2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301

928-778-4499
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
George, ext. 301
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 307
Helen, ext. 305
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300

Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
The 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 11

Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 18, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Bonnie Cain 5:30 pm
The Rev. James Schubert 8 am & 10 am
Special Music at Eucharist for Sunday, July 18 - 10 am service

“Beautiful Savior” arr. James Klein
Handbell Quartet: Katie Staudt, Jim Klein, Gayle Gregory, Eileen Klein

**We regret to share that this information didn't make it into the bulletin so we wanted to be sure that it was shared here with proper credit given.**
Register Now for July 24 & 25
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. (35 people) Click here to register
Sunday, July 25, 8:00 a.m. (35 people) Click here to register
Sunday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register

July 16 Update from George

Dear Beloved Community,

As most of you who read this regularly probably know, I am a big fan of what one friend of mine once termed “homely sayings”. Guilty as charged! Many years ago, we had a much-loved Pastor at the church we attended in Thousand Oaks, California. One time in a discussion, someone mentioned a big “coincidence” that had benefitted the congregation greatly. Pastor Larry responded (good naturedly as was his style), “Oh, I don’t believe in coincidences (appropriate pause), I believe in incidences of grace.” I have always liked that and thought of it most recently because we continue to see many “incidences of grace” shown to St. Luke’s and to me personally.

First, the not so “graceful” news. On Monday of this week, our wonderful Sexton, Alfonso Hernandez fell while working outside at St. Luke’s. He injured himself pretty badly and will be off work for a while. Alfonso is a much-valued member of our staff and the St. Luke’s community in general and I hope you will pray for him and for God’s healing to touch him mightily. The same day, I got word that our very active and involved Treasurer, Bill Towne, took a fall and broke his hip. Bill had surgery this week to replace the injured hip and is now at home recovering under the watchful care of Margaret, aided by their grandson who has come to help. We also wish Bill a very speedy recovery. He is already back in communication and working diligently as he always does. Pray for Bill and Margaret as well, if you would, please.

None of us really needed to be reminded of the many ways in which we have been affected both directly and indirectly in the past year and a half by the COVID-19 epidemic. We will soon be losing more members who have used this period of lockdown and reflection and decided that they need to be closer to their families. In the coming weeks, Sandy and Paul Nelson will be relocating to Northern California to be closer to their son. They have been active members of St. Luke’s for over fourteen years and have served this congregation in so many capacities over that time, including terms on the Vestry and Paul serving an “elongated” term as Sr. Warden prior to and during the time we called Father Pierre-Henry to be our Rector. He has been an invaluable source of wisdom and counsel to me in my time as Sr. Warden.

Our much loved and appreciated Deacon Chris Christy and her husband Bill have decided that it is time for them to move to Idaho Falls to be closer to their son. We will say our formal good-byes to Deacon Chris and Bill on August 15 at the 8:00 and 10:00 services, but in the meantime, please also keep both the Nelson’s and Christy’s in your prayers for safe journeys and successful relocations.

Now, on to the more “graceful” things! Yesterday I had a wonderful visit with our beloved Deacon Kimball. She is still recuperating at home, but looks wonderful, is doing well and is anxious to get started with her cardiac rehabilitation program. She is as lively as ever, mobile and as she has been for many years now, actively concerned about all of us and what is going on at St. Luke’s. Her son and daughter have been giving faithful and loving care and she is, as usual, finding ways to be a blessing to all of us.

I usually try to avoid “teasers”, but please stay tuned to your St. Luke’s e-mails as I am really optimistic that by next week, we will have an announcement of the appointment of an Interim Rector for St. Luke’s as well as more specific news of the actual search process itself for a new Rector for us. There are still a few details to be worked out, but we are nearly there and absent any unforeseen issues will be able to inform the congregation officially next week.

Lastly, just a word and reminder about our current policies regarding worship and registration for worship. I have been asked why we are still asking people to register for worship since the worst of the pandemic is “over” in some people’s minds. First point is that if you follow the situation at all, you know that there has been a significant uptick in numbers both in the state of Arizona and Yavapai County. Month to date numbers for July are up 57% for the state over June numbers and up 140% in Yavapai County. The good news is that the incidence in infection of vaccinated individuals is very low and the incidence of those folks requiring hospitalization or dying from the virus are almost negligible. We are still open and hope to remain open from now on. As a matter of fact, our directives from the Diocese have been liberalized in the sense that there is no limit now on the number of people who can be fathered together inside, provided that we continue the current policy that individuals either must be fully vaccinated, or if not, to wear a mask while inside the building. The reason for the continuation of registration is so that if we are notified that someone who has come down with active COVID was present, we are required to notify all individuals present. All are still welcome, and we have been blessed with both many visitors and new members lately. We are so grateful for that and appreciate your cooperation in the hopes we can keep that going.

Sorry for the length, but I find myself unable to close this without thanking again our Staff, our Assisting Clergy, all of the many volunteers in the ministries that make St. Luke’s special, members of Commissions and Committees and our members who are such faithful ongoing supporters of St. Luke’s in its mission and ministries. Each and every one of you are just amazing and have made this period such a blessing to me personally and to our parish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney
Sr. Warden
Stop & "Shop" this weekend!

St. Luke's Food Pantry received more fresh produce (tomatoes, red peppers, potatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini) and bread (buns and all sorts of sliced bread) from Paulden Food Bank, which is part of the arrangement each week, than could be given away. We'd love for you to do some "shopping," at no cost to you, this weekend when you come to church. It's all set up in the Gathering Hall. First come, first served! Please don't be shy; help yourselves!
JustCoffee will be sold after all three services this weekend. No pre-order necessary. Visitors are invited to purchase. Exact cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

JustCoffee is a great hostess gift to pack when travelling.

St. Luke's Prescott is a partner with Cafe' Justo Cooperativo to provide grower families a living wage while we access the freshest organic coffee on the market.
Hey Ladies,
Please join us on Saturday, July 24, 10 am for Coffee & Conversation in the Parish Hall. Groups have been tabulated so let us come together and get this party started.
This is open to all women.
CLICK HERE to Register or
call the office at 928-778-4499
Lay Lector Training to take place in the Chapel!
Next one is Sunday, July 18 @ 11:15 am
Current and potential Lay Lectors (readers for services) are invited to a training class to brush up or learn to be a Lector. Youth welcome! Reading is more than saying the words, it can provide context and enhance understanding; and can be a foundation for public speaking. No RSVP needed, classes to be held in the Chapel (please note change in location) on 7/18 at 11:15am, 7/25 at 9am, and 8/1 at 11:15am. Contact Arthur Reilly for any questions.
Food Donation Program

Our food donation program continues which benefits three of our area food banks. This has been an on-going program (separate from the St. Luke's Food Pantry) where parishioners can donate non-perishable food items that will in turn be shared with the Prescott Community Cupboard, the Prescott Valley Food Bank, and the Chino Valley Food Bank.  
  
Your donations of non-perishable food items may be left in the wooden box in the Gathering Hall.  
  
Thank you for your continued support of all our food donation programs!
Join us for Coffee Hour after Sunday
8 a.m. & 10 a.m. church services
 
Paget & Jim Merriman have volunteered to coordinate the 10 a.m. coffee hour.

Hank & Gloria Martin have volunteered to plug in the coffee pot and set out paper products before 8 a.m. service.
 
We are looking for volunteers to Host each Sunday after 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. 
 
HOST JOB DESCRIPTIONS
8 a.m. Coffee Hosts
provide simple goodies to share
after worship
put out water, lemonade, goodies (extra goodies in the freezer in Lois' closet)
after coffee hour
replenish any paper products (if needed)
put away water and lemonade
wipe off tables used
wash any dishes used 

10 a.m. Coffee Hosts
provide goodies to share
after worship
put out water, lemonade, goodies (extra goodies in the freezer in Lois' closet)
after coffee hour
clear and wipe off drink & food tables (putting paper supplies on the cart)
put leftover water, lemonade & cream back in the refrigerator
put leftover food (not taken home) in the freezer in Lois Closet
wipe off all round tables
empty & rinse coffee, tea pots
wash dishes & put them away
Collect & take out garbage

HOST JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND SIGN-UP SHEETS
are on the long table in the Gathering Hall.

Thank you for volunteering to be a host!
 
Hosts can team up with another family, commission or Interest group.
 
Thanks to Paget & Jim! Hank & Gloria!
Nursery Volunteers Needed!!!

The St. Luke's Nursery reopened Sunday, July 11 for our 10 a.m. service. Nursery hours are 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. The Nursery is available to children ages 1 month to 3 years.

We have hired Connie Goschka as our Nursery worker but need a few volunteers to be the 2nd person in the room. If you would be willing to be in the nursery once or twice a month please contact Lauree Birchmeier, 928 778-4499x307.

A BIG THANK YOU to Susan Hetherwick, Carol Sweeden, Eva Klein, and Alfonso Hernandez for sanitizing all the toys, books, furniture, floors, bathroom, etc.
Update on Nametags as of July 16

Nametags are available as you enter into the Gathering Area. They are in alphabetical order.

If you are new to St. Luke's, or your nametag is missing, order one by clicking link below. We need your name and phone number.

For those who have ordered one in the last couple of months, we are sorry that you likely have not yet received your nametag. We are expecting a batch in this week ahead (week of July 18) and will notify you once we have your nametag. After the big batch is received, we will begin using a new-to-us local vendor to make the nametags. Once things are properly set-up with the new vendor, we hope there should be no more than a week turnaround to get the new nametags in.

The church provides the first nametag. However, should you need a replacement at some point, we would ask that you consider a free will offering to help with the cost of the nametag.

Hey Kids,
Jr. Church Mouse here to say
REGISTER NOW FOR VBS ONLINE
CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS
OR CALL LAUREE
928 778-4499X307

WHO: All Children Ages 5-11 years old
WHAT: VBS (Vacation Bible School)
WHEN: Friday, July 30, 5-7pm and
Saturday, July 31, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Emmanuel Lutheran, 7763 E Long Look Dr, Prescott Valley
St. Luke's and Emmanuel Lutheran are combining forces this year to make VBS happen.
Carpooling from St. Luke's will be available.
There is no charge for VBS, meals provided!

Online Registration Click Here
Child Registration and Volunteer Sign-up

Volunteers Needed starting at age 12! Call Lauree 928 778-4499x307
St. Luke's Food Pantry Report

Number of individuals served on July 16, 2021: 56 individuals

Thursdays @ 2-4 pm: Drop-off Food Drive (south entrance)

Suggested food items for the next drop-off food drive:
Fresh or canned fruit, crackers, chef boyardee, and canned chicken or beef.

Fridays @ 9 am-12 pm: Food Pantry open to the public

Weekly Attendance

Saturday & Sunday, July 10-11 (3 services)
In-person: 107
View from 10 am July 11 service (video): 44 views
Worship Ministers for July 17 & 18
Saturday, July 17, 2021
5:30 P.M. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher: Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Jennifer Benson
 
Sunday, July 18, 2021
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. James Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Bob Wills
Crucifer: Nancy Carmichael
Ushers:
 
Sunday, July 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. James Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Bob Wills
Crucifer: Liz Kennedy
 Lector1: Eileen Klein 
Lector 2: Laura Reilly
Prayers: Susan Schubert
Verger: Ellie Lassiter
Greeters: Eva Klein, Mary Temme
Ushers: Becky Hansen, Barbara Sayle, Leigh Hunt, JoAnn Salem
Live Stream Ministry: Nancy Reynolds
  
Altar Guild Team
Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Katie Staudt, Phyllis Maruna, Joan Lane
Scripture Readings
Sunday, July 18, 2021
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Click here readings!

The Healing Service will NOT meet in July and August. Pastoral Care Line: 928-460-2736.
Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
July 18: Tim Joseph, Shirley Snyder, Pam Damm
July 23: Gary Kensing, Kathy Bracety
July 24: Clement Buisson, Harry Webster

Anniversaries:
July 19: Dave & Nancy Carmichael, Rocky & Nancy Del Mar
July 20: Glenn Edmilao & Eleanor Tubat
July 23: Bruce & Heather Dievendorf
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, July 17 & Sunday, July 18, have been given to the Glory of God by Cynthia Moreno
How to donate weekly altar flowers

The 2021 Altar Flower Chart is located on a table just before the Narthex outside of the Choir Room. Pick a date, write your name in, and let the office know (info@slecp.org or 928-778-4499) if you would like a special note to accompany the notice of your donation of altar flowers in the Weekly Epistle. The suggested donation for altar flowers is $55 - if writing a check be sure to note "Altar Flowers" in the memo line. Thank you for supporting this important ministry.
Thank you for your
continued financial support!
For those who continue to worship from home, 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 place your offering in the secured locked mailbox outside our parish office.
It's not too late!
You can still submit your 2021 pledge to support St. Luke's.
Thank you so much for supporting St. Luke's!

The church has a Zoom account if you need to hold a church-related meeting via Zoom.

Get connected today...
For more information, to get instruction,
or to set-up your group,
contact the office, 928 778-4499 x303
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
Beginning August 1, we will resume the practice of keeping names on the prayer list for four weeks unless you've made a special request for a person to be kept on the list long-term. There is a black prayer binder that is located just outside of the Narthex, next to the Daughters of the King Prayer Box, in which you can write your prayer requests. At some point, that binder may be moved to a more convenient location. We will keep you informed.
As noted below, you may email prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org.

For Those In Need We Pray:
Prayers for Healing
Jean Messick, Ileen Szelka, Rev. Susan Schubert, Tom Connors, Kari Jameson, Betsy Whearley, Kathy MacCauley, Cheri & Gil Lattimer, Dave & Nancy Carmichael, Gail Lowery, Glen Johnson, Bill Johnson’s son Ken (ER Dr.), Bill King, Brandon Reynolds, Carol Glover, Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle, Sara Williman, Vera Mulnix, Joan Hedger, Doug & Pat Ogburn, Jeanne Miller, Tim Salem, Ed Ausmus, Riley Faith, Christina England, Greg & Mary Bowers, Gary DeLisle, Larry Allen, Karen & Gary Kensing, Kerry McClung, Joyce Bittner, Sandy C., Herb McCabe, Vie Villemure, Bill Johnson, Mary Berkheiser Deacon Chris Christy, Gloria Owen-Roddy, Bill & Rita Kraus, Dominic Coppola, Rosey Garripee, Carol Hardesty, Hank Martin, Deacon Kimball Arnold, Casper Weeks, Tim Bennett, family of Barbara Harber, Jerry G., Alfonso Hernandez, Bill Towne 

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Alban's, Wickenburg

In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start, People Who Care, Meals on Wheels

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation

For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy in Kenya

For Our Companion Diocese of Western Mexico Resolution 2020-1, of the 60th Diocesan Convention  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, July 16: Diocese of Daejeon-Anglican Church Korea
Saturday, July 17: Diocese of North Dakota
Sunday, July 18: Eglise Anglicana du Rwanda
Monday, July 19: Diocese of South Dakota
Tuesday, July 20: Diocese of Dallas
Wednesday, July 21: Diocese of Damaturu-Church of Nigeria
Thursday, July 22: Diocese of Dar-es Salam-Anglican Church of Tanzania

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Chapel
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with Organ in the Chapel
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Choir in the Sanctuary

Staff Email addresses below:
George Chesney senior.warden@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier youth@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez osojrh@yahoo.com
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.
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 am to Noon & 1-4 pm
Friday 9 am to Noon

To reach us by phone, call 928 778-4499.

When you get the voicemail, please use the following extensions:
General Mailbox, ext. 300
George, ext. 301
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 307
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
Dennis, ext. 309

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

2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699