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  • Donations Still Needed as Fire-damaged Communities Rebuild

    In mid-October, as fires were still raging across Northern California, Molly's Revenge, a Celtic trio featuring an assortment of flutes, bagpipes, strings, a vocalist and Irish dancers, called the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos of St. John’s, Roseville, with some good news: The date of Dec.

  • Ways to Help Hard-working Refugees in Our Area

    By Lynn ZenderSt. Mary’s, Elk Grove, has an Adult Education series entitled “Who Is My Neighbor”. Recently, attendees heard a presentation from Usama Khalil, the founder and executive director of Refugee Enrichment and Development Association (REDA) in the Sacramento area.

  • A Evening Warmed by Food, Love, and Fire Stories

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorHealdsburg, a quaint little town about 70 miles north of San Francisco, has been through a lot in the past six weeks: a massive fire that burned 36,807 acres came dangerously close to the Episcopal church, and several of its parishioners who live in outlying areas lost everything but their lives when they evacuated in the middle of the night.But as the rector of St. Paul’s, the Rev. Sally Hubbell said: “We know how to feed people here.”...

  • St. Augustine, Rocklin, Celebrates 25 Years; Bishop Barry's sermon

    Bishop Barry Beisner's Sermon, November 26, 2017 - Matthew 25:31-46 from St. Augustine Church on Vimeo.

  • Photos: St. Matthew's Center Welcomes River City Food Bank

    The River City Food Bank had an open house on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, to introduce its second location at St. Matthew's Center in Sacramento.

  • As Fires Slowly Subside, Recovery Begins

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorNo warning came after a very pleasant fall Sunday, the second Sunday of October. The winds picked up after many had gone to bed. High winds, scary high winds.

  • October 2017 Fires

    For specific information about fires burning in California, and evacuation updates, please visit CalFire's website. Monetary donations are the best way to support the victims of the fires, which officials are calling the deadliest series of fires in California history:Episcopal Relief & Development, through the U.S. Disaster Fund. Episcopal Diocese of Northern California bishop's discretionary fund through the diocese's website.

  • River City Food Bank Opening Second Location

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorRiver City Food Bank, 1800 28th St., Sacramento, is opening a second food distribution center at The Center at St. Matthew's in Arden Arcade later this month.  Bishop Barry Beisner, in a statement welcoming the addition to St.

  • A Dream Survives - and Thrives - in Vacaville

    By the Ven. Cookie Clark and Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorIt’s Friday afternoon and the kitchen is buzzing. A group from a local Vacaville congregation is preparing 350 meals.

  • Who Was Warren Dunning?

    Warren Dunning was a great proponent for social justice. Besides being the founder of the Community Meals Program at Epiphany Episcopal Church, he was a board member for the Solano Interfaith Council, a board member for Heather House, Vice President of Episcopal Community Services of Northern California, Board Member of Camp Noel Porter, and with his wife of 50 years, Margaret, acted as the disaster coordinators for the Diocese of Northern California.David Deerfeeder of Vacaville remembered Dunn...

  • Summer of Episcopal Love: Youth Lead the Way

    By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications DirectorFor some, it was a full summer of participation in several youth events offered by our diocese, other dioceses and the larger Episcopal Church. For some, it was summer camp, either at Camp Living Waters in Humboldt County (see story here), St. Dorothy's Rest, Bishop's Ranch or Camp Galilee on Lake Tahoe.

  • St. George's, Carmichael, Helping Afghan Refugees

    By Lani Marks Hahn and Merle Crawford, parishioners at St. George’s, Carmichael"In Afghanistan I lived in fear every day that I would be killed because I worked for the United States military for 13 years.” These were the words of Maqbool, one of the Afghan refugees that St. George’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael, California has tried to help.

  • Pamela Anderson: New Friends & My 'Knight in Shining Armor'

    A travel memoir from the Rev. Pamela Anderson, Adult Ministries Director at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento A couple weeks ago I was in Austria, and I decided to go to Bratislava, Slovakia for dinner one night. It's only an hour by train so I thought...

  • Lessons in Love Over Hate from Charlottesville

    By the Rev. James RichardsonThe recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, struck especially close. Seeing photographs of young men holding torches and giving Nazi salutes directly across the street from my former church, St.

  • Reading the Bible at Camp

    By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation CoordinatorWhen she couldn't hide him any longer, she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile.

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