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

Weekly Epistle
9th Sunday after Pentecost
August 2, 2020
Thank you St. Luke's for your amazing contribution to the
White Mountain Apache Tribe Appeal.

Dear People of St Luke's.
When Monte Anderson contacted me last week on behalf of our Native American ministry sharing the needs of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, I thought it was a worthy cause. Apparently, I was not alone! I know that St Luke's is a very generous congregation, and once again I'm amazed by the way so many of you answered our request: we have received a lot of in-kind donations, and almost $7,000. That's awesome! Thank you so much for your generosity!
God bless you all.
Pierre-Henry+

A big thank you to Monte Anderson, Larry Neece and Neil Patton.
We give thanks for Rev. Jim & Rev. Susan Schubert on the 30th anniversary of their ordination this past July 29
Telecare Ministry
Mission Statement : The Telecare Ministry’s mission is to connect with all of St. Luke’s church family on a regular basis to offer prayer and support where desired.
During this time of uncertainty many of us feel disconnected from our normal lifestyles and especially our St. Luke’s family. With over 300 congregants it is challenging to keep in touch with everyone during this time pandemic time. Your Pastoral Care team has gathered volunteers, from our congregation, to make phone calls to everyone just to check in to ask “How are you doing” and if you or anyone in your family has any needs or prayer requests.
The Telecare Ministry is a layperson phone ministry that is meant to provide support by connecting with our church family. From time-to-time, our ministers will call each parishioner and offer the person an opportunity to “check-in”. Prayer support will be offered if desired including an opportunity to schedule a Lay Eucharistic visit or Clergy visit.
Our Telecare phone calling begins this week! Over the next two ½ weeks each family will be receiving a call from one of our volunteers. I know many of us ignore answering the phone if we do not recognize the phone number calling. Since some of us may have a long-distance number it can be mistaken as another spam call. Our volunteers will leave a message if the call goes unanswered and have been asked to try calling back again. Over the next 2 ½ weeks know that unknown call may be from the church and we are just checking in with you. 
This ministry is directed by Deacon Chris Christy and Pastoral Care Chairperson Carolyn Jones. If you have questions, please contact Deacon Chris at (928) 533-5012 or by email at chris@slecp.org .
 “ God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of the prayer.” Mother Theresa
Rev. Chris Christy, Clergy Oversight for Pastoral Care
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Bulletin & Sermon
9th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev Pierre-Henry Buisson
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Updated Gathering for Abundant Life Guidelines
July 29, 2020
By The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, Bishop of Arizona

We promised when we published the Gathering for Abundant Life guidelines that we would update them as we received new information and learned more about COVID-19. In that spirit, with greater understanding around how being outside can help mitigate the change of contracting COVID-19, we have the following update to offer for our congregations today:
Outdoor worship services for 50 people or less can begin when:
  • Your congregation has a diocesan-approved Phase II plan and agree to follow all your Phase II procedures (masks, distancing, etc.) for outdoor worship.
  • Hospital capacity decreases so that there is 30% capacity in inpatient beds (i.e., 70-% of beds are full). Currently there is 19% capacity in inpatient beds; we will notify the diocese when the threshold is reached. You can look up these statistics at www.azdhs.gov.
For indoor services, we will still plan to enter Phase II county by county looking for a decline in both case counts and per capita rates, along with the other measures recommended by the CDC. Due to the current high rates of infection, it is possible that there will be a two week decline in infection rates in a particular county, but that we will still not be prepared to enter Phase II. The task force is working on establishing fair and consistent measures, and will notify all congregations by county once there is a sufficient decline to indicate that it is safe to gather indoors.
Remembering Together
One of the greatest griefs of the last few months has been our inability to gather for funerals.
Whether a loved one has died of COVID-19, or from any other cause, we have been unable to gather to grieve and pray, except in very small groups, and without the usual music and ritual that help us find solace and comfort.

We will be hosting an online diocesan memorial service for all those who have died during the pandemic in mid to late August. Music will be provided by "virtual choirs" from around the diocese, including two pieces that are open to all Arizona Episcopalians.

If you would like to submit a name of a loved one who has died during the pandemic to be read during the service, you can do so to our receptionist,  Serrena Addal, (602) 254-0976 .

I am grateful to the organists and choirmasters from around the diocese who are contributing their gifts and skills to this, especially Joey Ripka from All Saints' (Phoenix) and Erik Goldstrom from Trinity Cathedral (Phoenix). More information on how to participate as a musician will be sent out soon.

This is not a substitute for that in-person gathering that will help family and friends grieve. But it is a way to gather and focus our prayers, and encounter our sure and certain hope in the resurrection.

Grief and hope together, once more.
Habits of Grace, July 27, 2020: 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 meditation will be posted each week. These meditations can be watched at any time by clicking  here .
 
July 27, 2020: Prayer into action
Earlier this week, I was preparing a very brief meditation for a kind of public service announcement on prayer in the time of pandemic. And as I was preparing, something dawned on me that I wanted to share with you. There are two instances and there may be others to be sure, in both the Hebrew scriptures and in the New Testament where you see prayer linked directly with action.
One example is found in First Kings where the prophet Elijah is fleeing for his life. He, in Chapter 19, says he ends up at a cave near Mount Horeb, which is Mount Sinai in other places. And there for 40 days, he's in prayer, fasting and struggling. And after that time of prayer, when he kind of senses what God wants him to do, he then goes out and leads a reformation in Israel that was really significant.
His prayer led him to action. You see the same kind of pattern in Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, he's praying about what he should do. And that leads him to make the decision to give his life, to show what love looks like for the cause and way of love. But it's that prayer that leads to action. It occurred to me that in this time of pandemic, it may be helpful to remember that our prayer can lead to actions. We can't do all the things that we used to do, but we can do some things. We can pray, pray for all of the conditions and all of the situations that we are aware of in our world, and that we are aware of because of this pandemic, but also take some action. There are ways we can support causes that help people in this time.
There are ways that we can support ministries that are helpful, but there's some simple ways. We can keep social distance. That's a way of action. It's an act of prayer. We can pay attention to public health officials and their guidance, that's an action. And we can wear, of course, these. We can wear these face masks. And so I was trying to think of what is a prayer that combines prayer and action in the Book of Common Prayer? And I found it, there are many, but this one stands out.
It's the prayer of St. Francis:
 
Lord make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, union. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 
Pray and do what you can.
 
God love you. God bless you and keep the faith.
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 53 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 & Cream Soups), Canned Fruit, Canned 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.
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, Aug 02, 2020
9th Sunday after Pentecost
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Wednesday, Aug 5
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm: 99
2 Peter 1:13-21
Luke 9:28-36
Special Dates this Week
Birthdays                       
August 2: Rose Ohannesian
August 3: Michael Windham, Ali Gyer, Cynthia Dear,
August 5: Ileen Szelka, Dick Hibbard, Kathy Pessin, Tricia Alvarado
August 7: Sasha Ruster-McGregor
August 8: Keehna Sture, Kelly Parker
Anniversaries:
August 2: Deborah & Ken Delmastro
August 3: Gwen & James Schenk, Les & Rosey Garripee
August 5: Charles & Carol Covert
August 6: Larry & Eileen Griffin
August 8: Jim & Eileen Klein, Gary & Lyneal Nick,
Mike & Joni Cash
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; Barbara Taylor; Rich Staudt’s co-worker’s son Parker who is now at home; Frank (recovering in Phoenix 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 and Len T who is battling cancer.

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

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministries
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, 31 July 2020
Missionary District of Oeste-Brasil (Brazil) The Most Revd Naudal Alves Gomes (Primate)
Boga (Congo) The Rt Revd Mugenyi William Bahemuka
Port Elizabeth ( Southern Africa ) The Rt Revd Edward Ronald Daniels

Saturday, 1 August 2020
Offa (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Solomon Olusola Akambi
Bolivia (South America) The Rt Revd Raphael Samuel
Karimnagar (South India) The Rt Revd Reuben Mark

Sunday, 2 August 2020
Pray for the new Province of Alexandria
- created from the former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Monday, 3 August 2020
Karnataka Central (South India) The Rt Revd Prasana Kumar Samuel
Karnataka North (South India) The Rt Revd Ravikumar J. Niranjan
Karnataka South (South India) The Rt Revd Mohan Manoraj

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Ogbaru (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Prosper Amah
Bondo (Kenya) The Rt Revd David Kodia
Kasai - Mbujimayi (Congo) Vacant

Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Ogbia (Nigeria) The Rt Revd James Oruwori
Bor (South Sudan) The Most Revd Ruben Akurdid Ngong
Umzimvubu ( Southern Africa ) The Rt Revd Sitembele Mzamane

Thursday, 6 August 2020
Ogbomoso (Nigeria) Vacant
Botswana (Central Africa) The Rt Revd Metlhayotlhe Rawlings Beleme
Brandon (Canada) The Rt Revd William Cliff

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
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier lauree@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
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Our calendar is available at the Calendar section .


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2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699