Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle March 11, 2016

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A PATH FROM NO PATH
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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March 11, 2016

A PATH FROM NO PATH — A WAY FROM NO WAY

The Rev. Susan Wilmot, Vicar
St. James the Apostle, Tempe

The Egyptians probably couldn’t believe their eyes, and in the heat of pursuit went speeding after the fleeing Israelites across the path made through the Red Sea. But God had other plans for the idolatrous and brutal Egyptians and as the prophet Isaiah describes it, “they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick.” As the Israelites escape their long enslavement, the Egyptian chariots and soldiers are swept away as the waters of the sea come crashing back over them.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Getting Along in a Really Strange, Big Family

[EVP] Most of us are not interested in living with fights, battles, or wars and despite other, milder definitions, too many people carry scars from very real personal or professional conflicts that influence their present encounters with people. In the church, adding to that fear is a subliminal belief that real Christians shouldn’t have conflict, but live in perfect love and charity. If conflict does rear its head, good Christians simply turn the other cheek; accepting any behavior, regardless of how detrimental to community or individuals. Read more.

Telecare: Essential Stewardship We All Can Do

All are invited tomorrow, Saturday March 12 at 9:30 a.m., to Christ the King (Tucson) to a workshop by The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving. Come learn how to incorporate this essential, lay pastoral ministry of caring with your congregation, and see how it affects their relationship with you, your church, and your community. The workshop lasts only 100 minutes!

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

 

Quarterly Speaker Series
On Wednesday, March 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew (Tucson) is hosting speakers who will speak to the state of education in Arizona, as well as both the pro and the con of the ballot question. All are invited to learn more about Proposition 123. Dr. Linda Arzoumanian, Ed.D, Pima County School Superintendent will speak on the background of the education system in Arizona. Morgan Abrahams, University of Arizona graduate and Student Body President (2013-2014) will speak in opposition to Proposition 123. Jason Freed, President of the Tucson Education Association is speaking in support of Proposition 123.

Trinity Cathedral Hosts Guest Preacher
The Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary is particularly interested in the impact scripture has for communities of faith today. Her research focuses on literary interpretations of the Bible, the Psalms and Negro Spirituals and women in the Bible. She is the author of Ruth: A Commentary. This Sunday, March 13, Rev. Fentress-Williams will be the guest preacher at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services at Trinity Cathedral (Phoenix).

Spring Carnival
It’s a Springtime celebration at St. Andrew’s (Glendale) 2nd Annual Carnival, March 19, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be carnival games, music, truck club show, food, cake walk, fun, excitement and much more! All are welcome to attend!

 

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, March 12

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Stewardship Community of Practice @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Byrd and Sweelinck Concert
    @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, March 13

  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Choral Evensong @ All Saints’, Phoenix

Tuesday, March 15

  • Fr. Eusebio Kino Liturgical Day
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, March 16

  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, March 17
  • Compline @ All Saints’, Phoenix

PRAYERS
[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

March
13  St. Anthony on the Desert, Scottsdale
20  St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale
27  St. Andrew’s, Sedona

April
3  St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • Fred Chilese, husband of The Rev. Sandy Chilese,
    who is recovering from knee replacement 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 nicole@azdiocese.org.

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