Highlights inside

  • Drive-by retirement party in Watsonville
  • Website redesign approaches launch
  • "Pilgrimage with Race" series to debut
  • Vestry/Treasurer workshop & more news

February 4, 2021

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Farewell drive-by honors Padre Michael's retirement in Watsonville

Members and friends of All Saints Cristo Rey Episcopal Church, Watsonville, held a fun "drive-by" celebration on Sunday, January 31 to honor The Rev. Michael Dresbach’s retirement. A festive table, chairs, signs, and balloons were placed in front of his house; following an in-person outdoors service, a parade of creatively decorated cars rolled past filled with parishioners and friends honking horns and playing music. A church member carrying a long-handled basket received cards, gifts, flowers, a fruit basket, and even specially baked cookies in the shape of a musical note to acknowledge Padre Michael’s singing and guitar-playing. Bishop Lucinda and husband Bob showed up at the end, marking a happy and historic day for Padre Michael and his wife Mona. View his final Sunday sermon here in English and Spanish.

Redesigned website nears premiere, the redesigned diocesan website, is expected to go live on Friday, February 12 (above is a sample image of the new home page). The refresh has been in development for months and incorporates feedback gathered from diocesan and church leaders. In addition to a visual makeover, the "Resources" section has been greatly simplified and the entire site has been refined to better tell the diocese's story and make it more dynamic and accessible.

Canon Nordwick shifts to new project role

Brian Nordwick, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of El Camino Real, is shifting to a new advisor role, working on a part-time basis and focused on special projects that will help the diocese realize its vision of being new church. He’s excited to begin this new endeavor, reports Bishop Lucinda. Read full details about Canon Brian’s next adventure in the next issue of Real Episcopal on February 18.

"Pilgrimage with Race" video series coming to diocesan website

Available soon, “A Storied Pilgrimage with Race” is a unique curriculum and approach to exploring issues of race in our diocese. It is a holy offering of video interviews, education materials, action items and reflections to be hosted on our diocesan website. You are invited, and we hope feel compelled, to engage in what will be eventually be twelve stages of the curriculum. We encourage you to allow for space between the different stages so that the stories may speak to your own story.  This pilgrimage is intended mainly to be undertaken in a group setting, although individuals may engage it as well. Completion of this pilgrimage will fulfill the requirement for Anti-Racism training in the Diocese of El Camino Real. Watch for an announcement when the first three stages are ready to view.

Save the date: Vestry & Treasurer training workshop in March

Vestry members, treasurers, and church leaders across the Diocese of El Camino Real are invited to mark their calendars for an online workshop explaining the ins and outs of the diocese, who to call for support, and an overview of diocesan resources. The workshop will be held via Zoom from 9 am to 12 noon on the following dates:

Santa Clara Valley Deanery: Saturday, March 6
San Luis Obispo Deanery: Monday, March 15
Monterey Deanery: Saturday, March 27

A registration link and more details will be announced soon on the diocesan website and in the next issue of Real Episcopal.

Board of Trustees meeting highlights

Below are three highlights from the January 28, 2021, meeting of the diocesan Board of Trustees:

Bishop Lucinda reported that she will be focused on leadership development initiatives over the next couple of months including vestry trainings, clergy retreats, and preparation of the Covenant Agreement with the Diocese of Northern California for the School for Ministry.

The Board approved the subdivision of church-owned property at St. George’s, Salinas, as a first step toward ultimately developing affordable housing on vacant portions of the property.

The Finance Committee reported that the diocese is showing a relatively small loss for 2020 despite the disruptions of the pandemic.
You’re invited to How to Host a Community Garden, an online workshop on February 10 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST. A community garden is 90% community and 10% garden. Join us and learn how to pull together community members to plan, build and manage a garden. Using the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model, the webinar will cover how to identify interest in the community, draw together a group that then canvases the community for the needed skills, resources, funding and enthusiasm to build the garden. It will end with the practicalities of selecting a site, building beds and boxes, locating water resources and dealing with city regulations. Visit the registration site here for more details and to sign up.

Good Shepherd forum to feature international students’ director

Church of the Good Shepherd & Preschool will host Capt. Alan D. Scott, USN (Ret), on Wednesday, February 10, at 12 noon. Capt. Scott will discuss the International Graduate Students program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey of which he is director. He retired from the Navy in 2007 after a 26-year career; he is now responsible for the cultural, social and academic integration of an average population of 200 international students from 40 to 50 countries and their families into the NPS community. For more information and to join the February 10, visit here.

Bishop Lucinda’s visitation schedule

The updated 2021 schedule is available here. The page also includes a link to her “Customary” during COVID that contains guidelines and preferences for a church visit, whether in person for outdoor worship or virtual.

Upcoming dates include:
St. Stephen's, Gilroy – February 7
St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande – February 14
All Saints/Cristo Rey, Watsonville – February 17 (Ash Wednesday)
Good Shepherd, Salinas – February 21

Episcopal Church Women seeks nominations

The diocesan Episcopal Church Women Honored Woman’s Day is taking place April 24 via Zoom. At the event ECW will honor a woman from each congregation in the Diocese of El Camino Real -- women who proclaim their faith through their lives and actions for their congregation, the diocese, and the community. The full announcement and a nomination form is available here. Clergy are encourged to complete and return submissions by April 1 to Donna Seelbach, president of the diocesan Episcopal Church Women; email her at

Weekly diocesan conversations about race

The Revs. Karen Cuffie and Jani Wild are leading weekly pastoral conversations on racism every Thursday at 4:30 pm., with discussion and prayers. Learn, process, and share together in a faith community.
Join the Zoom Meeting here
Meeting ID: 835 7594 8022; Password: 748467
One tap mobile: +16699006833 (San Jose)


The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real seeks a Canon to the Ordinary to work in the areas of Transition Ministry, Leadership Development, and Administration. The Canon must be a solid team player, creative and willing to adapt to many circumstances in a multi-cultural environment, with large and small church communities, urban and rural. The Canon must be able to travel, communicate well, and desire to be connected with people of the diocese. This is a full-time position; ordained and bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Read the detailed job description in English and in Espanol.

Office Manager, St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove. The office manager establishes and maintains effective and efficient administrative systems to support the Rector and the Vestry, and is a friendly, welcoming presence for parishioners and visitors. View and download the full job description. Interested persons may contact the Rev. Kristine Johnson by email ( or phone (831-373-4441, x11).

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Jose is receiving applications for a part-time Priest-in-Charge. You may view their OTM Portfolio here and their Parish Profile here. For questions or to submit your resume and application for consideration, email or call the office at 831-394-4465.
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