Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

The activity level at Diocesan House has been intense this week as the staff prepares for our upcoming Diocesan Annual Convention next week. But in the midst of this logistical whirlwind, I have also been aware of two world events that will serve as a somber background to our meeting.


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. 

From Scarcity to Generosity
[EVP] To live as a steward is counter cultural. So is being Christian. In Mary MacGregor’s ministry, she often uses this Funk and Wagnall’s Dictionary definition of steward: “One who is entrusted with the management of property, finances, or other affairs not his own.” This simple definition drives home the point that if we are to live as stewards we must realize that all we have is entrusted to us to manage, it really isn’t our own. Read more.

Social Media Sunday (#SMS15)
Social Media Sunday was started in June 2013. This now nationwide initiative was developed to: encourage social media use by and within churches not yet using social networking platforms; boost social media participation within churches already using social networking platforms; and demonstrate the power of social media to be and do church within — and beyond — building as well as in between times of gathering for formal worship. This year #SMS15 is an ecumenical effort. All are welcome and encouraged to participate on Sunday, October 25! Click here to learn how to get involved.

AZ Episcopalian Magazine

If you have not received the Fall 2015 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine in your mailbox, it is now available online. This issue contains information about Annual Convention and other great things going on around the Diocese. If you are not receiving the magazine by mail, contact your church to sign up (it’s FREE)!


Facilitator Training School Registration Open
St. Anthony on the Desert (Scottsdale) is hosting a Walking the Mourner’s Path Facilitator Training School from November 5-7. During the course, laity and clergy are trained specifically in the Christian ministry of grief and bereavement. The early registration fee is $350, or $250 if two or more from the parish or organization attend. Get the registration form here.

Dance Mixability Classes Offered 


What happens when people of all ages, stages, and ability levels move together? Grab a friend and get in the MIX! St. Stephen’s (Phoenix) is offering classes, based on contemporary dance techniques, that will include a mix of technical development, partner and group work, improvisation, and choreography to build towards a final performance. Classes meet each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. through December 12. The cost is $6/class.

Learn About Centering Prayer
On Saturday, October 17, Good Shepherd in the Hills (Cave Creek) is offering a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. To register, contact


Workshop Changes
Workshop W4 in Session 2 has been changed. The new workshop is entitled “The Joys and Challenges of Ministry with Youth.” This replaces the panel discussion on after school programs. If you registered for the school programs workshop, you can attend this or any other workshop you wish.

Due to the many inquiries about the “OpenSpace” workshops, we have created another space is Session 1. This OpenSpace replaces the panel discussion on working with the homeless. If you registered for this workshop, you can attend an OpenSpace or any other workshop you wish.

Friday Lunch at Convention
If you don’t want to go off-site to eat lunch on Friday, the hotel will be selling food (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers) in the patio area near the pool for $10.00.

Open Space Workshops Clarification
Some workshops will be presented in a new format. Along with our usual scheduled topics, there will be an opportunity for nine “OpenSpace” workshops. There is no pre-set list of topics. The topics will be developed at convention. If you are interested in hosting one of these sessions, the request can be made at the registration area at Convention. Advanced requests will not be accepted.

Children’s Program
Registration for the children’s program at Convention is now open. It will begin on Saturday, October 17 at 8:15 a.m. and end at the close of Convention, and is open to children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. A Nursery Program for infants through pre-Kindergarten will be offered Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. (following the Eucharist) to close of Convention. Preregistration is required for all ages.

Details and forms for all of the above can be found on the Diocesan Convention webpage.



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 10

  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Pride Retreat: Queer Christianity 101 @ St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Quiet Day @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Dance Mixability @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • Classical Afghan Music @ Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
  • Integrity Arizona Chapter Meeting @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, October 11

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Organist Pamela Decker Concert @ St. Alban’s, Tucson
  • Taizé Service @ All Saints of the Desert, Sun City

Tuesday, October 13

  • “How To Talk About Money” (Stew U) @ Advent, Sun City West
Wednesday, October 14
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, October 16
  • Diocesan Convention @ Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa
18  Church of the Transfiguration, Mesa
25  St. Mark’s, Mesa

1  SS Philip & James, Morenci

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Robin Hollis,
    who is receiving treatment for a bleeding disorder
  • 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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