St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
Prescott, Arizona

St. Luke's Weekly E-pistle
Week of December 13, 2015

Good afternoon,

We hope this finds you having a peaceful and blessed Advent.

Please read below to learn about our happenings for the week. The Christmas Service Schedule is also listed below.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

St. Luke's Office Staff
Craftivity is tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Come join the Christmas fun on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hal. We will be making crafts and ornaments, enjoying ice cream and cookies, blessing the Christmas tree, and meeting Santa!!

 

 
Stewardship Campaign Update

Please read the special note below from Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson:

We are at a good point in our 2016 stewardship campaign.  So far we have received 166 pledges totaling $391,000. And each week, more pledges arrive at the office.

Thank you and blessed be God!

As a comparison, our 2015 stewardship campaign ended on December 31st with 178 pledges totaling $392,300. Our growing ministries and our desire to be generous through Outreach call us to grow beyond that level. Let us continue to pray for growth in generosity, and that we may continue together to fulfill our mission to know Christ and to make Christ known.

If you have not yet submitted your pledge for 2016, it's not too late. If you did not receive a pledge card or lost it, please look in the plastic rack near the Parish Hall or call the office to ask us to mail a pledge card to you.

All pledges received since Consecration Sunday (All Saints Day) will  be presented and blessed on December 19 & 20.

Once again, thank you for your support of St. Luke's ministries.
 
 
Christmas 2015 at St. Luke's
Please celebrate Christmas with us!

Friday, December 18, 6:00 p.m.
Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ©

December 24, 4:30 p.m.
Family Christmas Service
 
December 24, 9:00 p.m.
Traditional Christmas Service with Choir
Caroling with Choir at 8:45 p.m.

December 25, 10:00 a.m.
Simple Christmas Service

December 25, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner
Parish Hall


 
DSCA Dinner Updates

The Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner is rapidly approaching in 14 days.

We are in need of your help to clean out the small kitchen refrigerator and the large kitchen refrigerator and freezer for the Christmas Dinner. Two hundred ninety ( 290) pounds of ham along with one hundred eighty (180) pounds of frozen green beans, ten (10) gallons of milk and bagged cookies will need to be stored in our refrigerators and freezer.  If your organization has placed items in the refrigerators or freezer we ask that you remove them or donate them to a charity that can use them.  We need this task completed by Friday, December 18.
 
REMINDERS:

Sunday, December 13: Volunteer lists for DSCA will be removed from the Gathering Hall so make sure you have signed  up for the job you would like.

Sunday, December 20: T he drawing for the quilt made by Carol  Sweeden will be held after the 10 a.m. service.   
 
Thank you for participation and cooperation!

The DSCA committee           

   
 
Christmas Flowers

We all enjoy the beauty of Christmas flowers! Remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of year through the gift of flowers. Please complete the Christmas Flowers slip found in your bulletin or click here to download it. Please place your completed slip and donation in the offering plate or return it to the parish office.

 

 
Deacon Kimball's  Homemade Treats

Deacon's mustard and Garmisch Nut Stollen is still available for sale. The mustard is $7 and the stollen is $20. 10% of the proceeds will go to the Outreach Commission.


 

 
Angel Tree Follow-up

Thank you to all who adopted an Angel. The angel bags are due this weekend, Dec 12-13. Gloria and Hank Martin will receive the bags for the 8 a.m. service and Bob and Lois Hepner will receive them for the 10 a.m. service.
 
The bags will be delivered to the social worker on the December 15. She sends her love and appreciation to all of you!  
   
 
Thanks for a great clean-up day!

A note of thanks from Jodie Barnard, the chairperson of the Building & Grounds Commission:

Many thanks to all who came to help in the all-church clean-up on November 20, 2015. Bushes were trimmed, weeds and grass cut, parking lot was swept clean, and the decomposed granite was spread around trees on the back lot. Inside, both kitchens were cleaned and polished.  A buffer was rented and the Parish Hall and both kitchen floors were scrubbed and buffed. In the Sunday School hallway, the years of scotch tape and residue were cleaned and removed from the all doors and wood work. 

YOU GUYS WERE ALL GREAT!

Thanks for all the hard work.
 
 
News from NAU Canterbury

To read about Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry's recent retreat with the other campus ministries in the Diocese of Arizona at Chapel Rock, click here.

 

Campus ministry students enjoyed retreat at Chapel Rock last month.
   
 
  Food Donation Program

Thank you to ALL for your continued support of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks.  The food count was an amazing total of 274 items for the weekend of December 5-6, 2015. Special thanks to the Prescott Hiking Club and their donations of December 2, the date they rented the Parish Hall for their annual Christmas party. We were so thankful for such a large donation of food last week!

This week's shopping list:
peanut butter, macaroni & cheese,
canned tuna,  canned fruit

Prescott Hiking Club donated 162 food items on Dec. 2!

 
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: 
Marty, Dick, Karen,  Adelaide, Michele, Walt, Brenda, Dick S., Melissa, Pete, Margo, Graham, A.J., Charlotte, Albert, Jeanne M., Katie, John, Lisa, Robert, Karen, Carol, Joan, Barbara, Cathy, Sara, Keena,  Larry, Mary Grace, Julianne, Karen, Katie, Vic, Vanessa, Barbara & Preston, Linda, Brien, Linda D., Linda T., John, Marian, Stephen, Janice, Karen, Brittany, Larry, Dott, Miriam, Betty, Lisa, Sharon, Peter, Maxine, Paul, Mark, Julie Ann, Janice, Carol, Susie, Jason, Skip, Larry, Steve, Trey, Susan,   Shirley, Jack, Jim, Tina, Sara, Judy, Martha, Steve, Amanda, Kristi, Carol, Susan, William, Jean, Nancy, Sherry, John, Teresa, Geoff, Brittany, Penny, Steve, Barbara, Donald, Robin, Tammy, Eric, Jean, Michelle, Jessica, Jeff, Gib, Ashley, Cynthia, Katie, Dusty, John, Ledora, Debora & family

...for those in our Armed Forces: 
Josh, Mark, Robby, Michael, Jesse, Curt, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily
 
...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Diocese of Windward Islands in the West Indies

...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
All Saints' Church & Day School in Phoenix

...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:
People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Navajoland/Native American Ministries, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic

This week, we received the obituary for Fr. Bob Greene. To read it, please click here. A memorial service celebrating the life of the Reverend Robert B. Greene will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2100 Trinity, Liberty, Texas 77575 on Thursday, December 17th at 10:00 am.
 
This Week's Scripture Readings
The Third Sunday of Advent
 
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Canticle 9
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18
 
(click on December 13, 2015)


Collect  

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
 



Are you unable to attend church regularly? You are still a member of St. Luke's worshiping community. If you would like someone to bring communion to you so you can share Christ's body and blood with your fellow parishioners or, if you know someone who desires this, contact Arlene Debroske by clicking  here.
 


Please contact the church office at 778-4499 or via email at: info@slecp.org with questions or concerns.
 
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This Week

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
7:30 AM Men's Breakfast

8:00 AM Wood-Bee Carvers

11:00 AM Granite Creek Park Food Ministry Serving, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott

2:00 PM Family Craftivity
 
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:45 AM Sunday School

9:45 AM Nursery Available

11:30 AM Daughters of the King

1:00 PM Girl Scouts

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
7:00 PM Prescott Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
10:00 AM Eucharist Service in memory of Portia Rey

5:00 PM Vestry Meeting

6:00 PM Prescott Chorale Rehearsal

6:30 PM Prescott Women's Chamber Choir

6:30 PM Boy Scouts

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
10:00 AM Healing & Eucharist Service

7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
9:00 AM Morning Prayer

5:30 PM EfM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
6:00 PM Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ©

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
11:00 AM Granite Creek Park Food Ministry Serving, at Granite Creek Park in Prescott
 
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist

Looking Ahead
 
Friday, December 18
Prayer in the Spirit of Taize
6 p.m., Chapel

Thursday, December 24
Parish Office closes at noon.

Christmas Eve, December 24
Family Christmas Service
4:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve, December 24
Traditional Christmas Service
with Choir, 9:00 p.m.
(Caroling with Choir at 8:45 p.m.)

Christmas Day, December 25
Simple Christmas Service
10:00 a.m.

Christmas Day, December 25
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Parish Hall  

December 25 - January 1
Parish Office Closed

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Saint Luke's Groups

Boy Scouts of America -  Troop 10
 
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts Pack 10 meets on the last Friday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Visit  www.prescottboyscouts.org and see their bulletin board in the Parish Hall for more information.
 
Community Groups
at Saint Luke's

Prescott Chorale weekly rehearsals and  concerts are held at Saint Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Choirmaster, is the Director. The next concert, "The Music of Love and the Love of Music," is February 13, at 3 PM. Visit  prescottchorale.org  for info on tickets and other details.

Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The concerts and weekly Monday evening rehearsals are held at Saint Luke's. The next concert of the 2015-2016 season is February 5 at 7 PM. Visit  prescottstrings.com  for info on tickets and other details.

Girl Scouts Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.
 
In the Community... 

Are you looking for a way to buy a decent, affordable home? Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity Info Sessions Announced - January 30, February 4, and February 6. Interested families/individuals should call PAHH office, 445-8003, for session times and locations. Click here for a flyer about orientation meetings and here for pamphlet on selection process.

If you would like to become involved with  Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity  you may speak with parishioners Dwight and Charlotte Willman for more info or visit  prescotthabitat.org
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Senior Connection Speakers Bureau Topics of Interest to Seniors and Family Caregivers - Every Thursday, 12-1 p.m. For info go to www.seniorconnection.us
 
Weekly Attendance
& Giving
 
December 5-6, 2015

Weekly Attendance: 250

Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $12,981.80
 
Honoring
Special Dates

Birthdays:
Adelaide Barker, Diane Olsen, Deborah Maurice, Cheryl Taylor,
Etta Parson, Linda King,
Judy Wallach, Harry Boden,
Beth Newton

Anniversaries:
Harry & Marian Webster
Francois & Deborah Maurice

Contact Us

St. Luke's Episcopal Church
2000 Shepherd's Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 778-4499
info@slecp.org

Church Office Hours
Mon. - Thur. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Click on name below to
send an email message:

Rector

Deacon

Choirmaster

Organist

Parish Administrator

Financial Assistant

Church School / Youth Director

Sexton

Senior Warden

Junior Warden

Pastoral Care  Commission