News for the week of Nov. 5, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: The Office of the Bishop will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. In addition, we will not be publishing the Aurora Clergy Newsletter on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Our next Diocesan e-News will be published Nov. 19.
Three things from the Office of the Bishop
  • Donate to Rise Against Hunger for our 1 box + 1 church = 1 child initiative! We are packing meals during convention on Friday, Nov. 8, and your $75 donation will feed one child for one year:

  • St. Stephen's, Sebastopol, has added a long-awaited labyrinth to their church grounds for all to enjoy! Read more here:

  • Join Christ Church, Eureka, on Nov. 16 for a free "Seasons of the Soul" one-day retreat as a part of their 150th anniversary celebration:
Bishop Megan makes her first Episcopal visitation to Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento for baptisms and confirmation
"We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism."
The Ofrenda at Trinity Cathedral honoring those whom we love and
see no more.
Bishop Megan preaches about St. Isidore, St. Clare and saints just like you and me.
Jay Elmquist, Office of the Bishop Director of Communications; Bishop Megan, Jess Reynolds, and the Rev. Canon Lynell Walker, Associate Dean. Jess was baptized and confirmed; Jay was their sponsor.
Bishop Megan sprinkles the Ofrenda with Holy Water. She is assisted by the Rev. Canon Tina Campbell, Deacon Emerita.
Bishop Megan spent All Saints' Sunday at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. There was so much happening during the morning. She sanctified the water used in baptism, blessed an Ofrenda and preached a sermon centered on saints; both big 'S' Saints and little 's' saints. At the end of the 11:15 service someone mentioned how full the day was and Bishop Megan said, "Yes, but we had fun!"
Join us on the convention floor for Mary Parmer's Invite*Welcome*Connect workshop: Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
All are invited to attend the FREE 1:30 - 3 p.m. I*W*C workshop with Mary Parmer. The floor of convention will open up after lunch, and you can join your church's I*W*C group at their table and work on practical exercises guided by Mary Parmer.
Convention materials available for download
The full convention book is now available for download on our website here.

Smaller pieces of the packet are also available for download via the buttons below:
For more information on convention, visit our website here. For convention questions, please email
General Convention Deputy Nominee 90-second videos
We invited each General Convention Deputy nominee to create a 90 second video sharing a little about themselves and why they would make a good deputy. We believe this will help the voters at convention get to know the nominees a bit more tangibly.

You can watch the video by clicking on the image below or use this link:
Bring banners for Convention Eucharist
Each congregation is asked to bring a banner and stand, and designate someone to carry the banner, for the opening procession at our Convention Eucharist on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Banner bearers should plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to put the stand in place and prepare for the procession. Please label the underside of your stand with your congregation’s name and city.

Clergy and delegates are welcome to march (unvested) behind your banner or simply take seats, as you prefer.
Meal packing event during convention: Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.
Has your church donated a box?
On Friday during convention, all are invited to a Rise Against Hunger food packing event at 5 p.m. During that time, we will work with the bishop, Canon Andrea and the Office of the Bishop staff to pack food to feed children across the world. One box of these prepacked meals can feed one child for a year, and it only costs $75.
If your church hasn't donated yet, would you consider donating the $75 it takes to pack one box with food for a year? We would like each church in the diocese to donate one box (or more!) before Diocesan Convention. You can donate by scanning the QR code, or by clicking on this link:

Please remember to type your church's name in the memo line of the donation form. We will give an update on how many boxes were donated during convention.
Diocesan youth overnight at Trinity Cathedral: Last day to register is Nov. 6
On Friday, Nov 8, Trinity Cathedral will be hosting a Diocesan Youth Overnight event. You will get to know other young people from around the diocese and have a fun and picture-worthy night. When we are done Saturday morning, you can join us at Diocesan Convention for the Pathways presentation or depart for home.

Start: Friday, Nov. 8; arrive between 5-6 p.m.
End: Saturday, Nov. 9; 8 a.m.
Cost: $15 (includes dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning)
Contact: The Rev. Kathy Hopner,
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.
2020 Church Pension Group annual enrollment now open
2020 CPG Annual Enrollment is now open for active employees and retirees in our diocese.

2020 Active Employee & Early Retiree Annual Enrollment
October 7 - November 15, 2019

2020 Retiree Annual Enrollment
October 14 - December 6, 2019

More information on the 2020 Annual Enrollment is available here. More information on the 2020 medical plans is available here.

For questions, please email
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Nov. 17: St. Andrew's, Corning
  • Nov. 24: St. Matthew's, Sacramento
  • Dec. 8: Good Shepherd, Cloverdale

See more visitation dates here.
St. Stephen's, Sebastopol adds labyrinth to church grounds
The people of St. Stephen's, Sebastopol, fulfilled their longtime desire to create a labyrinth, which they accomplished the week of Oct. 9-16. Congratulations to St. Stephen's, and if you're in the area of Sebastopol, make sure you stop by to walk the labyrinth!

Read a local news story on the labyrinth here.
"Seasons of the Soul" Retreat at Christ Church, Eureka: Nov. 16
Please join Christ Church, Eureka, for a special event in their 150th celebration year. The Rev. Suzanne Guthrie, will be leading a retreat on "Seasons of the Soul." A light lunch will be provided.  

The liturgical year begins with the shattering of time and the call to conversion (Advent) and ends in the anointing by the Holy Spirit and being sent out into the world (Pentecost). The sacred year parallels not only the story of the life of Jesus, but the deeply mythic "Hero's Journey" as well as the soul's continual awakening into mystical consciousness and universal compassion.
Join us for a pilgrimage through the church seasons, enhanced with art and music, and reflect upon your own soul's inner, mythic journey.

Suzanne Guthrie leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and hosts Soulwork Toward Sunday, a weekly web retreat based on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. She has served the Episcopal Church as a parish priest, children's priest, Christian Education consultant and columnist, college and university chaplain and as a writer for Christian Century and other publications.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 625 15th Street, Eureka
iPhone/smart phone training in Woodland: Nov. 18
Are you still having problems making your iPhone work for you? If so, this class will provide training to help you make your smart phone work better for you. The class includes training on basic phone functions, how to make your phone louder and easier to hear, large font, Bluetooth devices, and so much more.

When: Monday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland
Contact: The Rev. Terri Hobart,
Grants available for Young Adult and Campus Ministry: Applications due Nov. 11
Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant applications are now available to those with dreams of launching a ministry or program for young adults. Episcopal ministries or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include dioceses, congregations, or college/university ministries that are currently engaging in or seeking new relationships with young adults on and off college campuses. Grant information and applications are available in English here and in Spanish here.
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