2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, Keehna, ext. 306
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
11th Sunday after Pentecost
August 16, 2020
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Bulletin & Sermon
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: The Rev Pierre-Henry Buisson
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A Written and/or Video Message from Bishop Reddall
COVID PHASE II UPDATES Monday morning, the House of Bishops met for 30 minutes with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss COVID in churches. His guidance can be summarized as: wear a mask, stay distanced, be outdoors if at all possible, and be confident that this will end eventually.

In light of the significant progress Arizona has made in controlling COVID-19, the Gathering for Abundant Life Task Force wants to update you about Phase II. Frankly, it’s nice to finally feel like I am offering some good news as your bishop.

Congregations which have a Phase II plan approved by the Diocese of Arizona are now permitted to begin OUTDOOR worship of up to 50 people at a time while following their designated Phase II worship practices. A list of congregations with approved Phase II plans is contained below this message.

I am aware that it is hot in most of our diocese right now, too hot to worship outside except perhaps in the very early morning. But for those congregations who are able to do so now, they may begin. And for more of our congregations, as the temperatures cool and we move into the fall and beyond, we encourage you to use your outdoor spaces as much as possible for worship.

Our Diocese as a whole will be using the metrics for the safe opening of schools in Arizona to determine when congregations in each county can enter Phase II. Those guidelines are available at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectiousdisease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-schools.

The three metrics considered in those guidelines are: • A two week decline in cases or less than 100 cases per 100,000 residents for two weeks. • Two consecutive weeks with percent positivity of testing of less than 7%. • Two consecutive weeks of hospital visits with COVID-like illness of less than 10% of total visits.

No counties currently meet all three measures, but all counties are on their way.

A word of caution: no congregations are required to enter Phase II just as soon as they are able to do so. Some are choosing to remain online-only through the rest of 2020. That can be a faithful and wise response.

Some members of congregations will not feel safe coming to church while we are in Phase II--and that is also a faithful and wise response. I believe that just about every congregation is planning to continue their online offerings during Phase II. We will be in a hybrid model for some time, but we will also be continuing to learn more about the virus and how to keep ourselves and our churches safe.

This is not a time to let down our guard. Take Dr. Fauci’s advice to heart: masks, distancing, outdoors. But also take Jesus’ advice: I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly
Struggling with the Uncertainties of Isolation in a Pandemic
Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., retired

Coping with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been disturbing. We have lost “life as we know it”. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in anyone. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase the stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19

I was struck the other day by a headline which commented on the frightening increase of suicides in prison recently. That, and reports of overall suicide increases that are readily found by online searches reflect widespread anxiety and depression. Another complication of the need for social distancing is not being able to be with a loved one if they are in the hospital, rehab, or long-term care, such as many of our elders. Of course, cautiously separating ourselves from family members and close friends is also hard, as we don’t maintain our social life as we have known it. I also read some materials on those that are addict/alcoholic and their particular struggles.

People have been feeling isolated, with no one to turn to for a listening ear. Phone calls and Zoom meetings don’t always fulfill the same need for human contact. I was reading about a recovering alcoholic/addict who before the coronavirus became a pandemic, had gone regularly to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every week and to another support group at her methadone clinic. She said she felt safe, secure and never judged there. “No one is thinking, “Oh, my God. She did that? ‘Cause they’ve been there,” she said.

Now, with AA and other 12-step groups moved online, and other services such as methadone clinics shifting to phone meetings and tele-med type appointments, this lady said she is feeling tremendously more isolated. She said the coronavirus distancing makes it harder to stay in recovery. “Maybe I’m old fashioned,” she says, “but the whole point of going to a meeting is to be around people and be social and feel connected… “totally missing that online.”

While it’s safer to stay home to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19, addiction specialists are acknowledging those concerns. I.e., self-isolating may increase feelings of depression and anxiety among people in recovery — and those are underlying causes of drug and alcohol use and addiction. Those feelings in themselves are causes for self-isolation and substance dependent behavior.

This is just one example of the challenges that emerge as the public health officials stress the need to protect those in care facilities, prisons, recovery programs, high-risk professions and others collide with the global pandemic of COVID-19. Doctors worry deaths will escalate unless people struggling with excessive drug and alcohol use and those in recovery, as well as addiction treatment programs, can adapt by modifying the prior approaches. Regarding recovery programs, one expert stated it this way: “We consider addiction a disease of isolation, now we’re isolating all these people and expecting them to pick up the phone, get online, that sort of thing — and it may not work out as well.” (Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation).

I reached out to a friend of mine who has been in recovery for many years, thinking she might have some “answers” to help me address these concerns. She reminded me that a major foundational principal of recovery is that we cannot do it alone. So, that is the difference between being an active addict/alcoholic or being in recovery. When people relapse, they retreat to their own personal inner resources and behaviors, and distance themselves from their Higher Power or the power of fellowship. If they choose to isolate themselves from the ways to stay connected to the program of recovery, they are no longer “in recovery”. We can encourage them to stay connected with their sponsor, meetings, and service commitments in order to actually stay IN recovery. That will allow them to be in contact with a number of different positive resources. It is up to the individual to seek that support and maintain it. If they are isolating and not contacting their recovery resources, at least we can let them know we hold them in high regard and encourage them to reach out at any time. It is hard for people that are natural “helpers” to step away from “doing it for them”, but letting them know you are spiritually and emotionally there for them is the intervention until they reach out to appropriate resources. 
So, I have focused here a little on addiction in the setting of enforced Isolation, but also recognizing there are many challenges involving other emotional stresses. I would like to talk in future articles about some of these. Please, if you have a question or situation you would like to see me address, please send me an email note at: juliemcargill@gmail.com. Blessings to you all. 

Below are some resources to have at hand if you know someone you fear might be in crisis. You can inform their household members or them.
·       Call 911; first responders are trained and experienced in crisis intervention
·       Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746.
·       National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish.
·       National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
·       National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
·       National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chat
·       The Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 TTY Instructions
·       Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Crisis Chat You can access “lifelinechat” for texting chat with a counselor. This is online chat. 
·       You can cut and paste this website on your computer URL line to access specific areas of assistance: https://revivewellnessketamine.com/tag/national-suicide-prevention-lifeline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and TTY 1-800-487-4889 for substance abuse care provider
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St Luke's Re-Gathering Survey Results
We sent out 361 family surveys, the majority by email, approximately 55 families via the post office. Of the 361 families, we heard back from 175 families. To see the questions and the percentages for each answer click here.
Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon
Pass the word!!!

Thank you St. Luke's parishioners for your continued support of the 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 we supplied food to 66 individuals.
We extend great gratitude for your kind hearts.

Attached is a “Much Needed List of Food Items”. These needed items will greatly assist the Food Pantry
in offering complete meals made from different combinations of all the items.
List of Most Needed Food Items
Immediate needs include
Soups (Variety, Canned Fruit, Canned Tuna & Chicken & Chef Boyardee

If so inclined you are welcome to pick up a few of these items while out shopping for yourselves and
bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm 
For those who are not shopping but would like to give a monetary donation,
you can mail your check to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with “Food Pantry” written in the memo section. These funds will be placed in a separate account for the Food Pantry and used as needed. 
A third opportunity is to keep the Food Pantry clients and each other in your prayers
for peace and well-being.

Father Pierre-Henry does remind everyone that St. Luke’s remains under complete lock down at this time. Please do not bring items on any other day or time than what is listed above, as no one will be available to bring them inside.

Please continue to pray for the needs of our community; for those experiencing food insufficiency, for those seeking medical assistance, and for those needing housing.  
Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and each other. St. Luke's Food Pantry
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
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, 928 778-4499x303
Scripture Readings

Sunday, Aug 16, 2020
11th Sunday after Pentecost
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Wednesday, Aug 19
2 Ezekiel 34:22-28
Psalm 23
Matthew 20:1-16a

Special Dates this Week
August 17: Barbara Harber, Linda Leal
August 20: Thomas Glover, Reeni Knudson
August 21: Ted Lee
August 22: Carol Sweeden, Dianne Crowther, Ivan Tomitz, Steven Dear, Jeff Bernatz,
Peggy Cole
August 17: Carol & Jim Hardesty
August 18: Mark & Kathy Tuttle
August 19: John & Mary Ann Petrocik
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:
August Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's during this pandemic
Nancy & Tony's son, Brandon Reynolds who is living with brain cancer; Muriel De Ganahl; Rosey & Les Garripee; Joanie Hedger & Family; Chalys Stephens; Rosaleen Runnalls, Michele & Michele's precious dog Guido who had to be put down this week; Barbara Taylor; Rich Staudt’s co-worker’s son Parker who is now at home; Frank (recovering in Scottsdale from broken leg surgery) & Phyllis Maruna; Pat Ogburn; Rich and Brenda Schwartz; Kerry McClung's mother-in-law, Diana Lunsford is in PV hospital with chest pains; Gerry Jarvis' friends Jane W who is recovering from surgery and battling cancer & Len T who is battling cancer; Larry Neece who is home recovering from emergency surgery; Gayle Jarpe’s close friend Judy fell and broke her pelvis & tested positive for Covid; Helen's neighbors who are mourning the loss of their daughter-in-law; Ted and Barbara Sayle who mourn the loss of their daughter;

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

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Resurrection, Gilbert
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Granite Creek hunger Ministry, Bradshaw Mountain/Chino Valley High School Student Assistance

Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests: epistle@slecp.org.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 14 August 2020
Oke-Ogun (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Cornelius Adagbada
Bukavu (Congo) The Rt Revd Sylvestre Bahati

Saturday, 15 August 2020
Oke-Osun (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Abraham Akinlalu
Bukedi (Uganda) The Rt Revd Samuel Egesa
Katsina (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jonathan Bamaiyi

Sunday, 16 August 2020
Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church
The Most Revd Mark Strange - Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness

Monday, 17 August 2020
Okigwe (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Edward Osuegbu
Okigwe North (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Godson Udochukwu Ukanwa
Okigwe South (Nigeria) The Rt Revd David Onuoha
Kebbi (Nigeria) The Most Revd Edmund Akanya

Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Okinawa (Japan) The Rt Revd David Eisho Uehara
Bukuru (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jwan Zhumbes

Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Oklahoma (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Edward Konieczny
Bunbury (Australia) The Rt Revd Dr Ian Coutts

Thursday, 20 August 2020
Okrika (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Tubokosemie Atere
Bungoma (Kenya) The Revd George Mechumo

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 until further notice.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed until further notice.
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
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Dennis Houser prescottchorale@reagen.com
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier laureeb@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org
Deacon Keehna Sture keehna@slecp.org
General Mailbox info@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