Fire Update & Message from the Bishop

Fire Update & Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

Please join me in holding in prayer all who are directly affected by the crisis caused by the fires burning in Northern California. Pray especially for those who have suffered loss and all who mourn. Pray for those who may have lost or had to leave livestock and pets behind. Pray for those who have had to evacuate, and for all whom this is a time of deep disruption and anxious uncertainty. Pray for our firefighters and emergency responders, especially those who have been injured.

Pray also for our clergy in the emergency areas, as they actively engage in crisis ministry. My staff and I are in close communication with them, and they are advising us how best to help and where best to direct the contributions now being made to the Bishop's Discretionary Fund. I will share what I learn with you.

May the grace and peace of Christ, together with His compassion and power to save, be known everywhere these fires are felt, and in the hearts of all His people.

Yours in Christ,



If you wish to donate funds for support in these recovery efforts, please make a check out to:

Episcopal Diocese of Northern California or EDNC

Important: Please include "Bishop’s Discretionary Fund - Fire" in the memo line

Please Mail Checks to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
c/o Accounts Receivable
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825



Valley Fire Updates

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Calistoga is now an evacuation center, with the Napa County Fair Grounds as the reception center. The Rev. Canon Mary Goshert, Priest-in-Charge, is asking urgently for your prayers and support.

An Update from Canon Goshert: Deacon Susan Napoliello has been at the fairgrounds all night and is returning there today. Thomas Hughes, a retired Roman Catholic priest who worships with us, has been there all night and continues today. The members of our preschool board are out shopping for emergency supplies, the Red Cross is there, and Calistoga merchants and restaurants are stellar in their responses with necessities and cooked food and service.

Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena has members who are being evacuated. Parishioners arrived Sunday morning rather in shock with the stress, and grateful for a place to come and pray. The Rev. Mac McIlmoyl is ably praying, supporting, and mobilizing their members for mutual support.

The Rev. Kay Rohde, Ministry Development Coordinator for the diocese, visited St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lakeport, where some parishioners are being evacuated and one has lost their home. St. John’s has opened up their food and clothes closet to the community, and members are helping out with the efforts there.

The Rev. Canon Stephen Carpenter, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Napa, reports that members of St. Mary’s are helping support the evacuees.

Butte Fire Updates

Trinity Episcopal Church in Sutter Creek is an evacuation site and is supporting evacuees. The Rev. Karen Siegfriedt, Rector at Trinity reports that her congregation is also experiencing evacuation and loss of homes.



3 comments (Add your own)

1. Maryfran Crist, Episcopal health Ministries wrote:
Thank you for the address to send donation directly to you.

Mon, September 14, 2015 @ 4:29 PM

2. Jana L. Johnsen wrote:
May our prayers from Germany embrace you. My membership is in Redwoods Presbytery whose pastors and people are serving side by side with you during this crisis. We are sad indeed to imagine this devastation since we have many strong memories of people and places throughout the region. May God's mercy enfold every living thing. And may God's blessings of Majesty, incarnation and abiding Presence be with you all. Jana and Tony (our ministry is cross-denominational, too).

Tue, September 15, 2015 @ 1:24 AM

3. Jan Murray member of Trinity/ Stephen's Minister Team Member wrote:
I am so proud and so grateful that the Leadership of my dear precious church
is reaching out in love and compassion for so many of these fire victims.

My heart aches when I think of the heartbreak and tears these people are now
experiencing, This is the time when a church can shine the brightest and
have an enormous profound influence.

I feel blessed to be a partner in this endeavor and I will continue to keep these troubled people in my prayers.

Fri, September 18, 2015 @ 10:04 PM

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