NOVEMBER 20,  2018
Camp Fire update

Our latest Camp Fire update is available here.

You can donate to Disaster Relief here:
2018 Diocesan Convention focused on preparing and responding to disasters

The Rev. Richard Yale, St. John's, Chico, along with other Street Pastors, help fire victims to shelters on Nov. 18. Photo by Richard Yale.

Two weekends ago, our 2018 Diocesan Convention was held in Redding, where all who attended drove right through the smoke coming from the Camp Fire. Due to the disaster happening in the midst of convention, Episcopal Relief and Development gave an in-depth presentation on preparation and response.  Here is a PDF  of their presentation, which includes the emotional life cycle of a disaster. 

Please remember the call of Lura Steele, Program Officer for ERD -- for each church to send Kati Braak a list of services they can provide and what they need. 

Other noteworthy Convention happenings:
  • In his address Bishop Barry reflected back on his episcopate and encouraged us to move forward in faith, building on our strengths.  Here is a copy  of his address; the video will be available soon.
  • The people voted! The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris and the Rev. Debra Warwick-Sabino are the newest additions to the Board of Trustees. Nancy Mack, Jim Sargent, the Rev. Seth Kellerman and the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga are the newest additions to the Standing Committee.
  • Three resolutions were passed, which are available here. One is in regards to racial reconciliation and the last two were in regard to the dissolution of St. Francis, Fair Oaks.
For those who attended Convention and haven't done so already, please complete a Convention evaluation.

Office of the Bishop closed Nov. 22-23

The Office of the Bishop will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. We will resume our normal business hours Monday, Nov. 26. 
Register for Clergy Quiet Day - Thursday, Dec. 6

Clergy Quiet Day will be Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Bishop's Ranch. This free event will be facilitated by the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin. You must register here to attend.

Questions? Email Jacqi Seppi at
2019 College for Congregational Development 

Registration is now open for the 2019 CCD sessions! The weekend dates are  March 15-17, 2019 AND  Sept. 27-29, 2019. The week-long intensive is June 2-7, 2019.

Learn more and register here. For questions, please contact CCD Director Canon Andrea McMillin at
Phishing email alert

The Office of the Bishop has received notice of several emails which claim to be from Bishop Barry Beisner, asking for iTunes gift cards or other unusual monetary requests. Please do not reply to these emails and block the sender.

In the event of such an incident, please call our office at 916-442-6918.
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Dec. 2 - Faith, Cameron Park 
  • Dec. 9 - St. James, Lincoln 
  • Dec. 16 - Our Saviour, Placerville
Prayer request for two members of Faith, Cameron Park

Two beloved members of Faith, Cameron Park, Clay Abajian and Dick Tak, died in a plane crash on Nov. 15. Details about funeral services are pending.  Please continue to keep their family and friends in your prayers. 
Join us for our fourth year - register now for Pathways 2019!

The fourth year of our Pathways Youth Pilgrimage will be June 16-21, 2019. Pathways is a pilgrimage uniting youth to one another and to God, equipping them to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, participants will spend the week together sharing meals, worshiping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims.

Pathways 2019 is open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. This fourth year of Pathways will take us to Humboldt County (our home base will be Humboldt State University) where we will explore matters of social and eco-justice as we journey to the Redwood Coast, visit historical indigenous sites, local churches, and meet with people in these communities who are engaging in the work of reconciling us and creation to God.

Application and Payment information is  here.
Participant applications are  here.
Young Adult and Adult Leader applications are  here.

Anita Weaver Grant for indigent seniors

Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are now accepting requests for proposal for the Anita Weaver Grant, which is designated to help homeless indigent seniors. For complete information, please see the Request for Proposal.
This is a two year grant of $15,000 in the first year, and if successfully completed, $7,500 for the second year. This grant provides an opportunity to develop a longer term program in collaboration with other congregations and/or city or county resources.  Currently the Arcata House Partnership Collaboration with St. Alban's, Arcata, is the grant recipient. They provide a safe warm alternative housing program, designed to help people get off the streets. Most of their clients are seniors.
Grant applications will be due by Jan. 15, 2019, and the grant award will be announced by Feb. 1.
Christmas market at Trinity Cathedral - Sunday, Nov. 25

Trinity Cathedral's Trinity Respecting Earth and the Environment (TREE) group invites you to the A nnual Alternative Christmas Market on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. i n the Great Hall. Don't get MALLED this year!

Come and support local and international craftspeople and avoid the mall! Enjoy the festive atmosphere, refreshments, and music, and bring your friends! 
For more information contact event coordinator Lyle Gramling at
Celebration of New Ministry - Nov. 30 and Dec. 13

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Annie Mertz, Rector at St. Paul's, Benicia, will be F riday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the church. Reception to follow. Clergy - white stoles.

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Paul Colbert, Priest-in-Charge at Trinity, Sutter Creek, will be Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Reception to follow. Clergy - red stoles.
Book talk on forgiveness - Sunday, Dec. 2 in Rancho Cordova

On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m., St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova, (2376 Zinfandel Dr.) will be hosting celebrated theologian, author, and priest, The Rev. Jeff Bullock, where he will give a lecture about his new book, "Practicing God's Radical  Forgiveness." 

Books are for sale at $15 from St. Clement's and Fr. Jeff will be available for signing after the lecture. Please email to reserve your copy of the book.
From the wider Church

Episcopal Church
New Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith include the Spanish translation of Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum, translations of Preparing to Become Beloved Community Advent curriculum in Spanish and Haitian Creole, as well as a Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, AdventWord 2018, seasonal bulletin inserts, and a three-part webinar series from Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations. All are available here.

Other news:

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Walking in Welcome: An Advent Series with Episcopal Migration Ministries

California Episcopalians connect, deepen community amid devastating wildfires

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