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Programs/Ministries of the 2019 Bishop's Partnership Appeal

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The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California – EFNC works to enhance the financial viability of our congregations and institutions through education programs, consultation, legacy giving, stock/security transfers, direct donations, grants and technical support.


Youth Campership and Young Adult Ministries

Diocesan/Deanery Camperships – The Office of the Bishop will award Camperships to students who demonstrate need. These Camperships will allow them to attend Episcopal camps within and near the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Camp attendance helps a wide range of youth from across our diocese.  Time at church camp is a positive and intensive time of formation in which students grow their relationship in Christ and each other. It evangelizes those new to the church with a desire to pursue Christ.  Finally, returning from camp transforms communities, as campers translate their experiences and new found hope when they return.

Camp Living Waters, Humboldt County – Camp Living Waters is a week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of the Redwood Valley. We are a non-profit camp based at St. Alban’s, Arcata, with staff drawn from the faith communities of the North Coast, many of whom are youth, ages 16-18, who serve as counselors.  We seek to provide a safe, spiritual environment for young people, ages 9-15, some of whom may not have another opportunity to experience a Christian community. Camp is structured so that we engage in service to others including serving meals, cleanup and random acts of love for "Secret Buddies." About one-third of our campers and counselors need a full or partial scholarship, and, camper fees typically cover just over half the cost of running the camp. At Camp Living Waters children and adults, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to experience the transformative love of Christ.


The Belfry, Davis and Sacramento – Home of Lutheran and Episcopal Campus Ministry at UC Davis and the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer network (LEVN), a Young Adult Service Corps.  The Belfry’s radical welcome and inclusion set us apart and demonstrate the best that our Episcopal and Lutheran faith traditions have to offer for UC Davis students. Our LEVN program provides an opportunity for young adults to explore their faith and their vocational call while building an inclusive, intentional community. After college or their LEVN year, our alumni go out into the world assured of their belovedness and call to service. Through this ministry, we transform communities for Christ one individual at a time.


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Galt - For over 118 years St. Luke’s in Galt has been loving and serving the wider community. One of the ways that we reach out is by providing college scholarships to local high school students and involving them in a ministry of discipleship. We also support Ugandan refugees through our support of a school in Uganda.


Feeding and Caring for Those in Need

The Center at St. Matthew’s, Sacramento – The Center at St. Matthew's is a growing multi-service community center in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County with a Spanish-English bilingual congregation, the Mission at St. Matthew's, at its heart. The Center partners with the Mission to lift up hearts, with River City Food Bank to feed the hungry, with an adult language and literacy school to welcome the refugee, and with an onsite preschool to let the children come. This year, we are organizing a wide array of community partners to develop the new Arden Arcade Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) to shelter the homeless.


Interfaith Food Pantry Program, St. John’s, Petaluma – For 10 years the Interfaith Food Pantry has brought together Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant congregations on the west side of Petaluma to provide nutritious food at no cost to our neighbors in need. Staffed by rotating teams of volunteers from our faith communities, and hosted on the property of Elim Lutheran Church, the Interfaith Food Pantry is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation or immigration status.


Community Meals Program, Epiphany, Vacaville – For nearly 20 years, Church of the Epiphany has helped provide meals for the hungry and the homeless. What began simply as a once a week, all are welcome meal has now grown into a city-wide ecumenical and interfaith effort.  We've become a main hub of welcome and resources for the homeless and hungry in Vacaville. Our program has grown to include Navigator volunteers who work with our guests to access available resources and help them break out of the cycle of homelessness.


Episcopal Community Services (ECS) – We are an independent Diocesan institution designed to assist congregations in developing social justice and health ministries in their communities. We can advise and help them discern needs in their communities, potential partners in ministry, and provide grant funds designed to assist in setting up or expanding programs.


St. George’s, Carmichael – We have several ministries that benefit those from our community who are in need.  We feed and care for those experiencing homelessness; we support an Afghan family; and we have a community garden, supporting local food growth in our community.  We also give scholarships to high school students.  With each of these programs, we are reaching out with compassion and support for the community.


Environmental Initiatives

Zero Carbon Church, St. Martin’s, Davis – Responding to the call to recognize the climate crisis as an emergency, St. Martin's initiated the Zero Carbon Project to see how we could rapidly transition the church's buildings and campus to run entirely on renewable energy. We are looking for funds to finance this work. The appeal funds would be a small proportion of our total financing effort, funding the educational and promotional materials we produce. We believe this investment can bring in new church members and show a church living into its mission of building God's kingdom.



Diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministries

Diocesan Recovery Ministries –Our diocesan Recovery Ministry provides education, resources and compassion to the diocese regarding; alcoholism, substance and behavioral addition; recovery; and compliance with national and diocesan drug and alcohol policies.  We seek to offer a Diocesan Recovery Retreat in 2020, and hope to secure an expert on recovery to be the keynote speaker and homilist.  



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