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
Second Sunday of Lent
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

New Web Address! slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
Second Sunday of Lent
February 28, 2021
St Luke's will be offering an Online Worship Service this weekend.

Weekend service will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Second Sunday of Lent
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Kimball Arnold
St. Luke's Episcopal Church re-opens for In-Person Worship
next weekend, March 6 & 7, 3rd Sunday of Lent.

5:30pm in the Parish Hall (50 People) Click Here to Register

8:00am in the Sanctuary (75 People) Click Here to Register

10:00am in the Sanctuary (75 People) Click Here to Register

12:00 noon Contemporary in the Parish Hall (50 People) Click Here to Register

Call 928 778-4499 to register or click above.

You may now register for your desired service!!
Registration opens up the week before the service on Friday
and will remain open until Thursday, just before the weekend.

The 10:00am Service will be live on Facebook.
You do not need a Facebook account.
Wednesday Healing Service is now on Zoom every Wednesday at 10am
password: luke
Telecare Ministry
 
Mission Statement: The Telecare Ministry’s mission is to connect with all of St. Luke’s church family, at least twice a year, to offer prayer and support where desired.
 
     During this period 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. In an effort to do so, your Pastoral Care team has gathered volunteers, from our congregation, to make phone calls to everyone listed in our church directory. 
 
     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.” They’ll ask, “How are you doing?” and find out if you, or anyone in your family, have any concerns we can help you address. Prayer support will be offered, if desired, as well as finding out if you would like to schedule a Clergy call or visit.
 
     Our Telecare Team will begin calling this weekend and our goal is to contact each family over the next week or so. I know many of us don’t answer the phone if we don’t recognize the phone number calling. Since some of us have a long-distance number it can be mistaken as another spam call. Our volunteers will leave a message if the call is unanswered and call back a second time if they don’t hear from you. After that we will send a postcard to let you know we tried to call and invite you to contact us. We want to be sure and connect with everyone!
     
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 email:  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
Gathering for Abundant Life Phase 2.5
As of March 1, 2021, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona is moving into Phase 2.5 of our Gathering for Abundant Life plan for reopening our congregations for public worship. Phase 2.5 expands slightly upon the ministries that may resume during Phase 2, as outlined below.

Churches may meet for worship INDOORS following the guidelines which now permit:
  • 25% occupancy of the worship space (i.e., there is no longer a 50 person maximum if your sanctuary seats more than 200 people)
  • All attendees, including worship leaders, must wear masks over their noses and mouths, and not just face shields, at all times.
  • Music may be led by up to four cantors, who must remain masked. There is still no congregational singing indoors.
  • All other Phase 2 guidelines (communion in one kind only, distancing, etc.) continue.

Churches may meet for worship OUTDOORS following the guidelines that continue to permit:
  • Worship for as many people as can gather while maintaining 6 feet distance between family groups
  • All attendees, including worship leaders, must wear masks over their noses and mouths, and not just face shields.
  • Choir and congregational singing is permitted so long as distance is maintained between singers.
  • All other Phase 2 guidelines (communion in one kind only, distancing, etc.) continue.

Children’s Ministry:
  • Where approved by the Vestry, congregations may now offer in-person Sunday School and children’s activities for children in Kindergarten and above.
  • All teachers and students must wear masks over their noses and mouths at all times
  • Students and teachers should meet in rooms that permit distancing between individuals.
  • There is to be no food or snacks during Sunday School or youth events
  • Outdoor children’s and youth events continue to be preferred

Pastoral, Formation, and Outreach Ministry:
  • Small, masked, and distanced groups for Adult Christian formation may continue indoors
  • Clergy may make pastoral visits while masked and distanced
  • Critical Outreach ministries may continue, while masked and distanced.

The Task Force recommends that ministry, worship, and formation be moved outdoors whenever possible. We also wish to specify that at this time, even those who are fully vaccinated must wear masks.

Congregations with an approved Phase 2 plan do not need any further approvals from the Diocese to enter Phase 2.5.
Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and The Anti-Racism Committee present Dr. Catherine Meeks discussing Racial Healing, and The Way Forward in the Era of Pandemics.

Here we are with great uncertainty faced with confronting the 3rd major pandemic.
What can we do? How do we go forward?

Saturday February 27, 2021 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

This is open to the whole Diocese so please pass it on.
Please click on the link below to register for this free event that will be held over Zoom.
Still Waiting for a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment???
Covid-19 Vaccine Information
Remember that website traffic can be quite heavy during the day, so making an appointment in the evening seems be easier. Call the church office if you need assistance signing up! 928 778-4499
Thank you for the support for the Bradshaw Mountain High School
homeless students and unaccompanied minors.

Dear members of the St Luke's Church,

I wanted to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU! to all of you that donated. Once again, you have given from your heart, the  outpouring of generous giving of money to buy clothes, shoes, coats, gift cards for food and even extra things that the students may have wanted, not just needed. 

I know that their Christmas was wonderful due to your generosity!
I could not have done it without you!

God Bless you all,
Linda Schaetzle RN
BMHS school nurse
St. Luke's Lenten Study - Living in the Light






Operation Deep Freeze: youths rock!
Submitted by Sophie Buisson

Last Saturday, St Luke’s was on duty to cook and serve the dinner meal for Operation Deep Freeze in downtown Prescott.

Robert Desantis and his mother cooked the lasagnas, the garlic bread and the salad. I had the easy task to cut the cakes while Clement, Brody and Cameron prepared the sandwiches they wanted to provide the homeless for the next day.

We were welcomed by a great team of volunteers and paid staff who are very dedicated to help the less fortunate to be fed and sheltered during this cold weather.

The youths showed compassion and interest for the cause. They asked many questions about the program and the way it is run challenging the fact that it is open only when the weather falls under 32 degrees. This experience was an eye-opening for these young boys. They could see the difficulties some people endure especially during winter time as well as the harsh reality of the financial limitations the churches or programs are facing to provide the help needed.

It felt good to be there, though, to be able to contribute and to forget about ourselves for a minute. The guests were charming and very grateful to be offered a nice hot meal, we could see their contentment on their smiling faces and this was our gift.
Finding and Making the Good: St. Luke's Food Pantry

Submitted by Carol Sweeden

On February 1, I submitted a nomination to a Prescott charity group called "Finding And Making the Good" on behalf of our St. Luke's Food Pantry. This charity selects randomly an individual, business or non-profit monthly to recognize people 'doing, living and creating
positivity' in our communities.

Our St. Luke's Food Pantry was selected and today (February 26) recognized with the presentation of a large food basket and a donation of $250.00 along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Allen's Flowers.

I encourage you to check out their web site, findingandmakingthegood.com. You can find Finding and Making the Good on Facebook.

Photos and interview will be posted, along with a submission, to the Daily Courier Newspaper.

Those present at today's presentation were Fr. Pierre-Henry, Deacon Chris, Lauree, Beth, Deborah and her wonderful Food Pantry Team (we are so proud of that dedicated team!) and myself.

With the support and donations from our congregation and community, we are able to help so many who are in need. For that we should ALL be proud.

A couple of pictures below from this morning's presentation. Courtesy Lauree Birchmeier
Stem Cell Therapy: What Is It, What Can It Do?
by Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., G.N.P., retired

You've heard about stem cells in the news, and perhaps you've wondered if they might help you or a loved one with a serious disease. I have a friend who had stem cell knee injections this past summer, and is fairly happy with the results. I wondered what exactly what are stem cells, and how are they being used to treat such conditions. I do remember that they were the subject of vigorous debate in the past. It seems after I reviewed several sources, that stem cells and derived products offer great promise for new medical treatments.
 
In this article I discuss types of stem cells, current and possible future uses, ethical issues, and the state of research and practice. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about stem cells.
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 of people served on February 26, 2021: 81 individuals

Special Food Pantry Needs:
salt-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free items

Thank you for your generosity!
The Parish Office will re-open on Monday, March 15.
Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
APPOINTMENTS ARE APPRECIATED
For AFTERNOON OR EVENING APPOINTMENTS, please call 928-778-4499
For Pastoral Emergencies call 928 460-2736.
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!
It's not too late!
You can still submit your 2021 pledge to support 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, 928 778-4499 x303
Scripture Readings
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Second Sunday in Lent
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Psalm 31:9-16



Special Dates this Week

Birthdays:
February 28: Nancy Reynolds
March 1: Dennis Houser, Andrew Sweeney, Dave Rothgery, Christy Hastings
March 2: Roger Messick, Roger Peacock,
Charles Covert
March 3: Jane Peacock, Sandra Arquette
March 4: John Sanderson, Al Bjornstad,
Ann Brechwald
March 5: Jack Knudson
March 6: Donna Bledsoe
Anniversaries:
March 3: Jim & Terry Sceli
March 4: Neil & Jeanne Waterman
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:
February 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; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle; Sara Williman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; Rich Staudt; Steven; Joan Hedger; Doug & Pat Ogburn; Jeanne Miller; Tim Salem, Jack Ehlers, Ed Ausmus, Riley Faith, Christina England, Greg & Mary Bowers, Gary Delisle; Jim & Jan Casacchia; Bill Christy; Larry Neece recovering at home; Deborah and the Delmastro family, Karen Kensing for a smooth recovery from surgery; Larry Allen surgery for a detached retina; Kerry McClung; Robert Ohannesian; Herb McCabe

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Area Shelter Services, Stagger Straight Emergency Shelter,
St. Luke’s Food Pantry

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday 26 February 2021 The Diocese of Arkansas – The Episcopal Church (VII (7) Province)

Saturday 27 February 2021 The Diocese of Armagh – The Church of Ireland (Armagh Province)

Sunday 28 February 2021 2nd Sunday of Lent Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America

Monday 1 March 2021 The Diocese of Armidale – The Anglican Church of Australia (New South Wales Province)

Tuesday 2 March 2021 The Diocese of Arochukwu / Ohafia – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Aba Province)

Wednesday 3 March 2021 The Diocese of Aru – Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo

Thursday 4 March 2021 The Missionary Diocese of Asaba – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Bendel Province)

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 with the listing for the week's online service.

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
Lauree, ext. 306
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
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