As you are aware the recent Butte and Valley fires have affected many of our brothers and sisters in this diocese, I have been receiving frequent updates from the Bishop’s Office and local clergy that have been ministering to the victims of these fires. The stories of devastating loss are heartbreaking. The recovery will take a long time. I encourage you to pray for all these impacted by these fires and to contribute what you can to the relief efforts. Bishop Beisner is collecting funds from around the diocese and disbursing them to local clergy to meet immediate and long-term needs.