Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle April 8, 2016


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April 8, 2016

Many years ago, when I was just a young curate, I overheard a backseat conversation between some members of my church’s youth group and their friends while I was driving them to an event. One of my group asked her Roman Catholic friend what she had to do in her church to prepare to be confirmed. “We have to go to classes and learn a bunch of Bible passages by heart, we have to be in church every Sunday and be involved in a mission project.” “Oh,” replied her Episcopal friend, “You should join our church; we don’t have to do anything.”


Alleluia Fund Sunday

Bishop Smith has designated Sunday, April 10 as Alleluia Fund Sunday throughout the Diocese. On that day, churches and parishioners are asked to support the Alleluia Fund for the important work of planting new Episcopal congregations in Arizona, as well as supporting existing congregations with special grants to help them grow. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity. To give electronically or order from the catalog, visit the Alleluia Fund webpage.

Telecare: Essential Stewardship That We All Can Do

“TeleCare ‘is a quiet ministry, but it has mattered a lot… It helps keep far flung, busy urban congregants connected, and people appreciate the call, often saying it came just when they needed it.’ …volunteer teams spend 90 minutes, one evening… at the church, making calls and then praying together for each person contacted, naming each joy and concern.” Everyone is invited to St. Luke’s (Prescott) on either Thursday, April 14 (1:30-3:10 p.m.) or Saturday, April 16 (9:30-11:10 a.m.) to learn how to incorporate this vital, lay pastoral ministry of caring with your congregation, and see how it affects their relationship with you, your church, and your community. For more information, contact

AZ Episcopalian Magazine
If you have not received the Spring 2016 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains everything you need to know about Summer Camps, the new Elder Spirituality Ministry, and lots of other great things going on around the Diocese. If you are not receiving the magazine by mail, contact your church to sign up (it’s FREE)!



Fronteras Gathering 



Lutheran and Episcopal leaders gathered at St. Raphael Episcopal-Lutheran Church (Benson) in February. The spirituality of migration and visioning for future ministry in the Fronteras region was funded by a grant from the ELCA Grand Canyon Synod, which has encouraged interdenominational dialogue on issues experienced in the Fronteras area. The next meeting will be at St. Andrew’s (Nogales) from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Lay and clergy are invited to assist in visioning for long-range global and local mission. A service component will be carried out in Nogales at that meeting. E-mail Rev. Sarah Isakson for more info and to RSVP.

Patronal Festival
Everyone is invited to spend the weekend celebrating the Patronal Festival of Sts. Philip & James (Morenci) on Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1. Enjoy a motorcycle (or any road legal vehicle) tour through beautiful Greenlee County with a ride up Hwy 191, known as one of the “twistiest rides in the US.” Lunch in the pines of beautiful Alpine, AZ and end the weekend with BBQ at the church and worship at Sts. Philip & James on Sunday morning. Schedule and contact information are available on the event flyer.





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 9

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s National Council Meeting
    @ Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, Mesa
  • Guatemala Project Coffee & Conversation
    @ St. Michael’s & All Angels, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Tartan Day Concert @ St. Mark’s, Mesa
  • Cello/Piano Concert & Reception @ St. Christopher’s, Sun City
  • Desert Sun Brass Quintet @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, April 10

  • Alleluia Fund Sunday
  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Alban’s, Tucson
  • Appreciation Dinner and Worship @ UofA ECM, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Choral Evensong @ All Saints’, Phoenix

Wednesday, April 13

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, April 14
  • Standing Committee @ Diocesan Office, Phoenix
  • Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s National Council Meeting
    @ Windemere Hotel and Conference Center, Mesa
Friday, April 15
  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Telecare: A Stewardship Ministry Community of Practice Workshop @ St. Luke’s, Prescott


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

10  All Saints of the Desert, Sun City
17  St. Christopher’s, Sun City
24  Church of the Advent, Sun City West

1  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant, Surprise

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • 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



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