Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

As I sat in the stands at the Diamondbacks game last Friday — joined by almost two hundred other Episcopalians for Faith and Family Night — it occurred to me that baseball has much in common with liturgy. I am not alone in this opinion. Blogger and artist Hannah M.G. Shapero writes:


Disaster Preparedness Month

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Benjamin Franklin once noted. This is especially true when it comes to disasters. Planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters can go a long way in minimizing the suffering and damage that often follow. September is National Disaster Preparedness month. Get tips on how you and your family can prepare. In addition, each church should have an Emergency Preparedness Plan.


Women’s Ministry Conference
The Women’s Ministries Conference will be held on Saturday, September 26 at Trinity Cathedral. The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair, Canon to the Ordinary, will facilitate a session of re-visioning to help the organization choose the path forward. They invite, and need, all Episcopal women to help with this vital step. There will also be singing, sharing time, Eucharist, a short business meeting, and a tasty catered lunch. Details and registration information can be found on their website.


Summer Sizzler Concert Series

St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents The LoBros on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. The six-member LoBros band is built around two musically talented brothers, Salvador and Christian Lopez, affectionately known as The LoBros. They compose pieces that defy the usual musical categories, combining music from a variety of styles and genres including classical, Latin, jazz and traditions from around the world to create a uniquely original musical experience. Suggested concert admission is $20 per person.

Global Online Formation
The Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program (BSFP) Global Online will be offered this Fall in Goodyear/Litchfield Park. The Program educates participants to be spiritual directors and/or to use this information in their present ministry of life work. The first module begins September 15, so registration must be completed ASAP. For questions, contact Rev. Sheila Hagan-Bloxham at 780-719-8753 or

College Backpacks Blessed
Mother Ann Johnson (from Church of the Epiphany, Flagstaff) and Chaplain Brad Eubanks (from Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministries, Flagstaff) together blessed more than 150 backpacks on the NAU campus in a 90-minute period on Monday, August 31, the first day of school!




Workshop Change
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.

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 5

  • Contemplative Group Prayer @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, September 6

  • Compline @ St. Andrew’s, Tucson

Monday, September 7

  • Labor Day – Diocesan Office Closed

Wednesday, September 9

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, September 10
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

6  Trinity Church, Kingman
13  Grace Church, Lake Havasu City
20  Church of Our Saviour Episcopal-Lutheran, Lakeside
27  St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Canon Bill Rhodes,
    who passed away
  • 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
  • The Rev. Pam Mulac,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Dorothy Stevens,
    whose husband, The Rev. Ernest “Lee” Stevens, passed away
  • The Rev. Dan Messier,
    who is recovering from shoulder surgery
  • The Rev. Becky Williamson,
    whose mother, Virginia, 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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