May 23, 2023

In this edition of ENews:

  • Clergy of the Diocese gather for annual conference
  • Bishop Megan Visits Ascension, Vallejo
  • 2023 Women's Retreat a success
  • Best Skills, Best Churches Registration Now Open!
  • Stewardship For All Conference Registration is Open

Around the Diocese

Clergy of the Diocese gather for Annual Conference

Last week, many clergy of the diocese gathered in Healdsburg at the Bishop's Ranch for a time of learning, fellowship, worship, and renewal. The theme for the Conference was Being Well | Well Being, with several workshops led by the The Rev. Dr. Vicki Johnson, a highly-regarded clergy leader and wellness coach. The retreat emphasized the importance of self-care. Judging by the many smiles in the photos above, it was a success!

Bishop Megan Visits Ascension, Vallejo

Top Left: Bishop Megan, Fr. Bayani Rico, and Deacon Cookie Clark lead worship Bottom Left: Bishop Megan and Canon Cookie Clark with Fr. Bayani Ricos' family Right: Bishop Megan with Fr. Justo - a 92 year old priest in the Philippine Independent Church (which is in full communion with the Episcopal Church). Fr. Junto was one of three missionaries sent to Filipino communities in Hawaii years ago.

Last Sunday, Bishop Megan visited Ascension Church in Vallejo. Assisted by Deacon Canon Cookie Clark and Rector The Rev. Bayani Rico, the bishop preached, confirmed and received new members, and celebrated the Eucharist. Her visit included a wonderful luncheon with the congregation.

Many thanks to the folks at Ascension for their warm welcome and hospitality.

Canon Julie Wakelee Visits Christ the King, Quincy

Last Sunday, the Rev. Julie Wakelee, Canon to the Ordinary, visited with the congregation of Christ the King, Quincy. While there, Canon Julie preached and celebrated the Eucharist. The service was followed by a time of fellowship with parishioners and beginning discussions about their role in the FaithX Vitality project. Many thanks for your warm welcome and hospitality!

2023 Women's Retreat at Mercy Center a success

The 2023 Women’s Retreat hosted by Trinity Cathedral in partnership with Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health “Being Embodied Bodies” was held over the weekend at the magnificent Mercy Center Auburn. Thanks to our wonderful facilitator Marilyn McEntyre, author and member of St. Michaels Carmichael for spending time with us. 

And much gratitude to those on our team: Susan Wahlstrom | Faith Cameron Park, Sheryl Trainor | Our Savior, Placerville and from Trinity Cathedral Kelly Mieske, Dale Reinhard, Eileen Harvey Qualset, Lin Crane, Jill Kelly, Gayann White, Amy Dierlam and Mary Smith.

The retreat was joined by women from Faith Cameron Park, St. Luke’s Auburn, St. Luke’s Woodland, Our Savior, Placerville, Trinity Folsom, Center of Praise Sacramento, St. Michael’s Carmichael, Unity, Christ Lutheran Church, Visalia, and Trinity Cathedral. It was a joyful, spirit filled time.

Explore Sacred Scotland

September 21- October 4, 2023

A pilgrimage with the Rev. Sally Hubbell and Joe Hattick through Scotland and Northumbria.

Download more information here

Office of the Bishop

Best Skills, Best Churches Registration Now Open!

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is excited to once again offer the Best Skills, Best Churches program for clergy and lay leaders! 

This exciting Continued Education program is designed to meet the professional needs of leaders of nonprofit and public organizations. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

For information on cost, graduation requirements, and policies, click here.

Register Now

Workshop Registration is Now Open

Come learn about stewardship resources from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), ECF360 (a subscription-based service that includes customizable resources for annual giving campaigns, planned giving, and capital campaigns) and others. We will also have the chance to hear some success stories from other congregations around the diocese.

Saturday, June 10 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Attendance is by Zoom Only, Cost is $10

Register Here

Missioner for Church Life

Resources for Pride Month

Norcal Pride Events for just about every county in our diocese, so be sure to check out what’s happening near you and consider participating in some local events.

Pride Month Resources

If you and your congregation take part in any Pride events, be sure to use the hashtag #EDNCPride in your social media posts!

Episcopal Foundation of Northern California

$100,000 Foundation Grant Fund – Now Accepting Applications!

The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California has joyfully committed to continue our $100,000 Foundation Grant program available to churches and missions throughout our Diocese in 2023. Grants range from a few thousand dollars to over $10K. Size and number of grants awarded depends on the number of qualified applications.

Click here for application instructions!

Here are some of the projects the Episcopal Foundation has funded over the last two years:

  • New refrigerator for meals program
  • Replace deteriorating playground equipment
  • Upgrade audio, new office equip
  • Upgrade/enhance online worship
  • Ceramics project for community kids
  • Community garden
  • Organ Education Field Trips
  • Opening Doors thru Music Year 2
  • Upgrade AV equip
  • Backyard Beautification
  • Great sign project
  • Good News garden
  • Local media ads, etc.
  • Godly Play
  • Stephen Ministry support

From the Wider Church

Episcopal Church Women of Province VIII are excited to announce our in-person Annual Retreat and Business Meeting at the beautiful Wasatch Center at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah in Salt Lake City June 23 – 25, 2023.

Meet with representatives from Province VIII UTO, CPC, GFS, DOK, and other ministries who will offer guidance, resources, and inspiration. 

Participate in two interactive sessions of Leading With Heart, the circular leadership model developed by Province VIII ECW, collaborating with Episcopal women from across the country. All participants will receive resources and ongoing support through the Leading with Heart web page.

Local presentations include St. Elizabeth’s Art Empowers Youth program and the Good Shepherd Ogden Youth Impact Program. The full agenda is posted on

All Episcopal Church Women in Province VIII are welcome and invited to attend. Earlybird Registration cost is $175 per person for both days and includes dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Cost is $200 after June 6th. 

Accommodations: The Plaza Hotel – Reserve rooms using this phone number: 801-606-2410

$95.00 per night (2 people) $105 (3-4 people) Special rates through the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.

Event Registration

Questions? Contact Christine at


Healing Prayer Bible Study and Fellowship | Order of St. Luke

First Saturday of the Month | 10:00 am on Zoom

We pray, study and learn together. The group is currently studying The Grace Outpouring by Roy Goodwin.

Zoom link:

For more information call Elba White at 916 684 4015.

*In Case You Missed it…

Job Opportunities in The Diocese

Trinity Episcopal Church | Folsom seeks a full-time Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries (Lay Position).

Read the Position Description Here.

Saint Luke’s | Auburn is seeking a part-time Parish Mission Coordinator to assist the Clergy, Vestry and parishioners in the mission and management of the church. Read the Position Description Here.

Church of the Epiphany | Vacaville seeks a Part-time Organist/Music Director. View job description here. |

Clergy Openings in The Diocese

Trinity Episcopal Church | Folsom seeks a full-time Interim Rector. Trinity Folsom is an open and inclusive parish that cherishes traditional liturgy and classical Anglican music. We are Jesus-centered with fidelity to the Book of Common Prayer while maintaining inclusivity in our ministries. We anticipate this being a roughly 12-month position, ideally beginning late spring 2023.

Click here to read the full description. 

Church of the Epiphany | Vacaville seeks a 3/4 time Priest-in-charge.

View job description here. View the Epiphany Parish Profile here.

St. Clement's | Rancho Cordova is seeking a 3/4 time Priest-in-charge.

View the job description here. View St. Clement’s Parish Profile


For job descriptions or questions, please contact or call Cn. Julie at 916.442.6918 x 214

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