News for the week of May 12, 2020
Bishop Megan makes a visitation to Ascension, Vallejo
Members and friends of Ascension, Vallejo, gathered together with Bishop Megan to worship online.
Bishop Megan recognized the congregation for their commitment to making noon prayer a part of their lives
The Rev. Bayani Rico lead the congregation in worship at the Eucharist
The members and friends of Ascension, Vallejo welcomed Bishop Megan as she made her virtual visitation with them on May 3.

This service was an excellent example of hybrid online worship. The worship leaders were in the worship space, the preacher, Bishop Megan, was Zooming in, and parishioners were in their homes. There were multiple hosts in this Zoom meeting including Katie Everbeck, seminarian, who hosted from the worship space. Having multiple hosts in a Zoom meeting assures that someone is available to direct, someone can monitor the chat, and someone can help folks with technical difficulties; not to mention that it frees the worship leaders to focus on the task of leading the service.

Thank you Ascension for your example and your hospitality.

View the service here.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
  • Priest in charge of congregations and their wardens are using this as a working guide to create plans for regathering

  • During this planning phase, churches remain in online worship with existing restrictions in place


  • Click here for a PowerPoint to use in presentation
RESOURCES AND LINKS
Online resources for people in recovery
Isolation is perilous for people in recovery. We learn that our sobriety depends upon keeping connected to sober people, being accountable to others, being of service to others. Read more from Rev. Anne...
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:  wahlstrom@volcano.net
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
2020 Clergy Conference details
Our conference this spring will be a simple gathering shaped to have focused and precise presentations from dynamic and engaging speakers.

Please join us to spend time with your Bishop in prayer, community and continuing to build personal connections. Our two speakers, The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek and Ms. Patricia (Pat) Lewis Finnell will be sharing tools and ideas to help us look to the future.

Click here for the schedule and more information.
A word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop Curry shares, "In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we are now at another one of those threshold moments, when important and significant decisions must be made on all levels of our global community, for the good and the well-being of the entire human family. In this moment, I would ask you to allow me to share with you a Word to the Church: What Would Love Do?"

This week's "Habits of Grace" video
Racial reconciliation and healing training
The Commission for Intercultural Ministries invites you to join a Zoom-based Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle beginning on May 21, 2020.

Sacred Ground is a 10-session, film-based dialogue series on Race and Faith offered through the Episcopal Church as part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative.

It is built around powerful documentary films and readings which will serve as the jumping-off point for dialogue. Click here to read more and register.
2021 UTO Book of Prayers
Every three years, the United Thank Offering assembles a small book of gratitude-related prayers, one of the most popular items we give out at each General Convention/Triennial. We get these prayers from everywhere throughout The Episcopal Church, and it’s time to start working on prayers for the 2021 edition.

We are looking for original prayers in the following categories: Gratitude, Guidance, Healing, Love of God & Creation, Sorrow or Fear, Prayers for Morning, Prayers for Midday, Prayers for Night, and Other.

Interested? Click here.
The Center for Bible Study podcast
The Center for Bible Study is offering free online podcasts to help people grow in their study and understanding of the Bible. The podcast can be found here. All participants need is a Bible (NRSV, NIV, CEB), a notebook, and a desire to dig deeper into scripture.


The course is free, but donations of thanks for this course may be sent to:
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,
7850 Watt Ave,
Antelope, CA 95843

Podcast link: buzzsprout.com/1026769
POSTPONEMENTS AND CHANGES
To submit news/events, please email communications@norcalepiscopal.org. The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.