St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
Prescott, Arizona

St. Luke's Weekly E-pistle
Week of November 8, 2015

Good afternoon!

The next concert of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra is on tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Church. Tickets are availble at the door for $18.00 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 - 18, and free to those under age 12. Visit for more information.

Please read below for announcements of other  events here at St. Luke's and in the community.

Have a great week ahead!

St. Luke's Staff
UTO In-gathering Nov. 7-8
The fall ingathering of the United Thank Offering will take place at services on November 7 and 8.

UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal church and the invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

Twice a year United Thank Offerings are collected and sent on to the national UTO Board to be used for grants the following spring. Coins dropped in blue boxes all over the world in thanksgiving become blessings for others. While this offering has been going on since 1883 when the first in-gathering for mission and ministry totaled $371.20, it was in New York at the 1889 Triennial meeting that the Women's Auxiliary instituted the United Thank Offering. The increases kept coming until 2014/2015 when the total was $1,558,006.85. Amazingly, of the most recent ingathering, a remarkable 79% was derived from Blue Boxes.
Honoring our Veterans

On Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, we will pray for all those who served their country in the armed forces. Veterans are warmly invited to wear their uniforms, medals, or any symbol of their choice.

Diocesan Men's Retreat

The annual Diocesan Men's Retreat will happen on Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22 at Chapel Rock in Prescott. Deadline to register is this Thursday, November 12!

Join Bishop Smith, the men of our Diocese, and the keynote speaker, Canon Theologian Rev. Gil Stafford, as the group will work together to imagine a creative language for authentic conversations across generations, genders, races and cultures.

Read more about it and register by clicking here. Flyer for the retreat is here.

Faith Stories Retreat on November 14

Join us for the Faith Stories Retreat on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Luke's.

Click here for Faith Stories Retreat flyer! Everyone is invited and, please, tell your friends and neighbors. 

Carl Anderson's Organ Recital Nov. 15

Carl L. Anderson, B.M., M.M., A.A.G.O. is completing his 71st year as a church organist come November.  He has played recitals around the United States and in England, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Argentina and Mexico. He plans one more recital here in Prescott on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Church to celebrate his 85th birthday. Please plan to be here for this wonderful occasion!

The program will include the music of J.S. Bach, Seth Bingham, Clifford Demarest, and Gordon Young. He will be assisted by Kay Houser, pianist.
Suggested Advent Devotional

The first Sunday of Advent is November 29. Nancy Carmichael, Spiritual Director, recommends The Stillness We Seek Daily Devotions for Advent  by Cathy George. It's available for download on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes. You may also purchase it through Forward Movement by clicking here. The cost is $5.00.

Are you being called to serve?

At the end of this year, three vestry members will be retiring from the Vestry. The work of the Vestry is done in partnership with the Rector. The Vestry and Rector are to
co-create a vision for St. Luke's that is a response to God's call and a plan to carry out that vision. The Vestry is a leadership team both in material matters of the Church and in spiritual matters. Are you being called to serve? For more information on the role of the Vestry, feel free to ask any Vestry member or Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson, our Rector.

Each Vestry term is three (3) years in length. There will be three vacancies. Also being sought are candidates to serve as delegates to Diocesan Convention, which takes place each October in Phoenix. St. Luke's has five (5) lay delegates and, on occasion, has the need for an alternate delegate or two. The lay delegates serve for one (1) Diocesan Convention. These are elected positions within the parish.

The election takes place at our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 25, 2016.

Pumpkin Sale Results & Halloween Feast

Read below the note from Sophie Buisson, Children's Ministry & Youth Director:

The results are in!  We have made a $600 profit! This is so great; the youth and I are very grateful for your generosity!  We are off a good start to afford our mission trip in Cortez, Colorado, in summer of 2016.  Yay, Go Youth!

I can't believe that Halloween is already over!  I want to give a big THANK YOU for each and every one of you who came and helped, it would not have been a success without you!

Our biggest challenge for our first Halloween Feast was the many events happening around town. Despite it, we had about twenty teens and kids all together, and they had a BLAST!

Next year, I will not make the mistake of planning this event on or too close to Halloween. I realized too late that a lot of families had to make a choice between Trick-or-Treating and coming to St Luke's. Next time, I will make sure that the date will allow everybody to come without missing out on anything.

Now, moving on to CRAFTIVITY: December 12th!

To see pictures from the Halloween events, please click  here or click on 'St. Luke's Photo Album' under Links on the right.

Christmas Quilt Drawing
to Benefit  DSCA Dinner

Starting Sunday, November 8, tickets will be sold for a drawing for a beautiful Christmas quilt made by parishioner Carol Sweeden. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be on Sunday, December 20, between services with proceeds to benefit the Annual Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner, which is held on Christmas Day at St. Luke's. The quilt is currently on display in the Gathering Hall.


Operation Deep Freeze

Help is needed!! The Operation Deep Freeze Emergency Shelter will be open this winter on nights that reach 25 degrees or less when dry outside, 30 degrees or less when wet outside and/or any night when there is two or more inches of snow on the ground. All community congregations are being asked to help feed our homeless neighbors on the nights the shelter is open.  Read more here!

Update on Kenya Project

Donations are still being accepted for the fourth classroom. Informational packets on this project, including donation envelopes can be picked up in the Gathering Hall.

  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 99 items for the weekend of October 31 - November 1, 2015.

This week's shopping list:
  • canned soup
  • hot cereal
  • rice
  • dried beans


Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: 
Marty, Dick, Karen,  Adelaide, Michele, Walt, Brenda, Dick S., Penny, Melissa, Pete, Margo, Graham, A.J., Charlotte, Albert, Jeanne M., Katie, John, Lisa, Robert, Karen, Carol, Joan, Barbara, Cathy, Sara, Keena, Chris, Larry, Mary Grace, Julianne, Karen, Katie, Vic, Vanessa, Barbara & Preston, Linda, Brien, Megan, Linda D., Linda T., John, Marian, Stephen, Janice, Karen, Brittany, Larry, Dott, Miriam, Betty, Lisa, Sharon, Peter, Maxine, Paul, Mark, Robin, 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, Helen, Penny, Steve, Doris, Robert, Jean, Kimball, Percy, Mary, Barbara, Phyllis, Gabriel, Karen, Lisa, Sharon, Nicholas, Frank & Phyllis, Jeremy, Steve, Donald, Blake family, Boden 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 the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
The Diocese of Upper Shire in Central Africa the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Andrew's Church in Nogales the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: 
US Vets / Troop Support, United Thank Offering,  United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop 10, Cub Scout Pack 10, Girl Scout Troop 79

This Week's Scripture Readings
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27
1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 24
Hebrews 9:24-28 
Mark 12:38-44

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28 

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: with questions or concerns.
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This Week

11:00 AM Granite Creek Park Food Ministry Serving, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist

8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:45 AM Nursery Available

11:30 AM Daughters of the King

1:00 PM Girl Scouts

No events scheduled

1:00 PM Path to Hope Circle
For more info, click  here.

4:00 PM Outreach Commission Meeting
6:00 PM Prescott Chorale Rehearsal

6:30 PM Prescott Women's Chamber Choir

6:30 PM Boy Scouts

Veterans Day

0:00 AM Healing & Eucharist Service

1:30 PM Membership Commission Meeting

6:00 PM Bible Study

6:00 Progressive Christian Studies

7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

9:00 AM Morning Prayer

9:00 AM Patchers & Purlers

4:00 PM Budget & Finance Commission

5:30 PM EfM (Education for Ministry) 

6:00 PM Prayer in the Spirit of Taize

7:30 AM Men's Breakfast

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Faith Stories Retreat

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

Looking Ahead
Saturday, November 14
Faith Stories Retreat at St. Luke's
9:00 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Child Care available
Sign up in Gathering Hall

Sunday, November 15
Organ Recital
by Carl Anderson, M.M., A.A.G.O
3 p.m. at St. Luke's

Wednesday, November 25
Thanksgiving Service
7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's
Pastor Kirk Anderson,
Guest Preacher

Friday, November 20 -
Sunday, November 22
Diocesan Men's Retreat,
Chapel Rock in Prescott
"Living into the Word:
The Power of Conversation"
Click  here for flyer!

Thursday, December 10
Blood Drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Parish Hall
Make appointment now!
Call 1-800-UBS-HERO or visit


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 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, "Upon a Wintry Night," is Saturday, December 5, at 3 PM. Visit  for info on tickets and other details.

Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The concerts and weekly Monday evening rehearsals are held at Saint Luke's. The first concert of the 2015-2016 season is tonight at 7 PM. Visit  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... 

People Who Care Volunteer Orientation on November 17, 1-3 p.m., at United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive in Prescott Valley. Click here for flyer.

Many Voices of Thanks Interfaith Celebration  free Thanksgiving Gathering -- evening of song and shared reflection - on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott. Click here for flyer.

Child and Family Support Services is seeking therapeutic parents to partner and provide Therapeutic Foster Care. Click here for more info!
Senior Connection Speakers Bureau Topics of Interest to Seniors and Family Caregivers - Every Thursday, 12-1 p.m. For info go to
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  
Weekly Attendance
& Giving
October 31 - November 1, 2015

Weekly Attendance: 244

Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $11,094.00
Special Dates

Tony Reynolds, Lucy Kemper, Donna Volpe, Jim Muehleisen, Matthew Eresman, Al Temme,
Leslie Sanderson, Nicole Harris, Quentin David

Peter & Ame Eresman,
Ralph Jackson & Ann Bennington, Thomas & Christine Mann,
Monte & Patricia Anderson
Contact Us

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

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

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