From the Office of the Bishop

  • Diaconal Ordinations June 13, 2020

      Grace Flint, Portia Hopkins, and Libby Vincent   Attendance is online only - information here.    Streaming Starts: 10:45 a.m.   Service Starts 11:00 a.m.Facebook Live Link: https://www.facebook.com/norcalepiscopal/live/Upload Bulletin: Service Bulletin June 13, 2020GIVING to the Ordinands' Discretionary Fund:Follow this link:  bit.ly/OrdinationsDiscretionary ORText “EDNC Ordinations” to 73256 Follow the prompts and select &ldqu...

  • A pastoral message on the death of George Floyd - The Rt. Rev. Megan M. Traquair

    May 30, 2020; 3:00 pm The Rt. Rev. Megan M.

  • A Pentecost message from Bishop Traquair

    Updated May 29, 2020; 7:00 pmBishop Megan TraquairBishop Megan Traquair has released her Pentecost message to the diocese. It was recorded by Canon Andrea McMillin and Kati Braak, and edited by Christian Koska of FreeTime Productions. Thank you for your wonderful work.

  • A pastoral letter from the Episcopal Bishops of California

    A Letter from the Episcopal Bishops in California [ Español disponible a bajo | Spanish available below ]May 22, 2020“Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)”From the beginning of the pandemic, our Episcopal congregations and our respective dioceses have been strengthened by prayer, study, and praise. In this time, our churches have never “cl...

  • Holy Week @ Home 2020 Video

    Updated April 17, 2020 10:00 am Jay Elmquist: Diocesan CommunicationsWe did it! Holy Week @ Home 2020 is in the books and it was a success. Thank you to Team Holy Week, the scores of technicians, lay leaders, and Office of the Bishop staff.

  • COVID-19: Safety and our future - A pastoral message from Bishop Megan Traquair

    A pastoral message from Bishop Megan Traquair  COVID-19: Safety and our futureUpdated April 16, 2020; 8:00 am Bishop Megan TraquairDear Friends,With the loveliness of spring around us and a month of sheltering in place behind us, many are eager to know what next steps in our COVID response might be. The short answer is that the steps will be carefully staged and will aim at the same criteria we identified at the beginning:Participate in county and state Public Health initiatives &ndash...

  • A message for Good Friday from Bishop Megan Traquair

    Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.BCP 276Link to the video here: https://youtu.be/g6_xeGHNTsk

  • Finance and Stewardship: A message from Bishop Megan Traquair featuring Kati Braak, Director of Operations

    Finance and Stewardship: A message from Bishop Megan Traquair featuring Kati Braak, Director of OperationsUpdated April 2, 2020 8:00 am Canon Andrea McMillin: Diocesan AdministrationRecognizing the emotional and financial impact of the pandemic on the church, the health and sustainability of our congregations is our main focus, especially:Worship and Holy WeekFinance and stewardshipPastoral care of our leadersMeasures taken to support congregations during this time:Routine meetings with diocesan...

  • A Word to the Church on Our Theology of Worship from the Presiding Bishop

    Read it online here.  A word to the Church regarding the theology of worship during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church:March 31, 2020John Donne, Priest, 1631Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,We find ourselves in the strange position of fasting from physical gathering for worship of almighty God, not out of sloth or disobedience, but in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, for whom the primacy of love for God and neighbor is the way of life. In the context of t...

  • Holy Week @ Home: Creating a Home Altar

    Holy Week @ Home: Creating a Home AltarUpdated March 28, 2020 8:00 amCanon Andrea McMillin: Diocesan CommunicationsBishop Megan offers pastoral guidance and instruction on how to build a sacred space in our homes.We have set up a special page on our website that gives guidance to your home worship during Holy Week.Visit the website and start planning: norcalepiscopal.org/holy-week-homeYou can also find places that are offering special online worship throughout Holy Week on this page: norcalepisc...

  • Holy Week @ Home: A pastoral message from Bishop Megan

    Updated March 20, 2020 12:00 pmCanon Andrea McMillin: Diocesan CommunicationsBishop Megan offers pastoral guidance and instruction as we prepare to celebrate Holy Week at home, in this unique time.Please share this with your congregations and make this widely known.A summary of her statement is below. A full text of her statement will be posted later today:Holy Week at Home is the best response at this time, given the realities of our situationOnline worship is working - Our churches are making ...

  • A pastoral message from Bishop Megan

    A pastoral message from Bishop Megan TraquairFrom Diocesan Communications: Canon Andrea McMillinOn Tuesday, March 18, 2020, Bishop Megan released a pastoral message by video.This is the first in a series of video updates that we will release from this office. To summarize Bishop Megan’s message: Our worship on Sunday was powerful, inspiring, and joyful! Thank you to all who made this possible. We are still the church, staying connected and serving our communities.

  • How to Set Up Online Giving

    Options for Online Giving:The two vendors the diocese uses to manage Online Giving include Tithe.ly and ACS.Others include:•  Givelify•  GivePlus•  PayPalClick here to download a quick comparison guide of the various online giving platforms mentioned above.Tithe.ly will be holding an emergency webinar on how to get started tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST. Click here to sign up for the webinar.Below are additional resources for using Tithe.ly:•  How to Set U...

  • Health and Safety COVID-19: Directions from Bishop Megan

    Directions from Bishop MeganClick here for a linkable copy of the message on 3/12/2020: conta.cc/39KtcE0Mar 12, 2020Dear Friends in Christ,I have been closely following the reports from the State of California, local county health departments, and listening to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry this past week. In this quickly changing climate, I have gleaned more recent information and I am taking this next step, today.In my pastoral opinion and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, l am directi...

  • Health and Safety: the Coronavirus

    3/11/2020 - Health and Safety COVID-19: Guidelines for Church and HomeClick here for a linkable copy of the message on 3/11/2020: conta.cc/33clhwHUpdated protocols and suggestionsDear Friends,We have updated the list of precautions and readiness strategies that the Office of the Bishop sent out last week. In this list you will find updates and additions for:The font and standing holy waterUsher protocols for greeting and bulletinsCollecting the offeringInstructions on the common cupInstruction t...

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