News for the week of June 24, 2020
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

Discernment and Call
The Rev. Aidan Rontani
The Rev. Aidan Rontani was elected as Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Redding, CA. Rev. Rontani begins his tenure there in August. He most recently has served as Priest in Charge at: St. Peter's in Red Bluff; Holy Trinity, Willows; and St. Michael's, Anderson, all at the same time! Read more here.
Rev. Aidan writes to his congregation:

" Indeed, I give thanks to God in my prayers for you, for the faith you have and for your love for All Saints', and I would ask you all to pray for me. May our hope remain strong and may we bear much fruit in the days and years to come as we continue to grow in the grace of God."
The Rev. Anny Genato

The Rev. Anny Genato was elected as Rector of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Rocklin, CA. Her tenure begins in July. Click here for more. Anny's background is in pastoral ministry and vocational counseling, with over 17 years of vocational ministry experience. She is currently a Vocational Pastoral Counselor at a seminary, assisting students in discerning God’s life direction. In her letter to the congregation, Rev. Anny writes to her congregation:

"St. Augustine is a parish with a beautiful history and a very bright future. I see in you a profound love of God and each other and a strong desire to reach out and further build our community in love and service. I know the Holy Spirit is moving in your midst, and I cannot wait to see where the Spirit leads us together!"
The Rev. Tom Gartin

The Rev. Tom Gartin was called by the vestry as Priest in Charge for Faith Episcopal Church , Cameron Park, CA. He most recently served as Assistant Rector and then Interim Priest at St. Augustine, Rocklin. Click here for more . Rev. Tom writes to the congregation:

"It is my honor and great delight to accept the call to serve as your Priest-in-Charge. My heart is filled with hopeful expectancy as we prepare to partner together in ministry. I’m passionate about faith formation and all the ways our learning and sharing life together helps us to see the radiance of divine joy that sparked the universe into being and knit each of us together with loving purpose." 
Pathways Youth Pilgrimage: we are online for 2020

We hope you'll join us by ZOOM for our 2020 Pathways! 

Time for connection, music, prayer, and learning - we are walking together in youth planned and youth led events.

5:00 - 7:00 PM Thursdays Starting June 11 (registration is ongoing - youth grades 7-12 may join any time.)

A message from Elizabeth Potts
Pathway's Youth Leader

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2020 Episcopal Pathways Virtual Pilgrimage! Please take a moment to fill out the official registration forms. If you are under 18 years of age, please have a parent or guardian complete the Consent and Authorization form. 

Once this is all complete, we will share with you the Zoom link and joining instructions for our next meeting. Join any time - youth grades 7-12 are welcome!

Questions? Connect with Pathways leaders:

Extraordinary ordinations in extraordinary times

On Saturday, June 20, the Rev. Laurie Warren was ordained a deacon by The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair. The day was full of joy, connection, and beautiful music. We are conducting these ordinations using best practices in this time of COVID, including using masks. Click the image above or here for the link to the video.
The Rev. Kate Sefton was the deacon for the ordination. We all had smiles behind our masks!
The Rev. Grace Flint, the Rev. Portia Hopkins, and the Rev. Libby Vincent were ordained deacons on June 13, 2020. It was a glorious celebration! See above for the video of the service. Notice the coordinating masks made by Deacon Portia.
The Rev. John Heidel
Sponsoring Congregation:
St. Andrew's, Antelope
The Rev. Karen Lawler
Sponsoring Congregation:
St. Mary's, Elk Grove
The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair will ordain 6 people in our diocese to Holy Orders in the month of June.

  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - Grace Flint, Portia Hopkins, and Libby Vincent were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
  • Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - Laurie Warren was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. John's, Petaluma
  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020 - John W. Heidel and Karen Joyce Lawler will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

Bishop Megan, along with each of the candidates, the required number of priests, a few lay ministers and technicians will meet in the spaces announced above. We, the people of the diocese, will 'meet' with them by watching and praying online. The facebook live link for each ordination is HERE. Online giving and bulletin will be HERE.
Mental health resources from Ministries of Health
During this challenging time of pandemic, mental health may be more significantly impacted. We hope these resources give you additional tools to add to the wonderful work in which you are currently engaged.  Click here for resources...

Be well…

Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health
Susan Wahlstrom RN, Coordinator
Questions?  (209) 304-8321  email:
Here are additional resources from Church Publishing on mental health.
Presenters will include Sarah Stonesifer Boylan, VTS digital missioner, and Merrill Whatley, Membership Vision.
eFormation 101: Presentations and Coaching
Presented by the  eFormation Learning Community  and  Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary , the eFormation 101 conference will give the opportunity for those new digital ministry leaders to dive into a few different platforms and then have follow-up opportunities to ask questions and context-specific information. This unique setup will create multiple opportunities to learn and then apply the information within your ministry. We look forward to learning with you and expanding our ministry horizons!

Fridays in July

Presiding Bishop Curry offers a word to the Church
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, released a word to the Church last week. He said, “Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”

Click here to read this important message.
A letter to Episcopalians from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on June 5, 2020 announces that the General Convention 2021 may be postponed or canceled.

To submit news/events, please email The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.