The Northern California Wildfires:
How You Can Help
In our vulnerability, may we draw close to God.
As we are all aware, the fires in Northern CA have been and continue to be massively destructive. People and nature are suffering personal loss and trauma at tremendous levels. Some have asked how to assist with the many needs that have arisen as a result. It is best to send money in these situations rather than goods. Episcopal Relief and Development is happy to receive your assistance and channel it to the region, but if you would like a more direct route, you may send a gift directly to the Diocese of Northern California(more details below).
I would add to our prayers for those in harm's way, petitions for rain. I assume we are all doing this, but if not, please include the concern of rain and the stewardship of water in our state in your corporate prayers.
Almighty God, we lift our prayers to you for all those in harm's way during the fires throughout these western United States. Protect victims and firefighters alike. Fill their hearts with peace and their minds with clarity. Strengthen us to care for one another in this time of need. Inspire in us as neighbors deep compassion and generosity.
As you have shared with us all the things of the earth and made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty. In our conservation and stewardship of the precious resource of water, we humbly ask for rain. May the miracle of water shower the earth, fill our reservoirs, and nourish every living thing. With gratitude for your many gifts, we ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace and peace, +Mary
Wildfire News and Donation Information
To make a donation to support fire relief efforts, checks can be mailed to:
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
c/o Accounts Receivable
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825
Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California or EDNC. Please include "Bishop’s Discretionary Fund - Fire" in the check memo line.
Read the message from Bishop Barry Beisner, located here.
The diocesan news page with fire updates is located here, or visit their Facebook page.
El Camino Real Supports Healthcare
Pilot Program to Aid Uninsured
On Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a pilot program that will deliver expanded health care services to uninsured and undocumented residents. Members of El Camino Real -- including Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Canon Jesús Reyes, and local parishioners -- joined COPA (Communities Organized for relational Power in Action) officials in support of the program. Bishop Mary also spoke at the celebratory press conference in downtown Salinas.
Officials pointed out that the inability of uninsured residents to obtain medical services such as X-rays, blood work and prescription medication becomes costly when the same patients rush to the emergency room for critical care that might have been avoided. Between 1,200 and 2,000 uninsured or undocumented county residents will be eligible for the program, which will provide coverage of front-end medical services to improve the health of patients, reduce ER trips and drive down health care costs.
At the supervisors meeting Canon Reyes spoke on behalf of COPA, of which the diocese is a member.
“The word ‘vulnerable’ summarizes the intent of the project,” he said. “The vulnerable play an important role in our society; they get up early in morning, go to work, bring resources to our tables, our fiscal well-being and our whole society. They are fulfilling their social role among us. It is important for us to pay attention to their health needs.”
For full details, visit the Salinas Californian story available here and the coverage by New America Media located here.For more information on COPA, visit here.
Top photo: Bishop Mary celebrates the expansion of healthcare services for all, joined by COPA leaders such as Jack Herbig of St. Mary's by-the-Sea. (photo courtesy Laura Lawrence) Above: Canon Jesús Reyes addresses the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. (photo courtesy David Wittrock)
Presiding Bishop Issues Statement on Worldwide Refugees
On September 14, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued the following statement on the current worldwide refugee crisis:
The children of Abraham have ever been reminded to care for the widow and orphan and the sojourner in their midst, who were the refugees and homeless of the time. Jesus charged his followers to care for the least of these and proclaim the near presence of the Reign of God – in other words, feed the hungry, water the thirsty, house the homeless, heal the sick, and liberate the captives. We cannot ignore the massive human suffering in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, nor in Asia and the Americas. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and our lives are bound up with theirs. The churchwide ministry of Episcopalians has included refugee resettlement since the refugee crisis of World War II. It continues today through the leadership of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and I urge your involvement, action, and support. Read about their work and share these opportunities with friends and co-workers. You will discover anew the power of good news in the face of the world’s tragedies.
For educational and advocacy links, visit The Episcopal Church page here. Watch for more information in next week’s issue.
Bishop Rachel Treweek’s Inauguration to be Streamed Online
On Saturday, September 19 (tomorrow), the inauguration of Rachel Treweek as the Bishop of Gloucester will take place at Gloucester Cathedral at 4:30 pm (Gloucester time).
The Diocese of Gloucester, our international partner, is the first Anglican diocese to have a female diocesan bishop and this service is Bishop Rachel's official welcome and the start of her ministry. Four cameras will be stationed in the Cathedral and the service will be streamed on YouTube, so that everyone can witness this special occasion.
The link to the live stream will be available on the homepage of the diocesan website www.gloucester.anglican.org and will be active starting at 4:30 pm on Saturday.
During the service Bishop Rachel will be presented with her pastoral staff and will be placed in her cathedra (or bishop’s chair) by the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Venerable Sheila Watson, on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury. She will also preach her first sermon in Gloucester as Bishop.
Alcohol Guidelines Available for Churches
Yesterday the ECR Board of Trustees passed the attached Alcohol Use Guidelines and request that all churches obtain a copy. The PDF can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Canon Brian Nordwick at email@example.com or call 831-394-4465.
United Thank Offering: Little Blue Boxes Make Big Changes in Lives
Are you ready for the UTO Ingathering on October 10? Have you been putting coins in your little blue box?
Many people are not familiar with the concept of UTO – the United Thank Offering. This tradition is rich in history. Although active women’s ministry is evident through church history, the UTO concept has been celebrated since the first ingathering in 1889. The full history can be read here.
The iconic little blue boxes offer us a way to express gratitude for our many blessings on a daily basis with small tokens, and then use those offerings to support mission and ministry around the world. So powerful!
Do you have a little blue box? If not, please note that UTO supplies are mostly free of charge – you only pay a small shipping fee. Click here to see what is available.
Has your church scheduled its own ingathering? In October, we invite all churches to come and bring the UTO collection from their ingathering to the diocesan Honored Women's Day (see below). Please plan to send representatives from your congregation.
UTO offers prayer and music resources, stories of ministries around the globe and the opportunity to be part of the global community. A complete list of 2015 grants can be viewed here. Consider that grants such as these are awarded every year!
Our diocese is often a recipient of UTO money. This year St. Luke’s pre-school received money as did Katie Reeves for the Reimagine project. Katie was awarded funds in a new category for Young Adults. You can view all of the recipients here.
The power of a coin placed in a small blue box. Count your blessings and make an offering to support this global effort of ministry and love.
Deanery Meetings to Prep for ECR Convention
Below are dates and locations for the upcoming Monterey and Santa Clara Valley deaneries (the SLO Deanery met last weekend). The meetings are to review the proposed 2016 diocesan budget and prepare for the November 6-7 convention in Salinas.
Monterey Deanery: Saturday, September 19, 10 am to 1 pm at St. John’s Chapel in Monterey.
Santa Clara Valley Deanery: Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, Episcopal Church in Almaden, San Jose.
El Camino Real to Celebrate Honored Women’s Day on October 10
On Saturday, October 10, the Episcopal Church Women of El Camino Real will present 2015 Honored Women’s Day at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas.Bishop Mary will lead a celebration of all women of the diocese, both lay and clergy, and each congregation will present their 2015 Honored Woman. The day’s lineup of activities includes:
- Fellowship -- Gather for refreshments, visit with friends from across the diocese and meet new ones, binding our hearts together. - ECW General Meeting - Holy Eucharist with Bishop Mary presiding - United Thank Offering Ingathering - 2015 Honored Women: We will honor women from each congregation, acknowledging how they proclaim their faith through their lives and actions. - Luncheon - Donations of clothing for homeless women will be collected. - Program: End Human Trafficking – What is human trafficking? How can you be aware? What can you do to bring human trafficking to an end? - Blessing – Bishop Mary will close the day by blessing the women of the diocese.
Mark your calendar to be part of this wonderful celebration, sponsored by the Diocesan Executive Board of Episcopal Church Women. You can view and download the registration form here. Deadline to register is Thursday, October 1. For more information, contact Diane Lovelace at 408-813-4080 or email DiLovelace@aol.com.
St. Timothy’s to Host Fiesta Santa Maria
You are cordially invited to join St. Timothy’s in Mountain View on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 pm for a fiesta and fundraiser benefiting Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM). It’s sure to be an evening of delicious food, fabulous music, great company and a dazzling silent auction.
Tickets can be purchased online herefor a cost of $35 per adult, $15 for kids 8+, $5 for kids under 8, or childcare for younger kids for $10 each. Deadline to purchase tickets is October 4. We are also accepting donations for the silent auction. Please email Susan Pimlott at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate an item or service to the auction, or for more information. St. Timothy’s is located at 2094 Grant Road in Mountain View.
St. Jude’s Exhibit & Events Spotlight Archbishop Desmond Tutu
St Jude's Church warmly invites you to an amazing photo exhibit by photographer Sumaya Hisham. It opens September 27 with Jazz Vespers at 5 pm, with reflections and reminiscences about Archbishop Tutu from The Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, former chaplain to Archbishop Tutu, with some of the stories never told in NorCal before! Music will be provided by Mason Razavi on guitar, and friends Kevin Bryson (trombone), Bennett Roth-Newell (piano), and Jack Hanan (bass). The photo exhibit viewing will take place at the reception following the Jazz Vespers
The exhibit will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and some evenings. It closes on October 11 with a 4 pm event with photographer Hisham telling the stories behind these amazing photos of the archbishop in his daily life.
Stories of Struggle and Celebration: South Africa Past and Present and the Challenge of Community. Rev. Wilma Jakobsen,Rector, Saint Jude's Episcopal Church, will present a Community Forum at St. Jude's on Sunday, September 27 from 9:15-10:15 am. Wilma will tell stories and shows slides to explain the system of apartheid in South Africa and how it affected peoples lives, how people protested and worked to end apartheid, the transition to democracy, and the interweaving of issues of race and gender, including the story of women’s ordination as priests in the Anglican Church, and current challenges in South Africa and how those same challenges are experienced in the USA.
On Wednesday, October 7, we will celebrate the Archbishop’s 84th birthday with a party, slideshow, music and singing happy birthday to him. The event runs from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
Join Saturday's Concert Celebration
at St. Peter’s Morro Bay
All are invited to join St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal in Morro Bay for an exciting demonstration performance to celebrate its new Allen digital organ! Virtuoso Phillip Smith -- the Organ Conservator for one of the nation’s premiere concert venues, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles – will perform on Saturday, September 19 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter's, located at 545 Shasta Ave. in Morro Bay. A delicious supper of chowder, bread, salad, dessert and beverages will be offered following the recital. The concert is free to all; a donation of $10 is appreciated for the reception following the performance. Please attend and join our celebration! For more information, visit www.stpetersmorrobay.org.
Happy Couples Wanted at Episcopal Marriage Encounter (Updated)
Find the happiness God wants for you at Episcopal Marriage Encounter! Marriage Encounter is a chance for married couples to get away from jobs, kids, chores and phones, and focus only on each other. If you’re seeking greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, you'll like the difference Episcopal Marriage Encounter can make!
The next local Marriage Encounter Experience will be on two Saturdays, October 17 and 24, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga; meals are provided. In order to have the full experience offered by Marriage Encounter Weekends, you must commit to both Saturdays. Register online at www.episcopalme.com, and select “Bay Area." Cost of the two sessions is $200, plus a $45 registration fee. For more information, please contact Curt & Arlene McClelland, 408-371-5581, or email email@example.com. Registration is limited, so a quick response is encouraged.
ECR Job Opportunities
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Santa Clara is searching for a full-time rector, following the retirement of Canon Linda Taylor after 12 years of service. As part of our transition, the Interim Rector, Fr. Michael Hiller, has led the parish through various activities with discernment and reflection to help us understand who we are and to identity both our opportunities and challenges to prospective clergy. Please review our parish profile that describes St. Mark’s and identifies the leadership, collaborative skills and other qualities we seek for a new rector. For additional information, review the “A Tour of St. Mark’s Church” document and website. Compensation and benefits are based on diocesan guidelines and the package is negotiable. If you are led to apply, please send your resume, OTM portfolio, and cover letter via email to Canon Brian Nordwick at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or more information, email or call him at 831-394-4465.
Episcopal Church in Almaden in San Jose is seeking a Music Director and Organist/Pianist.The ideal candidate is familiar with Episcopal/liturgical worship; is flexible and willing to learn and lead new styles; has the ability to work collaboratively with the rector and other music leaders and musicians; a range of experience with musical styles and genres; has experience introducing congregations to new musical styles; experience with choral conducting; the ability to recruit and nurture choir members, and more. Key points include: Experienced adult choir; state-of-the-art 3-manual digital Phoenix organ from England; one Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday night rehearsal 7:30-9 p.m. (except during summer); help oversee Bell Choir, folk choir, and possible youth music programs; and more. The half-time position average 15 hours/week with competitive salary and negotiable benefits. See a fully detailed job listing here. See additional organ specifications here.Deadline to apply is September 30. Email resumes to email@example.com.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a small, lively, and historic parish in San Luis Obispo, is seeking a new Rector. Spiritual and community engagement, tradition and growth, reason and mission are important to our congregation, and we hope to engage a rector who is excited by these things and can facilitate our continuing renewal. Our mission is to open our hearts to God and to share Christ’s unconditional love with the world. The Rector position is full time with benefits; compensation is based on Diocesan guidelines and the package is negotiable. If you feel led to apply, please send your resume, OTM Portfolio, and cover letter via email to Canon Brian Nordwick at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full description and to review the Parish Profile and annual report, visit here.
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