News for the week of July 16, 2019
Episcopal Relief & Development visits Camp Fire zone
Canon Andrea introduces the training.
The Rev. Patty Baker addresses the assembled group at St. John's, Chico.
Bishop Megan participates in the group discussion.
The Rev. Patty Baker, the Rev. Betsey Monnot, the Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger, and the Very Rev. Richard Yale listen as they are oriented to the Magalia Community Church Resource Center.
The Rev. Lew Powell, the Rev. Patty Baker, the Rev. Betsey Monnot, the Very Rev. Richard Yale, the Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger and the Rev. Aidan Rontani visit St. Nicholas', Paradise.
Saying thank you and goodbye to our ERD friends in Paradise.
Though the Camp fire happened nine months ago, the long-term recovery strategy for the fire survivors and their neighbors is still very much at work. Representatives from Episcopal Relief & Development flew into the diocese last week to meet and talk with those involved in the recovery effort. The meeting took place on Tuesday, July 9, at St. John’s, Chico. Also attending the day’s events were the bishop, members of her staff, diocesan leaders, and clergy and parishioners from St. Nicholas’, Paradise; St John’s, Chico; and St. Timothy’s, Gridley. 

A meeting with the Bishop and her staff was followed by a plenary session with all attending. During that time, ERD Representatives, the Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger and the Rev. Patty Baker, took time to teach about disasters, how they affect people who are survivors and those who support them. St. John’s, Chico, provided a lunch, and then Canon Michael and Rev. Patty went to tour the fire zone and observe the difference from their last visit about two weeks after the fire. 

We are grateful for the support and care we receive from this remarkable organization.
Scam alert
You may have received an email (or several emails) appearing to be from Bishop Megan, asking for some sort of help.

The email address used is a Gmail account, which is not Bishop Megan's diocesan email.

Please ignore and delete these emails. If someone you know asks you about this receiving this email too, please warn them to not open or reply to the email.
Bishop Megan visits Good Shepherd, Susanville
Pictured from right to left: Bishop Megan, Jackie Walton, Lee Walton, Hayley Walton
The bishop made her visit to Good Shepherd, Susanville on July 14. While she was there she preached, celebrated the Eucharist, and confirmed Jackie Walton.
Bishop Megan's July visitation schedule
  • July 21: Our Saviour, Placerville
  • July 28: St. Francis, Fortuna
Voices of Faith workshops at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral will offer presentations taught and facilitated by their members on Thursday evenings during the summer. This summer series is called Voices of Faith and is a perennial offering.

You can join them for the following schedule from July 18 - August 22:
  • 6:30 pm - Compline in the Cathedral   
  • 7:00 pm - Workshop Presentation in the Assembly Area upstairs from the office. Light refreshments served.

Topics include:

July 18
Presenter: The Rev. Jim Richardson, Interim Dean

July 25
Presenter: Kengo Akiyama

For more information and a complete list of topics, go to the Cathedral website.
Contemplative Vigil on the first anniversary of the Carr Fire in Redding: Friday, July 26
Join the community of All Saints' as they gather for sanctuary, solidarity, silence, and prayer on this first anniversary of this day of great loss, and great heroism. Together we will lament our losses; we will give thanks for our lives and for the bravery and generosity of all who have worked for rescue and relief; and we will renew our hopes as people of resurrection life. All are welcome. 

When : Friday, July 26 at 6 p.m.
Where : All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 96003 

A Carr Fire community remembrance will be at the Sundial Bridge, from 7 - 9:30 p.m. 
Camp Fire gift cards for those struggling to make ends meet
St. John's, Chico, continues to be actively involved in helping folks impacted by the Camp Fire in Paradise. As a part of this work, the church is requesting gift cards that they can hand out to those who need assistance. Specifically, they have found that Safeway cards are the best as recipients can use them for either gas or groceries. The gift cards can be mailed directly to St. John’s, Chico (address below).

St. John's Episcopal Church 
c/o The Very Rev. Richard Yale 
2341 Floral Avenue 
Chico, CA 95926 

You may also donate to the diocesan disaster fund here. Want to send a check? Make checks out to EDNC, with "Disaster Relief" in the memo line. The diocesan office address is below.

Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
Disaster Relief
350 University Ave., Suite 280 
Sacramento, CA 95825
Racial reconciliation training in the Sierra Deanery: Aug. 10
The  Sierra Deanery racial reconciliation training will be facilitated by leaders from our diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. The day will provide an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and to be communities of reconciliation.

In our diocese, this training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.  

When: Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 124 Orange St., Auburn, CA 95603 
Registration: Free event; lunch is included. Register here by Aug. 2.
Contact: Commission for Intercultural Ministries Co-chair Linda Jensen, at
Week-long iconography workshop in Grass Valley: Aug. 12-16
Peter Pearson will lead an iconography workshop in Grass Valley on Aug. 12-16. No painting experience is needed; all supplies will be furnished. Space is limited, so please indicate your interest as soon as possible. The estimated cost of the workshop will be $275.

Peter Pearson, M. Div., Th. D. has studied under nearly a dozen master iconographers and has been painting icons for fifty years. He's been teaching iconography for more than half that time and has authored three books on the subject. Icons by his hand grace the walls of churches, monasteries, and retreat houses, mainly in North America but have also found their way throughout the world. 

When: Monday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.; ends at noon on Friday, Aug. 16
Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S Church St.
Contact: Rev. Paul Colbert at
Diocesan conference & clergy retreat to focus on climate crisis
Save the date - Saturday, Sept. 14: Rectors, vicars, priests-in-charge and congregations are invited to a conference on the stewardship of creation, presented by the ECR Partnership Commission and Earthcare of St. Benedict’s, Los Osos. Please download the flyer to post and announce in your church newsletters. Online registration will be available soon; watch for an announcement next week. Visit the conference webpage here.

A clergy retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 13 at Good Shepherd Salinas, led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Download the retreat flyer here. An early bird registration discount will be available for both events.

Participants will receive information on the latest scientific understandings of the causes and effects of global warming, will explore how caring for the Earth is an integral part of living as the Jesus Movement, and will leave with practical tools to put their care into action. Together, we can do more as a body than any of us can do alone. For more information, email
Presiding Bishop issues video message on immigration: ‘Who is my neighbor?’
“Deeply embedded in the Christian faith, indeed deeply embedded in the Jewish tradition, which is the mother of the Christian faith, and deeply embedded in the faith and traditions and values of many of the world’s great religions, is a profound conviction in a sure and certain value and virtue that care for the stranger, the alien, the visitor, is a sacred duty, a sacred vow.”

The Presiding Bishop’s video message is available here or by clicking on the image below.