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 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 24

Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
October 17, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Preaching this weekend is Rev. Jim Schubert
Register Now for October 23 & 24
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday, October 23, 5:30 p.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. (120 people) Click here to register
Sunday, October 24, 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.
Letter from the Interim Rector

October 14, 2021

Dear People of St. Luke’s,

It is with sadness that I accepted a letter of resignation today from our Parish Administrator, Beth Parknowitz. Beth has been a faithful servant here at St. Luke’s for fourteen years. I met her when she first came and throughout the years she has been the warm, welcoming face we all encounter when we enter the reception area. She has organized and directed the daily operations of this parish with both thoughtfulness and grace.

Many of you know that Beth recently entered a graduate program in Social Work through Arizona State University. She shared that demands of this position and beginning a graduate degree program while parenting her young girls prompted her decision. She also shared with me that her previous illness has offered her a new perspective on life. Her last day with us will be November 4th.

I know that she will be missed. I know too, that you will find time to share with her how much you value the time she has shared with us.

Your Sister in Christ,

Rev. Susan Schubert
Interim Rector
Melchizedek (Who?), Stewardship, and You

This weekend in the New Testament reading from Hebrews you will see a reference to a guy named Melchizedek. Who is he and why is he possibly important to you?

Well, Melchizedek appears only once in the Old Testament (Genesis 14) and is mentioned in Psalm 110. That’s it. But in this N.T. letter of Hebrews the writer seems fixated on him and says that Jesus is a high priest “in the order of Melchizedek.” He was a mysterious high priest from Salem who came before- and was outside, the normal established priesthood. “King of Righteousness” is the meaning of his name. Like Jesus, he shows up as this mysterious mediator between God and us.

In this singular appearance he brings food and wine and blesses Abram (later Abraham). In return, Abram gives back a tenth of his recent income. Abram had experienced God’s generosity and gave back in return.

This is the origin of the “tithe”-the ideal 10 percent return to God’s work due to knowing blessings in our life. This is the basis for stewardship we practice in the Christian walk.

So, I ask you to think on Melchizedek-strange as it may seem, as you consider your contribution and commitment of time, talent, and money toward the mission of St. Luke’s for the coming year. God was generous to Abram and Melchizedek brought bread and wine and blessing to affirm God’s presence. Abram, in thankfulness, was generous in return. It is not much different today. You are blessed by a generous Lord; and you are given the privilege of being generous in your blessings to others and the work of Jesus’ church in the world.

Rev. Jim Schubert
Associate Interim Rector
Please Plan on Attending One of the Town Hall Meetings on Sunday, October 17 or Saturday, October 23
"Coming to Terms with Our History"

Several dates and times have been set aside for St. Luke's 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.

A questionnaire has been created with questions about our history and your experience at St. Luke's. Completing this questionnaire will be helpful so that you can be more engaged during the town hall meeting that you plan to attend. It will also give you the opportunity to provide feedback should you not be able to attend one of the town hall meetings. Please click the grey button below to complete the questionnaire. Hard copies of the questionnaire will also be available at church this weekend. We thank you for taking the time to do this. We hope to see you at one of the town hall meetings.

Please plan to attend one of the upcoming town hall meetings:
Sunday, October 17, at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall
(no Sunday School on 10/17)
Sunday, October 17, at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Saturday, October 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall (no Adult Sunday School on 10/23)
2021 Diocesan Convention with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be in attendance at the in-person portion of this year's Diocesan Convention. He will be delivering the keynote address on Friday, October 15, at 4 p.m. He will also be the preacher at the Convention Eucharist service on Saturday, October 16, at 10 a.m. Both the keynote address and the Eucharist will be live-streamed on the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona's YouTube channel here.

The business meeting for the 2021 Diocesan Convention took place via Zoom on Saturday, October 9. In attendance from St. Luke's at the business meeting were Rev. Susan Schubert, Interim Rector, Rev. Kimball Arnold, Deacon; Rich Schwartz, Senior Warden; Don McKellar, Junior Warden; and our five lay delegates: Mary Berkheiser, Leanne Bryan, Mary McKellar, Kelly Parker, and Nancy Reynolds.
COME & SEE: Sunday School for ALL AGES at St. Luke’s

Continues on Saturday, October 16
(The Saturday offering is for adults only.)
Time: 4:45 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

Because of the St. Luke's Town Hall meetings that have been scheduled, there will be no Sunday School for kindergarten through adults on Sunday, October 17, and no Adult Sunday School on Saturday, October 23.

On Sunday, October 17, Youth Ministry will meet from 2-5 p.m. in the Youth Room. No 9:10 - 9:50 a.m. session on the 17th for the youth.

No Adult Sunday School on Saturday, October 23, because of the Town Hall Meeting that is scheduled to take place in the Parish Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday School will resume on Sunday, October 24, at 9:10 a.m.

Nursery
Ages: 1 Month – 4 years
Nursery Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
The Gift of Helping a Stranger: Stewardship Reflection

Last summer, I ran out of gas at a gas station. The car stopped moving a few yards from the pump. To my great relief, another customer came over and offered to push my car to the pump. Before this kind, young person drove away, I shouted “Wait!” and hurried toward him. Click the grey button below to read more.
Deacon Kimball's 21st Anniversary of her Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons

On October 14, 2000 in Trinity Cathedral, I stood before The Rt. Rev. Robert Reed Shahan, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, as he laid hands on my head and named me to The Sacred Order of Deacons, as a Deacon, As he did this, praying, Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Kimball, fill her with grace and power, and make her a Deacon in your Church. I could feel the warmth of the Holy Spirit make its way through my body as he was praying.
 
The Bishop addresses the ordinand as follows: 
 
My sister, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.
Book of Common Prayer, From the Ordination of a Deacon, p. 543
         
The Bishop assigns Deacons to a parish and, as St. Luke's was my home parish, I was assigned to serve here, among you and our community. Deacons are the hands, feet and ears of the Bishop who for whom we work.
 
These 21 years have been filled with so much love for the people I serve among and for the various ministries I am involved in. My heart sings when I am serving at the altar, proclaiming the Gospel and sending all of you out into the world to carry the Good News of Jesus Christ to those you encounter. The blessings continue to abound.
 
With much gratitude for each of you and the enduring love of Christ,
 
The Rev. Kimball C. Arnold, Deacon
With Gratitude and Thanksgiving


You have hopefully read Pastor Susan's letter above and you now know my news.

It is with mixed emotions that I have come to the decision that my time as the parish administrator of St. Luke’s is coming to a close and my last day at St. Luke's will be Thursday, November 4. This past August, I started graduate school and have been attending ASU online to obtain my Master’s of Social Work. Through much prayer and self-reflection, I have learned that my focus is shifting. I am sad to be saying goodbye to you all in this capacity of serving St. Luke’s as the parish administrator. I am thankful for the 14 years I have been blessed to be with you all. I am so grateful for your friendship, support, love, prayers and your service to the church (especially in the office). I will be forever indebted to St. Luke’s and especially to our previous Rector, Pierre-Henry Buisson, Lauree Birchmeier, and the Vestry for their unwavering support during my 10-month medical leave during my journey with cancer in 2019-2020. Because of what they did, I could totally focus on my treatment and getting the rest I needed so I could heal. I am so thankful to be well.

I look to the future with anticipation for what is ahead for me. This excitement is also mixed with sadness as this major chapter of my life comes to a close. You will be missed greatly.

Thank you for loving my family and me over the years. I look forward to watching as the next chapter of St. Luke’s unfolds. The Spirit is indeed alive at St. Luke’s!

With love and thanks,

Beth Parknowitz
Annual Quilt Raffle to Benefit Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner

The Don’t Spend Christmas Alone! Donation Quilt is on display in the Gathering Hall. Tickets are 6 for $5.00 for an opportunity to win this Christmas Quilt. Name and phone number are needed on the back of the ticket. You do not need to be present for the drawing which will be held on Sunday, December 19 at the 8:00 a.m. service.

Ticket helpers are needed at each service to assist with the ticket sales! Please contact me (j.csweeden@yahoo.com) if you are available.

Carol Sweeden
DSCA Chair
Native American Ministry Donation to the Yavapai-Apache Indian Tribe

On Monday, October 11, with the assistance of Monte Anderson, Jerry, my husband, and I delivered a truck full of sewing/quilting supplies, completed quilts of various sizes, finished quilt tops, batting, rulers, needles and pins, books and patterns. This was all donated to get a newly formed quilting class started at their Community Center; Monica Marquez, the Center's Director, was so excited and very appreciative for this donation. On behalf of St Luke’s, I reached out to many members of our Parish as well as friends for their donations.

In addition, Monte delivered another 3 bicycles to add to the 40+ they have already delivered.

Carol Sweeden
Monastic Retreat at Chapel Rock

The 2021 Monastic Retreat at Chapel Rock is open to everyone who seeks an opportunity for rest and renewal in a monastic setting.

This retreat is designed for clergy and laity, Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians alike by members of the Ministry for Religious Life in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.

If you desire to draw near to God through practices such as praying the Daily Offices, silence, spiritual direction, Lectio Divina, and sacred fellowship, consider joining us in beautiful Prescott, Arizona at our beloved Chapel Rock the weekend of November 19-21. Click here to register!
Would You Consider Being an Usher?

The 8 am service and the 10 am services are both in need of Ushers. Our team is presently 8 members at the 8 am service, and that’s using the sub that we have. We need 2 at each service - you can do the math and we have no subs when ushers are gone or ill. The 10 am service is somewhat the same in terms of numbers. We have 15 currently on the team (in past year we had 30) with 4 serving each Sunday, again, you can do the math. When there is a 5th Sunday, that makes it more difficult to schedule when we have no subs available.          

The duties are easy and we have current ushers to help teach you. You will be blessed by the relationships you form.

As we are continuing to open the services to more parishioners, we need to add to 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 regular or a substitute 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
Just Coffee Sale this weekend - October 16-17

Did you know that Just Coffee is a ministry, not a fundraiser?

St. Luke's has partnered with the Cafe' Justo Cooperativa to market the grower-owned products so that families in the coffee belt of Mexico can remain on their 1-5 acre farms. We market their coffee as volunteers so that all proceeds can provide a living wage plus benefits to the families. Currently, there are about 100 families in the cooperative but for every additional 67 lbs per month sold, another grower family can be taken off the waiting list.

We recognize that our buyers make an effort to schedule their coffee buying on the third weekend of the month. But they also are rewarded with the freshest organic coffee on the market and the satisfaction of knowing that they have addressed a root cause of migration.

Just Coffee's tagline is: "Caffeine with a Conscience."
Lectionary-Based Bible Study
Next meeting is Wednesday, October 20, 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 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52
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.
Join us for Coffee Hour!

Coffee Hour Hosts on Sunday, October 17
After 8 a.m. service: - feel free to sign-up for a future week
After 10 a.m. service: Laura & Arthur Reilly

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 8, 2021: 50 individuals, 25 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:

Canned chicken, canned fruit, jam/jelly, salad dressing, small boxes of oatmeal, canned pumpkin

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. Pastor Susan appreciates your wearing your nametag so she can learn your name.

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 9 - October 10

Weekly Attendance
In-person: 157
Views from October 10, 10 a.m. service (video): 50 views
*Views are down this week due to the technical difficulties with the live-stream and
the late posting of the video from the Oct 10 service*

Weekly Epistle Newsletter - 441 sent on October 8
51% open rate
223 opens
Worship Ministers for October 16 & 17
Saturday October 16, 2021
5:30 P.M. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Susan Schubert
Preacher: Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Art Villemure
 
Sunday, October 17 , 2021
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher: Rev. Jim Schubert
Crucifer: Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Cynthia Moreno, Kathryn Barber
 
Sunday, October 17, 2021
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher: Rev. Jim Schubert
Deacon: Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice: Larry Neece
Crucifer: Nancy Reynolds
 Lector 1: Billy Tarr 
Lector 2: Laura Reilly
Prayers: Doris Schoeben
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Welcome Table: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg
Greeters: Bill & Margaret Towne
Ushers: Mary Berkheiser, Becky Hansen, Jean Ehlers, Tani Hendrickson
Live-Stream Ministry: Beth Parknowitz
 
Altar Guild Team
CAPT: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Katie Staudt, Phyllis Maruna, Joan Lane
Scripture Readings
Sunday, October 17
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Click here for readings!


Wednesday Healing Service
10 am, Chapel
Wednesday, October 20
Sirach 38:1-4,6-10,12-14
2 Timothy 4:5-13
Luke 4:14-21
Psalm 147 or 147:1-7

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

Birthdays:
October 17: Don Martin
October 20: Sharon Welker
October 21: Dwight Willman
October 22: Peter Eresman, Gayle Gregory, JoAnn James
 
Anniversaries:
October 19: John & Ileen Szelka
October 21: Bruce & Geni Lequesne

Special Anniversary:
October 14: 21st Anniversary of the ordination of Deacon Kimball Arnold - Congratulations, Deacon Kimball!
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17, altar flowers have been given to the Glory of God by Cynthia & Gene Moreno in celebration of their wedding anniversary
-and-
Karen & Arnie Spiess in thanksgiving for Karen's birthday
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

Make your 2022 Pledge now!
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, Brittany Waters, Kayla

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Resurrection, Gilbert

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 15: Diocese of Gloucester, Church of England
Saturday, October 16: Diocese of Gogrial, The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
Sunday, October 17: Church of in the Province of the West Indies
Monday, October 18: Diocese of Goma-Province de L’Eglise Anglicana Du Congo
Tuesday, October 19: Diocese of Gombe-Church of Nigeria
Wednesday, October 20: Diocese of Grafton-Anglican Church of Australia
Thursday, October 21: Diocese of Grahamstown-Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Please send your prayer requests to: epistle@slecp.org
Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Sanctuary
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