2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Third Sunday of Advent
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
Third Sunday of Advent
December 13, 2020
IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS CANCELLED THIS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
December 12 & 13
Parish Office is currently closed until further notice.

IMPORTANT PARISH UPDATE - December 9, 2020

Greetings beloved brothers and sisters,

This is with a heavy heart that I'm writing to you this Wednesday morning.

Initially, I planned to reach out to you today to inform you that all the results from the possible exposure to Covid-19 from our staff last week came back negative. We got the last test result on Tuesday morning.

Unfortunately, this morning we learned that there has been another possible and more serious exposure to Covid-19 among the staff. Of course, the individual involved will quarantine and get tested. But, because of this, we have no choice but to again close the Parish Office and the Church until further notice.

After much consideration, thought, and prayer, and because of the situation in Yavapai County and the recent spike in Covid-19 metrics, the Vestry and I had already made the decision that the in-person services for December 12 and 13 will be canceled. An online service will be offered. 

According to the Diocesan Covid guidelines (Gathering for Abundant Life: Arizona Church and Worship in the Time of Covid-19) to stay in Phase II we need to be sure that the External Indicators of the Arizona Department of Health guidelines for safe school openings are met in Yavapai County. The 3 indicators have been in the red zone since November 15. You can look this up at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-schools

More information will follow, at a later time, about what this means for St. Luke's going forward.

In the meantime, please, be careful, look after one another, and stay safe. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Your brother in Christ,
Pierre-Henry
The online service for the Third Sunday of Advent will be available on our website by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12
Reserve your seat for In-Person
Worship Services on our Website
every Tuesday thru Thursday
Third Sunday of Advent
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Due to our current situation with Covid-19, registration for
Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning Services
will begin online next Friday, December 18.

Christmas Eve
Contemporary Children's Service 4:00 p.m. (Parish Hall - limited to 45 people)
Traditional Service 6:00 p.m. (Sanctuary - limited to 50 people)
Traditional Service 8:00 p.m. (Sanctuary - limited to 50 people)

Christmas Day
Spoken Service 10:00 a.m. (Parish Hall - limited to 45 people)
Christmas Flowers

Remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. Click here for the Christmas Flowers form to print and complete.

Forms can be mailed or dropped off. Place your envelope in our locked mailbox outside the office no later than Sunday, December 20.

You may also email the parish office at info@slecp.org with the following info: your name, thanksgiving/memorial, and/or other information to be included.
 
Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".
Back by Popular Demand

Deacon's Mustard ($7.00)
and
Garmisch Nut Stollen ($20.00)

By special order:
Please call Deacon Kimball at 928-273-3004
to place your order for
Deacon's Mustard
and/or
Garmisch Nut Stollen
Please leave your name, phone number and your order.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's
2020 Christmas message
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing.

Perhaps like me, you’ve sung this hymn for years – in church, at home with your family, gathered with friends and neighbors. Perhaps you’ve sung it to yourself – in your car, on a walk, or quietly in the dark of night. Joy to the world!

While we may not feel joyful this year – as the pandemic of disease continues to bring sickness and death, when fear and mistrust – a darkness – threatens to overcome the light – we, as followers of Jesus Christ must bear joy to this aching world. We must shine light into the darkness.  
Joy to the world!

Like much in our lives, proclaiming joy is difficult work – also good and essential work –
especially now. Though we mourn that which is lost in our lives, our families, and our communities – Joy to the world!

While we strive to pull up the twisted and thorny vines of hatred and bigotry and anger – 
Joy to the world!
Through streaming tears and gritted teeth – Joy to the world!  – because God is breaking into our lives and into this world anew.

While this is a strange year, the ministry He gives us remains the same. We will prepare him room in our hearts by taking on the ministry Jesus demands of us: feed those who are hungry; welcome the stranger; clothe those who are naked; heal those who are sick; visit the prisoner. Love God. Love your neighbor. Sing joy into this old world. Prepare him room.

St. Luke writes of the first Christmas, “[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” There, in the simplest bed, in the cool of the night, in a trough, in bands of cloth, lies the One for whom no room was made. And yet strangely, there lies the One whom not even the universe can contain.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room.
God love you; God bless you; and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
 
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Angel Tree Update

Bags are being delivered to the schools this week.

Thank you to everyone who took a tag from the Angel Tree this year - all the children were adopted!

-Lauren Crawford
“Boosting” Our Immune System
By Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., G.N.P., Retired
As you know, we are now in our eleventh month with COVID19 in the U.S. It has altered our social and private lives in every way imaginable, and it will be with us at least until this spring. As the coronavirus has spread, we have been hearing about how to reduce exposure and take care of ourselves if we get sick. These are important tips, but we're not hearing much about how we can boost our immunity so that if we do get exposed to the virus — or worse, we get sick — our body can effectively fight back.

Our immune systems are designed to fight off all sicknesses, including viruses. In general, the immune system is a line of defense our body has against pathogenic organisms from entering and proliferating in our body. These immune mechanisms also help eliminate abnormal cells of the body that can develop into cancer. Unfortunately, the immune system can get worn down by many things typical of a modern life—for example, stress, toxins, lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating. This prevents our bodies from most effectively fighting off sickness. Following are some tools we can use to cultivate our “resiliency” in response to this virus and against other threats to our health.
2021 Pledge Campaign Update

As of December 11, we have received109 pledges for a total of $377,216 .

Thank you for those of you who have submitted your pledge card! We continue to feel so thankful for your generosity.

The pledge card is available on our website's home page: look for the green button! For your convenience, click here to submit your 2021 pledge to St. Luke's. We also want to remind you of the secure, confidential email address you may also use to submit your pledge for 2021: pledge@slecp.org.

As George Chesney, Senior Warden, shared in his letter of a couple of weeks ago, "Thank you for being a part of St. Luke’s and for your faithful generous gifts to our annual campaign and ongoing ministries and outreach."
St. Luke's Food Pantry
St. Luke's Food Pantry continues to serve the community each Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.
The drop-off food drive continues each Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. at the south entrance.
Number served on December 11: 86 people
Suggested food donations for next week:
soup, cookies, cereal, Chef Boyardee products
Again, from the St. Luke's Food Pantry team:
The family of St. Luke's needs to know they are doing it right. They can feel good about what their support does in the world. Children and families get to experience some of the bounty of our community. So, THANK YOU everyone...a thousand times over.
Amagoro Junior Academy - Amagoro, Kenya
Bishop Zak sends his deepest heartfelt thanks to the congregation of St. Luke’s for the financial support we have given to help open up Amagoro Junior Academy during the Coronavirus pandemic. He is still awaiting the final approval of the Ministry of Health and Education in order to reopen the Academy.

Two generous St. Luke’s donors provided 2 tents for classrooms. These tents will allow the school to have two more classrooms giving the school a total of eleven classrooms. Each classroom will provide space for 15 students in addition to the teaching staff. 

In September, the Outreach Commission provided financial assistance to purchase containers for clean water, hand sanitizer, thermometers, and face masks. Members of the commission were going to make reusable masks for the school but there was no way to ship them to Kenya due the spread of the virus shutting down shipments into Africa.

A note of thanks received by Mary Hallford of the Outreach Commission:
Dear Mary,
We are fine though facing a very strong wave of COVID 19. Our government has reported many Medics have died and we have Lockdown again. It’s worrying; keep us in your prayers. Keep safe and healthy. Our love and prayers.
Sincerely, Mama Catherine & +Zak 
**Please keep Bishop Zak and all those at the Academy in your prayers.**
Pictures below from Amagoro Junior Academy featuring the items purchased with the funds donated by the St. Luke's Outreach Commission.
Annual Reports Continue to be Received

We are looking for annual reports for the year 2020 from commissions and church ministries
to include in the parish report we'll distribute prior to this year's Annual Parish Meeting.
We would like the leaders of each group to submit a brief report of the commission's or
ministry's 2020 activities and/or work to info@slecp.org.

Thank you for those reports already received!
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Update: Opportunities to Serve St Luke's

In 2021, the following positions will be open:

Junior Warden: There is still one position available with no candidates yet.

1 position = This is a one-year term, and can be renewed.

Please contact Don McKellar, our current Junior Warden, he would be delighted to share his knowledge with you. If you think you could be our new Junior warden, know that Don will support you wholeheartedly.

Vestry: We have 5 candidates for 4 available positions.

Our candidates for Vestry are: Leanne Bryan, Ron Davis, Don Martin, Kathy Pessin, Carol Sweeden

4 positions = 3 three-year terms, and 1 one-year term to replace Steven Dear who has moved back to California.

The Vestry is the governing body of the Parish. According to the Parish By-laws, Vestry members shall be elected from the communicants in good standing and canonically resident in the Parish for at least six months.

Delegates to Diocesan Convention: We have 2 candidates for 5 available positions.

Our candidates for Delegates are: Leanne Bryan and Liz Kennedy

In 2021, the Diocesan Convention will be Oct. 15-16 in Phoenix and our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be among us. Contact the Parish Office at info@slecp.org if you have questions about Diocesan Convention.

Alternates to the Diocesan Convention: We have no candidates for 3 available positions.

In case someone can not attend the Diocesan Convention. Again, contact the Parish Office at info@slecp.org if you have questions about Diocesan Convention. 

For questions or if you are interested, please contact Don McKellar (donald@mckellar.biz) or Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson (rector@slecp.org).
Last chance to donate for DSCA Donation Quilt

This weekend, Dec. 12 & 13 would have been your last weekend to donate to the raffle for the beautiful quilt made by Carol Sweeden and Under Cover Quilts. Since in-person worship has been cancelled for December 12 & 13 you can drop off your check or cash in our outside locked mail box. Be sure to write your name, phone number and quilt raffle on the outside of your envelope. This needs to be done on or before this Wednesday, December 16. The drawing will still take place on Sunday, December 20 either In-Person or on the recorded service.

Minimum Donation is $5.00.

Please help make our 2020 DSCA Donation Quilt a success. The funds raised will help future Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinners! Thank you.
Thank you for your
continued 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!
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, December 13, 2020
Third Sunday of Advent
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Isaiah 45: 5-8, 18-25
Psalm 85:8-13
Luke 7:19-23
Special Dates this Week
Birthdays
December 12: Julien Rodriguez
December 13: Etta Parson
December 14: Linda King
December 16: Dick Crowther, Joan Lane
December 17: Angela Russ
December 18: Beth Newton, Margaret Towne
Anniversaries
December 17: Francois & Deborah Pendleton Maurice
December 18: Ron & Ruth Baker
Worship Ministers for December 12 & 13
In-Service Worship is Cancelled this Saturday & Sunday
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.

Altar Flower Donation: Leanne Bryan In thankfulness for family & friends.
Our Prayer List
For Those In Need We Pray:
December Thanksgiving & Healing Prayers
For a Covid-19 vaccine that will put an end to this virus and for all those people affected by this pandemic.
Brandon & Nikki Reynolds.; Alicia; Alex; Alexa; Sharon, Dave & Nancy C.; Larie & Wife; Carol; Darrell C.; Dominica Coppola & Marty Dane; Max J.; Carol Glover; Gil & Cheri Lattimer's mother & Good Samaritan Staff; Cathy Hoaglund; Gary & Kathy MacCauley; Robert McCaulley; Jean Messick; Etta Parson Gary & Peggy Cole; Ileen Szelka; Mark Tuttle; Patty; Ron Miller; Kate Carroll; Sara Wiliman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; Rich Staudt; Steven; Glenn J.; Joan Hedger; Erni Frazier; Ruth Visclo, Vicki Casacchia; Ian Snider; Jerri Wheeler; Joe & Linda, Glen Gregor; Jim Casacchia; Scott Menke; Jeff Bernatz; Doug & Pat Ogburn; Yoland Jr; Steve; Glenn Johnson; Adria Tropel; Kyle Forslund; Thurlow; Karla Kash; Kelly; Aubrey Schultz, Max Mabrey, Jeanne Miller; Kira Williman; Pauline; Gary DeLisle; Tim Salem; Mary and family; Marcia Reinhart's Family, Mary Temme & family, Charles Tibbets' Family, Bill & Joan Preston as they mourn the loss of Joan’s brother and their good friend Doris Smith; Patti Bain’s son Eric who has Covid


For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints Church and Day School
In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Vitalant Blood Drive, Angel Tree

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 11 December 2020
Sittwe (Myanmar) The Rt Revd James Min Dein
Eha - Amufu (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Daniel Olinya

Saturday, 12 December 2020
Ekiti (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Tayo Omotunde
Ekiti Kwara (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Andrew Ajayi
Ekiti Oke (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Isaac Olubowale
Ekiti West (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Rufus V A Adepoju

Sunday, 13 December 2020
Pray for the Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury)
The Rt Revd Timothy Thornton - Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands

Monday, 14 December 2020
Sodor & Man (England) The Rt Revd Peter Eagles
El Camino Real (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Mary Gray-Reeves

Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Sokoto (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Augustine Omole
El Salvador (Central America) The Rt Revd Juan David Alvarado Melgar

Wednesday, 16 December 2020
South Ankole (Uganda) The Rt Revd Nathan Ahimbisibwe
Eldoret (Kenya) The Rt Revd Christopher Ruto

Thursday, 17 December 2020
South Dakota (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Tarrant
El-Obeid (Sudan) The Rt Revd Ismail Gabriel Abudigin

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion diocese of Western Mexico Resolution 2020-1, of the 60th Diocesan Convention  
Service Schedule
 Saturday & Sunday Services: 
In-Service Worship is Cancelled this Saturday & Sunday

Weekday Services:
·        Wednesday 10 am   In-Person Healing Service is cancelled until further notice.
The Healing Service will be available online.
Please check the website for more information.
Phase II allows the following:
Offices can be open with staff staying appropriate distance from one another. 

The church and offices will remain locked
during the week. If you need to meet with someone please call and make an appointment.

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 rector@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Dennis Houser prescottchorale@reagan.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
General Mailbox info@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
Submissions for the current week's Epistle are due by the end of the day Tuesday!
The Parish Office is closed until further notice. We are checking the voicemail.
Call 928 778 4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
For all Pastoral Emergencies
please call 928 460-2736
Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

Community Groups
All community groups that meet at St. Luke's are cancelled until further notice.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699