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
16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 20, 2020
Dear people of St Luke’s

So, we did it! 

Last weekend we reopened our doors for in-person services. It was such a great joy to see so many faces in the various services. Of course, when I said “so many faces”, the truth is that we saw only each other’s eyes as we were all masked! But despite the masks and their relative unpleasantness, we were all smiling and happy to be with some of our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Was it perfect? Was it ideal? Of course not! We have so many new rules to follow, so many things we can not do yet, but at least we were able to worship the Lord together. And that was awesome! My heart was burning when I was celebrating with people in front of me. The voices of the congregation were music to my ears. It was a beautiful weekend indeed!

I know that many could not attend the services for various reasons, from those who do not want to wear a mask in church, those with compromised health, those at risk, and those waiting for a vaccine before being able to come back. Be assured that you were present with us even if you were not able to follow the service online. We prayed for you, we prayed with you, you were in my heart.

We had a problem with the sound during the 10:00 service, so we also live-streamed the noon service in the Chapel, it was much better, it should be better Sunday.

I just want to address a criticism I heard several times: fear should not rule us. What we do at St Luke’s in following the CDC and the Diocesan guidelines is not done out of fear, but out of love. We have nothing to fear when we follow our Lord, even not death itself because we know that death is not the end of our journey, but a new beginning with Christ. Wearing a mask, respecting social distance, and so on, are for us concrete ways to protect our brothers and sisters, concrete ways to love those around us. Why would we take risks that could lead to the spread of the virus among us and our community? I want our church to stay open, but we know that if there were an outbreak at St Luke’s we would have to totally close the church for 15 days, and I don’t want that to happen. 

The reopening of the Church would not have happened without the preliminary work of the Vestry, the amazing work of the staff, and all those involved in worship, from the Altar Guild to the greeters, ushers, greeters, readers, altar party… Thank you so much!

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:22-27)

Your brother in Christ,
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
16th Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 20
Saturday, Sept. 19, 5:30pm
Sunday, Sept. 20, 8am,10am,12n
Sermon:
The Rev. Chris Christy
Numbers from Last Weekend Services - 156 Individuals
 Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday Services
Altar Guild Needs YOU!!!
"This is a wonderful time to give back to the church as we forge ahead into our new format for worship at St. Luke's. The Altar Guild is a beautiful, behind the scenes ministry involved in preparing our service areas for worship - setting out everything needed for communion, making sure candles are filled and sanctuary areas are clean and neat, and then cleaning the linens and vessels used during worship after the services. If you are interested in serving the church in the Altar Guild, please contact Robin Borok, Directress, at 928-277-1879 or twoaterra@aol.com for more information."
Altar Flowers Sign-up
A big THANK YOU to Arthur and Laura Reilly, in celebration of their wedding anniversary on September 11, for the beautiful Altar flowers this past weekend.

Current Sign-ups for upcoming Flowers
September 20 No Sign-ups
September 27 Robin Borok
October 4 Chalys Stevens
October 11 Cynthia Moreno
October 18 Shannon Rosenblatt
October 25 No Sign-ups

Now that we are back to In-Person Worship your floral donation will be acknowledged in the Weekly Epistle. Please let the office (928-778-4499) know if you'd like to add a special memorial or honorary message. The Altar Flower Sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex or call the office to add your name.
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
Thank You Charlie!!!
We would like to thank Charlie Arnold and his company, Yavapai Sanitizing for their generous donation! Last Friday, September 11, Charlie sanitized the entire St. Luke’s campus so that we could safely re-open for in-person worship on September 12-13. Charlie is the son of Deacon Kimball Arnold.

To learn more about Yavapai Sanitizing, visit their website www.yavapaisanitizing.com.

Thank you, again, Charlie!
Loss and Grief during the pandemic
Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., G.N.P., retired
In collaboration with Rev. Chris Christy

The Coronavirus episode in our lives has led to a psycho-social effect I am calling “the pandemic of grief”.  That is to say, we have all lost to some degree the valued familial and social support helpful to deal with loss. I have had contact with a friend who recently lost his dad to the virus. The extended family were mostly local here, but not able to visit the dad in the intensive care unit because of contagion precautions. My friend felt the acute pain of not being able to “settle” with his dad and offer comfort and love in this sad time. Another friend recently had the diagnosis of recurrent cancer, and under usual circumstances, I would have flown to be with her during her surgical and recovery period. However, now I would worry about introducing a health risk at this time. But it feels like I am setting my friend adrift. I am sure everyone has some semblance of this sense of loss and grief.  




Check out our new Worship Space...
That's Right ...
the Parish Hall has been Transformed!
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 in this difficult time.
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, Sept 20, 2020
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Sept 23
Saint Matthew
Proverbs 3:1-6
Psalm 119:33-40
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Matthew 9:9-13

Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
September 20: Pat Fredrickson, Heath Thein
September 21: Sam Pruitt, Aiyana Trammel
September 22: Leigh Hunt, Ned Welker
September 24: Linda Cheek
September 25: Bruce Tinnesand, Dave Carmichael
September 26: Jim Pessin
Anniversaries:
September 20: David and Ann Brechwald
September 22: Chuck and Pat Eaton
September 24: Trent and Betsy Denison
September 25: Tony & Nancy Rispoli                           
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:
September 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: St. George's, Holbrook
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Us Vets/Troop Support, Boy Scouts Troop #10, Warm for Winter collection, Prison Awareness/Camp Genesis

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 18 September 2020
Oyo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Williams Oluwarotimi Aladekugbe
Central New York (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd DeDe Duncan-Probe

Saturday, 19 September 2020
Pacong (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Joseph Maker Atot
Central Newfoundland (Canada) The Rt Revd John Watton
Kitale (Kenya) The Rt Revd Stephen Kewasis

Sunday, 20 September 2020
Pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
The Most Revd Justin Badi Arama – Bishop of Juba and Archbishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan

Monday, 21 September 2020
Kiteto (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Isaiah Chambala
Kitgum (Uganda) The Rt Revd Wilson Kitara
Kitui (Kenya) The Rt Revd Josephat Mule

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Panama (Central America) The Rt Revd Julio Murray Thompson (Primate)
Central Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Audrey Scanlan
Kivu (Rwanda) The Rt Revd Augustin Ahimana

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Pankshin (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Dr Olumuyiwa Ajayi
Central Philippines (Philippines) The Rt Revd Dixie Copanut Taclobao

Thursday, 24 September 2020
Panyana (South Sudan) The Rt Revd Seme Nigo Abinda
Central Solomons (Melanesia) The Rt Revd Ben Seka
Central Tanganyika (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Dickson Chilongani


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 September 19 &20

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Art Villemure
Greeters/Ushers: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Bill Christy
Ushers/Greeters: Sylvia McIntosh, Cynthia Moreno, Carol Sweeden

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer: Lauree Birchmeier
Lector: George Chesney
Lector 2: Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Zibbie Wolter
Verger: Arthur Reilly
Greeters: Jack & Reeni Knudson
Ushers: Jean Ehlers, Tani Hendrickson, Lynne Wells

12 noon Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Larry Neece
Greeters: Gary & Marilyn Henry de Lisle
Ushers: Lauree Birchmeier

Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Katie Staudt, Phyllis Maruna
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 Spoken Eucharist in the Chapel

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