Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle May 13, 2016

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May 13, 2016


May and June are the months for graduation, and yesterday, we had our own special graduation ceremony at Trinity Cathedral.

A group of presbyters just completed a special program offered jointly by the Diocese of Arizona and the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management. It’s called, “Best Skills Best Churches: What Seminary Didn’t Teach You,” and was a six-part training for priests in nonprofit management.

Native American Ministry Resource Conference
Congregations currently involved or discerning a call to Native Ministry in The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona are encouraged to attend a day-long gathering organized by the diocesan Native American Program Group on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Christ Church of the Ascension (Paradise Valley). Learn about active ministry in the diocese and have a chance to brainstorm with current leadership for new ministry opportunities. Also, some of the barriers and challenges of Native Ministry in the diocese will be addressed. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.

ERD Helps Ecuador


Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is supporting earthquake response efforts in Ecuador through local Episcopal dioceses in both the coastal and inland regions. The Diocese of Litoral Ecuador, based in Guayaquil, was hardest hit by the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck off the coast on April 16. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) puts the current death toll at 660, with 23 still missing. Over 4,600 people were injured in the disaster, and nearly 23,000 are still in shelters three weeks following the quake, as an estimated 7,000 buildings were destroyed and numerous aftershocks hampered initial response activities. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the earthquake in Ecuador, and for the churches that are ministering to those in their communities who are most in need. To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response, please donate to the International Disaster Response Fund.

Jubilee Ministry Grants

Applications are now accepted for the 2016 Jubilee Ministry grants to further the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. Grants will be awarded in two categories to assist currently-designated Jubilee Ministries in their work: Jubilee Development Grant and Jubilee Impact Grants. The Jubilee Development Grant, up to $25,000, will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to address systemic issues affecting domestic poverty. The Jubilee Impact Grants, in amounts of $750 to $1,500 for a total of $40,000, will be awarded for initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need. The deadline for applications is June 17 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.



Jazz Concert  



Announcing an exciting, new community event at St. John the Baptist (Glendale)! On Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m., come celebrate the birth of this new jazz concert series featuring Phoenix’s finest world class artists. Featuring The Vicki McDermitt Quartet, with special guest Jerry Donato. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will gladly be accepted.





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, May 14

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Diocesan Confirmation Service @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Ladies Afternoon Tea @ St. James the Apostle, Tempe
  • Integrity Arizona Chapter Meeting
    @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, May 15

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Pentecost Evensong @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, May 17

  • Canon Theologian Discussion with Presbyters
    @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, May 18
  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, May 19
  • Telecare: A Stewardship Ministry Community of Practice Workshop @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

15  Church of the Epiphany, Tempe
22  St. Augustine’s, Tempe
29 St. James the Apostle, Tempe

5  St. Paul’s, Tombstone

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from a fall
  • The Rev. Rick Wilson,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Makenzie, granddaughter of The Rev. Bill Forrest,
    who is undergoing chemo treatments
  • The Rev. Ed Gustafson,
    who is in hospice care
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • 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

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

Contact Information

Phone: 602-254-0976
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
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