News for the week of Nov. 26, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: The Office of the Bishop will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • View a short highlight video from this year's convention and hear from many on why they are excited for the future of our diocese:

  • Are you wanting to observe Christmas but need to do it in a more reserved, or quiet place? Blue Christmas may be for you. See which churches are holding services here:

  • We have five upcoming ordinations, Dec. 8 in Cloverdale and Dec. 11 in Carmichael! More information is on our calendar:
Bishop Megan at St. Andrew's, Corning, and St. Matthew's, Sacramento
Bishop Megan made her visitation to St. Andrew's, Corning, on Nov 17. While she was there she received Katie Giarmona-Dunn into The Episcopal Church. Christina Hale Ortega, a postulant to the vocational diaconate, said, "It was so great to finally visit with Bishop Megan. I learned so much and feel confident in her."
Bishop Megan listens as a child shares during her children's sermon at St. Andrew's
"The gifts of God for the People of God"
Katie was received into The Episcopal Church by Bishop Megan
On Nov. 24, Bishop Megan visited St. Matthew's, Sacramento. This congregation is bi-lingual, and the service was in both Spanish and English. The highlight of this service was the confirmation of seven people. Three of the confirmands were members of St. Paul's, Sacramento, while the remaining four were members of St. Matthew's.
St. Matthew's went all out with most of their clergy present. (L to R, the Rev. Karen Lawler, the Rev. Babette (Babs) Haggenjos, the Rev. Anne Authur, Bishop Megan, the Rev. Rik Rasmussen, the Rev. Lucretia Jevne)
Bishop Megan confirmed seven during the service, pictured here during coffee hour. (L to R, Maria, Amanda, Margaret, Daniel, Bishop Megan, Emanual, Claudia & Celeste)
Bishop Megan preached about the shepherd's staff during her sermon. Thank you to Elena Soto-Chapa for interpreting.
Assisted by Rev. Anne and Rev. Babs, Bishop Megan celebrates the Eucharist in Spanish and English.
"This is the body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven..."
Convention highlights; Bishop Megan on "Crossing Bridges"
As said by many who attended, our convention was one of our best yet! View our convention highlights video here or by clicking above.

In addition, you can view Bishop Megan's talk on "Crossing Bridges," shared during the banquet on Friday night. Crossing Bridges is the name of Bishop Megan's initiative to take her staff and visit churches in all areas of the diocese.

Save the dates for the 2020 Convention, Nov. 6-7, 2020! #NorCalDC20
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
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Dec. 8: Good Shepherd, Cloverdale
  • Dec. 15: St. John's, Lakeport

See more visitation dates here.
Quiet Christmas services from around the diocese
Do you find yourself wanting to observe Christmas, but you need to do it in a more reserved or quiet place? Blue Christmas, sometimes called Quiet Christmas, may be designed just for you. Here are a list of some of the places in our diocese where there will be a special, quiet, and reflective service this holiday season.

Faith, Cameron Park - Service of Comfort - Dec. 10 - 6:30 p.m.
Grace, St. Helena - Quiet Christmas - Dec. 10 - 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's, Kenwood - Blue Christmas - Dec. 13 - 6:00 p.m.
All Saints', Sacramento - Blue Christmas - Dec. 15 - 5:00 p.m.
St. Martin, Davis - Blue Christmas - Dec. 15 - 4:00 p.m.
Incarnation, Santa Rosa - Service of Lamentation - Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.
A reminder to communicators
Please be sure to look at your website and signs and update your service listings for the holiday season. People will be planning and looking for places to attend during Advent and Christmas, and we want to be ready with the invite. Do you have special services during the season? Advertise your service times and locations.
2020 Anita Weaver grant now accepting applications
Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are once again offering a special grant opportunity for the Anita Weaver Funds. These have been designated to help indigent seniors with housing.

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.

For complete information please see the Request for Proposal. Grant applications will be due by Jan. 15, and the grant award will be announced by Feb. 15.
New with our clergy
The Rev. Grant Bakewell Jr. is now serving at St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova, alongside Priest-in-Charge the Rev. Kenn Katona. And, they've been inviting people to church in some fun ways recently!

Congratulations to the Rev. Brad Helmuth, Rector at Holy Trinity, Nevada City, on his marriage to Pepsi Pittman on Nov. 17!

We would like to express our gratitude for the work of the Rev. Anne Powell who has been serving alongside the Rev. Aidan Rontani at St. Michael's, Anderson; St. Peter's, Red Bluff and Holy Trinity, Willows. Rev. Anne will be returning to St. John's, Chico, and will continue her work with Camp Fire recovery.
Lessons and Carols at St. John's, Roseville: Dec. 1
Join St. John's, Roseville, and the Central Deanery as they gather to hear the stories of anticipation and remind ourselves of the promise that God has made for all of us.

When: Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
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
Discussion on the Bible and immigration: Second meeting is Dec. 4 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 or two!

When: 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,
St. Clement's Thrift Shop closing sale: Dec. 14
St. Clement's is sad to announce that the Thrift Shop run so lovingly for the last 10 years by Denise and Emilito Smith is closing its doors.Everything must go!

When: Saturday, Dec.14, 8 a.m. - 1 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,
Job opening: Temporary Children, Youth, and Families Ministry Coordinator in St. Helena
DioCal's Ministry for the Common Good gathering: Jan. 15-16
What does Christian service for the common good look like? How can Christians love the world as God loved the world? What do we need to know and do in order to seek peace in our contexts? Join DioCal and other ministry leaders and consider these important questions together.

Speakers include William James Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation.

This gathering is for anyone engaged in Christian ministry, including lay leaders, as well as those who are looking for new ways to serve in their church and other ministry contexts. The Episcopal Diocese of California is pleased to co-sponsor this gathering with Newbigin House of Studies. Learn more about this event.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Thursday, Jan. 16
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
Cost: $75 Early Registration by Dec. 7 ($95 after Dec. 7) — Use special DioCal Discount code: "diocal" for 20% off! Register here.
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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