St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
Prescott, Arizona

St. Luke's Weekly E-pistle
Week of December 20, 2015

Good afternoon,

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

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Please see below for the Christmas Service Schedule and other news.

St. Luke's Office Staff
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


 
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner
 
Christmas Day and the Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner is in 7 days! It is free and open to the public and is being served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are still opportunities to help! You may sign up to bring a pie, cookies, or fudge. See the information in the Gathering Hall.

T he drawing for the quilt made by Carol  Sweeden will be held after the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, December 20.
 
Thank you for participation in this wonderful event!

   
 
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.

 

 
Books Make Great Gifts!

St. Luke's member, Sandy Nelson, recently published a mystery novel called More Than Dead. It will be available for purchase this Sunday, the 20th, after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. The sale will be in the Parish Hall.  Books are $18.00 each  and Sandy will donate $4.00 from each book to St. Luke's general fund. Join a number of members who have read and liked the book.   
   
 
Craftivity was Great!

What a wonderful time was had by all last Saturday for CRAFTIVITY!
 
Sophie Buisson, the director of our children & youth ministry, wrote a small note to share:
 
I want to give thanks to everyone who came and supported this event. The classroom was filled with both younger and older kids helping one other and having fun together. As a result, the tree looks fabulous!  A special thanks to the youth group, Lolly Skinner, Megan Ferraro and Tom Ghan for coping with my craziness and helping with the clean-up!  Also, thank you, Santa! You brought a lot of joy to the little ones. The smiles on their faces and their sparkly eyes were priceless!
 
Craftivity was a success again this year so...rendez-vous December 2016!!
 
To see more pictures from Craftivity, click  here.
 
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.

 

 
Altar Flowers for 2016

The flower chart for 2016 has been posted on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall. You may sign up for a particular Sunday. Flowers may be given in memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving, in honor of a special date or anniversary, or to the glory of God. A note will be made in the bulletin on the Sunday you give. Please notify the parish office one week in advance of your given Sunday if you'd like to note for whom/what the flowers are being given. Suggested donation for altar flowers is $45.00. Thank you for participating in this special ministry.

 
  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 another great total of 231 items for the weekend of December 12-13, 2015. This time of year we are so grateful for such wonderful collections!

This week's shopping list:
canned beef, canned vegetables,
tomato sauce,  canned beans


 
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, Tammy, Eric, Jean, Michelle, Jessica, Jeff, Gib, Ashley, Cynthia, Katie, Dusty, John, Ledora, Debora & family, Ray, Ruth, Sheri

...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 Yewa in Lagos, Nigeria

...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo in Phoenix

...in 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
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55
 
(click on December 20, 2015)


Collect  

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Next Week's Scripture Readings
First Sunday after Christmas
 



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 19
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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:45 AM Sunday School

9:45 AM Nursery Available

1:00 PM Girl Scouts

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
7:00 PM Prescott Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22
1:00 PM Path to Hope Circle

6:00 PM Prescott Chorale Rehearsal

6:30 PM Prescott Women's Chamber Choir

6:30 PM Boy Scouts

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23
6:30 PM Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve - Parish Office Closes at Noon

4:30 PM Family Christmas Service

9:00 PM Traditional Christmas Service with Choir (Caroling with Choir at 8:45 PM)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
Christmas Day - Parish Office Closed

10:00 AM Simple Christmas Service

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
11:00 AM Granite Creek Park Food Ministry Serving, at Granite Creek Park in Prescott
 
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist

Looking Ahead
 
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

Sunday, January 24
Annual Parish Meeting
Following 10 a.m. service
Parish Hall

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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.

Path to Hope Circle, a support group and healing environment for Seniors who feel lonely, depressed, isolated, or a lack of purpose. It meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays in the Conference Room, 1 - 2:30 PM. Click here for flyer. Contact Terri Roza at 445-5211 ext. 2672 for more information.
 
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
 
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 12-13, 2015

Weekly Attendance: 259

Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $6,917.60
 
Honoring
Special Dates

Birthdays:
Charlotte James, Penny O'Hair, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Sylvia McIntosh, Patrick Mora, Sarah Meyer

Anniversaries:
Bob & Amy Bird
Hank & Gloria Martin
John & Arlene Debroske
Gary & Luann Herbert

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.

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send an email message:

Rector

Deacon

Choirmaster

Organist

Parish Administrator

Financial Assistant

Church School / Youth Director

Sexton

Senior Warden

Junior Warden

Pastoral Care  Commission