2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, & Keehna, 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
All are welcome!!!

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
19th Sunday after Pentecost
October 11, 2020
A STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE FROM PIERRE-HENRY
Faith-filled generosity is the theme of this year’s Stewardship Campaign. I really do like this theme! St Luke’s people are amazingly generous, and each time we made a specific appeal we received more than we expected. The later examples being your generous on-going support for the Food Pantry, and your abundant response for our brothers and sisters of the White Mountain Apache Nation in July. St Luke’s people are generous, and I’m so thankful that most of the pledgers have been faithfully giving despite the fact that we could not worship in person or have activities at St Luke’s. 

I know that some of us enjoy giving to specific ministries or projects, but the best way to financially help St Luke’s is to generously give to the stewardship campaign or to make undesignated donations. The Vestry is always doing its best to allocate the money generously entrusted to St Luke’s. It’s always a challenge when we are too short. 

The truth is that if each member of St Luke’s were willing to give to the stewardship campaign, not out of obligation, not out of guilt, not reluctantly, not out of scarcity, but rather willingly, generously, joyfully, out of love, out of a deep faith-filled generosity, then St Luke’s would have all the money needed not only to pay its bills, but also to maintain our building, to pay our staff, to support our ministries, and to be very generous toward the needs of those around us.
 
We are all worried about finances and what 2021 will look like. I encourage you to put your trust in the Lord who provides us with all we need and from whom all blessings flow. Let us be amazingly generous for the upcoming stewardship campaign!

May the God of grace and love be with you and yours always.

Pierre-Henry+
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
19th Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 23
Saturday, Oct. 10, 5:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 11, 8am,10am
The 12 pm service will be projected on a screen.
Preaching this weekend is
The Rev. Kimball Arnold
It Was a Year Full of Grace
           
           During March 2000, I turned 50 years old, we consecrated our new Church building, I was recruited to become a Chaplain at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West and went through training, and on October 14, after 2 years of formation, was ordained to The Sacred Order of Deacons.
           For nearly 25 years I have been a member at St. Luke's, one commitment was serving on the Executive Committee to raise the funds to build our beautiful Church building, along with Richard Kleindienst, Roger Messick, Ron James and Bill Preston. During the building process, we held walkabouts and parishioners wrote prayers and Scripture references on the studs in our structure. Our building is wrapped in prayer and was consecrated on Palm Sunday 2000.
           Serving as a Chaplain at YRMC West and East, I have tended to the spiritual needs of the patients, families, visitors and staff. This has been a rich and powerful experience. During my time at YRMC, I served on the YRMC Foundation Board. We were responsible for raising funds for the wonderful programs offered at each hospital. As I termed out, I currently serve as a Board Member Emeritus.
           During these years, I was appointed by Bishop Kirk Smith to serve on the Commission on Ministry responsible for helping determine ministry needs throughout the Diocese of Arizona and also on the Deacon's Council, representing Deacons across Northern Arizona. For 19 years, I have facilitated a grief support group, first at St. Luke's until I was asked to become Bereavement Facilitator for Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
           During these 20 years, it has been my great honor to serve as Deacon here at St. Luke's interacting with you and tending to your pastoral, spiritual and other needs. You truly are my church family and I love you.
           These life-changing events have helped shape me into the Deacon and person I am today. During 2020, I celebrated another milestone birthday, received my 20-year pin for service to YRMC East and West, and now,
                       October 14, I am celebrating 20 years of Ordination. 

All these years, and this year, have been God blessed.

In His service,
Deacon Kimball Arnold
Contemporary 12 Noon Service is happening every week!
Our 12 noon Sunday Service will now be a weekly Contemporary Service with PowerPoint and recorded music in Parish Hall. Please join us!
Granite Creek Park Food Ministry will begin serving again Saturday, October 10. A number of changes have been made which will help to keep both clients and servers safe. Masks for all are mandatory, as is social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available. Clients will stay at least 6 feet from all servers, and servers will be 6 feet apart from each other. Food will be placed in a disposable “to go” box. Service begins at 11:00 am. For more information, contact Kathy Pessin, 928-771-2707.
VACCINATIONS: SOME THINGS TO KNOW
Julie Cargill, RN, ANP, GNP, retired
After months (and months and months) of various degrees of isolation/quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now in a period of mitigated re-entry into social and professional lives. We receive guidelines and/or suggestions for activity from an endless list of entities: government, employers, community leaders, friends, neighbors and the media. Our church community is following CDC guidelines as refined by our Diocese, so…we are still in a “waiting room” until a cure or a vaccine is available. 

I have prepared a review of what we know about vaccines to help clarify some ideas and concerns. I retrieved the information outlined here from WHO, CDC, Mayo Clinic and WebMD websites.  

There are 26 commonly administered vaccines in the U.S., many with sub-types of dosage range and combinations. As retired military, I believe I have received most of the 26 available vaccinations! Over the years, vaccines have played a critical role in reducing the spread of, and, in some cases, eliminating the threat of the world’s many devastating infectious diseases. Vaccines represent some of the highest impact public health advances seen to date.

I am going to review here the various stages of vaccine development. Next month I will address common concerns and reservations about vaccinations. If you have a specific concern, please email me: juliemcargill@gmail.com and I will answer you personally or in my next article. You can remain anonymous 😊if I answer you in my next article! Many people might have similar questions. 

News from Deacon Keehna

Dear People of St. Luke’s,

Jesus would often end his parables with the words, “Let anyone with ears listen!” I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, praying and listening in the extra hours of silence and solitude that COVID has ironically gifted us with as it reshapes the landscape of our collective and personal lives.

If anyone had asked me a couple of years ago what I’d be doing right now, I would have immediately responded, “I’ll be in my first year as a deacon at St. Luke’s!” Little did I know then that, due to family issues generated by COVID (and explained below), my life as a deacon will be unfolding not at St. Luke’s, or even in Arizona, but in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon.

Many of you know that I was born in Oregon, and that three of my nine siblings live there now, including my eldest brother, whose health has been declining during the years I’ve lived in Prescott. When his next medical crisis arises—as it will—having to endure a plane ride to be with him, given the extremely high transmissibility of COVID in enclosed spaces, exceeds the behavior that I, as an RN, am willing to engage in during this ongoing pandemic. The more immediate issue, however, involves my sister, Naomi, who has lived with me for the past four years. She has worked in the cruise industry for her entire career, and was recently laid off from a very good job with a small, environmentally-conscious cruise company that specializes in wilderness, wildlife and culture. Since there is little realistic hope that the travel and leisure sectors of the U.S. economy will recover prior to her retirement two years from now, she is endeavoring to transfer her skills and experience to another field. The good news is that there are several employment possibilities for her in Oregon, so relocating there at this time makes sense for her, and for me, since we share living expenses and have made a commitment to take care of each other as we age. Her layoff has simply moved up the timeline, as our eventual plan was to live in Oregon, near our siblings, when our active lifestyle here in Arizona was no longer possible. Until now, we both were thinking of another 10-15 years here!

As the above issues presented themselves, and as my heart grew more willing to listen, thanks to spiritual direction and the counsel of clergy who know me well, I contacted the Bishop of Eastern Oregon, Patrick Bell, in regard to serving as a deacon in this mostly rural diocese in which there are only five deacons. Bishop Bell was thrilled to hear of the possibility of my coming, especially because the parish where I’ll be serving—St. Alban’s, in Redmond—has had only one deacon before.

While I will miss St. Luke’s, I will carry with me many wonderful memories of the people who walked alongside me through my diaconal discernment process and my formation. In spite of the miles and time that will soon come between us, we will forever be united in the eternal, faithful love of God: a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. God bless each of you now and always!

—Deacon Keehna Sture
Food Donation Program 

After a 6 month closure we are resuming our food donation program which will benefit 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 delivered to 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 our food donation programs!  
Numbers from Last Week's Services - In Person 149 Individuals
On Facebook Live Stream - 57 households
 Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday Services
A Video message from the St. Luke's Food Pantry
Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon
Pass the word!!!

Update on St. Luke's Food Pantry!
It is now in a new location at the south end of the building
at the end of the Classroom Wing.

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
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!
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distancing...
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Get connected today...
For more information, to get instruction,
or set-up your group,
contact the office, 928 778-4499x303
Scripture Readings
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Oct 7
Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14
Psalm 114
Luke 11:1-4
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, Francois Maurice
October 15: Warren Smith      
October 16: Hilary Cox
October 17: Don Martin                      
Anniversaries:
October 11: Cynthia and Eugene Moreno
October 16: Beth and Chuck Parknowitz
Altar Flower Donation -
Cynthia & Eugene Moreno - In honor of their 6th wedding anniversary
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:
October 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; Cathie Carter; Rich Staudt; Steven; Glenn J.; Joan Hedger; Erni Frazier; Ruth Visclo, Vicki Casacchia; Ian Snider; Jerri Wheeler; Joe & Linda, Glen Gregor

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: : St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter; Highway Clean-up; Quad City Interfaith

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 9 October 2020
Popondota (Papua New Guinea) The Rt Revd Lindsley Ihove
Coimbatore (South India) The Rt Revd Timothy Ravinder

Saturday, 10 October 2020
Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) The Rt Revd Denny Bray Guka
Colombia (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Francisco Duque
Kollam - Kottarakkara (South India) The Rt Revd Dr Oommen George

Sunday, 11 October 2020
Pray for the Church of the Province of Uganda
The Most Revd Stephen Samuel Kaziimba - Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala
Monday, 12 October 2020
Port Sudan (Sudan) The Rt Revd Abdu Elnur Kodi
Colombo (Ceylon) The Rt Revd Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey
Kondoa (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Given Gaula

Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Portsmouth (England) The Rt Revd Christopher Foster
Colorado (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Robert O'Neill
Kongor (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Gabriel Thuch Agot

Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Pretoria (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Allan John Kannemeyer
Concepcion (Chile) The Rt Revd Enrique Lago Zugadi

Thursday, 15 October 2020
Puerto Rico (The Episcopal Church) The Revd Rafael Morales Maldonado
Connecticut (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Ian Douglas
Connor (Ireland) The Rt Revd Alan Francis Abernethy

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy

The Diocese of Arizona's Companion Relationship with the Diocese of Navajoland concluded some time ago. Companion Diocese relationships are generally for a specific time period. Arizona is presently in the process of establishing a new companion relationship with a different diocese. Our support, friendship, and prayers for the Diocese of Navajoland continue unabated, however.
Worship Ministers for October 10, 11 & 14
 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon/Preacher: Kimball Arnold
Crucifer/Lector: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters/Ushers: Bill & Rita Kraus

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

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon/Preacher: Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Bill Christy
Lector 1: George Chesney
Lector 2: Larry Neece
Prayers: Rich Schwartz
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Greeters: Terri Doran, Volunteer Needed
Ushers: Tani Hendrickson, JoAnn Salem, Lynne Wells

12 noon Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Crucifer/Lector: Liz Kennedy
Greeters: Darrell & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Jim & Jan Casacchia

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

Altar Guild Team - Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden,
Doris Schoeben, 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
Deacon Keehna Sture keehna@slecp.org
General Mailbox info@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
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 928-778-4499x300
To leave a message call 928 778 4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, & Keehna, 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