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
13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 30 2020


An Video Message from Pierre-Henry
on Friday, August 28th!
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
St. Luke's Video Worship
13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 30, 2020
Bulletin & Sermon
Sermon: The Rev Susan Schubert

What is Prison Awareness Month?

Because September is designated as Prison Awareness Month throughout the Diocese (by Convention Resolution in 2016), I wanted all of us at St. Luke’s to know what you can do to focus on prisoners and their families.

As you know, our parish has especially helped provide funds for backpacks, and also tuition, for kids of incarcerated parents, ages 8-13, to attend a week-long camp at Chapel Rock – Camp Genesis. Since Camp Genesis of summer 2020 was not possible due to Covid-19, we are asking those who are interested to help in any way and in any amount within your means. Simply make your check out to “St. Luke’s” and in the memo line write “Camp Genesis.”

Sunday, September 20, 2020, is the designated Sunday for Camp Genesis so we can highlight this very impactful experience for kids who otherwise would not have this opportunity. Thank you for your support!
I will highlight other prison ministry outreach in the next Epistle. Thank you once again for all your prayers and thoughts for those who are often left in the shadows.

Becky Hansen
Camp Genesis Backpack Project Coordinator
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.
Scripture in Trying Times
August 26, 2020
By The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, Bishop of Arizona

While I was writing this Sunday's sermon for my visitation to St. John's (Bisbee) and St. Stephen's (Douglas), I found myself writing the sentence, "If I could encourage every member of our Diocese to read a single passage of scripture every day from now until November 3 -- and beyond -- it would be this week’s passage from Paul's Epistle to the Romans."

And then it occurred to me that I could actually invite you to join me in this.

Romans 12:9-21 is a guide to living in community in trying times of division, persecution, and political instability. Paul preaches that we are to ground ourselves in love, love for one another and love for God. He instructs us to sacrifice, to hospitality, and to prayer. We are to live peaceably with all when it is possible, but Paul acknowledges that it is not always within our control to live peaceably. Paul does not accept that evil, injustice, or wrong are to be tolerated; but nor does he instruct us to match evil with evil.

I invite you to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest with me. Perhaps you might use the passage for lectio divina, or more study.

Where do you see yourself in this passage?
Where do you see those with whom you disagree?
What in this passage challenges you?
What will bring you closer to Jesus, in thought, word, and deed?
With whom are you called to weep today?
With whom are you called to rejoice?
What is noble in the sight of all?
Against whom do you desire vengeance?
What would it look like to leave vengeance to God?
Where might you meet an enemy with kindness as a means not of capitulating to evil but of overcoming it?

The holy scripture is going to keep speaking to us through the lectionary in this election cycle, and it does not speak into a void. It speaks, lovingly, into a world in need of truth, of courage, and of justice.

Romans 12:9-21
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Give Your Hangers a New Home!
Thanks to all who donated hangers!
We now need hangers like pictured below please!
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
Join us this Saturday, August 29, at 5:30-6:00 p.m.
for a Zoom Happy Half Hour.

Join Zoom Happy Half Hour
No password needed!
We had 9 people at Happy Half Hour last Saturday, please join us!
Join us this Sunday, August 30, at 11:15 a.m.
for a Zoom Coffee Hour.

Join Zoom Coffee Hour
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We had 13 people at Coffee Hour last Sunday! Please join us!
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 30, 2020
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Sept 2
The Martyrs of New Guinea
Psalm 126




Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
August 30: Eileen Griffin
August 31: Joyce Evans
September 2: Richard Pettenger,Denise DeKemper
September 3: Donald Crawford
September 4: Liberty Kallberg, Pam Williams, Jim Klein, Julie Duffett, Earl Poole, Patricia Atchison, Lee Schafer, Terri Doran                                   

Anniversaries:
August 30: Larry and Betsy Whearley
September 1: Gerryand Sandy Caton
September 3: Kari Jamison and Tom Connors,
Jim and Kathy Pessin, Win and Phyllis Gee 
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; Wayne and Mary Hallford and family as they mourn the loss of Wayne's brother, Vaden; Joe Watts, son-in-law of E. Wayne & Madelon Rolland; Madelon Rolland as she gets knee replacement surgery August 28; Sara Wiliman, family and friends who mourn the loss of Ned, Sara's brother-in-law

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, 28 August 2020
On the Lake (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Chijioke Oti
Buye (Burundi) The Rt Revd Sixbert Macumi

Saturday, 29 August 2020
On the Niger (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Owen Chidozie Nwokolo
Byumba (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Ngendahayo
Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh (Ireland) The Rt Revd Ferran Glenfield

Sunday, 30 August 2020
Pray for the united Church of South India
The Most Revd Dharmaraj Rasalam - Moderator of CSI & Bishop of South Kerala

Monday, 31 August 2020
Kimberley & Kuruman (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Oswald Swartz
Kindu (Congo) The Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda (Primate)
Kinkiizi (Uganda) The Rt Revd Dan Zoreka

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Ondo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Stephen Oni
Calabar (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Tunde Adeleye
Kinshasa (Congo) The Rt Revd Achille Mutshindu

Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Ontario (Canada) The Rt Revd Michael Oulton
Calcutta (North India) The Rt Revd Probal Kanto Dutta

Thursday, 3 September 2020
Ogbomoso (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Titus Babtunde Olayinka
Caledonia (Canada) The Rt Revd David TJ Lehmann
Calgary (Canada) The Most Revd Gregory Kerr-Wilson


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