NOVEMBER 6,  2018
Rev. Anne Clarke to join Grace, St. Helena as Assistant Rector

Anne with her spouse Myles
We are pleased to announce that Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator Anne Clarke has accepted the position of Assistant Rector at Grace, St. Helena. Anne has been with the bishop's office since 2015 and has been a source of light and love, both in her work and in her presence. We are sad to see her go, but we know she will be a blessing to all at Grace Church. Anne will begin her new ministry in Dec.

In a letter to Grace, St. Helena, Rector Amy Denney Zuniga said:

"God, who is indeed faithful, has called just the right person into ministry with us at just the right time.  A letter of introduction from Anne is attached, but the last thing that you will find Anne Clarke doing is tooting her own horn, so that will fall to me!
Anne is a deep thinker, an excellent preacher (she received the preaching award upon graduation from CDSP), a pastoral listener, a gifted teacher, and one of the best group process facilitators I have ever worked with (Anne facilitated mutual ministry reviews of Grace's children's and youth ministries in 2017). Anne pioneered the unique "Pathways Youth Pilgrimage" for the Diocese and is a trainer for the College for Congregational Development. In her previous church work Anne helped to build up teams to support children's and youth ministry. She also brings substantial experience and expertise in the areas of outreach and communications. At Grace, Anne will have particular responsibility for the areas of lifelong Christian formation-for adults, children, youth (supervising Erika's work), young adults and families. Her Sundays will be balanced between being with the 8 & 10AM congregations to preach and preside at worship and being present with the other Grace's other "congregations" on Sunday mornings-our children and youth."
Office of the Bishop closed Nov. 12-13

The Office of the Bishop will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week, Nov. 12-13, in honor of Veteran's Day and post-Diocesan Convention. We will resume our normal business hours the following day, Wednesday Nov. 14.
An update from the Bishop Search Committee

The Bishop Search Committee has been working hard over the summer and fall months to review applications and hold interviews with candidates. Now the Search Committee moves into the final stages of their work. Candidates attended a discernment retreat along with the Committee for some in-person time together. The final slate will be announced in early December, after approval by the Standing Committee.

The Search Committee is grateful for your continued prayers, both for the team and for the candidates in the process. This is truly Holy Spirit work!

Visit the Bishop Search website to learn more.
#norcaldc18: Please bring church banners and stands and join us at two events before Convention

We are excited to see you in Redding for the 2018 Diocesan Convention! As we wrap up our preparations, we'd like to remind you to be prepared too -- please bring your church banner and stand for the Eucharist on Friday, Nov. 9. Please also be prepared for the Eucharist offering of pension funds for Cuban clergy.

Also, there are two events happening before Convention that are open to all.


When: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: All Saints, Redding, 2150 Benton Dr.

What: Celebrate the gift and history of Total Ministry in our diocese and enjoy food, stories and Eucharist. 


When: Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. 

Where: Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge, 820 Sundial Bridge Dr.

What: A pre-Convention gathering of folks around the diocese to explore baptismal ministry. Lunch will be provided. To attend, you must pre-register here.


See you in Redding! #norcaldc18

Phishing emails 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. If any emails you receive from the bishop's office seem strange, they're probably a phishing scam!

In the event of such an incident, please call our office at 916-442-6918.
Save the date - Clergy Quiet Day

Clergy Quiet Day will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bishop's Ranch. 
2019 Annual Enrollment dates

For Active Employees and Retirees in Our Diocese - p lease note the important dates listed below:

2019 Retiree Annual Enrollment
October 15 - December 7, 2018

2019 Active Employee Annual Enrollment
October 29 - November 16, 2018
2019 Pre-65 Retiree Annual Enrollment
October 29 - November 16, 2018
This year, the Church Pension Group has provided a Member Education webinar. We encourage all Medical Trust Members to watch this webinar to learn about the 2019 Annual Enrollment. Learn more about 2019 Annual Enrollment. 

For questions, please contact our Benefits Coordinator and Accounting Specialist, Elizabeth Vang, via email at
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Nov. 18 - Grace, St. Helena 
  • Dec. 2 - Faith, Cameron Park 
  • Dec. 9 - St. James, Lincoln 
  • Dec. 16 - Our Saviour, Placerville
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
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.
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls - two classes on Nov. 15

The Center for Bible Study by St. Andrew's, Antelope, presents two classes entitled "Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls" on Thursday, Nov. 15. The first will be at St. Andrew's, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This event is free; donations are appreciated.

The keynote speaker is  Dr. Travis B. Williams, an associate professor of Religion at Tusculum University. The primary areas of his research focus include the epistle of 1 Peter and the Dead Sea Scrolls, on which he has published a number of books and articles. 

The second class is from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at  University Covenant Church in Davis, located at  315 Mace Blvd.  The cost to attend is $10; register and learn more  here.
Life planning workshop in Carmichael - Saturday, Nov. 17

Join St. Michael's, Carmichael, and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a life planning  workshop, where you will learn about wills and trusts, long tern hospice care, durable power of attorney, and more.  You will leave with a guide that includes samples of important documents and resources to assist you with planning.

The suggested donation is $15. Please RSVP by Nov. 9 to or call the church office at 916-488-3550.
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!
Celebration of New Ministry - Friday, Nov. 30 in Benicia

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Annie Mertz, Rector at St. Paul's, Benicia, will be F riday, Nov. 30 at7 p.m. at the church. Reception to follow. 
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.
Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga's sister featured in ENS story

Audrey Denney poses for a photo between her sisters, the Rev. Robin Denney, left, and the Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, who is holding her daughter. Photo from Episcopal News Service.

[Episcopal News Service] When Audrey Denney decided to run for Congress in California's 1 st District, she had the support of some rather important Episcopal priests: Her family members. All of them. 

Venturing into politics made Denney something of a family exception after her mother, stepfather and two older sisters all chose to enter ordained ministry, but their faith example and Denney's own Episcopal upbringing have influenced how she approaches the campaign trail. Read more.

The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga is Rector at Grace, St. Helena. Audrey Denney, her younger sister, is running for Congress in California's 1st district.
News from the wider Church

Episcopal Church
The application process for a 2019 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant opens today and continues through November 19, 2018.
Episcopal ministries (or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence) with dreams of launching a ministry or program for young adults are invited to apply for an Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant. 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 online

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