2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 307
Helen, ext. 305
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
The 6th Sunday after Pentecost
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Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 4, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Preaching this weekend is:
The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Register Now for July 10 & 11
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, July 10, 5:30 p.m. (35 people) Click here to register
Sunday, July 11, 8:00 a.m. (35 people) Click here to register
Sunday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register

The Wednesday Healing & Eucharist Service will NOT meet in July or August. It will resume in September.

For a pastoral care need, please call our Pastoral Care Line 928 460-2736 to speak directly to the clergy or lay person on call.

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The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, July 6, at 9 a.m. with normal office hours.

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!

July 2 Update from George

Dear Beloved Community,

Welcome to July!  We continue to experience God’s grace in so many ways and we are also so happy to be in a position to start making plans for the future after what has seemed like an interminably long hiatus. It is wonderful to see activities of all kinds resuming and to see our facilities return to a higher level of utilization. It is particularly heartening to see not only so many people returning to worship, but also to see new individuals coming and also wanting to quickly get involved and integrate themselves into life at St. Luke’s.

As a part of our re-opening, we also find ourselves in need of volunteers for the many positions which keep our parish running so well and so smoothly. I am going to mention some of the more pressing needs below that we have at this time and if you feel you would be willing to help out with any of them, please respond to me at senior.warden@slecp.org. I will forward your information to the person coordinating that activity.  I would love to hear from you! Here are the current needs that are most critical:

1.     We have been able to restart our coffee hours indoors and Paget and Jim Merriman graciously agreed to coordinate that ministry. There are two ways you can help out. On the table in the Gathering Place there are sign-up sheets for both the 8:00 and 10:00 services on Sunday mornings. While volunteers will bring goodies that will be shared between both services, the people at the 8:00 hour will be responsible for set-up and coffee making and the people volunteering at the 10:00 hour will be responsible for cleaning up after the later service. This is not only a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with your fellow members, but also provides a warm and memorable experience for visitors and newcomers alike. We also would like to have someone who is willing to work with Paget to coordinate the 8:00 hour.

2.     Starting this week, we will be offering nursery service at the 10:00 hour. We have a nursery attendant who will be there each Sunday, but the protocols we have for dealing with children and youth as well as safety require that two adults be present at all times. We would like to set up a volunteer on a rotating basis. These individuals will be required to complete the “Safeguarding God’s Children” program and we hope to have enough volunteers so that no one would be required to be in the nursery more often than one Sunday per month. While children of all ages are always welcome in worship, there are parents who feel more comfortable with a nursery being available. This is a part of our effort to not only be open and welcoming to families but also to be able to provide a service that some prefer.

3.     We are in need of worship assistants of all kinds as we are back with a full calendar of services and holding them in person. We need of crucifer bearers, chalice ministers, lectors, Altar Guild volunteers, ushers, greeters, and have a need for more sound and light operators for the 10:00 service so that we can continue to livestream our service for those who are unable to be with us in person on Sunday mornings.

4.     Prior to our being shut down, we had a wonderful welcoming tradition at St. Luke’s of offering a small loaf of homemade breakfast bread to visitors and guests along with information on our congregational life. This was an extremely well received warm gesture of welcome and we would like to take it up again. If you could help by being called upon from time to time to bake the small breads, we would be most grateful.

5.     We are close to having a full staff of volunteers for the office. These folks enable our office to function more efficiently by serving as receptionists and helping our Parish Administrator and other staff members with support as needed. We still have a slot or two and would also like to develop a list of people willing to fill in on occasion when the regularly scheduled volunteers are not available.

6.     The St. Luke’s Food Pantry would also like to have a few more volunteers in order to give some of those who have faithfully borne the load during the pandemic a break as well as being able to spread out the workload. We are so grateful for your continued financial and donation support of this ministry and would like to be able to give some of our faithful volunteers some well earned time off from time to time.

These are all things that keep St. Luke’s running smoothly, contribute greatly to our worship experience and make us the warm, serving and welcoming community we desire to be. Please think about it and let me know if you would be able to help us. I also want to give a word of thanks to those who are already involved in these good works as well as serving on our various commissions and committees.

Happy 4th of July to each of you. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday and that we will see more and more of you as we move to return to the active, involved congregation that St. Luke’s has always been.

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney
Sr. Warden
Join us for Coffee Hour after the
8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Church services
 
Paget & Jim Merriman have volunteered to coordinate the coffee hour.
 
We are looking for volunteers to Host each Sunday at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. 
 
8 a.m. Hosts would provide 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, put away water and lemonade, wipe off tables used, wash any dishes used. 

10 a.m. Hosts would provide goodies to share, after worship, put out water, lemonade, goodies (extra goodies in the freezer in Lois' closet), after coffee hour clear off and wipe off drink & food tables putting supplies on the cart, put leftover water and lemonade back in the refrigerator, wipe off all tables, wash coffee, tea pots & dishes
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! 
Senior Church Mouse asks:
“What does Independence Day have to do with church?
 
The answer: Nothing! 

But included in the prayers found in The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (BCP), page 820 is a prayer for our country, which is a beautiful supplication; and it goes like this:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

REOPENS JULY 11, 2021


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
The St. Luke's Nursery will reopen on 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 Kleein, and Alfonso Hernandez for sanitizing all the toys, books, furniture, floors, bathroom, etc.

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
58 women attended Coffee & Conversation last Saturday, June 26, 10am-12noon at St. Luke's. The Parish Hall was bursting with conversation, laughter, sharing of ideas, food and, of course, coffee. The women came up with 43 different ideas of what we would like to see happen in and around St. Luke's. Interest groups are being formed. Many thanks to the C & C Team: Barbara Sayle, Barbara Walter & Mary McKellar for getting Coffee & Conversation Women's group off to an amazing start.

Our next gathering will be Saturday, July 24, 10am in the Parish Hall.

Also! Save the Date: Saturday, October 30, 9am-4pm
Women's Retreat at Chapel Rock!!!

Pictures below from Coffee & Conversation on June 26 were taken by Becky McClelland:
Lay Lector Training
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 Classroom Wing on 7/11 at 9am, 7/18 at 11:15am, 7/25 at 9am, and 8/1 at 11:15am. Contact Arthur Reilly for any questions.
Sun and your Skin - can be a dangerous combination
By julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., retired

What Is Dangerous About Our SUN?!
These last few weeks of sun, sun, sun in the forecast put me in the mind to remind us all of the importance of protection against all that sun that we love so much. Important considerations include health consequences of sun exposure, our risks for those consequences, and recommended interventions for protection against serious concerns. I’ll review those issues here—they are good to keep in mind as we’re heading into summer activities with families and friends (thank God!)
 
The Basics
Your Skin is the largest organ of your body. It is composed of three layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous. The top layer, the epidermis, provides your first line of protection against outside threats. One of these threats would be skin cancers, which occur as a result of abnormal growth of cells on the epidermis. This damage can occur after cell DNA damage, which stimulates mutations in cells. The mutated cells then multiply, leading to continuous growth and formation of malignant tumors. The primary cause of epidermal cell DNA damage is UV light from the sun. Below are listed several types of skin cancers.
 
Types of Skin Cancer
1.    Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)Basal cells are present at the bottom of the epidermis and are one of three primary types of cells in the skin’s top layer. BCC is the most common and one of the most frequent cancer forms. In the US, 4 million cases of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are diagnosed each year. They grow slowly and are curable because they cause minimum damage and easily treated when caught. The risk factors, symptoms, and warning help in the identification of this type of cancer.
2.    Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer usually occurs on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to UV radiation from sunlight or artificial light (e.g., tanning booths). The face, scalp, ears, neck, hands, arms, and legs are areas of the body commonly affected, but this type of cancer can occur on any area of the body, including skin that has not been damaged by the sun.
3.    Melanoma. This type of skin cancer is not as common, but one of the most serious, as it also spreads. It originates in the bottom layer of the epidermis, in the specialized melanocyte cells. These cells produce the pigment melanin that gives skin its color. Melanoma occurs when melanocyte DNA damage occurs from burning or tanning due to UV radiation, resulting in the uncontrolled growth of cells.
The cases of melanoma in 2019 were estimated to be about 96,480 in America. It can appear in multiple sizes, shapes, and colors, which makes it dangerous. Detecting melanoma at an early stage is important because it can be treated if detected early.
4.    Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). This is less common, and It's not clear what causes Merkel cell carcinoma. It is an aggressive form of skin cancer that has a high risk of spreading and recurring, usually within one to two years after initial diagnosis.  Merkel cells are also found at the base of the outermost layer of your epidermis. The incidence of this skin cancer is increasing over the past few decades, very possibly because we are living longer, and age is a significant risk factor.
 
Risk Factors of Skin Cancer
Many factors promote skin cancer, including family history, fair skin, having many moles, a weakened immune system, and excessive exposure to the sun. “Excessive sun exposure” can include history of past sunburns, the use of tanning beds, and not wearing sunscreen regularly.
 
What Can I Do to Protect Myself and Loved Ones?
1.    You can keep an eye on your skin by watching for these signs and symptoms. Make an appointment with your primary health care provider or dermatologist if you notice:

·       New brown spots that look like “age spots”.
·       Patches of rough, red, scaly skin.
·       Ulcers or open sores, including sores that develop in old scars, and sores that do not heal or come back.
·       Firm growths (sometimes described as “dome-shaped”).
·       Wart-like growths, and horn-like growths that protrude from the skin
·       A freckle, mole, or bump that is changing in size, shape, or color, or bleeding easily
·       Itching, soreness, tenderness, numbness, or prickling sensation over a skin lesion

2.    Everyone should undergo skin cancer screening with their primary health care provider or a dermatologist. This should be yearly. It is especially important to make sure skin cancer screening is regularly scheduled if you have any a personal history or family history of skin cancers.
 
3.    Preventing skin cancer is another focus of treatment. There are some specific important measures:
·       Minimize your exposure to UV radiation from the sun, especially during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Avoid outdoor tanning. Shade is your friend!
·       Take extra care to shield yourself from the sun. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sun-protective-factor (spf) clothing. 
·       Use a broad-spectrum spf sunscreen of at least 30, and re-apply every 2 hours.
·       As for all cancers, minimize risk factors such as smoking.
While the sun can be our friend for certain reasons: providing an atmosphere for summer recreation and relaxation, source of Vitamin D, etc., we can maximize our healthy relationship with it by being aware of limits to put into place. Enjoy your summer, everyone!

References
skincancer.org; Richard A. Cirelli, MD, FAAD, patient info handout; betahealthy.com; mayoclinic.org; americancancersociety.org; health and medicine.org
St. Luke's Food Pantry
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Thursdays @ 2-4 pm: Drop-off Food Drive (south entrance)

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

Number of individuals served on July 2: 68 individuals

Suggested donations for drop-off food drive on Thursday, July 8:
Crackers, pancake mix, sugar free foods, Manwich, canned chicken or beef, and pasta sauce

The St. Luke's Food Pantry is very grateful to Mary Queen for her extremely generous donation of fresh food that provided so much to the pantry. And beyond that, she was so kind as to prepare 60 gift bags, celebrating the 4th of July, to give to people needing food this week. She is a true blessing to the needy.
Nametags

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.
Weekly Attendance & Giving from June 26-27

Attendance
In-person: 101
Views from Live stream: 110 views

Giving
Pledge - $5,935.00
Plate - $2,570
Worship Ministers for July 3 & 4
Saturday, July 3
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Schubert
Preacher: The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Crucifer: Jennifer Benson

Sunday, July 4
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Preacher: The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Crucifer: Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Kathryn Barber, Sylvia McIntosh
 
Sunday, July 4
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Preacher: The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Crucifer: Liz Kennedy
Chalice: Monte Anderson
Lector 1: Laura Reilly
Lector 2: Mary Ellen Rivero
Prayers: Arthur Reilly
Verger: Lynne Wells
Greeters: Jim & Kathy Pessin
Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Ken Wagner, Peggy Wagner
 
Altar Guild Team: Becky Hansen, Mary Berkheiser, Marjorie Hultberg, Tani Hendrickson
Scripture Readings
Sunday, July 4, 2021
6th 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 4: Mary Queen, Ron Weiss
July 5: Hank Martin
July 6: Thomas Bobak, Mary McKellar
July 7: Georgia Gilbert, Kerry McClung
July 9: Jim Sceli
July 10: Barbara Sayle, Rich Hoaglund

Anniversaries:
July 7: Steve & Kathy Bracety
July 8: Dwight & Charlotte Willman
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, July 3 & Sunday, July 4, have been given to the Glory of God by Mary Ellen Rivero
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.
Giving to St. Luke's
It's not too late: You can still submit your 2021 pledge to support St. Luke's.

Click on either icon below depending upon your situation.
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
For Those In Need We Pray:
Prayers for Healing
Jean Messick, Ileen Szelka, Susan Schubert, Tom Connors, Kari Jameson, Pat Anderson’s brother Rick, Erica Arnold’s Family, Betsy Whearley, Kathy MacCauley, Cheri & Gil Lattimer, Dave & Nancy Carmichael, Gail Lowery, Glen Johnson, Bill King, Brandon Reynolds; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle; Sara Williman; Vera Mulnix; Steven; 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; Bill & Rita Kraus; Dominic Coppola, Rosey Garripee, Carol Hardesty, Hank Martin, Kimball Arnold, Casper Weeks, Tim Bennett; Family and Friends of Barbara Harber; Fr. Jack Wolter, Robert Stack, Melinda Johnston and family, and Amy Stack, Gloria Owen-Roddy; Stu Ballard

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Michael & All Angels in Tucson

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 2: The DIocese of Colorado-The Episcopal Church
Saturday, July 3: The Diocese of Connecticut-The Episcopal Church
Sunday, July 4: The Anglican Church of Papua, New Guinea
Monday, July 5: The Diocese of Connor-The Church of Ireland
Tuesday, July 6: The Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross-The Church of Ireland
Wednesday, July 7: The Diocese of Costa Rica-Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America
Thursday, July 8: The Diocese of Coventry-The Church of England

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

Weekday Service:
·        The Wednesday 10 AM Healing & Eucharist Service will not be meeting in July & August. It will resume in September.
Email Directory
George Chesney senior.warden@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier laureeb@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
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

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