Contra Costa Deanery comes to Crockett

On Thursday, November 20, lay delegates and clergy representing all 13 churches in the Contra Costa Deanery gathered and were warmly greeted by the parish family of St. Mark’s, Crockett for a welcome dinner. This was the first time the Deanery Convocation was held in Crockett since St. Mark’s joined the Contra Costa Deanery three years ago. Many of the clergy and lay delegates had their first look in the historic church and enjoyed a reception and dinner in St. Mark’s Hall. 

The Rev. Kathy Trapani, associate rector of the Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, was elected to serve as the deanery’s representative to Executive Council for a three year term. A report was given on the large numbers of homeless, both adults and children, in Contra Costa County. The deanery got an update from the Rev. Sylvia Vasquez, rector of St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek on the great work done at Trinity Center in Walnut Creek for those in need, and the hope that this effort can both continue and expand. The Rev. Jill Holnodel, rector of Grace Church, Martinez, spoke on her efforts to expand the inter-congregational network for teens in Contra Costa. In an effort to keep participants both spiritually and physically fit, the Rev. Justin Cannon reported on his efforts to bring people around the diocese together for Holy Hikes.

Greer Ryall, St. Timothy’s, Danville, announced that 2015 would be her last year as secretary to the deanery. Everyone thanked Greer for her hard work and acknowledged that she has set a high bar by her long and faithful service to the deanery. Ken Rozboom, St. Mark’s, Crockett’s delegate and senior warden, thanked everyone for braving the rain and bringing such warmth to the gathering.