News for the week of July 2, 2019
The Presiding Bishop's visit to St. John's, Chico
Deacon Lew Powell, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, and Dean Richard Yale prepare to serve together.
The group posed in front of the Tree of Life at St. Nicholas, Paradise.
Front Row: Deacon Anne Powell, Pastor Ann Sullivan, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry,
Canon Andrea McMillin
Back Row: Dean Richard Yale, Deacon Lew Powell
The Presiding Bishop celebrates the Eucharist...
...preaches the sermon...
...and surveys the canyon with Dean Richard Yale
The Presiding Bishop tours the relief center at Magalia Community Church...
...and offers a final prayer and blessing
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church made a pastoral visit to St. Nicholas, Paradise and St. John the Baptist, Chico, on Sunday, June 30. He was the celebrant and preacher at a 9:00 a.m. joint service at St. John’s and held a forum, facilitated by The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, with the two congregations immediately following. Bishop Curry and Canon Andrea heard from people in both congregations as they shared their heartfelt stories of survival and thanksgiving.

Here is a link to the Presiding Bishop's sermon.

Bishop Curry then left Chico and headed to the fire zone with a small group of church leaders. He first visited Magalia Community Church, where there is a relief center set up for victims of the fire. He visited the warehouse and tents full of supplies, food and furniture available to area residents. He then toured what was left of the neighborhoods of Paradise, as a way of understanding the loss that the town has suffered. His entourage made their way to St. Nicholas’ and met in the sanctuary to talk and pray. 

The final stop of the day was at Lookout Point, where he looked out on Butte Canyon and the devastation and regrowth that is already happening. While at Lookout Point, he asked the group to pray for what was on their heart, then blessed each one for the work that is ahead. 
Office of the Bishop closed July 4
The office is also closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will be opening the following day, Friday, July 5.
Bishop Megan's July visitation schedule
  • July 7: Epiphany, Vacaville
  • July 14: Good Shepherd, Susanville
  • July 21: Our Saviour, Placerville
  • July 28: St. Francis, Fortuna
Consecration video and photos available; amount collected for Bishop's Discretionary Fund
Here is a link to the video of the consecration. Over 100 photos from the consecration are available for viewing on the diocesan Facebook page.

We are pleased to share that a total of $13,041 was collected for Bishop Megan's Discretionary Fund during the consecration. Thank you to the diocese for your incredible generosity. Your gift empowers Bishop Megan's ministry among the most needy.
The seating of Bishop Megan
Bishop Megan Traquair was seated at her cathedra (chair) at Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, June 30. Here is the video from the seating . More photos from the seating are available on the diocesan Facebook page.

If you missed her message that went out after the seating, here is the link .
Separation of Families: What you can do
A Statement From Bishop Megan Traquair and the other Episcopal Bishops in California:

We, the bishops of the Episcopal Church in California, write to express our opposition to the inhumane conditions in which our government is holding migrant children. Our commitment to our Christian faith compels us to speak out for justice and care for the most vulnerable.

The recent news stories of lawyers visiting detained children in an overcrowded facility in Clint, Texas underscore the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Lawyers sent there to assess the conditions found traumatized children, many of whom have relatives waiting for them in the United States. They were untended by adults, fending for themselves, and sleeping on concrete floors with no blankets. The lawyers described filth and stench due to a lack of basic sanitation supplies such as soap, toothbrushes, and showers. Our practice of separating migrant children from their families and neglecting them in detention centers not only threatens their physical health; it also creates serious emotional and spiritual trauma.

Read more of the bishops' message here and learn what you can do to help separated families.

The Episcopal Church has released a statement on this issue as well; read it here.
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