2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
First Sunday of Advent
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Fr. Pierre-Henry and the entire Parish Staff
wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekly Epistle
First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
For all you folks at home,
St Luke's will be live streaming
our 10am service every week!!!
Reserve your seat for In-Person
Worship Services on our Website
every Tuesday thru Thursday
First Sunday of Advent
Saturday, Nov. 28, 5:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 29, 8 am & 10 am
The 12 pm service will be projected on a screen.
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
A Thanksgiving Message from Fr. Pierre-Henry

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are going to celebrate Thanksgiving in a very unusual way this year, in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic, as many of us will not be able to gather with friends and family. However, I hope we will all take the time to give thanks to the Lord for the many blessings we have received. Sometimes it’s not easy to give thanks when everything seems dark, difficult, or when we are struggling with health and or financial issues. As Christians, we believe in the Incarnation of God in Jesus, who is also called Emmanuel - God with us. We know that even in our darkest moments the Lord is present in our lives and acting in the world. Is not that reason enough to stop, pause, ponder, and give thanks to the Lord from whom all blessings flow?  

I invite you, on Thanksgiving Day, to take the time to turn to the Lord, maybe you would use this General Thanksgiving found on page 836 of the BCP. I confess that I really like it!

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pierre-Henry+
Resources for Kids and their Families

Here are some great video links. The first two relate to Advent
and the second two relate to Thanksgiving.


A Nice Thanksgiving Story

Tuesday morning I was at the dental office having a root canal! I told the dental assistant that I was on my way to church and she asked me “What Church?” When I told her St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, she said that the Food Pantry there had been a great blessing to her when she was unemployed. She said that she not only received food during her time of need, but that the volunteers prayed with her. She felt that the prayers were powerful and is thankful that she now has a job at the endodontist office. Just one example of the work of the Holy Spirit in one of our very important ministries!
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all,
 
Don McKellar,
Junior Warden
An Idea for Advent: Reverse Advent Calendar

Each day add an item to a box. On Christmas Eve, donate the contents to a food bank.
2021 Pledge Campaign Update

As of November 25, we have received 89 pledges for a total of $324,186. Thank you for those of you who have submitted your pledge card! We feel such gratitude as each card arrives.

The pledge card is available on our website's home page: look for the green button! For your convenience, click here to submit your 2021 pledge to St. Luke's. We also want to remind you of the secure, confidential email address you may also use to submit your pledge for 2021: pledge@slecp.org.

As George Chesney, Senior Warden, shared in his letter of a couple of weeks ago, "Thank you for being a part of St. Luke’s and for your faithful generous gifts to our annual campaign and ongoing ministries and outreach."
Annual Reports Due November 30, 2020
We are looking for annual reports for the year 2020 from commissions and church ministries
to include in the parish report we'll distribute prior to this year's Annual Parish Meeting.
We would like the leaders of each group to submit a brief report of the commission's or
ministry's 2020 activities and/or work to info@slecp.org no later than November 30, 2020.
Angel Tree Update

Thank you to everyone who has adopted a child from the Angel Tree thus far - we had a wonderful outpouring of support! After last week, there are 31 tags remaining.

You can use the online signup (https://tinyurl.com/ATsignup2020) until Saturday afternoon. Then, I will be at all of the services this weekend. 

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lauren LaurenMcrawford@gmail.com or (734)771-2397
Opportunities to Serve St Luke's

In 2021, the following positions will be open:
·       Junior Warden : 1 position. This is a one-year term, and can be renewed. Please contact Don McKellar, our current Junior Warden, he would be delighted to share his knowledge with you. If you think you could be our new Junior warden, know that Don will support you wholeheartedly.

·         Vestry – 4 positions (3 three-year terms, and 1 one-year term to replace Steven Dear who is moving back to California.) The Vestry is the governing body of the Parish. According to the Parish By-laws, Vestry members shall be elected from the communicants in good standing and canonically resident in the Parish for at least six months. (To date, we have already 6 persons who expressed their desire to serve as Vestry Members.)

· Delegate to the Diocesan Convention: 5 positions - In 2021, the Diocesan Convention will be Oct. 15-16 in Phoenix and our Presiding Bishop will be among us.

· Alternate to the Diocesan Convention: 3 positions - In case someone can not attend the Convention  

We encourage those of you with questions or who might be interested in any of the positions mentioned above to contact Don McKellar (donald@mckellar.biz) or Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson (rector@slecp.org), before November 30.
2021 Lectionary Calendars are Here

If you are here for in-person worship, they are available in the Narthex and Parish Hall. You may also call the Parish Office and pick one up during the week.
An Advent Book Study
“The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge was first published in 1843. Charles Dickens originally wrote A CHRISTMAS CAROL to revive the joyful traditions of Christmas and the celebration of the yuletide, since Cromwell’s Puritan revolution in England had prohibited any rites or practices deemed “pagan.” The story of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge is a meaningful story for all people of faith as the themes encompassed within the story include hope, redemption, transformation, the work of the Spirit, and the Christian life. Each of the 4 sections (or staves, in keeping with the carol/song metaphor) includes a well-known Christmas carol, Opening and Closing prayer, Scripture reading, and Discussion prompts. All of these staves coincide with the four weeks of Advent!”

The book, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, will be studied over 3 Wednesdays beginning December 2 and continuing December 9 and 16
and Tuesday, December 22 via ZOOM. The start time is 6:30pm for approximately 1 hour. There are limited copies available so it is necessary to sign up online or by calling Brenda Schwartz at 928.379.1441 or Lauree Birchmeier at the church 928-778-4499. There will be one book per registered household at a cost of $10.00. We will need your name and Email address (for ZOOM) along with your payment. Deadline for sign-up is November 24 (in case we need to order more books) Books can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9-12 noon.


EfM
Education for Ministry
Is it right for you?
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The EfM program, offered as an education-at-a-distance course by the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, provides Episcopalians and others with the education to carry out that ministry. This diocese is a sponsoring diocese of the EfM program.

As the Church continues to emphasize the importance of lay ministries, many people feel that they need a theological education that supports their faith and teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. EfM is one way for them to gain that knowledge.

EfM is a 4-year course, covering the basic subjects of a theological education: the Hebrew scripture, New Testament, Church history and the study of theological movements in the church. Participants register for one year at a time, meeting weekly in a seminar of 6-12 students with trained mentors. We meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00. (beginning in mid-September). Right now with the Covid issue we will be using Zoom. We did that to finish up in the spring and it worked quite well.

There are weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. All years meet together, which leads to very meaningful discussions. (We have 5 participants returning next year for years 2-4.) We really need some 1st year students to round things out!

A recent Tucson graduate had this to say – “EfM is a safe, supportive place to learn, explore new ideas, and wrestle with the big questions in the company of others who are doing the same. You will be welcomed, encouraged, and challenged as you do the readings and participate in weekly discussions. The friendships developed along the way are truly special. A wild ride, but worth every inch!”
 
           If you think EfM might be for you,
please contact Leanne Bryan at (928-713-4014, bryanfamily@cableone.net) or
Kathy Pessin at (928-771-2707, 928-899-0986, jimpes@cableone.net)

As some of you may have read in the Daily Courier recently, Yavapai County Community Health Services is conducting a survey to assess how many individuals would be interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. The link is below.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Update!
Dear Members of St Luke's,
Due to the COVID-19, and the Diocese restrictions, The Annual Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner will not be held this year.
St Luke's needs to follow the guidelines for the safety and wellbeing of our entire congregation and the communities this wonderful tradition has served .
A small gift will be delivered to those homebound or unable to attend worship at this time, will also be given to those in attendance at our Christmas services; which can be picked up following service in the Gathering Hall. This remembrance will serve as a small token of our fellowship and appreciation until we can gather for Don' t Spend
Christmas Alone again next year.
As Father Pierre-Henry has expressed, "we need to be even more cautious than ever, for us, our loved ones and our neighbors".
Holiday blessings to you and your families
DSCA Committee
DSCA Donation Quilt 2020
The DSCA Committee is very happy to announce the
2020 Donation Quilt is on display in the Gathering Hall.

Due to Covid19, we are unable to use the small tickets for the drawing nor collect monies directly. We will be using the "SPECIAL OFFERING" envelopes.
We ask you take one (or more!) of the envelopes; put your name, phone number and the amount enclosed on the outside. Place the envelope in the collection plate and it will be placed in a special container in the office until the drawing. Minimum Donation is $5.00, multiple envelopes are encouraged!

Drawing will be on Sunday, December 13th. Winner will be notified. Quilt made by Carol Sweeden and Under Cover Quilts. Please help make our 2020 DSCA Donation Quilt a success.
Thank you for your
continued 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!
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, 928 778-4499x303
Scripture Readings
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Psalm 19 or 19:1-6
Matthew 4:18-22



Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
November 29: Cynthia Nichol, Shelby Blake,
Eleanor Tubat
November 30: Bill MacNamera
December 1: Pat McKee
December 2: Trampus Tribbey
December 3: Mary Bowers
December 4: Monte Anderson
December 5: Paula Tomitz, Bruce Ohannesian,
Gloria Martin
Anniversaries:
December 1: Geoff & Brenda Holden
December 3: Roger & Jane Peacock
December 4: Chris & Karen Cone
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:
November Thanksgiving & Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's during this pandemic
Brandon & Nikki Reynolds.; Alicia; Alex; Alexa; Sharon, Dave & Nancy C.; Larie & Wife; Carol; Darrell C.; Dominica Coppola& Marty Dane; Max J.; Carol Glover; Gil & Cheri Lattimer's mother & Good Samaritan Staff; Cathy Hoaglund; Gary & Kathy MacCauley; Robert McCaulley; Jean Messick; Etta Parson Gary & Peggy Cole; Ileen Szelka; Mark Tuttle; Patty; Ron Miller; Kate Carroll; Sara Wiliman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix; Rich Staudt; Steven; Glenn J.; Joan Hedger; Erni Frazier; Ruth Visclo, Vicki Casacchia; Ian Snider; Jerri Wheeler; Joe & Linda, Glen Gregor; Jim Casacchia; Scott Menke; Jeff Bernatz; Doug & Pat Ogburn; Yoland Jr; Steve; Glenn Johnson; Adria Tropel; Kyle Forslund; Thurlow; Karla Kash; Kelly; Aubrey Schultz, Max Mabrey, Jeanne Miller; Kira Williman; Pauline; Gary DeLisle; Tim Salem

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley
In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: NEEP Uganda

Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests: epistle@slecp.org.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 27 November 2020
Saskatoon (Canada) The Rt Revd Christopher Harper
Eastern Himalayas (North India) Vacant

Saturday, 28 November 2020
Sebei (Uganda) The Rt Revd Paul Kiptoo Masaba
Eastern Kowloon (Hong Kong) The Rt Revd Timothy Kwok
Kyushu (Japan) The Rt Revd Luke Ken-ichi Muto

Sunday, 29 November 2020
Pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
The Rt Revd Jorge Pina Cabral - Bishop of the Lusitanian Church

Monday, 30 November 2020
Sekondi (West Africa) The Rt Revd Alexander Asmah
Eastern Michigan (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Todd Ousley
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Seoul (Korea) The Rt Revd Peter Lee
Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada) The Rt Revd Geoffrey Peddle

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Seychelles (Indian Ocean) The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song (Primate)
Eastern Oregon (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Patrick Bell

Thursday, 3 December 2020
Sheffield (England) The Rt Revd Pete Wilcox
Eastern Zambia (Central Africa) The Rt Revd William Mchombo
Easton (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Santosh Marray


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  
Worship Ministers for November 28, November 29, December 2
 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Bill Christy
Lectors: Gary & Karen Kensing
Greeters/Ushers: Roger & Jane Peacock

 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer/Lector: Jim Damm
Ushers/Greeters: Carol Sweeden, Margie Hultberg

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer: Nancy Reynolds
Lector 1:
Lector 2: Jim Schubert
Prayers: Wini Larson
Verger: Larry Neece
Greeters: Terry Doran, Doris Schoeben
Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Jim & Jan Casacchia

12 noon Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon/Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Greeters: Gary & Marilyn De Lisle
Usher: Tani Hendrickson

Wednesday 10 am Healing Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Crucifer: Nancy Carmichael

Altar Guild Team - Lauree Birchmeier, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock
Service Schedule
 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 Parish Hall

Weekday Services:
·        Wednesday 10 am      Healing Service with Communion in the Chapel
Phase II allows the following:
Offices can be open with staff staying appropriate distance from one another. 

The church and offices will remain locked
during the week. If you need to meet with someone please call and make an appointment.

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 rector@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Dennis Houser prescottchorale@reagan.com
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier laureeb@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
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!
At least one Staff Member will be available to receive Phone Calls during the
following times:
Monday thru Thursday 9a-12n; 1p-4p
Friday 9a-12n
Call 928 778 4499

Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball & Chris, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 306
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 307
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

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