The Bishop’s Epistle: April 21, 2017

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April 21, 2017


This Sunday is “Low Sunday,” that time of post-Easter let-down. In many churches, the attendance will be low, the choir may off, and the clergy may even be on vacation. Moreover, the mood of the congregation is likely to be much more subdued than last Sunday. The feeling of many may be that as Christians and as a church, we have returned to “business as usual.”  

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Family Camp Registration Open

Diocesan Family Camp (July 6-9) is an opportunity to use your family vacation time to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your children and with the God who made you a family. It is challenging in this over-programmed, screen-filled culture to take the time out to be present to the people in our families. You will experience prayer, music, free time exploring the beauty of Prescott, and old-fashioned camp fun, like arts and crafts, a campfire, the ropes course, and games. Invest in your family, and come join us!

It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Relationships!

This workshop, which is part of StewU, is for all interested Lay Leaders, Finance and Stewardship Committee members, Vestry and Clergy. The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving, will present these topics:
  • Building Relationships = Increased Giving
  • How to Talk About Money and Pledges 
  • Planned Giving: The Most Overlooked Aspect of
    Congregational Stewardship

It will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at All Saints of the Desert (Sun City). Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Diane at the church office at (623) 974-8404 or via e-mail


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 22

  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Free Food Mobile Pantry @ St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix
  • Arizona Cursillo Fundraising Dinner @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix
  • Omega Service @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
Sunday, April 23
  • Bishop’s Visitation @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Group Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

Wednesday, April 26

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
  • Taizé @ St. James, Tempe
Thursday, April 27
  • AFN Event: Where is God
    @ Islamic Community Center of Phoenix
Friday, April 28
  • Centering Prayer Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott

[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

23  St. Jude’s, Phoenix
30  St. Luke’s at the Mountain, Phoenix

  7  St. Mary’s, Phoenix
14  St. Paul’s Sudanese Mission, 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 

Contact Information

Phone: 602-254-0976
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
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