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
Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
November 8, 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
23rd Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 27
Saturday, Nov. 7, 5:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 8, 8am & 10am
The 12 pm service will be projected on a screen.
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Chris Christy

Resources for the kids and families!

The resources below are links relate to this week's Gospel reading (Matthew 25:1-13).

For most of us Tuesday November 3rd was Election Day. And we are still holding our breath 3 days later to know the definitive results of this election. I pray that, no matter the result, our country will experience some peace and unity.

But for one of our parishioners and her husband, Tuesday November 3rd, was a very special day, and I know from experience that they won’t forget this date.

Early on this morning Betty and Dan Philips, faithful members of our 5:30 service, were on their way to the USCIS offices in Phoenix. Betty was very nervous because it was the day of her Citizenship interview, the last part of the long and somehow nerve-wracking process to becoming a US Citizen. Several times I encouraged her and told her that she would pass this interview. But I still remember how I felt when Sophie, Raphael and I had our own interviews: even if we had worked very hard to study and were supposed to know the answers by heart, we were very anxious and were wondering whether we would pass. So, yes, I understand the kind of mindset Betty was in, and probably Dan too who had to stay in the car because of Covid-19.

Betty passed her exam without problem, and was overwhelmed with joy. Usually you have to wait a certain amount of time before the day you become officially a citizen. But because of Covid-19, and because there were only 4 other people with Betty, the ceremony took place immediately. She entered the USCIS building as a Philipino, she left it an American!

Betty shared with me these words: “Fr our GOD is an awesome GOD! I was in awe because the Citizenship ceremony was conducted on the same day today…. It was overwhelming.” I asked her if she had pictures to share with the congregation, she wrote back, “We did not have any picture. I was even holding back my tears because Dan was not allowed to enter the building; he just stayed in our car.”

Congratulations, dear Betty! Welcome fellow Citizen!

Prayer For our Country (BCP pg. 820)
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Luke's will be hosting the blood drive on December 3 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Parish Hall. I hope this finds you well and that you are willing and able to donate. Your blood is greatly needed. Please consider signing up today.

*Please do not donate blood if you are not feeling well. Blood donors are not tested for COVID-19 but temperatures will be taken at check-in. Those with temperatures higher than 99.5 are not allowed to donate or stay at the site. Safe social distancing will be practiced.

*Please bring your mask as they are required.

I look forward to seeing you soon,
Darrell Anderson
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 17 (in case we need to order more books) Books can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9-12 noon.
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.
Have you been thinking of a way to serve? Outreach needs a financial secretary! We work to show Jesus' love outside of the walls of St. Luke's. We would love for you to join us.
While financial experience is preferred, we can train you! An ideal volunteer would be detail oriented, organized, and comfortable with technology. We meet once a month, and the financial secretary has a few duties outside of the meeting. 
Contact Lauren to learn more! Outreach@slecp.org or (734) 771-2397
Altar Guild Needs YOU!!!
"This is a wonderful time to give back to the church as we forge ahead into our new format for worship at St. Luke's. The Altar Guild is a beautiful, behind the scenes ministry involved in preparing our service areas for worship - setting out everything needed for communion, making sure candles are filled and sanctuary areas are clean and neat, and then cleaning the linens and vessels used during worship after the services. 
If you are interested in serving the church in the Altar Guild,
please contact Robin Borok, Directress, at 928-277-1879 or 
twoaterra@aol.com for more information."
Stephen Ministry is a lay caregiving ministry that supplements pastoral care. The program teaches laypersons to provide one-on-one care for individuals who request support. The confidential care-giver and care-receiver relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, may continue for months or years. Reasons for requesting a Stephen Minister’s visits may range from grieving the loss of a loved one, experiencing a major illness, going through a divorce, job loss, struggling with substance abuse, or other life difficulties.

SM curriculum provides a formal, structured introduction to human psychology and peer-to-peer counseling. Curriculum materials, which draw on literature from pastoral counselors, Biblical scripture, theologians, and psychologists, cover such issues as assertiveness and honesty, healthy boundaries, confidentiality, and ways to proceed with referral to mental health professionals when appropriate.

The central offices of Stephen Ministry are located in St. Louis, Missouri. Congregations which choose to participate in Stephen Ministry programming pay a fee to the central organization to cover the cost of intensive on-site training of lay leaders. These lay leaders then become instructors for the 50 hours of training for small groups of Stephen Ministers. After this initial training is completed, Stephen Ministers participate in twice-monthly peer-to-peer supervision meetings. Supervision groups, which may be led by a pastor, are an essential component of support for and guidance to lay ministers.

More than 12,000 congregations from 160 Christian denominations are now involved, and are located in the U.S., Canada, and 24 other countries.

In addition to the Stephen Series, Stephen Ministries St. Louis also offers many other resources, such as adult education courses and books on assertiveness, grief, spiritual gifts discovery, and more. The Stephen Ministries staff consists of a team of 40 people—pastors and laity—from a variety of denominational backgrounds.

The mission of the Stephen Ministries organization is summed up in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13).

This weekend, we will commission two new Stephen Leaders,
Carolyn Jones & Jo Ann Salem,
and four new Stephen Ministers,
Tom Bobak, Claire Clark, Barbara Sayle, and Barbara Walter.

A Stewardship Prayer
Written by Susan Bray-Anderson, Stewardship Chair
How to Pledge to St. Luke’s from Your I.R. A. Distribution.
This year on the pledge card from St. Luke’s for our Faith-Filled Generosity Stewardship season, you will find some boxes to check. One of these is ___Please contact me about making my gift through …my I.R.A distribution. This past weekend, we heard a Stewardship talk which explained the benefits of using an IRA distribution to satisfy his pledge and how to set up a direct transfer.

“After years of contributing to tax-deferred 401(k)s and IRAs, income tax is due on that money when you take withdrawals in retirement. Annual withdrawals from traditional retirement accounts are required after age 70 1/2, and the penalty for skipping a required minimum distribution is 50% of the amount that should have been withdrawn.” However, if you are in the fortunate position of not needing your distribution for living expenses and are charitably inclined, you might reduce your Social Security tax or your Medicare tax on your required withdrawal by donating your money directly to a qualifying charity of which St. Luke’s is.

Please check with your tax professional before the end of the year to see if this may benefit you and, at the same time, benefit St. Luke’s.

“When we share from our first-fruits as God shared His first-fruit (Jesus) with us, we are modeling the same generosity God has shown us.”

The step by step article from U.S. News and World Report is here for you.
Thank you for donating towards the US Vets Stand Down Event!

A very big thank you for your generous donations to the U.S. Vets Stand Down Event! We received over 133 items of undergarments including 19 beautifully hand crocheted knit caps thanks to Carol Covert and company. When I delivered the bin to the U.S. Vets' office, Justin and Tasha who received them said, "Wow, we so needed these. Thank you so much!" The estimated dollar value of your generosity is estimated at over $800. 
Food Donation Program

We have resumed our food donation program which is benefiting three of our area food banks. This has been an on-going program 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!
Patchers & Purlers Informational Meeting

Quilters unite! Quilters needed to make prayer quilts.

Come find out more about the Patchers & Purlers on
Thursday, November 12, in the Conference Room at 9:30 a.m.
Limited Capacity (10 people max)

Questions? Call Lynette Barnett (928)237-6123
Numbers from Last Week's Services - In Person 145 Individuals
On Facebook Live Stream - 73 households
St Luke's YouTube Channel - 14 Households
 Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday Services
The Food Pantry has a New Addition
A New Refrigerator

Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon

St. Luke's Food Pantry is at the south end of the building
at the end of the Classroom Wing.

100 people were served this week!

Drop-off Food Drive: If you are shopping for yourself and would like to pick up a few items , you can drop them off during our Thursday afternoon food drives @ 2-4 pm.

 Thanksgiving Food Boxes: the Food Pantry is working on collecting items for the Thanksgiving Food Boxes. Last year, 35 boxes were given out. This year, there is more need and least 55 boxes will be given out!! If you would like to help with this, here are some suggestions:

turkeys and hams
canned sweet potatoes
French fried onions
boxes of stuffing
boxes of hot chocolate/cocoa
boxes of pancake/waffle mix
boxes of biscuit mix

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. St. Luke's Food Pantry
St. Luke's Food Pantry Thanksgiving Needs

Last year, the Pantry gave out 35 Thanksgiving boxes. This year, there is more need.

There are the more expensive items the Pantry could use help purchasing:
turkeys and hams
large aluminum cooking pans
canned sweet potatoes
French fried onions
boxes of stuffing
boxes of hot chocolate/cocoa
boxes of pancake/waffle mix
boxes of biscuit mix
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
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. 8, 2020
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Nov 11
Wisdom 6:1-11
Psalm 2
Luke 17:11-19

Special Dates this Week
November 8:  Tony Reynolds
November 9:  Sue Kimball
November 12: Nicole Harris, Leslie Sanderson,
Greg Bowers, Al Temme
November 13: Sarah Cox  
November 10 Greg & Mary Bowers,
Peter & Ame Eresman
November 11 Bill & Linda King,
Tom & Christine Mann
November 12 Monte & Pat Anderson
Altar Flower Donation
Thomas Mann - in thanksgiving for his wife Christine as they celebrate their wedding anniversary on November 11 and in honor of his late wife Carolyn, who was known as Bonnie, as the
anniversary of her death was November 5
Eric & Marty Lewis - In Loving Memory of their son's birthday,
Christian Eric Lewis, Proud Navy Doctor, who died 5 years ago this December.
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; 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; Linda Schwab; Sue; Ileen Szelka; Mark Tuttle; Patty; Ron Miller; Beth Wingate; Kate Carroll; Carl Dekemper; 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 Ogburn; Yoland Jr; Steve; Glenn Johnson

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: SS Philip & James, Morenci

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 6 November 2020
Ruaha (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Joseph Mgomi
Europe (England) The Rt Revd Robert Innes
Europe (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Mark D W Edington

Saturday, 7 November 2020
Rumbek (South Sudan) The Most Revd Alapayo Manyang Kuctiel
The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands (West Indies) The Rt Revd Laish Boyd
Kwara (Nigeria) The Most Revd Olusegun Adeyemi

Sunday, 8 November 2020
Pray for the Church in the Province of the West Indies
The Most Revd Howard Gregory - Primate and Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

Monday, 9 November 2020
The Free State (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Dintoe Letloenyane

Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Rumonge (Burundi) The Rt Revd Pedaculi Birakengana
Diocese on the Coast (Nigeria) The Rt Revd J Ebunoluwa Ogunele
Kwoi (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Paul Zamani

Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Rupert's Land (Canada) The Rt Revd Geoffrey J Woodcroft
Dogura (Papua New Guinea) The Rt Revd Tennyson Bogar

Thursday, 12 November 2020
Rutana (Burundi) The Rt Revd Pontien Ribakare
Doko (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Uriah Kolo
Dominican Republic (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Moisés Quezada Mota

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 7, November 8, November 11
 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant The Rev. James Schubert
Deacon/Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer: Bill Christy
Lectors/Prayers: Gary & Karen Kensing
Greeters/Ushers: Bill & Rita Kraus

 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon/Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Jim Damm
Ushers/Greeters: Pam Damm, Cynthia Moreno

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Jack M Wolter
Deacon/Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer: Liz Kennedy
Lector 1: Arthur Reilly
Lector 2: Larry Neece
Prayers: Laura Reilly
Verger: Lynne Wells
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Terri Doran
Ushers: Jim & Jan Casacchia, Leigh Hunt

12 noon Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon/Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Greeters: Rachael Coker
Usher: Jean Ehlers

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

Altar Guild Team - Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,
Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn
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