St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of June 24 , 2018
To see what our youth have been up to on their mission trip  in El Paso, TX this past week...
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Here's a snapshot of some of what our youth and their wonderful leaders have been doing this past week:
The UTO collection this spring totaled $1,016.82
THANK YOU to everyone who participated!
Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Calling all counters and recorders to work with a partner in crime! St Luke's is about to have its inventory taken .... Yes, from top to bottom!
You could really help make this project a LOT easier by agreeing to count and record! What do you need?  A willingness to help, a spirit of adventure with lots of smiles and laughter! Why are we doing this?  We've had some close calls (miles away) lately, and I would like to know we could access our resources (including insurance) to rebuild and refurbish our church! I figure that we only need 25 pairs:..come with your best friend, spouse, child, grandchild (old enough to count) or I will strive to find a partner for you!  If enough people step forward, we could be done in a few hours and then ... PARTY! First come, first serve:  the sooner you let me know you're able to participate, the more likely you can choose what or where you'd like to count! Sign up in the Gathering Hall or Call Katte Staudt (cell) 480 309 7648.
Oh yeah ... did I mention that I'll provide lunch for the participants?
Mark your calendar, please! July 20 (and hopefully NOT the 21 st ). Stay tuned for other opportunities for me to beg for your assistance! Thanks for your consideration and support, Katie Staudt
P.S. I should mention the Altar Guild, Music Department and "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" are well on their way to completing with their count.  Thank you to those who have counted and recorded!
Come and join your St  Luke's family for a celebration of our Independence on July 4.  There will be a potluck in the parish hall followed by a fun evening of bingo.  Please bring a "white elephant" to share with the group as prizes.  The stranger, the better!  I still proudly display the weird ones I won.  Please sign up so we know how many to plan for. Call Pam Williams with questions.  928-775-5676
Are you up for a Challenge?
St. Luke's Outreach Commission is offering to match funds for
school supplies dollar to dollar up to $1000.00.
Many students in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Prescott School Districts are unable to purchase school supplies that are required of them to start the year.
Fair Start is reorganizing their program and going out and buying school supplies
in bulk so more students are served. This is why the Outreach Commission is putting up the challenge for a monetary donation rather than asking people to fill backpacks.

Are you willing to take the challenge???
The donation box will be on the outreach table.
If you write a check to St. Luke's put Fair Start on the memo line.
Cash will be deposited into the Fair Start account.
Donation Deadline: July 8 th
More information call Patti Bain @817-909-0565 or Mary Hallford @602-796-1177

From the Building and Grounds Committee
Our roadside shield that is facing southerly has a problem.  Due to sun exposure, the blue on our shield has faded out.  Is there anyone who would like to tackle this using the medium  of your choice, including, but not limited to, paints or or a mosaic  technique?  We would love to hear your ideas and find someone, who  would  enjoy embracing this project with joy and enthusiasm!
Interested? Inspired?  Please contact Katie Staudt, someone in the office, 
a vestry member, or member of the Building  & Grounds Committee!
Thank you for giving!

Many thanks to all who came out to support our blood drive!

The  next blood drive at St. Luke's is Thursday, December 14
Charlotte Willman 
                    Make checks payable to St. Luke's Episcopal Church
           Be sure to write Native American Ministry in Memo Line

On Saturday, June 16, The Council of Native American Ministries met at St. Luke's. Thirty representatives from Sedona, Surprise, Tucson and Prescott were present. Quarterly meetings of the Council are held to announce open projects and exchange ideas with one another. The state-wide group is headed by Canon Debbie Royals.The St. Luke's Committee, which has been active over the past year, is chaired by Monte Anderson; Vice-Chair is Sherri Frances. Projects completed were three quarterly teaching sessions that were open to the public, very well attended, and featured Native American teachers. Sherri Frances played a major role on behalf of St. Luke's in the 2017 Christmas youth celebration at the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Guests at the Council included Don Decker, Public Relations Director at the Yavapai-Apache Nation and flutists Syd Cregger and Sue Daniel. The meeting began with a Cherokee prayer by Syd Cregger and ended with a closing prayer by Barbara Sanchez, Lakota elder and sister of the famous Lakota author and activist, Vine DeLoria Jr.

Pictures from the event are below.

August 24, 2018 5:00 pm to August 25, 2018 4:00 pm 
Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 
Double Room Rate - $75.00 Commuter Meals - $50.00 

Register for this event by going to: Deadline for housing is August 3, 2018. If you need help to register, contact Dawn Jackson at 602-254-0976 or For more information on this event or Native American Ministries, contact The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals at 

Please join with the Council of Native American Ministries, The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals and Special Guest and Spiritual Leader, Steve Darden  Dine (Navajo), for an opportunity to experience Native American spirituality and continue to engage with Native traditional values and processes. We will gather the first night for ceremony; Steve will lead us in our dawn prayers; and he will close our time together in ceremony. The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals will lead us in a reflection of the work of the past year and guide us in the heart and wisdom of the council for the coming year.

News from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation

I began to sense that, even though I had retired four years earlier from a career that had been devoted to helping others, there might be another chapter in my book of life that God wanted to write.  That thought was amazing to me, but it persisted over time, and it eventually evolved into a question: might God be calling me to be a deacon?

Thankfully, the Church provides a pathway for discovering the answer to that question.  After discussing with Father Pierre-Henry what I was sensing in prayer, he registered me to attend the 2017 Diocesan Day of Discernment and Information (a forum held every May), where priests, deacons and lay people share the stories of their call from God.  The priests' presentations were interesting, but, truth be told, nothing spectacular stirred in my soul. Besides that, at a very practical level, I was above the age limit to begin the path leading to priesthood. However, when the deacons shared their stories, I felt such an identification with them that I was awestruck.  I came home with a lot to think and pray about, as the next step in the process was to submit, by mid-June, an official form (the first of many!) called "Declaration of Intent," which moves a person from "thinking about becoming a deacon" to officially and formally presenting oneself to begin the process. In the following weeks, I set aside extra time for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation, and I also had conversations with Father Pierre-Henry, and Deacons Kimball and Chris, about whether or not they could "hear" the same call that I was hearing.  All three encouraged me to begin the process, and leave the rest to God. That's what I did. I submitted the form, along with the names of two references, and left the outcome in God's hands. Several weeks later, I was notified by the Commission on Ministry (generally referred to as "the COM") that I could proceed with the subsequent steps in the application process, which, as I soon discovered, is quite rigorous. Here is what was required, in chronological order: parish discernment; nomination by St. Luke's vestry; regional discernment; submission of various documents (baptism and confirmation records; college transcripts; complete employment history; spiritual autobiography); psychological evaluation; physical exam; interview with the Bishop; and, at the very end of the process, a meeting with the COM, which, by that point, had evaluated all of the above-referenced reports and documents, with the exception of the psychological evaluation and physical exam, which are confidential documents owned by the Diocese, and are reviewed only by the Bishop.  Not even I was privy to what those reports contained.   Click to read more  
Wednesday Bible Study
As a reminder Bible Study is on hiatus until the Fall..  Summer break will continue until Fall.  Class will resume on Wednesday, September  12. 

The Good Friday Offering...Thank you!
To read a letter of thanks from The Episcopal Church and how the funds collected for the Good Friday Offering have been used, please click  here.
Practicing Mindfulness Senior Group
The seniors who are meeting at St. Luke's (10:00 am - 11:30 am) to practice mindfulness in a relaxed and supportive environment will meet once more in June (June 26) and twice in July (July 10 and July 24).;Please call 928-445-5211,  ext 2672 if you have any questions.  
St. Luke's recently activated an automatic notification system. If you are a Chalice Minister, Greeter, Lector, Usher or serve at the Welcome Table, then 2 days before you are scheduled to serve you will receive an email reminding you of the date, Service and what you are scheduled for. If you are unable to serve, notify the system you are unable to serve. Then, an email will go out to all other qualified persons to let them know there is an open position. The first person to respond will be assigned.  The original person is kept in the loop as far as the person taking their position.
You should have received an email providing you with a logon name and initial password to get into the system. Someone will be available prior to the Saturday 5:30 Service and after the Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Services to demo and answer any questions.
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, 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 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.
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 June 16/17:  130 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
6/9/10 - Attendance - 329
Pledge - $5,837, Plate $ 770
6/16/17 -  Attendance - 223
Pledge - $5,150   Plate $1216
Honoring Special Dates
June 24: Marion Elliott, Sue Fiorey, Michelle Fontaine
June 25: Sharon Feldmeier
June 27: Nancy Carmichael
June 28: Robert Ohannesian, Marcus Soza, Jeanne Waterman
June 29: Deborah Bledsoe
June 30: Les Garripee, Kay Houser

June 25: Charles & Elizabeth Arnold, Robert & Barb Hilb
June 28: Jim & Pam Damm
June 29: Gary DeLisle & Marilynn Henry, Rich & Katie Staudt
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bob, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna,  Dott, Doug,  Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret and family, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Robert,  Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tim, 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-Apache Nation

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of the Free State (Africa)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of the Resurrection (Parker)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Blood Services Blood Drive, Native American Ministries, Love in Action Ministry-Malawi
Scripture Readings
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Psalm 47
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Matthew 7:15-20
Weekly Worship Assistants for June 23-24, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Jack Wolter
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Jack Wolter
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Greeters/Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Jack Wolter
Assisting Priest:  Fr Robert Wills
Sub-Deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Altar Minister: Sharon Tootle
Reader 1: Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2 Wini Larson
Prayers: Rich Schwartz
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters:  Dave & Barbara Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Diane Mazmanian & Gennell Lee
Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Asst. Ushers:  Jack Parker & Tani Henderson
Oblationers: Rich & Katie Staudt
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Evelyn David, Betty Gass, & Doris Schoeben

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. 

Hosts June 24:   
 Barb Brubaker, Beth Shaw, &
    Carol Covert

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 flower chart is
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 $55.00. This is a change due to increased cost. (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
Flowers: given by George Chesney
   Bill Bisig
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 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. 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. Visit 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.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

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

"Be Connected" Mental Health Summit
Strengthening Collaboration and Care in Support of
Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more information, email: or call 602-753-8802.

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.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: .

The  deadline f or 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!

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499