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
12th Sunday after Pentecost
August 23, 2020



An Encouraging Message from Pierre-Henry
Dear People of St Luke’s,

For months we have been wondering when are we going to gather together again? It looked like there was no light in view. Your Vestry prepared a plan for a safe reopening, and this week we got two good news: our plan is accepted, with a couple of modifications, and the Diocese gave its OK for the churches in Yavapai County to enter into Phase II.
What does that mean for us?
● We can hold outside service for a maximum of 50 persons, wearing masks and keeping social distance.
● As soon as we are ready, we can have services in our building: 15 persons in the Chapel, 50 persons in the church, 50 persons in the Parish Hall.

When will that happen:
Before reopening the church, we need to have a first deep cleaning. We could not do it before knowing if or when we would be able to enter Phase II. Bishop Reddall will hold an online Diocesan service on September 6, so pending the approval of the Vestry, I think we could safely offer in-person services on the second weekend of September (if everything falls into place. NO GUARANTEES!)

Entering Phase II is by no means a return to life as usual. There will be lots of restrictions for keeping everybody safe. We will soon publish our Plan for In-Person Worship During Phase II, please take the time to read it. There are rules that will apply to everyone at all times: wearing a mask is mandatory; seating is limited and we will use a booking system.
We will continue to offer an online service for those who don’t feel comfortable coming back to church at this point.

Classes will continue to be offered on Zoom. Meetings for groups of more than 10 persons will only be available online. Small group meetings with less than 10 people will be allowed only if a physical space and calendar space is available. Groups will need Rector's authorization.

This is not perfect, but this is a step in the right direction. I’m already rejoicing in the prospect of seeing you in the church very soon.

Meanwhile, the staff will work hard to be ready and to offer you a great and smooth worship experience.

I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,
In Christ’s love,
Pierre-Henry+
St Luke's Episcopal, Prescott has it's very own YouTube Channel. Click below and Subscribe. You will receive a notice every time we have a new video.
Also you can view this weekend's Video Worship Service on our Website
Click below for Pierre-Henry's Sermon from last Sunday, August 16...Sorry for the confusion, my proofing skills weren't the best last week!
Bulletin & Sermon
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: The Rev Jim Schubert
Due to Technical Difficulties the Worship Video is not ready at the time of this publication. Please click on the link below to go to our YouTube channel on Saturday afternoon.
Youth Ministry Resources
I am the Vine

Questions: God Asks Who Do You Say That I Am?
Scripture Focus: Matthew 16:13-19 
EfM
Education for Ministry
Is it right for you?
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The EfM program, offered as an education-at-a-distance course by the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, provides Episcopalians and others with the education to carry out that ministry. This diocese is a sponsoring diocese of the EfM program.
As the Church continues to emphasize the importance of lay ministries, many people feel that they need a theological education that supports their faith and teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. EfM is one way for them to gain that knowledge.
EfM is a 4-year course, covering the basic subjects of a theological education: the Hebrew scripture, New Testament, Church history and the study of theological movements in the church. Participants register for one year at a time, meeting weekly in a seminar of 6-12 students with trained mentors. We meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00. (beginning in mid-September). Right now with the Covid issue we will be using Zoom. We did that to finish up in the spring and it worked quite well.

There are weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. All years meet together, which leads to very meaningful discussions. (We have 5 participants returning next year for years 2-4.) We really need some 1st year students to round things out!
A recent Tucson graduate had this to say – “EfM is a safe, supportive place to learn, explore new ideas, and wrestle with the big questions in the company of others who are doing the same. You will be welcomed, encouraged, and challenged as you do the readings and participate in weekly discussions. The friendships developed along the way are truly special. A wild ride, but worth every inch!”
 
           If you think EfM might be for you,
please contact Leanne Bryan at (928-713-4014, bryanfamily@cableone.net or
Kathy Pessin at (928-771-2707, 928-899-0986, jimpes@cableone.net)
We are currently accepting new students for our September start.
Bishop Reddall is providing another online, bilingual diocesan service on Sunday, September 6 in order to give clergy around the diocese an opportunity to have a sabbath day. It will be available on the diocesan YouTube page ( https://www.youtube.com/azdiocese1 ) on Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.

A diocesan coffee hour with Bishop Reddall will follow via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. More Information about the Coffee Hour will be emailed out on Thursday, September 3rd.
Give Your Hangers a New Home!
Dear St. Luke's Family,
As most of us are aware the 2020-2021 School Year has begun. The classroom needs are very different this year but the need to clothe our homeless students is the same.
The Humboldt Family Resource Center has been blessed with an abundance of donated clothing. Lisa, the coordinator has run out of hangers and is asking for donations. The hangers pictured are the type she would prefer...she especially needs pant hangers.
If this is something you can help with your donation can be dropped off at the church and put in the box by the front door.
Thank you!
The Outreach Commission
A Note to St Luke's Parishioners
Dear Friends at St. Luke's,
Thank you for the many ways your mission outreach improves lives and fosters social justice in our community. In these uncertain times, particular thanks for your food pantry outreach. It is helping so many people! Blessings on your days--
Yours in Faith,
Christine Mack
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. 

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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
Join us this Saturday, August 22, at 5:30-6:00 p.m.
for a Zoom Happy Half Hour.

Join Zoom Happy Half Hour
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Join us this Sunday, August 23, at 11:15 a.m.
for a Zoom Coffee Hour.

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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. Please bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm 
Your generosity has been heartwarming!

Do you have fruit trees? Do you have a garden? Do you have so many peaches, apples, zukes and tomatoes that you've been wishing you had a place to give them so they wouldn't waste?  
Let us offer a suggestion. Take them to St. Luke's Food Pantry!
Because the Pantry continues to grow, 79 individuals were assisted last week and 55 individuals this week, the need for fresh produce grows as well. The Pantry does receive produce but often it is potatoes and onions. Occasionally we receive apples or oranges.  
This is the season of harvest and you are invited to share your harvest with those who weekly appreciate your generosity.

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.
We need Everything
Mac-n-Cheese
Spaghetti Sauce
Chicken (canned)
Tuna (canned)
Chef Boyardee
Manwich (original flavor)
Fruit (pears, fruit cocktail, peaches - canned)
Cookies
Pancake / Waffle Mix
Pancake Syrup
Oatmeal (instant – all flavors)
Breakfast Cereals (all flavors)
Crackers (saltines only)
Soups (chicken/mushroom – for the pastas)
Hamburger/Tuna Helper
Canned Vegetables
Corn (canned)
Rice (white/brown)
Peanut Butter (small)
Hot Dogs
Buns
Balogna
Milk (1/2 gallon – whole milk only)
Eggs (dozen)
Flour (small bags)
Sugar (small bags) 

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
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, 928 778-4499x303
Scripture Readings

Sunday, Aug 23, 2020
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Aug 26
Saint Bartholomew
Deuteronomy 18:15-18
Psalm 91
Luke 22:24-30


Special Dates this Week
Birthdays                                          
August 23: Jonathan Harris
August 24: Jacqueline Estes,
August 25: Charlie MacNamera
August 26: Glenn Edmilao
August 27: Trent Denison
August 28: Helen Henderson
August 29: Chalys Stephens,
Anniversaries:
August 23: Bill & Christine Loughney
August 24: Christy & Chick Hastings
August 29: Thomas & Carol Glover

 
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; Etta Parsons, mother of Peggy Wagner, fell and broke her hip

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrews, Glendale
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, 21 August 2020
Oleh (Nigeria) The Rt Revd John Usiwoma Aruakpor
Bunyoro-Kitara (Uganda) The Rt Revd Samuel Kahuma

Saturday, 22 August 2020
Kentucky (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Terry White
Kericho (Kenya) The Rt Revd Ernest Kiprotich Ng'eno
Khartoum (Sudan) The Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo (Primate)

Sunday, 23 August 2020
Pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Most Revd Melter Tais - Archbishop of South East Asia & Bishop of Sabah

Monday, 24 August 2020
Kibondo (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Sospeter Ndenza
Kigali (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Nathan Amooti Rusengo
Kigeme (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Assiel Musabyimana

Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Olo (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Tandema Obede
Busan (Korea) The Most Revd Onesimus Dongsin Park
Kigezi (Uganda) The Rt Revd George Bagamuhunda

Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Olympia (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Gregory Rickel
Busoga (Uganda) The Rt Revd Paul Moses Samson Naimanhye

Thursday, 27 August 2020
Omu-Aran (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Philip Adeyemo
Butare (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Nathan Gasatura
Butere (Kenya) The Rt Revd Timothy Wambunya

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