Highlights inside

  • Updated COVID-19 worship protocols
  • Episcopal Church releases racial justice report
  • A note for rectors, wardens & vestries
  • Board of Trustees recap and more news

April 29, 2021

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Orange Tier is here! View the updated worship protocols

All counties within the Diocese of El Camino Real have now been downgraded to Orange Tier (moderate risk), and with the new status comes more flexibility in worship. The protocols include the following:  
Church Protocols
  • In-person worship may be held outdoors with a maximum of 100 people present (including worship leaders), or indoors with a maximum present at 25% of capacity properly socially distances and masked (including worship leaders) (This is more restrictive than the state guidelines for this tier.)
  • All must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing protocols.
  • Make hand sanitizer available in several places.
  • No use of hymnals or prayer books. Bulletin should be available for one use
  • and to take home.A no-touch recycling receptacle for disposal of bulletins must be made available.
  • No open Coffee Hour or fellowship with exchanging of food may be offered at any church function, especially following funerals, baptisms, etc.
  • Maintain online worship and education for those unable to attend.
  • Be prepared to roll back when cases increase.
The complete set of worship protocols are available to view and download here. Please get vaccinated! To view the latest status of your county, visit the California COVID-19 site here.

Episcopal Church releases racial justice audit of leaders

After two years and more than 1,300 surveys, the ground-breaking Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership is now available to the wider church and public, offering insights into race and power at the church. The audit identifies nine “patterns” of systemic racism – ranging from the historical context of church leadership to current power dynamics -- that will also be highlighted in three public webinars in May and June. It also confirmed that the church’s leadership, like its membership, is overwhelmingly white, and it found that white leaders and leaders of color tend to perceive discrimination differently. Read the full story with findings here.

ECR Board of Trustees' meeting highlights

Below are highlights from the April meeting of the diocesan Board of Trustees, held via Zoom:

Bishop Lucinda gave the board an update on the process to call the new Canon to the Ordinary. The Canon should be on staff by early- to mid-July.

Anthony Zambataro, the Bishop’s Warden at St. Mark’s, Santa Clara, met with the board to review the current situation at St. Mark’s. Bishop Lucinda and the board thanked Anthony for his faithfulness and care for the relationships at St. Mark’s.

The Board began the process of exploring alternative meeting days and times in order to be accessible to a wider population of potential board members.

Episcopal Service Corps open house for young adults discerning a service year

If you’re a young adult between 21 and 32 years of age, join Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) program directors and Corps members for an online Open House, May 4 at 5 pm Pacific. During the hour you’ll have a chance to talk to ESC alumni and current Corps members, find out what it’s like to serve through ESC, and ask any questions. Join us! RSVP for Zoom link.
Read the full story.

A Note for Rectors, Wardens, and Treasurers

Employee Retention Credit under CARES legislation

You may have read that the recent COVID relief legislation expands the tax credits available for employers, including non-profits, for relief from certain payroll taxes including an employer’s share of Social Security taxes on wages paid in 2020 and 2021. In looking at the program’s requirements, however, it appears that it will be difficult for a parish to qualify for this relief, particularly if it received a PPP loan. We have nevertheless posted information here and on the diocesan website if your parish wishes to investigate the ERC’s benefits and requirements. Follow the diocesan website's "Resources" page for updates.

Also read the newest guidance on PPP and Employee Retention Credit here. If you have a particular question about the information, you may contact either of us.

Steve Kottmeier, Chancellor,
Nancy Cohen, Vice-Chancellor,
What social justice issues are you interested in? The Office of Government Relations follows legislative action in Washington on a wide variety of subjects. This week their alerts highlight Creation Care, Redistricting (voting rights), deradicalization, Palestinian refugee support, and the U.S. Embargo on Cuba.

Creation Care Series: Wise Stewardship of Land As a church and as a people, our calling to be stewards of God’s creation is inexorably tied to how we use our land. Learn why, how, and then take action.

Creation Care Series: Climate Migration Abroad and At Home Learn about the dynamics of migration due to more extreme weather and climate change—migration that takes place primarily within a country’s borders.

EVENT: Gerrymandering and Redistricting in a Faithful Democracy On May 4, from 12-1 pm PT, join us and The CEEP Network for this digital workshop to understand what redistricting is, why it is important, and how you and your congregations can be informed and engaged not just to combat partisan gerrymandering, but to help shape our voting districts in ways that improve fair representation in our government.

Respond to Our Deradicalization Survey The Office of Government Relations is seeking information on perceptions and existing initiatives within The Episcopal Church on deradicalization, and we ask you to help us by filling out this brief, confidential survey.
Statement on restoration of funding to UNRWA The Episcopal Church applauds the Biden administration’s decision to restore funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Tell Congress to lift the U.S. Embargo on Cuba The historically bipartisan United States-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 would lift this embargo to allow for normal trade relations with the island nation. We ask that you join us in asking your Senators to support this legislation.
- Episcopal Public Policy Network of California
Church of the Good Shepherd & Preschool will host Steve Friedlander, Bach Festival Executive Director, on Wednesday, May 19 at 12 noon. Friedlander will speak about his “Insider’s View – Presenting and Preserving an Iconic Summer Music Festival in Normal and Not-Normal Times.” Much to the joy of its many fans, the Carmel Bach Festival has announced its live and in-person 2021 Festival will run October 23—November 5. For full details and how to join the May 19 forum, visit the monthly forum page here. This will be the last monthly forum until fall.

Healing Hearts grief support group

"Healing Hearts" is a virtual grief support group led by clergy and lay people from Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, and meets the second Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. We provide a safe and compassionate place for you to feel supported, listened to and understood as you talk about your experience with stress, grief and loss. Our time together is designed to meet you where you are, whether you are dealing with a recent challenge or loss or from years ago. Please join us for one session or multiple sessions. For any questions, contact or
Meeting ID: 847 2087 0971
Password: 425708


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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