Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016


Nicole A. Krug
Canon for Media and Communications

This Sunday, we will turn our calendars to May. We’ve recently had some cooler, and in some parts of the diocese, wetter weather, but overall the winter months didn’t bring as much precipitation as usual. It won’t be long before hotter, drier conditions will be upon all of us. That means wildfire season (which typically runs from late May through the beginning of the monsoon season) could start in earnest.

TENS Extends Early Bird Registration
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) will be holding their Annual Conference from June 2-4, 2016 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. This year’s keynote presenters are: Sister Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus; The Rev. Jim Clark, Rector of Saint Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart. Register before May 9 to receive the Early Bird Rate. 

Bishop Smith Authors New Book


In 597, Augustine of Canterbury arrived in England, carrying with him a gift from Pope Gregory the Great–an illuminated Gospel book. More than 1,500 years later, while attending the 2008 Lambeth Conference, Bishop Kirk Smith, who is also a medieval historian, was given the opportunity to sit with the book and meditate on its meaning today. In Augustine’s Relic, Bishop Smith uses this great volume as a starting point for a contemporary conversation on mission, communication, continuity, and unity that ties together past, present, and future. Order your copy today!

Stewardship Community of Practice Rescheduled

Due to illness, the two Stewardship Community of Practice events (featuring Jerry Keucher) on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, 30 at St. Augustine’s (Tempe) have been CANCELLED. They have been RESCHEDULED to Friday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. More information will be available soon.



Golf Tournament 



The Youth of St. Matthew’s (Chandler) are hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. (shotgun start). It will be held at the Superstition Springs Golf Club, and the cost is $85/player. Come out for golf, lunch, raffle prizes and a silent auction! Contact Kadi Strong to register.

Songwriting Workshop
Bobby Jo Valentine’s musical style falls broadly in the “folk/hopeful pop” category, and his songs are beautiful pairings of trenchant lyrics and unexpected music. He will be holding a workshop/master class for budding singers and songwriters on Saturday, May 7 at St. Mary’s (Phoenix) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., which will include lunch. The class will be especially helpful for youth and adults who are exploring songwriting as a vocation or serious avocation. To attend, please RSVP to Fr. Craig Bustrin.

National Day of Prayer
On Thursday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Church of the Advent (Sun City West) will be hosting speakers from 10 different religious traditions to speak about their faiths and then offer prayers for our nation. The complete schedule can be found on their website. The public is invited to come for an hour or stay all day.

Spiritual Support Group
Sometimes feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and despair become overwhelming, or persist longer than expected. There is no pleasure or solace in simple things enjoyed before, and it’s a struggle to get through the day. Sharing with others is good medicine for depression. Grace St. Paul’s (Tucson) is offering a time-limited support group for a safe place to share, listen, and be together during the journey. The group is facilitated by The Rev. Chris Ledyard and Karen Hanson on Saturdays from May 7-June 11 at 10:00-11:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 520-327-6857 to reserve your space.





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 30

  • Patronal Festival Weekend Ride
    @ Sts. Philip & James, Morenci
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Fronteras Gathering @ St. Andrew’s, Nogales
  • Canon Theologian Book Discussion w/ Laity
    @ Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
  • Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Deacons
    @ Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, May 1

  • Patronal Festival Weekend Ride
    @ Sts. Philip & James, Morenci
  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale
  • Arizona Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians Meeting
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Harp Concert @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, May 3

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, May 4
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, May 5
  • National Day of Prayer Service
    @ Church of the Advent, Sun City West
  • Annual Retired Clergy Dinner @ University Club of Phoenix
Friday, May 6
  • First Fridays @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

1  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant, Surprise
8  Annunciation Campus Ministry at ASU, Tempe
15  Church of the Epiphany, Tempe
22  St. Augustine’s, 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
  • 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

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