News for the week of Oct. 15, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • 1 Box + 1 Church = 1 Child. A donation of $75 (one box) can feed a child for a year. We're challenging each church to donate one box (or more!) before the Rise Against Hunger event at convention. Donate with the QR code or at this link:

  • Do you serve as an acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, usher, verger, or choir member? Consider volunteering for the Diocesan Convention Eucharist, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Sacramento. Learn more here:

  • Invite*Welcome*Connect founder Mary Parmer will be at Diocesan Convention as a special speaker. Learn more here:
Bishop Megan at St. Patrick's, Kenwood
Bishop Megan receives another believer into The Episcopal Church
Bishop Megan prays the Eucharistic Prayer, assisted at the altar by the Rev. Bob Scott, deacon at Good Shepherd in Cloverdale, and the Rev. Doyle Dietz Allen, Rector
The newly confirmed and recieved, their loved ones, and Rev. Doyle, Rector, pause for a picture with the bishop.
"Welcome Bishop Megan"
Bishop Megan visited the people of St. Patrick's, Kenwood, on Sunday, Oct. 13. The service included confirmation and reception into The Episcopal Church and was followed by coffee hour in the parish hall.
Nominees bios for diocesan office, General Convention deputies, available
The nominees for Board of Trustees, Diocesan Standing Committee and General Convention Deputy have now been posted on our website. You can see their pictures and read their bios, and view videos of the deputy candidates here.
Seeking Lay Ministers for Diocesan Convention Eucharist
Do you serve as an acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, usher, verger, or choir member at your own congregation?

Consider volunteering to serve at our Diocesan Convention Eucharist, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. This liturgy is a special time when we celebrate our whole life together as a diocese. Volunteers will be asked to attend a rehearsal on Thursday afternoon (time TBD).

To indicate your interest in serving, please sign up here.
1 Box + 1 Church = 1 Child: Donate today, feed a child for a year.
Diocesan Convention 2019 will host a special opportunity in which all Convention attendees can participate. On Friday afternoon, there will be a Rise Against Hunger food packing event led by Bishop Megan. During that event 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 costs only $75.
We have a challenge for you: Would your church 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 QRC code, or by clicking on this link:

Please remember to type your church's name in the memo line of the donation form.
Reminder: Convocations are Saturday, Oct. 19
Deanery convocations are Saturday, Oct. 19. It is important that all clergy, delegates and alternates attend a Convocation to become familiar with the resolutions and nominees.

Find where your deanery is meeting by clicking on the image or by clicking here. View a written list of the Deanery Convocations here. Not sure which deanery you belong to? Find out here.
Diocesan youth overnight at Trinity Cathedral
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 breakfast Saturday morning
Contact: The Rev. Kathy Hopner,
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Oct. 20: St. Luke's, Galt
  • Nov. 3: Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
  • Nov. 17: St. Andrew's, Corning

See more visitation dates here.
St Nicholas', Paradise gathers together
The Rev Delia Fay greeted everyone with care and a smile
The Holy Spirit was present as Comforter and the
Spirit of Truth
Parishioners from St. Nick's and St. John's with
the Rev. Ann Sullivan
Preparing for long-awaited worship in the church
Heartfelt reunions and joyful greetings happened all around
The band warmed up and waited to help lead the worship
On Sept. 12, the people of St. Nicholas', Paradise, gathered together in their church building for the first time since the Camp Fire broke out last Nov. The Evening Prayer Service was led by the Rev. Delia Fay, who is the associate priest for St. Nicholas. Joining her were the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, the Rev. Ann Sullivan, the Rev. Anne Powell, the Rev. Lew Powell and Kati Braak, Director of Operations.

Members of St. Nick's were able to greet, pray, and worship together, alongside visitors from St. John's, Chico, and the Office of the Bishop. Kati Braak gave an update about progress on the building and Canon Andrea brought greetings, saying, "Even as we are healing from great pain, and some of us are still working through great grief, this prayer service in this space is a stepping stone on the path to healing. We all stand here together on that path - and Bishop Megan is with us in that healing. The bishop's office, the whole diocese, we pray for you and with you, bringing resources and support as we continue towards the new horizon that God is calling us to."
Blessing of the Animals services around the diocese
The Rev. Pamela Dolan and the Rev. Ernie Lewis bless twin pups at St. Martin's, Davis
At Epiphany, Vacaville the Very Rev. Mack Olsen takes time to talk with a family as he blesses their pet
This loved dog accompanies their owner while leading the Prayers of the People at Our Savior, Placerville
An outdoor service is well-attended by beloved animals as the Rev. Kevin Phillips makes the rounds at St. John's, Marysville
St. Brigid's, Rio Vista holds an outdoor blessing, as well, as the Rev. Susan Reeve sprinkles special friends with blessed water
Even a stuffed crab receives a blessing, and a piggy-back ride, at Grace, St. Helena
The Feast of St. Francis usually brings with it a Blessing of the Animals. Many churches in our diocese either welcomed well-loved pets into their regular services, or conducted special events to bless them. All Saints', Redding and the Rev. Carren Sheldon were featured in their local newspaper. You can read that article here.
Upcoming at the Cathedral
The Bible in Five Nights: Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
Join Interim Dean Jim Richardson for an exploration of the Bible – all of it – in five nights beginning Oct. 17 as part of the Thursday Night At the Cathedral program. You will get an overview of the Old and New Testaments, and the major stories and themes in this sacred book that is foundational to our faith. You can join the Cathedral for Compline at 6 p.m. Dinner is offered at 6:15 p.m. for a donation of $5. The class begins at 7 p.m.

Trinity Cathedral Art Show: Open for viewing Oct. 11 - Nov. 1
The Cathedral's third annual art exhibition is based on the theme ""Arise, shine, for your light has come" and is intended to elicit reflections on new beginnings. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 12; learn more here.
Better Angels debate in Sacramento: Oct. 19
The level of divisiveness and demonization in our politics is tearing our social fabric and eroding our democracy. Better Angels is a bipartisan citizens’ movement dedicated to bridging the political divide by building new ways to talk with one another, participate in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. Learn more here.

What’s a Better Angels Debate?  A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people speak, listen and think together to grapple with a difficult topic. Everyone is encouraged to express their views. 

Better Angels Debate Topic: Abortion / Choice

Should Heart Beat Bills be Repealed? What are your views on this question? Come speak your mind. More details and registration is here.

When: Oct. 19, 1- 3 p.m.
Where: Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864
Contact: Shelley Mydans,
Introductory Centering Prayer workshop in Davis: Oct. 26
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Centering Prayer (a Christian form of meditation) is a gentle, silent method of consenting to God’s presence and healing action within us. The Church of St. Martin is hosting an introductory workshop for those who are interested in learning how the practice of Centering Prayer can help cultivate stillness in our busy lives and foster a deeper connection with God. Presenters from Contemplative Outreach will provide instruction on the benefits and practice of Centering Prayer; the workshop will include two 20-minute periods of Centering Prayer. There will also be an opportunity to participate in three continuing sessions to provide additional support in establishing a personal Centering Prayer practice.  

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Cost: Suggested donation of $20
Contact: Kindly RSVP to Jan at (530) 756-0444 or
Two events supporting Camp Fire recovery: Oct. 26 in Chico
Songwriting workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Singer/Songwriter Dave Nachmanoff will be leading a songwriting workshop for Camp Fire Survivors. He has held similar workshops across the U.S. with churches, synagogues, and other groups to help attendees use songwriting as a means of healing and expression. The cost to attend is $25; lunch is provided. To ensure the best experience for all, the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to Camp Fire survivors. To register, please call 530-894-1971.

Songs for the Strong Benefit Concert on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Join St. John's for an evening of incredible music by renowned musicians Dave Nachmanoff and Radim Zenkl. The cost to attend is $20; learn more about the artists and register here.

Both events take place at St. John's Episcopal Church, located at 2341 Floral Avenue, Chico, CA 95926.
Presentation in Sonoma on the untold stories of WWI: Oct. 29
Luc Ferier, chairman and founder of the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation, will be sharing the unknown story of the Muslim contribution to the Allied cause in the First World War. In his new book, "The Unknown Fallen (2019)," Luc presents this compelling story as an “alternative narrative” to the notion that Muslims, Christians and Jews have forever been in conflict.  

When: Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 East Spain St., Sonoma, CA 95476
Contact: Dr. James Rawls at
Applications for EYE20 Pastoral Care Team due Oct. 20
Applications are now being accepted for the pastoral care team members for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20). Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout The Episcopal Church, EYE20 will be held on July 7-11, 2020 in Washington, D. C.
The pastoral care team is open to adults (at least 19 years of age or older) who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE20. Pastoral care team positions include dorm crew, event team, and medical care team. Learn more here.
To submit news/events, please email The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.