Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

You have, by now, probably heard me stress the importance of congregations partnering with civic groups to both serve the community and grow the church. When it comes to doing the work of God’s Kingdom, we can no longer do it alone, but need to identify where God is already at work in the world, and then make sure we are there, too. When people in the larger community who have never even been in church see Christians involved in such projects, they begin to think, “the church really cares about the world I live in. Maybe I ought to check them out!”


Lay Leadership Retreat

Whether you’ve just been elected to the Vestry/Bishop’s Committee, or as a Warden, Treasurer or Clerk, or this is the last year of your term, make plans to come to Making the Most of Your Church Resources – a Lay Leadership Retreat! It will be held at Chapel Rock from March 4-6, 2016. This year’s keynote speaker is Mary Parmer from the Diocese of Texas. Previous attendees have come away with valuable information that they have immediately put to use in their congregations, as well as having had the opportunity to network with others in leadership positions. Register here.

Reboot Your Reporting

[ECF] Do the things your vestry measures and reports on reflect the mission- and vision-driven aspects of your congregation? Frank Logue’s article encourages vestry members to consider shifting their focus from numbers of attendance, membership, or giving to something more elusive: transformation. Read more.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew National Meeting
The National Council of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will hold their annual meeting at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center in Mesa from April 7-9, 2016. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the keynote speaker on April 7. In addition to conducting normal business, Brothers will hear presentations on discipleship training, how to attract and help veterans, prison ministries, Scouting, dealing with and helping those with chemical dependencies and mentoring programs including offering help for fatherless and homeless boys. Bishop Kirk Smith will celebrate and preach at the Eucharist service on April 9. More details and registration info are available on the Brotherhood website.




Songs of Clandestine Correspondence
On Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at  St. Augustine’s (Tempe) and Saturday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. at Church of the Nativity (Scottsdale), the public is invited to enjoy one of the greatest yet rarely told love stories. The musical and marital partnership of Robert and Clara Schumann is manifested in their exquisite and significant contributions to the genre of German lieder. Soprano Dori Scholer presents works by both composers paired with readings from the passionate and poetic letters exchanged during their courtship and marriage. Tickets are $20 (adults) or $5 (students and children) and can be purchased at the links above.

Trinity Institute 2016

From February 15-19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. each evening, The Church of the Epiphany (Tempe) will be a partner site when a leading group of activists, scholars, authors, artists and experts on racial inequality come together to hold life-giving conversations on the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change at Trinity Institute’s 45th National Theological Conference Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. Conference participation is for anyone who is interested in a theological perspective on racial justice and a fuller understanding of present realities and ways to transform them. For more information about attending, e-mail Doris Pope.



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, February 6

  • Education for Ministry (EfM) Mentor Training
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Produce on Wheels – With Out Waste
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • “Richard Rohr: Prophet & Mystic” – A Gathering for Laity
    @ St. Thomas, Clarkdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, February 7

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa
  • Organ Concert @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, February 9

  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
Wednesday, February 10
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, February 11
  • Camp 60’s More or Less: Winter Renewal
    @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Rector/Vicar Roundtable (Central AZ)
    @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Clericus Luncheon (Central AZ)
    @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
Friday, February 12
  • Camp 60’s More or Less: Winter Renewal
    @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Province VIII/AZ Antiracism Committee/Union of Black Episcopalians Conference @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

7  Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
14  Chapel Rock, Prescott
21  St. Luke’s, Prescott
28  All Saints, Safford

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Jon Skaug,
    who is receiving treatment for pneumonia
  • The Rev. Susan Harte,
    who is recovering from back surgery
  • The Rev. Melinda Archer,
    who is recovering from lung cancer
  • The Rev. Scott Jones,
    whose mother-in-law, Maria Irizarry, died
  • 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



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