St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of January 14 , 2018

Annual Parish Meeting: January 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., following the 10 a.m. service, in the Parish Hall.
Please plan to attend this very important meeting in the life of the parish!
Vestry Candidates
For 2018 there will be three open positions on our Vestry due to retiring members. We are currently looking for individuals willing to run in the election held during our annual meeting in January. To be eligible, the individual needs to be at least 18 years of age and a communicant member in good standing. According to St. Luke's by-laws this would be a communicant member who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. To view the complete job description and requirements please click here.

We are also looking for our new  Junior Warden, to be elected for a one-year term. One of the traditional responsibilities of the Junior Warden is to oversee the maintenance of the buildings and so to work in close relationship with the chairperson of Building and Grounds Commission. Click here  for the Junior Warden's job description.

As of 1/12/18, the candidates for positions to be elected at Annual Meeting are as follows:
Vestry Candidates: Mary Berkheiser, Ernie Howell, Earl Poole
Junior Warden: no candidates yet
Delegates to Diocesan Convention: Leanne Bryan, Barbara Harber, Liz Kennedy, Rich Staudt, Keehna Sture

We hope the list of candidates will grow. Elections will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Annual Parish Meeting!

Please contact Dwight Willman if you have questions and you would be interested in serving.
37th Annual Don't Spend Christmas Alone
The Don't Spend Christmas Alone committee would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all the parishioners for assisting in making this year's event a huge success. Without all the participation    from volunteers, 845 meals would not have been served to those individuals who might otherwise have gone without a delicious and nourishing meal on Christmas Day in the Quad Cities. Of the 845 meals served, 320 meals were delivered to the home-bound and 525 guests were served at St. Luke's. After the guests had enjoyed their meal, and upon their departing the church, they were given a bag of scrumptious homemade cookies to take with them donated by many of you.
The Don't Spend Christmas Alone committee was honored and grateful to have been involved with this special event. It solidified our belief in how generous, compassionate and loving the congregation is at St. Luke's.

Photos of the event will be shared for all to view. More information regarding the event will be provided in the January Annual Report.

Our wish for each of you is that 2018 is filled with many blessings and much happiness.

Carol Sweeden, Muriel deGanahl, George Chesney and Cynthia Moreno
Coffee Hour this Sunday!
Please note that coffee will be available in the Gathering Hall for this Sunday ONLY! This is due to the reception that will follow Sunday's 2 p.m. memorial service.

Another coffee hour note! Don't forget to sign up for providing goodies for the morning coffees after the service. The food provided does not have to be elaborate - just something to much on while we get to visit our fellow parishioners. Thank you!
Pledge Update
As of January 11, 2018, we have received $475,299 from 198 individuals or families. Thank you!  It's not too late to send your pledge for 2018 either by mail or online!   The 2018 pledge card is available online by clicking here:  2018 Pledge Card  or on our website . Thank you!

Offering / pledge envelopes are available in the Gathering Hall this weekend!
Aloha Men's Club
The Aloha Men's Club will be meeting tomorrow, January 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist. The group will then convene in the Conference Room for a light breakfast in the Conference Room. All men of the parish are welcome to attend!
Parish Office Closed on Monday, January 15, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Progressive Christian Studies
The next session of Progression Christian Studies, entitlled The Passion Narratives, will begin on Wednesday, January 17, and will continue through April 18. It takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5 -6 p.m. in the Conference Room. It will be facilitated by Fr. Bob Wills. The syllabus and books,  Seeking the Living Among the Dead by Fr. Bob Wills , are available in the Gathering Hall.
Kitchen Clean-up
The next  kitchen clean-up  day will be on  Thursday, January 25 starting at 8:30 a.m. Meet in the Parish Hall.  Please bring cleaning supplies and gloves! Questions? Contact Sue Boyce at
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry Event
You are invited to join us for an event scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to introduce this new ministry in the Diocese.
We all optimistically embark on a new phase of our lives in our 50s as we begin to contemplate retirement and a whole new way of living. But this exploration of new ways continues into our 90s and beyond - seemingly ever changing. We want to spend some fellowship time with you considering what we want this second half of our lives to look like - and how God desires to enter into both the adventure and the challenges - and how we, as a community of faith, can share the journey together - perhaps deciding together on a variety of stage- and age-related activities and gatherings. We hope that you will join us to explore ideas for the St. Luke's "family of sages". We will spend two hours thinking and planning together followed by lunch together at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you then.

The Reverend Ann Johnson        Linda M. William, PhD, CSD

Please indicate your plan to attend on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall
or call the Parish Office at 928-778-4499.

Lenten Soup Suppers
Can't believe that Lent is just around the corner!  Didn't we just celebrate Christmas? Each Wednesday in Lent (not Ash Wednesday) a group provides soups for the parish to share. It is fun and delicious! Please check with your group to see if they are willing to offer this evening of food and fellowship. The dates available are 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, and 3/28. Call Pam Williams if you need more information. 928-277-8226. Sign-up sheets will be out this Sunday.
Help Wanted!
St. Luke's Ushers
We are in need of someone who would be willing to oversee and coordinate the usher ministry, which would include recruitment of more ushers. Might this be you? Please contact the Parish Office at
St. Luke's Greeters
We have been told numerous times by our visitors that we are a very welcoming church. I believe that one of those reasons is that we have such wonderful greeters at each service who provide a warm smile and a friendly welcome to our visitors. In the 8:00 am Sunday morning service, we have only four couples who are regular Greeters with each one taking one Sunday per month. We are in great need of more people who would be willing to step forward to help us out. If you can offer a smile and a warm hello, please call or email Linda Taylor at 928-379-5936 or
Photographers Wanted!

Have you taken any photos at a recent church event? The Communication Commission would love to share them on our media outlets! The photos can be of meetings, special events, and anything in between! Cell phone pictures are welcomed. Please email the largest size available photos to or text them to 734-771-2397. Thank you!

Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
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.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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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 Jan. 6-7,  106 food items were collected!!

This week's shopping list: 
Canned chicken, cold cereals, past, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
12/23-24:  Attendance  - 232           12/30-31:  Attendance - 204
                    Pledge - $5206                                 Pledge - $5090
                    Plate - $6910                                    Plate - $1508

1/6-7:  Attendance - 248
                   Pledge - $6146
                   Plate - $13,913
Honoring Special Dates
January 15:  Jenny Davis, Toim Pendergast
January 16:  Clay de Ganahl
January 17:  Neil Waterman
January 18:  Doris Schoeben, Betsy Whearley
January 20:  Bill Branson, Toni Denis, Sue Lutz, John Szelka
January 15:  Fred & Sue Lutz
January 18:  Bob & Cynthia Nichol
January 19: Louis & Angela Russ
January 20:  Gilbert & Joan Hedger
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Diana, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Gene, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Ileen, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Kay & Dennis, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, 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 (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church o fAustralia
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Matthew's (Chandler)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Operation Fair Start and Angel Tree, Paper Collection/Recycling Program, Highway Cleanup volunteers, Prescott Valley Little League
Scripture Readings
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Exodus 23:6-7
Psalm 130
Luke 6:37-38
Weekly Worship Assistants for January 13-14, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Dan & Betty Phillips
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Staudt Family
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Ushers: Cynthia Moreno & Carol Sweeden
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister:  Elizabeth Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters:  Susan Bray & Darrell Anderson
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers: Beth Shaw & Vera Mulnix
Asst. Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Youth
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. If you could take a turn, please sign-up in the Gathering Hall. 

Host on January 14: Pam & Murry Williams

Coffee Hour will be held in the Gathering Hall 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.
Altar Flowers on January 14:
   Tom Ghan
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. Next one is Jan. 18. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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 January 27 at 2:30 p.m. 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.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Informational Meetings Announced!
Habitat for Humanity Informational Meetings will be held on Jan. 27, 9 - 11 a.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in PV; on Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Chino Valley; Feb. 3, 9-11 a.m., at Prescott Christian Church in Prescott. Learn how you can become a homeowner! Click here for  here for flyer on info meetings!
For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click here.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837 or for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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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 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499