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
1st Sunday after Christmas
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
First Sunday after Christmas
December 27, 2020
St Luke's will be offering an Online Worship Service each weekend until further notice.
Weekend service will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

First Sunday after Christmas

Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Kimball Arnold

DSCA Quilt Winner

Congratulations,
George Chesney!
Wednesday Healing Service is now on Zoom every Wednesday at 10am
password: luke
Just Coffee
You can order fresh coffee as follows:
Go to their website:  www.justcoffee.org 
Click on the "Shop" tab to find the variety of coffee you wish to buy.
Compose an e-mail to Adrian Gonzalez at  sales@justcoffee.org  
In your message, introduce yourself as a St Luke's Prescott customer and give your shipping address.  
List the quantity and variety of coffee you wish to order. Dark or medium roast. Whole bean or ground. 1 lb or 5 lb bag.
Your order will be shipped UPS the Thursday after you order and will contain an invoice. Please pay by check as soon as you receive your shipment.  
You will be billed the partner price plus shipping which is about $2.50/pound LESS than the online prices. 
Continue to enjoy the best coffee while supporting the cooperative in their homeland!
Questions or help to place order?  Call Mary Ellen at 928-458-0123.
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The Parish Office will be closed from
Thursday, December 24 - Friday, January 1.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Money Counters Needed at St. Luke's
If you are available just 1 Monday a month, we need your help as a "Counter" in the church office. Counting and recording offerings, socially distanced and safety protocols followed.
No previous experience needed, just the desire to help.
Please contact Helen Henderson. 928-778-4499 x 305
Amagoro Junior Academy
Amagoro Junior Academy has reopened by the grace of God and St. Luke’s generosity. Bishop Zak called and shared about the reopening of the Academy. 4th grade and 8th grade classes have started back. The other grades will begin after the Christmas holiday, this will give the staff time to figure out the logistics in getting the whole Academy up and running following the guidelines of the Health and Education Ministry.

They pray that the Coronavirus will not escalate to where the Academy will have to close again. Education is so very important to these young people and with the help of St. Luke’s and other churches it is becoming a reality with some modern technology.

They had a small dedication of the reopening of the Academy with the staff and students. A visiting Priest from Paris presided at the service.

In the picture, you will see Bishop Zak in a plaid shirt and his wife Mama Catherine sitting next to him.

Let us pray that the Coronavirus numbers decrease and not increase so the Academy remains open.
God’s Peace and Love be with you always!
Merry Christmas!
The Spirit of Christmas is very much alive in our quad-city community!

On Saturday, December 12th, St Luke’s, along with the Community Cupboard and Mayer's school, gathered in the Walmart parking lot at Gail Gardner to collect bags of food from
the Neighborhood program. For 2 hours, you could see a long line of vehicles delivering
the green bags. The volunteers were filled with energy and joy working together to fight hunger.

Yes, the Spirit of Christmas was present among us through the generosity of the people who supplied the goods and the enthusiasm of the volunteers cheering each other to keep warm despite the cold wind. St Luke’s was well represented at this event, 14 people from all ages participated and we were able to load 3 cars, 4 trucks and 2 trailers which represents 338 bags. St Luke’s bunker is completely filled with food from top to bottom as well as all the shelves in the Food Pantry and then some.

I was so proud to be part of this amazing event on Saturday and being able to see that despite
Covid-19, the cold, and the business of life, young and old volunteers took
the time to gather together to make the world a better place with a smile on their face.
(Well, we were all wearing masks, but you could not help but notice the spark in everyone’s eyes!)
So, yes, the Spirit of Christmas is very much alive in our community!
Sophie Buisson, Director of Children & Youth

Food Pantry
The Bunker
2021 Pledge Campaign Update

As of December 23, we have received 118 pledges for a total of $394,526.

Thank you for those of you who have submitted your pledge card! We feel such gratitude as each card arrives.

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 will be open this coming
Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1!
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.

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.
Fry's Community Rewards
Thank you to the 57 households who have previously linked their Fry's VIP cards to St. Luke's Episcopal Church. A portion of the amount you spent at Fry's has been donated to St. Luke's. The last quarterly statement dated September 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020, earned St. Luke's $140.48.

To learn more about the program and how to link your Fry's VIP card, please visit the Fry's Community Rewards page by clicking on the button below.
Save the Date
The virtual Annual Meeting will be help on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Details to follow.
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!
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 5 candidates for 5 available positions.

Our candidates for Delegates are: Leanne Bryan, Liz Kennedy, Kelly Parker, Mary McKellar & Mary Berkheiser

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).
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 27, 2020
1st Sunday after Christmas
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, December 30 , 2020
Jeremiah 31:15-17
Psalm 124
Matthew 2:13-18



Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
December 27: Terry Lequesne, James Callan,
Beth Cirzan
December 28: Rich Staudt
December 29: Mike Barber, Lori Brooks
December 31: Cathy Kleinhenz, John Opitz
January 02: Tina Boden, Deven Heinz, Bill Feldmeier,
Cindy Brower, Meridith Martin
Anniversaries:
December 26: Jim & Susan Schubert
December 28: Jeff & Marty Bernatz
December 31: Gib & Sylvia McIntosh,
Bill & Chris Christy
January 2: Larry & Marge McGuire

In-Person Worship Services are canceled until January 31st.
We will continue to monitor the numbers and re-evaluate as needed.
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:
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 & Jan 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; Tim Salem, 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, Jack Ehlers, Ed Ausmus, Mark, Lisa & Morgan Cassassa, Chuck Parknowitz, Riley Faith, Christina England, Family and Friends of Gwen Swenck (died 12-16), Family & Friends of Margo McMahon, died 12-17 (Deacon Kimball's Sister-in-law from Amherst, MA), Ben Wallace, Greg & Mary Bowers, Jill (granddaughter of Larry Neece) , Hank Martin, Gislela Slonneger, Gary Delisle

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo
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, 25 December 2020
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem

Saturday, 26 December 2020
Fianarantsoa (Indian Ocean) The Rt Revd Gilbert Rateloson Rakotondravelo
Florida (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Howard
False Bay (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Margaret Brenda Vertue

Sunday, 27 December 2020
Pray for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement
His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
Bishop Ivan M Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council
The Reverend Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

Monday, 28 December 2020
Fond du Lac (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Matthew Alan Gunter
Fort Worth (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Scott Mayer

Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Fredericton (Canada) The Rt Revd David Edwards
Freetown (Sierra Leone) (West Africa) The Rt Revd Thomas Arnold Ikunika Wilson

Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Gahini (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Alexis Bilindabagabo
Gambia (West Africa) The Rt Revd James Allen Yaw Odico

Thursday, 31 December 2020
Gasabo (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Onesphore Rwaje
Gboko (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Nyitsse


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  
Staff Email addresses 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!

Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.
The Parish Office is closed
until further notice.
To leave a message,
call 928 778-4499.

To reach a specific person, use the following extensions:

General Mailbox, ext. 300
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Beth, ext. 303
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
Lauree, ext. 306
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309

For Pastoral Emergencies call the
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

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