Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 15, 2016

In This Issue
TIME TO THINK ABOUT VBS
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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April 15, 2016

TIME TO THINK ABOUT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
One of the fasting growing and most successful ways of reaching the youth in our communities is through Vacation Bible School (VBS). Each year, an increasing number of our congregations offer a program for a week or two to local children. VBS works well because it is a time-limited commitment for church volunteers, it costs little to do, it reaches a wide range of children (most of whom have no church involvement), and it gains the congregation high visibility in the neighborhood, not to mention the great gratitude of many harried parents!

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Unplug and Reconnect

Diocesan Family Camp is a new event this summer that is designed to deepen families’ connections with each other and with families from around the diocese. Part family vacation, part spiritual retreat, this will be a time for families to experience inter-generational prayer and worship, fun, and time to just be. Family Camp takes place from July 7-10, after all Youth and Children’s summer camps are over, and before school starts. Complete details and registration are on the Chapel Rock Camps webpage.

Too Young to Lead?

[EVP] When I was 15 years old, I started volunteering at the Sunday school classes. My first assignment was being the teacher’s helper at the Godly play for preschoolers. A few years later, I joined the group of young adults, ages 17 to 21, who would take the kids to the cafeteria and keep them there for a while during the worship service. While most of the time it was amazing with the kids, there were some parents who thought that the young adults weren’t ready to handle the responsibility. Read more.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
2nd Sotheby West ‘Not Annual’ Art Auction  

 

 

Everyone is invited to attend an art auction on Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Glendale). The party starts with a happy (half) hour and a chance to peruse the art. The auctioneer will begin the fun at 6:30 p.m. There will be programs, paddles and silent auction items! Event tickets will be on sale for $5 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Cash or checks only (credit cards NOT accepted). No nursery services will be provided.

 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Canon Richard Morrison, Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations, is constantly developing contacts with various organizations offering services to many different groups. As outreach opportunities become available for our churches, they will be shared here.

Community Conversation on Living Wage

 

 

Economic Inequality affects our community. Workers, ethical business owners and concerned community members have realized that the current minimum wage in Arizona is in no way a “living wage.” Learn and share about how people of diverse populations are affected by the need for a living wage and better working conditions in Arizona. As people of faith, come and learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community. Join Arizona Faith Network on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (2450 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257).

 

 

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, April 16

  • Telecare: A Stewardship Ministry Community of Practice Workshop @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Clean Comedy Night @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, April 17

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, April 19

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, April 20
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, April 21
  • Compline @ All Saints’, Phoenix
Friday, April 22
  • Episcopal Church Visual Arts Info Night & Artist Social
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

April
17  St. Christopher’s, Sun City
24  Church of the Advent, Sun City West

May
1  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant, Surprise
8  Annunciation Campus Ministry at ASU, Tempe

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from a fall
  • The Rev. Rick Wilson,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Leah Sandwell-Weiss,
    whose brother, Warren, died
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    whose mother, Trish, died
  • Makenzie, granddaughter of The Rev. Bill Forrest,
    who is undergoing chemo treatments
  • The Rev. Ed Gustafson,
    who is in hospice care
  • The Rev. Richard Devenport,
    whose mother, Nancy, died
  • Pat Burke, wife of The Rev. Norm Burke,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is having surgery
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is in hospice care
  • 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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