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
Happy Mother's Day
May 10

St. Luke's Video Worship Service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 10, 11 am
Bulletin & Sermon
Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Rev. Denise Muller
2020 Scholarship Awards

The Outreach Commission is pleased to announce two $1000 scholarship awards to Prescott area graduating seniors. This year, both scholarships have been awarded to Prescott High School students. Claire Barrett will be attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she will study biology on her way to becoming an OB-GYN doctor. Sean Henegar will enroll in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University, where he will study psychology in preparation for a career in counseling or human resources. We congratulate Claire and Sean and wish all the applicants well as they embark on their college careers.
And a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this project a success:
Leanne Bryan, Julie Cargill, Nancy Carmichael, Nancy Davidson, Barbara Harber, Carolyn Jones, Marge McGuire, Carol Sweeden, and Zibbie Wolter.
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 83 individuals received food boxes plus homemade bread, fresh fruit & vegetables, eggs, milk and some meat. 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
cereals, jelly, canned chicken, cookies, tuna helper, hamburger helper and mashed potato packets.

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.  Deborah Delmastro
From the Bishop's Office
Next week, the Diocese will be sending out the document "Gathering for Abundant Life: Arizona Churches and Worship During COVID-19." These will be the guidelines for congregations moving from Phase I (where we are now) to Phase II (limited gathering of small groups and worship), and envisioning what will need to wait until Phase III (when we have a vaccine or reliable treatment for COVID-19). ...Stay tuned for more information.
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.
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)
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
Upcoming Zoom Meeting:

Hey all you Saturday Night Worshippers
Join us via Zoom for a virtual gathering every Saturday, 5:30-6:30pm
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Let's stay connected!
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.

May 4, 2020: Looking for the Helpers
Scripture Readings

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, May 13
Acts 15:1–6
Psalm 122
John 15:1–8
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
May 10: Carol Hardesty
May 11: ChrisEllen DeVeau, Bill Hess, Nancy Ann Anderson
May 12: Pat Anderson, Dave Cain
May 13: Betsy Denison, Beth Parknowitz
May 15: Lauren Crawford
May 16: Marjorie Hultberg

Anniversaries:
May 11: Jim and Jan Casacchia
May 13: Murry and Pam Williams
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;
Joanie Hedger and family
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, 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

Sunday, 10 May 2020
Pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya
The Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit - Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya

Monday, 11 May 2020
Muranga South (Kenya) The Rt Revd Julius Karanu Wa Gicheru
Zaki-Biam (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jezreel Vandeh
Ikwerre (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Blessing Enyindah

Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Muyinga (Burundi) The Rt Revd Paisible Ndacayisaba
Zanzibar (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Michael Hafidh
Ikwo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Kenneth Ifemene

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Zaria (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Abiodun Ogunyemi Saliu Bello

Thursday, 14 May 2020
Mytikyina (Myanmar) The Rt Revd John Zau Li
Zonkwa (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jacob Kwashi
Zululand (Southern Africa) Vacant

Friday, 15 May 2020
Nagpur (North India) The Rt Revd Paul Dupare
Aba (Nigeria) Vacant

Saturday, 16 May 2020
Nairobi (Kenya) The Rt Revd Joel Waweru Mwangi
Aba Ngwa North (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Nathan Kanu
Ikwuano (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Chigozirim Onyegbule

Sunday, 17 May 2020
Pray for the Anglican Church of Korea
The Most Revd Moses Nagjun Yoo - Primate of Korea and Bishop of Daejeon

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   St. Albans, Wickenburg

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 until further notice.
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