news for the week of February 5,  2019
Prepare and pray for the election of our new bishop

The Special Electing Convention is almost here! Please register here if you haven't done so already. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Feb. 9, when we elect the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California!

Videos from the Chico, Eureka and Sacramento walkabouts are  available here Learn more about the candidates for bishop  here .

Here is the schedule for the Special Electing Convention:
7 AM - 8:15 AM        Check-in/Registration

8:30 AM                   Opening Eucharist

9:45 AM                   Call to Order  


Please keep the election in your prayers.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: 
Look graciously on your Church, and so guide 
the minds of those who shall choose 
a bishop for this Diocese, 
that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care 
for your people and equip us for our ministries; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
- BCP, page 818      

2019 Diocesan cycles of prayer

Feb. 10 - Our Saviour, Placerville
The Rev. Debra Warwick-Sabino, Priest-in-Charge

Feb. 10 - St. Matthew's, Sacramento

Feb. 17 - Ascension, Vallejo
The Rev. Bayani Rico, Rector 

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

For the full Diocesan cycle of prayer and the 30 day cycle of prayer, visit our website
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Feb. 17 - St. Stephen's, Sebastopol
  • March 3 - St. John's, Roseville 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is available here.
Resources for Lent 

Lent 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6.

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

There are several resources available through The Way of Love in Lent and Easter. 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.

Please save the date for our Lenten Clergy Quiet Day, which will be Wednesday, March 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mercy Center Auburn.
Pathways Youth Pilgrimage - apply by April 1

Our Pathways Young Adult Leadership Team recently dedicated an entire Saturday for planning our pilgrimage this summer! We are looking forward to our fourth year and excited to journey to our north coast, visiting the Redwoods, ocean, wildlife and churches in Humboldt County. We especially look forward to getting to know the youth who will embark on this pilgrimage with us and the amazing people we will meet along the way. 

We encourage you to apply today! Applications must be received by April 1, which will be here before we know it! We may close registration prior to that deadline if we reach our max capacity.  If you have any questions please contact our Missioner for Youth Discipleship, the Rev. Sarah Quinney at  
Commission on Intercultural Ministries shares 2019 goals

The  Commission for Intercultural Ministries held its fourth annual retreat at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Jan. 15-16, where they developed their goals for 2019. 

The CIM works with worshipping communities throughout the diocese as they welcome and appreciate the diversity of people around them. The ministries that the CIM works to serve and support  include Asiamerican ministries, Black ministries, Indigenous Ministries, Latin/Hispanic ministries, LGBTQ+ ministries, and the Welcoming the Stranger task force. 

View their 2019 goals here.
Volunteer at the River City Food Bank and help support The Center at St. Matthew's 

River City Food Bank, partnered with The Center at St. Matthew's, is expanding their hours to include the second and fourth Fridays each month. Volunteers are needed for 9-11 a.m. and 11-1 p.m. shifts. 

Bagging food, sorting diapers, helping people choose food and building community with other volunteers and our guests -- that is what happens when serving at  River City Food Bank Serving is a great way to get to know one another and share God's love with our neighbors in a very tangible way. Email Deacon Cindy Long for more information.
Ordinations to Transitional Diaconate - Saturday, Feb. 16

On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.,   Alex Leach,   Jane Snibbe, and  Julie D. Vice will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, 2620 Capitol Ave. 

Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles. 
Stephen Ministry introduction in Roseville - Saturday, Feb. 23

St. John's, Roseville, is hosting an interdenominational introductory workshop on Stephen Ministry on  Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshops are half-day events 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. Learn more and register here.
Join The Belfry for their Fundraising Fiesta - Saturday, Feb 23

Put on your party hat and plan to join The Belfry for a night of food, fun, and incredible music performed by Mariachi Puente -- a Mariachi band made up of junior high and high school students. 

All proceeds from the event will support The Belfry which is home to Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis and Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN), a program of the Episcopal Service Corps. 

The event is free with a suggested donation of $25 per person to help cover food and entertainment. This is our big fundraising event for the year, so we invite you to give generously. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.
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. 
Week-long icon workshop in St. Helena - Aug. 18-23
Grace, St. Helena, 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.

The week-long workshop will begin on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and conclude after dinner at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday classes will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Friday class will end after lunch. 

Interested? Email Judith Caldwell at with questions.
From the wider Church

The Episcopal Church Shield
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego elected the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook as its fifth diocesan bishop on Saturday, Feb. 2. Read more from the Episcopal News Service about this election of the first female bishop of San Diego.

Other news:

As Episcopal Church pushes to end mass incarceration, New York church takes up bail reform

Presiding Bishop brings the power of love to Central Florida prep school

Episcopalians join hotel soap campaign to fight sex trafficking as Atlanta hosts Super Bowl
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