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. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Welcome home!!!

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
18th Sunday after Pentecost
October 4, 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
18th Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 22
Saturday, Oct. 3, 5:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 4, 8am,10am
The 12 pm service will be projected on a screen.
Transcripts of the sermons can be found on our website! Clicking on the button below will take you to that part of our website. Fr. Pierre-Henry will be preaching Oct. 3-4.
Jesus Calling

When we held our first 8:00 am service, I received a gift from a parishioner: the devotional Jesus Calling. I was touched, and deep down in my heart I was wondering what I will do with this gift. You see, I had heard about this book when I was in Maryland, but I did not have a good experience. Someone lent it to me, so I started to read it. But after 5 to 10 minutes of fast reading I decided that it was a waste of time. I did not understand why so many people were talking about this book, and what was so special about it.

Don’t get me wrong, I was delighted when I received this book almost a month ago, I knew it was given out of love. There was also a written note inside that I found when I got home. In it, the giver shared that this book has made a tremendous difference in his life. In conclusion there was a kind suggestion, “May I suggest that you read only that day that corresponds with the actual date.” And so I did.

Since then, day after day, I begin my day with the reading of the day, and I end my day by reading it a second time. I have the feeling that Jesus is talking to me. I’m reminded that I’m loved, and that there is nothing more important than spending quality time with the Lord by following His way of love. This book has already made a difference in my life.

So, I was wondering why 9 years ago I thought it was not worth reading. Maybe I did not need this book at the time. Maybe I did not really pay attention to the words… Then I remembered that when I had it in my hands the first time, I started to read it as a “regular” book, from cover to cover. And, of course, I was discouraged and did not see the point. The advice of the giver to read only the portion written for the day made all the difference. I can take the time to read and reread the words, to stop and pause, to digest and think about what I read. I’m not just reading a book: I’m praying with it, I’m listening with it, I’m available to what the Lord wants to tell me.

That makes me think about the way I read the Bible, too. I have been using various methods to read the Bible in one year. This is a good practice, especially when you are a priest and want to have a good grasp on the Scriptures. But in order to read the Bible in one year, you have to read pages and pages at a time. And, at least for me, it's often a superficial reading. I prefer now to take my time, to read a couple of verses, or sometimes just a word that speaks to me at this precise moment. As I pursue my daily encounter with Jesus Calling, I’m also listening to the Lord through the Bible. I don’t care anymore how long it will take me to read it, I just want to enjoy it, knowing that through the Holy Scriptures the Lord is also calling me and speaking to me.

Pierre-Henry +

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP Collect for Proper 28)


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 148 Individuals
On Facebook Live Stream - 90 households
On YouTube - 6 households
 Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday Services
Souls to the Polls!
Do you want to make sure your vote in the upcoming presidential election gets counted? A St. Luke’s parishioner, Jan Casacchia, wants to make sure that happens. She is volunteering to take people to the polls on election day, better yet, if you have a mail-in ballot and want to make sure it gets to the Election hdqtrs on time, she will pick you up, take you to the drop box at the County Bldg on Fair St. in Prescott and you could drop it in, then she’d take you back home. Also, for Arizona, early election voting in person takes place starting Wed., Oct 7 and goes through Friday, Oct 30. She would be happy to take people to that also. Jan doesn’t care what side of the political spectrum you are on, none of her business,
but everyone should have the right to vote.
If you would like to join Jan in giving rides or if you would like a ride
please give Jan a call at
A Video message from the St. Luke's Food Pantry
Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon
Pass the word!!!
Thank you St. Luke's parishioners for your continued support of the Food Pantry, both in requested grocery items and through your financial support. Please bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm 
Your generosity has been heartwarming!
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
Just Coffee
You can order fresh coffee as follows:
Go to their website:  www.justcoffee.org 
Click on the "Shop" tab to find the variety of coffee you wish to buy.
Compose an e-mail to Adrian Gonzalez at  sales@justcoffee.org  
In your message, introduce yourself as a St Luke's Prescott customer and give your shipping address.  
List the quantity and variety of coffee you wish to order. Dark or medium roast. Whole bean or ground. 1 lb or 5 lb bag.
Your order will be shipped UPS the Thursday after you order and will contain an invoice. Please pay by check as soon as you receive your shipment.  
You will be billed the partner price plus shipping which is about $2.50/pound LESS than the online prices. 
Continue to enjoy the best coffee while supporting the cooperative in their homeland!
Questions or help to place order?  Call Mary Ellen at 928-458-0123.
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
distancing...
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, Oct. 4, 2020
18th 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 2: Charlotte Willman, Connie Harris   
October 3: Tigger Gillam                                  
October 4: Liz Kennedy                                   
October 5: Robin Borok                                              
October 6: Ed Sullivan, Ron James                               
October 8: Bev Peterson, Leanne Bryan
October 9: Jesse Halsted Anniversaries:                                                  
October 3: Cindy and Myron Brower                
October 7: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray,
Hank & Linda Leal
October 9:  Steven & Cynthia Dear
              
Altar Flower Donation

Dorcas Lawn: In loving memory of Bud Lawn's October 8th Birthday.
I miss you every day!
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

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of Our Savior, Lakeside
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter, Highway Cleanup, Quad City Interfaith Council


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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 2 October 2020
Peru (South America) The Rt Revd Jorge Luis Aguilar
Chichester (England) The Rt Revd Martin Warner

Saturday, 3 October 2020
Peshawar (Pakistan) The Most Revd Humphrey Peters (Primate)
Chotanagpur (North India) The Rt Revd B. B. Baskey
Koforidua (West Africa) The Rt Revd Felix Odei Annancy

Sunday, 4 October
Pray for the Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Most Revd Dr Maimbo Mndolwa - Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Tanga

Monday, 5 October 2020
Peterborough (England) The Rt Revd Donald Spargo Allister
Christ the King (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd William Mostert

Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Phulbani (North India) The Rt Revd Bijay Nayak
Christchurch (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia) The Rt Revd Peter Carrell
Kolhapur (North India) The Rt Revd Sandeep Suresh Vibhute

Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Pittsburgh (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Dorsey W M McConnell
Chubu (Japan) The Rt Revd Peter Ichiro Shibusawa

Thursday, 8 October 2020
Polynesia (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia) The Most Revd Fereimi Cama (Primate)
Clogher (Ireland) The Rt Revd John McDowell
Cochin (South India) The Rt Revd Baker Ninan Fenn

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 3 & 4
 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: Keehna Sture
Crucifer/Lector: Art Villemure
Greeters/Ushers: Roger & Jane Peacock

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

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: Chris Christy
Crucifer: Bill Christy
Lector: Arthur Reilly
Prayers: Brenda Schwartz
Verger: Larry Neece
Greeters: Terri Doran, Leigh Hunt
Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Jim & Jan Casacchia, Mary Berkheiser

12 noon Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Larry Neece
Greeters:
Ushers: Jean Ehlers

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

Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson,
Marjorie Hultberg, Marty Lewis
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. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
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