From the Office of the Bishop

  • 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...

  • Bishop Megan's Lenten Message

    Dear Friends in Christ,Time management, personal coaching, and productivity apps are all talking about deep work. Deep work is the unbroken time of sustained attention to one important task. We read advice about how to prepare – clear the desk, turn your phone face down, put notifications on mute, and set aside a big chunk of time in your calendar.Click here for the rest of the message.

  • Pathways 2020 in Butte County

    Pathways is a youth event in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. Join Bishop Megan and young people from around our diocese as we learn from the experiences of those in Butte County and explore the aftermath of the Camp Fire. Together we will deepen our awareness of God’s creation, experience Christ’s reconciling love, and learn more about social justice and ecological sustainability.Pathways is a pilgrimage that unites youth to one ...

  • Admin & Finance Year-End Information

  • A Christmas message from Bishop Megan

  • 2019 Bishop's Partnership Appeal

  • Official Portraits of Bishop Megan Traquar are available

    The Bishop's official portraits are ready to order!Bishop Megan sat for new official portraits with Eleakis & Elder Photography. These photos are available for order. There are two portrait options from which you can choose.

  • A summary of the 2019 Diocesan Convention

    The 2019 Diocesan Convention was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov 7-9, at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Delegations from most of our churches gathered for three days of worship, fellowship and business in this important annual event in the governance of our diocese. Day One: Blessings, arrival and EucharistAs one came into the convention space, there was a font of water placed to remind us of our baptism and our baptismal ministry.

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