928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Mother Denise, ext. 304
Deacon Kimball & Deacon Chris, ext. 306
Beth & Lauree, ext. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assistant Rector: Denise Muller
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Weekly Epistle
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

When we began our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, how could we have imagined that the spreading of Covid-19 in our country would change our lives and our worship? In order to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community, we had to close our building. What was supposed to last a couple of weeks has been extended until the end of April, and we are not sure when we will be able to resume our lives and worship together in our church. 

We tried to adapt to the new situation. With the means we have we started to offer worship online. This is not ideal, this is not professional quality,we have sound problems, but it allows us to stay in communion, and to worship from our homes. Some of you shared that this online offering is meaningful to them and helps them to worship the Lord. Some commissions, ministries, and classes are able to meet through video conferences. Pastoral Care is provided via phone. We are still able to provide food to those in need and many of you are continuing to financially support St Luke’s in this difficult time. I’m so thankful for your continuing support and for what we have been able to do.

What a strange reality to have only an online Holy Week, but from our various places we are all invited to follow Christ from the Last Supper to the Resurrection. I will be with you, watching the services on YouTube, at 5:00 PM on Maundy Thursday, Noon on Good Friday, and 11:00 AM on Easter morning.

This strange time will help us to realize how important community is, together we are the body of Christ in this place, and I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Please, stay safe and connected to the Lord.

Have a blessed Tridium. Have a blessed and joyful Easter.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.( Numbers 6:24-26)

Your pastor and your brother in Christ,
Pierre-Henry
A Video Message from Father Pierre-Henry Buisson filmed Thursday, April 9
St. Luke's Video Worship Services for Holy Week
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 5:00 pm
Good Friday, April 10, Noon
Easter Sunday, April 12, 11:00 am
Bulletin, Meditations & Bulletin Insert
Maundy Thursday Worship Bulletin
The Rev Denise Muller Maundy Thursday Meditation

Good Friday Worship Bulletin
The Rev Pierre-Henry Buisson Good Friday Meditation

Easter Sunday Worship Bulletin
The Rev Pierre-Henry Buisson Easter Sunday Meditation
Easter Sunday Bulletin Insert
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent – Go!
Easter Flower Donations

Darrell and Susan Anderson
Thanksgiving for the overflowing love and grace at St. Luke's

The Rev'd and Mrs. Jack Wolter
In memory of Robert T. and Elizabeth B. Dickerson,
Marvin E. and Irene O. Wolter, Margaret D. Ellison,
and David M. Villancio-Wolter

Linda & Rich Leon, Olivia, Patrick, Andrew, Danielle, Kaitlin & Alexander
In loving memory of our amazing Jack "Papasan" Stewman, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Cynthia Moreno
In memory of Walter & Nyla Satchwill

Though we don't have actual Easter flowers this year, we still have some members of the parish who have given flowers as a thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones. Contributions received this year for Easter flowers will go toward the celebration we will have when we are gathered together for worship again.
Habits of Grace: An invitation for you,
from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A  new video meditation will be posted on Mondays  through May.
 
April 6, 2020: His Eye is on the Sparrow
Covid-19...Did you know???
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibiotics cannot kill what is not alive.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only -between 3 hours (fabric and porous), -4 hours (copper and wood), -24 hours (cardboard), - 42 hours (metal) and -72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it
faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. Edit: there are a few alcohols more than 65%, and Vodka does come in 50%, but still not strong enough to kill the virus.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
Because of your generosity we are able to
 Keep St. Luke's Food Pantry Open

Thank you for your continued support of St. Luke's 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.
Last week 51 individuals received food assistance through your continued generosity and support of St. Luke's Food Pantry. We extend great gratitude for your kind hearts.
Please continue to keep the needs of our community in your thoughts and prayers.
Due to Covid-19 being declared at peak across the nation these next two weeks we are asking you to NOT shop for the Pantry in order for you to stay safe. We will announce to you when we will be accepting food donations again!
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.
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke’s Deacon in Formation
For those of you who wondered why there wasn’t a “Journey Jottings” column last month, the explanation is downright simple: our DFA instructors had unforeseen scheduling issues, so our February class was moved to the first weekend in March. While the six-week class break that the postponement provided was wonderful (it allowed us to focus on finishing up our internships and saying thanks and farewell to our host parishes) it also meant that March would be intense, with two weighty classes just two weekends apart. No one knew then, of course, that between those two weekends, the entire Diocese would be shut down! Fortunately, the Deacon Formation Academy, like many ministries and programs in the Diocese, has found innovative ways to continue to operate. All our classes and meetings are now conducted via Zoom, which, for those unacquainted with the name, or the technology, is an audio/video conferencing platform that truly is the next best thing to being in one place with a whole group of people!  While we already know that our Anti-Racism class, scheduled for April 18th, will be via Zoom, it may very well be that our last class, Canons and Constitutions, scheduled for May 16th, will also happen in cyberspace! Stay tuned!

But back to the present. On March 7th, we met at the Cathedral for Part II of our Christian Ethics class, unaware, like everyone else, that life would be changing dramatically by the following weekend. In our morning session we finished our discussion of the last half of Stephen Holmgren’s excellent text, Ethics After Easter.  While I don’t want to sound simplistic, the bare bones take away from it is pretty simple: there are issues in life in which Christian moral principles carry greater weight in a person’s decision of “what should I do?” than what Holmgren calls “laws” and “manners.” I’ll leave those two terms undefined in the hope that you’ll be tempted—in a good way—to read the book yourself. To illustrate the point of Holmgren’s book, Professor Myles Lynk shared with us Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which clearly makes the case that, in the words of St. Augustine, “an unjust law is no law at all.” This powerful letter became a foundational piece of the civil rights movement, which some people may not know is a movement based on Christian moral law.

In the afternoon we switched gears and moved into contemporary times and contemporary moral issues. Rather than having a discussion in the abstract, Rev. Holly Herring had created “13 Christian Ethics Scenarios” which a deacon could very well face after ordination. We took turns presenting the scenarios and responding to them—and it turned out to be a very interesting and challenging exercise. It brought home the reality that, very soon—God willing—we will be in the “public arena” and will be called upon for advice and counsel by people grappling with moral decisions.

Our second class in March, held via Zoom, was entitled “Justice, Advocacy, and Organizing.” It was taught by Deacons Scott Deasy (Epiphany, Flagstaff) and Leah Sandwell-Weiss (St. Philip’s in the Hills, Tucson), both of whom are deeply involved in social justice advocacy work. Most of what we discussed in our morning session emerged out of the book that we were asked to read beforehand:  Journey to the Common Good, by Walter Brueggemann. The book, which is thought-provoking and very relevant to the current pandemic, is a call to capitalistic states to reverse the course they’re on and build a society based on the Biblical concepts of neighborliness and trust in God’s abundance. It’s a call to justice. Brueggemann looks at the Exodus story as a recurring plot in human history, and its four essential characters (Pharaoh, the Hebrew peasants, Yahweh, and Moses) as prototypes that continue to “perform” wherever there are issues that pit truth against power. The book is excellent!

In our afternoon session, we focused on advocacy and organizing—the two processes that underlie most social changes. The text used as a springboard to our discussions was Faith-Rooted Organizing, by ELCA pastor Alexia Salvatierra and Christian theologian Peter Hetzel. Their definition of advocacy is “the process of calling on leaders to make public commitments to use their power in ways that respond accurately and effectively to the needs of those affected by their decisions.” Organizing is simply “the practice of bringing people together to create systemic change in their community.” Through videos we saw how these two processes work together and how they can bring about concrete, tangible results for the good of a community. We then discussed the work of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which, since its establishment in 1940, has helped to overcome racial, religious, and socio-economic divisions by building relationships, mentoring leaders, and engaging in public action to effect change on concrete issues. Both Scott and Leah are active in their local IAFs, and they encouraged us to affiliate with our own local chapters. The day ended by discussing other faith-based organizations in Arizona committed to establishing a more just society: Valley Interfaith Project; Pima County Interfaith Council; Southern Arizona Interfaith Council; and Northern Arizona Interfaith Council. To know that these coalitions exist, and that they are effective change agents is, indeed, heartening.

Although the Diocese is “shut down” in regard to communal worship and face-to-face fellowship and meetings, I want to remind us all that God is still alive and well and at work in the world. In spite of the terrible suffering and death that COVID-19 is inflicting on humanity—and we need to stand in solidarity with everyone whose lives are being touched by it—this is also a time to ponder what lessons God has in mind for us to learn, now that we are sequestered in our homes and experiencing a Lenten season unlike any other in our lifetimes. May our fears not paralyze us, nor prevent us from finding ways to continue to be God’s people and Christ’s presence in our little corner of the world. God bless us all!
                                                                       —Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
ZOOM: A Way to Keep in Touch with your Group

Zoom is a way to hold online group meetings in your own home. To schedule a meeting, or for more information, contact Lauree Birchmeier at lauree@slecp.org or 989-859-5381.
The Book of Common Prayer
Click here to have an online version of The Book of Common Prayer
Also we have actual Book of Common Prayer in a box outside the
wooden church doors for you to pick up.
During this time of closures and separation, JustCoffee is making a special offer to St Luke's customers. 
Of course we want to support the growers throughout the pandemic. 
Here is how you can order online and have JustCoffee delivered to your home:
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.
Online 12-step Support
For parishioners who are in recovery and needing online 12-step group support, there are online groups that can be accessed at this link here .
Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Palm Sunday
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, April 15
Acts 3:1-10
Psalm: 118:19-24
Luke 24:13-35

Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
April 12: Michael Staudt, Ken Wagner,
Ruthie Rothgery
April 13: Kitty Chase
April 14: Meredith Hughes
April 17: Anita Pettinger, Emily Skinner
April 18: Nancy Rispoli
Anniversaries:
April 12: Gary & Kathy MacCauley

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 of Prayers
April Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's at this troubling time. For Nate, Bishop Reddall’s 10 year old son, who is having brain surgery on Good Friday;  Matt 57 year old brother of Don Martin diagnosed with cancer. Jerry & Rosaleen & their 6 children; Dick & Barbara as Barbara struggles with Alzheimer's at Granite Gate and Dick's unable to be with her; Elisa, Alfonso's mother-in-law diagnosed with cancer; Clay & Muriel; Rosey & Les; Jen, Greg & Mary Bowers daughter in law who is struggling with a difficult pregnancy; Chanel, a friend of JoAnn Salem's grandson is in intensive care on life support. Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests. epistle@slecp.org .

For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer :
Thursday, 9 April 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
Milwaukee (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Steven Miller
West Virginia (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Willam Michie Klusmeyer
Western Izon (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Edafe Emamezi

Friday, 10 April 2020 (Good Friday)
Minna (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Daniel Abu Yisa
Western Kansas (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Michael Milliken

Saturday, 11 April 2020
Minnesota (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Brian Prior
Western Kowloon (Hong Kong) The Rt Revd Andrew Chan
Idoani (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Ezekiel Dahunsi

Sunday, 12 April 2020 (Easter Day)
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of the Land of the Holy One

Monday, 13 April 2020
Mishamikoweesh (Canada) The Rt Revd Lydia Mamakwa
Western Louisiana (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Jacob W Owensby
Ife (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Olubunmi A Akinlade
Ife East (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Oluseyi Oyelade

Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Mississippi (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Brian Seage
Western Massachusetts (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Douglas Fisher
Ifo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Nathaniel Oladejo Ogundipe

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Missouri (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Wayne Smith
Western Mexico (Mexico) The Revd Ricardo Joel Gómez Osnaya

Thursday, 16 April 2020
Mityana (Uganda) vacant
Western Michigan (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Whayne Hougland
Western New York (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd William Franklin

Friday, 17 April 2020
Mombasa (Kenya) The Rt Revd Alphonce Mwaro Baya
Western Newfoundland (Canada) The Rt Revd John Organ
Western North Carolina (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd José Antonio McLoughlin

Saturday, 18 April 2020
Monmouth (Wales) The Rt Revd Cherry Vann
Western Tanganyika (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Sadock Makaya
Igbomina (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Adekola

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Episcopal Campus Ministry in Tucson

In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank, St. Luke’s Food Pantry

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 through April 30, 2020.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed through April 30, 2020.
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
Mother Denise Muller denise@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier lauree@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@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