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
10th Sunday after Pentecost
August 9, 2020
A Video Message from Pierre-Henry Buisson
Thank you St. Luke's for your amazing contribution to the
White Mountain Apache Tribe Appeal.
“What a Godsend this email is, we have been praying for help and you have come to our aid. Thanks!” This note was sent to Canon Debbie Royals, leader of our Diocesan Native American Ministries, by Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, Chairwoman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

The tribe was reporting that roughly 1 in 10 of the tribe’s approximately 15,000 members have been infected with COVID-19. The urgent needs of the people were non-perishable food items, cleaning products, and water. “We have serious water shortages during the summer months. Sometimes there is no water at all for showers and basic drinking water needs,” said Lee-Gatewood.

When Canon Royals notified us at St. Luke’s of the problems we went to work. We only had a few days to organize and get our supplies to Good Shepherd of the Hills in Cave Creek. But what would happen was something quite extraordinary.

Father Pierre-Henry, who was on vacation, gave us permission to contact the entire church membership by email and Lauree Birchmeier got a note into the Epistle almost immediately. On last Wednesday, Larry Neece and I showed up at church in the morning to help unload the items people brought in and then to load the truck. I hadn’t any real idea as to the quantity that might appear and I originally thought it all might fit into my SUV (as it were, not a chance!) but Neil Patton had called after reading his email and offered to arrive at noon with his monster truck and trailer. Ladies and gentlemen, we completely filled Neil’s rig with things so badly needed.

You may remember that last Wednesday was a hot day, and when we arrived in Cave Creek, it was 116 degrees. There were some boys from the youth group at Good Shepherd who helped us unload, then invited us to share their pizza lunch! It just does not get any better than that.

Beside the goods so urgently needed, the amount of funds received was overwhelming and there is a substantial amount left in our account. We will be contacting Gwendena soon to decide how to best use the money.

Neil (far right), Monte (hand in the air) and the youth. Only part of what we brought is showing.
A big thank you to Monte Anderson, Larry Neece and Neil Patton.
"History of the White Mountain Apache tribe" to learn more about the White Mountain Apache Tribe
Hello kids and families,

Here are some resources to have fun with!
Jesus Walks on Water

Please let me know how you are doing? Are kids back in school?
Cheers, Sophie Buisson
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.
Our Daily Bread, (September, October. November) and Forward Day by Day, (August, September, October)
are available at the Front Entrance of the St. Luke's
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 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 2 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
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
Bulletin & Sermon
10th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev Keehna Sture
Watch August 9, 2020 Video Worship
- on YouTube
Preacher: Deacon Keehna Sture
Join us this Saturday, August 8, at 5:30-6:00 p.m.
for a Zoom Happy Half Hour.

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Join us this Sunday, August 9, 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.
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 9, 2020
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Aug 12
Saint Mary the Virgin
Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Isaiah 61:10-11
Psalm: 34:1-9
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 1:46-55

Special Dates this Week
August 10: Gary DeLisle, Mike Davi
August 11: Penny Freel, David White, Karen Benson, Bill Christy, Ralph Cirzan
August 12: Larry Allen, Sally Phelps, Cathie Carter
August 14: Austin Wagner, Mary Young
August 15: Larry Griffin, Darrell Cobb, Robert McCaullay
August 8: Kerry McClung & Kristina Lunsford
August 11: Lee Schafer & Pat Benedict
August 12: Kathryn & Mike Barber,
Diane Mazmanian & Bill Tompkins
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 and now has covid) & 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

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, 7 August 2020
Ogoni (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Solomon Gberegbara
Brasilia (Brazil) The Rt Revd Maurício Jose Araujo De Andrade
Brazzaville (Congo) The Rt Revd Molanga Jean Botola

Saturday, 8 August 2020
Ogori-Magongo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Festus Davies
Brechin (Scotland) The Rt Revd Andrew Swift
Katakwa (Kenya) The Rt Revd John Okude Omuse

Sunday, 9 August 2020
Pray for the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda
The Most Revd Laurent Mbanda - Archbishop of L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda & Bishop of Shyira

Monday, 10 August 2020
Ohaji / Egbema (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku
Brisbane (Australia) The Most Revd Phillip John Aspinall (Diocesan Bishop)

Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Ohio (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Mark Hollingsworth
Bristol (England) The Very Revd Vivienne Faull
Katanga (Congo) The Rt Revd Bertin Subi

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Oji River (Nigeria) The Most Revd Amos Amankechinelo Madu
British Columbia (Canada) The Rt Revd Logan McMenamie

Thursday, 13 August 2020
Okene (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Onsachi
Buhiga (Burundi) The Rt Revd Evariste Nijimbere
Bujumbura (Burundi) The Rt Revd Eraste Bigirimana

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 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