News for the week of Jan. 21, 2020
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • The Northern California delegation for the Episcopal Youth Event 2020 (EYE20) is accepting registrations now. Information and registration here:
Bishop Megan visits St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova
Bishop Megan joins the Rev. Kenn Katona, who is using his famous signs to invite people into church.
L to R: The Rev. Jimi Benesh, the Rev. Canon Cookie Clark, the Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair, the Rev. Michael Kerrick,
the Rev. Grant Bakewell,
and the Rev. Kenn Katona
Bishop Megan blesses Fr. Kenn's son, Leo.
On Jan. 5, Bishop Megan visited the people of St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova. The morning started with Bishop Megan joining the Rev. Kenn Katona in his sidewalk greetings and invitation to people who were driving by to "come on into church."

In addition to preaching and celebrating the Eucharist, the bishop also made a couple of special blessings. She gave thanks for a couple who was celebrating their wedding anniversary, and also blessed the infant son of Fr. Kenn, who had been baptized the Sunday before.

Another highlight of the day was learning about 4P2F (4 Paws 2 Freedom) a service dog program for first responders and veterans. St. Clement's has entered into a partnership with 4P2F and provides worship experiences for those suffering for work related stress and PTSD. Learn more here.
The Bishop's Partnership Appeal: Campership
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. 

Special emphasis was put on campership this year, and we ask that you consider giving to that area of the appeal as registrations are about to open for our camps.

Your generous, service mindset will fuel new ways to invite folks into what God is doing here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.
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.
College for Congregational Development dates announced
The College for Congregational Development (CCD) is a program designed to build skills and increase capacity for participants to develop congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions into more vital, faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith. CCD equips participants with tools to assess the needs of their congregations, develop strategies for growth, prioritize their needs and focus energy on those areas.

CCD also gives participants the skills to lead change processes, manage conflict and articulate the identity and purpose of their congregation. This training helps participants refine their facilitation skills, so they can lead effective meetings, small groups and teaching sessions.

  • Weeklong: Sun, May 31, 2020, 1:30 PM – Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:00 PM PDT
  • Weekends: TBD
Where: The Bishop's Ranch

Check-in begins on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Click here to register.
Applications are open for Pathways 2020
 More information is available here.

Dates: June 14-19, 2020
Location: Butte County
Participants: Those finishing grades 7-12
Young adult leaders: Ages 18-30
Cost: $600 per participant ( Early bird registration discount of $75 if application is received by Feb. 1, 2020.)

You may download a Pathways flyer  here. Please post in your parish and/or relay this information in your parish bulletin.
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.
Opportunities at the Office of the Bishop
We are excited to announce two newly-created positions open in the Office of the Bishop. Please forward this to people you know who might be called to this ministry. 
Executive Staff Support

This Executive Staff Support position has been created to work alongside with Michelle Karimi to enable the Canon to the Ordinary and related staff to carry out their mission and ministry in the diocese. 

Demonstrate and utilize overall knowledge of procedures, protocols, and expectations regarding the following: clergy transition processes, database management, Safe Church purpose and program, and other programs of the diocese. To apply, see instructions below. Position open until filled.
The Missioner for Evangelism & Discipleship

The Missioner for Evangelism & Discipleship focuses on Christian formation, Youth, and Evangelism/Church Growth through networking, and connecting churches together in order to build leadership capacity and grow churches.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join our staff at the beginning of Bishop Megan’s episcopate. We are working within a mixed economy of church growth and development: Church planting, growing existing churches, and exploring new communities and models of church.  

Our diocese contains several counties that are the fastest growing in the state of California, making this a fruitful time for church growth and development in this area.  

Our mission is to create healthy, multi-generational, vibrant, congregations that include a robust formation for youth and adults, connections with local communities, and faithful expressions of the Gospel in our local context. To apply, see below. Position open until filled. 
To apply for either open position, please send a cover letter and a copy of your resume to Jacqi Seppi, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, at 

In the subject line of your email please note the position for which you are applying.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Jan. 19: St. George's, Carmichael
  • Feb. 26: Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
  • Mar. 22: Shepherd-by-the-Sea, Gualala

See more visitation dates here.
Northern California represents at the consecration of Bishop Lucinda Ashby
A portion of the good people from EDNC
who attended the consecration
There were 22 bishops who attended the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby.
All of them laid hands on Bishop Lucinda at the moment of her consecration.
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, the Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby , and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori
The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real (ECR) celebrated the ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Lucinda Ashby as their fourth bishop on Saturday, Jan. 11. The people of Northern California joined ECR at St. Andrew's, Saratoga, with a large representation from across our diocese. It was only fitting that we attend, as Bishop Lucinda was raised up out of EDNC, spending time at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento; St. Martin, Davis; St. Michael's, Carmichael; and St. Matthew's, Sacramento, among others.

As is customary at the consecration of a bishop, Bishop Megan joined 21 other bishops that attended that day in the laying on of hands and praying the words, "Therefore, Father, make Lucinda a bishop in your Church." The consecrating bishops also included the 6th and 7th bishops of Northern California, Bishop Jerry Lamb and Bishop Barry Beisner. Our clergy were included in the procession and several joined some of our lay people among the presenters of the new bishop.

It was a spectacular, spirit-filled day and we pray that God will continue pour out the spirit on Bishop Lucinda and The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real.
Bishop Megan with our retired bishops, Bishop Jerry Lamb and Bishop Barry Biesner.
The clergy of our diocese were well represented at the consecration. Here are the Rev. Jesse Vaughn, and the Rev. Jim Richardson, who were included as
presenters of Bishop Lucinda
Clergy Transitions and Announcements
The Rev. Lucretia Jevne
The Rev. Lucretia Jevne has led her last services at St. Brigid's, Rio Vista and at St. Matthew's, Sacramento and is anticipating a move to New England later this year. Lucretia has been a devoted servant of Christ in the years that she has invested in our diocese.
We wish her Godspeed and will miss her in our diocesan life.
The Rev. Anne Smith
The Rev. Anne Smith is in discernment about what the future holds after resigning her position as Priest in Charge at St Mary's, Elk Grove.

Our prayers are with Anne as she discerns her future.
The Very Rev. Mary Claugus
The Very Rev. Mary Claugus will be on sabbatical from Dec. 30 to April 1. The Rev. Jesse Vaughn, the Rev. Rod Davis, the Rev. Cindy Long and the Rev. Roy Whitten will also assist at the church while Rev. Mary is away.
The Rev. Terri Hobart
The Rev. Terri Hobart and The Rev. Vanessa Glass were married by The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris on January 1, 2020 in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their families and closest friends. On January 5th during the celebration of The Feast of the Epiphany they had the privilege of being the first same sex couple to have their marriage blessed and registered a St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Woodland, CA. The Rev. Betsey Monnot presided and The Rev. Don Callison served as deacon. They will be moving to Denver where Vanessa has been called to serve as the Canon for Transition Ministry. Terri is in the process of bidding a fond farewell to the congregation at St. Luke’s. Her last Sunday will be March 1, 2020.

Our congratulations and best wishes go with them on their journey.
Day of Discernment: two dates available
"Have you ever had a sense that God might be calling you to ordained ministry as a priest or deacon in the Episcopal Church?" asks the Rev. Margaret Grayden, Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. "If so, you and your rector/vicar/priest-in-charge should attend the diocesan Day of Discernment." 
"This is a great opportunity to hear what it's really like to be a priest or deacon in the Episcopal Church today, and to learn how the ordination process works in our diocese."
During the Day of Discernment, presentations on the priesthood, the diaconate, and religious orders active in our diocese will be provided. There will also be an overview of the ordination process (including handing out an application packet and a copy of The Manual and Guide for Ordination). Spouses are welcome to attend the Day of Discernment. Attendance is mandatory as the first step in the formal discernment process. Space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP! 
There will be two Days of Discernment in 2020: 
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2020 at the Office of the Bishop in Sacramento 
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at a location TBD. 
Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.
An Invite*Welcome*Connect learning opportunity
Want to share the Good News and grow your church? St. Patrick's, Kenwood is offering a workshop called: EVANGELISM 101 WORKSHOP - A program of The Episcopal Church.

Please join Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church in the Office of the Presiding Bishop and Rev. Nancy Frausto, Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Long Beach for an informative and inspiring experience learning how to share the joy of our faith in the communities we serve.

When: Feb. 21 and 22
  • Friday dinner and presentation $35
  • Saturday workshop and meals $45

Where: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church

  • Print registration form here or
  • Call or email Miriam Casey at 650-380-2747 or

For the informational flyer, click here.
Episcopal Youth Event 2020: Register now!
This summer Episcopal youth from across the church will gather at the University of Maryland for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). The theme for this year is "unite! ¡unámonos!" Grace St. Helena will be sending a group and invites others to join.

When: July 7-11, 2020
Where: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Who: Youth from across the diocese
  • 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. 
Registration: The deadline to register is February 9, and payment of $900 (includes registration, room and board, and airfare) is due on February 23.

Erika Mueller, youth director at Grace St. Helena, will be handling all registration and collecting payments for the delegation from Northern California. Please email her at for more information or to register your youth participants. Adult chaperones are already in place.

More information about EYE can be found here: 
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.
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.
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