Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle September 18, 2015

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September 18, 2015

Today, the Diocese said goodbye to a true “Pillar of the Church.” The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes was laid to rest at Trinity Cathedral in a service attended by many of his fellow clergy and hundreds of his friends.


Facility Manager’s Stewardship Role

The presentation of our church facilities directly impacts the recruiting of new membership. Potential members pass by your church facility every day, and when they do, they subconsciously judge the quality of your organization by the presentation of the facility. As church facility managers, we have been entrusted by God to maintain His facilities (Matthew 25:14), and we need to put these facilities to work in returning more souls to His flock. Read more.


In Case of Disaster…
[EVP] In the face of devastating loss, what are some of the key things a church community needs to do? It’s essential that your congregation have a disaster recovery plan–covering both occasions when your building is empty as well as occasions when it’s full of people. Here is a list of things to include as you plan.

Morning Coffee & Textiles

On Saturday, September 19, St. Michael and All Angels (Tucson) Summer team volunteers invite everyone to hear timely stories and see photos from rural Guatemala, and to get up-to-date on a chaotic election year. The formal program begins at 9:30 a.m. Presenters include medical students, a nurse, a public health specialist, and generalists. Maya textiles available for purchase. For more information, contact Ila Abernathy at


Teeing it Up for Mission Golf Tourney
St. Luke’s (Prescott) is hosting its first ever benefit golf tournament on Saturday, October 24 at 8:30 a.m.! If you’re a golfer join us and bring a friend or two or three! Cost is $70 per player for golf, prizes and lunch following. Following the tournament, lunch will be served at St. Luke’s, prizes awarded, and general silliness. Register here. For more information contact Lucy Kemper at

Arts at St. Augustine’s
St. Augustine’s is excited to present the inaugural season of Arts at St. Augustine’s! They have some amazing talent lined up, and quite a selection of styles of music to enjoy. Their space is intimate; you will have an opportunity to hear and see the artists up close as they perform. After each concert, enjoy refreshments and a time to talk with performers and fellow listeners. They promise unforgettable experiences! See the concert season flyer. (*Correction: the October concert is on 10/9.)



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 (burgers, hot dogs and chicken) 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 eight “OpenSpace” workshops (4 in each session). 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.

Exhibit Tables
A few spaces for exhibitors at Convention are still available, however they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation fee is dependent on the type of exhibit you are planning. If you, your congregation, or your ministry are interested in an exhibit space, don’t wait.

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, September 19

  • Morning Coffee & Textiles with Guatemala Team @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • 3 Steps to Financial Freedom @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, September 20

  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St Anthony on the Desert, Scottsdale
  • Hebrew Scriptures Discussion Group @ St. Philip’s In the Hills, Tucson

Wednesday, September 23

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, September 25
  • The Art of Dance @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

20  Church of Our Saviour Episcopal-Lutheran, Lakeside
27  St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

4  All of Our Episcopal Schools
11  ASU Incarnation Campus Ministry, Mesa

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Cliff & Sue Blinman,
    whose son, Todd Blinman, died
  • The Rev. John Christopher,
    who is recovering from knee surgery
  • The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes,
    who died
  • Luisa Bonillas,
    who is receiving treatment for breast cancer
  • The Rev. Bill Cohee,
    who is dealing with health issues
  • The Rev. Ben Somerville,
    who is dealing with a serious health issue
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Pat Huls,
    who is recovering from multiple surgeries
  • Dorothy Stevens,
    whose husband, The Rev. Ernest “Lee” Stevens, passed away
  • 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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