The Bishop’s Epistle: April 14, 2017

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BLACK CROSS
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
CLERGY NEWS
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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April 14, 2017

BLACK CROSS

 

 

I have always been a fan of New Mexican artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). She captures the spirit of the Southwest better than anyone I know. Although I didn’t know what a famous woman she was at the time, I actually had the chance to meet her when I was little boy attending church camp at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her studio was near the camp, and I have a distinct memory of an old woman with long grey hair dressed in black pajamas and the fences around her property decorated with cow skulls, an iconic image of hers.

 

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ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Money Minutes

 

[ECF] For Latino/Hispanic congregations in the Episcopal Church in the United States, the topic of financial literacy has not commanded much attention. As a matter of fact, many Episcopalians are curious about what Latino/Hispanic congregations are doing to keep their congregations growing and vibrant. As the word sustainability resurfaces time and again in Latino/Hispanic ministries, there are three primary challenges. Read more and watch the videos.

Canon Theologian Publishes Book
“Everyone has taken a pilgrimage,” says author Gil Stafford. “Some pilgrimages are intentional: I walked across Ireland. Some are unintentional: I walked my mother through the final days of her life. Life is a pilgrimage. But, do we walk intentionally, embracing the transformational process?” Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life, by Canon Gil Stafford, PhD, Canon Theologian, is now available through Church Publishing and other bookstores.

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE

Crazy Chile Farm Report

 

The Crazy Chile Farm at Church of the Transfiguration (Mesa) is now beginning its third growing season. In 2014, this unique, volunteer agricultural project was conceived by the Vestry, as a funding mechanism to support the church’s growing interest in outreach–feeding the hungry, supporting the needy (especially children), caring for the sick, and welcoming the stranger, in accordance with our Baptismal Covenant. Read more.

 

CLERGY NEWS

The Rev. Sally Stevens-Taylor…

is now a Deacon at St. Andrew’s (Tucson).

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

 

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, April 15

  • Bishop Preaches – Easter Vigil @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Omega Service @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
Sunday, April 16
  • Easter Sunday
  • Bishop’s Visitation @ St. Paul’s, Payson
  • Group Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
Monday, April 17
  • Easter Monday – Diocesan Office Closed

Tuesday, April 18

  • Central AZ Children’s Ministries Gathering
    @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe
  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, April 19

  • Contemplative Eucharist @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, April 21
  • Building Bridges Forum
    @ Good Shepherd of the Hills, Cave Creek

PRAYERS

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

April
16  Santa Maria Episcopal Church, Phoenix
23  St. Jude’s, Phoenix
30  St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix

May
7  St. Mary’s, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • The Rev. Byron Mills,
    whose son-in-law, Tom Brunson, died
  •  The Rev. Pat Huls,

    who is receiving treatment after a fall
  • The Rev. Winifred Macarthy,
    who has been hospitalized for blood clots
  • Canon Nancy Shumaker,
    whose husband, Ron, died
  •  The Rev. Mary Piotrowski,

    who is recovering from a broken arm
  • Deacon Candidate Debra Loder,
    whose infant granddaughter, Pearl, died
  • The Rev. Gregory Wyes,
    who is in hospice care
  • Lotti Wyes, wife of The Rev. Gregory Wyes,
    who has macular degeneration
  •  Vicki Fitzsimmons, wife of The Rev. Jim Fitzsimmons,

    who has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia
  • The Rt. Rev. Robert Shahan,
    who is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s
  • The Rev. Bob Williams,
    who has been hospitalized
  • 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 nicole@azdiocese.org.

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