St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of March 11 , 2018

NAU's Shrine of the Ages Choir Performs at St. Luke's on March 11
The next concert of the St. Luke's Concert Series will be on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. here at St. Luke's!  We will be welcoming NAU's Shrine of the Ages Choir, Dr. Edith A. Copley, Conductor. A free will offering will be taken for the choir's tour expenses
Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will continue on Wednesday, March 14. 


Weekly services include: 
  • Healing & Eucharist Service on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Chapel every weekday (M-F) through Good Friday.
  • Sacramentum - Video Series on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Library (starts at 4 p.m. on March 11, 18, 25)
Centering Prayer will next take place on Friday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings. For details on all of this and more, click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
Sacramentum - Forming Sacred Community to Explore Jesus
IS JESUS CALLING YOU . . .
        . . . TO GO DEEPER?

PRAYER 
How do we talk with God - both individually and corporately?  We'll look at spiritual disciplines, sacraments, and liturgy.  Online presenters are Samantha Haycock and Deon Johnson.

Please join us in the parish library this Sunday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME. 
Inquirers' Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a  Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.

YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions!  We hope you will be a participant!
Outreach News
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is committed to make Christ known in the Quad City Community.

Grant Requests
We at St. Luke's would like to get more involved "out" in the community with the organizations we support. In order to accomplish this we are asking you to share with us about the volunteer opportunities that may be available with a non-profit you are acquainted with and ask if they would like to fill out a grant request for funds needed to fulfill their commitments with the community. St. Luke's grant requests are available on our website and are due March 15, 2018. To date, we have received 17 grant requests from community organizations.

Educational Scholarships
If you know of a Quad City High School Senior going on to college or a trade school let them know about St. Luke's Educational Scholarship of $1000.00. The application is available on our website  and is due March 30, 2018. To date, we have received two applications.

Volunteer Opportunities
Stop by the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall to see how you can help in the community and at church.

Our next Outreach meeting is Monday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m.  in the Conference Room Please join us as we are always looking for new faces and fresh ideas.
Quad City Interfaith Council Upcoming Meeting
The monthly meeting of QCIC is this Tuesday, March 13 (the 2nd Tuesday of each month) -- 11:30 a.m. Socialize / 12 - 1 p.m. Meeting; Bring your lunch. All are welcome to join us. Questions? Contact Liz Kennedy, Parish Representative at  lizkrealestate@gmail.com or Deacon Kimball Arnold at  deaconkimball@gmail.com.

To promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community. To sponsor interfaith programs, engage in community service projects and inform and educate about community faith events. In all our efforts we strive to promote human dignity.
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READ
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 there Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
Amen.   (BCP 236)
 
We are expected not only to hear short sections of the Bible read aloud once a week in worship but also to read the Bible ourselves, every day.  It is not an either/or proposition but a both/and.  We both hear the Bible read aloud in worship, and we read the Bible for ourselves.
A Study Bible includes helpful notes and summaries so that you can learn more about the Bible. You may want to try The Path which presents the narrative arc of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation using the New Revised Standard Version. 
 
(adapted from: Walk in Love by Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson Shobe)
Greeters Needed
Our Greeters are Important...They welcome newcomers to St. Luke's as well as those who have been attending for years. These are the smiling faces that welcome all who enter our doors. At the  8:00 a.m. service  on Sunday mornings, we are in NEED. We have only three couples who continue to greet on their scheduled week during the coming quarter who each take the same  Sunday through April, May and June. We are looking for new Greeters to take the first  Sunday of each of these months. Perhaps two people or couples could volunteer to switch off on the first  Sunday of each month. You only need to come 15 minutes early and offer a smile and a welcome. Please contact Linda Taylor by phone, 928-379-5936,  or email lindactaylor10@yahoo.com
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Easter is Coming!
Easter is only 3 weeks away and your Fellowship committee is preparing for our annual Easter Pot Luck after the 10 a.m.  service. The sign-up sheet will be available next week. Please, please sign up with how many people will be coming in your group so we can set a place for you. We need to know what you will be contributing to the feast, too. Thank you!
Becoming Beloved Community
PRACTICING THE WAY OF LOVE

Almighty God, You bring to light things hidden in darkness and know the shadows of our hearts.  Cleanse and renew us by Your Spirit, that we may walk in the light and sanctify Your name through Jesus the Messiah, the Light of the world. Amen.
(The Kenyan Book of Common Prayer)

Make a thoughtful self-examination on your personal experiences and social location around the questions of inclusion/exclusion, privilege/oppression.  Prayerfully consider how your personal experiences and background influence your perspective and voice as a member within your communities.       (Source: Becoming Beloved Community, Diocese of Oregon)
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year. Please mark your donation with Easter Flowers. 

To give a gift of Easter flowers for the church and chapel this Easter, please click here for Easter flowers form. You may also pick one up in the Gathering Hall. They must be submitted by Monday, March 26.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is having a Discernment and Training Day on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's. We invite all women of the church to attend and learn about Daughters.

There is no commitment to join Daughters but if you are interested either now, or after the class, this training session is necessary. There will be a signup sheet in the Gathering Hall. There will be beverages served and we ask that you bring a sack lunch. Hope to see many of you. If you have questions, please talk to one of the Daughters of the King.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
March 24  5:30 pm
March 25    8:00 & 10:00 am
 
Wednesday in Holy Week
March 28
Holy Eucharist & Healing 10:00am
 
Maundy Thursday
March 29
9:00 am Celtic Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
 
From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am
Vigil of Prayer in the Chapel
 
Good Friday
March 30
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
 
Holy Saturday
March 31
Time of rest and silence - no office
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
 
Saturday March 31
7:00 pm
GREAT EASTER VIGIL
The greatest celebration of the year!
 
Sunday April 1
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
Help with Coffee Hour?

Looking for folks to volunteer to provide goodies for the coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. We just want something to munch on while we drink our coffee and visit with our St. Luke's friends. It is a very appreciated ministry.

Living Alone --  with no one to help in a medical emergency
by Nancy K. Smith, LCSW
As I slowly opened my eyes, I was shocked to see a blurry outline of the bottom of my dresser directly in front of me. That meant that I was lying on my bedroom floor! My heart began to pound. "Oh, no", I thought, "I must have passed out when I was getting out of bed!" I knew immediately that I was going to need help but there wasn't anyone living in my house who could come to my aid. My mind quickly shifted into gear as I acknowledged my predicament and considered my options. 
Here are some options to consider in devising a medical emergency plan:
1. Have a medical alert system set up in your home.
2. Ask a close friend or family member to be your emergency resource. 
3. Make provisions for emergencies in which this person may not be available to help. 
4. Make arrangements with more than one friend or family member to check in on you on a regular basis. 
5. Understand the complications that come with these emergency strategies. 
Click here for entire article.
Please consider sending your name, contacts, phone numbers, and any other information you feel is pertinent, etc., to: Deacon Kimball at deaconkimball@gmail.com.
United Thank Offering (UTO) In-gathering is May 13!
Your Invitation to Walk in the Steps of the Celtic Saints...
A Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage 2018
Christians from all denominations have been inspired and amazed at the rediscovery of the story of how the Gospel came to the British Isles. The Holy Islands of Iona and Lindisfarne are now frequent places of pilgrimage, as is Canterbury Cathedral in Kent.

This coming October in 2018, you and others who join us will have the opportunity to make your own Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage, to visit the Holy Isle of Iona, the island of Lindisfarne, Northumbria, and other historic places in the history of the Church as journey by motor coach through Scotland and England from October 7-17, 2018.

As we journey, we'll be accompanied by the Rev. Simon Airey, an Anglican priest, professional storyteller, and a member of the Northumbria Community. Simon will share with us the stories of those saints, in those places where they lived, and stories of other sacred spots where heaven touches the earth.

I invite you to join me, and members of Advent Episcopal Church, and other pilgrims from various churches and walks of life, on this Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage. Let us journey in the steps of the Celtic saints who started to spread Christianity across Celtic lands in the early sixth century.

We will look at why this Celtic Version of Christianity is so exciting and relevant for us today, and why the hierarchy of the church struggled with insights that we are now embracing again. And we will experience worship influenced by the Celtic Christianity expression that exists today.

Stops on our journey include: Mull and the island of Iona, the base of Columba's missionary operations; Kilmartin Glen, where standing stones predate Stonehenge; the city of Edinburgh and its Castle and Cathedral; the Holy Island of Lindisfarne; Durham and its majestic, historic Cathedral; Cambridge, the city and university; and Canterbury Cathedral, the primary cathedral of the worldwide Anglican communion; the seaside town of Dover and its famous cliffs; and the city of London, from which we fly home.

For more information, including travel costs and requirements, download the full-color brochure and all relevant forms from our website by clicking here or simply call me at Advent Episcopal Church, 623-584-0350or my cell phone at 602-615-1352. 

Join us for the trip of a lifetime, as together we explore the ancient roots of Celtic Christianity and walk in the steps of the Celtic saints.

Peace and good things,
Timothy Dombek
Rector, Advent Episcopal Church
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Or, would you like to give with your bank account? You can set that up, too! To check it out, visit  stlukesprescott.church and click on the green icon, as pictured above, that says Give Online!
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 role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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Food Donation Program
Many thanks to all of you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of March 3-4,  99 food items were collected!!
     
This week's shopping list: 
Canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
3/3-4:  Attendance - 283
                   Pledge - $1,685
                   Plate - $ 2,081
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
March 9: Ann Bracety, Marion Dunmire, Don Parson, Doris Smith, Mary Temme
March 12: Genell Lee, Dan McFarland, Jerry Runnalls, Susan Schubert
March 13: Kimball Arnold, Chick Hastings, Frankie Thompson
March 14: Sophie Buisson, Nornie Vergote
March 16: Vanessa Bledsoe, Wolfgang Schneider, Stephen Slonneger

Anniversary
March 17: Frank & Nancy Davidson, Patrick &  Carmen Welter
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Art, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joann, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
 
...for the Yavapai Nation
 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of England, Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury)
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St.John's (Globe)
 
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Granite Creek Hunger Potluck
Scripture Readings
The Fourth Sunday of Lent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Psalm 145:8-19
Isaiah 49:19-29
John 8:31-42
Weekly Worship Assistants for March 10-11, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Susan Armer/Dcn Chris Christy to preach
Chalice Minister: David & Ruthie Rothgery
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Susan Armer/Dcn Chris Christy to preach
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Ushers:  Jim & Pam Damm
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Susan Armer/Dcn Chris Christy to preach
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wills
Sub-deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Beth Shaw
Reader 1:  Bonnie Rosa
Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers:  Lynne Wells
Verger:  Brother Ernest
Greeters:  Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake & Sandy McBride
Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Vera Mulnix
Asst. Ushers:  Geoffery & Brenda Holden
Oblationers:  Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray
  
Altar Guild Team:  Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno,
Betty Phillips, Becky Hansen

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

No host this Sunday



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
now posted in the Gathering Hall!
Altar flowers are given in thanksgiving for our many blessings or a special event, in memory of a loved one, or to the glory of God. They are an offering that enrich our worship space. You may sign-up on the Altar Flowers poster on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall.  The suggested donation is $45.00 (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
 
No Altar Flowers during Lent
  
Community Groups & Happenings at St. Luke's
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Conference Room with the exception of the summer months.

Visit prescottdbe.org for more info or contact Diane Reddy.
Foster Care Info Nights: Foster Adoptive Network
Attend a foster care orientation meeting at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Next one is March 15. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.

 
Boy Scouts Troop 10
Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click   here to email the troop leader.

 
Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. The next concert of the season is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Visit  prescottstrings.com for more information and tickets.

 
Prescott Chorale
The Prescott Chorale holds its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings and concerts at St. Luke's. Dennis Houser, our Music Director, is the Director.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Prescott Area Habitat issued a  statement of thanks to its Faith Partners which appeared in the Daily Courier's Feb. 25, 2018, issue.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .



NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR EPISTLE SUBMISSIONS

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: epistle@slecp.org.
The  
deadline 
for submissions to the Weekly Epistle is the end of the day Tuesday for the week you would like it to appear.

The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
Service Schedule
 
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9 am     Centering Prayer
Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Church Website
The Sunday bulletin is available at the Worship bulletins section .
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 



Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499