Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle August 14, 2015

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August 14, 2015


The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair
Canon to the Ordinary

Contrary to the Back-to-School timing of many of our childhoods, the school year is already well begun in Arizona. We have already plotted our schedules to include kid drop-offs at three separate schools that will still get parents to work on time. Or, conversely, we have re-worked our commuting route to avoid all those slow school-crossing zones.

4th Annual Episcopal Night at Chase Field


The ticket deadline is Tuesday! The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona along with their family and friends to an exciting game of inter-division baseball as the D-backs take on the A’s on Friday, August 28 at 6:40 p.m.! Join Episcopalians from all over the diocese at Trinity Cathedral for a pre-game celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Complete details and ticket ordering info can be found on the event page.


Safeguarding Online Training Upgraded

As the program year begins again, now is a good time to review the diocesan sexual misconduct prevention policy and make sure that licensed or canonically resident clergy and all paid employees, as well as volunteers who have regular contact with children, have taken the Safeguarding God’s Children training. Upgrades to the system have been made, which include: being able to access Safeguarding Online with iPads and some Android tablets, updated quiz questions, and being able to print out supplementary learning guides.

Delegates Needed to Attend UN Commission
Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 14-24, 2016. Delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the UN and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women. Apply here.

Call for Nominations and Resolutions

The deadline is approaching! Any member of the Clergy who is canonically resident or any lay communicant in good standing may submit to the Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015, a completed nomination form for one or more persons to fill the positions of Secretary to Convention, Standing Committee, or Diocesan Council. Resolutions must also be submitted by the same date to the Resolutions Committee Chair.

Exhibit Tables
A few spaces for exhibitors at Convention are still available, however they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation fee is dependent on the type of exhibit you are planning. If you, your congregation, or your ministry are interested in an exhibit space, don’t wait.

Details and forms for all of the above can be found on the Diocesan Convention webpage.



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, August 15

  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Tuesday, August 18

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, August 19

  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

16  St. John’s, Globe
23  St. Francis-in-the-Valley, Green Valley
30  St. George’s, Holbrook

6  Trinity Church, Kingman

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    who is dealing with health issues
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is dealing with a serious health issue
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from multiple surgeries
  • The Rev. Pam Mulac,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Ernest Lee Stevens,
    who is recovering from a fall
  • The Rev. Dan Messier,
    who is recovering from shoulder surgery
  • The Rev. Becky Williamson,
    whose mother, Virginia, passed away
  • The Rev. Nordon Winger,
    who is recovering from hip replacement surgery
  • 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

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