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 & Admin Assistant to Interim Rector, ext. 304
Bookkeeper, ext. 305
Music Director, ext. 309

Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
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Web Address: slecp.org

Weekly Epistle
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
October 31, 2021
The 10 am service will be live-streamed via Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account to view the service.
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Preaching this weekend is Rev. Kimball Arnold
Registration for the weekly services is no longer required.

All services - Saturday 5:30 pm, Sunday 8 am, and Sunday 10 am - will take place in the Sanctuary.

We continue to strongly encourage mask-wearing. Thank you!

Yard Sale: Volunteers NEEDED
To help Pick-Up, To Set-Up, To Price, To Sell

Some folks who will be contributing items for our upcoming yard sale on Saturday, November 6, are unable to get their larger donations to the church. We are looking for some helpers with picking up their things and getting items to the church.

Do you have a truck, an appliance dolly, or a willingness to ride along with someone to help get some items to the church for the yard sale?

  • Pick-up times, which correspond to the drop-off times at the church, are as follows: Sunday, Oct. 31, 11:30 - 1:30 pm; Monday, Nov. 1, 12 - 3 pm; & Tuesday, Nov. 2, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Set-Up & Pricing help is needed on Thursday and Friday, November 4 & 5 from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Our Yard Sale is on Saturday, November 6 from 9 am - 2 pm.

We would love your help during any of the above times.
Sign-up sheets for volunteers will be in the Gathering Hall this weekend.

If you can offer some help, please contact Lauree Birchmeier by email youth@slecp.org or at 928-778-4499 ext. 304.
Lost Causes - Remember St. Jude

On Wednesday in the Healing Service we celebrated the lives of St. Simon and St. Jude. I was especially intrigued by St. Jude. He was one of Jesus’ initial followers. What is interesting is that his name was Judas. Now this is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus. So, he became known as Jude, (kind of like a person named Thomas being called Tom) to avoid confusion.

What is interesting is that as time passed (he died by the axe in 65 A.D.) he became recognized as a saint. In the Roman Catholic Church as people prayed to the saints for help, he was ignored - since people didn’t want to pray to “Judas” for help. Only when the other saints did not seem to respond to prayer concerns did they turn to St. Jude for help. Thus, he has become known as the saint of “lost causes.” Desperate situations. Lost items. He became a type of “last resort” prayer contact.

I do not know if you pray to the saints. Or if you see them as types of Spirit Guides. Or don’t think of them at all. But I believe that the thing to take away is that no matter what heavenly presence is hovering over your life, prayer is still important in situations that seem unsolvable. Ask for prayer from others (be specific) and pray for yourself. And remember Saint Jude. Give thanks for his discipleship. We know he was one of the original followers of Jesus-and is now the Saint of Lost Causes.

Now where did I leave my coffee cup? Where are my reading glasses? St. Jude, help!

Peace to you, Rev. Jim Schubert
The Gift of Faith: Stewardship Reflection
When reading this week’s Gospel, I’m primed to expect confrontation of some sort. Given how Jesus was treated by religious leaders of the day, I expect a trap. However, the interaction with the scribe is entirely different. The scribe approaches Jesus with a sincere question, “Which commandment is the first of all?” In what ways is God calling you to care for your neighbor and your community?
The Ingathering Weekend, the time for returning your 2022 pledge card, is November 6-7. You may send them in to the office, place them in the offering plate, or bring your completed pledge card with you to church when you are here for services on November 6-7.

Don't have a 2022 pledge card? If you do NOT have a pledge card, you may click here or on the Every Perfect Gift logo button above for confidential online form, call the office to have one mailed to you, or you may pick one up in the Gathering Hall.
Parish Survey Results from the Discovery & Discernment Committee

THANK YOU to everyone for providing their feedback to the Discovery & Discernment committee. We are so grateful to have heard from you and what this congregation is searching for in a new shepherd. In the link below, you will find the results from the survey that was circulated in September by the committee. (This is different from what Reverend Susan sent out and discussed in her timeline workshop.) 

Our next step is to create a profile to post online to attract potential rectors to our church. Our goal is to complete this in the next month. It will be shared as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren at Profile@SLECP.org 
COME & SEE: Sunday School for ALL AGES at St. Luke’s

Saturday, October 30
(The Saturday offering is for adults only)
Parish Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 31
Time: 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Walk in Love - Adult Study
Adults - Conference Room

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)

Nursery
Ages: 1 Month - 4 Years
Nursery Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
SOCK’TOBER

From:   Kaiti Sweeney in the Youth Ministry Group
To:        All sock lovers at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

My JOI Club (Junior Optimists International) at Liberty Traditional School in Prescott Valley is running a donation drive to collect new socks in all sizes, for all ages. These socks will be donated to a Quad City Homeless Shelter. I have a SOCK’tober decorated box in the Gathering Hall where you can place your donations of new socks.

The collection box will be at St. Luke’s through Sunday November 7!

Help us keep FEET WARM!!
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
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner Update

The “Don’t Spend Christmas Alone” event will be back for 2021! However, there will be some changes.
The primary change will be that it will be a “boxed dinner” that will be picked up or delivered to those folks who are homebound. In keeping with protocols due to COVID and its variants, we feel having such large members of the communities dining in our Parish Hall and lingering in the Gathering Hall could have adverse effects.

We will require contacting St Luke’s for a reservation for the dinners, how many, and then a time frame to pick up here. Again, Police and Fire Departments of the communities will be participating in those home deliveries, again by reservation.

Carol Sweeden, Chairperson
Warm for Winter Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help guests choose warm clothing for winter on Mondays from 10 am - 7 pm in 2-3 hour shifts. This will be every Monday thru December 20th with no distribution Thanksgiving week.                                          

Shifts are as follows:
Setup 10 am -12 noon
Distribution 12 noon- 3pm
Distribution 3 pm - 6pm
Pack-up 6pm-7pm

Warm for Winter is held at the Church of the Nazarene at the corner Willow Creek and Pulliam in Prescott.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Mary Hallford @ 928-759-0227 or 602-796-1177 for more information.
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
Lectionary-Based Bible Study
Next meeting is Wednesday, November 3, 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 All Saints' Sunday which
will be observed on November 7.
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:16a
John 11:32-44
Interested? Call Zibbie Wolter at 928-717-8168 for details.
Join us for Coffee Hour!

Coffee Hour Hosts on Sunday, October 31
After 8 a.m. service: - feel free to sign-up for a future week
After 10 a.m. service: Jim & Paget Merriman

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 22, 2021: 77 individuals

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:

Tuna, peanut butter, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned chicken, manwich, cooking oil (small)

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 you 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 23 - October 24

Weekly Attendance
In-person: 153
Views from October 24, 10 a.m. service (video): 82 views


Weekly Epistle Newsletter - 433 sent on October 22
51% open rate
217 opens
Worship Ministers for October 30 & 31
Saturday, October 30, 2021
5:30 P.M. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Schubert
Preacher & Deacon: Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Art Villemure
 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher & Deacon: Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Rich Leon, Linda Leon
 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Rev. Bonnie Cain
Preacher & Deacon: Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice: Nancy Reynolds
Crucifer: Larry Neece
 Lector 1: Paget Merriman
Lector 2: Laura Reilly
Prayers: Gordon Snider
Verger: Dave Cain
Welcome Table: Zibbie Wolter
Greeters: Marilynn Henry-DeLisle, Margaret Towne, Bill Towne
Ushers: Mary Berkheiser, Becky Hansen, Jim Casacchia, Jan Casacchia
Live-Stream Ministry:
 
Altar Guild Team
Lauree Birchmeier, Jane Peacock, Pat Ogburn, Sylvia McIntosh, Betsy Denison, Marty Lewis
Scripture Readings
Sunday, October 31
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Click here for readings!


Wednesday Healing Service
10 am, Chapel
Wednesday, November 3
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Psalm 37:1-9
John 17:18-23

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

Birthdays:
October 31: Art Villemure, Tani Hendrickson
November 2: Paget Merriman
November 4: Tom Connors
November 5: Mark Tuttle
November 6: Jack Parker
 
Anniversaries:
November 3: Frank & Phyllis Maruna
Altar Flowers Donation

...for Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31, altar flowers have been given to the glory of God by Gib & Sylvia McIntosh
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.
Make your 2022 Pledge now!
You may now submit your confidential 2022 pledge to support St. Luke's by clicking the "Every Perfect Gift" button below:

You may also return your completed pledge card by mail, by putting it in the offering plate, or by bringing it with you to church during the Ingathering Weekend on November 6-7.
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, Kerry McClung, Bill Johnson, Mary Berkheiser, Alfonso Hernandez, Joan Preston, Joan Lane, Frank & Phyllis Maruna, Carl Anderson, Larry Allen, Earl & Julie Poole, Etta Parson, Jerry & Carol 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, Janel, Christina Lisford, Mark Haman, family of Carol Hardesty, family of Don Bowers, Greg Bowers' dad, Abby Fritts, Gary DeLisle

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John the Baptist in Glendale

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 29: Diocese of Gusau-The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
Saturday, October 30: Diocese of Guyana-The Church In the Province of the West Indies
Sunday, October 31: The Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria
Monday, November 1: Diocese of Gwagwalada-The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
Tuesday, November 2: Diocese of Haiti-The Episcopal Church
Wednesday, November 3: Diocese of Hanuato'o-The Anglican Church of Melanesia
Thursday, November 4: Diocese of Harare-The Church of the Province of Central 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 & Admin Assistant to Interim Rector youth@slecp.org
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