Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle October 30, 2015

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October 30, 2015

This week, I am continuing to offer comments on the keynote presentations at our Diocesan Convention by the Morrison Institute. I wrote last week about the challenge of education in our state; now the focus is on our changing demographics and the effect on our congregations.


Presiding Bishop Installation Webcast
The service of Installation of the new Presiding Bishop is this Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. (Arizona time) at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Several Arizonans will be participating in the service: Bishop Smith will be processing with the House of Bishops, Rev. Susan Snook will processing with the Executive Council, and Judith Conley will be assisting at Communion. Complete details and links to watch the webcast can be found in this article.

Annual Diocesan Convention Results 

Whether you were there and want to review the election and voting results, or you weren’t able to make it and want to know what happened, take a look at our post-Convention webpage!


EAP Wellness Seminars
If you are enrolled in any of the medial trust medical plans through Church Pension Group, you and your family have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is offering free, online seminars on various wellness topics throughout the year. See the program flyer for a list of dates, subjects and attendance information.


Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts Workshop
Spiritual Gifts are given to all of us by God. Using these gifts to develop an active ministry with your church community can be a powerful experience. Learning about your Spiritual Gifts is a process of personal discovery and allows you to focus on who you are as a gifted and empowered person of God. On Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s (Sierra Vista), Canon Cathy Black will help participants learn how to do God’s will in the way that is best suited to who they are. All are invited to attend. Please register in advance.

Christians in Concert
The Program Group on Disability Concerns presents Christians in Concert, an evening of Christian and Popular Music, on Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Iglesia Episcopal De San Pablo

(Phoenix). The suggested donation is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and children, which includes one raffle ticket for prizes.  Additional raffle tickets will be available for $1.00 each.




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, October 31

  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Dance Mixability @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • A Halloween Concert on the Corner @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
  • Otoacoustic Emissions @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

Sunday, November 1

  • All Saints’ Evensong @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson
  • Day of the Dead Celebration @ Good Shepherd, Cave Creek
  • St. Luke’s “A Taste for Mission” Evening of Art & Wine Tasting @ Prescott Crush Wine Cafe, Prescott
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Tuesday, November 3

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
Wednesday, November 4
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, November 5
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path Facilitator Training School @ St. Anthony’s, Scottsdale
  • Best Skills-Best Churches: Volunteers in Service
Friday, November 6
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path Facilitator Training School @ St. Anthony’s, Scottsdale
  • First Fridays @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

1  SS Philip & James, Morenci
8  St. Andrew’s, Nogales
15  Church of the Apostles, Oro Valley
22  Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Kimball Arnold,
    who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is recovering at home
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is recovering at home
  • 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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