2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301

928-778-4499

General Mailbox, ext. 300
Interim Rector, ext. 302
Parish Admin, ext. 303
Director of Family Ministries & Interim Admin.
ext. 304
Bookkeeper, ext. 305
Music Director, ext. 309

Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23

Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 10, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Preaching this weekend at the 5:30 pm,
8 & 10 am services is Rev. Susan Schubert

On Saturday, October 2, the 5:30 pm service will take place in the Chapel for this weekend only.

On Sunday, October 3, the 8 & 10 a.m. services will be in the Sanctuary.

Register Now for October 16 & 17
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, October 17, 8:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Please note that all services will take place in the Sanctuary and masks are strongly encouraged.
Praying for All of You

I participated in an interesting gathering this past week. On Tuesday, the staff of St. Luke’s gathered at about 10:15 a.m. with a candle and a small metal cross. Present were music ministers, vestry members, clergy, and office staff. We walked through the entire church. We went to each room-conference room, office staff rooms, music space, youth rooms, IT room, financial room, and worship spaces. In each room a person prayed prayers they had prepared. Most of the prayers were for you. We prayed that when you enter this space you will be visited by the Holy Spirit and that the love of Christ-and his acceptance of you in this space may be blessed. We also prayed for protection from any residual or present evil influences that, as we know, always hover over sacred spaces and holy communities.

So I want you to know how much we all care about your personal lives. This is a large church with a diversity of personalities -and all of you bring your own backgrounds and stories, joys and sorrows to this place. You are also unique children of God and part of this worshipping community, no matter your social status, or whether you are a person of wealth or poverty. You may have strong faith, or you may be struggling with your faith. No matter-you are welcome here.

I also want you to know that the current staff-musicians, office staff, clergy, custodian (sexton), financial team, vestry members, and volunteers are centered on Christ and how Jesus and the Holy Spirit are working in your life. Yes, your life. So may you know that as of this past Tuesday this church has been cleansed and blessed-almost every inch of it. And all who serve here in leadership / administrative positions have dedicated themselves personally to serve Jesus and to make this a positive place where you may meet the living Lord. May the Holy Spirit surround and bless all who work and pray in this church.

Associate Interim Rev. Jim Schubert
St. Luke's Becomes a Concert Hall

Hello, St. Luke’s congregation.
 
I do not know who designed the sanctuary for St. Luke’s nor am I aware of their insights as to how else our Sanctuary might be used. We are blessed to have such a wonderful church in which we can bring wonderful music to all of you. 
                       
This coming Saturday, October 9, the Prescott Chorale will present its first performance since Christmas 2019. The singers are so excited about the music and I wanted to invite all of you to come and experience St. Luke’s as a concert hall. As Music Director of St. Luke’s, it is my responsibility and joy to bring you beautiful music outside of worship. Between now and April of next year you will be able to hear many performing groups: 
 
The Prescott Chorale, The Camerata Chamber Singers, The Arizona Philharmonic plus several other guest artists.
 
We are so fortunate to have people that value the arts and have contributed to the music program by providing the grand piano, two organs, and handbells.                              
 
On October 9, the Prescott Chorale will sing three wonderful pieces of music:

A Serenade to Music - Vaughn-Williams
A Requiem for the Living – Dan Forrest
My Country Tis of Thee – Dan Forrest
 
This is such inspiring music. Please join us at 2:30 pm on Oct. 9. Tickets are available through the Yavapai College ticket office or the Chorale website: prescottchorale.org.

I will look for you on Saturday in the audience. Plan on coming at 2 for the concert preview.
 
Dennis Houser, Director of Music
The Gift of Sharing: Stewardship Reflection

In this new season of Stewardship and discovery, we are called to reflect on the cycle of abundance and focus our attention on all the gifts God gives us. As we share our gifts through the Eucharist and through our service to the world, we participate in the ongoing creation of abundance and generosity.
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 3
Welcome to St. Luke's!

Please join us in welcoming Darin Gunn, our new part-time Bookkeeper. She will be attending the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, October 10, if you'd like to greet her in person.

In addition to working at St. Luke's, Darin, who has previous accounting experience, is an online student of Northern Arizona University. She is working on obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Darin, her husband, and their adorable daughter live in Chino Valley.

You can reach Darin at finance@slecp.org or by phone at 928-778-4499.
Save the Date for a Town Hall Meeting

Several dates and times have been set aside for Town Hall Meetings to be led by Rev. Susan Schubert, our Intentional Interim Rector. These meetings will be an opportunity to review and discuss our history as a congregation focusing on your observations of how we function in good times and not so good times and how we deal with conflict.

Please plan to attend one of the upcoming town hall meetings:
Sunday, October 17, at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Sunday, October 17, at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Saturday, October 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Prison Ministry: Assistance to a 40-year-old woman being released

Many of you heard and were inspired by Deacon Gay Romack who preached at St. Luke’s a couple weeks ago. As some of you know she has created Magdalene House located in West Phoenix where six women released from Perryville Prison are able to reside for two years surrounded by the support they need to reenter society. Much of this support comes from a non-profit organization called Bridges Reentry, also created by Deacon Gay.

A woman who is going to be released in a couple weeks needs our help. She was from the Prescott area, but in the short term will be either in Tucson or Phoenix. We can be of assistance to her by donating the following items (clothing items may be new or gently used):
          
  • XL Tops
  • Size 16 clothes
  • Bra – 38D
  • Shoe size – 9 ½          
  • Hair ties
  • Tampons
  • Pads
 
I have a black bin with a yellow top which I have placed on the table I set up last Sunday. I appreciate any help you can provide for this woman who is trying to rebuild her life. Thank you!!
 
Also, a big thanks to those who purchased notecards created by women at Perryville Prison. We were able to raise $95 two Sundays ago due to your support!
 
Becky Hansen
Outreach Commission
Prison Ministry
COME & SEE
Sunday School for ALL AGES at St. Luke’s

Continues on Saturday, October 9
(The Saturday offering is for adults only.)
Time: 4:45 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
&
Sunday, October 10
Time: 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Lower Elementary - Kindergarten-2nd Grades
Room H (Next to Nursery)

Upper Elementary - 3rd -6th Grades
Room A (in Parish Hall)

Youth Ministry - 7th-12th Grades
Room B (in Parish Hall)

Adults - “Lifelong Journey with Jesus”
Conference Room
 
Nursery
Ages: 1 Month – 4 years
Nursery Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Lectionary-Based Bible Study
Next meeting is Wednesday, October 13, 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room (Classroom A)
followed by the Healing Service in the Chapel at 10 a.m.
An opportunity to “preview” the readings for 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24
Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45
Interested? Call Zibbie Wolter at 928-717-8168 for details.
Register Now for the Women's Retreat!

What: "Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Grace"

When: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Where: Chapel Rock, 1131 Country Club Drive, Prescott

Time: 9:30 am Check-in/Fellowship
10 am - 4 pm Retreat

Registration Fee: $15 with lunch included; scholarships available.
Please make check payable to St. Luke's with Women's Retreat in the memo line.

There are two steps to register:

1) Click here to put your name on the participant list!
2) Print the registration form here and submit with your registration fee.
Ushers Needed

The 8 am service and the 10 am service are both in need of Ushers. Our team is down to 8 members at the 8 am service, and that’s using the sub that we have, needing 2 at each service, you can do the math and we have no subs when ones are gone or ill. The 10 am service is somewhat the same in terms of numbers. We have 15 currently on the team, down from 30 in past years, with 4 serving each Sunday, again, you can do the math. When there is a 5th Sunday, that makes it all the more difficult to schedule when we don’t have subs available.          

The duties are easy and we have current Ushers to help teach you.

As we are continuing to open the services to more parishioners, we need to increase our Usher team. If you were once an Usher before “pandemic days” and would like to start again, we need you.

The duties are much the same as before, with just a few changes for the Covid guidance. We are still under the guidelines of the CDC and the Diocese. As we are able to open more, I’m sure those guidelines will decrease. You can offer to serve as a full-time or part-time Usher. At present, we need both. 

Let me give a big THANK YOU to all who currently serve whether it be regular or substitutes in all the services. They are appreciated so very much.

God Bless Them.

Please call me at 928-642-2626 or email at jnjcasacchia@centurylink.net. My name is Jan Casacchia, and both Jim and I would love to talk with you.
 
In Christ’s Love,  Jan

When a Loved One Has Dementia

If you didn't catch last week's article by Julie Cargill, R.N., Adult Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Retired, you may click the button below to read it.
Join us for Coffee Hour!

Coffee Hour Hosts on Sunday, October 10
After 8 a.m. service: - feel free to sign-up for a future week
After 10 a.m. service: Zibbie Wolter

We are looking for volunteers to host each Sunday after 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. For a description of coffee hour host duties, please click here. HOST JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND SIGN-UP SHEETS are also available on the long table in the Gathering Hall.

Hosts can team up with another family, commission or interest group. Thank you for volunteering to be a host!
St. Luke's Food Pantry Report

Number of individuals served on October 1, 2021: 70 individuals, 30 households

Weekly drop-off food drive is each Thursday, 2-4 pm. The drop-off point for the weekly food drive is at the south entrance of the building.

Suggested food items for the next drop-off food drive:

Ketchup, Mustard, Jam/Jelly, Canned pumpkin, Canned Chicken, Cranberry sauce


The Food Pantry open to the public every Friday from 9 am to 12 pm; also at the south entrance.
Update on Nametags

Nametags are available as you enter into the Gathering Area.

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. They are in alphabetical order. You will receive an email when your nametag has come in.

The church provides the first nametag. However, if you lose it and need a replacement, the suggested donation is $12 (the cost of the nametag).
Weekly Attendance and Epistle Data from October 2 - October 3

Weekly Attendance
In-person: 154
Views from October 3, 10 a.m. service (video): 52 views


Weekly Epistle Newsletter - 442 sent on October 1
54.2% open rate
230 opens
Worship Ministers for October 9 & 10
Saturday October 9, 2021
5:30 P.M. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Crucifer: Jennifer Benson
 
Sunday, October 10, 2021
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Susan Schubert
Crucifer: Carol Sweeden
Ushers: Eddie Gillam, Sylvia McIntosh
 
Sunday, October 10, 2021
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher Rev. Susan Schubert
Deacon: Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice: Nancy Reynolds
Crucifer: Larry Neece
 Lector 1: Eileen Klein
Lector 2: Zibbie Wolter
Prayers: Rich Schwartz
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Welcome Table: Jean Ehlers
Greeters: Darrell Anderson, Susan Bray-Anderson, Marilynn Henry-DeLisle
Ushers: Jim Casacchia, Jan Casacchia
Live-Stream Ministry: Richard Lassiter
 
Altar Guild Team
Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn
Scripture Readings
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Click here for readings!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Pastoral Care Line: 928-460-2736
Special Dates this Week

Birthdays:
October 11: Julie Cargill, Mark Neel                           
October 12: Gary Cole
October 13: Geni Lequesne, Frank Maruna
October 14: Deborah Delmastro, Cathy Hoaglund, Francois Maurice
October 15: Warren Smith

Anniversaries:
October 11: Eugene & Cynthia Moreno
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, October 9 & Sunday, October 10, have been given to the Glory of God by Dorcas Lawn
How to donate weekly altar flowers

The 2021 Altar Flower Chart is located on the table in the Narthex, across from the Chapel. 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.
Every Perfect Gift: 2022 Stewardship Campaign
You may now submit your 2022 pledge to support St. Luke's by clicking the Every Perfect Gift button below.
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
We have resumed the practice of keeping names on the prayer list for four weeks unless you've made a special request for a person to be kept on the list long-term. There is a black prayer binder that is located in the Narthex across from the Chapel, next to the Daughters of the King Prayer Box, in which you can write your prayer requests.

As noted below, you may email prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org.

For Those In Need We Pray...

Prayers for Healing (the names below will be on the prayer list for 4 weeks, please email epistle@slecp.org to add or re-add a name to the prayer list):
Jean Messick, Ileen Szelka, Rev. Susan Schubert, Tom Connors, Kathy MacCauley, Brandon Reynolds, Carol Glover, Mark Tuttle, Sara Williman, Vera Mulnix, Jeanne Miller, Mary Bowers, Gary DeLisle, Kerry McClung, Bill Johnson, Mary Berkheiser, Carol Hardesty, Alfonso Hernandez, Joan Preston, Joan Lane, Frank & Phyllis Maruna, Carl Anderson, Larry Allen, Earl & Julie Poole, Etta Parsons, Jerry Sweeden, Richard Staudt, Lois McClusky (Katie Staudt's mom), Robert Appel, Judith Duffett, Elijah Duffett, Dave Cain, Joan Lane & family at the loss of Joan’s mother Edna, Mary & Greg Bowers at the loss of Mary's mother Gloria Owen-Roddy

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian, Ian, Beka

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Epiphany, Flagstaff

In the St. Luke’s Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter, Highway Clean-up, Quad City Interfaith Council

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation

For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy in Kenya

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, October 8: The Diocese of Gboko - The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
Saturday, October 9: The Diocese of George - The Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Sunday, October 10: The Church of the Province of West Africa
Monday, October 11: The Diocese of Georgia - The Episcopal Church
Tuesday, October 12: The Diocese of Gippsland - The Anglican Church of Australia
Wednesday, October 13: The Diocese of Gitega - The Anglican Church of Burundi
Thursday, October 14: The Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway - The Scottish Episcopal Church

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Sanctuary
*Please note that the 5:30 pm service will take place in the Chapel on Saturday, October 9*
Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with Organ in the Sanctuary
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Choir in the Sanctuary

Masks are strongly encouraged.

Staff Email addresses below:

Interim Rector susan@slecp.org
Parish Admin parshadmin@slecp.org
The Director of Family Ministries & Interim Admin
Organist mezzomd@yahoo.com
Bookkeeper finance@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 Monday!

Church Website: 

The Sunday bulletin is available with the listing for the week's online service.

Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 am to Noon & 1-4 pm
Friday 9 am to Noon

To reach us by phone, call 928 778-4499.

When you get the voicemail, please use the following extensions:
General Mailbox ext. 300
Interim Rector ext. 302
Parish Admin ext. 303
Admin Assistant to Int. Rector ext. 304
Children & Youth ext. 304
Bookkeeper ext. 305
Music Director ext. 309


For Pastoral Emergencies call the
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699