News for the week of Dec. 31, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • As you wrap-up 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: bit.ly/BishopsAppeal2019

  • 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: bit.ly/CNMRobinDenney

Christmas Eve at Trinity Cathedral with Bishop Megan
Hark! the herald angels sing
glory to the new-born King... Canon Verger Elizabeth Kenealey leads the procession
...Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die...
...Cause us to wonder and to
rejoice anew in the mystery of your Love revealed in a stable in Bethlehem...
Bishop Megan spent Christmas Eve at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. A Christmas pageant, complete with a band of angels, shepherds keeping sheep, and kings giving gifts, was presented under the direction of the Rev. Canon Kathy Hopner at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The Bishop blessed the creche in all 4 services. She also celebrated the Eucharist, and in her sermon she said, "His story is now ours - by His grace. We have been written...into the very story of God and the salvation of the world."

You can watch her sermon here: bit.ly/ChristmasEveSermon2019

Click here to see more pictures.
There was much activity
in the narthex as shepherds, angels and kings prepared
for their parts
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn"
Even the tiniest king was present to give his gifts to the Child
Spanish Language Ministry at Grace, St. Helena
The Rev. Anne Clark, Asst Rector, and members of the Spanish Language Ministry sing together during
a baptism service
All people are welcome and questioning is accepted
"Padre celestial, te damos gracias porque por medio del aguay del Espíritu Santo has concedido a estos tus siervos elperdón de los pecados..."
Every other week, a sign is hung on the corner of Oak & Spring in St. Helena that Reads— Misa en Español Este Sábado a las 5PM—Todas las personas y preguntas están bienvenidas. (Spanish Eucharist this Saturday at 5PM—All people and questions are welcome).  

The now bi-weekly Spanish service began in August of 2017 at the request of the long-time caretakers of the church, and has grown now beyond their immediate friends and relatives to a community of about a dozen families. Though a quinceñera (15th birthday celebration) and pastorella (Spanish Christmas pageant) were larger gatherings, most weeks the service is intimate, and participants cherish gathering around the altar in Grace’s stone sanctuary for the Eucharistic prayer. 
 
Grace’s Rector, the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, was ordained to the priesthood and served the first three years of her ministry in El Salvador. Her husband Vince, whose paternal grandparents immigrated from Mexico in the 1930’s, often accompanies the singing on guitar, and the Rev. Anne Clarke, Assistant Rector, enjoys helping out with the service, and makes space for the children to enjoy a story or activity during the liturgy of the Word. Sandra Sheffield is a key leader; she serves as part-time Coordinator of Spanish-Language Ministries at Grace, inviting, reminding, and convening participants and interfacing with Grace’s other staff and ministries. Read More

Article submitted by the Rev. Amy Denny Zuniga
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Last day to 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.
2020 prayer calendars now available
The 2020 prayer calendars for our diocese are now available on our website -- both the 30-day prayer calendar and the Sunday cycle of prayer. You may download from our website here.
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, previously the Communications Coordinator, left the Office of the Bishop on Dec. 27 to continue her training in education and child development. 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; jay@norcalepiscopal.org, (916) 442-6918, ext. 226. AND at communications@norcalepiscopal.org
Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney: Jan. 17
All are invited to the Celebration of New Ministry as the Rev. Robin Denney is instituted as Rector at St. Mary's, Napa. See the invitation here.

Where: St. Mary's, Napa
When: Friday, Jan 17, 6:00 p.m.
Clergy: Red Stoles
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.
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
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.
Join the youth of DioCal for MLK Youth Overnight and Day of action: Jan. 19-20
Join youth from 6th-12th grade for thoughtful and fun activities and a night sleeping in the cathedral before marching for justice together in the annual SF MLK parade!

When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Contact: The Rev. MC Greene for more information.
Register: via emailing maryg@gracecathedral.org 
Registration is open for CDSP Winter CALL courses
Our diocese has an established partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership, which allows 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.
Episcopal Youth Event - July 7-11, 2020
Next summer Episcopal youth from across the church will gather at the University of Maryland. for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event. Youth participants must be currently enrolled high school students in 9th, 10th, 11, or 12th grade during the 2019/20 school year. They must be a minimum of 15 years old by July 7, 2020, and no older than 19 by that same date. Adult volunteers are also needed! Learn more 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.
To submit news/events, please email communications@norcalepiscopal.org. The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.