An invitation to give to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart…for God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7
Dear Friends in Christ,

It is with great joy that I write to invite you to join us for the 2019 Bishop's Partnership Appeal. This partnership is a collaborative year-end Appeal process that is designed to directly support the congregations and institutions of our diocese. Last year, a total of $15,000 was received in Appeal donations, 100% of which went directly to the designated recipients. 

This year’s Appeal presents ministries in four different areas. These groupings naturally arose from the requests that were made for inclusion earlier in the fall. You have opportunities to give in the areas of: 

  • Youth Campership and Young Adult Ministry
  • Feeding and Caring for Those in Need
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry

Over the past six years, many ministries in our diocese have received the benefits of the Partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California (EFNC). Some of the programs have diocesan-wide benefits; others invest in more localized efforts. The Appeal is an opportunity for each of us to support the ministries and organizations we believe in and to equip them for the future. When we give in this way, our Church becomes stronger; better able to reach out and engage in the work God calls us to do. 

The fact is that about one-third of all charitable contributions given in the U.S. are received between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. By participating in this Appeal, we are giving ourselves a way to choose the Church as recipient of our year-end giving. Our generous, service mind-set will fuel new ways to invite folks into what God is doing here in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

Will you join us? It is my deep hope that we will be partners in supporting work that invites, program that welcomes, and ministry that connects. 

In Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Megan M. Traquair
Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
If you would like to give to a specific ministry of the Appeal, please don’t forget to indicate your chosen ministry(s) in the note/memo line when you give.

Below are just a few of the ministries you support when you donate to the Bishop's Partnership Appeal. Our full list of ministries is here.
You may also choose to donate to the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California here (click "Donation to EFNC").
Youth Campership and Young Adult Ministries 
Diocesan/Deanery Camperships – The Office of the Bishop will award Camperships to students who demonstrate need. These Camperships will allow them to attend Episcopal camps within and near the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Camp attendance helps a wide range of youth from across our diocese. Time at church camp is a positive and intensive time of formation in which students grow their relationship in Christ and each other. Camp evangelizes those new to the church with a desire to pursue Christ. Finally, returning from camp transforms communities, as campers translate their experiences and new found hope when they return.

Camp Living Waters, Humboldt County – Camp Living Waters is a week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of the Redwood Valley. A non-profit camp based at St. Alban’s, Arcata, with staff drawn the faith communities of the North Coast, many of whom are youth, ages 16-18, who serve as counselors. We seek to provide a safe, spiritual environment for young people, ages 9-15, some of whom may not have another opportunity to experience a Christian community. Camp is structured so that we engage in service to others including serving meals, cleanup and random acts of love for "Secret Buddies." About one-third of our campers and counselors need a full or partial scholarship, and, camper fees typically cover just over half the cost of running the camp. At Camp Living Waters children and adults, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to experience the transformative love of Christ. 

The Belfry, Davis and Sacramento – Home of Lutheran and Episcopal Campus Ministry at UC Davis and the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer network (LEVN), a Young Adult Service Corps. The Belfry’s radical welcome and inclusion set us apart and demonstrate the best that our Episcopal and Lutheran faith traditions have to offer for UC Davis students. Our LEVN program provides an opportunity for young adults to explore their faith and their vocational call while building an inclusive, intentional community. After college or their LEVN year, our alumni go out into the world assured of their belovedness and call to service. Through this ministry, we transform communities for Christ one individual at a time.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Galt - For over 118 years St. Luke’s has been loving and serving the wider community. One of the ways that we reach out is by providing college scholarships to local high school students and involving them in a ministry of discipleship. We also support Ugandan refugees through our support of a school in Uganda.
If you would like to give to a specific ministry of the Appeal, please don’t forget to indicate your chosen ministry(s) in the note/memo line when you give.