News for the week of Nov. 19, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Post Diocesan Convention materials are now available! View a wrap-up of events, election results, resolutions and more here:

  • We have five upcoming ordinations, Dec. 8 in Cloverdale and Dec. 11 in Carmichael! The Dec. 8 ordinations will be Bishop Megan's first ordinations as bishop! More information is on our calendar:
Convention 2019: A time of New Beginnings for our diocese
"The body of Christ,
the bread of heaven"
Delegates listen as
Bishop Megan casts vision
in her address
Banners stream
as they lead the procession
for Holy Eucharist
Diocesan Convention 2019 was held Nov 6-9 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Delegations from most of our churches gathered for 3 days of worship, fellowship and business in this important annual event in the governance of our diocese. You can see a daily overview and more photos here

Important links are below:

Save the dates for the 2020 Convention, Nov. 6-7, 2020! #NorCalDC20
Commemorating the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire in our diocese
The Rev. Ann Sullivan, the Very Rev. Richard Yale, the Rev. Lew Powell and the Rev. Delia Fay at a interfaith remembrance service. Richard and Ann led the congregation in recommitting their parishes to working together and to recovery.
This memorial at Magalia Community Church in Paradise was unveiled and dedicated. About 200 people came out for the dedication. #ButteStrong
This sculpture of a Phoenix was created by artist Jessie Mercer from over 18,000 keys which were collected from the various cars, businesses, homes and more which burned in the fire. A Phoenix is a mythical creature that who dies but is then reborn from the ashes.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell)
At 11:08 on Friday, Nov. 8, the business of convention was put on pause for 86 seconds of silence in honor of the 86 people who died in the fire.
The week of Nov. 3-10 was a tender time for many in our diocese as remembrances and commemorations of the Camp Fire were held. The parishioners and clergy at St. Nicholas', Paradise, and St. John's, Chico, participated in several events and church services: including an interfaith service, a memorial dedication, a sculpture unveiling and more.

While those on the Ridge grieved and remembered the fire that started a year ago on Nov. 8, others in the diocese were gathered for Diocesan Convention in Sacramento. Convention also held its own commemoration. As we said during convention, we stand with all those affected by the Camp Fire and other fires that have burned throughout the diocese.

Here is a link to an article on one of the remembrances where the Very Rev. Richard Yale is featured.
Ordinations to the Sacred Order of Priests: Dec. 8 and Dec. 11
Join Bishop Megan and the people of Good Shepherd as the Rev. Tim McDonald and the Rev. Jane Snibbe are ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests. A reception will follow. Clergy: red stoles, please.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.
Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,122 North Main St., Cloverdale
Join Bishop Megan and the people of St. Michael's as the Rev. Ann-Marie Genato, the Rev. Alexander Price Leach and the Rev. Julie D. Vice are ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests. A reception will follow. Clergy: red stoles, please.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2140 Mission Ave., Carmichael
Office of the Bishop staff transition
Loretta Robinson, previously the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, has accepted another position. Her last day as a part of the Office of the Bishop staff was Nov. 8.

Taking her place is Jenice Rover-Matthews, our new Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Jenice will provide human services support with a concentration in management. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services while attending on-ground classes with the University of Phoenix. Jenice currently has a goal of graduating with her Masters in Social Work, emphasis in Advanced Clinical Practice. Jenice’s hobbies are noticing and collecting art, cooking and spending time outdoors with loved ones.

You may email Jenice at
The wait is over! Order Bishop Megan's official portraits now
The official portraits of Bishop Megan have been selected and are now available for order from the photographer. Two poses are available in multiple sizes. You can order just the photograph or have it framed as well. Please click here to download the order form.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Nov. 24: St. Matthew's, Sacramento
  • Dec. 8: Good Shepherd, Cloverdale
  • Dec. 15: St. John's, Lakeport

See more visitation dates here.
Special announcement: New dean of Central Deanery
The Very Rev. Sarah Quinney, Priest-in-Charge at St. James, Lincoln, has been appointed dean of the Central Deanery.

"I’m honored that Bishop Megan has asked me to be dean of the Central Deanery and very excited to begin this work of helping our congregations connect and collaborate with our common goal of sharing the gospel," said Dean Sarah.  
Discussion on the Bible and immigration: First meeting is Nov. 20 in Davis
You are invited to join St. Martin's parishioners for a conversation about faith, the Bible, and immigration. For the first gathering, they will concentrate on Chapters two and three of The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong by author Karen Gonalez.

The book is available through online book sellers, and St. Martin's will have a couple of copies in the church library as well. These are drop-in discussions: come for one, two, or all three!

When: Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis (In the library)
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan,
Alternative Christmas Market at the Cathedral: Nov. 24
Come buy unique handmade gifts and support local artists, craftspeople and non-profits at Trinity Cathedral's Alternative Chistmas Market. This event is sponsored by the "Trinity Respecting Earth and Environment" (TREE) group. TREE looks forward to having you all come to celebrate with us. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento (Great Hall)
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Benicia: Nov. 26
Join the people of St. Paul's for their 27th Thanksgiving Interfaith Service with guests from the Temple B’nai Israel in Vallejo. They need desserts and finger foods for the reception after the service. Use the email below if you are interested in volunteering.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church,120 East J St., Benicia
Free pictures with Santa Claus: Dec. 1 in Rancho Cordova
Join St. Clement's for pictures with Santa Claus, free of charge. Reservations are not necessary -- just show up! Cocoa and cookies will also be available.

When: Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 - 7 p.m.
Where: St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2376 Zinfandel Dr., Rancho Cordova
Save the date: Center for Bible Study Archaeology Conference on Jan. 11
The Center for Bible Study is holding a one-day conference on Biblical archaeology. The theme is "Archaeologists Have More Fun," and speakers include Professor Cynthia Shafer Elliott as well as students.

When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
Cost: $15, lunch is included. Register here.
Contact: The Rev. Peter Rodgers: (916) 337-5319, peterrodg@gmail. com
Diabetes support group in Woodland; Parkinson's support groups in Roseville and Woodland
Diabetes Support Group – Woodland Senior Center
2001 East St., Woodland; (530) 661-2001
The Diabetes Support Group will be meeting on the 4th Tuesday of even months at 10 a.m. This is a network for people who are living with diabetes and are willing to share their experiences in coping with it.

Parkinson's Support Group - St. John's Episcopal Church, Roseville
2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
A group of people dealing with Parkinson's Disease have started meeting at the church on a monthly basis and would like to invite anyone interested in joining them. They meet the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospitality room. 

Parkinson’s Support Group – Woodland Senior Center
2001 East St., Woodland; (530) 661-2001
The Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. This group meets to discuss experiences, offer support to each other, share ideas, and meet new people.
Job opening: Temporary Children, Youth, and Families Ministry Coordinator in St. Helena
Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development's Million Dollar Match Campaign this holiday season
Spread double the joy this holiday season by donating through Episcopal Relief Development. Until Dec. 31, your tax-deductible donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million!

Your contribution supports programs that empower women and promote gender equality, enable children to reach their full potential and help build resilience to the effects of a changing climate, as well as promote disaster preparedness.
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