2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301

928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Mother Denise, ext. 304
Deacon Kimball & Deacon Chris, ext. 306
Beth & Lauree, ext. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assistant Rector: Denise Muller

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Weekly Epistle
April 24

A video message from Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson

St. Luke's Video Worship Services for the Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 26, 11 am
Bulletin & Sermon
Third Sunday of Easter Bulletin
The Rev Denise Muller Sermon
Forward Day by Day Meditations May, June & July are Here!
In a box outside St. Luke's wooden church doors you will find the following:
The Book of Common Prayer
Forward Day by Day Meditations (May, June, July) Small & LARGE print
Our Daily Bread (March, April May)
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke’s Deacon in Formation
The Deacon Class of 2020 completed another requirement for ordination this past weekend: anti-racism training. At any other time, this day-long, interactive class would have been held at the Cathedral, but because of COVID-19, the venue was changed to cyberspace, and our training was done via Zoom. Canon Judith Conley was our presenter; in spite of the challenges of a “virtual” setting for this kind of experience, she did a wonderful job! In addition to those of us receiving the training, there were four other people who were with us for the day, sharing their thoughts, experiences, and insights on racism and strategies for dismantling it: Rev. Canon Anita Braden (Canon to the Ordinary), and three members of the Diocesan Anti-racism Committee: Dennis Manuelito (Trinity Cathedral); Rev. Monica Whitaker (Rector, St. Andrew’s, Sedona), and Deacon Scott Deasy (Epiphany, Flagstaff).

Our morning session delved into the shameful but real history of racism in the Episcopal Church, which, tragically, goes back to the very beginnings of our country. While we can’t turn back the hands of time and relive the past, we must learn from history so that we don’t repeat it. And we must acknowledge racism for what it is: sinful. Only then can we start down the path toward reconciliation, which is racism’s antidote. The Episcopal Church has been endeavoring to do this in a formal way and at the national level since 1986, when Presiding Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, shortly after his election, said: “I want to be very clear: This church of ours is open to all; there will be no outcasts; the convictions and hopes of all will be honored.”  Unfortunately, and probably because of the human tendency to deny aspects of reality that are uncomfortable, there was resistance, both overt and covert, to Browning’s call to acknowledge the Church’s history and practice of institutional racism. It wasn’t until 1994 that the House of Bishops, with one voice, issued their “Pastoral Letter on the Sin of Racism,” which helped to “pull the train away from the station,” but it took another eight years before anti-racism training was mandated for all clergy and lay leaders in the Church.  Four years later, a General Convention resolution called for the establishment of an Anti-racism Committee in every Diocese. In our Diocese, the person selected to spearhead this endeavor was Judith Conley, our presenter, so we had the privilege of hearing “the inside story” of the establishment and early history of our Diocese’s Anti-racism Committee. Judith served as Chair of the Committee until this year, when Rev. Monica Whitaker joined her as Co-Chair. From the Committee’s very beginning in 2006, its aim has been to “heighten awareness of and systematically dismantle racism by providing education, training and resources.”

Our afternoon session began by completing a tool—The Diversity Awareness Profile— designed to help people assess their ability to deal with others from a perspective of inclusivity. It consists of 40 statements which ask the respondent to rate, on a quantitative scale, how congruent the respondent’s own behavior/attitude is with the behavior/attitude described in the statement. The total score places the respondent on a continuum that points to either weakness or strength in working in environments where there is cultural diversity. While we were not asked to share our scores with the group, I think we all gained some insight into our attitudes and unconscious biases toward people who are different from us.

We then moved into a discussion about COVID-19 and how it is disproportionately affecting people of color. We had been asked to read several articles about this issue that were published in just the past few weeks, so the statistics that were cited in them were current—and telling. The pandemic has laid bare some ugly truths about our society and our economy, and among the questions for the future are these: As Christians, are we going to tolerate a rebuilding of our country that replicates what existed before COVID-19? Or will we be on the front lines, advocating and working to build a more just and equitable economy that works for everyone?

By the end of the day, all of us felt that we had learned so much more than we ever anticipated! The training was excellent, and because of the depth and breadth of our personal interaction and sharing throughout the day, a bond was created between all of us that I know will continue to be felt as time goes on. I hope that St. Luke’s will someday be inspired to invite Judith and the Anti-racism Committee to present the same training that I was privileged to receive last weekend.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to the day when we’ll all be together again! Until then, you are in my prayers. Eastertide blessings to all!
                                                                       —Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
A huge "THANK YOU" from your Parish Administrator!

It is a strange time to start back to work after my almost year-long medical leave! I was home alone much of the time and just longed for the days to be back at the church office doing the good work of the church. Well, a return to the church right away just wasn't part of the plan. As I hunker down at home with my family, I have reflected a lot on the last year. I just want to thank you for your love, support, meals, rides, cards, visits and prayers during my time of leave. They sustained me and helped me each da y. I look forward to the day we can be together again. Take good care!
Because of your generosity we are able to
 Keep St. Luke's Food Pantry Open

Thank you for your continued support of St. Luke's Food Pantry, both in requested grocery items and through your financial support. Your generosity has been heartwarming!

Here is a little update to keep you informed of what is going on.
This week 107 individuals received 35 food boxes through your continued generosity and support of St. Luke's Food Pantry. We extend great gratitude for your kind hearts.
Please continue to keep the needs of our community in your thoughts and prayers.
Due to Covid-19 being declared at peak across the nation this week we are asking you to NOT shop for the Pantry in order for YOU to stay safe. We will announce to you when we will be accepting food donations again!
Many of you have asked "how can I support St. Luke's
during this difficult time?"
The first thing we can all do is keep each other in our thoughts and prayer.
The second is to check on each other through phone calls, emails, text messages, etc.
Thirdly, at this time we need your financial support.
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 mail your offering, or if you just need to get out of the house,
go for a ride to St. Luke's and place your offering in the secured locked mailbox outside our parish office.
Thank you so much for supporting St. Luke's in this difficult time.
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 Lauree Birchmeier at lauree@slecp.org or 989-859-5381
Message from Bishop Reddall Regarding Coronavirus Response Updates
I am extending the suspension of public, in-person worship in our congregations until May 25, 2020, pending any additional instructions from the Governor of Arizona. On April 23, the Standing Committee and I will be discussing what criteria we wish to establish for safely reopening worship and other activities in congregations.

To read the Bishop's complete newsletter Click Here
Habits of Grace: An invitation for you,
from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A  new video meditation will be posted on Mondays  through May.

April 20, 2020: God Hears our Prayers
Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 26, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, April 29
Saint Philip & Saint James
Isaiah 30:18-21
Psalm: 119:33-40
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
John 14:6-14
Honoring Special Dates
April 27: Pauline Buisson
April 29: Kari Jamison
May 1:    Mary Ellen Rivero, Rita Kraus, Alan Kessler

April 27: David Lessard and Nancy Ann Anderson,
Jack and Zibbie Wolter
April 28: Bruce and Marie Tinnesand
May 2:    Darrell and Joy Cobb, Barrie and Claire Clark
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 of Prayers
April Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's at this troubling time. For Nate, Bishop Reddall’s 10 year old son, who is home
recovering from brain surgery;  Matt 57 year old brother of Don Martin diagnosed with cancer. Rosaleen & their 6 children; Dick Weeks as he mourns the loss of Barbara; Elisa, Alfonso's mother-in-law diagnosed with cancer; Clay & Muriel; Rosey & Les; Jen, Greg & Mary Bowers daughter in law who is struggling with a difficult pregnancy; Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests: epistle@slecp.org .

For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer :
Friday, 24 April 2020
Morobo (South Sudan) The Rt Revd James Kenyi Elia
Worcester (England) The Rt Revd John Inge

Saturday, 25 April 2020
Morogoro (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Godfrey Sehaba
Wulu (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Zacharia Mangar Apeti
Ijesa North East (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Joseph Olusola

Sunday, 26 April 2020
Pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
The Most Revd Michael Lewis –Archbishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf

Monday, 27 April 2020
Mount Kenya Central (Kenya) The Rt Revd Timothy Gichere
Mount Kenya South (Kenya) The Rt Revd Timothy Ranji
Mount Kenya West (Kenya) The Rt Revd Joseph Kagunda

Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Stanley Elilekia Hotay
Wusasa (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Ali Buba Lamido
Ijesha North (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Isaac Oluyamo

Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Mpumalanga (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Daniel Kgomosotho
Wyoming (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Smylie

Thursday, 30 April 2020
Mpwapwa (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Jacob Erasto Chimeledya
Yambio (South Sudan) The Most Revd Samuel Peni
Yangon (Myanmar) The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo (Primate)

Friday, 1 May 2020
Mthatha (formerly St John's) (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Hummingfield Ndwandwe
Yei (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Hilary Adeba Luate

Saturday, 2 May 2020
Muhabura (Uganda) The Rt Revd Cranmer Mugisha
Yeri (South Sudan) The Rt Revd John Abraham Nyari
Ijumu (Nigeria) The Ven Paul Olarewaju Ojo

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer St. Andrew’s, Tucson

In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank, St. Luke’s Food Pantry

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Community Groups
All community groups that meet at St. Luke's are cancelled through May 25, 2020.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed through May 25, 2020.
To contact a staff member, email or call the church office and follow the prompts for the staff directory.
Email addresses provided below:

Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson pierre@slecp.org
Mother Denise Muller denise@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier lauree@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available  under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section .

All area Senior Living Centers, Assisted Living Centers, and Retirement Homes are closed to outside visitors and have suspended outings.
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699