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DioCal News & Events is a weekly email newsletter with diocesan news, events, and resources from the bishop’s office and upcoming calendar events from congregations and ministries. This newsletter is for the entire community of the Diocese of California. It is published on Tuesday afternoon.

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This week in DioBytes: Church Growth Matching Funds Program awards | St. Edmund’s, Pacifica awarded UTO grant | Committee on Nominations calls for nominations | RSVP and register to participate in Pride events | new job postings, and much more.

This week’s banner: A bear visits St. Dorothy’s Rest last weekend. Inside DioBytes: Canon to the Ordinary Stefani Schatz has joined DioHouse staff; read about the ministry of Abundance Community Homestead; Bishop Marc has a new blog post; Ordinations this Saturday at 3 p.m. after confirmations, reaffirmations, and receptions starting at 11 a.m.; and lots more from the congregations and ministries of DioCal.

This week’s DioBytes — stories about the May 11 Equipping the Beloved Community at St. Paul’s, Burlingame, the 2013 ECF Fellows, and the recent Taizé pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Also — the call for 164th Diocesan Convention resolutions, the upcoming TENS conference, tomorrow evening’s vigil for immigration, and more....

This week’s banner: Pentecost around the diocese; Inside DioBytes: A prayer from Bishop Marc for Oklahoma and a blog post; DioCal Intern Caitlin Hubel writes about the recent Middle School Nightwatch; Mary Louise Gotthold writes about the recent GEMN conference in Bogota; and more from congregations and ministries.

Banner — The Women’s Last Supper Project at St. Mark’s, Berkeley
Inside DioBytes — Woods to Waves 2013; In Memoriam: the Rev. Bernie Griesel; upcoming TENS conference; UTO Ingathering this Saturday; Who is Mary Magdalene? at Grace Cathedral; Celebrating Benjamin Britten at 100; and more....

This week in DioBytes: May Day March; a profile of the Episcopal Resource Center; Education for Ministry graduation; Sr. Simone Campbell at CDSP; explore a vocation with the Community of St. Francis; upcoming concerts; and more.

Banner and story: The new pool at The Bishop’s Ranch
From the Bishop’s Office: Communicators network and consultations; General Confirmation; seeking DioCal visual artists; Middle School Nightwatch registration deadline; St. Paul’s, Burlingame, EtBC on 5/11; and more from congregations, ministries, and the community.

DioBytes this week: centennial celebration at Christ Church, Los Altos; Youth Ministry Day at CDSP; upcoming Anti-Racism Training on May 3 and 4; Equipping the Beloved Community; Woods to Waves benefit to support Hospital Camps; save the date for SummerTini; and more.

Today’s DioBytes: St. Cyprian’s 90th anniversary celebration with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori; announcement of the Canon to the Ordinary — the Rev. Stefani Schatz; St. John’s, Oakland, Mozart concert — the “little church with big music.”; Youth Ministry Celebration Day this Saturday; sign up now for the Equipping the Beloved Community event on May 11; and more.

Inside DioBytes: today’s Chrism Mass at Grace Cathedral; the March for Equality in San Francisco — story and blog post from Bishop Marc; palm sundaes for Palm Sunday at All Souls, Berkeley; youth and young adult events; the upcoming Equipping the Beloved Community at St. Paul’s, Burlingame, and more....

This week’s DioBytes includes the launch of the Campaign for Citizenship at St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco; groundbreaking for a new building at St. Matthew’s, San Mateo; new DioBytes guidelines; upcoming Day of Discernment; several youth and young adult events; the next Equipping the Beloved Community at St. Paul’s, Burlingame, and more from congregations and ministries....

In DioBytes this week: thoughts on electronic communication, a new InFormation blog entry, bishops’ call for new conversation about gun violence, human trafficking forum from the Presiding Bishop, General Confirmation information, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center Community Open House, and more.

In DioBytes this week: St. Luke’s Hospital to stay open; Episcopal bishops sign briefs in Supreme Court in support of marriage equality; essay by Bishop Marc in the Washington Post; Evensong for Jim Forsyth and Richard Schaper on March 14; Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 26; youth ministry events; plenty of music; and more....

This week’s DioBytes features last weekend’s Happening 30; a blog entry from Bishop Marc; the upcoming diocesan confirmation retreat; Evensong and retirement celebration for Jim Forsyth and Richard Schaper; Chrism Mass and lunch; common|life: young adult retreat; Taizé events; and more.

This week’s DioBytes features a Lenten letter and a new blog entry from Bishop Marc, news about Ash Wednesday immigration rights vigils, and more.

Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco (today’s banner); Bishop Otis Charles to preside at April confirmations; Lent Madness; Lisa Thorpe (artist-in-residence at The Bishop’s Ranch) Gallery 1055 opening reception next Thursday, 2/21; confirmation retreat in March; Common|Life retreat for young adults in April; and please ask your FB friends to Like us!

Parishioners from Christ Church, Portola Valley, tour Grace Cathedral (banner); Health fair at Holy Child and St. Martin’s, Daly City; Pro/Claim curriculum for Lent now available; 17 down, 130 to go — Like DioCal on Facebook; Bishops’ bet on Super Bowl; DioCal Communications Network reconvenes; and more....

The Bishop’s Ranch Evensong on January 22 (banner); blog post from Bishop Marc; Camp Sunday is this Sunday; Lenten resources, including the new Pro/Claim Baptismal Covenant curriculum (available 2/4); Engage us online; and lots more from around the Diocese of California.

Interfaith service at Advent, SF, for the new SFJazz Center (banner); blog post; Executive Council retreat; St. Michael’s Preschool on Channel 7; Camp Sunday; new curriculum for Lent — Pro/Claim; John Philip Newell at St. Luke’s, SF; silent films at Grace Cathedral; music; and more.

Bishop Marc in Haiti; remembering Michael Tedrick; MLK Day of Service resources; upcoming Camp Sunday info; Lenten resources; Happening 30 in February; DioCal blogs....

Banner: Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, members with Keesa the camel on their feast day; Last chance to register for Equipping the Beloved Community; a new look for DioBytes, and lots more....


Three DioCal congregations awarded Jubilee grants — Faith-based approach to federal budget: Bishop Marc writes ‘SF Chronicle’ Open Forum article — A message from Bishop Marc on Connecticut shooting — Evensong for Michael Barlowe — diocalserves blog

Banner: Altar in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) at Iglesia Santiago / St. James’, Oakland
In the News: Celebrating Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in the Mission and in Oakland; and more
From the Bishop’s Office: Church Growth Matching Fund Program launched; Evensong and reception for Michael Barlowe; and much more from Congregations and Ministries.

Banner: St. Cyprian’s, SF, Advent wreath. News: December ordinations and reception; TRUST Act. Bishop’s Office: be::community webinar this Thursday; Equipping the Beloved Community at Christ Church, Alameda; parish endowments & capital campaign workshops in January; Congregations & Ministries: Richard Rohr; EfM in Berkeley; St. Paul’s, Oakland, 100th anniversary; concerts; and more.