News for the week of Oct. 29, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Donate to Disaster Relief; 100% of your donation will go towards disaster relief, distributed by the clergy at their discretion. Donate at this link: bit.ly/NorCalDisasterRelief 

  • 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 at this link: bit.ly/1box1child

  • Diocesan elections for General Convention deputies will happen at Diocesan Convention. You can get to know the candidates by viewing their videos here: bit.ly/2021GCDeputyVideos
Disruptive evacuations and power outages
The Rev. Dr. Daniel London celebrated Eucharist assisted by the Ven. Pam Gossard
at the candlelit service at Christ Church, Eureka, on Sunday during the power outage.
This weekend our diocese experienced a second round of power outages, then, in a quick turn of events, evacuations in the possible path of the Kincade Fire. The Office of the Bishop disaster response team mobilized to empower and resource the local clergy and laity. Canon Andrea and Kati Braak were on the phone coordinating and connecting local teams to do the work of making sure that connections to people were being made and that they were safe.

While the power outages impact many in our diocese, the evacuations affected five churches who closed on Sunday: St. Paul’s, Healdsburg; St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol; St. Luke’s, Calistoga; St. Patrick's, Kenwood; and Incarnation, Santa Rosa. Led by their clergy, these congregations quickly packed up their registers and records, as well as their historic churchware and vestments, closed their churches and moved to safe ground. Upon arriving at their final destinations, the staff and leadership of the churches began calling through their membership rosters to make sure all were safe. Other churches just outside the evacuation zone are prepared and waiting, in case the mandatory evacuation zone is extended. At the time of publication, no church buildings have been touched by the fire.
  
As we mentioned, many of us are without power. Power outages were announced and carried out very quickly this weekend with the power company citing the severe winds and conditions as the reason. We recognize that this compromises most of our diocese. 

Bishop Megan sent a pastoral message out to the diocese this week addressing these situations. In it she said noted that she and the Office of the Bishop, as well as the whole diocese are standing with our friends in Christ. She encouraged all to make sure that they are taking care of themselves by activating a support system that may involve clergy, counselors and care groups. She invited us to share our feelings and to understand that what we are feeling is a normal part of dealing with disaster. “I know the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, has walked every painful path ahead of us,” she said. “He is called the man of sorrows. Because we are his followers and he walks with us still, we can affirm to you: We see you, and we stand with you.” You can read all of Bishop Megan's message here.

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is strong as we stand together: deanery to deanery, church to church, and person to person. Let us pray together in our homes or in the homes of our hosts; whether lighted or dark:  

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, we may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

BCP 832 
Give those affected by disaster the gift of choice
Agency. Most of us have a great deal of choice our lives. We make decisions and choose “things” based on the agency that we have. Fire rips agency from those that it affects. Decisions are made by others: where they can be, how they get there, and how long they have to stay away from their chosen place. 

We can help those who are affected by fire to have some agency in their lives by giving the gift of money and/or gift cards. These gifts give people who are under evacuation orders the ability, the agency, to choose what they need: groceries, clothing, and maybe even their desired toothpaste.

Please give generously with the knowledge that your gift is the gift of choice and of support. You can make an online donation here; 100% of your donation will go towards disaster relief, distributed by the clergy at their discretion. Here is information about gift cards and checks.  
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Top 10 reasons to attend convention for non-delegates; registration deadline extended to Oct. 31
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!

One very exciting reason is that visitors can attend convention and hear Mary Parmer speak about her Invite*Welcome*Connect (I*W*C) ministry. There are two ways to hear Mary speak:

  • Register as a visitor ($20, there is no late fee for visitor registration), which includes admission for all three days of convention and lunch on Friday, Nov. 8. Mary Parmer will address Diocesan Convention on Friday (11/8) at 10 a.m., and lead a practical I*W*C workshop at 1:30 p.m. as described below.

-OR-

  • For free, you can attend just the 1:30 - 3 p.m. I*W*C workshop with Mary Parmer. The floor of convention will open up after lunch, and you can join your church's I*W*C group at their table and work on practical exercises guided by Mary Parmer. Lunch is not included with this option.

Read our top 10 reasons below and register for convention by Thursday, Oct. 31!
General Convention Deputy Nominee 90-second videos
We invited each General Convention Deputy nominee to create a 90 second video sharing a little about themselves and why they would make a good deputy. We believe this will help the voters at convention get to know the nominees a bit more tangibly.

You can watch the video by clicking on the image below or use this link: bit.ly/2021GCDeputyVideos
Bring banners for Convention Eucharist
Each congregation is asked to bring a banner and stand, and designate someone to carry the banner, for the opening procession at our Convention Eucharist on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Banner bearers should plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to put the stand in place and prepare for the procession. Please label the underside of your stand with your congregation’s name and city.

Clergy and delegates are welcome to march (unvested) behind your banner or simply take seats, as you prefer.
1 Box + 1 Church = 1 Child: Donate and feed a child for a year
Diocesan Convention 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 QR 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
The wait is over! Order Bishop Megan's official portraits now
The official portraits of Bishop Megan have been selected and are now available for order from the photographer. Two poses are available in multiple sizes. You can order just the photograph or have it framed as well. Please click here to download the order form.
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
Choral Evensong and Concert for All Saints Sunday: Nov. 3 at All Saints, Sacramento
Celebrate All Saints’ Sunday at a Choral Evensong at All Saints in Sacramento. Following the service, there will be a recital by the Orchard String Duo, a sister-brother ensemble playing harp and classical guitar. Aden Eva Barbuta is principal harpist for Sacramento Youth Symphony; her brother Andrew Barbuta plays in Sacramento Guitar Society Classical Guitar Orchestra. A reception after the concert will welcome the young artists. A free will offering will be collected.

When: All Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m.
Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 2076 Sutterville Rd., Sacramento
Contact: John Miller, info@allsaintssacramento.org, 916-455-0643
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 the Cathedral has organized a parallel tour accompanying the choir on tour and taking day trips along the way. Learn more here.

The expected cost is about $2,000 a person, plus airfare. Attendees will travel and stay with the choir, but while the choir rehearses, attendees 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@yahoo.com.
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.