News for the week of Jan. 7, 2020
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • Applications are open for Pathways 2020 to Butte County. You can apply here:

  • There is still time to consider making a gift to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal and supporting the many ministries of our diocese. Learn more here:

  • You're invited to the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney, Rector at St. Mary's, Napa, on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. More here:
Applications are open for Pathways 2020
Pathways is a youth event in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. Join Bishop Megan and young people from around our diocese from June 14-19, as we learn from the experiences of those in Butte County and explore the aftermath of the Camp Fire. Together we will deepen our awareness of God’s creation, experience Christ’s reconciling love, and learn more about social justice and ecological sustainability. 

Pathways is a pilgrimage that unites youth to one another and to God, equipping them to be agents of truth, peace and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, we will spend the week together sharing meals, worshipping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims.

This fifth year of Pathways we journey to Butte County where we will explore matters of social and eco-justice as we visit the local congregations and communities supporting those who have suffered and been displaced due to the Camp Fire. We will also explore historical indigenous sites and grow in our awareness of the impact that care for creation has had and continues to have on people of every land. 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 February 1, 2020.)

You may download a Pathways flyer  here. Please post in your parish and/or relay this information in your parish bulletin.
You can still make a gift to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal
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. Your generous, service mindset will fuel new ways to invite folks into what God is doing here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

This year’s Appeal presents ministries in four different areas. You have opportunities to give in the areas of: 

  • Youth Campership and Young Adult Ministry
  • Feeding and Caring for Those in Need
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry
You may also choose to donate to the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California here (click "Donation to EFNC").

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.
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 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

The Executive Staff Support position 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.
Office of the Bishop staff transition
Sophie Carrick, previously the Communications Coordinator, left the Office of the Bishop on Dec. 27 to continue her training in education and child development. In her three years with us, we have benefited from her creative gifts, her sensitivity to the Spirit, and her beautiful presence. We couldn't be happier for Sophie but are sad she is leaving our team.

"I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the diocese and am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing team," said Sophie.

Going forward, for all communications needs, please contact Director of Communications Jay Elmquist;, (916) 442-6918, ext. 226. AND at
Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Robin Denney: Jan. 17
All are invited to the Celebration of New Ministry as the Rev. Robin Denney is instituted as Rector at St. Mary's, Napa. See the invitation here.

Where: St. Mary's, Napa
When: Friday, Jan 17, 6:00 p.m.
Clergy: Red Stoles
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Jan. 12: Grace, Fairfield
  • Jan. 19: St. George's, Carmichael
  • Feb. 26: Trinity Cathedral

See more visitation dates 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.
Join the youth of DioCal for MLK Youth Overnight and Day of action: Jan. 19-20
Join youth from 6th-12th grade for thoughtful and fun activities and a night sleeping in the cathedral before marching for justice together in the annual SF MLK parade!

When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Contact: The Rev. MC Greene for more information.
Register: via emailing 
Registration is open for CDSP Winter CALL courses
Our diocese has an established partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership, which allows lay and clergy members of our diocese to enroll in online courses at a discounted rate ($208), including members of the Association of Episcopal Deacons. Whether you are working on a new Lay Ministry license or are looking for a continuing education opportunity, CALL may have a course that is right for you. 

Visit the CDSP website for more details. The winter term begins on Jan. 13.
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.
Episcopal Youth Event - July 7-11, 2020
Next summer Episcopal youth from across the church will gather at the University of Maryland. for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event. 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. Adult volunteers are also needed! Learn more here.
United Thank Offering grants: two types of grants available
Potential applicants for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants and for the UTO Young Adult and Seminarian (YAS!) grants are invited to participate in an informational webinar offered by the UTO board on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST.

The annual UTO grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility. Learn more here.

The focus for the UTO Young Adult and Seminarian grants is Holy Gifts: Bringing together our blessings and gifts to breathe love, liberation, and life into our communities. Learn more here.
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