Congregational Leaders Meet in Eureka

Congregational Leaders Meet in Eureka

by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

A lively group of lay and clergy leaders gathered at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka on Saturday, April 11th for the northwest Congregational Leadership Conference. Bishop Barry Beisner welcomed attendees and led Morning Prayer in the beautiful nave of Christ Church, and introduced the 2015 Bible Challenge. The Rev. Sr. Diana Doncaster C.T. shared the gospel reading for the day.

We shared foundational conversations about daily prayer, vestry meetings and inviting people to church in the plenary sessions and throughout the workshops. Attendees told stories of transformation happening during silent, contemplative prayer in their quiet churches that are open for a few hours on a weekday, inviting anyone to enter and share the available space. Others commented that they found fellowship in activities like choir practice and community service opportunities, where they often come away feeling that they have received much more than they have given. And images and ideas about the importance of food and fellowship were also discussed.

Episcopal Foundation of Northern California (EFNC) board member Cindy Woods gave an enthusiastic demonstration of EFNC’s “Let’s Get To It!” spirit. And attendees learned about The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California's Asset Map, and the most current disaster preparedness tools, resources and training from presenters Margaret and Warren Dunning.

Participants were also grateful for the delicious, colorful and healthy lunch and snacks generously prepared by St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Fortuna, who partnered with Christ Church, Eureka as co-hosts of this CLC. We thank all who made this wonderful event a success!


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