News for the week of Mar. 10, 2020
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • This week Bishop Megan addressed the issue of COVID-19 and our diocese with preventative measures for church and home. See her message here:

  • One more week to register for Inviting People to Church. Offered on March 21 at St. John's, Chico. Learn more here:

  • The Episcopal Church invites you to Engage with the 2020 Census. There are toolkits and more information here:
Bishop Megan visits St. Timothy's, Gridley
L - R: The Rev. John Harris, Vicar; Bishop Megan; the Rev. Dan Boeger, Deacon;
the Rev. Mary Boeger, Deacon
Lord God...Sanctify this sanctuary,
dedicated to you. Let it be to us a
sign of the heavenly sanctuary where your saints and angels praise you forever...
Bishop Megan visited the people of St. Timothy's, Gridley on Mar. 1. The congregation has recently finished a remodel of their sanctuary and the bishop was privileged to bless it. Following lunch in the parish hall, Bishop Megan met in the newly acquired parish house with the vestry. Their conversation included Camp Fire recovery items as well as other topics.

Of special note were the gardens; full of flowers and very welcoming. In fact, the neighbors often come and sit on the benches; welcomed to meditate or just pass the time.
St. Timothy's, Gridley welcomed Bishop Megan as they do their neighbors
The recently remodeled sanctuary waits expectantly
for worship
Flowers were blooming and the
grounds were made ready
Health and Safety: COVID-19
In a second message to the diocese, Bishop Megan quoted Psalm 91 and said, "We do dwell under the shadow of God’s protective wings and these words put all of our worries into perspective. As we move through these weeks of prudent care, perhaps this psalm will be our prayer; repeated after we listen to the news and if we awake in the middle of the night,"

She continued, "Because of the strength we receive from God, we can encourage others who may be fearful.'

Also included in the message were some measures that we can take to prepare our homes and churches for a possible, but improbable quarantine. You can read her complete message here:

We will be communicating to you again later this week.
Clergy reminder: Lenten Quiet Day
The theme for this Lenten Quiet Day is “Mystical Voices of our Christian Tradition”. Four gifted teachers from among our own clergy will be interviewed concerning a Christian mystical voice of their choice:

  • The Rt. Rev. Megan M. Traquair on Brother Lawrence
  • The Very Rev. Richard Yale on Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  • The Rev. Pamela Dolan on Julian of Norwich
  • The Rev. Anne McKeever on Teresa of Avila.

These interviews will be followed by a contemplative practice. The day will offer several moments of learning, interwoven with times to be still.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Mercy Center

This clergy event is free and registration is required. Please register here.
College for Congregational Development dates announced
CCD gives participants the skills to lead change processes, manage conflict and articulate the identity and purpose of their congregation. This training helps participants refine their facilitation skills, so they can lead effective meetings, small groups, and teaching sessions.

  • Weeklong:
  • Sun, May 31, 2020, 1:30 PM – Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:00 pm PT
  • Click here to register for the weeklong session.

  • Weekends:
  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 9:00 am - Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 4:00 pm PT -AND-
  • Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 9:00 am - Sun, Mar 21, 2020, 4:00 pm PT
  • Click here to register for the weekend sessions.

Where: The Bishop's Ranch
Applications are open for Pathways 2020
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

You may download a Pathways flyer  here. Please post in your parish and/or relay this information in your parish bulletin.

Camperships are available. Click here to apply:
Bishop Megan's visitation and travel schedule
  • Mar. 9-12 - House of Bishops, Virtual Meetings
  • Mar. 15 - St. Mary's, Ferndale
  • Mar. 22 - Shepherd-by-the-Sea, Gualala
  • Mar. 29 - St John's, Marysville
  • April 5 - St. Martin's, Davis
  • April 12 - St. Mary's, Elk Grove

See more visitation dates here.
Employment opportunities highlighted on the website
There are open clergy positions in our diocese. You can access information about these openings on our homepage, where you can click the Employment Opportunities button.
Youth position at Trinity, Folsom
Trinity Episcopal Church, Folsom, CA, is looking for a youth minister. The youth minister will be responsible for inspiring and supporting the spiritual development of youth in middle and high school, providing leadership and oversight of youth activities and their Christian formation, from Sunday school to youth group to service opportunities. Are you interested? Applications are due by April 1. For the job description and application instructions click here.
Music opportunity at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento, CA, is seeking a Director of Cathedral 
Choristers (Children’s choir). The Director of Cathedral Choristers is a part-time position under the supervision of the Canon for Music, David Link.

The purpose of the Cathedral Choristers is to enhance the spiritual growth of children at the Cathedral, through musical and liturgical education and singing, and to provide the opportunity to experience leadership in Cathedral worship. It is desired that the new 
Choristers Director will implement the excellent “Voice for Life” chorister program, designed by the Royal School of Church Music. More information can be found here.
Escaping the desk: The Rev. Nancy Fausto talks evangelism for clergy
The Rev. Nancy Fausto is serious about evangelism. It seems like she actually breathes it. Rev. Nancy is the Associate Rector at St. Luke's, Long Beach and a training consultant for The Episcopal Church's evangelism campaign. She was a facilitator and trainer at the Evangelism 101 workshop that was hosted at St. Patrick's, Kenwood on Feb. 21 & 22. She facilitated the large group training with Jerusalem Greer and also taught an afternoon training on Becoming Beloved Community.
Becoming Beloved Community, launched by The Episcopal Church, helps us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. 

Jay Elmquist, the Director of Communications, sat down and had a conversation with Rev. Nancy. Her responses are timely and apply to everyone, not just clergy. The accompanying video records the conversation.

Next week we'll share video suggestions for how to start evangelism programs in your church.

As you add pictures of your evangelism efforts to social media, use the hash tags #episcopalevangelism and #norcalevangelism so we can all watch what you're doing.
Workshop on inviting people to church
St John's, Chico and St Nicholas', Paradise are hosting a how-to workshop called Inviting People to Church. Bishop Megan started a project here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California based on the Invite*Welcome*Connect ministry that was presented at Diocesan Convention. The first word of that program is "Invite". How are we supposed to do that?

Anne Fay is an expert in inviting people to church (and most other things as well). She will present her biblically-based, tried, and true method for inviting people to come to church with her. She understands what to do when the invitation seems to fall flat.

Come and learn how to invite and evangelize. It's not hard. It's not scary. It can even be fun. Read more...

When: Sat, Mar. 21, 2020 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, Parish Life Center
Cost: $10 for a catered lunch ( deadline for lunch is Mar. 16)
Registration: Contact Sherry Wallmark at (530)894-1971 or Delia Fay+ at (530)228-0494
Engage the 2020 Census
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry's message about our engagement with the 2020 Census.
As an official partner of Census 2020, The Episcopal Church can help make the count as accurate as possible. 132 federal programs plus private businesses, state, and local initiatives depend on Census data for effective distribution of resources, while congressional seats are apportioned according to the Census count. 

Research shows that someone is more likely to take the census if they hear about it from someone they trust. Help shape the future of your community by learning about why the census is important and how to encourage others to take it, too. The census engagement toolkit provides pointers for getting the word out and partnering with your local Complete Count Committees.  Read more...
Healing ministry training
The Order of St. Luke and Christian Healing Ministries, will hold a day long healing training event at Trinity Cathedral on March 21. Participants will worship together, learn about the principles of healing prayer, and attend practicums that allow them to use their learning practically. Lunch will be served and is included in registration. Read more...

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020; 8:30 am - 3:45 PM
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Cost: $15 (includes a box lunch)
Registration: Contact Elba Rivas de White at to RSVP.
Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health and Diocesan Recovery offer a day long event
A diocesan-wide event entitled Recovery Is For Everyone will be held on May 16 at St. George's, Carmichael. The day will be full of information and inspiration as we hear from the Rev. Colleen Tully, a member of the Board of The Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Kevin Phillips, an expert in addiction treatment. As the title of the event indicates, everyone is invited to come: lay people, clergy, parents, young adults and health professionals. Snacks and lunch are included in the registration. Information about reservations will be available soon.

When: May 16, 2020, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: St. George's Episcopal Church
Cost: $20 donation requested
Contact: The Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever at or 503.908.3616
Episcopal Community Services solicits letters of intent
In order to help your congregation make your grant application as successful as possible, we are requesting that anyone considering asking for a grant this year submit an informal Letter of Interest. This process will help us to plan for the year, and may enable us to be able to offer ways to assist you.

The ECS Board of Directors intends these grants to reflect:
  • Ministry programs among poor and oppressed people wherever they are located.
  • Social justice ministry in the best tradition of the church. The target populations should be individuals and communities not ordinarily included in the congregation.

The deadline to submit you letter is Mar 15. Read more...
The Grace of Les Miserables
This course, along with all other courses offered at Trinity Cathedral for Thursday Night at the Cathedral (TNAC), are temporarily suspended in light of COVID-19 best practice recommendations. Please consult the Trinity Cathedral website for changes and updates.
Franciscan Spirituality program offered
Companions in Franciscan Spirituality for 2020: Ten-Day Residential Immersion Programs in Franciscan Spirituality is offered three times a year for free by The Community of St. Francis at St. Francis House in San Francisco for women over 18. 

The program includes studying Franciscan spirituality and living out of that spirituality by sharing in our community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community.

Click here for more information.

When: April 3-13, 2020; July 3-13, 2020; Oct. 2-12, 2020
Registration: Contact Sr. Pamela Clare at
Latino Ministry Competency course
Registration is now open for the next two sessions of the Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency course, an innovative eight-day intensive course designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to gain cultural competency for Latino/Hispanic ministry.

Participants have their choice of two sessions:
  • Monday to Monday, August 10 – 17, 2020 at the School of Theology, Sewanee in Sewanee, Tennessee.
  • Monday to Monday, May 24 – May 31, 2021 at Boston University, School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts.

These popular sessions are offered by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and taught by seminary faculty, clergy, and lay leaders with extensive experience in Latino and intercultural ministry. The course includes classroom lectures, site visits, and worship services. Read more...
Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants open
The application process is now open for the 2020 Constable Fund Grants. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2019, Constable Grant awards ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 with $209,000 distributed among five grant recipients. Read more...

Applications must be submitted to Province VIII Grant Work Group by Mar. 16. Submit your applications to with Constable Fund Grant in the subject line. We will make sure they are forwarded to Province VIII.
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