Fires Update, Oct. 14

A prayer for the overwhelmed medical personnel:

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study 
and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of 
disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, 
that by their ministries the health of the community may be 
promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ 
our Lord.  Amen.

Check for the latest fire and evacuation information.

Still no word yet as to whether any Episcopal churches have been damaged by the fires. Several are in the danger zone.

Incarnation, Santa Rosa, has invited the congregation and clergy of St. Patrick's, Kenwood, to join them Sunday, and all clergy from both churches are invited to vest and share in the worship. Said Pastor Jim: "We will represent the fullness of the Episcopal Church everywhere! Please also know that people all over the world are praying for our community. Please join us if you can."

St. Andrew's in the Redwoods, Monte Rio, 15 miles west of the Tubb's Fire, is safe as of 7 p.m. Saturday, and "we will gather as usual ths Sunday and pray together for the safety and recovery of all affected by the catastrophe," said lay leader Leslie Benjamin.

Please support Episcopal Relief & Development's response to the wildfires in California by donating to the U.S. Disaster Fund and pray for all those impacted. 

Bishop Barry, Canon Andrea, Margaret Dunning,  and other clergy and staff are continuing to work closely with Episcopal Relief & Development. ER&D has approved a grant for the Diocese of Northern California's fire relief, and disbursement of that money will begin this week. If your church is sheltering or providing services for evacuees, firefighters, or those who have lost homes or livelihoods from the fire, please get in touch with the bishop's office and let us know what you need.

If you'd rather give within the diocese, d onations to Bishop Barry's discretionary fund can be made securely online at  the   diocese's website.  The bishop has begun disbursing funds to Grace, St. Helena, for assistance with gas and grocery cards, and other immediate needs. He visited the hard-working and hard-hit Incarnation, Santa Rosa, crew after attending convocation at Epiphany, Vacaville, and offered fire-relief financial help to them as well. He then went on to Petaluma to meet with Sunday's confirmands at St. John's. 

The Rev. Stephen Carpenter, St.Mary's, Napa, wrote: " Thanks to Dana Couey-Harmon, I got this satellite photo of the Angela Center property. As she said it looks like the Ursula building, Bruscia Hall, the Academy building survived the fire. Sr. Diane's home is gone as well as the gym and the Angela Center. I am sending this pic so we can better understand what happened and help wrap our minds around our loss! All will be well, but it is still ok to grieve or loss! Love and blessings to all! Ultreya!" The center, a beloved site of many Cursillos and retreats, left a note on its  website: "Due to the destruction caused by the Sonoma County Firestorm of October 2017, Angela Center is closed for the foreseeable future."

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