Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle January 15, 2016

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January 15, 2016


The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek
Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving

Few clergy I know enjoy planning for and conducting the parish annual meeting. Holding elections, hearing reports, and presenting the budget to the membership feel like functions so unrelated to “real” parish ministry. Often the whole affair usually gets met with dread.


“Journey with the Son” Retreat

Join the Diocesan Nature & Spirituality Group for a sunrise to sunset outdoor retreat at the beautiful White Tank Mountains Regional Park in Waddell (entry fee is $6/carload). The day will start at 6:30 a.m. with a short and easy uphill walk in the dark to a viewing area to watch the sunrise followed by a Morning Prayer service. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. Please bring a vegetarian dish that can be shared (electricity is available). Activities are structured so that you may attend for a half day or the whole day. The day will conclude with an Evening Prayer service at sunset (about 5:30 p.m.). Further details and registration info are on the event page.

UTO Grants Available

Two grants are available this year. The first is the 2016 Young Adult/Seminarian Grant. The focus is any of the Five Marks of Mission. The application deadline is January 29. The second is the regularly scheduled UTO Grant. The focus is “the Fifth Mark of Mission.” The submission deadline to the diocesan reviewing committee is Friday, February 19 by 5:00 p.m., and should be emailed to diocesan UTO coordinator, Kerry Jo Hanstein. Both applications can be found on the UTO website.




Saint John’s Bible Viewing
The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years. All Saints’ (Phoenix) welcomes everyone to explore the Saint John’s Bible with them. The fine art reproduction has been created to be a source of spiritual imagination around the world. It will be on display until early November 2016. View the event flyer.

Guatemalan Project Team

Join St. Michael’s & All Angels (Tucson) Guatemala Project for a Lenten Delegation Project Team experience in Guatemala from February 23 to March 3, 2016, with an extension to March 10 for the Team. Participants can expect a direct, intimate, and varied experience, from helping courier supplies, in-country orientation, meeting Maya rural health volunteers in the Ixil Area mountains, and visiting historic Antigua Guatemala. Everyone self-funds. Contact projector coordinator, Ila Abernathy, for more information.

Dr. King Movie Night

Join St. Peter’s (Litchfield Park) in the sanctuary for a screening of “Selma” (PG-13) on Saturday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. The 2014 film is a dramatic interpretation of the Selma to Montgomery marches to protest obstructions of African-American voting and the police killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson. Honor Dr. King’s legacy of using Christian love in social justice efforts. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Crazy Chile Farm Report for Winter
Church of the Transfiguration (Mesa) is home to a unique program–a chile pepper farm! Here is an update: The bulk of the fall crop has now been harvested, dried and processed into chile powder. There are still ripe pods coming and new blossoms have appeared on a number of the plants. This is good, news! So far, we have sold everything we have produced as fast as we can process it, and there is a backlog of both parish and commercial customers. Read more.




The Rev. Gail Carlsen…
has retired as Vicar of All Saints (Safford).

The Rev. Daniel Richards…

is the new Rector of Christ Church of the Ascension (Paradise Valley).



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, January 16

  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • “Richard Rohr: Prophet & Mystic” – A Gathering for Laity
    @ St. Philip’s, Tucson
  • From Classics to Folk @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, January 17

  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • From Classics to Folk @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Monday, January 18

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Diocesan Office Closed
Tuesday, January 19
  • “Jesus: The Book Study” – A Gathering for Clergy
    @ St. Philip’s, Tucson
  • Community Screening: Inequality for All
    @ Ability 360 Center, Phoenix
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, January 20
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Immigration Presentation by Fr. Sean Carroll
    @ St. Matthew’s, Tucson
Thursday, January 21
  • Best Skills-Best Churches: Human Relations/Handling Conflict
    @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Introduction to Dream Work @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Compline @ All Saints’, Phoenix
Friday, January 22
  • Mental Health First Aid @ St. Thomas, Clarkdale


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

17  St. Mary’s Phoenix
24  St. Paul’s Sudanese Mission, Phoenix
31  St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

7  Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Sam Hosler,
    who is recovering from spinal surgery
  • 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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