St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of March 12 , 2017
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Monthly TaizĂ© Service tonight at 6 p.m.
Would you like to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly TaizĂ© service on Friday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month. All are welcome!
Lent 2017
Our Lenten program, featuring  Wednesdays Together, with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., continue this Wednesday, March 15. Please sign-up each week for the Soup Supper so a count can be provided to the group coordinating that week's meal.

During Lent, weekly services include:
  • Wednesdays: Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.
See the Lent 2017 flyer for more program information! They are also available in the Gathering Hall.

Pick up your Lenten devotional, Lenten Meditations 2017, from Episcopal Relief & Development in the Gathering Hall.
The Food Banks St. Luke's supports to help our neighbors
Here at St. Luke's, we are blessed with the ability to help others. To live The Great Commandment:  'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

One way we demonstrate loving our neighbors is when we bring non-perishables to place in the collection boxes in the Gathering Hall. The collected food items are sorted and provided to the 3 local food banks that St. Luke's supports: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank and Prescott Valley Food Bank, whose clients include the working poor, elderly, homeless, low income- those in need. We could be collecting a minimum of 150 - 200 - 250 items each week - that is, if everyone would be willing to bring something, even 1 item. We thank you for any donations you bring and pray you are blessed by your generosity.

I invite you to view the display in the Parish Hall with examples of food items you might be willing to purchase during your grocery shopping trips.

Your non-perishable food donations go to help our neighbors in need.Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Thank you very much for your support of our neighbors in need.
 
In His Service,
Deacon Kimball Arnold
Inquirers' Class starts this Sunday, March 12
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 March 12, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in the parish 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!  "It is expected..."
Pastoral Care Needs Your Help --  Help us help those in need!
Your Pastoral Care Team, Lucy Kemper, Parish Nurse Keehna Sture, and Clergy Liaison Deacon Chris Christy are in need of people to support our expanded Pastoral Care efforts.  We need people who can prepare meals for those recovering from illness and/or surgery, and people who would provide rides for some of our homebound to get to church.  In addition, we are in need of someone to be a team leader for one of our funeral reception teams.  We are also in need of additional Lay Eucharistic Visitors who can bring both communion and the blessings of our community to those who are unable to attend church.  Whenever we renew our baptismal covenant, we say that we "will seek and serve Christ in all persons"....what better way to live our baptismal promises than to be of service to those who are in need?  If you are interested in fulfilling any of these needs, please contact Lucy Kemper at lucykemper48@gmail.com or 928 642-8831, or Deacon Chris Christy at cchristy1231@gmail.com.
Spring Clean-up Day on Friday, March 17
There will be a Spring Clean-Up Day at St. Luke's on  Friday, March 17  starting around  9:00 a.m . We want to clean up and make some improvements to our exterior grounds, and conduct our quarterly kitchen cleaning. Please bring gloves, tools and supplies! For questions or comments, contact Mike Franklin at  69hokie@gmail.com   for grounds items and Lois Hepner at  ljhepner36@gmail.com  for kitchen items.
Christian Formation Opportunity: Best Skills Best Churches
The Diocese is organizing a training for lay leaders called " Best   Skills   Best   Churches: Training for the Original Nonprofit." That's a terrific and original program designed by the diocese in partnership with ASU Lodestar Center of Phoenix. The program consists of 6 Saturday sessions (10/28, 12/9, 1/13, 2/3, 3/10, 4/14). Session titles are: volunteers in ministry, legal aspects of governance, human relations, marketing and community presence, financial management for effective service, and fundraising aspects of stewardship. Register for 6 courses at once for $450 (or choose $100 down payment, plus 5 monthly payments of $70). Visit Diocesan website for more info by visiting  www.azdiocese.org/bestskills.html or call 602-254-0976.
Card-Playing Social on March 18
The folks from the Saturday evening service wanted to share with you that they will be gathering in the Parish Hall on Saturday, March 18, AFTER the 5:30 p.m. service to play cards. All are welcome to join in the fun!
St. Luke's to help with Operation Deep Freeze, March 13 - 19
It is St. Luke's turn again to provide dinner for about 15 men on the nights of  March 13 - 19  if Operation Deep Freeze is in effect.  ODF provides shelter at the Salvation Army on nights when the temperature is 25 degrees or less when dry, 30 degrees or less when wet, or any night when there are two or more inches of snow on the ground.  A sign-up sheet and more detailed information are in the Gathering Hall. Call  Kathy   Pessin  771-2707, if you have more questions.
Special Adult Forum on March 19 during coffee hour: The Apparent Project
There is a preschool song that goes:

"YOU can make a miracle, YOU can help the children/ B ecause of you the future will be theirs/  YOU can make a miracle, YOU can help the children/  Reach out your hand and show them that you care"
 
The APPARENT PROJECT was started in 2009 to help prevent child relinquishment in Haitian Families. Mothers were taking their children to the orphanages so they could have food for their little tummies, and a place to keep them safe and warm at night. Parents did not understand that they were giving away their parental rights!! 
 
After starting with 4 mothers, the APPARENT PROJECT now employs almost 300 Haitians who are learning a trade, a life-long skill. They are learning to make jewelry out of cereal boxes, broken glass, clay from the mountains, and even used oil drums. They are learning to sew, use computers, and better their language skills.
 
A daycare and preschool are there and plans are in the works for a kindergarten! 
 
Please come and hear more about the APPARENT PROJECT on Sunday, March 19, during coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. There will be a short presentation about the APPARENT PROJECT, given by Stacy Milhoan, followed by an opportunity to view and/or purchase some of the jewelry made from cereal boxes and clay. Metal work made from discarded oil drums.
 
You CAN make a miracle happen!!
Highway Clean-up on April 1
Did you know St. Luke's has a stretch of Highway 89 (White Spar Road) south of Prescott that is kept clear of litter by a small group of our parishioners? St. Luke's is part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. The spring clean-up of our stretch of Hwy 89 will take place on Saturday, April 1, at 8 a.m. Please contact  Eddie & Tigger Gillam  for more information and/or meeting spot, 602-510-2621, or eavery1975@gmail.com. If this is for you, your help would be much appreciated!
Parish Pilgrimage on April 1
Open to all! Men...women...youth!

Save the date of Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, in Scottsdale. Join us for a time of spiritual refreshment, where we will take the time to breathe, pray, enjoy the silence, and explore spiritual practices like the Labyrinth and the Stations of the Cross. We will celebrate Eucharist in the Franciscan Chapel. Lunch is included. Cost for the day is $15. Childcare is available. Sign up in the Gathering Hall.

Third annual Lenten offering by The Daughters of the King.
Desk Volunteers Needed
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Thursday mornings (9:00 am to Noon).  We are also looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list, if not looking for a regular position, but would like to help from time to time. 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.
Help re-plant our rose garden!
Our roses are old and need to be replaced. 7 donations of $25 would help us to have new plants. The donation can be made in the memory of a loved one. 
Thanks! 
Ted Lee Junior Warden
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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 banks. Number of food items collected on March 4-5, 2017, was 167! Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 4-5,2017
Attendance: 245
Weekly Giving: Plate - $1,271; Pledge - $11,220
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
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;  March 18: Jim Damm, Kimber DeBono, Luke Kurtz

Anniversaries:  There are none to list this week!
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Donna, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Laura, Laurel, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Lolly, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marie, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, 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, Nate, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Maseno in Kenya

...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley

...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Ministries, West Yavapai Guidance Foundation
Scripture Readings for March 11-12
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Chalice Minister:  Dave & Ruthie Rothgery
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Francois & Deborah Maurice
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Jack Wolter
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Sharon Neece
Chalice Minister:  Doug Pask
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Barbara Lake
Prayers:  Wini Larson
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters :  Susan Bray & Darrell Anderson
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Rich Schwartz
Asst. Ushers:  Paul Gregory & Cathie Carter
Oblationers:  Genell Lee & Wolfgang Schneider
   
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,  Brenda Holden, Evelyn David,
Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben
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 March 12:
No one is signed up! Feel free to host!
 

Altar Flowers
The 2017 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 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. 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 Mar.16. 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 2016-17 season is April 7, 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. 
The Camerata Singers present "Music for the Soul" on March 19 at St. Luke's

The Camerata Singers' next concert will be Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. (audience preview at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Luke's. Tickets available at www.cameratasingersaz.org. Adults: $20; Students 18 and under: $15.
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. Upcoming volunteer info session on March 15, at 1:30 P.M. at Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott. Call 445-2480 for more information.


Prescott Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact Mike Franklin, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
Mountain of Food

This is the time of year when the CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) pantry runs low of vital food items. Please help us fill the pantry so hungry families are fed. Mountain of Food will be held April 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church Courtyard, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. Click here for event flyer.
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Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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