2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301

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













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Weekly Epistle
May 1

Happy 30th Anniversary
Pierre-Henry Buisson
Ordination April 29, 1990

St. Luke's Video Worship Service for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 3, 11 am
Bulletin & Sermon
Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
The Hopi and Navajo People need our HELP!
Urgent Request: There is a great need for facemasks for the Hopi and Navajo People, many of whom have no electricity and no running water. Gail Haugland has made over 300 masks and will keep making masks for as long as she has materials. 
Needed:
100% cotton fabric, plain color
¼ Inch Elastic
parachute cord for the cords on the masks
sewers and cutters to help (very important)
Anyone who can sew a straight stitch can make these masks and she will be glad to coach anyone who is willing to help. Gail has a contact in Flagstaff who will deliver the masks. She is not a member of St Luke’s but knows many of our members. Thank you, Gail, for all you are doing. For more information, contact Mary Hallford by email at mwhallford99@hotmail.com or by phone at 602 796-1177.
Life in the presence of Pandemics!
Submitted by Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P, cert; retired. 
Consultant: Deacon Chris Christy
I have been reminded lately of experiencing prior disease outbreaks, and how this one really has our attention in a way that beats all of them! Back in the 1980s, I was a nursing supervisor in a major men’s county jail which housed sometimes close to 1,000 inmates. There was a lot of pathology in that population, I gotta tell you! 
Well, in those early 80s, we started to pay attention to a disease that caused a type of skin cancer (Kaposi’s Sarcoma) and a serious lung disease called p neumocystis pneumonia. It was a mystery. We now know that this was a disease caused by a blood-borne pathogen which we now call this the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which caused a cquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS ) . Since the start of that epidemic, an estimated 74.9 million people have become infected with HIV and 32 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Research addressing this illness stimulated development of much more stringent protection procedures. Today, HIV/AIDS is largely managed with drug therapy and the mortality rate has greatly diminished. 
Before that epidemic, I worked with many hospitalized patients with infections which required levels isolation: tuberculosis, hepatitis, staph, etc. And we all remember the more recent epidemics: 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), 2009 H1N1 (swine flu), 2010 and 2014 Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks, Measles outbreaks, the 2014 Ebola epidemic, 2015 the Avian Flu (bird flu) epidemic, and of course recurrent and new strains of flu viruses. So, we have had we periods where the public has again been alerted to the need for personal protection. But this pandemic response, as we can agree, has greatly superseded our imagined expectations.  
This Pandemic and need for quarantine had been difficult. Millions without jobs; great economic hardship especially for those who were surviving marginally anyway; probable longer term negative economic effects; loss of social interaction as we knew it, personal emotional effects which may have repercussions for a long time. Many have had relatives or friends stricken or die from Covid-19. And, worst of all, not knowing when to expect a resolution of this situation.
One take-away at this point, is to realize what we can do to help us survive this and further outbreaks. I have especially developed a respect for Dr. Fauci who presents scientific facts to a lay audience in a very respectful and truthful manner. Relying on speculation rather than science just causes more confusion and apprehension. You can look up current information on websites that are credible, such as the Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization https://www.who.int and medical sources such as Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org . Continue to watch for and take advantage when available of vaccine for Covid-19. This will reduce danger of the virus reaching the susceptible individuals. Continue curtailing interactions between infected and uninfected populations, realizing the very contagious nature of this virus, and the possible spread from asymptomatic infected persons.

If you find you have symptoms of dry cough, loss of taste/smell, fever, or sore throat begin treating the symptoms and call your health care provider or call the Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank: 928-442-5103. You can question the need/availability of testing. The health care community should soon be able to catch up with the need for testing and contact monitoring. Your physician might recommend an antiviral agent, or other intervention they may have a preference for. YRMC has a triage protocol if you present there with symptoms. You can only arrive by the main door, so cannot enter directly to the Emergency Room.

Let’s remember to check on our neighbors and acquaintances. We are all feeling isolated, and many are suffering depression and anxiety. Remember to thank those with essential jobs that have been there for us. If possible, you can help with funding those agencies that are providing food for those in need. There are a lot in need right now

During this time of quarantine, we are feeling isolated from our normal routines and activities. We can help ourselves reduce the isolation feelings by calling on those who are by themselves and the elderly. We can fix a meal and drop it off at someone’s doorstep with a nice note. Help make masks or other needed supplies for an agency. We can also take this time to learn a new skill. The possibilities are endless on how we can “repurpose” ourselves and help those who may be in greater need than ourselves. This is the time to share our compassion, caring, and talents.
Centering Prayer from Home on Friday, May 8
St. Luke’s Centering Prayer Group continues to meet in spirit on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Members gather for approximately 30 minutes of communal silence in the comfort of their homes, at our usual 9 a.m. start time. Participants receive an email ahead of time with a short piece of soft opening music, a closing prayer, and a schedule for that morning’s “sit”. Our next prayer circle meets on Friday, May 8. Come be a part of our prayer movement. Contact facilitator Linda Guy at 2linda.guy@gmail.com for more information.

Forward Day by Day Meditations May, June & July are Here!
In a box outside St. Luke's wooden church doors you will find the following:
The Book of Common Prayer
Forward Day by Day Meditations (May, June, July) Small & LARGE print
Our Daily Bread (March, April May)
Happy News for Keehna Sture & St Luke's!

We are honored to be able to share with you that Keehna Sture has been approved
for ordination by the Diocese to become a deacon.
The date and time of her ordination are to be determined.

Congratulations, Keehna!
We are delighted for you and look forward to watching how your ministry unfolds.
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke’s Deacon in Formation
The Deacon Class of 2020 completed another requirement for ordination this past weekend: anti-racism training. At any other time, this day-long, interactive class would have been held at the Cathedral, but because of COVID-19, the venue was changed to cyberspace, and our training was done via Zoom. Canon Judith Conley was our presenter; in spite of the challenges of a “virtual” setting for this kind of experience, she did a wonderful job! In addition to those of us receiving the training, there were four other people who were with us for the day, sharing their thoughts, experiences, and insights on racism and strategies for dismantling it: Rev. Canon Anita Braden (Canon to the Ordinary), and three members of the Diocesan Anti-racism Committee: Dennis Manuelito (Trinity Cathedral); Rev. Monica Whitaker (Rector, St. Andrew’s, Sedona), and Deacon Scott Deasy (Epiphany, Flagstaff).

Our morning session delved into the shameful but real history of racism in the Episcopal Church, which, tragically, goes back to the very beginnings of our country. While we can’t turn back the hands of time and relive the past, we must learn from history so that we don’t repeat it. And we must acknowledge racism for what it is: sinful. Only then can we start down the path toward reconciliation, which is racism’s antidote. The Episcopal Church has been endeavoring to do this in a formal way and at the national level since 1986, when Presiding Bishop Edmond Lee Browning, shortly after his election, said: “I want to be very clear: This church of ours is open to all; there will be no outcasts; the convictions and hopes of all will be honored.”  Unfortunately, and probably because of the human tendency to deny aspects of reality that are uncomfortable, there was resistance, both overt and covert, to Browning’s call to acknowledge the Church’s history and practice of institutional racism. It wasn’t until 1994 that the House of Bishops, with one voice, issued their “Pastoral Letter on the Sin of Racism,” which helped to “pull the train away from the station,” but it took another eight years before anti-racism training was mandated for all clergy and lay leaders in the Church.  Four years later, a General Convention resolution called for the establishment of an Anti-racism Committee in every Diocese. In our Diocese, the person selected to spearhead this endeavor was Judith Conley, our presenter, so we had the privilege of hearing “the inside story” of the establishment and early history of our Diocese’s Anti-racism Committee. Judith served as Chair of the Committee until this year, when Rev. Monica Whitaker joined her as Co-Chair. From the Committee’s very beginning in 2006, its aim has been to “heighten awareness of and systematically dismantle racism by providing education, training and resources.”

Our afternoon session began by completing a tool—The Diversity Awareness Profile— designed to help people assess their ability to deal with others from a perspective of inclusivity. It consists of 40 statements which ask the respondent to rate, on a quantitative scale, how congruent the respondent’s own behavior/attitude is with the behavior/attitude described in the statement. The total score places the respondent on a continuum that points to either weakness or strength in working in environments where there is cultural diversity. While we were not asked to share our scores with the group, I think we all gained some insight into our attitudes and unconscious biases toward people who are different from us.

We then moved into a discussion about COVID-19 and how it is disproportionately affecting people of color. We had been asked to read several articles about this issue that were published in just the past few weeks, so the statistics that were cited in them were current—and telling. The pandemic has laid bare some ugly truths about our society and our economy, and among the questions for the future are these: As Christians, are we going to tolerate a rebuilding of our country that replicates what existed before COVID-19? Or will we be on the front lines, advocating and working to build a more just and equitable economy that works for everyone?

By the end of the day, all of us felt that we had learned so much more than we ever anticipated! The training was excellent, and because of the depth and breadth of our personal interaction and sharing throughout the day, a bond was created between all of us that I know will continue to be felt as time goes on. I hope that St. Luke’s will someday be inspired to invite Judith and the Anti-racism Committee to present the same training that I was privileged to receive last weekend.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to the day when we’ll all be together again! Until then, you are in my prayers. Eastertide blessings to all!
                                                                       —Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
A huge "THANK YOU" from your Parish Administrator!

It is a strange time to start back to work after my almost year-long medical leave! I was home alone much of the time and just longed for the days to be back at the church office doing the good work of the church. Well, a return to the church right away just wasn't part of the plan. As I hunker down at home with my family, I have reflected a lot on the last year. I just want to thank you for your love, support, meals, rides, cards, visits and prayers during my time of leave. They sustained me and helped me each da y. I look forward to the day we can be together again. Take good care!
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.
This week 51 individuals received food boxes 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.
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

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 lockdown 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 .

Thanking you greatly for your willingness to help,
Deborah Delmastro
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...
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 Lauree Birchmeier at lauree@slecp.org or 989-859-5381
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Message from Bishop Reddall Regarding Coronavirus Response Updates
I am extending the suspension of public, in-person worship in our congregations until May 25, 2020, pending any additional instructions from the Governor of Arizona. On April 23, the Standing Committee and I will be discussing what criteria we wish to establish for safely reopening worship and other activities in congregations.

To read the Bishop's complete newsletter Click Here
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 27, 2020: Meeting Jesus
Scripture Readings

Sunday, May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, May 6
Acts 12:24–13:5a
Psalm 67
John 12:44–50
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
May 3: Eugene Moreno, Sara Williman
May 7: Mike McInnes
May 8: Clark Weaver
May 9: Ted Sayle, Angel Vandegrift

Anniversaries:
May 9: Rocky and Jennifer Pescarino

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
May Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's at this troubling time.
Nancy & Tony's son, Brandon Reynolds who is living with brain cancer;
Clay & Muriel;
Rosey & Les;
Gil & Joanie
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 :
Friday, 1 May 2020
Mthatha (formerly St John's) (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Hummingfield Ndwandwe
Yei (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Hilary Adeba Luate

Saturday, 2 May 2020
Muhabura (Uganda) The Rt Revd Cranmer Mugisha
Yeri (South Sudan) The Rt Revd John Abraham Nyari
Ijumu (Nigeria) The Ven Paul Olarewaju Ojo

Sunday, 3 May 2020
Pray for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)
The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu - Primate of The Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido

Monday, 4 May 2020
Mukono (Uganda) The Rt Revd James William Ssebaggala
Yewa (form. Egbado) (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Michael Adebayo Oluwarohunbi
Ikara (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Yusuf Janfalan

Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Multan (Pakistan) The Rt Revd Leo Rodrick Paul
Yirol (South Sudan) The Rt Revd David Roch Angong
Nyang (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Paul Tokmach Lual
Aluakluak (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Isaac Nyaryiel Aleth
Ikeduru (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Maduwike
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Mumbai (Formerly Bombay) (North India) The Rt Revd Prakash Patole
Yokohama (Japan) The Revd Ignatius Osamu Irie

Thursday, 7 May 2020
Mumias (Kenya) The Rt Revd Joseph Wandera
Yola (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Markus Ibrahim
York (England) The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu

Friday, 8 May 2020
Mundri (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Bismark Monday Avokaya Azumu
Ysabel (Melanesia) The Revd Ellison Quity

Saturday, 9 May 2020
Mundu Area (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Samuel Lomue Eluzai
Yukon (Canada) The Rt Revd Larry David Robertson
Ikka (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Godfrey Ekpenisi

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

In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Eyeglass and Cell Phone Collections , Abundant Life Crusade

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 May 25, 2020.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed through May 25, 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