, Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the church.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Jan. 5: St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova
  • Jan. 12: Grace, Fairfield
  • Jan. 19: St. George's, Carmichael

See more visitation dates here.
Bishop Megan at St. John's, Lakeport
The Franciscans join Bishop Megan and a few others for fellowship after the service at St. John's. (L-R: Brother Jude; Brother Desmond Alban; Leila Haddad, Sr. Warden; Bishop Megan;
Brother Columba; Brother James Nathaniel; the Rev. Delia Fay, Supply Priest;
Brother Gregory; and Roland Simpson, Jr. Warden)
Bishop Megan visited the people of St. John's, Lakeport on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Rev. Delia Fay and the Rev. Susan Napoliello assisted her as she celebrated the Eucharist.

The Franciscan Brothers from the Society of St. Francis, San Damiano Friary, San Francisco, also joined the congregation at St. John's to show their support. They are currently improving the Little Portion Hermitage, just up the hill from the church. The brothers will be leading a candlelight service at St. John's on Christmas Eve.
"We light this third candle as a sign of the JOY that is his gift to all who trust in him"
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
From L-R: The Rev. Susan Napoliello, the Rev. Wendy Watson, Bishop Megan, the Rev. Delia Fay
Quiet Christmas services from around the diocese
Do you find yourself wanting to prepare for Christmas, but you need to do it in a more reserved or quiet place? Blue Christmas, sometimes called Quiet Christmas, may be designed just for you. Here are a list of some of the places in our diocese where there will be a special, quiet, and reflective service this holiday season.

Incarnation, Santa Rosa - Service of Lamentation - Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Christ the King, Quincy - Quiet Christmas - Dec. 17 - 7:00 p.m.
Grace, Fairfield - Blue Christmas - Dec. 21 - 7:00 p.m.
Commission for Intercultural Ministries receives Becoming Beloved Community Impact Grant from TEC
Congratulations to our Commission on Intercultural Ministries for being awarded a $5,000 Impact Grant from The Episcopal Church's 2019 Becoming Beloved Community grant cycle! We would like to thank Lynn Zender and Linda Jensen who did the groundwork on applying for this grant, and we look forward to seeing how this grant is used to "support relationships among cultures" in our diocese.

[From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Media Release on Dec. 6] At their fall 2019 meeting, the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church awarded forty-two Becoming Beloved Community grants totaling $350,600 to catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. Allocated by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (GC 2018 Resolution D002), the intent for these grants is to build capacity and increase Episcopal parish, diocesan, and agency engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society.
Two types of grants were awarded: Seed Grants, geared for groups launching new projects and/or evolving the scale of an existing project; and Impact Grants, for growing capacity, impact, and reach of communities and institutions already working to advance racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. The full announcement is here.
2020 Anita Weaver grant now accepting applications
Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are once again offering a special grant opportunity for the Anita Weaver Funds. These have been designated to help indigent seniors with housing.

This is a two year grant of $15,000 in the first year, and if successfully completed, $7,500 for the second year. This grant provides an opportunity to develop a longer term program in collaboration with other congregations and/or city or county resources.

For complete information please see the Request for Proposal. Grant applications will be due by Jan. 15, and the grant award will be announced by Feb. 15.
Center for Bible Study Archaeology Conference: Jan. 11
The Center for Bible Study is holding a one-day conference on Biblical archaeology. The theme is "Archaeologists Have More Fun," and speakers include Professor Cynthia Shafer Elliott as well as students.

When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
Cost: $15, lunch is included. Register here.
Contact: The Rev. Peter Rodgers: (916) 337-5319,
Registration is open for CDSP Winter CALL courses
Our diocese has an established 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 ($208), including members of the Association of Episcopal Deacons. 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. 

Visit the CDSP website for more details. The winter term begins on Jan. 13.
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers 2020 Epiphany curriculum
Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering a seven-lesson Epiphany curriculum for individuals and congregations. This free resource is Episcopal Migration Ministries’ contribution to the Good Book Club, a project that invites all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of John during Epiphany 2020. More information about the Good Book Club is here.
United Thank Offering grants: two types of grants available
Potential applicants for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants and for the UTO Young Adult and Seminarian (YAS!) grants are invited to participate in an informational webinar offered by the UTO board on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST.

The annual UTO grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility. Learn more here.

The focus for the UTO Young Adult and Seminarian grants is Holy Gifts: Bringing together our blessings and gifts to breathe love, liberation, and life into our communities. Learn more here.
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