OCTOBER 2,  2018
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Nominations reopened for diocesan offices

Looking to be in a position to affect change in the diocese? There's still time to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Standing Committee or the Board of Trustees. Both clergy and lay positions are available. 

Elective Offices to be Filled: 
 
Standing Committee: 2 clergy (four-year term and one-year term) 
Standing Committee: 2 lay (four-year term and two-year term) 
Board of Trustees: Either clergy or lay (2 three-year terms)

Want to learn more? You can visit the nomination section of our website, or e-mail convention@norcalepiscopal.org.

The due date for filing nominations during the second filing time is Oct. 24 . 
Registration for Convention is open


The annual Diocesan Convention will be held in Redding on Nov. 9-10, 2018. 
The Pre-Convention packet is available on our  website.

Convention registration is open. For those who volunteer (a minimum of four hours; delegates are excluded from this), registration is free. 

Pre-Convention Gathering to Focus on Baptismal Ministry
Our third Pre-Convention Gathering topic is " Following God's Call: From Church Chores to Ministry."  How can our church communities cultivate and support ongoing vocational discernment for brand new and long-time leaders? How can we cultivate spiritual practices that sustain each person's baptismal ministry inside and outside the walls of our churches?

Join us for a morning of learning, discussion, and discernment about these questions.  The event is free, and lunch will be provided.  Learn more here.
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • Oct. 21 - All Saints', Sacramento 
  • Oct. 28 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
  • Nov. 18 - Grace, St. Helena 
The Bishop's full 2018 visitation schedule is available here
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND OUR DIOCESE
Cristosal Global School: Travel to El Salvador in Feb. 2019


The Rev. Amy Denney Zuniga, Rector of Grace, St. Helena, and Vice President of the board of Cristosal, is co-leading a group to El Salvador Feb. 17-23, 2019, to join a Cristosal's  Global School Seminar on "Applying a Human Rights Approach to Social Justice."  Come learn with Salvadorans about how to address the root causes and build sustainable solutions to poverty, violence, and injustice. Through participatory learning, we will engage with experts working in the field, conduct field visits, dialogue with civic leaders, and share in inter-cultural exchange.  

The cost is $995, plus airfare, and the deadline to register is Nov. 18.  Want to learn more? An info session, which you can attend in person or via Zoom, will be held at Grace, St. Helena, Oct. at 7 p.m. For questions, to RSVP for the info session, or to register, email  globalschool@cristosal.org .
Sebastopol awarded check for aiding in 2017 fire relief

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At the September meeting of the Sebastopol City Council, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins presented a check to the City of Sebastopol to reimburse four organizations for aid provided in response to last year's fire storms. 

Deacon Kate Sefton accepted a check on behalf of St. Stephen's, Sebastopol; this parish was able to provide shelter for 11 days for fire evacuees, many of whom were elders or needed quiet and accessible accommodations. Also recognized were the Ceres Community Project, Community & Disaster Response Team, and Sebastopol Community Cultural Center.
New Priest-in-Charge called in Fairfield

Grace, Fairfield, is pleased to announce that it has called the Rev. Karen Freeman to be Priest-in-Charge. She will conduct her first service on Oct. 7.

A California native, Rev. Karen graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  Shortly thereafter, she moved to England, where, through her involvement with the local Anglican churches, felt a call to ordained ministry. In 2009 she graduated with honors from the University of Leeds, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Pastoral Studies.

Her latest position was as the Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church in Birkenhead, England. Rev. Karen  is married with two children, and she intends to make her home in Fairfield as she begins her new ministry.
Why the orange stoles?

St. Patrick's, Kenwood, took part in the nationwide "Concert Across America to Prevent Gun Violence" during its services Sunday, Sept. 23. 

This is the third year St. Patrick's has participated in this, which is sponsored by Faiths United, an interfaith effort of over 50 denominations, groups and religions.
Orange is the color hunters wear for safety and to be noticed. Fifteen years ago, friends of high school honor student Hadiya Pendleton started wearing orange to honor Hadiya after she was killed by random gunfire in a Chicago park one week, just having performed at the presidential inaugural celebration. Since then, orange is the color designating the effort to end gun violence. At St. Patrick's, the congregation sang a special hymn written for the occasion, prayed a Lament in Response to Gun Violence, used the prayer/collect for the Human Family,  included Prayers for Forgiveness, and celebrated with music of peace and encouragement. 

Pictured are the Rev. Doyle Dietz Allen, Rector, and the Rev. Marcia Tyriver.
Service of Prayer, Lamentation in Santa Rosa - Sunday, Oct. 7


Join the parishioners of Incarnation, Santa Rosa, Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m., for a service of prayer and lamentation to commemorate the 2017 wildfires. 

All are welcome to attend, and you may bring an object or photo for a prayer altar.
CDSP Alumni Convocation and Eucharist - Thursday, Oct. 11

The annual  Church Divinity School of the Pacific Alumni Convocation and Eucharist takes place at All Saints Chapel in Berkeley on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 5:45 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend. The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian '88, priest-in-charge of St. Paul's, Bakersfield, and professor emeritus of Religious Studies at CSU, Bakersfield, will receive an honorary degree at the service. 

The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, a CDSP trustee, will preach, and the Rt. Rev. Tom Breidenthal '81, also a trustee, will preside. Following the service, dinner will be served in Denniston Commons.
 
Please  register here. The deadline to RSVP for dinner is  Monday, Oct. 8. Please contact  Jamie Nelson at  jnelson@cdsp.edu , 510-204-0733, for questions.
Work party at St. John's, Lakeport  - Saturday, Oct. 13

St. John's, Lakeport, is in need of some 'sprucing up,' including brass polishing, garden maintenance and window washing. The number of volunteers for each task has been determined: 2 brass polishers, 4 gardeners, 4 window washers. In addition, some equipment is needed; including a gas powered hedge trimmer and window washing equipment that can be used on a ladder to reach the second story. 

As most of the work will be outside, please bring protective covering as it can be quite hot during the day. If you'd like to help, please bring a sack lunch, and sign up here.
Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests, Friday, Oct. 19 & 26

Friday, Oct. 19, at  7 p.m., Thomas Robert Gartin will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Augustine's, Rocklin,  1800 Wildcat Blvd.   A reception will follow. Clergy are invited to vest -- red stoles, please.

Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Grant McNeill Bakewell will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, 2620 Capitol Ave. A reception will follow. Clergy are invited to vest -- red stoles, please.
Rise Against Hunger events this fall - Oct. 14 and Nov. 15

Rise Against Hunger is an organization dedicated to addressing food scarcity across the globe and in disaster-affected areas of the US by distributing food packets. Rise Against Hunger's meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
 
On Sunday, Oct. 14, St. James, Yuba City, will be teaming up with a local church  to pack 30,000 meals. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church in Yuba City. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m., and the packing will be from 1-3 p.m.  Contact the church at stjames@succeed.net for more information, or to participate.
 
On Thursday, Nov.15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Faith, Cameron Park, will host a Rise Against Hunger event, teaming up with other churches of faith in the area, where they will assemble 10,000 food packages. There will also be a potluck at 5:30 p.m. People of all ages can sign up to help here.
Trinity, Folsom, is selling a folding machine

Trinity, Folsom, is selling a Duplo DF-755 folding machine that was purchased in Dec. 2017 and was used for only 5 months. The church paid $3000 for it, and it is in perfect condition.  If interested, please contact trinity@trinityfolsom.org.
Fall programs at the Bishop's Ranch 

Guardian Angels, Goddesses & Spirit Guides: Nov. 3-4 --  Come make your own custom icon, saint or spirit! Perhaps you need your very own Patron Saint of Serenity or Goddess of I Won't Take it Anymore. Perhaps a Spirit Guide to Adventure? Whatever you need-serious or silly, meditative or magical-you can create during this two-day mixed media workshop.

Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama: Nov. 10 --  Use breath and meditation to deepen your understanding and appreciation of yoga. Our focus will be on choosing what opens your heart, supports your health, and uncovers your inner wisdom. You will be guided and encouraged to move past your resistance into a state of peace, clarity, and joy.
 
Learn more about these fall programs and others at the  Bishop Ranch website.
News from the wider Church
 
Episcopal Church
Applications are being accepted for Episcopal delegates to represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 11th - 22nd, 2019. The priority theme for this meeting is: "Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls." The Episcopal delegation will consist of one delegate from each province of the Episcopal Church as well as a delegate from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. Learn more.

More news are available through the Episcopal News Service.

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