- Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand To Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand To Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world. See more info at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2017/03/13/stand-to-support-refugees/.
- Partnership Commission Alert: Immigrant Protection Bills Need Support. The following alert is presented by the Diocesan Partnership Commission: Three bills are currently in the California Senate to provide protection for our friends and family who are immigrants.
-SB 31 protects Muslims in California by forbidding any public agency from handing over information on a person's religion.
-SB 6 will ensure that people facing deportation have adequate legal representation.
-SB 54 prohibits state and local police from assisting in seizing people for deportation, except under carefully planned multi-jurisdictional enforcement operations that must be pre-approved based on lawful criteria.
California Council of Churches Impact asks that you let your state Senator know that each one of us is precious in God’s eyes and that you support respectful treatment of immigrants. These bills are expected to be considered very soon and require a 2/3 majority to pass. Please act today! If you’re not sure how to contact your State Senator, enter your address at http://www.churchimpact.org/take-action.html.
- Spring Pilgrimage Hike in the Pinnacles April 1. Join Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves and fellow pilgrims from throughout the diocese at Pinnacles National Park on Saturday, April 1. Gather just before 10 am at Bear Gulch Day Use Parking. From there, hike a 6.1-mile loop through the heart of the Pinnacles rock formation. The vistas should be glorious and wildflowers should provide a dazzling palate of color. Bring: plenty of water, your own lunch and maybe a small treat to share. Hiking boots and a hat are a must and, if you use them, hiking poles. Please note: Hike begins with a steep ascent; a good portion of our trail is listed as strenuous and trail goes through a 1,300’ gain and loss of elevation. There is an entry fee of $10 per car. To register: email Mary Beth Powell at email@example.com with your name, contact information. Please state "Pinnacles Hike" in the subject line. For questions, contact Celeste Ventura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grief and Recovery Retreat. Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves will facilitate a retreat in April for those seeking a faith based, safe community in which to process deep loss and the long-term work of recovery. April 21-23 at the Mount Hermon Camp and Conference Center in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Cost is $297 for double occupancy, including all meals and snacks starting with dinner on Friday night and ending with lunch on Sunday. To register see http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/this-bewildering-easter-way-a-retreat-on-grief-and-recovery/?instance_id=405 or contact Mary Beth Powell at 831-394-4465.
- ECR Spring Conference is May 20. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20, the date of the next Spring Conference at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas. The featured speaker will be The Rev. Tom Brackett, Staff Officer for New Church Starts & Missional Initiatives. Watch for more details soon.
- Summer SSP Weekends Announced for High School & Middle School Students. The high school dates are July 1 – July 9, while middle school dates are August 5 – August 13. For full details and deposit/registration see here http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/sierra-service-project-2017-smith-river-california/.
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Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.