News for the week of Oct. 22, 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: bit.ly/1box1child

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

  • Invite*Welcome*Connect founder Mary Parmer will be at Diocesan Convention as a special speaker. Learn more here: bit.ly/DioConIWC
Bishop Megan and Office of the Bishop crew on the road for regional visit
Bishop Megan, Canon Andrea, Kati, and Jay join in a
bountiful potluck with the Rev. Seth Kellerman and the Ven. Gary Brown
The team toured Interfaith Food Ministry in Grass Valley, met the staff and saw food
distribution first hand
Bishop Megan led Evening Prayer at Emmanuel, Grass Valley, to end our day together
Bishop Megan and the Rev. Brad Helmuth, Rector, led the leadership at Holy Trinity, Nevada City, in conversation
During the Holy Trinity, Nevada City, church tour, we were treated to a musical offering
on the organ
Bishop Megan and the team met with the Rev Matt Warren, Vicar, and the Mission Committee at
Christ the King, Quincy
The congregation of Christ the King, Quincy, gathered for a barbecue potluck and
table conversations led by Canon Andrea
Last week on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bishop Megan set out with three of her staff: The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, Canon to the Ordinary; Kati Braak, Director of Operations; and Jay Elmquist, Director of Communications, to spend time at three churches in the Sierra mountains. While at each of the churches, we met with lay leadership and had tours of ministries and conversations about ministry happening in each place. The evening was a time of gathering the people of the church together for food and table conversations, led by Canon Andrea, about what was happening in that place. We ended the evening in a worship time and a blessing from the bishop.

On Wednesday, the traveling group spent time with the Rev. Seth Kellerman and the people of Emmanuel, Grass Valley. Stops were made at the Interfaith Food Ministry, Helping Hands Nurturing Center and the church itself. Lunch was pasties! Who knew the Cornish settled in Grass Valley?

Thursday found us at Holy Trinity, Nevada City, and with their rector, the Rev. Brad Helmuth. We spent time touring the church facilities and talking about the ways people were involved in ministry to the homeless before we had a sandwich and salad lunch. Brad took us on a tour of the city and the Empire Mine.

We drove Friday morning to Quincy, through the forest, mountains and meadows of the Sierra. When we arrived, we met with the Rev. Matt Warren, Vicar, and the Mission Committee of Christ the King, Quincy. While we were meeting, we could smell the goodness of the barbecue that was being prepared for our dinner.

Saturday, following our participation in the Convocation of the Sierra Deanery, led by the Very Rev. Mary Hauck, we said our goodbyes and traveled home via the Feather River Canyon. It was a beautiful ending to an amazing trip.
Bishop Megan at St. Luke's, Galt
Bishop Megan "hears" the testimony of Kim Harrell as the Rev Virginia McNeely, Deacon at All Saints', Sacramento, looks on
The words of confirmation are spoken as Bishop Megan, the Rev. Barbara Nixon, Vicar, the Rev. Virginia McNeely and the congregation laid hands on Kim
Kim signs the epistle as it is read from the lectern
Bishop Megan finished out a week of visiting by making a Visitation to St. Luke's, Galt. One highlight of the day was the confirmation of Kim Harrell. Not only did Kim sign the epistle as it was read, she also gave her testimony before she was confirmed.

Kim said she grew up in the church, but as a deaf person, she didn't get very much out of it. There was so much confusion in the language of the church, but especially when she was asked to 'listen to the Holy Spirit' and to respond when she heard the knock on the door to her heart. She couldn't hear a knock and therefore didn't know how to respond. Recently in a Bible study, someone asked her how she knew someone was at her door at home, and she told them about the light that is over her door that illuminates when someone "rings" her doorbell. She suddenly realized that the the light over the door to her heart was on, and she opened her heart and invited Jesus into her life.

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of your servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the
changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BCP 832 #60

Special thanks to Dr. Philip Traquair for the photos and reporting from this weekend's visit.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Top 10 reasons to attend convention for non-delegates
We hear this question all the time: why should I attend Diocesan Convention if I'm not a lay delegate? Well, we have several answers for you! This year, we have many opportunities for connection, learning and yes, fun!

Read our top 10 reasons below and register for convention by Friday, Oct. 25.
Seeking Lay Ministers for Diocesan Convention Eucharist
Calling all lay ministers! Please consider volunteering to serve at our Diocesan Convention Eucharist, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento.

We have enough vergers already but are still looking for communion ministers, choir members, ushers, and acolytes.

In addition: for anyone who's been recently baptized, or renewed their covenant of baptism through confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation--we would especially like to invite you to join Bishop Megan in sprinkling the congregation with baptismal water at the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

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 and 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 only costs $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: bit.ly/1box1child.

Please remember to type your church's name in the memo line of the donation form.
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 dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning)
Contact: The Rev. Kathy Hopner, khopner@trinitycathedral.org
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 benefits@norcalepiscopal.org.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Nov. 3: Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
  • Nov. 17: St. Andrew's, Corning
  • Nov. 24: St. Matthew's, Sacramento

See more visitation dates here.
NEWS AND EVENTS IN AND BEYOND THE DIOCESE
Friends of the Trinity Cathedral Choir Tour of England next summer: Interested in coming along?
The Trinity Cathedral choir will be singing in Northern England next summer, July 24 to Aug. 3. In years past we have organized a parallel tour accompanying the choir on tour and taking day trips along the way. 

The choir will be singing at the Beverly Minster and then at Durham Cathedral, which is among the holiest of sites in our Anglican tradition. Durham is also the perfect jumping off point for day trips to places like York Minster (the largest cathedral in the UK) and Scotland, including Edinburgh.

We are still developing the itinerary, but stops Alnwick Castle in Scotland, used in the Harry Potter films, and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. We expect this to cost about $2,000 a person, plus airfare. We will travel and stay with the choir, but while they rehearse, we will play. This tour is limited to 20 people, so if you are interested or want more information please contact Interim Dean Jim Richardson at revjimr@trinitycathedral.org. We will have an informational meeting at Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:15 a.m.
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
Cost: Suggested donation of $20
Contact: Kindly RSVP to Jan at (530) 756-0444 or jan@churchofstmartin.org
Benefit concert for Camp Fire recovery: Oct. 26 in Chico
**Songwriting workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26 is postponed

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. This event is at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue, Chico.
Harry Potter Day at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco: Nov. 16
This will be a magical day as Grace Cathedral turns into the Hogwarts school and children ages 6 and up (and their parents) come together to explore the roots of Anglican faith found in every chapter of the seven books. Bring your friends in the Potter fandom and have your wands ready for a spectacular day.

Check in begins at 9 a.m. followed by morning prayer at 10. Then we’ll divide up by age for classes including Wand Making & Dueling, Potions, Quidditch, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. We end with Eucharist at 2:30 p.m.
 
Youth registration is here.
Adult chaperone registration is here.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco
Cost: $40 for the first child (per family), $30 for the second sibling, $20 for the third. Adult chaperones are free.
Contact: Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers a new resource on supporting asylum seekers
Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering a new resource for individuals and congregations who wish to welcome and support asylum seekers. Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations, is a free resource designed for congregations who wish to supporting people seeking asylum. The toolkit will be updated as new resources, case studies, and information become available. Go here to request the toolkit. These resources will be emailed to you. 
Creation Care Grants now available
The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism is now accepting applications for its 2019 Grant Cycle. The task force seeks to support and expand The Episcopal Church’s loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with Creation. At The Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2018, the convening body allocated funds to this task force to support local and regional eco-ministry efforts.

Application information is available here. The deadline is Nov. 3.
2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; theme announced and contest for students
The 2020 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) has been selected as “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (Acts 28:2). Read more about how the theme was chosen here.

A packet of resources that churches can use for service/prayers during that week is available for download here.

In addition, there is a essay/multimedia contest students can participate in for cash prizes. The submission should promote the theme of "unusual kindness" and ecumenical understanding. The deadline is Dec. 31. Learn more here.
To submit news/events, please email communications@norcalepiscopal.org. The submission deadline is the Wednesday before the Tuesday publication.