2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499

Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Second Sunday of Easter
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

New Web Address! slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Second Sunday of Easter
April 11, 2021
A Letter from our Senior Warden

April 9, 2021

Fellow Members of the Beloved Community of St. Luke’s,

My best guess would be that all of us have had a multitude of conflicting thoughts and emotions since hearing that our beloved Rector and his family will be leaving us all too soon. It is certainly true in my case. We need a chance to process, to think and in a very real sense to grieve, and I am experiencing all those same very confusing thoughts and feelings as well.

But in the midst of all of that, I know that we all wish Pierre-Henry, Sophie, Raphael, Pauline and Clement all the best as they head East to new opportunities, new responsibilities and new adventures. While I have no desire to rush anyone or anything along this road, I do want you to know that the elected and appointed leadership of St. Luke’s is preparing for what comes next and how we move forward to continue and expand God’s work that has taken place in this community for over 130 years through this congregation. I would like to just briefly outline for you what will be happening and I hope you can understand that at this moment there will not be a lot of details available, but please be assured that this work will move forward as it must.

Don McKellar and I had a meeting on Wednesday with the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Arizona. Canon Anita was most helpful, reassuring and encouraging. She is responsible for these transitional situations throughout the Diocese and is committed to helping St. Luke’s through this period and all of the processes that entails. There are steps and protocols to be followed and we will do so. The first step, of course, is to pause to celebrate the wonderful work and time we have had with the Buissons being here in Prescott with us. More will come on that later. There will also be opportunities for everyone who wishes to do so to have input in creating an updated vision for St. Luke’s and what we will be looking for in new leadership as the congregation goes through a discernment process not unlike what Fr. Pierre-Henry has just finished. Eventually this will lead to the creation of a search committee and the careful work of finding a new Rector for St. Luke’s.

I have been through this process as a part of the lay leadership in the past in two different ELCA congregations. It is hard to envision now, I know, but this can be a wonderful time of growth and development for us as a people of God. I have seen wonderful new lay leadership emerge in these times, new opportunities for ministry and new and different ways for us to be the people of God in this time and place. We are fortunate to have an abundance of retired and active clergy who are willing to continue to serve among us and an awesome staff to continue to be our partners in ministry. Thanks be to God.

Please be in prayer for our congregation family, for the Buissons in their transition, for the leadership of St. Luke’s and for all who will serve us in this interim period. Without your support we cannot do this successfully; with your love, support and prayers, we cannot fail.

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney
Sr. Warden
In case you haven't read it yet...
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
Consecrated elements are available for pick-up from the Parish Office on Fridays, 9:30 am - Noon for those worshiping from home.
Second Sunday of Easter
Preaching this weekend is Deacon Kimball Arnold.
Register Now! Third Sunday of Easter
Saturday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. (50 people) Click here to register
Sunday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. (90 people) Click here to register
Sunday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. (90 people) Click here to register
Sunday, April 18, 12 p.m. (50 people) Click here to register
Our Easter flowers need a home

Please give our Easter flowers a good home! After each service this weekend, you may take a lily or a spring flower combo home with you.
Holy Week & Easter Pictures
Rachel at the contemporary service on Palm Sunday; so adorable and getting so grown-up!
Courtesy Lauren Crawford
A screenshot from the beginning of the Easter Vigil service on April 3, 2021. From the left: Lauree Birchmeier, Deacon Kimall Arnold, Rev. Jim Schubert, Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson, and Dennis Houser
Courtesy Sophie Buisson
St. Luke's altar ready for Easter Vigil and Sunday services. Christ is Risen!
Courtesy Robin Borok
The worship team processes in the dark at the Easter Vigil service.
Courtesy Sophie Buisson
Laura Reilly reads during the Easter Vigil service.
Courtesy Sophie Buisson
Fr. Pierre-Henry celebrates on Easter Sunday with Deacon Chris Christy on his left and Fr. Richard Lassiter on his right.
Courtesy Sophie Buisson
Wednesday Healing Service is now on Zoom every Wednesday at 10am
password: luke
Nametags
Nametags are available as you enter into the Gathering Area. They are in alphabetical order. If you are new to St. Luke's, or your nametag is missing, order one by clicking link below. We need your name and phone number.

For those who have recently ordered a nametag, we'll notify you when it comes in
and we'll place it on the nametag kiosk.
Altar Guild is looking for some more help!

This is a wonderful time to give back to the church as we forge ahead into our new format for worship at St. Luke's. The Altar Guild is a beautiful, behind-the-scenes ministry involved in preparing our service areas for worship - setting out everything needed for communion, making sure candles are filled and sanctuary areas are clean and neat, and, then, cleaning the linens and vessels used during worship after the services. 

If you are interested in serving the church in the Altar Guild, please contact Robin Borok, Directress, at 928-277-1879 or twoaterra@aol.com for more information.
Would you like to give altar flowers?

Did you know you can give altar flowers on a weekend of your choosing? You may also give them in honor or memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving for something or someone in particular, for a special date or anniversary, or simply to the glory of God.

The 2021 Altar Flower Chart is located on a table just before the Narthex outside of the Choir Room. Pick a date, write your name in, and let the office know (info@slecp.org or 928-778-4499) if you would like a special note to accompany the notice of your donation of altar flowers in the Epistle. The suggested donation for altar flowers is $55 - if writing a check be sure to note "Altar Flowers" in the memo line. Thank you for supporting this important ministry.
Are you beginning to spring clean???
Since spring has sprung (hopefully), many of us have the need to “purge,” and “spring clean.” 

“Warm for Winter” a Quad-City wide collection of winter clothing for those in need is beginning now will be ongoing throughout year. Warm for Winter is spearheaded by Dora Carter from the Prescott Church of the Nazarene.
 
We will essentially accept any type of winter clothing (no shoes or boots. though). The basics are coats/jackets (new for children, gently used for adults), scarves, hats (adults, children, babies), gloves (very important and we never have enough), blankets/quilts, and socks.
 
In addition, sweaters, sweatshirts, and pants, along with work shirts and jeans, for the Navajo Reservation.
 
You may drop off your donations anytime in the wooden bin marked “WARM FOR WINTER DONATIONSin the Gathering Hall.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT OF “WARM FOR WINTER!"
Just Coffee is Back!!

Mark the third Sunday of the month for Just Coffee sales.

We are happy to announce the Just Coffee sale on April 17 & 18 after all services. Credit cards, cash, and checks will be accepted. 

It has not been easy for the growers during 2020. Since most of their partners are churches, their income was down 75%. Based on initial input from our rector and volunteers, we are hoping for a robust comeback sale this month!
Covid-19 Vaccine Information
Remember that website traffic can be quite heavy during the day, so making an appointment in the evening seems to be easier. Call the church office if you need assistance signing up! 928 778-4499
Fry's Community Rewards Program

Did you know you can link your Fry's VIP Shoppers Card to St. Luke's Episcopal Church? If you do this, a portion of what you spend at Fry's will benefit the St. Luke's Episcopal Church's Outreach Commission.

From December 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021, 57 households, who are enrolled in the Community Rewards Program, earned the Outreach Commission $137.76.
Blood Drive at St. Luke's on June 25
St. Luke’s Blood Drive will be Thursday, June 25 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Gathering Hall.

Sign up now! Visit www.vitalant.org (Sponsor code: StLukesEC) or calling (877) 25 VITAL
St. Luke's Food Pantry

The drop-off food drive continues each Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. at the south entrance of the building.

St. Luke's Food Pantry continues to serve the community each Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

The number of people served on April 2 & 9, 2021: 141 individuals

Special Food Pantry Needs: small jars of peanut butter, boxes of cool pops, saltine crackers

**Please try not to donate items that are in glass jars or containers.**

Thank you for the continued support of St. Luke's Food Pantry!
Parish Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon

Appointments are appreciated.
For afternoon or evening appointments,
please call 928-778-4499.

For Pastoral Emergencies call 928-460-2736
Worship Ministers for April 10 & 11
Saturday April 10
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant : The Rev. Rick Lassiter
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Jennifer Benson
Greeters: Bill & Rita Kraus

Sunday, April 11
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant : The Rev. Jack Wolter
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Jim Damm
Ushers: Cynthia Moreno & Carol Sweeden

Sunday April 11
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant : The Rev. James Schubert
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Larry Neece
Lector 1: Susa Schubert
Lector 2: Laura Reilly
Prayers: Arthur Reilly
Verger: Lynne Wells
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Marilyn Henry-DeLisle
Ushers: Jim & Jan Casacchia

Sunday , April 11
12 noon Service
Celebrant : The Rev. James Schubert
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Greeter: Darrell and Susan Bray-Anderson

Altar Guild Team
Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn


Scripture Readings
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter
Click here for readings!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Isaiah 57:14-19
Psalm 103:13-22
Matthew 11:1-6



Special Dates this Week
Birthdays
April 11: Kenneth Simpkins
April 12: Ruth Rothgery, Michael Staudt, and Ken Wagner
April 13: Kitty Chase
April14: Meredith Hughes
April 17: Anita Pettenger

Anniversaries:
April 11: Steven & Cheryl Beck
April 12: Gary & Kathleen MacCauley
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Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, April 10 & Sunday, April 11, have been given to the Glory of God

For more info on how to donate altar flowers, see blurb above "Would you like to give altar flowers?"

Thank you for your
continued financial support!
For those who continue to worship from home, pledges and plate offerings can be kept up-to-date by online giving click here for a one-time or recurring donation. You can also place your offering in the secured locked mailbox outside our parish office.
It's not too late!
You can still submit your 2021 pledge to support St. Luke's.
Thank you so much for supporting St. Luke's!
Looking for a way to socialize with your fellow parishioners while social
distancing...
Set-up a zoom meeting
Do you have a group who would like to start a Bible Study, Small Group, Book Club, Prayer group, Coffee Hour, Happy Hour, etc., etc, etc.
Get connected today...
For more information, to get instruction,
or set-up your group,
contact the office, 928 778-4499 x303
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3, of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
 
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the role they play in the life of this region.
Our Prayer List
For Those In Need We Pray:
Prayers for Healing
Jean Messick, Ileen Szelka, Susan Schubert, Tom Connors, Kari Jameson, Pat Anderson’s brother Rick, Erica Arnold’s Family, Betsy Whearley, Kathy MacCauley, Cheri & Gil Lattimer, Dave & Nancy Carmichael, Gail Lowery, Glen Johnson, Bill Johnson’s son Tim (ER DR. Stress), Bill King, Brandon & Nikki Reynolds; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle; Sara Wiliman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; Rich Staudt; Steven; Joan Hedger; Doug & Pat Ogburn; Jeanne Miller; Tim Salem, Ed Ausmus, Riley Faith, Christina England, Greg & Mary Bowers, Gary Delisle; Bill & Chris Christy; Larry Allen, Karen Kensing, Deborah & the Delmastro Family, Kerry McClung, Joyce Bittner, Sandy C., Robert Ohannesian; Herb McCabe; Vie Villemure; Bill Johnson; Mary Berkheiser; Deacon Chris Christy; Rick Sheridan, Becky McClelland and family; Gloria Owen-Roddy; Bill & Rita Kraus; Dominic Coppola, Rosey Garripee, for all who are waiting to get the Covid 19 vaccination
 
For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Christopher’s, Sun City

In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank
 
For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy

For Our Companion Diocese of Western Mexico Resolution 2020-1, of the 60th Diocesan Convention  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday 9 April 2021 Easter Friday The Diocese of Bermuda – Extra Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Saturday 10 April 2021 Easter Saturday The Diocese of Bethlehem – The Episcopal Church (III (3) Province)

Sunday 11 April 2021 2nd Sunday of Easter The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

Monday 12 April 2021 The Diocese of Bhopal – The (united) Church of North India

Tuesday 13 April 2021 The Diocese of Bida – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Lokoja Province)

Wednesday 14 April 2021 The Diocese of Biharamulo – The Anglican Church of Tanzania

Thursday 15 April 2021 The Diocese of Birmingham – The Church of England (Canterbury Province)

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Parish Hall
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 12 noon Contemporary Worship in Parish Hall

Weekday Service:
·        Wednesday 10 am      Healing Service via Zoom (link provided above)

Please wear your mask for in-person services.
Staff Email addresses below:
Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson rector@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier laureeb@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez osojrh@yahoo.com
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org
General Mailbox info@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
Submissions for the current week's Epistle are due by the end of the day Tuesday!

Church Website: 

The Sunday bulletin is available with the listing for the week's online service.

Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.
The Parish Office Open
Monday - Friday 9am-12noon

To leave a message,
call 928 778-4499.

To reach a specific person, use the following extensions:

General Mailbox, ext. 300
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309

For Pastoral Emergencies call the
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

Community Groups
All community groups that meet at St. Luke's are cancelled until further notice.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699