News for the week of July 30, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Diocesan Convention registration is now open! Learn more about this year's theme and register here:

  • We're hiring! Read more and apply for our Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist position here:

  • Traveling this summer and want to find an Episcopal Church nearby? Check out the "Find a Church" map created by The Episcopal Church at
Bishop Megan's visitation at St. Francis, Fortuna
Top left: Bishop Megan with Rev. Deacon Anne Pierson at left and Rev. Geri Cunningham, Priest-in-Charge at right

Bishop Megan spent Sunday, July 28 visiting the congregation of St. Francis, Fortuna, where she preached and celebrated Eucharist. She also happened to visit on the week that the church made pies for a fundraiser benefiting Episcopal Church Women and was presented with an "Official Pie Crew" apron, visited the vicarage for dinner and of course, had pie for dessert!

More photos from her visit are available on Facebook.
Two forms due to the Office of the Bishop Friday, Aug. 2
Parish administrators and clergy-in-charge, please fill out the following forms and return them by Aug. 2:

For the congregation information form, please ensure that you list the address and email of each individual, not the church's address or email.

Why is it Important to have each individual's information?

  • Our diocese has asked for increased communication out of the Office of the Bishop
  • The Office of the Bishop now sends out targeted communication 
  • When Bishop Megan is responding to those affected by a disaster or potential disaster, without current, accurate information, she is unable to locate you and/or offer support

You may mail, fax or email the forms to our office:

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825 

Fax: 916-442-6927

Email the Certificate of Lay Delegates form to
Email the Congregation Information form to
Register for Diocesan Convention: Nov. 7-9 in Sacramento
This year, registration is a bit different than we've done in years past. All attendees will have separate links to register based on based on your role in diocesan convention (e.g. Lay Delegate, Alternate, Visitor, etc). Please also note that the only form of payment that will be accepted this year is a credit card. There will not be an option for invoices. 

Our registration fees remain the same as the prior year:

  • $75.00 for those who have seat, voice, and vote (delegates, clergy, seat and voice)
  • $20.00 for alternates, postulants and candidates, and visitors
  • FREE for those who volunteer (a minimum of four hours)

On Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a banquet that all in the diocese are welcome to attend. The cost for the dinner is $30.00. If you are attending convention and would like to attend the banquet, it will be added onto your convention registration fees.
Important Dates:

Aug. 30 - Resolutions due
Sept. 13 - Nominations due
Sept. 27 - Early registration closes
Sept. 28 - Late registration opens (a fee of $25 will apply)
Oct. 19 - Deanery Convocations
Oct. 23 - Second filing for Nominations (if needed) due 
Oct. 25 - Late registration closes
Nov. 7-9 - Diocesan Convention

More information on convention is available at, including nomination forms, resolution forms, hotel information and more.
Accounting and benefits position open
We are seeking a full-time Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist. Learn more and apply here.
Please change bishop information on church websites
Now that we've consecrated our new bishop, we kindly ask that you update your church website to reflect who our new bishop is. Here is a short blurb on Bishop Megan you can include on your website or you can link to her full biography on the diocesan website here.

We will be releasing official portraits of Bishop Megan you can post in the next few weeks.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Aug. 4: St. Stephen’s, Colusa
  • Aug. 11: St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol
  • Aug. 25: St. Peter's, Red Bluff
Voices of Faith at the Cathedral: Thursdays, Aug 1-22
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 Aug. 1 - Aug. 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:

Aug. 1
Presenter: Jerry Pare

Aug. 8
Presenter: The Rev. Canon Tina Campbell

For more information and a complete list of topics, go to the Cathedral website.
Camp Wise: a summer camp for seniors
Camp Wise is a summer camp at St. Dorothy's Rest for seniors ages 60+. This year, the camp is Aug. 4-7, and there's still time to sign up!

We have some special camp activities in store, including an optional bodega bay sail. 
All campers will have a private room. We can also coordinate transportation to/from St. Dorothy’s Rest at no additional charge. Learn more and register here.
Workshop on becoming prayer: Aug. 10 in Carmichael
The incarnation has made mystics of us all. What if we read the gospels as if that were true? In this workshop, Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D., a Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco, will explore the theme of “becoming prayer” from his book: Contemplating Christ, The Gospels and the Interior Life. Through anecdotal presentations, shared reflection, centering prayer, and group exercises, Fr. Pizzuto will gradually unfold the mystery to which the whole of biblical revelation and the Christian contemplative life are ordered: that through the incarnation, we have all become ‘other Christs’ in the world.

Books will be available to purchase. Fr. Vincent will sign books after retreat. Please bring a bag lunch; coffee and snacks will be provided.

When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2140 Mission Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
Cost: $25 if registered by Aug. 6; $35 after Aug. 6 ( Scholarships are available)
Registration: Contact Janice Boyd at or at 916-370-8602
Racial reconciliation training: Aug. 10 in Auburn
There will be a racial reconciliation training in Auburn, facilitated by leaders from our diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. 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
Retired clergy luncheon: Aug. 30 in Carmichel
Retired clergy in the diocese are invited to a lunch gathering of retired clergy and spouses/partners. We will share a simple Eucharist before we enjoy a catered lunch. 
Discussion will be about ways to increase connection among retired clergy/spouses/partners and what would nourish your life in faith. 

Bishop Megan appreciates Bishop Barry’s ministry to the retired clergy and their spouses and partners, and wants to continue that. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: St. George's Episcopal Church, 5600 Winding Way, Carmichael, CA 95608 
RSVP: Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Jacqi Seppi at or at 916.442.6918 ext 213
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Christine Leigh-Taylor, Chaplain to the Retired Clergy, at
Diocese of El Camino Real conference & clergy retreat to focus on climate crisis
All are invited to the Diocese of El Camino Real's conference on the stewardship of creation where 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.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. Paul's/San Pablo Episcopal Church, 1071 Pajaro St., Salinas, CA 93901
Registration: Early bird pricing ($20) available until Aug. 14; includes lunch

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. Learn more and register here .
Episcopal Community Services announces 2019 grant recipients
Our congregations are doing inspiring and praiseworthy efforts to make a difference in their communities. All over the diocese we see Christ's mission of lifting up the poor, healing the sick, helping the forgotten and serving God's people wherever they happen to be, being carried out. 

This year five different congregations have received a total of six grants, including our third three-year Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant and our first ever multi-year Barry L. Beisner Social Justice Grant. A brief summary of each grant follows.

Ministry Development Grants: 

St. Francis, Willits, to help remodel their kitchen so they can continue serving meals with their partner, Willits Daily Bread. They serve about 40 people per day, 4 days a week. 

St. Martin's, Davis, is developing a program to welcome refugees into their community. This involves finding a place to stay, health care, food, and connecting people with the right kinds of services. This is a first in our diocese.

Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grants: 

Our Saviour, Placerville, is in the third year of the grant for their program to establish, in cooperation with county and veterans agencies, a permanent veterans' stand down facility. 

St. John's, Chico, is in year 2 of the grant cycle. In spite of all their incredible and difficult relief work after the Camp Fire, their joint program with the Jesus Farm continues to flourish. Fruit trees have been planted, volunteers from the neighborhood and other churches engaged with the project and now they will complete their plans for a vegetable and flower garden. 

St. Martin's, Davis, has been awarded the first year of this grant for their Families Together Project. It is unusual to award two grants to one community, but we feel that this is a program that is particularly difficult in the set-up stage and requires more than the usual volunteer efforts and funding. 

The Barry L. Beisner Multi-year Social Justice Grant:

St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova, has received the first year of this grant. They are developing a pilot program to help veterans deal with moral injuries that the usual veterans' program do not include. They then plan to develop a curriculum to educate congregations about the problem and how they can help.

What is your congregation doing to spread God's message of love in your community? ECS would love to hear about any social justice ministries you are engaged in and also is available to help you discern what kind of ministry you could develop in your community. No congregation is too small to carry God's love and care to the world, and the needs of each community are unique to that place. 

In Christ's service, 

The Board of Episcopal Community Services 
The Rev. Lucretia Jevne, President: 
From the wider Church
Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is Oct. 1. The grant program awards up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations. Read the full announcement in English and Spanish.
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