OCTOBER 17, 2017
We are praying for all who may be affected by the fires in our region. 

Please refer to our  fire updates page   for more information.

For a video update from the governor's Office of Emergency Services, click here.
St. Stephen's, Sebastopol, sheltered evacuees in its sanctuary. Movable pews became extra beds. Homes were found for all this week.

As Fires Slowly Subside, Recovery Begins

By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director

No warning came after a very pleasant fall Sunday, the second Sunday of October. The winds picked up after many had gone to bed. High winds, scary high winds. Then the swoosh of fire that claimed neighborhoods, hotels, a hospital, kennels and other businesses, meeting up with other fires, traveling over a hundred-thousand acres to scorch farmland and vineyards, sparing little in its path. More than 40 people lost their lives, and thousands more their homes.

More than a week later, the fires still burn, but recovery has begun.

If you were affected by the fire and need help, please let your clergy person know. Episcopal Relief & Development has given the Diocese of Northern California a substantial grant ( donate here), and generous gifts to Bishop Barry's  discretionary fund and to Incarnation, Santa Rosa, for  fire relief are being disbursed. Gift cards and gas cards give those who lost their homes the dignity of being able to purchase what they need as they slowly rebuild their lives. Prayers also are much needed.  Continue reading...
Late Registration for Convention Open Until Oct. 31

Convention is approaching quickly! Make sure you have registered to avoid waiting in line before Convention. General registration has closed; however, late registration will be open until Oct. 31.  Register here.

Last minute change s to your delegation happen! However, registering and communicating about those changes in advance helps us all to avoid confusion. If someone from your congregation's delegation changes, please make sure to let us know. This is especially critical if an alternate or substitute is not on your Certificate of Lay Delegates. If this is the case, you can revise your Certificate of Lay Delegates right up to Convention by emailing Elizabeth Vang .
Alternates and visitors do not vote at Convention (unless an alternate formally takes the place of a registered delegate, by reporting to and filling out the correct forms at the registration desk). However, it is wonderful to have alternates and visitors attend, as Convention is a time to learn and connect with others, and gather resources to take back to their congregations.
Pre-Convention Gathering 

Join the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin and the Rev. Anne Clarke for a pre-Convention workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McClellan Conference Center. 

Whether you're in a small church with limited resources, or in a larger place looking for a way to help your community find and/or build its collective voice, this is the workshop that will enable you to deepen your community of practice, through the shared creation of sound and silence. With simple chants and global songs, led by composer Ana Hernandez, we'll have a day of transformation and deep fun. 

The event is free, and lunch will be provided.  Register here.

Speaking of Convention, all diocesan youth are invited for Convention overnight at Trinity Cathedral. More information is available  here.
Bishop's Visitation Schedule 
  • Oct. 22 - Christ the King, Quincy 
  • Oct. 29 - St. Luke's, Auburn
  • Nov. 19 - St. Paul's, Healdsburg 
  • Nov. 26 - St. Augustine's, Rocklin 
The Bishop's full 2017-2018 visitation schedule is available here.
Pathways 2018 - Applications Now Being Accepted

Pathways 2018 will take us to Sonoma County where we will explore matters of social and eco-justice as we journey to the ocean, visit historical sites of immigration in the Bay Area, and meet   with people in these communities who are engaging in the work of reconciling us and creation to God.

We hope that congregations will consider ways to help support this trip financially and in other ways; we will offer scholarships and other support with the goal of making this trip possible for everyone who wishes to participate. Please be in touch with the Rev. Sarah Quinney ( sarah@norcalepiscopal.org) if the cost is a barrier.
Dates: June 24-30, 2018
Location: Sonoma County 
Participants: Those finishing grades 7-12
Young adult leaders: Ages 18-30
Cost: $500 per participant ( $450 early regi stration discount by Dec. 15 & deposit of $50 due by Dec. 15

Apply online as a youth participant  here. (Email Rev. Sarah for a hard copy)
Apply online as a adult/young adult leader  here
You may download a Pathways flyer  here. Please post in your parish and/or relay this information in your parish bulletin.
This Saturday: River City Food Bank Open House

River City Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Thomas said she hopes everyone will come to their open house.  Light refreshments will be available.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1-3 p.m. 
Where:  The Center at St. Matthew's, 2300 Edison Ave., Sacramento 
RSVP:  Laura Garcia by emailing   lgarcia@rivercityfoodbank.org or call 916.217.1951. 
Interim Rector for St. Mary's, Napa: Vanessa Glass

Vanessa Glass 2016
F rom the Vestry and People's Warden Ted Migdal: "I am 
very happy to introduce you to our new Interim Rector, the Rev. Vanessa Glass. She will begin her ministry at St. Mary's on Nov. 20. The members of the Vestry are very excited to have her lead us through the transition process." Read more about the Rev. Glass.

Canon Stephen Carpenter's last mass at St. Mary's will be Oct. 29, with a reception after the 10 a.m. service. 
A local "kid" and graduate of Napa High School, he returned to Napa in 1983 to become St. Mary's  rector.  
Trinity Cathedral Art Show - "Light Out of Darkness"

Trinity Cathedral's national juried exhibition entitled "Light Out of Darkness" continues through Oct. 26, with viewing times on Tuesday through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and by appointment at  Beatnik Studios, 723 S Street in Sacramento.  For more information call 916.400.4281 or email  art@beatnik-studios.com .
Four Week Course at Trinity Cathedral: Oct. 26-Nov. 16

Taught by Morey Lloyd, this four week class at Trinity Cathedral is designed to look back to 1517 and study Luther's dynamic use of the written word. In addition, the class will explore the unsettling influence of conscience to see the power of searching for the truth that sets all free, while also reflecting on today's struggles of advancing the Gospel for a new age.

Attendees will write a new Thesis for a better witness to the truth of a New Heaven and a New Earth. All are welcome to celebrate and re-create a New Covenant with all of God's people. More information here.
All Souls Day Creative Retreat at Incarnation - Oct. 28

The urge to honor and remember is long and strong in the human spiritual  story.   Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe in a day of art and meditation and community building on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at Incarnation, Santa Rosa

Sponsored by Incarnation's Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts, the morning will be filled with story telling of saints old and new. Each person will make a decorative icon on a wooden plaque. Lisa will bring images of saints to use or you can bring photos of someone who has passed that you would like to honor.   To complete the day together, everyone will assemble a beautiful Dia De los Muertos Altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community. 

Registration is $35; you may register here. For more information, visit Incarnation's website (scroll down). 
Choral Evensong & Organ Recital at St. John's, Chico

Please mark your calendars for St. John's free choral evensong and organ recital celebrating All Saints' Day on  Sunday, Nov. 5 , at  4 p.m.  The adult choir will honor all saints, known and unknown, with works by Rodney Hansen, Robert Lehman and Michael Sitton.

Following the Evensong, St. John's David Rothe will present a short concert featuring works by D. Buxtehude, H. Scheidemann, J. S. Bach, J.C. Bach and H. Purcell. A reception will follow in the Parish Life Center. 
Daughters of the King Fall Assembly - Nov. 11

The Order of the Daughters of the King invite you to attend the Diocesan Fall Assembly on Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m at St. Augustine's, Rocklin. Rise Against Hunger meal packaging is planned  for the activity; wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Registration and morning refreshments will be offered from 9 - 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested donations for the luncheon is $5.  Please make your reservations by Oct. 20 ; email Sharon Mershon
Keep in Touch with Province VIII

The Province VIII Executive Committee has a brand new electronic newsletter in order to expand our communication throughout the province and share ideas, resources, and opportunities. Sign up  here  to learn more about what's happening in other dioceses throughout the province. 

Upcoming Province Vlll events:
  • Nov. 9-11 | Provincial Deacons' Conference: To Set the Captive Free | Reno, Nevada | Registration at office@episcopalnevada.org.
  • Nov. 15-17 | Province VIII Leadership Conference | Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA | For information, contact Barbara Schafer at bschafer12@cox.net
  • Nov. 17-19 | Called to Be... A Safe Place for All of God's People | Three day revival with PB Curry hosted by San Joaquin in Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. | Free Admission; Registration required.
Children's Education Conference - Jan. 16-18

Join the All Our Children National Network in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 16-18 for a national, ecumenical event focusing the church's attention on the urgency of quality public education for all children. The event will focus on specific steps you and your congregation can take to deepen relationships, grow your impact in your community, and live out your Christian mission through local partnerships, action, and service.

The three day gathering will include informative, interactive workshops and plenaries led by practicing educators, experienced community leaders, and hands-on researchers, including a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Learn more here .
Church Leadership Conference - March 2-4

The Church Leadership Conference is an annual gathering of vestry members and congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection and formation. The conference will be March 2-4 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Speakers and presenters will address core needs in strategic leadership, financial planning and creative communications. 

For more information and registration,  click here
From the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations is seeking an intern to provide research, policy, and administrative support during the Spring of 2018. This policy and research internship provides the intern with opportunities to learn and practice the skills of policy research engagement. More information is available here.  

Other news:

Seminary of the Southwest helps smooth the path to becoming a military chaplain

The crisis continues for Puerto Rico, and so do efforts toward relief, and then, recovery

I f you have a news story or event of interest to others in the diocese, or if you would like assistance with your church or ministry communications, contact Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director at lori@norcalepiscopal.org , 916-442-6918, ext. 226.