news for the week of February 19, 2019
Resources for Lent 2019

Lent 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Here are a few way you can engage in Lent.

Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints.  The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and  people vote for their favorite saint. Learn more here.

Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditation books are available to either order copies or to subscribe to daily emails. This is the 15th year for this program. There is no charge for the books, which come in either English or Spanish; only the shipping is charged. More information is available here.

Living Well through L ent 2019 is now available from Living Compass, an Episcopal Wellness Initiative.  The Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health will provide FREE copies to enhance your ministries of healing and health. They are intended  for individual or group study. A Facilitator Guide is available as a download through Living Compass.   A Spanish version will also be available.  To order please contact Susan Wahlstrom, Coordinator of Health Ministries, via email at  or via phone at (209) 296-1139.  In addition, you can enroll in daily emails during Lent, join a Facebook discussion group, and more

The Way of Love in Lent and Easter is offering several resources. There are three components to choose from, which include an adult forum, quiet day curriculum, and Test Kitchen, which is a Facebook-based platform. Learn more here.
For clergy: Lenten Quiet Day

The theme for this Lenten quiet day will be "Nourishing Practices." Come explore how to infuse your day-to-day routine with practices that feed your body, mind, and spirit. Attendees will learn about accessible nutrition, movement, and meditation practices. 
The quiet day facilitator will be The. Rev. Megan Anderson. Currently living in Seattle, but native to Northern California, Megan has been a priest for five years. She is deeply passionate about the power of holistic wellness as spiritual practice. As a Fitness Instructor, Nutritional Therapist, and meditation teacher, Megan loves to introduce people to bite sized practices that can lead to powerful transformation. 

When: Wednesday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Mercy Center; 535 Sacramento St., Auburn, CA 95603
Registration: This is event is free. Please  register here.
Funds collected for St. Nicholas, Paradise, during the Special Electing Convention

During the Special Electing Convention, the Eucharist offering was taken for St. Nicholas, Paradise, to use as needed after the recent fires. The amount received to date is  $8,009.38. Thank you to all who donated! 
2019 diocesan cycles of prayer

Feb. 24 - Epiphany, Vacaville
The Very Rev. Mack Olson, Rector

Feb. 24 - St. Michael and All Angels, Fort Bragg
The Rev. Randy Knutson, Priest-in-Charge

March 3 - Emmanuel, Grass Valley
The Rev. Seth Kellermann, Rector

March 10 - Faith, Cameron Park
The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, Rector

March 10 - St. Michael's, Carmichael
The Very Rev. Mary Hudak, Rector

For the full Diocesan cycle of prayer and the 30 day cycle of prayer, visit our website

Speaking of the diocesan cycle of prayer,  Trinity Cathedral - your cathedral in the Diocese of Northern California - includes in the Prayers of the People the congregations listed in the  diocesan cycle of prayer  for that Sunday. And, if the Cathedral also has a banner for your congregation, it is carried down the aisle during the opening hymn in at least one of the worship services. The banners for that Sunday are displayed near the epistle lectern where everyone can see it. It is one of the ways the Cathedral is trying to connect to the entire diocese.
Many years ago, kits were sent to every congregation of our diocese for creating a banner that could be hung in the Cathedral's Great Hall and used during worship. A couple of years ago, the banners were sent back to their respective congregations during renovations of the hall. So far there are 24 banners back in the hall, representing less than half of our congregations. If you have not sent back your banner, or would like information about how to make a banner, please contact the Rev. Jim Richardson, interim dean of the Cathedral at
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • March 3 - St. John's, Roseville 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
  • April 7 - St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is available here.
Three new transitional deacons in our diocese

From left: Standing Committee President the Rev. Canon Cookie Clark, Archdeacon the Ven. Gary Brown, Bishop Barry Beisner, Archdeacon the Ven. Pam Gossard, and our newly ordained transitional deacons -- the Rev. Julie D. Vice, the Rev. Jane Snibbe, and the Rev. Alex Leach.

Congratulations to A lex Leach,  Jane Snibbe, and Julie D. Vice, ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento on  Feb. 16!
ECS annual grants open to submit letters of interest

Episcopal Community Services is now accepting letters of interest for the Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant (three year grant) and for the annual ECS grants which are given to church ministries that focus on human rights advocacy, human service or health programs, and lay leadership/empowerment programs.

Learn more about the three-year Warren Dunning Grant here. Learn more about the yearly grants here.

Please email your letter of interest to by March 20 to be considered.
People impacted by the Camp Fire share their stories 

We are sharing stories of people who were impacted by the Camp Fire on the  Episcopal Church Camp Fire Recovery Team Facebook page .

This week's stories are  available here
Summer camp registrations are open!

Pathways Youth Pilgrimage 2018

Our diocese is near and home to several Episcopal summer camps where young people can explore their relationship to God through all the astonishing natural beauty our region has to offer. Swimming, hiking, boating, rock climbing, worship services, camping, and the chance to make friends for life, are just some of the activities offered by summer church camps.

Would you like to support young people in affording these life-changing summer camp experiences? Donate here. (select Youth Camp Scholarship)

Pathways Youth Pilgrimage - Apply by April 1!
Join youth of the diocese for Pathways in Humboldt County, from June 16-21. Pathways is a pilgrimage that aims to equip youth to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, participants will spend a week together sharing meals, worshiping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims. Learn more here.

Camp Living Waters - Arcata
A week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of Redwood Valley, Camp Living Waters is based at St. Alban's parish in Arcata and draws staff members from the faith communities of the North Coast. Learn more here.

Camp Galilee - Lake Tahoe
Located on the shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Galilee is the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Camp Galilee's summer camps help youth develop deep relationships with their peers, caring counselors, the natural world, and God. Learn more here.

St. Dorothy's Rest - Camp Meeker
Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest on the Russian River and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy's offers a summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world. Learn more here.

Bishop's Ranch - Healdsburg
BREAD Camp is set among the forest, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, where campers can discovery community and spirituality, and participate in summer camping activities. Learn more here.
Stephen Ministry introduction in Roseville

St. John's is hosting an interdenominational introductory workshop on Stephen Ministry,  where you and others from your congregation can:
  • catch a vision for lay caring ministry;
  • experience a sample of Stephen Minister training; and
  • learn the basics about Stephen Ministry-how it works, the benefits it offers, and how to bring Stephen Ministry to your congregation.
You'll come away with a clear understanding of the difference Stephen Ministry makes and a vision for getting it started in your congregation.  Attending one of these workshops is not mandatory for beginning Stephen Ministry, but they are an excellent way to get your questions answered and learn what Stephen Ministry is all about. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: St. John's,  2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
Registration: $15 for one person; $50 for four from the same church. Register here.
Celebration of New Ministry - Thursday, Feb. 28

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Brad Helmuth, Rector at   Holy Trinity, Nevada City, located at 201 Nevada St., will be Thursday, Feb. 28  at 6:30 p.m. 

Reception to follow. Clergy - white stoles. 
Wingfield Deanery Racial Reconciliation training

The Wingfield Deanery   Racial Reconciliation training will be facilitated by leaders from our diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. The day will provide an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and to be communities of reconciliation. 

In our diocese, this training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.

When: Saturday. March 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Church of the Ascension, 2420 Tuolumne St., Vallejo, CA 94589
Registration: The event is free (lunch included). Please  register here by March 15.
Contact: Email   Linda Jensen, Commission for Inter-cultural Ministries Co-chair, at
Week-long icon workshop in St. Helena - Aug. 18-23
Grace Church, located in beautiful Napa Valley, will host a Prosopon icon workshop from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 23.  First-time attendees will create an icon of Archangel Michael in the Prosopon iconograpy style. Those who have already completed Michael will have the opportunity to compose Archangel Gabriel. The c ost of this workshop is $750, which includes personalized instruction and supplies such as boards, paint, gold leaf, etc.

Whe n: Sunday, Aug. 18 - Friday, Aug. 23 
Where: Grace Church, 1314 Spring St., Saint Helena, CA 94574   
Contact Email Judith Caldwell at  
CPG Planning for Wellness Conference - April 5-6

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Between a career and family, it's hard to find time to focus on your financial picture, let alone your health. The Church Pension Group Planning for Wellness conference provides financial planning and education along with a focus on your physical and psychological well-being. This conference is for active clergy and their spouses.

When: Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
WhereHilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento, CA 95815
Cost/registration $75/individual or $100/couple. Learn more and register here.
From the wider Church

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Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday after Epiphany, this year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on March 3. On World Mission Sunday, Episcopalians are invited to focus on the global impact of the Baptismal Covenant's call to "seek and serve Christ in all persons" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305). It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the many ways in which The Episcopal Church participates in God's mission around the world. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry invites the church to observe World Mission Sunday in a video here.

Other news:

Announcing Partners in Welcome, an innovative new program from Episcopal Migration Ministries

EYE20 Planning Team: Application period open for youth interested in serving

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