News: Episcopal News Service December 22, 2015

 

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December 22, 2015


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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas 2015 message

“As the words were spoken on that night when Jesus was born, peace, good will to all people, God bless you, God keep you,”  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Christmas 2015 message.

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Tara Elgin Holley named Director of Development

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for evangelism and reconciliation

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Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle December 18, 2015

In This Issue
BLUE CHRISTMAS?
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
Quick Links
Join Our List
December 18, 2015
This publication will be on hiatus until 2016.
Wishing everyone a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!

BLUE CHRISTMAS?
I’ve noticed that a number of Episcopal churches, both here in Arizona and elsewhere, are now offering a “Blue Christmas” service in these days leading up to the holiday. The purpose of these services is to minister to those people who find the holidays emotionally difficult. Such services steer away from tinsel and familiar upbeat carols and focus on music and meditations that might appeal to people who are depressed or grieving. One Presbyterian church I found online offers a service designed not by the clergy but the parish nurse.

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Prepare the Way…For Visitors

[EVP] Last weekend, over dinner, a friend bemoaned how hard it was to find a good place to go for a Christmas Eve service with her parents. Neither an Episcopalian nor a regular churchgoer, she is one of the many people who are asking friends and going online to find a place to worship. Read more.

Enriching Your Retirement
Maintaining your overall well-being is so important at this stage of life. The “Enriching Your Retirement” presentation is a unique opportunity to learn about your pension and medical benefits, how to stay healthy, and the programs and services that can support you. You’ll also hear how your colleagues are doing as they transition into retirement. This presentation is for beneficiaries of The Church Pension Fund. Presentations will be offered on Tuesday, January 12 in Phoenix and on Thursday, January 14 in Tucson. Learn more and register here.

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

There Is No Other: Islam as Nonviolence
Sufi Brother Moji Agha will be the guest speaker for an adult forum at St. Philip’s In the Hills (Tucson) on Sunday, December 20 at 10:15 a.m. Founder of the Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives initiative (endorsed by Noam Chomsky), Moji Agha is an Iranian-American Muslim sufi monk (dervish), bilingual poet, and long-time “civility” activist, with extensive education and experience in psychology, cultural studies, and conflict resolution.

Longest Night Services

Christmas can be a challenging time, especially for those experiencing grief or loss. On Tuesday, December 22, two churches will offer a service that makes room for sorrow in the midst of cheer. St. Barnabas on the Desert (Scottsdale) will meet at 4:30 p.m. and St. Andrew’s (Tucson) will gather at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Interfaith Gathering

Trinity Church (Kingman) will be hosting an Interfaith Day of Peace and Unity service on Friday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance will include representatives from Masjid Ibrahim Mosque, Divine Savior Catholic Community (an independent Catholic Church), Grace Lutheran Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. The service is open to the public. All are welcome and invited to attend.

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

 

Please go to the Diocesan Calendar for more detailed information about these events and others including services such as Taizé and Compline. Use our Find a Church feature to locate a church listed below.

Saturday, December 19

  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Yuletide with Bartholomew Faire
    @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Downtown Parade of Lights Pre-Game @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
  • Posada @ Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, December 20

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • 2nd Annual Daughters of the King Advent Meditation
    @ Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
  • There Is No Other: Islam as Nonviolence @ St. Philip’s, Tucson
  • Posada @ St. Mark’s, Mesa
  • Film Screening: Salam Neighbor @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Annual Live Nativity @ St. Michael’s, Coolidge
  • Posada @ Good Shepherd of the Hills, Cave Creek
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, December 22

  • Longest Night Service @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Longest Night Service @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
Wednesday, December 23
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, December 24
  • Christmas Eve – Diocesan Office closes at noon
  • Bishop Smith Preaches at Christmas Eve Services
    @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
Friday, December 25
  • Christmas – Diocesan Office closed until January 4

PRAYERS

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December
20  Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
27  Santa Maria Episcopal Church, Phoenix

January
3  St. Jude’s, Phoenix
19  St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Brigid Waszczak,
    who is receiving treatment for diverticulitis
  • John Bloxham, husband of The Rev. Sheila Hagan-Bloxham,
    who is recovering from surgery
  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is recovering at home
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • The Rev. Channing Johnson,
    who is receiving treatment for melanoma
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is recovering at home
  • All members of the Armed Forces,
    especially those who are serving overseas
  • Those affected by recent weather, natural disasters, and
    civil unrest

The above names will stay on this list for up to four weeks. If someone needs to remain on this list for a longer period, or to have others added to this list, please contact Nicole Krug at nicole@azdiocese.org.

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News: Episcopal News Service December 18, 2015

 

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December 18, 2015


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“Take what you need,” says the sign on the Homeless Jesus statue outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, where the congregation has left warm weather clothing. Photo: William Mebane/St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

Episcopalians across the world help others to celebrate Christmas
Advent may be the time to await Christ’s coming, but in many Episcopal Church congregations, it is also time to turn outward to their neighbors near and far to help them experience the joy of Christmas.

Some congregations have organized toy drives for children, often those served by local social service agencies or who have a parent in prison. In parish halls and narthexes there are mitten trees trimmed with hats, gloves, scarves and, yes, mittens – and sometimes even socks for folks in need.

Christmas season sparks increased support for refugees
With the Christmas season at hand, some refugee resettlement ministries across The Episcopal Church report they have received more food, clothing and other donations for refugee families than in previous years, but their leaders say year-round connection is also needed.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announces independent investigation
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement to the staff of the Episcopal Church.

 

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CHURCHWIDE

Atlanta resettlement ministry: A party at Christmas, year-round friendship
It may be the first Christmas party ever for about 40 children of refugee families – and the excitement is mounting for Atlanta’s All Saints Church volunteer Steve Heckler, eager to present a 6-year-old Congolese boy with a toy car kit.

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WORLDWIDE

‘I would talk with Boko Haram’: Anglican Communion secretary general
The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has said he would be prepared to talk with Boko Haram, if their leadership could be identified.

Vigils held for Burundi as African Union warns of genocide
Coventry Cathedral was set to take part in a vigil for Burundi Dec. 18 as the African Union warned of an impending genocide in the east African country. And staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London also paused to pray for peace for the troubled country.

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London meetings build on ecumenical momentum from Paris

Deadline nears for Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps

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Oklahoma bishop receives award for outstanding human rights achievement

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News: Episcopal News Service December 16, 2015

 

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December 16, 2015


VIDEO

Transformed by service in South Africa: Young Adult Service Corps
Steve Smith from the Diocese of California served for two years as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary in Grahamstown, South Africa, where he lived at the Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery and taught at Holy Cross School. Smith talks about the fruits of the YASC program and the importance of providing young Episcopalians with the opportunity to cross cultural boundaries, build partnerships, and engage in God’s mission in the world.

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CHURCHWIDE

Patrick Bell elected as Diocese of Eastern Oregon’s seventh bishop
The Rev. Patrick Bell was elected the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon Dec. 12 at Church of the Redeemer, Pendleton.

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EPPN Alert: Join the Advent Challenge; Journey from Gratitude to Hope

EPF supports sensible assault weapons restrictions

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Announcement: 2016 Annual meeting Potluck Luncheon

2016 Annual Meeting and potluck Luncheon

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Annual meeting Potluck Signup

On January 31, 2016 we will have our Annual meeting.
There will be a  Unified Eucharist service at 9am followed by the annual meeting at 10, which in turn will be followed by a potluck luncheon.  Our first of the new year!!!
Please use the link below to register for the potluck and tell us what you are bringing.  The Potluck list will be updated weekly in the parish hall so you can see what will be at the meal.

Annual meeting Potluck Signup

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