Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle July 29, 2016

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TWO COVENANTS, ONE WORSHIP SPACE
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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July 29, 2016

TWO COVENANTS, ONE WORSHIP SPACE

 

I have just returned from a short vacation trip to the East Coast to visit my new grandson and spend some time with friends.

One of these old friends (we go back 30 years) is a rabbi whom I met when I was serving my first parish as a curate in West Hartford, Connecticut. Rabbi Howard Berman, who served as the assistant at the synagogue next door to St. John’s Church, invited me and several other assistant clergy in the area to gather on a regular basis for lunch (and to complain about our bosses!).

 

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ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

 

 

Social Media Sunday 2016
Join the ecumenical effort on Sunday, September 25 to share the good news about building community with social media! Get the date of this year’s Social Media Sunday (hashtag: #SMS16) added to your master church calendar. Then, watch this newsletter and diocesan social media in the coming weeks for tips and ways to participate!

Reinforce SafeguardingOnline’s Teachings
[CPG] The information found within the SafeguardingOnline training materials is critical because it can help protect children from sexual abuse. “Once someone has been through initial abuse prevention training, we want to protect that investment through spaced repetition that will help them remember what they have learned,” says John Shearer, Vice President, Product Development, for Praesidium. Read more.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Ministering to Those who Grieve and Mourn

 

 

Walking the Mourners Path partners with churches to minister to those who grieve in the communities. In a series of eight, weekly workshops, participants (led by train facilitators) answer the question “where is God in my pain?” thereby transforming their grief into joyful living. St. Anthony on the Desert (Scottsdale) will be hosting a facilitator Training, September 8-10th on their campus. To learn more about Walking the Mourner’s Path and the training, please visit their website or contact Catherine Gilbert, Program Director at gilbert@mournerspath.com.

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

 

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, July 30

  •  Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Tuesday, August 2

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

 Wednesday, August 3

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

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

July
31  A diocesan church of your choice

August
7  St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
14  St. Alban’s, Wickenburg
21  St. John’s Episcopal-Lutheran Congregation, Williams

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

Patrice Cole, postulant,
who is recovering from spinal surgery

 

  • Danielle, girlfriend of the The Rev. Ben Rodenbeck,
    who is dealing with health issues

     

  • The Rev. Brigid Wazczsak,
    who is recovering from spinal surgery

     

  • The Rev. Bob Williams,
    who has been diagnosed with kidney failure

     

  • Melissa and her unborn son, daughter-in-law and grandson of The Rev. Mary Piotrowski, who both died

     

  • The Rev. Canon Martir Vasquez,
    who is recovering from surgery

     

  • Robert and Mark, sons of Pixie Baker, Lay Vicar,
    who are experiencing numerous difficulties

     

  • The Rev. Tom Leonard,
    who is recovering from surgery & reoccurring health problems

     

  • 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

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