news for the week of March 19, 2019
St. Stephen's, Sebastopol adds a gate to welcome all
St. Stephen's, Sebastopol , knows that a church needs to have both the spirit of being inviting, as well looking inviting. So, it has been the church's mission the past few years to develop their land so that it feels welcoming to all, even those of other faiths. In February, the church added the welcome gate above, which was donated by two members of the church and blessed by Bishop Barry during his visitation.

In 2016, the church added an outdoor sacred space, where worship is often held, weather permitting. The outdoor space is also where St. Stephen's offers their Taize/yoga services. Neighbors have thanked church members for this space and shared that they come there to pray and sit in silence.

St. Stephen's hopes that this year they can accomplish one more addition to the church -- a labyrinth. “The idea,” said Rector The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris, “is that all people in the community can walk the labyrinth and use the outdoor space as a place of solace.” In addition to the labyrinth, they are planning “stations of contemplation” where one could walk the stations and read a variety of reflections including the stations of the cross, poems, and other prayers.

Laborda Harris explains, “We want to welcome our neighbors to our land and invite them to journey with us, acknowledging that we are not all on the same journey headed for the same destination, but that does not prevent us from journeying together.”
2019 Clergy Conference with Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair
Join the diocesan clergy and our Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair for the 2019 Clergy Conference on May 21-23 at the Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg. Please  register here .

All clergy who are serving in parochial positions in this diocese are expected to attend, so we may deepen and enrich our relationships. Please contact Bishop Barry  via email  prior to the event if you are unable to attend for any reason.

Agenda : Details of arrival times & schedule will be sent at a later date. For general questions, please email   or call 916-442-6918, ext. 213.
Celebrating Bishop Barry
Our journey through this episcopal transition has carried us to the place where we intentionally and joyfully celebrate the ministry and gifts of of Bishop Barry and his episcopate in this diocese.
We honor Bishop Barry
In Story : Send cards, notes, and stories about the way that Bishop Barry has blessed you during his time as a bishop ( )
Photos : Send photos of your church, your church's ministries and people, and photos of Bishop Barry ( ). Photos and notes will be included in a memory book for him. Please include your church name and city in the subject line.
A gift : The diocese is giving Bishop Barry and Rev. Ann a trip to begin their life in retirement together.  Donate here . (Donors will be recognized.)
Celebration : We will gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry. Please save the date - more information available from the transition committee soon.
May 11, 5:30 - 8 p.m.       St. John's Episcopal Church, Petaluma
June 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.        Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
June 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m.      All Saints Episcopal Church, Redding

For questions about these events contact the president of the Transition Committee, Ane Diester, by visiting the bishop search website .
Bishop's visitation schedule 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
  • April 7 - St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
  • May 19 - St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta  

Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is  available here .
A grateful Lent with author Diana Butler Bass
Join author Diana Butler Bass for a free mini-retreat on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., based on her recent book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks .

She writes that gratitude is often overlooked as a Lenten spiritual practice. However, it is central to both a balanced life and to understanding the New Testament. And gratitude is far more complex and challenging than either a guilt-inducing obligation or sentimental form of self-help. Come spend the morning attending to the role of gratefulness in your spiritual life -- and discover familiar stories of Jesus in new ways. 
Rooted in faith: Immigration advocacy, the Church and you
Alexia Salvatierra and Paula Nesbit will be leading a two-day presentation and training on faith-rooted immigration advocacy. Racial reconciliation will also be part of this important workshop. We will also prepare ourselves for Immigration Day, which will be held at the state capitol on May 20. If you want to complete Racial Reconciliation Training certification, you must attend both days of the event.

When : Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where : St. Martin's, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Registration : The cost is $10; lunch will be provided. Please register here .
Safe Church training opportunity
Sunday School teachers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, church staff, vestry members, and clergy are invited to participate in a workshop on Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People. This workshop satisfies the denominational requirements for those who work with children or vulnerable adults.

When : Saturday. May 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where : St. Augustine's,1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95765
Registration : The cost is $15; refreshments will be provided. Please register here .
Contact : T he Rev. Tom Gartin at
Summer camperships available for diocesan camps

Our diocese is yet again offering summer "campership" scholarships! We have 28 camperships available in the amount of $250 each (max), to be used for children and youth active in congregations within our diocese on a first come, first served basis. Camperships can be used for the following camps: Camp Living Waters, Camp Galilee, Bishop’s Ranch and St. Dorothy’s Rest. Our scholarship process is a bit different than we've done in past years. Learn more/apply here .

Would you like to support youth in affording these life-changing summer camp experiences? Please donate here . (Youth Camp Scholarship).
Pathways Youth Pilgrimage - Apply  by April 1!
Join youth of the diocese for Pathways in Humboldt County, from June 16-21. Pathways is a pilgrimage that aims to equip youth to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, participants will spend a week together sharing meals, worshiping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims.  Learn more .  
Camp Living Waters - Arcata 
A week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of Redwood Valley, Camp Living Waters is based at St. Alban's parish in Arcata and draws staff members from the faith communities of the North Coast.  Learn more
Camp Galilee - Lake Tahoe 
Camp Galilee is the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Camp Galilee's summer camps help youth develop deep relationships with their peers, caring counselors, the natural world, and God.  Learn more
St. Dorothy's Rest - Camp Meeker 
Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest on the Russian River and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy's offers a summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world.  Learn more .
Bishop's Ranch - Healdsburg 
BREAD Camp is set among the forest, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, where campers can discovery community and spirituality, and participate in summer camping activities.  Learn more .
St. Luke's, Calistoga, featured for community outreach in local newspaper
Feb. 12, 2019 : For a small church — the congregation stands at about 30 regular members — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s reach into the community is extensive.

From partnering with UpValley Family Centers and Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab to holding PFLAG meetings and operating Hearts and Hands Preschool, the church tries to walk its faith outside the physical walls of the church, meeting needs where they are the greatest.

Deacon Susan Napoliello, a retired teacher and school administrator, joined the church about four years ago in a move from San Francisco. She said that during the last year and a half, the church has worked hard to define its mission in the community. Read more.
Open positions in the diocese
New executive director of River City Food Bank announced; donate to Eileen Thomas' retirement fund
The Board of Directors of River City Food Bank (RCFB) announced March 1 that Amanda McCarthy has been hired as incoming executive director. McCarthy is a nonprofit professional with two decades of experience, including in the food bank sector, and will take over for Eileen Thomas, who is retiring.

Bishop Barry Beisner asks you to consider making a gift to Eileen's retirement fund as thanks for her service to RCFB. You can make this donation here.
Calling all Licensed Preachers, Eucharistic Visitors, and all other baptized people!
Our diocese has established a partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (part of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley) which will allow lay and clergy members of our diocese to enroll in online courses at a discounted rate. For the spring term, available courses include: 

  • Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer 
  • What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition 
  • Acts of the Apostles 
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care 
  • AND MORE! 

Whether you are working on a new Lay Ministry license or are looking for a continuing education opportunity, CALL may have a course that is right for you. Visit their website for more details, and if you want to register, please email Betsey Monnot at for information about receiving the discount. The spring term begins on March 25.
From the wider Church
Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.

“We hope people understand this is more than adding your signature to a petition,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. “Pray with the pledge and the  Reflection Guide  during Lent. Think about what you love in God’s Creation, where your heart breaks over environmental injustice, and how you’d like to simplify your life – consume less, share more.” Sign the pledge  here.
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