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
Trinity Sunday


Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The First Sunday after Pentecost:
Trinity Sunday
Preaching this weekend is Rev. Jim Schubert.
Register Now for June 5-6
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, June 5, 5:30 p.m. (50 people) Click here to register
Sunday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, June 6, 12:00 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.
A Note from our Senior Warden, George Chesney

Dear Beloved Community,

We actually have a couple of exciting pieces of news to share with you this week. I like to characterize it as “there is light at the end of the tunnel and this time it is not a train coming at us!”

Beginning this Sunday, you will see some obvious changes at all five worship services. The first is that the wearing of masks is now optional for individuals that have been vaccinated. While we will continue registration, it will be an “honor” system. Greeters and ushers will not ask if you are vaccinated, but I would ask that you comply with this request and continue to wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated for any reason. I know that there are differences of opinion about this, but in addition to “conscientious objectors” we also have people who, for a whole variety of reasons, cannot receive a vaccination at this time. I feel strongly that we have an obligation to help protect them as well. We will continue to observe social distancing and, when we have coffee hours, they will also be outdoors, but masks are not required for any event held at the church for vaccinated individuals.

The second major change will be in the way that we celebrate the Eucharist. We will be returning to a more traditional format with the wafer being received directly from the Celebrant or the Assisting Priest and the wine will be done by intinction only at this point. I know that most of you are aware of what that means, but if not, it means that a chalice will be available with wine for you to dip your wafer to receive both elements. We just ask that you use caution when dipping your wafer to avoid contact with the chalice. At last Sunday’s Confirmation and Reception service at Chapel Rock, “yours truly” clumsily dropped his wafer into the chalice. If that happens to you, please just leave it in the chalice and ask the priest for another wafer. Too much information, I know, but it does happen!

We look forward to seeing you as we work our way back to a more normalized environment.

The other piece of great news is that Lauree Birchmeier has accepted the position as Director of Children and Youth Ministry. I know a lot of you heard me say that I was as concerned about the vacancy in this position as I was about our Rector! I meant that. Sophie did a fabulous job and I did have concerns as to how we would keep the momentum going to rebuild as we are able to re-open. A lot of you know Lauree, who so ably filled in as Parish Administrator during Beth’s medical leave and has continued to assist in the office. You may not know that Lauree also had many years of experience in Children and Youth Ministries in Michigan and has agreed to take on those responsibilities here. To say she has hit the ground running even before the official date of June 1 would be a gross understatement. Please give Lauree your support as she works to bring this vital ministry back front and center at St. Luke’s.

Lastly, we have a couple of needs that I want to lay before you. First, the Vestry is in need of a Clerk. The basic duties are to keep the minutes of the Vestry meeting and to make sure other records are properly maintained. There are two basic requirements that are fairly simple. The first is a willingness to attend the monthly meetings, record the minutes and make sure that all appropriate documentation is attached. The second is the ability to respect the confidential nature of some of those proceedings. The second is not as onerous as it sounds, as most items are open and transparent, but occasionally the Vestry is required to deal with sensitive issues and the Clerk may have access to those conversations as well. This position is required both by the Canons of the Church and by St. Luke’s by-laws. Please consider if this is a service you would be willing to perform for St. Luke’s.

The second need as we continue our journey back to normalcy is to re-staff our office with volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts. These volunteers enable our Parish Administrator to more effectively perform her duties with minimal interruptions and increased efficiency. If you are able and willing to take on one or two of these shifts, please contact Beth Parknowitz either by calling her at the church office or e-mailing her. My heartfelt thanks to those that have already stepped forward to perform in this capacity for their time and efforts – and we need a few more people to help us round out the schedule.

Lastly, I ask for you to please continue in your prayers and support for St. Luke’s in the early stages of this transitional period. I am excited about the changes mentioned above and continue to be very hopeful that this period will be one of spiritual and personal growth for us as the People of God in this time and place. Thank you all for your generous comments and support. I love this place and I know you do too. God bless you this week and see you in church!

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney
Sr. Warden 
News from Deacon Kimball Arnold

My dear people of St. Luke's Parish,

I will be out for a while due to the necessity of replacing my aortic valve.

Recently I underwent a heart catheterization and, due to a complication, had 5 stents put into the coronary artery. With outstanding physicians, I will undergo heart surgery to replace the valve. This has certainly been unexpected and a bit unnerving. However, I am in good hands and have a strong faith that all will be well. Surgery will happen soon followed by recovery time. Yes, I will come back following an overhaul and will be like a shiny new Cadillac.

Your prayers are very much appreciated. Please know I love you all and miss you all very much.

With love and in peace,
Deacon Kimball
Hi Gang,
Remember me, Jr. Church Mouse.
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday!!!
I have a song for you to practice.
We will be singing it at the
12 noon service.
Hope to see you there!!!
Trinity Song
A bright teen asked me to explain the Trinity. Here’s what I said.
“Tina, how many gods do we worship?”

I was recently asked this question, in utter sincerity, by a bright 13-year-old in my youth group.

This young lady has been an Episcopalian since toddlerhood. She’s grown up right here in our church, attending Sunday School and Youth Group. She serves as an acolyte.

Dismayed, my initial reaction was less than graceful. “One!” I blurted. Then took a breath and followed with, “Why do you ask?”

“My friend said we worship three gods, because we say ‘Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’”

Aha.

Uh oh.

How to explain the Trinity to a bright-but-still-concrete young teen. Without committing heresy. I know clergy who take vacation days to avoid preaching on Trinity Sunday. I’ve watched ordained adults play ‘rock, paper, scissors,’ with the loser giving the homily on Trinity Sunday. If they’re so reluctant to tackle the sacred mystery of the Holy Three-in-One, who was I to take it on unprepared?
 
I’ve approached the Trinity with children before, tentatively. Once a lovely grandmother showed me how to cut a mobius strip just right to create 3 interconnected rings: three rings, all attached but perceptible, from one piece of paper. I repeated that craft perfectly, once, while practicing alone, and never got it right again. I kept ending up with two interconnected rings, the third falling away, severed from the original paper. I never used it with kids.

Many Christians like the clover analogy often attributed to St Patrick. A clover is one plant; its three distinct leaves can represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being separate yet all a part of something larger than itself. Unfortunately, it’s actually ‘partialism,’ one of several Trinitarian heresies, because it makes each of the persons of the Trinity only part God, able to become fully God only when they’re all together.

Standing there with this youth who needed an answer from me, I remembered my favorite thing about my life as a teacher, a parent, and a Family Minister; I don’t have to know all the answers!
Finally, shooting off a quick prayer for guidance and forgiveness, I told my young friend what I understand, and what I don’t.

I think the Trinity is all about God’s infinite ability to meet us – each of us, all the time – exactly where we are, with divine understanding that we aren’t always in the same place. Our emotional needs change, not just from childhood to adulthood, but in a constant ebb and flow as life challenges and upholds us. God made us, and by God we are well loved. God’s perfect knowledge and care of us includes knowing that we require more than a single image or manifestation of God’s divine presence in our lives.

Sometimes, I need God, the Father. I need that ideal parent who loves me no matter what, who believes in my ability to be who He asks me to be, and who stands with and behind me as I walk the journey of this life. Like a good parent, God lets me make mistakes and is there for me when I regret and learn and move on from them. Young children tend to believe their parents are all-knowing and all-powerful, and they feel a sense of safety in that belief. As adults, we know different – yet our parents are often still the people we call when we need sympathy, unconditional support, and encouragement. Part of our humanity is a deep need to be lovingly parented.

Other times, I need God, the Redeemer. The Christ who was born and grew and lived a fully human life, even in his divinity, and died in pain and sorrow and suffering. Who got angry when people failed to understand how to love God and love each other. Who needed the soothing comfort of that expensive oil before going to his brutal condemnation and death. I need Christ’s humanity to remind me that my own is sacred.

Often, for me, the ethereal divinity of the Holy Spirit is the most visceral impression of God’s presence. I can feel the Holy Spirit around us when we raise our voices together in prayer and hymn. In meditative prayer I feel and see soothing light: God coming to me as Holy Spirit. In meetings I pray for the Holy Spirit to come amongst the group gathered and inspire us to be the people God calls us to be, and do the work God calls us to do.

So there’s my answer, such as it is. There is one God. That God created us and knows us, and thus comes to us as a Trinity, allowing us to meet God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – wherever we are in the moment.
Memorial Day Display
Please be sure to stop and have a look at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier display in the Gathering Hall this weekend. It was constructed by parishioner Harry Webster and his late wife, Marian. It's a remarkable labor of love.
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The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.


Prayer for those in the Armed Forces of our Country, BCP, p. 823:

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All Ladies of St. Luke's

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

In the Parish Hall

Join us to share ideas and interests!

We've been isolated
long enough!!!
What are your interests?
Playing Cards, Bible Study, Retreats, Movies, Organizing, Gardening, Card Making, Small Groups, Quilting, Playing Cards, Needle Point, Concerts, Shopping, Day Trips, Service Projects, etc., etc., etc...
Ladies register HERE or call the office 928 778-4499
Regional Confirmation Service at Chapel Rock on Pentecost Sunday
with Bishop Jennifer Reddall

The group listed below attended the 8-week Inquirers' Class, led by Fr. Jack Wolter, this spring and were then either Confirmed, Received, or Reaffirmed:

Eva Klein - received
Spence Klein - reaffirmed
Joan Lane - reaffirmed
Don McKellar - reaffirmed
Mary McKellar - reaffirmed
Julie Sims - confirmed
Mary Temme - reaffirmed

Congratulations to all!
Pictured above (from l. to r.) are Mary McKellar, Eva Klein, Spence Klein, George Chesney, Don McKellar, Joan Lane, Fr. Jack Wolter, and Mary Temme.
Bishop Reddall preaches to the group at the Rock Chapel at Chapel Rock Camp & Conference Center in Prescott.
Woof Down Fun on May 22!

The Woof Down Lunch Event at the Courthouse Plaza was a huge success. The blowing cold wind did not deter any of the wonderful volunteers who helped at our booth, nor the public from showing up in big numbers.

Thank you to Beth Parknowitz and her family, Lauree Birchmeier, Cynthia Moreno, Jean Ehlers, Don Martin, Carolyn Jones, Becky Hansen and Mary Berkheiser, and Denise Maple and her kids. All were a great help in sharing the word about St. Luke’s and our Blessing of the Animals coming in October.

We hope to do more events in the coming months, watch for announcements.

Carol Sweeden
Time for some fun! (from l. to r.) Becky Hansen, Cynthia Moreno, Carol Sweeden, Kasey, Beth Parknowitz, Emma, Lauree Birchmeier
Lauree and Goofy!
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
Food Donations for Community Food Banks

We have resumed our food donation program which is benefiting three of our area food banks. This has been an on-going program (separate from St. Luke's Food Pantry) where parishioners can donate non-perishable food items that will in turn be shared with the Prescott Community Cupboard, the Prescott Valley Food Bank, and the Chino Valley Food Bank.  
  
Your donations of non-perishable food items may be left in the wooden box in the Gathering Hall.  
  
Thank you for your continued support of all our food donation programs!
St. Luke's Food Pantry

Thursdays 2-4 pm: Drop-off Food Drive (south entrance)
**For donations of food items, if the 2-4 pm window on Thursdays doesn't work, let the office know so we can make arrangements with you.**
Fridays 9 am - 12 pm: Food Pantry open to the public

Number of individuals served on May 28: 76 individuals

Suggested Donations:

canned fruit, salad dressing, condiments, cooking oil (small bottles), sugar free/light, gluten free

Anything that would give you joy to give!

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.
Weekly Attendance

Sunday, May 22-23

In-person: 172
Views from Live stream: 164 views
Worship Ministers for May 29 & 30
Saturday, May 29
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Art Villemure
 
Sunday, May 30
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Jack Wolter
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Carol Sweeden
Ushers: Sylvia McIntosh, Marjorie Hultberg
 
Sunday, May 30
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Liz Kennedy
Chalise: Lauree Birchmeier
Lector 1: George Chesney
Lector 2: Laura Reilly
Prayers: Wini Larson
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Greeters: Marilyn Henry-DeLisle & Doris Schoeben
Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Sue Fiorey, Leigh Hunt, Barbara Sayle
 
Sunday, May 30
12 noon Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Schubert
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Greeter: Marilyn Henry-DeLise
Usher: Marty Lewis

Altar Guild Team: Becky Hansen, Mary Berkheiser, Marjorie Hultberg, Tani Hendrickson

Scripture Readings
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Trinity Sunday
Click here for readings!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Romans 12:9-16b
Luke 1:39-57
Psalm 113

Special Dates this Week
Birthdays
May 30: Diane Mazmanian
May 31: Monica Davi, Jacob Marlowe
June 01: Vicki Soza
June 02: Julie Poole
June 03: Judy Brane, Floriana Pescarino
June 04: Pat Ogburn, Dennis McKnight
 
Anniversaries
May 30: Earl & Julie Poole
June 01: Monica & Mike Davi
June 02: Doug & Pat Ogburn
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, May 29 & Sunday, May 30, have been given to the Glory of God
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!

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 Johnson’s son Tim (ER DR. Stress), Bill King, Brandon & Nikki Reynolds; Carol Glover; Etta Parson; Mark Tuttle; Sara Williman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; 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; Michelle and family, Casper Weeks, Tim Bennett
 
For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian, Ian Hibbard

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul's, Tombstone

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 28 Diocese of Cameroon-Church of the Province of West Africa
Saturday May 29 Diocese of El Camino Real- The Episcopal Church
Sunday May 30 La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico
Monday May 31 Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn- Anglican Church of Australia
Tuesday June 01 Diocese of Canterbury-Church of England
Wednesday June 02 Diocese of Cape Coast- Church of the Province of West Africa
Thursday June 03 Diocese of Cape Town- the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Parish Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon

Appointments are appreciated.
Please call 928-778-4499.

For Pastoral Emergencies call 928-460-2736
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