News for the week of Nov. 26, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Mary Parmer, director of Invite*Welcome*Connect, has written a note to the diocese after spending time with us at Diocesan Convention. Read it here: bit.ly/2019MaryParmer

  • We have five upcoming ordinations, Dec. 8 in Cloverdale and Dec. 11 in Carmichael! More information is on our calendar: bit.ly/EDNCCalendar
Todos son bienvenidos: All are welcome at St. Matthew's, Sacramento
“Todos Son Bienvenidos.” “All Are Welcome,” proclaims a new bilingual sign at the Mission at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County.

The sign invites visitors to Spanish, English, and bilingual Eucharists led by the Rev. Canon Anne Arthur, the Rev. Rik Rasmussen, and the Rev. Lucretia Jevne. On the first, second, and fourth Sundays of each month, the Mission at St. Matthew’s offers the Eucharist in Spanish 9:00 AM, followed by the Eucharist or lay-led Morning Prayer in English at 10:30 AM. On the third Sundays, Spanish-speaking and English-speaking congregants join together for a spirited bilingual Eucharist, followed by the monthly Mission Committee meeting.

The Rev. Canon Arthur, who also serves as Associate and Canon Pastor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Sacramento, learned Spanish as a child in Puerto Rico. Arthur often plays guitar to accompany Spanish-language songs. Serving a small congregation has both challenges and rewards, she notes: “We miss members of our congregation when they travel for the harvest season, but it’s also wonderful when families reunite and come to church.” Read more.

Thank you to Mr. Jim Schaal for contributing this article.
The epistle is read in English and Spanish during a
bilingual service.
Bishop Megan is assisted by Canon Anne and Deacon Babs, as Eucharist is celebrated
in two languages.
Members of the congregation lay hands on Emanual as the bishop confirms him and Canon Anne translates.
CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS
Convention highlights: A note from Mary Parmer
From Mary Parmer:

Reflecting on my time with you all at your convention, I recall an old saying “it just warms the cockles of my heart!” I can’t help but think of this expression every time I reflect on my time with you in Sacramento - from the honor of being invited to keynote Bishop Megan’s first diocesan convention, to folks coming up to me sharing that their vestry is reading and studying the Invite Welcome Connect book, to the woman who said to me with tears in her eyes, ”I’ve been to many diocesan conventions and there’s never been one quite like this.”

As I walked around the room during the creative small group time after my short workshop, the joy, energy, and vitality was palpable!   Read more.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Ordinations to the Sacred Order of Priests: Dec. 8 and Dec. 11
Join Bishop Megan and the people of Good Shepherd as the Rev. Tim McDonald and the Rev. Jane Snibbe are ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests. A reception will follow. Clergy: red stoles, please.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.
Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,122 North Main St., Cloverdale
Join Bishop Megan and the people of St. Michael's as the Rev. Ann-Marie Genato, the Rev. Alexander Price Leach and the Rev. Julie D. Vice are ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests. A reception will follow. Clergy: red stoles, please.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2140 Mission Ave., Carmichael
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Dec. 8: Good Shepherd, Cloverdale
  • Dec. 15: St. John's, Lakeport

For inquiries about Bishop Megan's visitation schedule for 2020, please contact Ms. Jacqi Seppi, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, at jacqi@norcalepiscopal.org .
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
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.

Faith, Cameron Park - Service of Comfort - Dec. 10 - 6:30 p.m.
Grace, St. Helena - Quiet Christmas - Dec. 10 - 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's, Kenwood - Blue Christmas - Dec. 13 - 6:00 p.m.
All Saints', Sacramento - Blue Christmas - Dec. 15 - 5:00 p.m.
St. Martin, Davis - Blue Christmas - Dec. 15 - 4:00 p.m.
Incarnation, Santa Rosa - Service of Lamentation - Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.
A reminder to communicators
Please be sure to look at your website and signs and update your service listings for the holiday season. People will be planning and looking for places to attend during Advent and Christmas, and we want to be ready with the invite. Do you have special services during the season? Advertise your service times and locations.
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.
Discussion on the Bible and immigration: Second meeting is Dec. 4 in Davis
You are invited to join St. Martin's parishioners for a conversation about faith, the Bible, and immigration. For the first gathering, they will concentrate on Chapters two and three of The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong by author Karen Gonalez.

The book is available through online book sellers, and St. Martin's will have a couple of copies in the church library as well. These are drop-in discussions: come for one or two!

When: Dec. 4, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis (In the library)
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, pamela@churchofstmartin.org
St. Clement's Thrift Shop closing sale: Dec. 14
St. Clement's is sad to announce that the Thrift Shop run so lovingly for the last 10 years by Denise and Emilito Smith is closing its doors.Everything must go!

When: Saturday, Dec.14, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2376 Zinfandel Dr., Rancho Cordova
Save the date: Center for Bible Study Archaeology Conference on 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, peterrodg@gmail.com
DioCal's Ministry for the Common Good gathering: Jan. 15-16
What does Christian service for the common good look like? How can Christians love the world as God loved the world? What do we need to know and do in order to seek peace in our contexts? Join DioCal and other ministry leaders and consider these important questions together.

Speakers include William James Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation.

This gathering is for anyone engaged in Christian ministry, including lay leaders, as well as those who are looking for new ways to serve in their church and other ministry contexts. The Episcopal Diocese of California is pleased to co-sponsor this gathering with Newbigin House of Studies. Learn more about this event.
 
When: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Thursday, Jan. 16
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
Cost: $75 Early Registration by Dec. 7 ($95 after Dec. 7) — Use special DioCal Discount code: "diocal" for 20% off! Register here.
To submit news/events, please email communications@norcalepiscopal.org. The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.