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
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
January 17, 2021
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.

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Jim Schubert
Would you like to take communion when you are at home watching the service online?

Consecrated elements are available each Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for pick-up at the Parish Office. Please be sure you are wearing a mask.

A Message from Fr. Pierre-Henry

Dear siblings in Christ,

This morning Beth asked me if I had something to share with the congregation. I was precisely pondering what I could share with you. I have so many things in my head. We live in very troubled times. We thought that Covid-19 would be gone by now, only to face the reality that even in our county the numbers are increasing by the day as well as the number of deaths. In addition to the pandemics and its consequences for so many people around us, we are now facing political violence. After the riots at the Capitol, some fear that we might see more violence as we get closer to Inauguration Day. Divisions are all around us: families split around political views, friends don’t talk to each other because they don’t have the same party affiliation, even brothers and sisters in Christ stop loving each other because of their political beliefs. Is that the world we want to live in? Is that what Christians are supposed to do? 

No! Of course not! This is the time to remind ourselves that we don’t belong to anybody else than to the Lord. Whatever our political views, we belong to Christ, and Christ who called us to follow him made very clear what is expected from each one of us: to love Him, and to love our neighbors as He loves them. Simple rule, but so difficult to live by.

As I was pondering all these questions, I opened my Book of Common Prayer at random, and was on the Catechism section, page 848. My eyes read the question at the top of the page, What is our duty to our neighbors? And the answer in all its simplicity and deep truth is: Our duty to our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other people as we wish them to to us. Followed by “to work and pray for peace; to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; (...) to be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; (...) to speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence… If only we could live by these principles! I invite you to read for yourselves the whole section about the Ten Commandments (pages 847-848) You might also want to pray with the Prayers for National Life found on page 820 and following in our BCP, and/or with the prayer #27 page 823 where we ask that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatred cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace.

As I was writing, and was struggling with all my thoughts, the famous words of God hit me one more time: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Be still, take the time to be silent in front of God. Take the time to let your worries leave your mind when you are in God’s presence. Be still and present to the Lord your fears, anxieties, questions and doubts. Be still, let your fears go, because God is the One in charge, not you. That gave me some peace, and I hope you will find the time to stop what you are doing even for a short time in order to be still in the presence of the Lord our God. God is in charge! When we are able to be still and let God be God, not only we receive God’s peace, but also we are given the ability to see the world around us, our own limits and difficulties, with new lenses.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. (BCP #62 page 833)

May the Lord keep you and bless you,

Pierre-Henry
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Virtual Annual Meeting
As you know, the 129th Annual Meeting of St. Luke’s is coming up and it will be virtual this year. It will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. You will be able to participate by computer, tablet, smart phone, flip phone or landline. 

Accessing the Meeting: the passcode if needed is luke
By computer, tablet, or smart phone, Click Here
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By flip phone or landline (you can listen to the meeting on your phone if you do not have internet)
dial 1 253 215 8782 when prompted enter the webinar ID: 836 8878 3312 # # (no participant I.D. needed)

Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions. Zoom is new to the many of you. We will walk and talk you through it. Please don’t let Zoom hold you back from being part of this meeting. We truly hope you will make every effort to join us on Sunday, January 24, 11:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!
In order to be good stewards of our resources,
the Annual Report for 2020 will be available as follows:
1.     on our website www.stlukesprescott.church on Wednesday, January 20 by 3:00 p.m.
(If you want a paper copy of the report you MUST call the office 928-778-4499 and request one.)
2.     pick-up on Friday, January 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the office
3.     from the blue plastic bin just outside our main wooden doors for pick-up throughout the weekend
(Friday, January 22, 12noon through Sunday, January 24 when the office is not staffed.)
Wednesday Healing Service is now on Zoom every Wednesday at 10am
password: luke
What You Eat Affects Your Immune System
Julie M. Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., retired
I wrote last month about ways to strengthen your immune system, one significant factor being your digestive system. Because of the complexity of this topic, I have separated that content to this month’s article.

I have found a lot of information available in journals and online articles. As always, one needs to be watchful of the source of the written material, and it is helpful if the content is verified by more than one source.

For the sake of space, I will substitute the term “gut” to include the digestive system, which constitutes everything from oral ingestion to elimination through the bowel. I will review the importance of gut integrity, and the relationship between gut and food products, and give some general recommendations about diet choices.

Your gut’s part in immunity. Your gut is your body’s largest immunity system component: 200 times the surface area of your skin, which is your first line of defense. The gut acts as the “gatekeeper” against ingested toxins, food additives, microbes, harmful drug effects…whatever your mouth sends down. Its function is very complex, ultimately leading to digestion and absorption of the intake, which primarily is your diet.

Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has high contents of sugar, processed foods and additives which can promote the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast. This can lead to variations in absorption by disrupting the barriers in the gut lining, allowing these toxins to enter your bloodstream. This can promote a localized or general inflammatory response. As toxins enter your blood stream, your body’s immune response sets up antibodies to fight them, which can promote a localized or general inflammatory response. This syndrome is commonly referred to as “leaky gut” and recognized as a source of gut symptoms and many other disease entities including cardiovascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal pathology.

How your diet influences the Inflammatory tendency. As you know, the food industry works to make their products the combination of tastes that are likely to 1)appeal to us, i.e., sweet, salty, fatty, and 2)lead to habitual consumption, which is an addictive response. This also includes the restaurant industry.

Studies suggest that a diet with appropriate calories that is low in refined carbohydrates, high in soluble fiber, high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and a relatively high omega-3 ratio has anti-inflammatory effects on the body. This tells us that we can influence our health dramatically by substituting foods that boost our immune system. Some regional diets, like the Mediterranean diet pattern, include olive oil, fatty fish, modest lean meat consumption, and abundant fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. This diet pattern is also high in nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, and other antioxidants which have been shown to reduce the inflammatory response.

Foods High in Fiber. Mayo Clinic “Health Lifestyle” page recommends that women should try to eat at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, while men should aim for 30 to 38 grams a day. Examples are: apple with skin—4.5 gm; orange 3.0 gm; 1 cup boiled broccoli—9.0 gm; potato with skin—4 gm; 1 slice whole wheat bread—2 gm; 1 cup baked beans—10gm. You can see that we need several servings of these types of foods daily to meet the recommended goals.

Sugar in processed foods. Sugar is unfortunately a significant source of energy in the American diet. Refined sugars such as sucrose, glucose, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are often added to soft drinks, fruit juices, breakfast cereals, yoghurts and many products we might otherwise consider healthy choices. Researchers have recently found HFCS promotes considerably more weight gain than table sugar. It has been suggested HFCS could be one of the major contributors to our obesity epidemic.

Though it is marketed as a healthier alternative to sugar because the body breaks it down more slowly and it doesn't promote the same sharp elevations in blood sugar and insulin levels, excessive quantities of fructose, especially in HFCS, are unknowingly consumed by the general public due to its presence in so many processed foods. Read the labels of packaged foods to see the contents, and limit those products with refined sugars.

Foods that are high in monounsaturated fats(“good fats”). These include some oils that are liquid at room temperature, including olive oil, perilla and rice bran oil. Omega 3 fatty acids have shown consistently positive health effects. Other fatty acids sometimes have pro-inflammatory properties.
EXAMPLES (not intended to be inclusive) of foods that are a source of omega 3 acids:
 Fish: herring, salmon, mackerel, trout, halibut and many shellfish.
 Nuts: cashews, pecans, almonds.
 Cheeses: generally good source
 Vegetables: brussels sprouts, avocados
 Other: dark chocolate, black and green olives

Substitutions to consider. There are many health benefits to changing one’s diet to incorporate more monounsaturated fat. A healthy diet should contain approximately 30% fat. I have included here some suggestions for substitutions you may be able to live with. Some examples of substitutions are:
 Instead of butter - try refrigerated olive oil or avocado as a spread.
 Instead of cooking with generic vegetable oil or shortening - try olive oil or safflower oil.
 Instead of snacking on chips or crackers - try seeds or nuts.
 Instead of high fat proteins for breakfast, such as eggs with cheese or breakfast meats- try ready-made granola.
 Instead of chips and cream based dips - try vegetables with hummus which contains heart healthy tahini.
 Instead of high fat ice cream - try a few pieces of dark chocolate for dessert.
Summary. As you can see, there is much we can learn and change in our diet to maximize our body’s natural immune response to diseases. Sometimes changes need to be made gradually. The goal is to face the world with an immune system that will work its best to protect you. If you have any questions or suggestions for me, I would like to hear from you. You can email me at juliemcargill@gmail.com.
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References: Cooley, Jami, RN, “Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: What You Should Know”, April 14, 2020 , Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA); Dilly et all. “Nutritional and anti-inflammatory foods by patients with inflammatory bowel diseases,” j coloproctology, 2 0 2 0;4 0(2):99–104;Galland, Leo. “Diet and Inflammation.” Sage, 7 Dec. 2010; Hunter, Philip. “The Inflammatory Theory of Disease”, EMBO Reports, Nature Publishing Group, Nov. 2012; NaturalHealthReports.org website; Pedre, Vincent, M..D. “Happy Gut”; Harper & Collins publisher, 2015;Webmd.com; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709/; mayoclinichealthsystem.org/patient-online-service
The Parish Office is closed until further notice, however,
there will be one staff person in the office to answer phones.
Tuesday through Thursday 10am - 2pm

The staff will be off on Monday, January 18, as the office is normally closed
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

For Pastoral Emergencies call 928 460-2736.
2021 Pledge Campaign Update

As of January 8, we have received 128 pledges for a total of $406,166.

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, "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.

Special Food Pantry Needs:
Sugar-free and gluten-free food items

A special thank you from a patron of St. Luke's Food Pantry below:

The Yavapai Food Neighbors Project (Green Bag Program) is coming to St. Luke's

We are looking for two sponsors from each service (5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday) to learn more about the Green Bag program, attend an upcoming training, and bring details to each service. This will be a once every month collection within the church. Sponsors will collect the bags from their respective service and then bring to the distribution point (Walmart on Gail Gardner) once every two months.

The Food Neighbors Project is a donor drive not a food drive. Its purpose is to get more citizens involved on a continuing basis to supply a higher quality of food on a regular basis.

If you are interested in being a part of this very important program for our community, please contact Deborah Delmastro at 928-925-0988 or azchyk@gmail.com.

There is no vaccine for food insufficiency.

Celebrating Success:
The Green Bag Program of Prescott Valley

In December 2020, the Green Bag Collection of Prescott Valley had their most successful collection of the year bringing in 3,833 pounds of food making their 2020 total 16,504 pounds of food.

Liz Kennedy, St. Luke's Media/Communications Commission Chairperson and, also, Yavapai Neighborhood Green Bag Coordinator, through her neighborhood's collection, collected 126 lbs. of food for a 2020 total of 693 lbs. of food!

Many of our St. Luke's Parishioners contribute to the Green Bag Collection as well as volunteer for this worthy organization. The food collected goes to various food banks and schools. Thanks, Liz, and keep up the great work.

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.
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, January 17, 2021
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, January 20 , 2021
Confession of Peter
Acts 4: 8-13
Psalm 23
1 Peter 5:1-4
Matthew 16:13-19


Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
January 17: Neil Waterman
January 18: Doris Schoeben, Betsy Whearly,
Lauree Birchmeier
January 20: Bill Branson, John Szelka,
Richard Alvarado-Reyes
January 21: Bill Kraus, Mary Ann Petrocik,
Karen Kensing

Anniversaries:
January 18: Bob & Cynthis Nichol
January 19: Louis & Angela Russ
January 22: Bill & Rita Kraus, Alan & Diane Kessler

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:
January 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 Reynolds.; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Gary & Peggy Cole; Mark Tuttle; Sara Wiliman; 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; Jamie Ruffner (Jan's nephew); Bill Christy; Family & Friends of Cal Morrison; Jean & Lovie Ehlers (Puppy had eye surgery); Deacon Kimball at the loss of her brother Peter; Larry Neece recovering at home; Dave & Nancy Carmichael's daughter, Joann who has been hospitalized with Covid.

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Mary's, Phoenix
In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warmth for Winter, Habitat for Humanity, Just Coffee

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday 15 January 2021 The Diocese of Aguata – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Niger Province)

Saturday 16 January 2021 The Diocese of Ahoada – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Niger Delta Province)

Sunday 17 January 2021 Second Sunday of Epiphany The Anglican Church of Australia

Monday 18 January 2021 The Diocese of Aipo Rongo – The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea

Tuesday 19 January 2021 The Diocese of Ajayi Crowther – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Ibadan Province)

Wednesday 20 January 2021 The Diocese of Akobo – The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (Jonglei Province)

Thursday 21 January 2021 The Diocese of Akoko – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Ondo 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 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