St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 1
Dear People of St Luke's,
I'm saddened to announce you that on Wednesday, August 28, Beth Shaw resigned from her position of Senior Warden. Beth began as our Senior Warden in September 2018. I'm so thankful for what Beth accomplished in her ministry, the talents that she shared with us, her leadership and her unconditional support. She will be missed. May the Lord bless Beth, guide her, and be with her always.
In Christ's love
Storm of Grace
What if, in the time it takes rain to fall from heaven to the ground, you changed? You turned your head and knew the presence of the Holy Spirit?
Imagine, in the thunder, you suddenly believed that Jesus died for you, not for you as a part of the big glob of all humanity, but you with your name, history, mistakes and sins?
Suppose, in a split of lightening, you forgave the person who hurt you most in this world, or you forgave yourself?
Perhaps you found yourself in a flash-flood of letting go---of your anger, self-pity or pride?  And everything that you grasp for stability was washed away---people, things, activities and the addiction that you use to prop yourself up?
What if all you held on to was JESUS?  It could happen, just like that.
Lord, I am willing.  Amen
Submitted by Mary Bowers
Join us for Game Night
following the 5:30 Worship Service on August 31st. 

Bring a yummy snack to share. To add to the fun you can bring your favorite game to play.   We'll see you then!

Sunday September 1st
From 9:15 am to 9:45 am
At St Luke's Episcopal Church
2000 Shepherds Lane Prescott
We will meet in the Meditation Room.
Bring your friends and family    
                              for a simple and warm service.                                 
Is coming back!
Sunday September 1 st
after the Family Eucharist
Here is a challenge put to God 's community:
Are we open to God's surprises?
Do we have the courage to strike out along the paths that God's newness sets before us?
Are we open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit?
A new ministry of Healing Prayer is coming to St. Luke's.  Some of you remember a time when we could go into the chapel following communion and request healing prayer.   Soon we will be offering this again.  And there is much more. We are also offering workshops about Healing Prayer and Bible studies about the Healings of Jesus.   All of this is in preparation for becoming a Healing Community called "The Order of St. Luke the Physician." This is an International Order which has brought hope and healing to thousands of people throughout the world.   A series of workshops will be held in the Conference room at St. Luke's from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: September 7th, 14th; October 5th and 12th, and Nov. 2nd and 9th.   The sessions will be led by the Rev. Susan Schubert. You may call her if you have any questions at 928-308-5942.  A registration sheet will be in the Gathering Hall. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.
*** WARM FOR WINTER *** clothing collection has begun!  Collection bin is in the Gathering Room and will be available for the month of September only . Reminder: Children's clothing must be new and adult clothing clean and gently used.  Thanks to all for supporting this community-wide effort! 
Grief Support Group
Join us...All are welcome!
No Rule Book.  No Time Frame.  No Judgement.
Grief is as individual as a fingerprint.
Do what is right for your soul.

For meeting times and schedule, contact: Carolyn A. Jones  (480) 650-9144
Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Journey Jottings: 
Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
Although deacon formation classes were not held in June, July, or August, the Class of 2020-Amy Bryan (St. Augustine's,Tempe), Susan Erickson (St. Philip's In The Hills, Tucson), and I-were not sitting idle!  We had lots of reading to do, papers to write, events and activities to attend, and succession plans to develop for the ministries in our home parishes that we will be leaving behind when our internships begin on September 1st.  But before talking about our internships, I'll recap our summer.

Help Us Help Those in Need
Your Pastoral Care Team is in need of people to support our 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.  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 or 928 642-8831, or Deacon Chris Christy at .  
Altar Servers' Training
If you are interested in serving at the altar, please join us for training on Tuesday, September 10 at 11:00 AM or on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 AM.  If you have questions, please contact Lucy Kemper at or 928 642-8831.
If you are currently  on the schedule please attend one of these two trainings to "refresh" your training.
Prescott United Methodist Church will host a panel on immigration  on Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. at 505 West Gurley. The presentation is open to the public. Sponsors are Prescott United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church, League of Women Voters, Emmanuel  Lutheran Church (PV), Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Baha'i Faith,   Prescott Indivisible and Prescott Peacebuilders Panel members include:  Laura Rambikur who   teaches graduate level courses on immigration and theology at the U.S./Mexico border.  Ella Rawls who is an immigration attorney working for low income immigrants in Southern Arizona.  Saul Fein who  has been active in Prescott with various NGO's.  Dan Streeter  who  is currently serving in his fifth year as the Superintendent for the largest school district in Yavapai County, the Humboldt Unified School District.   Sue Lefebvre who is a  representative of No More Deaths ,  a humanitarian organization based  in southern Arizona .   Veronica who is a member of the local immigrant community, came to the United States over 25 years ago from Mexicali, Baja California will talk about life as part of the immigrant population seeking citizenship in the United States.   Elea Ziegelbaum is a young community organizer and a graduate student at Prescott College.   There will be a Q & A time after the presenters have spoken. Refreshments will be provided.   For information: .
As the PASS Chaplain, I would like to remind everyone about the PASS (Prescott Area Shelter Services) Volunteer & Donor Appreciation BBQ Wednesday, September 11, from 4 PM - 6 PM at the Goldwater Lake Ramada. Food and Drinks are provided. All current or potential Volunteers and Donors are invited to come meet the PASS staff and board members to become better acquainted with God's work in helping women and their children struggling from crisis to stability. Thank you and God Bless!
PASS Chaplain
Rev. Bill Christy
The name "Stand Down" comes from times of war when exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefield to a place of relative security and safety.  Today, Stand Down refers to a grass-roots, community-based intervention program designed to help the 130,000 homeless veterans "combat" life on the streets. The hand-up, not handout philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers across the nation.  St. Luke's Undie Sunday Drive collected new socks, underwear and undershirts, and longjohns for this event, which culminates on Sept. 13 & 14, at U.S. Vets, 917 E. Gurley . To volunteer pick up a Volunteer Questionnaire from the Outreach table or contact Skye Biasetti at 928-583-7679 []
During September, Scouts from Troop and Pack 10 will be selling Trails' End Popcorn to raise money for summer camp and other activities. Please check out the popcorn sale table in the parish hall after worship, You can contribute to Scouts and get some delicious popcorn as a reward! 70% of each purchase goes to our troop and the local Scout Council. You can even special order flavors like Chocolate Caramel and Jalape ño-Cheese!
SAVE THE DATE.  Sunday, September 15 Elder Appreciation Sunday  
Everyone is invited to celebrate our elders after the 10am service.  Sign-up your family in the Gathering Hall, due to limited space in our Parish Hall we are limited 110 people.
The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the complex array of challenges facing immigrants across the United States, including support for children and other people seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, assisting immigrants who are undocumented, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and resettling refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries.  Their new video  Walking With Immigrants highlights  the work of the Diocese of Arizona and Cruzando Fronteras.
Cruzando Fronteras
Thank you to everyone who has donated items or transported them to Phoenix. Your generosity is making Christ known in our world. If you would like to make a donation, the following are items currently needed.
Larger diapers (sizes 5 & 6)
Soap and  Shampoo
Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Toilet paper and  Paper towels
NEW underwear (children and adults)
Please drop off items bagged in small easily carried bags during normal business hours. If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can donate online:
The Once and Future Jesus
A new fall seminar with Fr. Wills starts September 4 from 5 pm to 6 pm in the classroom wing.  Use the signup in the Gathering Hall or call Fr. Bob at 928 227-2496 to get the book at 30% discount.
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of the Diocese, their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy fellowship and cheer on the D-backs as they host the Cincinnati Reds! Bishop Reddall will be in attendance! Game Date & Time: - Friday, September 13, 2019, First Pitch: 6:40 p.m.  Seating Option: $25 - Lower Level Bleachers (section 141) (seats with backs) E veryone has an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop Reddall! You're encouraged to wear your church, diocesan, or Episcopal t-shirt.  A portion of every ticket purchased using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Prison Ministry program. Join Episcopalians from all over the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St.) beginning at 5:00 p.m. Free parking is available at select spots in the garage (read the signs!), in front of Diocesan House, and street parking. T hen take the light rail to the ballpark. Tickets are $4/person for an all-day pass and can be purchased at the Central/Roosevelt Stop adjacent to Trinity. After the game here will be fireworks, followed by a player Q & A. Special guest For King & Country will be performing a concert to end the event! The ticket order deadline is September 3, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at / or by phone (602 462-4113)
All Episcopal and Lutheran women and their friends are invited to participate in the ECW Annual Retreat, "Walking in God's Love" in Phoenix on September 27 and 28.
Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Airport, enjoy catching up with old friends and make new ones. Register and pay by August 26 to SAVE $25! The schedule includes a gathering Friday evening with finger food, followed by a Taizé service. Saturday's schedule has a lineup of speakers who will inspire us to enjoy "Walking in God's Love." Register online at
JustFaith comes to St Luke's
JustFaith is designed for people who want a deeper faith, a greater sense of purpose, and a practical understanding of how to make a difference in the world. Participants engage in reading, prayer, and thought-provoking dialogue. They encounter the world, each other, the Gospel, and build lasting relationships. (   The 21 week course includes centering prayer, retreat days, lectio divina, presentations, dialogue, deepening relationships and immersion experiences. Participants will prepare for sessions through spiritual readings and prayer journals.   Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.   Anne Fitzsimons will speak about the program Sept. 7/8 after all Services. There will be an information session on Wed. Sept 25th 9-11 for interested persons.
For questions, Contact: or
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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 blue 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 the role they play in the life of this region.
Food Donation Programs
Thank you for your continued support of our food donation programs which benefit  three area food banks and our own Food Pantry  

August 24/25: 3 7 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans

Weekly Attendance & Giving
August 10/11  -  Attendance: 310    Pledge: $5,219   Plate:  $1,128
Honoring Special Dates
September 2: Mike Kemper, Richard Pettenger, Denise DeKemper
September 3: Donald Crawford
September 4: Liberty Kallberg, Pam Williams, James Klein, Julie Duffett, Earl Poole,
                      Patricia Atchison, Lee Schafer, Terri Doran
September 6: The Rev. Susan Armer, Marian Webster, Carol Covert
September 7: Larry Neece

September 1: Gerry & Sandy Caton,
September 3: Tom Connors & Kari Johnson, Jim & Kathy Pessin, Win & Phyllis Gee

Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Connor, Courtney, Curt, Daniel, Dave, Dawn Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, JoAnn & Greg, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kathleen & Phillip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey,, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem,Sean, Sally, Sharon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susuie, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Tony, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Dante' (grandson of Carol Sweden)

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  the Ptrovince of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:    Saint Andrew (Nogales)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, 
Granite Creek Hunger Potluck

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Scripture Readings
Twelveth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Ministers for August 24 - 25

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Sally Phelps

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Bob Wills
Sub-Deacon: Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Lynne Wells
  Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Eileen Klein
Verger:  Lauree Birchmeier
Welcome Table: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Greeters:  Barrie & Claire Clark
Ushers: Bruce & Geni Lequesne
Asst. Ushers: Rich Schwartz & Barbara Baker-Rosenberg
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

Host for September 1:
Lolly et al 

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2019 flower chart is 
posted in the Narthex.

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 in the narthex.  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 
Mary Queen "In loving memory of her parents Mary and Joe

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 pm at St. Luke's in the Conference Room, with the exception of the summer months.
Visit for more info or contact   Diane Reddy.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons beginning August 11th at 1:00 pm 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 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.
Thumb Butte Quilters

Quilters meet the second Monday of the month in the Parish Hall at 9:00 am.  For more information email the current president by  clicking here .
    Ten Commandments Bible Study
Coming this fall presented by Greg Bowers
Date and time yet to be determined.  A sign-up sheet is in the gathering hall.  Please indicate 
what time and day of the week  works best for you.

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, click hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9:00 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