St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 18 , 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Christmas Service Schedule at St. Luke's
December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve 
4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
9:00 p.m. Evening Eucharist Service (8:45 p.m. Caroling with the Choir!)

December 25, 2016, Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Two Words from the Senior Warden
THANK YOU! HELP!  (Ok, it's three words!)

THANK YOU to all of our St. Luke's members who have prayerfully considered and acted on your financial commitment to this parish by turning in your pledge cards.

THANK YOU to all who have contributed their time and talent in so many ways to support the mission of the Church.

THANK YOU to the budget and finance committee who built a preliminary framework for the 2017 Financial Statement of Mission for St. Luke's.

THANK YOU to the Commission Chairs who submitted their wish lists for the 2017 Financial Statement of Mission and then revisited those requests to include ONLY the essentials in order to reduce expenses.

THANK YOU to our retired clergy who have been so generous with their time and expertise in supporting the mission of St. Luke's, teaching and stepping in to celebrate the liturgy when Fr. Pierre-Henry has been ill or on vacation.

HELP us bridge the gap between anticipated income and anticipated expense, currently $34,777, by turning in your pledge card if you have not done so, by considering an increase to your pledge, or by a one-time gift to St. Luke's to help us continue the mission of St. Luke's.  

HELP us demonstrate to Fr. Pierre Henry and his staff how much we value their work at St. Luke's!

HELP your Vestry, with the power of prayer, as they make the necessary financial decisions to finalize the 2017 Financial Statement of Mission on January 3rd.
Don't  Spend  Christmas  Alone
St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DSCA Happenings
*Promotion may be viewed in St. Luke's Web Site, Face Book and other Social media as well as video tapings in the community TV station Ch-15.
*Complimentary Shuttle services made possible by:
New Horizons in  Prescott Valley (one van plus two stand-by)
Prescott Christian  Church in  Prescott (two vans)
Yavapai Regional Transit  in Chino Valley (one van)
*Cooking expertise and precious time is being donated by 3 professional Chefs with the leadership of  Darrin Kanoff of Manzanita Grille.
*Local businesses and organizations are taking part by donating baked goods/food, including Adult Care Services, Waffles N' Moore, The Bonn-Fire and Sally B's Cafe, Public Libraries in Chino and Prescott Valley, The Monday Club, Granite Gate and many others.

*Prescott Police department Chief Debora Black said that she "will be honored to deliver meals to the home bound with her deputies."

* Prescott Valley Police, Lieutenant Pat Ruiz communicated that the officers are very enthusiastic about delivering meals and that now 10 people are confirmed to come along to deliver Christmas meals to the home bound including their family members.
*Fire Departments of the county will deliver a bulk of the home bound meals.

*Historic site - Senator Drive In-Theatre sign is supportive of DSCA. Posting will be on display Dec 12,13,14,15 and Dec 21,22, 23,24,25; thanks to Janie Orr and Stephen Rogers.

*Dining guests include:  Meals on Wheels in P, P.V. and C.V, People Who Care, St. Vincent DePaul in P & PV, Female Combat Vets, NACOG, Senior Centers in P, P.V. & C.V. Senior Connections and many, many others have been invited.

*Meal deliveries are being requested by home bound as far as Dewey.

*Volunteers from St. Luke's Episcopal Church, community members, youth and young adults such as Civil Air Patrol Cadets and Senior Members have happily offered to volunteer as needed.

DSCA-Dec. 25th, 2016 will be a joyful day for guests and volunteers.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church members: be proud to be the sponsors of Don't Spend Christmas Alone, for the 36th year!
 
Friendly reminders: 
--Approximately 200 pounds of frozen green beans, 310 pounds of ham, 10 gallons of milk, bagged cookies and pies will need to be stored.  Please be sure to remove all food items from the freezer and refrigerators for the Christmas dinner!!
--Requests for baked goods ends this weekend. Please sign up and bring goodies to the Gathering Hall on  December 21, 22 and 23 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

--Please help defray Christmas Dinner expenses by purchasing Quilt Raffle tickets; 6 tickets for $5.00 or $1.00 each (Raffle Dec. 18 at Coffee Hour).

 -- A jar accepting your generous donation towards the purchase of Ham will be in the Gathering Hall.
--We appreciate you continued willingness to help. Meal delivery volunteers are needed. Please sign up.

Happy holidays and many blessings to you and yours!
Joyfully,
Angeles R. Zarate, Event Chairwoman
DSCA advertised on Senator Drive-In sign, along Senator Hwy just south of Mt. Vernon Ave. in Prescott.
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Christmas Flowers
Join with others and remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. To participate, look for Christmas Flowers slip in the Narthex or to print it at home, click  here. Please have your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 19. You may also put it in the offering plate once completed. Please mark your check or donation with Christmas flowers.
Parish Office Closure
The Parish Office will be closed beginning at noon on Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2. The office will re-open as normal at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017! We wish you a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!!
Bake Sale Update
Many thanks from Sophie and the youth to the baking team and to the customers for supporting the Youth mission trip last week-end!
We raised $760!
A HUGE thanks for support of our weekly Food Donation Program!!
THANKS to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banks. A total of 359 items was collected as of December 11, which in big part, was due to the Prescott Hiking Club donation of about 200 items at their annual Christmas party at St. Luke's on December 8. Year-to-date we have collected 6,959 food items for donation! Way to go, St. Luke's!!!
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Friendship of Women on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. thru January 4
Friendship of Women, a 6-week class continues Wednesday, December 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. each week in the Classroom Wing. It is based on the book The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible by Joan Chittister. Where there is an overlap, Bible Women, will be supplemented. Lucy Kemper is facilitating the group.
Is God Calling You?
The Vestry of St. Luke's shares leadership with the Rector in creating a plan of action that will represent God's dream for our congregation. Being a Vestry member is a true exercise in collaboration as we discern what we believe God's dream is for St. Luke's. Three members of our current Vestry will be retiring at the end of the year and we are looking for people willing to be considered for a position during our annual election in January. In order to be considered, you must be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have been a member for 6 months, and be an active pledger. Please contact Lucy Kemper at  lucylee@cableone.net if you have questions and/or are interested in being of service.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Please save the date and plan to attend this important meeting!!
Annual Reports Due Now!
We are looking for annual reports now for the year 2016 from commissions, church ministries, and our outside groups to include in the report we'll distribute prior to this year's Annual Parish Meeting. We'd like the St. Luke's annual report to be more detailed in years past! We'd like to include church ministries such as Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner, Cursillo, Daughters of the King, Aloha G.M.C. of St. Luke's (Men's Group), EfM, and others not mentioned here! Will the heads of those groups please submit a brief report of the commission's or ministry's 2016 activities/work to  info@slecp.org no later than December 31? Thank you in helping us give a clearer picture of all that is happening at St. Luke's.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
On behalf of the Fellowship Committee, we would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to the Coffee Fund throughout the year. This fund has garnered $575 and these funds help buy all things needed for the kitchen, including much coffee and many cups. With funds being reduced in the budget, these dollars certainly help keep the supplies current. A big thank you to everyone.
Volunteers Needed
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
2017 Calendars Available Now!
The 2017 Episcopal calendars have arrived and will be on sale after every service for only $5!
Dec. 7 Blood Drive Report
From Tom Bryson, Donor Recruitment Representative with United Blood Services: St. Luke's has had a "consistent effort on both your blood drives every year. There were 31 participants and preliminary number is 24 successful. Yes, goal is 22 so looking good to achieve it or surpass it.  Up to 48 lives saved." What a wonderful report!
Notes from the Nurse
With 2017 just around the corner, some people are fast-forwarding their thoughts to what the New Year might hold for them. A new year can bring new hopes and new dreams, and new ways of looking at life. After all, change is part of life, and it can be a good thing! In fact, when  we hear the words "change" and "new year" in the same sentence, it is almost inevitable to  start thinking about resolutions we can make that will alter our lives, or change our hearts, to make them better, and more Christ-like, as a new year unfolds. Although I'm not a great fan of New Year's resolutions (the most recent statistics about them suggest that only 8% of people who make them succeed in keeping them!), there is one that is tremendously health-promoting (after all, this is a wellness column!) as well as eminently do-able. If you resolve to apply it to your life, I guarantee that it will positively impact who you are in 2017!  And it doesn't require any physical activity, or expenditure of money, or having to go to a health club!  Here it is, by way of an ancient Daoist parable:
 
One day, two monks set out for a distant temple in a valley beyond the woods. While cutting a pathway through the forest, they came across a choppy stream they needed to cross. There, standing by the bank of the stream, was a beautiful young maiden dressed in silk. She was clearly at a loss as to how to cross without getting muddy and wet.
    
So, without thinking twice, the elder monk gestured that he would pick her up.  Although shocked, she obliged. He put her over his shoulder and waded across to the other side. The younger monk, dismayed and uneasy at what he had witnessed, followed in tow.
    
Upon reaching the other side of the bank, the elder monk put the maiden down gently. The maiden paid her respects and walked on. The monks then continued on their way to the temple. 
    
Hours later, as they continued to make their way through the forest,  the younger monk, still troubled by what he'd seen, asked, "How could you do that? We aren't even supposed to make eye contact with women, let alone pick them up and carry them!"
    
Without a thought, the elder monk turned to the younger monk and said, "Oh, are you still carrying her? I put her down when I reached the other side of the stream."
    
And with that, the elder monk turned and continued leading the way through the forest, leaving the younger monk to contemplate his words for the remainder of the journey.
 
So, in 2017, let's resolve to "let things go," and make room for more love, more peace, and more contentment in our hearts! -- Keehna Sture, RN, Parish Nurse
Quixote's Garage needs your help!
Can you help Quixote's Garage? Volunteers are needed to assist Kris Finn in providing daytime hospitality. Quixote's Garage, located in Prescott, is a clean, sober and peaceful environment for anyone who needs a safe place during the day. It is open from  8:30 am to 2:00 pm  six days a week, including weekends and holidays. It is only closed on Thursdays. If you have a few hours to volunteer, please call Kris at 771-2637.
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Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 10-11, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 274
Weekly Giving - Plate:$468.56; Pledge: $6,850.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Axel, Barbara, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gizmo, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jack, Janice, Jean, Jo, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Philip, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sheri, Sherry, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark,Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh in Armagh, Ireland
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Francis-in-the-Valley in Green Valley
 
...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
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
Dec. 18: Harry Boden, Beth Newton; Dec. 19: Charlotte James; Dec. 20: Penny O'Hair; Dec. 21: Barbara Leondard; Dec. 22: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Sylvia McIntosh, Patrick Mora; Dec. 23: Sarah Meyer; Dec. 27: Terry LeQuesne; Dec. 28: Rich Staudt; Dec. 29: Michael Barber, Joe Brakke, Ross Tippett; Dec. 30: Ernie Howell, Bob Norman, Marianna Warner; Dec. 31: Diana Gager; Jan. 2: Tina Blake, Max Bledsoe, Cynthia Brower, Bill Feldmeier, Deven Heinz; Jan. 3: Flora Robinson; Jan. 5: Colton Tomitz; Jan. 6: Ray Clockel, Dan Phillips; Jan. 7: Jan Casacchia, Brenda Tillery

Anniversaries: Dec. 22: Bob & Amy Bird, Hank & Gloria Martin; Dec. 24: John & Arlene Debroske, Gary & Luann Herbert; Dec. 26: Jim & Susan Schubert; Dec. 27: Bob & Lois Hepner; Dec. 28: Harry & Joyce Boden; Dec. 31: Bill & Chris Christy; Gib & Sylvia McIntosh; Jan. 3: Tom & Susan Snodgrass; Jan. 4: Mike & Georgia Franklin, Ken & Peggy Wagner
This Week's Scripture Readings: Fourth Sunday of Advent
  Click here for readings 

Collect:  P urify 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:  Christmas Day
Scripture Readings for January 1:  The Feast of the Holy Name
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for December 17-18, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Sharon Neece
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock 
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Tony & Linda Rose
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wills
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Douglas Pask
Chalice Minister:  Cathie Carter
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Altar Minister:  Debra Loder
Reader 1: Marcia Reinhart
Reader 2:  Sharon Neece
Prayers:  Andy Wallace
Verger:  Mike Franklin & Dwight Willman
Greeters :  Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Oblationers: Bob & Lois Hepner
 
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith,  Katie Staudt,
Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna
Coffee Hour Host
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 December 18:
Feel free to host!! No one signed up. Thanks!
 

 

Altar Flowers
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 by phone or email.
 
No altar flowers during Advent.  
Community Groups 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. 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 Jan. 19. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749.

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 2016-17 season is February 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Visit prescottstrings.com for more information.
 
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 concert of the 2016-17 season is May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. Visit prescottchorale.org for more information. 
In the Community
People Who Care
People Who Care is a not for profit organization that matches volunteers with enrolled clients in the community who need a little help in order to continue living independently. Click  
here  for more info.


Prescott Area  Habitat for Humanity
Info Sessions in early 2017
There are 3 upcoming information sessions for prospective home applicants in early 2017: Saturday January 28th, Thursday February 2nd, and Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and contact info to reserve a place at a session, please click  hereTo view the Family Selection Criteria pamphlet with a basic description of the Habitat Home ownership qualification process (including residency, income and other criteria) please click here. 

For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.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 ( info@slecp.org). Thanks for your cooperation!
Church Office Hours: 
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

Click on name to below to send an email message:
 
Rector
Deacon
Deacon

Music Director
Organist
Parish Administrator
Bookkeeper

Children's Ministry / 
Youth Director
Sexton
Senior Warden
Junior Warden
Vestry Liaison to Pastoral Care Commission
Vestry Liaison to Christian Formation Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Fellowship Commission
Vestry Liaison to Communications Commission
Parish Treasurer

Pete Kriger
Assistant Treasurer
Vestry Liaison to
Worship Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Outreach Commission
Vestry Liaison to Membership Commission
Parish Nurse

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office by email (listed above) or phone.
Phone: (928) 778-4499