The Diocese of Northern California is attending to the needs of those devastated by the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Donations to the bishop’s discretionary fund can be made securely online at the diocese’s website http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/online-giving or go to Episcopal Relief & Development http://www.episcopalrelief.org/.
Bishop Barry, the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin and Margaret Dunning, diocesan disaster relief coordinator, all spoke over the phone with Episcopal Relief & Development on Tuesday morning, working on coordinating immediate relief efforts. Our churches are in a unique position to assist those who may not have access to other forms of help.
A prayer from Bishop Barry for the diocese:
Most Gracious God:
Hear our prayer for all whose lives are impacted by this crisis.
Shield and deliver all emergency responders;
give wisdom and guide those in authority;
watch over all who have been forced to evacuate, and all who wait with uncertainty.
Comfort those who mourn great loss. Help those who wish to help
to be patient and effective in compassion. Bless us all, and help us trust in you.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.