JANUARY 15,  2019
Daily schedule for the walkabouts

Here is the daily schedule for all five walkabouts:

4:30     PM      Area Clergy Dinner with Candidates
6:00     PM      Check In
6:30     PM      Walkabout starts
8:30     PM      Social Time
9:00     PM      Candidates Depart

Monday, Jan. 21 - Santa Rosa
Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue 
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Chico 
We will be live-streaming the Chico walkabout on the diocesan Facebook page.
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2341 Floral Avenue 
Chico, CA 95926
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Eureka
Christ Episcopal Church
625 15th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Davis
The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
640 Hawthorn Lane 
Davis, CA 95616

Friday, Jan. 25 - Sacramento
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA 95816
Invitation to Diocesan Priests and Deacons

As has been announced, the walkabouts for the introduction of the candidates for bishop are scheduled throughout the diocese during the week from Jan. 21-25. 

The Transition Committee and the host churches would like to invite the clergy of the diocese to have dinner with the candidates at the walkabout location. Dinner will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. each evening and will finish at 6 p.m. This meal is at no cost to you and will allow for informal time with the candidates. Please plan to join us when we're near your area! 
RSVP here for dinner in your area. Registration closes Thursday, Jan. 17. 
Special Electing Convention - register by Friday, Jan. 18

The Special Convention for the election of the 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California  will be Feb. 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Faith, Cameron Park, located at 2200 Country Club Drive. The event is free, but all must register to attend. Register here.

For more information on the Bishop Search, visit  norcalbishopsearch.org .
Office of the Bishop closed Monday, Jan. 21

The Office of the Bishop will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. day. We will resume our normal office hours the following day.
Funds collected for the clergy in the Diocese of Cuba

During the 2018 Diocesan Convention, the Eucharist offering was taken for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba. We are pleased to share that we received several donations after convention, and as of   Jan. 8, 2019, the diocese has donated a total of $9,115 to this fund.    Thank you to all who donated!
2019 Diocesan cycles of prayer

Jan. 20 - The Belfry, Davis
The Rev. Casey Dunsworth, Pastor

Jan. 27 - Christ Church, Eureka
The Rev. Dr. Daniel London, Rector

Jan. 27 - St. Mary's, Napa
The Rev. Vanessa Glass, Interim Rector

Feb. 3 - Christ the King, Quincy
The Rev. Matt Warren, Vicar

For the full Diocesan cycle of prayer and the 30 day cycle of prayer, visit our website
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Feb. 3 - St. Paul's, Sacramento 
  • 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.
Candidate Julie Vice sets goal to visit all 68 parishes/missions in the diocese

Julie Vice has visited 53 (red) of the 68 parishes/missions in our diocese.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific student and candidate for ordination Julie Vice knows that seminary is a time to grow and learn new ways of being the Church. In order to step out of her familiar leadership roles, Vice set for herself the challenge of visiting all 68 of the churches in our diocese.
Vice got her inspiration because of her class schedule at CDSP, where she has been taking hybrid courses, meaning most of her time is spent doing her classes online, as opposed to spending three years on campus. 
Due to this schedule, Vice said, "When you do the program and stay home, you're trying to grow while in your same water. That makes it really hard because you're trying to become something new but you're surrounded by who you used to be and what you used to do."
But when she met with the Commission on Ministry last year, Vice came up with idea of traveling the diocese, where she could "see what other churches in the diocese are doing."
Read the full story here.

Vice has been documenting her travels through her CommUnity Wandering Facebook page, where you can learn more about her experiences at each church. 
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
Chalking the doors of homes, churches: an Epiphany tradition

The Rev. Daniel London, Rector of Christ Church, Eureka, chalking the church doors.

Several churches in our diocese, including Epiphany, Vacaville; Trinity, Folsom; and Christ Church, Eureka, took part in an Epiphany tradition of marking their church and home doors with chalk symbols:  20+C+M+B+19

In this tradition, a short liturgy and prayer is said so that all who pass through the doors are blessed. The numbers are for the current year and symbolize God's blessing through the entire year. The letters refer to the first names of the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, as well as Christus Mansionem Benedicat, meaning "Christ bless this house."

Chalking the door is a way to tangibly honor God, as is said in  Deuteronomy 6:9: "These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. ...You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." 
Epiphany marked the Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey's 35th ordination anniversary

Archdeacon Cookie Clark, Rev. Ann, Bishop Barry, and Rev. Mack Olson

Bishop Barry Beisner and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey spent Epiphany 2019 at Church of the Epihpany, Vacaville, both in celebration of Epiphany and Rev. Ann's 35th ordination anniversary.
Donations needed for The Center at St. Matthew's

One of our diocese's most beloved ministries, The Center at St. Matthew's, needs your help! They are in need of the following items: b ookshelves, s ide tables, and l ocking file cabinets.

Please email Executive Director Jim Schaal at  stmatthewsepiscopal@gmail.com if you or your church can donate any of these items. 
Rallying for resources in Marysville - Monday, Jan. 21

St. John's, Marysville, will be hosting a rally on Martin Luther King Day in support of those in their community who lack resources to find housing. The recent Camp Fire in Paradise has added to the burden of the homeless in this region.  The goal is to raise awareness of the need for economic justice in our communities, to acknowledge the dignity of our homeless neighbors, and to organize to create real change for people who are pushed to the margin of our society.

St John's is co-sponsoring this event with the Poor People's Campaign and the California Homeless Union. The rally will be Monday, Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the church, located at  800 D St.
Join Trinity Cathedral in counting Sacramento's homeless

Trinity Cathedral parishioners will be volunteering for Sacramento County's 2019 Point-In-Time homeless count. The homeless count is essential to help our county apply for the appropriate level of federal homelessness funds. It's well organized and you will feel good about doing it.

Volunteering does not require any prior experience but you must be 18 years of age or older; have a strong interest in helping people who are experiencing homelessness; be able to walk a couple of miles and attend a required training class to learn to safely conduct accurate counts with teams within carefully pre-mapped territories. Information about the count goes out within the homeless community so that our counters are welcomed by people who are homeless. 

The counts will occur Jan. 30-31 in the evening, and locations are to be determined. Volunteers go out in groups to their assigned area. You can sign up here; please also email Shireen Miles to let her know know you are interested:  volunteeringshireenmiles@comcast.net.
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. 
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. 
Companions in Franciscan Spirituality: free 10-day programs  

The Community of St. Francis in San Francisco is offering several free 10-day residential immersion programs in Franciscan Spirituality. This program is for adult women who wish to   study Franciscan spirituality and live out of that spirituality by sharing in community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community.  

The dates for the programs are: Holy Week/Easter April 12-22, Summer July 19-29, St. Francistide Sept. 27-Oct. 7.   For more information, visit communitystfrancis.org or contact Sr. Pamela Clare at  pamelaclarecsf@aol.com .
More from the wider Church

Applications are now accepted for the 2019 United Thank Offering grants. The application forms and more information is available hereThe focus for the 2019 United Thank Offering grants is Go: Crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus.

Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address a new focus area each year, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The United Thank Offering was founded to support innovative mission and ministry in the Episcopal Church and to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. 100% of thank offerings given to UTO are granted the following year. The deadline to apply is March 1.

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