2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, Keehna, ext. 306
Beth, ext. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox/Lauree Birchmeier, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
8th Sunday after Pentecost
July 26
Pierre-Henry and Sophie's much deserved "stay"cation is almost over,
but Pierre-Henry wanted you all to know that you are, as always, in his thoughts and prayers. He also wanted to remind you that this week's worship service will be available online at 5:30pm on Saturday, July 25th.
St. Luke's Video Worship Service
for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Online beginning on
Saturday, July 25, 5:30 pm
Bulletin & Sermon
8th Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev Kimball Arnold
Hope and Grief
July 22, 2020
By The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, Bishop of Arizona
One of the unexpected hopes I've discovered in the last few months arising from the renewed national attention on racial justice has been a broad ecumenical coalition of churches standing up to take action to end racism. This Saturday, I will join with other bishops and clergy from evangelical/megachurches, Black churches, Roman Catholics, and mainline Protestants for "From Chaos and Crisis to Community in Christ: The Church addresses systemic racism through Confession, Repentance, Reconciliation, Restoration, and Commitment."

Pastor Warren Stewart of the First Institutional Baptist Church, which is coordinating the event, refers to this as a kairos moment--a moment of time that is God's time breaking through upon our ordinary, chronos-scheduled days. In all my years of ministry, I can count on one hand (actually, I can count on one finger) the times that I have worked with evangelical/megachurches on a justice issue. We are so often at odds with one another over real and fundamental differences in understanding what it means to follow Jesus faithfully, and what God's justice on earth looks like.

But this moment, this kairos moment, is bringing us together, shoulder to shoulder, to testify to our participation in and complicity with the sin of racism, and our intention to work in a unified way to bring about racial justice. I find it hopeful. And maybe this one hope will lead to other hopes for justice.

Join me as we begin this journey together on July 25, 2020, from 8:00 am – 9:00 am to pray, witness, and commit with me and other Christians to dismantling racial injustice.  This event will be streamed live at   Facebook Live , and  YouTube.
One of the greatest griefs of the last few months has been our inability to gather for funerals.
Whether a loved one has died of COVID-19, or from any other cause, we have been unable to gather to grieve and pray, except in very small groups, and without the usual music and ritual that help us find solace and comfort.

We will be hosting an online diocesan memorial service for all those who have died during the pandemic in mid to late August. Music will be provided by "virtual choirs" from around the diocese, including two pieces that are open to all Arizona Episcopalians.

If you would like to submit a name of a loved one who has died during the pandemic to be read during the service, you can do so to our receptionist,  Serrena Addal, (602) 254-0976 .

I am grateful to the organists and choirmasters from around the diocese who are contributing their gifts and skills to this, especially Joey Ripka from All Saints' (Phoenix) and Erik Goldstrom from Trinity Cathedral (Phoenix). More information on how to participate as a musician will be sent out soon.

This is not a substitute for that in-person gathering that will help family and friends grieve. But it is a way to gather and focus our prayers, and encounter our sure and certain hope in the resurrection.

Grief and hope together, once more.
The White Mountain Apache Tribe Needs Our Help

Dear People of Saint Luke’s,

In this difficult time for so many, we are still called to help those in need around us.

Monte Anderson, the Chair of St Luke’s Native American Ministry, shared with me this letter from the Rev. Debbie Royals, Director of the Diocese Council for Native American Ministry:

“The Council for Native American Ministry continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in our Native American communities. You may be aware that the White Mountain Apache tribe is currently listed as having the highest number of positive cases per capita of any tribe in AZ. They are struggling to care for the high number of individuals infected and those who are in quarantine. I have been in touch directly with Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood and her first response to me was that we (the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona) are an answer to their prayers. We have been sending up hand sanitizer and masks as well as water and other items as we were made aware of their needs. She has presented a list of items they need, and we have made plans to deliver what we collect directly to Whiteriver at the end of this month .”

Would you like to help our brothers and sisters of the White Mountain Apache Tribe?

If so, here is the list of items that they need currently are:
  • Water
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Personal Hygiene items including diapers, depends as well as underwear in all sizes
  • Non-perishable food items (for people in quarantine) to include soups, meats, peanut butter etc.
  • Thermometers
  • Level 1 and 2 Sterile gowns for their hospital

Our plan is to gather whatever items listed above you can get together and deliver your items to St Luke’s on Wednesday, July 29 from 8 AM to noon. The Wooden box we ordinarily use in our Gathering Hall for food donation will be available in our Parking Lot, so you can safely bring your donations.

Monte will be at Church on Wednesday afternoon with some of the other members of the St. Luke’s Native American Ministry to sort and collect the items. He will deliver them to Good Shepherd of the Hills in Cave Creek the following day. Then, Good Shepherd will be trucking donations on to the reservation on Friday, July 31.

I would like to share Monte’s words:   It has been a trying time for all of us. Helping those who truly cannot help themselves at this time is a task we should complete. The White Mountain Apaches will benefit. I think we will benefit even more

You can also make a monetary donation , before the 28, to help buy some of the desired items of the list. 

How to give:
  •  You can directly deposit your donation of cash or check in the church mailbox located near the office (checks written to St Luke's, with NAM or Native American Ministry in the memo line).
  •  Of course, you can mail your donation.
  • You can make an online donation by visiting our website or using the following link: https://onrealm.org/slepc/-/give/now. Then select Outreach, and in the Memo add NAM

Whatever you can give, either in kind or money, will be a blessing for the tribe, and a way to share the love of the Lord.

Hoping that we will be getting together for church services soon.

God Bless us all.

Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson +
NOTE FROM THE OFFICE

Greetings! We hope this finds you doing well.

Now that Beth Parknowitz, our parish administrator, has been back to work a few months, we thought this would be a good time to share a few housekeeping items with you.

First of all, we wanted to remind you that, though the office is still not open to the public, you can call the church office and leave a message for the Rector, a staff member or the deacons at any time. There may be a staff member here on occasion, but when not in the office, voicemails are being checked from home. Please note the addition to the phone extensions listed above: you can now leave messages specifically for Lauree on extension 300.

Working full time, Parish Administrator, Beth can be reached at beth@slecp.org . Lauree is part-time and is working Tuesday all day, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. To reach Lauree, email her at  lauree@slecp.org .

As a final note, should you have a pastoral need arise and need to speak to the clergy person on call, we have a dedicated phone line for this. It is (928) 460-2736. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

You remain in our prayers. 
Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon
Pass the word!!!

Thank you St. Luke's parishioners for your continued support of the 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.

This week we supplied food to 75 individuals.
We extend great gratitude for your kind hearts.

Attached is a “Much Needed List of Food Items”. These needed items will greatly assist the Food Pantry
in offering complete meals made from different combinations of all the items.
List of Most Needed Food Items
Immediate needs include
Soups (Variety & Cream Soups), Canned Fruit, Rice (both), Tuna, Jelly, Syrup, Canned Corn, Saltine Crackers, & Chef Boyardee

If so inclined you are welcome to pick up a few of these items while out shopping for yourselves and
bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm  
For those who are not shopping but would like to give a monetary donation,
you can mail your check to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with “Food Pantry” written in the memo section. These funds will be placed in a separate account for the Food Pantry and used as needed. 
A third opportunity is to keep the Food Pantry clients and each other in your prayers
for peace and well-being.

Father Pierre-Henry does remind everyone that St. Luke’s remains under complete lock down at this time.  Please  do not  bring items on any other day or time than what is listed above, as no one will be available to bring them inside .

Please continue to pray for the needs of our community; for those experiencing food insufficiency, for those seeking medical assistance, and for those needing housing.  
Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and each other.  St. Luke's Food Pantry
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.
Looking for a way to socialize with your fellow parishioners while social distancing...
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or set-up your group,
contact the office, 928 778-4499x303
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, July 26, 2020
8th Sunday after Pentecost
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Wednesday, July 29
Saint James the Apostle
Jeremiah 45:1-5
Psalm: 7:1-10
Acts 11:27––12:
Matthew 20:20-28
Special Dates this Week
Birthdays                       
July 26: Barb Hilb, Phyllis Maruna
July 28: Dianne Reddy
July 30: Mary Berkheiser, Gerry Caton,
Rosaleen Runnels
July 31: Maxine Clark
Aug 1: Kasey Parknowitz
Anniversaries:
July 26 : David & Georgette Heinz
July 27: Roger & Jean Messick
July 28: Richard & Ellie Lassiter
August 1: Dave & Ruthie Rothgery

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:
July Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's during this pandemic
Nancy & Tony's son, Brandon Reynolds who is living with brain cancer; Muriel De Ganahl; Rosey & Les Garripee; Joanie Hedger & Family; Chalys Stephens; Rosaleen Runnalls & Michele; Barbara Taylor; Rich Staudt’s co-worker’s son Parker; Frank & Phyllis Maruna; Pat Ogburn; Rich and Brenda Schwartz;

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

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

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

 In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer :
Friday, 24 July 2020
Northwestern Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Sean Rowe
Bethlehem (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Kevin Nichols

Saturday, 25 July 2020
Norwich (England) The Rt Revd Graham James
Bhopal (North India) The Rt Revd Manoj Charan
Kapoeta (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Isaac Deu Chol (Diocesan Bishop)

Sunday, 26 July 2020
Please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Monday, 27 July 2020
Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island (Canada) The Most Revd Ronald Wayne Cutler )
Bida (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jonah Kolo
Karachi (Pakistan) The Rt Revd Sadiq Daniel

Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Nsukka (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Aloysius Agbo
Biharamulo (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Yusuph Vithalis
Karamoja (Uganda) The Rt Revd Joseph Abura

Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Nyahururu (Kenya) The Rt Revd Stephen Kabora
Birmingham (England) The Rt Revd David Andrew Urquhart

Thursday, 30 July 2020
Nzara (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Richard Bbikoyesu Aquilla
Blackburn (England) The Rt Revd Julian Tudor Henderson
Bo (Sierra Leone) (West Africa) The Rt Revd Solomon Leonard Scott-Manga

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 until further notice.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed until further notice.
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
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier lauree@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org
Deacon Keehna Sture keehna@slecp.org
General Mailbox info@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
Church Website: 
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Our calendar is available at the Calendar section .


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