News for the week of May 21, 2019
We are trying something new! Below are announcements we'd like for you to share with your church. You can copy and paste the text below into your church's weekly bulletin, newsletter, or your church Facebook page. Feel free to adapt the style to fit with your church's communications!
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • You can now RSVP for the Consecration of Bishop-Elect Megan Traquair! Free tickets are available here:

  • Call for Consecration volunteers! All help is important in making the event run smoothly. Time slots and positions are here:

  • On Saturday, June 8, we are ordaining Anny Genato, Karen Lawler, Tim McDonald and John Heidel into the Sacred Order of Deacons (Transitional Diaconate) at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, at 11 a.m. Please join us!
Pilgrimage of Hope - San Joaquin and Nor Cal Episcopalians gather at Capitol for Immigrant Day, May 20
Diocese of San Joaquin Bishop David Rice and Bishop Barry Beisner
San Joaquin pilgrims on the Capitol stairs
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, our siblings to the south, walked on a pilgrimage for 16 days from Fresno to Sacramento to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees in the Central Valley. They stopped at churches along the way, including a few churches in our diocese. 

Thank you to The Very Rev. Mary Hudak and the people of St. Michael’s, Carmichael, for organizing the hospitality along the way. Host churches included St. Luke’s, Galt; St. Mary’s, Elk Grove; and Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. Next week we will feature a story on their journey and the impact the pilgrimage had for all those involved.  
It's here! RSVP for the Consecration
Your prayers and presence is requested at the Consecration of The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair, Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

You may RSVP for up to four people. If your party is larger than four people, you will need to RSVP under a different name to gain access to an additional four person party.

When : Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m.
Where : Mondavi Center, 523 Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616
RSVP : Free tickets are available here .
Contact : Michelle Karimi, Executive Staff Support, at
We need your help: volunteer for the Consecration
The Bishop Transition Committee, along with the Consecration Sub-committee, is pleased to share that volunteer information for the consecration of our next bishop is now available. Volunteers are instrumental in making our consecration run smoothly. There are several time slots and positions available -- all help is appreciated!

In addition, the Bishop Search website has been updated to include more information, as well as FAQs on the consecration. Visit the Bishop Search website here.

Canon David Link invites all choir singers from around the Diocese to join the one-hundred voice choir for the consecration ! The choir is filling up fast, and we want to make sure that you are included! There will be three advance rehearsals at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento during June and a "dress" rehearsal on the eve of the service on Friday, June 28. If you want to join us, we would love to welcome you! Please contact Canon Link at for more details and information.
Gifts for the Bishop-Elect
When a bishop is consecrated, it is customary for them to receive gifts of different types that will be used in their ministry. These gifts often include the following:

  • A mitre (the pointy hat worn by a bishop)
  • A crozier (the staff that is a symbol of the bishop's office)
  • An episcopal ring
  • A pectoral cross
  • A Bible
  • Vestments

A crozier is the crooked staff that is carried by a bishop. It is a reference to the bishop being a pastor to their diocese. The word pastor has roots in the word shepherd and the crozier was used by shepherds to tend their flock of sheep. A bishop is the chief pastor of a diocese, and therefore its chief shepherd as well. Bishop Barry will present Bishop-Elect Megan the diocesan crozier (pictured) on June 29, during the consecration service, as a symbol of passing the office of bishop to her.

You are being offered an opportunity to donate toward diocesan gifts for Bishop-Elect Megan. Click this link and select the "Bishop-Elect Gifts" button on the donation page to give your gift toward our future bishop's ministry.
Send in photos and memories of Bishop Barry by Friday, May 24
As Bishop Barry nears the end of his episcopate, we ask that you send photos of your church, ministries and people, as well as cards, notes, and stories about the way our bishop has blessed you to Photos and notes will be included in a Memory Book for him. Please include your church name and city in the subject line.

We are aiming to receive photos/notes from every church in the diocese – please help us achieve this goal! Please have your photos/wishes/stories sent in by Friday, May 24
Bishop's visitation schedule 
  • June 2 - St. Mary's, Ferndale
  • June 9 - Emmanuel, Grass Valley

Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is  available here .
Celebrating Bishop Barry in Petaluma; register for last two events by May 31
On May 11 at St. John's, Petaluma, just about 100 people showed up to honor the ministry of Bishop Barry at the first of three celebration events. More photos are available for viewing on Facebook.

There will be two more events to celebrate our beloved bishop, listed below.

Friday, June 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

Saturday, June 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m.  
All Saints, Redding

The deadline to register for these free events is Friday, May 31. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
The Very Rev. Liz Armstrong to interim in Cameron Park
Dean of the Central Deanery , The Very Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Armstrong has been appointed by Bishop Barry Beisner as Interim Rector of Faith, Cameron Park , beginning July 1, 2019.

Rev. Liz is currently the Rector of St. Augustine's, Rocklin , and will leave that position to begin her work in Cameron Park.

John Day wraps up his time at Holy Trinity, Ukiah
The Rev. Canon John Day served as Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity, Ukiah, for a year and a half, and wrapped up his time at the church a few weeks ago. Canon Day continues to be active within the diocese, including consulting work for St. John's, Roseville. We thank him for his faithful service to our church in Ukiah.
Ordinations: May 25 and June 8 at the Cathedral
May 25: Bob Scott and Cindy Woods will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles.

June 8: Anny Genato, Karen Lawler, Tim McDonald and John Heidel into the Sacred Order of Deacons (Transitional Diaconate) at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles.
Russian River Deanery Spring Convocation
The recent bishop search process engaged us in vital discernment about our hopes and needs for our Diocese of Northern California and its future. But the successful election of our new bishop is no reason for these conversations to end. In fact, now we can move on to a more open-ended and creative kind of conversation. We in the Russian River Deanery have asked the Bishop-elect how we can support her in becoming the bishop for our place and time and, with her input and blessing, we now invite you to a World Café about the vision of the church that is emerging in our congregations, deanery, and diocese.

World Café is a powerful tool for engaging congregations and other groups in conversations that matter, in a natural process that welcomes the wisdom of everyone present. The clergy of the Deanery will be with her in person at the May Clergy Conference, but here is an opportunity for the rest of us to join the conversation.

When : Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where : Veterans Memorial Building, 205 West 1st St., Cloverdale, CA 95425
Registration : A $10 donation will be requested for the luncheon that will conclude the program. Register here .
Contact : Dean Daniel Green at or 707-762-8872
Sharing Carr Fire stories
When sharing the experiences of those impacted by the Camp Fire, we had another thought. Why stop there? We will also be sharing a few stories of those from the Carr Fire in Redding, which begun late July of last year and wasn't contained until over a month later, Aug. 30, 2018. As these "megafires" have a huge impact on the lives of those affected, we believe it is important that their stories are shared.

This week's story is available on the Episcopal Church Camp Fire Recovery Team Facebook page, as well as on the diocesan website.

If you were impacted by the Carr fire and would like to share your story, please email
A reflection on youth ministry
Daphne Vernon, Director of Spiritual Formation at Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa , wrote a reflection about her experience in youth ministry and as a leader of Pathways.

"What is the measure of success in youth ministry? Is it loud music and a large crowd of kids, so many you couldn’t possibly remember who they all are? Or is it about building relationships in Christ and really seeing and shepherding the youth you meet with on a regular basis? I measure success when I still have coffee with youth group members who are now in their 30’s. When kids come to ask how does my faith connect with my actions, how do I deal with my stress levels or peer pressure. I’m overwhelmed with the state of the world right now and where is God in all this? 

It is tempting to think something is more successful when more kids show up. Teenagers do like to get lost in a pack, but is that because it’s easier to hide and fly under the radar? We will spend our lifetime making peace with what it means to be truly loved and known by God; adolescence and social media don’t make that process any easier. 

Where in our Diocese do youth and young adults have the opportunity to serve Christ, practice self-love, and look at the hard edges of life?" Read more here.
Sustainable Development Goals Grants for 2019
At the 2016 Diocesan Convention we passed a resolution, following the lead of the United Nations and the Episcopal Church, that extends the commitment of using 0.7% of our budget for overseas development. The focus is on efforts to help people and or communities develop ways to become self sustaining. Among the 17 stated goals are those including comprehensive education, better farming techniques, relief of hunger and economic growth. 

Our funds are available for projects that support one or more of the above goals for the development of locally sustainable projects. We are inviting our congregations to consider applying for grants supporting projects or programs overseas that meet one or more of these goals. We are particularly interested in ways partnerships and projects are being developed in cooperation with and supporting local efforts.  

Here is the 2019 grant application; applications are due June 15.
Thy Kingdom Come - a global effort to "light up the world in prayer" from May 30 - June 9
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
  • Come to realize that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer  

You can learn more, find resources and pledge to pray here.
From the wider church
The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colorado on May 18 at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver. Lucas became the first woman bishop as well as the first African American bishop in the diocese’s 132-year history. Read more.
The Episcopal Church in Vermont has announced the election of The Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, interim rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Franklin, Indiana, as its 11th bishop diocesan. MacVean-Brown was elected on the first ballot of the Special Electing Convention held May 18 in Burlington. Read more.
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2020 location and planning team were named, and our very own Giovanna Zampa from St. Paul's, Benicia, is on the team! Read more.

Other news from the Episcopal News Service are here.