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
Seventh Sunday of Easter


New Web Address! slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 16, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Preaching this weekend is Rev. Susan Schubert.
From the Senior Warden

Beloved Community,

A week ago today was Fr. Pierre-Henry’s last day in the office as our Rector and he and Sophie will soon be winging their way East to their new home in Virginia. Our farewell services the weekend of May 1st and 2nd were well attended and gave us all a wonderful opportunity to be with them and say our goodbyes. I did want to mention to you that if you are planning on contributing to the “purse” we are gathering for them as a farewell gift, we will be doing a final tally and cutting the check next week, so please get your gift to the office no later than Wednesday, May 19, if you wish to participate. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this point.

Don McKellar and I had a thorough and very good conversation this morning with the Canon to the Ordinary, Anita Braden. We are preparing for the more active portions of the process of finding a new Rector for St. Luke’s and you will begin to see tangible evidence of that as well as chances for your participation in the next several weeks. There is still the opportunity for you to make your interest known if you would like to have active involvement in the process that we will be undergoing that will culminate in the actual search for our new shepherd. Some have already reached out to me to indicate an interest in serving on one of the committees we will be setting up to facilitate the search process. Next week we will be reaching out to those who have expressed an interest to explain in more detail what that would entail. If this is something that might be of interest to you, please send me an e-mail to gchesney47@gmail.com indicating your interest as soon as possible.

We will be looking for volunteers to serve on three different committees in the search process. The first to be formed and activated is the Parish Discernment and Profile Committee which will be a group who will be charged with seeking the broadest input possible from the congregation on what are the factors from our past that have made St. Luke’s the vibrant, involved congregation that it is, what are the attributes that we as individuals will be looking for in our new Rector and what are our fondest hopes for St. Luke’s future. This will culminate in the preparation of the Parish Profile that will be the primary source document for individual clergy to either be recommended to St. Luke’s or who may want to put themselves forward for our consideration.

The second committee will be the Recruitment Committee that will be charged with actually reviewing those recommended and applying, interviewing the top candidates, and ultimately recommending 1 to 3 final candidates to the Vestry for their final decision. I think it is pretty obvious that this is a huge and critical undertaking. We intend to keep the committee to no fewer than five and no more than seven members chosen from a broad cross section of St. Luke’s members.

The third committee will be the Transition Committee. Their primary responsibilities will be to plan an appropriate welcome and orientation to our interim Rector when that person is identified and selected, plan an appropriate farewell for the Interim when that time comes and finally to provide a St. Luke’s welcome to our new Rector. If you would like to serve on any of these committees or only on one, please make your interests known to me as soon as you can.

In the meantime, I am so heartened by the response from our assisting priests who have given so generously of their time and talent in this “in-between” period. We are in good hands with this loving and active group and I am confident we have the help we need to make sure we have wonderful pastoral care and worship leadership at this time. They are mostly known to you, but I would like to name them individually so it is clear to all who these fine people are. They are: Rev. Kimball Arnold, Rev. Bonnie Cain, Rev. Chris Christy, Rev. Richard Lassiter, Rev. Jim Schubert, Rev. Susan Schubert, Rev. Bob Wills and Rev. Jack Wolter. If you don’t know any of them, please be sure to introduce yourself when you see them presiding, preaching and providing pastoral care in the coming months. We are truly blessed.

Lastly, I want to thank you for the wonderful calls, e-mails and notes I have already gotten from so many of you. I am so appreciative and simply ask for your continued support and prayers for our leadership and staff as we work our way through this process. It is so good to see so many of you back in church and we are hopeful that we will be able to continue to be able to meet and worship more freely in the near future.

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney, Sr. Warden
Register Now! Pentecost Sunday
Saturday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. (50 people) Click here to register
Sunday, May 23, 8:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, May 23, 12 p.m. (50 people) Click here to register
The Wednesday Healing & Eucharist Service is now meeting in person!

Wednesdays at 10 am in the Chapel

No need to register. We ask you to please continue to wear your masks.
Just Coffee Sale is this weekend - May 15 & 16

Our monthly JustCoffee sale is this weekend after all the services. Credit card, check, or exact change are all acceptable.

Stock up for your trips: quality coffee makes a good hostess gift. Visitors are welcome to purchase. Special orders should be picked up on Sunday.  
Winners of the 2020-2021 St. Luke’s Educational Scholarships 

Two beautiful young ladies from Prescott High School are the winners of the 2020-2021 St. Luke’s Educational Scholarships: Ashlyn Braithwaite and Emma Tenney.
 
In talking with the two girls, we found out that they will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. And to top it off they are best friends and will be roommates at BYU. What are the odds of that AND both girls winning the St. Luke’s Educational Scholarships?
 
On Friday, May 7, at Prescott High School, the girls were presented with Certificates for winning the Scholarships. $1000.00 will be deposited into their scholarship account at Brigham Young University.
 
Ashlyn on the left is majoring in music and wants to become a musician. Throughout high school she has been involved in music, helping in the community, theater, athletics, choir, cheer leading, National Honor Society, Soroptimist International, Mu Alpha Theta, and working during her Junior and Senior year.
 
Emma on the right is majoring in psychology and wants to become a Psycholinguist. Emma has been involved in serving in the community, helping people in need, the theatre, art shows, marching, concert and jazz band, PUSD Governing Board, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Academic Decathlon, and has worked her Junior and Senior year.
 
Our prayers and blessing go with these two beautiful, young adults as they go on to new adventures in their life. We wish them God’s speed and good health.

Today higher education is very costly for students and their family. We are seeking donations for students making good grades and giving back to their community and school.
 
Scholarships are available to those going on to College or Trade School and that are graduating from a Quad City High School. The Outreach Commission has given out 12 Scholarships since 2017 and wants to continue this program for future graduates.
 
Any donation will be greatly appreciated to help future graduates.
Please remember to designate your donation to Outreach/Educational Scholarship.
Pentecost Sunday, May 23 - Outdoor Coffee Hour

Bring a simple (remember: simple!) snack or fruit/veggies to share during coffee hour, which will take place after all services, on Sunday, May 23.

Please drop off your contribution in the the kitchen before the service.

If you'd like to help with set-up or clean-up, please contact the office, 778-4499 ext. 307.
Daughters of the King - Phoebe Chapter

The Ingathering Ceremony for the Masters Fund: Pentecost Sunday, May 23

The Daughters of the King Master’s Fund was established in 1922 as a Thank Offering in loving commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit and originally intended to assist Daughters and other women to attend a Church Training School to prepare for the missionary field or other church-related work. Today, the emphasis is on the background and the church- related career goal of the applicant, so that attendance at any accredited seminary, college, university or graduate school is permitted.

Master’s Funds grants are also used for continuing education opportunities such as Education for Ministry and Stephen Ministry programs. The number and size of the scholarships and grants are dependent on the amount in the Master’s Fund when applications are reviewed.
WOOF DOWN LUNCH EVENT: Join us!!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 22nd, this annual event held at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. 10am - 3pm, fun for all ages. Sponsored by "United Animal Friends," St Luke's will have a booth, and will need your help in many ways.

A sign-up sheet and flyers are in the Gathering Hall. Help is needed for setting up, being present to speak and hand out information about St. Luke's, and taking down.

We welcome everyone who wants to help out: youth and adults!

If you have neighbors who have dogs please tell them about this event, and, of course, you can bring your pets.

For information, contact Carol Sweeden
email:  j.csweeden@yahoo.com or text : 830-388-0964
Hey kiddos!
I’d like to introduce myself,
I’m “Jr.” Church Mouse!
Look for me in the
St. Luke’s Weekly Epistle!
I’ll be sharing
Bible Stories, Videos, Crafts
and other exciting news!!!
This past week, May 13, we celebrated the Ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.
Next Sunday, May 23, we celebrate Pentecost, the coming down of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is also known as
the birthday of the Church!
The YouTube videos above, from left to right, are for Pre-K, Elementary, and Teens.
Check out the Children & Youth Ministry display in the Gathering Hall.
This display has a coloring page, word search, and a Pentecost flame headband craft.
Bring your flame headband and coloring pages next week for Pentecost and we will all wear the headband so everyone knows we are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT!!!.

Individual bags are in the display area. Please help yourself.
Last call for your graduates!!

Please let us know who in your family is graduating, your relationship to him/her, from what school (degree) and where it is located, and to what college/university he/she is moving onto, if applicable.

Please get us this information by Tuesday, May 18, as we will aim to include this information in our Weekly Epistle that goes out on Friday, May 21. Please email this information to epistle@slecp.org or call us 928-778-4499.
Summer Opportunities for Kids, Youth & Families

Did you know we have an Episcopal camp in our very own backyard? Yes, Chapel Rock, located in Prescott, has openings for the summer's summer camp and family camp programs.

Chapel Rock is still in need of counselors, so if you know of responsible young adults (18+) who would enjoy the fun and fulfilling ministry of summer camp (and appreciate getting a paycheck for it!), please, please encourage them to apply.
Depression: a pandemic within a pandemic
by Julie Cargill, R.N., ANP, GNP, retired
Our focus this last year has been staying healthy and avoiding Covid-19 related afflictions. There are, however, afflictions that are much less visible, although sometimes just as deadly. I am referring to mental health issues such as depression. 
 
The imposed isolation and loss of societal support has taken its toll on mental as well as physical health. According to a recent Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) article, nearly a quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression. That is several times more than the usual incidence of depression. Certain populations have been especially vulnerable: those with a lower income, smaller savings, people severely affected by job losses or family sicknesses and even deaths, victims of domestic violence, and of course those with a chronic disposition toward depression. Another population includes military members, especially those deployed during this time.
Calling All Quilters!

Good News! Angel Quilts is going to resume our in-person meetings again. We will meet on our regular third Thursday, May 20th, at St. Luke's. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and we will actually meet in the Classroom Wing (this is a change from the Gathering Hall). Mark your calendars. 

Anyone interested in our group is welcome, quilter or not. It will be so good to see all who can make it again and hopefully, some new people. Please, continue to wear your masks.

I look forward to seeing all of you again and pray this will be the re-beginning of our very worthwhile Ministry. Please join us.

For more info, call Linda Leal at (928) 717-1647.
Help Needed with Live-streaming of 10 am service

We are looking to build a small team of people who can assist with the live-streaming of the 10 am service. Ideally, we'd love a team of at least 5-6 people so that each person would only be committed once a month.

Please consider helping with this important ministry for our parishioners at home. If you are interested or have questions, please call 928-778-4499 or email info@slecp.org. We will help train you, too!
Blood Drive at St. Luke's on June 24
St. Luke’s Blood Drive will be Thursday, June 24 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Gathering Hall.

Sign up now! Visit www.vitalant.org (Sponsor code: StLukesEC) or calling (877) 25 VITAL
Undies needed for boys and girls!

Humboldt Unified School District Family Resource Center

Currently, there is an expressed need at the Center for boys’ and girls’ underwear in all sizes. The Outreach Committee will collect these items during the month of May and deliver them to the Center on behalf of the St. Luke’s congregation. Please leave donations in the wooden bin marked UNDERWEAR COLLECTION.
The wooden bin is currently located in the Gathering Hall to the left of the Choir Room entrance.
Prescott Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

On June 8th Prescott Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Golf fore Homes fundraiser. This will be held at The Club at Prescott Lakes (311 E. Smoketree Lane, Prescott).

If interested, please see the attached golf registration form and Partnership Opportunities information sheet. The deadline for registration is 6/1/21.  For additional information and questions you can contact Alyce Ayers 928-445-8003 Ext 15 or email at aayers@prescotthabitat.org.
St. Luke's Food Pantry

Thursdays 2-4 pm: Drop-off Food Drive (south entrance)
Fridays 9 am - 12 pm: Food Pantry open to the public

Suggested Donations:

jam/jelly and peanut butter

Please try not to donate items that are in glass jars or containers. Thank you!!

Nametags

The first batch of nametags we ordered several weeks ago have finally arrived!
Please look on the nametag kiosk for your new nametag.

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.
Parish Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon

Appointments are appreciated.
For afternoon or evening appointments,
please call 928-778-4499.

For Pastoral Emergencies call 928-460-2736
Worship Ministers for May 15 & 16
Saturday, May 15
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Richard Lassiter
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Crucifer: Karen Benson
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
Sunday, May 16
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jack Wolter
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Deacon: Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Jim Damm
Ushers: Carol Sweeden & Sylvia McIntosh
 
Sunday, May 16
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Deacon: Chris Christy
Crucifer: Larry Neece
Lector 1: Brenda Schwartz
Lector 2: Rich Schwartz
Prayers: Doris Schoeben
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Greeters: Eva Klein
Ushers: Tani Hendrickson, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,
Leigh Hunt, Nancy Reynolds
 
Sunday, May 16
12 noon Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Greeter: Darrell & Susan Bray-Anderson
 
Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Katie Staudt, Mary Hallford,
Joan Lane, Phyllis Maruna
Scripture Readings
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Click here for readings!

Wednesday, May 19 , 2021
Exodus 25:31–40
Psalm 57:6–11
Matthew 24:42–47

Special Dates this Week
Birthdays                                                       
May 16: Marjorie Hultberg
May 17: Bill Preston
May 18: Raphael Buisson
May 19: Betty Gass
May 20: Brian Weir
May 22: Everett Cox

Anniversaries:
May 17: Dan & Grace McFarland
May 18: Clark & Ronna Weaver
May 20: Larry Allen & Jo Ann Salem, Casey & Connie Hargis
May 21: Rich & Cathy Hoaglund
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Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16, 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!
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 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 Johnson’s son Tim (ER DR. Stress), Bill King, Brandon & Nikki Reynolds; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle; Sara Williman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; Rich Staudt; Steven; Joan Hedger; Doug & Pat Ogburn; Jeanne Miller; Tim Salem, Ed Ausmus, Riley Faith, Christina England, Greg & Mary Bowers, Gary Delisle; Bill & Chris Christy; Larry Allen, Karen & Gary Kensing, Deborah & the Delmastro Family, Kerry McClung, Joyce Bittner, Sandy C., Robert Ohannesian; Herb McCabe; Vie Villemure; Bill Johnson; Mary Berkheiser; Deacon Chris Christy; Rick Sheridan, Becky McClelland and family; Gloria Owen-Roddy; Bill & Rita Kraus; Dominic Coppola, Rosey Garripee; Donna Dotzler and her family; Carol Hardesty; Hank Martin; for all who are waiting to get the Covid-19 vaccination
 
For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. James the Apostle, Tempe

In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank
 
For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:

Friday May 14, 2021: The Diocese of Busoga – The Church of the Province of Uganda

Saturday May 15, 2021: The Diocese of Central Busoga – The Church of the Province of Uganda

Sunday May 16, 2021: The Anglican Church of Korea

Monday May 172021:The Diocese of Butare – Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda

Tuesday May 18 2021: The Diocese of Butere – The Anglican Church of Kenya

Wednesday May 19, 2021: The Diocese of Buye – The Anglican Church of Burundi

Thursday May 20, 2021: The Diocese of Byumba – Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Parish Hall
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 12 noon Contemporary Worship in the Parish Hall

Weekday Service:
·        Wednesday 10 am      Healing Service in the Chapel

Please wear your mask for in-person services.
Staff Email addresses below:
George Chesney gchesney47@gmail.com
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.
The Parish Office is Open
Monday - Friday 9am-12noon

To leave a message,
call 928 778-4499.

To reach a specific person, 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