News for the week of Sept. 17, 2019
Three things from the Office of the Bishop

  • Early registration for Diocesan Convention closes Friday, Sept. 27! Register now to to avoid the late fee:

  • Bishop Megan now has an official Facebook page! See where she's travelling in the diocese and when she shares an important message. Like and follow here:

  • Episcopal Relief & Development needs your help as they respond to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Donate to their Hurricane Relief Fund here:
Bishop Megan visits St. Francis, Willits
From left: the Rev. Mary Fisher, the Rev. Margaret Fisher, the Rev. Betsy Bruneau, Bishop Megan, the Rev. Donnalee Hart, and Mike A’Dair, Acolyte.
Bishop Megan with parishioners at St. Francis.
Bishop Megan visited the congregation of St. Francis, Willits, on Sunday, Aug. 8. There, she preached and celebrated Eucharist, as well as blessed the Rev. Donnalee Hart, a deacon in our diocese, who is going to India. Rev. Donna is on a continued exploration of contemplative prayer and hopes to make a connection with The Church of South India in Kerela. The Church of South India is a member of the Anglican Communion.
Bishop Scott Meyer visits the Office of the Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Scott Meyer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas and Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, was in the Office of the Bishop a few weeks ago on a visitation with Bishop Megan and the staff. Bishop Scott is working in a coaching relationship with Bishop Megan as she learns what it is to be a bishop.

When a new bishop is elected, there is a coaching process that is put into place by an organization called the College for Bishops. This organization was started in 1993 to create a community in which a bishop could learn and be supported in the first three years of their episcopate and beyond. It begins with a 90-Day companion who walks from election through consecration with the new bishop-elect. The Rt. Rev. Jose A. McLoughlin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, fulfilled that role for Bishop Megan. He was also one of the principal consecrating bishops at Bishop Megan’s consecration. Once consecrated, a long-term coach is assigned, through a program called Living Our Vows, to assist and resource the new bishop. Bishop Scott is that coach for Bishop Megan. There are other programs that are a part of the College for Bishops, including support and collegiality for Dr. Philip Traquair, Bishop Megan’s husband. Read more about the College for Bishops here.

In addition to meeting one on one, the bishops sat down with the Bishop’s staff for a “get to know you” meeting. Canon Andrea facilitated team building exercises and a conversation about living and working in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Bishop Scott observed us at work, listened to each of us, and provided reflections and feedback as we shared. 
The Office of the Bishop staff works on a team-building exercise using tinker toys and collaboration.
Bishop Megan and her staff share thoughts about life in Northern California.
It was a joy to have someone from the larger church share our common life with us for a time and the shared experience of working in a vast, rural diocese. Bishop Megan said, “Thank you, Bishop Scott, for your collegial support, for the years of experience you bring to us, and for the commitment of your time.”

Sadly, just after Bishop Scott departed, the mass shootings happened in Midland and Odessa, cities in his diocese. Please pray for the people of Texas, specifically the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas, in the aftermath of this tragic event. Read Bishop Scott’s statement about the incident here.  
St. Luke's, Auburn welcomes the Rev. Brian Rebholtz as Rector
There was great joy as the clergy gathered together after the service. Pictured from L to R are: The Rev. Patricia Park, the Rev. Jana Branson, the Rt. Rev. Megan M. Traquair, the Rev. Brian Rebholtz, and the Rev. Bill Hefti.
Bishop Megan instituted the Rev. Brian Rebholtz as rector at  St. Luke's, Auburn on Aug. 31. It was a joyful celebration of their journey together. Rev. Brian was first their Priest-in-Charge and was recently elected their Rector.

Bishop Megan noted that the liturgy for the Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a New Rector from Enriching Our Worship 4, was especially rich as it used important symbols such as: the Lectern Bible presented at the readings, a prayer book brought at the Prayers of the People, and Eucharistic gifts offered at the Great Thanksgiving, as reminders to the Rector of his work among the people. She also mentioned that the reading of the Letter of Institution was significant, as it was "issued in the first year of my consecration."
Early registration for Convention closes Friday, Sept. 27
Early registration for Diocesan Convention in Sacramento closes Friday, Sept. 27! Please register by then to avoid the late fee.

For questions please email
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. For a written list of the Deanery Convocations, click here. Not sure which deanery you belong to? Find out here.
Bishop Megan's visitation schedule
  • Sept. 29: St. John's, Petaluma
  • Oct. 6: St. James, Lincoln
  • Oct. 13: St. Patrick's, Kenwood
  • Oct. 20: St. Luke's, Galt

See more visitation dates here.
Christ Church, Eureka, begins 9 month celebration of church's 150th anniversary
Congratulations to Christ Church, Eureka, for 150 years of ministry and service! The church is celebrating their 150th anniversary for the next nine months with a number of special events.

Their first celebration event was on the Feast of the Cross, Sept. 15, but a few days prior to the service, the church experienced vandalism on the church property. The small fire at the church entrance "initially felt like a serious setback, but there is actually much reason to give thanks, since the damage could have been much, much worse," said the Rev. Dr. Daniel London.

In addition, Rev. Daniel said, "I am also thankful because I know we will bounce back from this stronger than ever and become ever more emboldened in our resolve to glorify God, follow Jesus Christ, and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit, as we begin our 150th year."

We are encouraged by Christ Church's ability to focus on moving forward and continuing their ministry. Read more about the resiliency and resolve with which Christ Church handled the incident here.
Camp Living Waters uses grant to provide five camp scholarships
Bishop Megan speaking to the youth at Camp Living Waters.
Camp Living Waters' theme this year was the saints.
This summer, Camp Living Waters was awarded a $1,000 grant from Humboldt Sponsors, which allowed five low-income youth to attend the camp free of cost. We are grateful to have a camp that not only loves their neighbor but pays for them to go to camp, too!
Join The Belfry Board
The Belfry is seeking new Board Members to serve a three (3) year term beginning immediately. Board members are each stewards of the organization, bringing their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Representing and advocating for The Belfry are critical roles. There are no specific professional, educational, or experiential requirements, but a passion for The Belfry’s ministries is a must! 

If you believe that Belfry Board service is right for you, please email our Executive Director, Emily Hyberg, at She will arrange a meeting to discuss the Board Responsibilities in more detail and to discuss how your particular abilities may suit this call.
Episcopal Migration Ministries webinar on U.S. immigration: Thursday, Sept. 19
“U.S. Immigration – The Basics” is a 50-minute overview of U.S. Immigration history, laws, and system. Whether you’re working with refugees, immigrants, the unauthorized, or you’re a curious citizen and want to understand U.S. Immigration – this webinar is for you.

When: Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time
Where: Online webinar; please register here.
International Day of Peace events in St. Helena & Sebastopol
On Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 - 8 p.m. at Grace, St. Helena , there will be a talk on the Central America refugee crisis. Learn more and register for this free event here .
On Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 - 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's, Sebastopol , there will be an interfaith service and presentation on how to take action for peace. Learn more about this free event here.
Gourmet fundraising dinner to honor immigrants: Sept. 27 in Healdsburg
Come enjoy "Cocina Mexicana," an elegant three course feast of Mexican regional dishes paired with fine Sonoma County wine. All the proceeds from this support St. Paul's Spanish language congregation and honor Mexicans and all immigrants in this troubled time of anti-immigrant sentiment.

When: Friday, Sept. 27, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: Iglesia San Pablo Episcopal, 209 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Cost: $60, can be purchased at St. Paul's, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Bo Simons,, 707-508-6202 
Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop at Trinity Cathedral: Sept. 28
Better Angels is a "bipartisan citizen's movement working to unify our divided nation."In this workshop, equal numbers of conservatives and liberals come together for structured conversations. The purpose of the Red /Blue workshop is to understand each other's point of view, not to argue with the other side or change someone's beliefs. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816
Contact: Shelley Mydans at
Job opportunities
Acting Operations Director at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento

Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena

Faculty/Field Placement Program Administrator at Church Divinity School of the Pacific
General Convention 2021: Application process opens for Worship Committee members
At the direction of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and in consultation with members of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, worship planning for General Convention 2021 began earlier this year. The Presiding Bishop has appointed the chair and two vice chairs of the Worship Committee, and applications are now being accepted for participation in the work of this committee.

The committee will be composed of three primary groups: “dreamers,” “designers,” and “implementers.” Dreamers will reflect the diverse and dynamic voice of the Church so that planning incorporates a wide range of liturgical and music possibilities rooted in the Episcopal tradition. Designers will harness the substantive reflections of the Dreamers and assist in shaping and planning the worship services for Convention. Implementers will carry out the plans for worship created and shaped by the work of the other two groups. Learn more about applying here.
Join Episcopal Relief & Development for ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE
ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE is a $3 million grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding the organization’s global programs, improving the lives of children up to age six. Episcopal Relief & Development invites individuals, congregations, and dioceses to join ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE by engaging in acts of love of their own. Learn more here.
Roanridge Trust Grants available for clergy and laity in small and rural communities
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church related organizations and institutions are invited to apply.
Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants are used for the "training of town and country ministry and rural Christian workers” of The Episcopal Church. They support creative models of leadership development and training of the laity and clergy in small towns and rural communities across The Episcopal Church. Awards generally range from $5,000 to $20,000. Learn more here.
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