news for the week of January 29,  2019
Walkabouts wrap up in Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

From left: the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, the Rev. Christopher Brooke Craun, the Rev. Randall R. Warren, the Rev. Canon Megan Traquair, and the Rev. Matthew D. Cowden

Our candidates for bishop wrapped up their week of walkabouts at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, on Friday, Jan. 25.  Videos from the walkabouts are available here .

For more photos of their week, visit the diocesan Facebook page.

The Special Electing Convention is less than two weeks away! Please register here if you haven't done so already. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, when we elect the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California!

Learn more about the candidates for bishop here.
Resources for Lent 

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.
2019 Diocesan cycles of prayer

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

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

Feb. 10 - St Matthew's, Sacramento

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.
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.
Book discussion on climate change - Wednesdays in Davis

Join with parishioners and friends from around the St. Martin's, Davis, community as they read Love in a Time of Climate Change. Author Sharon Delgado will be the featured speaker at the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice conference in March, and this book helps prepare for topics discussed at the conference.

This book "challenges readers to develop a loving response to climate change, which disproportionately harms the poor, threatens future generations, and damages God's creation," according to the publisher. Discussions of the book will be held on Wednesdays starting Jan. 23 to Feb. 28, from 7-8:30 p.m.
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. 
Men's creativity retreat at The Bishop's Ranch, March 8-10 

The Bishop's Ranch in Healsburg is hosting a men's retreat March 8-10, with the theme Men & Creativity: A Path to Wholeness.

Creativity can deliver to us works, feelings and thoughts of greater splendor than we ourselves by ourselves might have conceived, for, as Carl Jung said, "Creative Power is mightier than its possessor." Expressing our creativity in community, having it witnessed and supported by community can be a tremendous accelerant. Come join us for a weekend of creativity and play. Learn more here.
From the wider Church

The Episcopal Church Shield
Join host Chris Sikkema, manager for special projects, The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, as he journeys across The Episcopal Church in search of stories of the ways people in the church are engaged in the seven practices which encompass the Way of Love. This video series, entitled Traveling the Way of Love, premieres Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. ET on The Episcopal Church Facebook page and here.
Other news:

Colorado priest to walk from South Carolina to California raising money to benefit youth

Church, wider culture continue to address sexual harassment, abuse in #MeToo age

Amid Pittsburgh division, a priest revives the parish that raised him

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