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events around the diocese APRIL - JUNE 2016


APRIL 1 First Fridays | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

APRIL 2 Produce on Wheels Without Waste | ST. JOhN ThE BAPTIST, GLENdALE


Piano Concert | ChRIST ThE KING, TUCSON

APRIL 5-7 Presbyter Retreat | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

APRIL 7-9 Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s National Council Meeting | WINdEMERE hOTEL ANd CONFERENCE CENTER, MESA

APRIL 8 Desert Sun Brass Quintet | ST. AUGUSTINE’S, TEMPE

APRIL 9 Free Food Mobile Pantry | ST. LUKE’S AT ThE MOUNTAIN, PhOENIx

Desert Sun Brass Quintet | ChURCh OF ThE NATIVITy, SCOTTSdALE

APRIL 10 Alleluia Fund SundayAPRIL 23 Free Food Mobile Pantry | ST. LUKE’S AT ThE MOUNTAIN, PhOENIx

APRIL 24 Installation of The Rev. Daniel Richards | ChRIST ChURCh OF ThE ASCENSION, PARAdISE VALLEy

APRIL 29 Stewardship Community of Practice with Jerry Keucher | ST. AUGUSTINE’S, TEMPE

APRIL 30 Stewardship Community of Practice | ST. AUGUSTINE’S, TEMPE

Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Laity and Disscucion with Deacons | IGLESIA EPISCOPAL dE SAN PABLO, PhOENIx


MAy 1 Harp Concert | ChRIST ThE KING, TUCSON

MAy 6 First Fridays | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

MAy 7 Produce on Wheels Without Waste | ST. JOhN ThE BAPTIST, GLENdALE

Day of Information | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx


MAy 9-11 Lay Staff Retreat: Lay Planning for Tomorrow | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

MAy 12 Clergy Planning for Tomorrow | ST. BARNABAS, SCOTTSdALE

Best Skills-Best Churches: Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

MAy 14 Free Food Mobile Pantry | ST. LUKE’S AT ThE MOUNTAIN, PhOENIx

Diocesan Confirmation Service | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

MAy 17 Canon Theologian Book Discussion w/ Clergy | ST. ANdREW’S, SEdONA

MAy 21 Holly Pyle & House of Stairs Concert | ChURCh OF ThE NATIVITy, SCOTTSdALE

MAy 22 Holly Pyle & House of Stairs Concert | ST. AUGUSTINE’S, TEMPE

MAy 24 Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Clergy | ST. MIChAEL’S &


MAy 28 Free Food Mobile Pantry | ST. LUKE’S AT ThE MOUNTAIN, PhOENIx

Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Laity and Disscucion with Deacons | ST. MIChAEL’S & ALL ANGELS, TUCSON

MAy 29 Installation of The Rev. Richard Aguilar | ST. STEPhEN’S, dOUGLAS & ST.


MAy 30 Memorial Day – Diocesan Office Closed


JUNE 3 First Fridays | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

JUNE 5-11 W.I.L.D. Camp Program | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT


JUNE 11 Diaconal Ordination | TRINITy CAThEdRAL, PhOENIx

JUNE 12-18 W.I.L.D. Camp Program | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT


JUNE 18 Canon Theologian Book Discussion with Laity and Disscucion with Deacons | ST. ANdREW’S, SEdONA

JUNE 19-25 W.I.L.D. Camp Program | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

Children’s Camp | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

JUNE 25 Free Food Mobile Pantry | ST. LUKE’S AT ThE MOUNTAIN, PhOENIx

JUNE 26-29 Ankle Biters’ Camp | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

JUNE 26-JULy 2 W.I.L.D. Camp Program | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT

Children’s Camp | ChAPEL ROCK, PRESCOTT


inside this issue

Diocesan EventsContents

Clery News | Youth Leadership Academy Learns about Border IssuesEpsitle: Nothing Beats the Outdoors

New Elder Spirituality Ministry FormedProvince VIII Winter Talk Meets in Tucson | Banking Made Easy

Family CampYouth Camp Provides Important Experiences

To What Shall We Compare the Kingdom of Heaven?Campus Ministry Young Adults Enjoy Quiet Time at Chapel Rock

Churches Combine Resources to Benefit Jubilee MinistrySt. Andrew’s Catering

Chile-Pepper Operation Fights HungerLadies Afternoon Tea

Chandler Church Sponsors Refugee FamilyYour Mission Share

Episcopal Journal: National NewsDiocesan Directory



Back Cover Photo by Vicky Greening: Bishop Smith blesses Trinity Church (Kingman) parishioner Marjorie Galbraith for her 100th birthday.

Periodicals Postage Paid at Phoenix, AZ and additional mailing offices. Arizona Episcopalian is published four times per year in January, April, July and October by The Episcopal diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.USPS # 025-494. Postmaster send address changes to: P.O. Box 937, Bellmawr, NJ 08099-0937 OR e-mail: [email protected] OR call 800-691-9846.

DIoceSaN HouSe114 W. Roosevelt Street Phoenix, aZ 85003-1406 602-254-0976 phone 602-495-6603

THe BISHoP of aRIZoNaThe Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith [email protected]

caNoN foR aDMINISTRaTIoNcathy [email protected]

caNoN foR STeWaRDSHIP & PLaNNeD GIVINGThe Rev. canon Timothy [email protected]

caNoN foR fINaNceVicki [email protected]

caNoN foR MeDIa & coMMuNIcaTIoNSNicole [email protected] of TRINITY caTHeDRaLThe Very Rev. Troy [email protected]

caNoN foR cHILDReN’S MINISTRIeSJana [email protected]

caNoN To THe oRDINaRYThe Rev. canon Megan [email protected]

caNoN foR YouTH & YouNG aDuLT MINISTRIeSJesse Villegas, [email protected]


THe ePIScoPaL DIoceSe of aRIZoNa

Established in 1959, The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona has 25,000 members in 12,500 households in more than 60 congregations. We are part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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Prescott National Forest - Wikipedia


I have been writ-ing a lot about camp recently. In early March, I urged our congregations to sup-port the work at Cha-pel Rock by contrib-uting to camperships

for this coming summer. I know that many of you responded generously to this special request. There is perhaps no better way to bring the Gospel message of Jesus to a young person than by immersing him or her in a week of fun and learning in the cool piney woods of Prescott.

If, when were kids, we were lucky enough to have attended a church camp, scout camp, or private camp, there is a part of us that fondly remembers canoeing, sleeping bags, summer crushes, and s’mores. I recently read of a summer camp for adults that caters to this nostalgia by

NothiNg Beats the great outdoorsoffering grown-ups a week of swim-ming, snipe hunts, and lanyard mak-ing, just like when they were kids. The camp was fully booked!

The longing we have for that outdoor experience reminds us of the need we all have to “disconnect” from the pressures and stimuli of modern life and “reconnect” with the simple pleasures of being close to the earth.

Some of you may have recaptured that feeling by taking up hiking, hunting, fishing, or anything that gets you into the great outdoors (sorry, RVing does not count). Others of us have had to settle for less strenuous activities like an early morning walk or spending time in the garden.

A recent Facebook article mentioned a church which, for its Lenten disci-pline, encouraged its parishioners to get outside. Instead of just giving up chocolate or going to weekday servic-es, a group in this parish took a boat


Bishop Smith’s E-pistle is sent out weekly to e-mail subscribers. Please contact Nicole Krug at [email protected] if you would like to receive it.


AppointmentsThe Rev. Daniel Richards, as the new Rector of Christ Church of the Ascension (Paradise Valley).

InstallationsThe Rev. Kenn Katona, as Vicar at St. Peter’s (Casa Grande).

ObituariesThe Rev. William “Bill” Haugh. Rev. Haugh served as an Assistant and also the Interim Rector at Christ the King (Tucson). Most recently, he was an Associate at the Church of St. Matthew (Tucson).

The Rev. Canon John J. Atwell. Canon Atwell was an Army Chaplain from 1939-1966. He transferred his canonical residence from the Dio-cese of Maryland to the Missionary District of Arizona in 1957, two years before we became the Diocese of Arizona. Over the years, he served as Vicar at Christ Church (Florence) and Rector at Church of the Transfigura-tion (Apache Junction/Mesa). In 1978, he became the Canon to the Ordinary under Bishop Harte.

RetirementsThe Rev. Gail Carlsen, as Vicar of All Saints (Safford).

The Rev. Nadine Martin, as Deacon at St. Matthew’s (Tucson).

az clergy news

On Sunday, December 27th, 11 mem-bers of the Youth Leadership Acad-emy (YLA) and their advisors from the Diocese of Massachusetts visited St. Matthew’s in Tucson. The group attended the 10:30am ser-vice and then had a full afternoon of learning about border issues.

The after-noon started with a lunch provided by the St. Mat-thew’s Pascua Yaqui Partnership and a presentation by Tucson Samaritans. Samaritans are people of faith and conscience who are responding to the crisis at the US/ Mexico border. Samaritans travel the desert on a daily basis carrying water, food and emergency medical supplies, neces-sary to survive in the desert. Since 2002 Samaritans have directly aided hundreds of people some of whom were in dire medical distress.

Local artist, humanitarian and Samaritan Deborah McCullough gave a presentation on Samaritans to the academy youth and advisors. The young people were engaged and asked insightful questions. From St. Matthew’s, the youth travelled with Rev. Debbie Royals, Canon for Native American Ministries, to the Old Pascua Yaqui Museum/Cultural Center and met with tribal leaders who discussed the impact of the border on the Pascua Yaqui.

Youth Leadership academY visits st. matthew’s to LearN aBout Border issues

(See blog entry; click the menu item on the right about YLA Dec 2015 to see reflec-tions by many of these students.)

You might ask why a group of high school students would be away from home over the Christ-mas holidays. Rev. Mark Smith, the head of Youth Ministries

for the Diocese of Massachusetts, provided the answer. The group has been working together for a year and had planned to travel to El Salvador in August but had to cancel that trip at the last minute because of the flare-up of violence there. The Christmas holiday period was the only time the youth would be together and out of school. The trip to Arizona focused on learning from a range of communities forced to the margins of mainstream cultural and economic life, looking at how the church is responding both to those marginalized and the systems behind the marginalization, and what difference any of this might have on their lives back in Massachusetts.

While we hope that the Youth Leadership Academy gets to El Salvador next year, they are always welcome at St. Matthew’s. They are an impressive group of young people!

yLA group outside St. Matthew’s (photo provided by St. Matthew’s)trip (kayaks, canoes, and rowboats) on a group float down a local river. They mixed times of silent coasting on the water with Bible study, prayer (and some partying) when they camped on the shore at night.

It’s too late to change our Lenten practices this year, but it’s never too late to enjoy the spiritual lift that comes with being in the woods, whatever the season!

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BY NIcoLe a. KRuG, caNoN foR MeDIa & coMMuNIcaTIoNS

Over the past year, Bishop Kirk Smith has been in discussion with many people about a much-needed ministry to the older members of the congregations in the diocese. It became apparent that this is a gap that needs to be filled. To that end, he has asked The Rev. Ann Johnson of Flagstaff and Linda Williams, PhD, CSD, from Chandler to co-lead the new Elder Spirituality Ministry.

REv. ANN JohNsoNAnn grew up in Texas. She worked for 37 years as an educator of children who are deaf and hard of hear-ing. In June of 2003, she retired. After

moving to Arizona to be close to her daughter and her family, she dis-cerned a call to ordained ministry and was ordained in June, 2006. She served as Vicar of St. John’s Episco-pal Lutheran Church in Williams for seven-and-a-half years, retiring in 2014. She has been serving as Interim Rector at the Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff since January, 2015. During her time in ordained ministry, she has worked with elder populations, helping to develop programs that address the

limitations of aging. Her goal is to help local churches to identify and plan for the needs of seniors in their congregations.

LINdA WILLIAMs, Phd, CsdWhen Linda completed her PhD at ASU with a focus on social justice, ethics and public policy, she had no concept of the path the Holy

Spirit had planned for her. When she entered a spiritual direction training program through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries (CFDM) offered at St. Barnabas on the Desert, the Holy Spirit made clear that the real plan all along had been for her to address the needs of the sages and elders in our churches. She has since completed her certification as a spiritual director, as well as a certificate in gerontology and aging. She says the third stage of life is a time of life for reflection, spiritual inquiry, listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives.

Rev. Ann and Linda have provided this vision for the ministry:We look forward to responding to the needs and desires expressed by individuals approaching or in the third stage of life as the focal point of this elder spirituality ministry.

The intent is to move forward by entering into dialogue with churches throughout the diocese to explore the opportunities for ministry as some of us transition to a different phase in our spiritual journey. We anticipate that this ministry will serve both those who are approaching retirement age and beginning to think about what lies in store ahead, and those who have already made a transition to a senior residential living community. We expect that each of these groups has much to offer the other. In these early stages, we will be doing as much listening as sharing of plans, but we hope to:

• facilitate the opening of this dialogue within and between churches

• join churches in bringing members of all ages into the active life of our communities

• offer spiritual direction to all who are interested in deepening their spiritual lives

• identify resources for exploring questions and concerns and encouraging ministry concepts

• prepare those in the early years of this third stage of life to become the sages in our midst and

• design and offer training for parishes in meeting the diverse needs and wishes of this segment of our population

To ReacH ReV. aNN, e-MaIL HeR aT [email protected] ReacH LINDa, e-MaIL HeR aT [email protected].

New eLder spirituaLitY miNistrY FormedBY THe ReV. DeBBIe RoYaLS, caNoN foR NaTIVe aMeRIcaN MINISTRIeS

More than 40 Native people represent-ing the Province VIII Native American Ministry were greeted by Bishop Kirk Smith in Tucson on January 8th at the start of the Winter Talk gathering co-hosted by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. The theme this year included honoring elders and an Indigenous interpreta-tion of the Five Marks of Mission.

Attendees shared laughter, joy, and tears as we shared stories about car-ing for our elders – some of us pres-ently filling that role, while others had completed this task as their elders (parents, grandparents and other relatives) made their transitions from this physical life. The pastoral support provided was one very key takeaway

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Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Episcopal Night with the Arizona Diamondbacks as they take on the Cincinnati Reds. You’ll want to stay for the post-game festivities that are part of the D-backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks after the game, followed by a player Q & A/Testimonial, and a concert to end the festivities!

for everyone. Where many suggest that multi-generational homes are a sign of poverty in Native communi-ties, we reaffirmed for each other the need to maintain and sustain our traditions and culture which includes intergenerational living arrangements and a guarantee that elders will always hold a place in our lives.

The Rev. Dr. Cecil Corbet (Presbyterian) presented a thoughtful paper on the indigenization of the Five Marks of Mission, pointing out that although the Anglican Communion and The

Episcopal Church are well-ahead in this conversation, other denomina-tions see the Marks of Mission as examples of focus, but most impor-tantly, as values familiar to Native American people.

The group visited the Old Pascua Museum, were greeted by tribal Chairman Peter Yucupicio and the chair of the San Ignacio Yaqui Council before enjoying a traditional meal. The Deer Dancer, Pascola dancers,

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and musicians honored our guests from the four sacred directions, celebrated the many Native cultures present and sent the group on its way with a blessing.

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Summer is here and that means that it is time to start exploring the opportunities for kids to attend camp. Choosing a camp can be a daunting task, especially when look-ing for one that not only provides fun and adventure, but also provides foundations of the Christian faith. Summer camp experiences are im-portant for kids in order for them to gain crucial social skills, obtain last-ing memories, and deepen their faith in Jesus Christ. I believe that the diocesan Summer Youth Camp is perfect for any middle or high school student.

Chapel Rock camp planning is in full swing. Staffs from the diocese and Chapel Rock are so excited for all the campers this year! We constantly remind ourselves what a wonderful privilege we all get to have a mountain top experience in

God’s beautiful creation. The camp’s grounds are a different place when the kids of the diocese are there. The camp comes alive with all the smiles, cheers, and smells of delicious s’mores. Counselors and campers have a unique opportunity to build a relationship that can last a lifetime. During Youth Camp, we will share the wonderful stories of Jesus. Our hope is that our youth are inspired to take the Gospel into the places they live, work, study, and play. We do this through Christian community and fellowship.

yoUTh CAMPSession I: June 5-11Session II: June 12-18

REGIsTER TodAy assistance is available; no child is turned away from champ for inability to pay.

Youth camp provides importaNt experieNcesCome, send, or visit summer camp this year. See you soon!

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Everybody loves a good story. Telling stories was the main way Jesus taught his followers. These stories, called “parables,” are not to be confused with fables, which come with a clear, pithy moral. Parables are an indirect way of teaching, meant to throw the mind off the logical trail and shift the hearer’s thinking. “If anyone has ears to hear, listen!” Many of Jesus’ parables are introduced to address the question, “To what shall we compare the Kingdom of Heaven?” And each story he tells demonstrates the upside-

down, inside-out reality of life in God’s Kingdom—different in every way from what his followers are expecting to hear.

In Godly Play, we recognize that parables are gifts given to us long ago, and they are sometimes hard to open. If this is so, how are we to learn from them? Through wondering about them and playing with them, of course! This year at Children’s Camp, we will explore the parables of Jesus through various storytelling forms, arts and crafts, music, prayer practices, and through the unique experience of Christian community that only happens at camp. Children


In November 2015, the four campus ministries of the Diocese of Arizona (Annunciation Campus Ministry at ASU; Incarnation ASU Polytechnic Campus; Episcopal Campus Ministry

to what shaLL we compare the kiNgdom oF heaveN? campus miNistrY YouNg aduLts eNjoY Quiet time at chapeL rockwill meet the Good Shepherd who

made the parables, and experience the upside-down, inside-out reality of the Kingdom of Heaven.

ChILdREN’s CAMPSession 1: June 19-25Session 2: June 26-July 2Ankle Biters’ Camp (ABC—with parent): June 26-29Mini Camp: June 29-July 2

REGIsTER TodAy assistance is available; no child is turned away from champ for inability to pay.

Photo by danitza Schmmitt

at UofA; and Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry in Flagstaff) gathered, as we do annually, for our Diocesan Young Adult and Campus Ministry Retreat at Chapel Rock in Prescott. We gathered to pray, to play, and to simply disconnect from the rest of the world for a weekend and spend time with the Divine. It was a time for young adults to disconnect from work and school and just “be.” It was an amazing experience. Here are the stories of three of our young adults who attended:“Sandwiched between global tragedies with the terror attacks on Paris and

an inundation of personal stress through the final weeks of the fall semester, the campus ministries joined their voices together in the cooling Prescott air through ambrosian hymns and psalms. Ranging from praises to the acknowledgement of anger, we found a kind of peace

together through the blending of our voices, the synchronization of our breathing, the oneness we created in twenty individuals.

Amidst a world moving into more and more obvious division with terrorism and war—even amidst the very simple individualism of what feels like the end of the world during finals—we created a kind of unity that only comes in song. We went to church to sing together.”-LIZZY, SeNIoR eNGLISH MaJoR

“Being at the young adult retreat at Chapel Rock was a practice in paradox.

From the quiet and orderly nature of following monastic orders to the rowdy and adrenaline inducing high-ropes course, very little stayed the same from hour to hour. Our hearts and souls, so quiet and peaceful from the shared breathing of our chanting, leapt during activities meant to test our understanding of trust and teamwork. The innocent joy we felt when playing childhood games shifted to adult solemnity when we tried to comprehend the religious extremism and fundamentalism running rampant in our world. Our chaplains said that the goal of the retreat was to be relaxed and exhilarated by the end of the weekend. And they were right. We did experience both those states of being and many more.”-MaRGaReT, aNTHRoPoLoGY GRaDuaTe STuDeNT

“The community that I was introduced to at Chapel Rock, from all the new students I was able to meet, to being able to grow in my relationships with fellow students from Canterbury at Northern Arizona University, was one that I was surprised to find myself fit into so well. I have remained in contact with many of the students since the retreat, and I look forward to seeing them throughout the next year at various campus events. Sometimes it’s nice to know you aren’t alone, and there is a community waiting to accept you for who you are.”-KeLSeY, JuNIoR SPaNISH aND INTeRNaTIoNaL affaIRS MaJoR

Photo provided by diocesan Campus Ministry

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Photos courtesy of Myra Kingsley



“Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” …. And all ate and were filled.” -Matthew 13:16

In the darkness of the early morning hours, people begin to line up outside the building to get a box of canned goods. People are allowed two visits a month and if it’s their first visit of the month, they also get a box of donated produce, day old breads, deserts, fruit and/or vegetables. The produce may be a little bruised, the fruit a little over-ripe, and chances are you and I would not buy them in the grocery store. We would pick and chose the perfect peach or tomato to put into our grocery basket. Here, it is what is: it’s food, it’s good food, and it will feed a family for another week or so.

This is the scene six days a week at ICM Food and Clothing Bank (formerly known as Interfaith Coop-erative Ministries) on 9th Avenue, just a short distance south of the Di-ocesan offices and Trinity Cathedral in central Phoenix. Approximately 150 individuals sign in each day (Monday through Saturday) to receive food to feed their children and other family members.

I attended a conference last year that addressed the issue of poverty in our communities. Those attending were good people, doing a lot of really good work. But what struck me at the time is that we tend to talk about poverty in the abstract as if it was safely “out there” somewhere. Agencies like ICM remind us that poverty isn’t safely “out there” somewhere – it is right here, right outside our doors, right where we live, right next door, right here in our community.

churches comBiNe resources to BeNeFit juBiLee miNistrY

Everyone in that line outside ICM in the early morning hours has their story. Some have always struggled to make ends meet and feed their families; others have lost their jobs, or their health, or have become sole supporters of extended family and need help when the minimum wage paycheck or the social security check just doesn’t stretch far enough. Many

in that line are strong and indepen-dent, they aren’t weak or lazy be-cause they need help, they just can’t make it on their own right now.

One day, a grandmother came to ICM to try and get food for her three grandchildren that she was rais-ing on her own. Unfortunately, she learned about ICM to late in the day and the building had closed. The kids went hungry that day. But she came back the next day. The ICM staff fed the kids lunch, and the grandmother and kids went home with a box of food to feed the family. No one would go hungry that week.

ICM Food and Clothing Bank at URL:

cMaZ.oRG, began in the 1970’s in response to the social needs and concerns of the poor. It was founded by an ecumenical group, the North Phoenix Corporate Ministries, which included several Protestant churches of various denominations, a Catholic parish, and two Jewish synagogues. At one time, the program was housed at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where

emergency relief was provided. It also became a Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church. As the North Phoenix Corporate Ministries grew as a force for ecumenical social action, the program moved to a storefront on 3rd Avenue and became known as Interfaith Cooperative Ministries – ICM.

By 1993, ICM had outgrown their storefront location and moved to their current location (501 S. 9th Avenue). ICM continues to be a viable, significant force meeting the needs of those who fall through the cracks of the social network. Today, ICM is the

largest distributer of St. Mary’s Food Bank Emergency Food Boxes in Mari-copa County. With the help of many congregations and volunteers, the agency provides clothing and food for the hundreds of people who come through their doors each day.

ICM still operates on a shoestring budget, which is largely composed of grants and donations. They only have five full-time staff working Monday through Saturday throughout the year, with the volunteers providing the majority of the services to the clients served. ICM is meeting the needs of our community that are not met by any other agency. It remains as an example of interfaith coopera-tion that can be emulated in other venues and services.

The Board of Directors of ICM and its volunteer base is still largely composed of individuals from local

churches, such as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Phoenix), Christ Church of the Ascension (Paradise Valley), and All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Phoenix). The mission is to provide “an immediate response to basic human needs,” and it can’t be done

without your help and support.

If you would like someone to come speak about ICM to your congrega-tion, or if you wish to tour ICM and see the work that is being done each day, or to learn more about how you or your congregation can help (either through volunteering, fundraising, having a back-to-school drive or a food and/or clothing drive), please email [email protected].

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Catering to All of Your Needs

st. ndrew’s

Catering• Started by Deacon Jefferson Bailey, former co-owner of the well-know Tucson eatery B & B Cafe, St. Andrew’s Catering specializes in creating custom, individualized menus for any function.

• Whether the group is large or small, religiously affiliated or not, needs a five-course meal or just a place to have tea and chat, we cater to that.

• All of our food is lovingly prepared by our in-house non-profit program Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which feeds those in need in Armory Park and beyond.

• All proceeds go to St. Andrew’s and help the Neighbor’s Feeding Neighbors program, so you can contribute to your community while wowing your guests.

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BY BILL RoBINSoNBill Robinson is a parishioner at Church of the Transfiguration and manager of the Crazy Chile Farm.

The Church of the Transfiguration in Mesa, Ariz., is supporting its pro-grams and addressing the issue of hunger in its home state with profits from a new farm project that produc-es spicy chile peppers. Demographic statistics from the Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Arizona Association of Food Banks show that, in Arizona, one in three children, one in five adults, and one in seven seniors are at risk for insufficient food daily. The church decided to use its property to help address the issue, simplifying the community-garden concept by con-centrating on one or two crops.

Research led Transfiguration to chile peppers as the primary crop, and the Crazy Chile Farm was born. Spicy food is a trending item in restaurants and upscale markets in Arizona and worldwide. Plus, powder made from certain varieties commands a very high price. This means that a relatively small plot of land can generate a very high return on investment.

The church selected a 400-year-old variety of chile known as Campo Dorado — a Spanish name meaning “goldfield” — from Northern New Mexico. Spanish colonizer Don Juan de Oñate first brought the ances-

tors of this variety to the Upper Rio Grande in 1598. The seeds are heritage seeds of those introduced by Oñate and preserved by the descen-dants of the original colonists and the local Pueblo Indian communities.

The farm’s first year was not without adventure. One thousand seedlings were planted in February 2015 on a 4,000-square-foot plot. Many of the chile plants were devoured by birds and animals and had to be replaced. When it looked like the church’s plans, prayers and dreams were about to be fulfilled, a May heat wave arrived. The temperature was extreme enough to melt the glue holding together the PVC parts of the irrigation system. When the air temperature exceeded 110 degrees, the ground temperature topped 150 degrees. There were inevitable plant losses, and transplanting new seed-lings into the gaps in the rows proved futile. Corn was planted between the rows to provide shade for the delicate chile pods and prevent them from becoming sunburned. In addition, the labor force shrank as many of the committed parishioners headed north for the summer.

Finally, cooler weather returned. As overnight lows dropped below 80 degrees, surviving chile plants began producing with enthusiasm — 50 to 75 fruits on each were not uncom-mon. The church was now faced with a new set of challenges: picking, pro-cessing and packaging. The crew had

become so consumed by the farming part of the project, it was taken aback by the manufacturing component.

But more parishioners became engaged, and things quickly fell together. Ripe fruits were picked daily, and drying racks were refilled as fast as they were emptied. Peppers were de-seeded, de-stemmed and ground into powder. Labels were printed, powder was packaged, and the entire inventory was sold in time for Christmas. The church also sold “adopt-a-plant” certificates for $2 each as well as bundles of decorative corn. The 35 pounds of chile powder was sold at $40 per pound.

At the end of the first season, despite a learning curve, a few setbacks and ma-jor startup costs, the church realized a $600 profit to support the food relief and social responsibility programs that had touched parishioners’ hearts in the first place.As an example of one of the food programs, Church of the Transfiguration works with local agencies on food distribution. In nine years, the church has provided funding for 1.2 million meals. As for the chile crop, the church anticipates a fourfold increase for 2016.


This story first appeared in the March 2016 edition of The Episcopal Journal.

chiLe-pepper operatioN Fights huNgerPhotos by Bill Robinson. [left] Parishioner Lynn Graff tends chile peppers on the drying rack. [center] Bill Robinson, manager of the Crazy Chile Farm, holds some of the corn planted as shade crops for the chile peppers. [right] Chile peppers are dried, ground and bagged for sale.

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Having felt helpless at the stark realities facing refugees in the Middle East, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Chandler found a way to make a difference by partnering with Refu-gee Focus, a Lutheran faith-based 501(c)(3). (Refugee Focus also works with Episcopal Migration Ministries to help resettle families in Arizona.) This partnership enabled us to spon-sor a Rohingya refugee family from Myanmar. Refugee Focus provided the apartment, and we provided the rest. From furniture to kitchen items, linens to food, our parish stepped up and we were able to provide a fully furnished new “home” to this grateful family of four.

Refugee Focus provides train-ing assistance for parishes and sugges-tions of how the parishes can help. This is more than gathering furniture and setting up an apartment – this is fostering a continued relationship with the refugee family, helping them in all aspects of resettlement. All incoming refugees need assistance with the basics that we take for granted – how to grocery shop in our “mega stores,” how to use public transportation, how to book a doctor appointment, how to use our financial systems. The resettlement process can be completely overwhelming for the

refugees, but with faith-based sup-port, they are able to acclimate and learn to enjoy their new country.

We had a core team that made all of this possible. It takes someone with great administrative skills to coordi-nate donations and storage, as well as to follow-up with volun-teers when move-in date arrives. We are fortunate at St. Matthew’s – Stacey Nemanic was that amazing adminis-trative leader and she insured that everything ran

chaNdLer church spoNsors reFugee FamiLY

smoothly. We also had a fantastic team of furniture movers and apartment decorators who turned an empty apartment into a function-ing home.

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All Saints of the Desert • Sun City

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Christ the King • Tucson 520-297-2551

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Church of the Advent • Sun City West 623-584-0350

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Church of the Epiphany • Flagstaff 928-774-2911

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Church of the Nativity • Phoenix 480-307-9216

Church of the Transfiguration • Mesa 480-986-1145

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Your missioN share as oF jaNuarY 31, 2016Benson, St. Raphael’sBisbee, St. John’sCasa Grande, St. Peter’sCave Creek, Good ShepherdChandler, St. Matthew’sClarkdale, St. ThomasCoolidge, St. Michael’sdouglas, St. Stephen’sFlagstaff, EpiphanyGila Bend, EpiphanyGlendale, St. Andrew’sGlendale, St. John/BaptistGlobe, St. John’sGreen Valley, St. Francisholbrook, St. GeorgeKingman, TrinityLake havasu City, GraceLakeside, Our SaviourLitchfield Park. St. Peter’sMesa, St. Mark’sMesa, TransfigurationMorenci, SS Philip & JamesNogales, St. Andrew’sOro Valley, ApostlesParadise Valley, Christ Payson, St. Paul’sPhoenix, TrinityPhoenix, All Saints’Phoenix, St Jude’sPhoenix, St. Luke’sPhoenix, Santa MariaPhoenix, St. Mary’s(8.45%)Phx, St Paul’s Sudanese Phoenix, St. Stephen’sPhoenix, San PabloPrescott, St. Luke’sSafford, All Saint’sScottsdale, Nativity Scottsdale, St Anthony Scottsdale, St. BarnabasSedona, St. Andrew’sSierra Vista, St Stephen’sSun City, All Saints’Sun City, St. Christopher’sSun City West, AdventTempe, Epiphany Tempe, St. Augustine’sTempe, St. JamesTombstone, St. Paul’sTucson, Christ the KingTucson, Grace St. Paul’sTucson, St. Alban’sTucson, St. Andrew’sTucson, St. Matthew’sTucson, St. Michael’sTucson, St. Philip’sWickenburg, St. Alban’sWilliams, St. John’sWinslow, St. Paul’sTotals


YTD 16.9% of Income YTD Paid YTD Unpaid

5,556.66 0.00 7,924.50 42,539.86 53,254.01 10,685.42 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 41,718.05 8,209.12 45,588.07 1,471.22 3,073.95 11,842.00 18,819.97 51,528.08 19,352.00 23,762.52 822.00 13,071.64 0.00 82,501.72 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,919.49 0.00 12,558.20 0.00 29,846.51 8,601.91 39,229.29 10,252.68 61,912.79 0.00 152,097.00 21,105.61 15,914.77 0.00 0.00 31,969.53 0.00 0.00 14,039.18 2,839.45 35,895.20 63,408.32 0.00 0.00 26,659.87 0.00 122,919.94 6,237.00 0.00 1,982.20 1,101,109.73

939.08 0.00 1,339.24 7,189.24 8,999.93 1,805.84 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,050.35 1,387.34 7,704.38 248.64 519.50 2,001.30 3,180.57 8,708.25 3,270.49 4,015.87 138.92 2,209.11 0.00 13,942.79 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 324.39 0.00 1,061.17 0.00 5,044.06 1,453.72 6,629.75 1,732.70 10,463.26 0.00 25,704.39 3,566.85 2,689.60 0.00 0.00 5,402.85 0.00 0.00 2,372.62 479.87 6,066.29 10,716.01 0.00 0.00 4,505.52 0.00 20,773.47 1,054.05 0.00 334.99 185,026.38

939.08 0.00 1,339.24 7,189.24 8,999.93 250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,050.35 1,387.34 7,704.38 248.64 519.50 2,001.30 3,180.57 8,708.25 3,270.49 4,015.87 138.92 2,209.11 0.00 13,942.79 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 324.39 0.00 1,061.16 0.00 5,044.06 1,453.72 6,629.75 1,732.00 10,463.26 0.00 25,704.39 3,566.85 2,689.60 0.00 0.00 5,402.85 0.00 0.00 400.00 479.87 6,066.29 10,716.01 0.00 0.00 4,505.52 0.00 20,773.47 1,054.05 0.00 334.99 181,497.23

(0.00)0.00 0.00 (0.00)(0.00)1,555.84 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 (0.00)(0.00)(0.00)0.00 (0.00)(0.00)(0.00)(0.00)(0.00)0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.70 0.00 0.00 0.00 (0.00)(0.00)0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,972.62 (0.00)(0.00)(0.00)0.00 0.00 (0.00)0.00 (0.00)0.00 0.00 0.00 3,529.15

Many congregations find it helpful to list in their Sunday bulletins an update on income and expenses. This makes for good “transparency” of church finances, but also is a gentle reminder to those who might be behind in their giving. The Finance Committee, with the consent of diocesan Council, has suggested that we do a similar public reporting. Above is a listing of our congregations, their mission share, and their current standing. In a few exceptional cases, Council has granted an alternative payment plan to congregations facing severe economic dislocation. Those are so marked. The Council wishes to thank those congregations who are current in their mission giving and encourage those who may be behind.

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