St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of January 28 , 2018

Bishop Search: Let Your Voice Be Heard!
As the search and work continues for the sixth Bishop of Arizona, the search committee wants to ensure that every member of the diocese has a chance to present their opinions to the committee. Please assist the committee by taking this electronic survey:
Prescott Chamber Orchestra Performance on Jan. 27
The next performance of the Prescott Chamber Orchestra, "Love That Classical!" will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke's.  The PCO brings you music from both the Romantic and Contemporary eras of classical music, all under the direction of Associate Conductor, Peter Mueller. The talented Curtis Peacock, son of parishioners Jane & Roger Peacock, will be featured for a couple of tuba solos. For information on the program and tickets, please go to the PCO website here!

Camerata Singers Performance on February 3
Gloria! A choral celebration of contemporary cathedral compositions. Performance will be at St. Luke's at 3 p.m. on February 3. To buy tickets, visit
Bible Study Resumes this week
Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm in the Library. We will continue reading the book of Acts.
First Singles Dinner Night Out for 2018!
Singles Dinner Night Out is on Friday, February 2, at Tara Fine Thai Cuisine, 115 S. Cortez St, Prescott.

Please email Sherri at or call 928-308-1333 to reserve.
Special Coffee Hour on February  4
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fr. Bob Wills' ordination to the priesthood with a special coffee hour!!                          
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry
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. Williams, 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.

To read more about Michael Goodluck and the program, click  here.
Outreach News
The Outreach Commission would like to remind everyone of the scholarships and grants due dates coming up in March.
The  2nd annual  St. Luke's Episcopal Church Educational Scholarship 
application is now available on St. Luke's website. The name was changed to Educational Scholarship rather than College Scholarship due to the fact it also encompasses trades schools. The qualification to apply has changed to include any accredited school in  any state rather than Arizona only. If you know a student graduating from a quad-city high school direct him or her to St. Luke's website to apply for the Scholarship which is due March 30, 2018 . Applications are also available in the Gathering Hall on the Outreach table.

Many of you may know or be involved in a group/program that helps others and may need a little financial help, direct them to our website to fill out a grant  application for assistance. This is due March 15, 2018.

The next Outreach meeting will be Monday February 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm.
Please join us as we are always looking for new ways in which we can spread God's news throughout our community.

Help needed with Educational Scholarship Applications
As we did last year, St. Luke's will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the Quad Cities area.  The scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other expenses of attending an accredited college or university, junior or community college, or vocational/trade school.  Applications are due March 30, 2018, and the awards will be announced at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  Between the application deadline and the announcement of the awards, we need volunteers to serve in three capacities:
  • Reading and reviewing the applications for completeness
  • Reading and evaluating the required two to three page essays
  • Interviewing the finalists on Saturday, April 28, 2018
If you would like to participate in the scholarship review in one of these ways or have any questions, please get in touch with Mary Berkheiser at

Operation Deep Freeze
Operation Deep Freeze is held at the local Salvation Army. When the temperature goes below 28 degrees, an emergency winter shelter is provided with a hot meal, shower, and overnight stay for people who are homeless in the Prescott and Quad City area. Volunteers sign up to take a one week assignment, which runs from Monday through Sunday. St Luke's week is February 26 - March 4. If called upon the food for the evening meal must be prepared at the Salvation Army's kitchen. The Salvation Army will contact our lead person Liz Kennedy when the temperature is expected to go below 28 degrees, in turn she will contact whoever has signed up. The sign-up sheet is located in the Gathering Hall.
Memorable words from one of Fr. Pierre-Henry's sermons in early January.  We received this e-mail from Nita, who "came and saw."
"My husband and I recently visited your church.  We are Episcopalians from MS and felt very at home in your church in AZ.  We also received a little loaf of fruit/nut bread and a cross-stitch cross.  What a pleasant surprise!  The cross is now sitting on my desk and I can tell you that we loved eating on the bread as we flew across country.  Thanks for your ministry."
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                                
Announcing the opening of
Enrich your spiritual life at St. Luke's Christian Academy.
Video classes from ChurchNext, an online Episcopal learning resource, can be taken individually at home at your own pace, or together with other parishioners. Classes are free and led by leaders of the Episcopal Church. Signups start next week to be a part of this new learning experience. For more information contact Mary Queen at
Monthly Potlucks
The yearly sign-up sheet is available in the Gathering Hall for the host/hostess' for St. Luke's Monthly Potlucks.  We will start in April and the potlucks will go through November. In December, there is a great Christmas party for the hosts/hostesses at the home of the Welkers.

These are very casual. We only bring an appetizer and our favorite beverage. The host/hostess only has to open their front door for the fun to begin! For more information, please call Sharon Welker at 928-925-6201.
Daughters of the King 2017 Report
(This report was mistakenly omitted from the Annual Report to the Parish for the year, 2017.) 

The Phoebe Chapter of the Daughters of the King has had an active year at St. Luke's. We meet the 2 nd Sunday of each month at 11:30 am, following the 10 am service.
  As a constant reminder of our vows, we wear daily the emblem of The Order: a silver pin/pendant with the inscription, "MAGNANIMETER CRUCEM SUSTINE" which broadly translated means "with heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross."
After a period of study and by reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of our parish.
Through membership in the Order we develop strength and discipline through prayer, are challenged through study and be part of a community with other fantastic women of St. Luke's and other chapters around the world.  We find the Order of the Daughters of the King to be a safe place in our very busy world where women of all ages can support each other in Christ's love.  We believe:
I am but one,
But I am one
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
What I ought to do,
By the grace of God
I will do.
What will you have me do?
As part of our rule we pray daily for those on our prayer list. These names come to us in a variety of ways from people in the parish and outside the parish. We have a prayer box in the narthex where people can put prayer requests. These prayers are confidential and can be anonymous if desired. The prayer list is kept up-to-date each month by our prayer chairman. We pray prayers of Thanksgiving, Comfort, Healing, Special Supplications and there are "Those we always pray for" such as our clergy, volunteers and other ministries.
We are here to serve our parish and our clergy and to plan or participate in special events at his request. This year we planned and led the Lenten Pilgrimage at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, April 1, 2017. We had about 25 people in attendance.
We led a Training and Discernment Workshop June 3, 2017. The purpose of this was to introduce interested women to the Daughters of the King and provide a time of discernment whether they just wanted to know what we are about or become a member. We had four women in attendance, one from another parish. We received one new member from this training. Barbara Leonard was received during the 10 am service on September 24, 2017. We received Barbara Harber who was reinstated as a member during our meeting November 12, 2017.
Work among girls is one of the missions of the Daughters of the King and we have been in discussion to start a Junior Daughter Chapter at St. Luke's. We are members of Province VIII of the DOK and have an upcoming Province VIII Retreat in January 19 to 21 2018 in Scottsdale. There is a one day event during that time for Junior Daughters or those girls who might be interested. This will already have taken place at the time of the annual meeting.
We provided a Wine and Cheese Basket the "Taste for Mission" fundraiser, during the year we provided baskets of snacks for members who have lost loved ones (around the time of Memorial Services) as well as side dishes for a dinner as requested.
Our current officers are:  Rosaleen Runnalls President;  Diane Mazmanian Vice President;  Leanne Bryan Secretary/Treasurer;  Brenda Schwartz Prayer Chairman
Respectfully submitted,
Rosaleen Runnalls
St. Luke's Episcopal Concert Series
Hello and greetings from the Music Loft of St. Luke's Episcopal Church!

This letter will serve as the announcement of the newly created Concert Series here at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Music is a vital part of our worship and has long been a component of the larger church itself. When you consider the origin of chant, choral music, organ music and instrumental music, as well, the church has been the focal point of those creations. To read more, click  here.
Becoming Beloved Community

Beloved Community is the practical image of the world we pray for when we say, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  We dream of communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life, and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.  We pray for communities that labor so that the flourishing of every person (and all creation) is seen as the hope of each.  Conceived this way, Beloved Community provides a deeply faithful paradigm  for transformation, formation, organizing, advocacy, and witness.
Notes from the Nurse
It's always gratifying when parishioners approach me with suggestions as to a topic for my monthly wellness column.  It says that: (1) people are reading the column; and (2) the column is a good way to share helpful health information with the whole congregation.  This month's topic is courtesy of Bill Preston, who told me a few weeks ago about a new shingles vaccine that was approved by the FDA in October of last year, but whose release has not been very well publicized.  This column will take care of that for all St. Luke's parishioners!
The vaccine, called Shingrix, provides a remarkable and sustained 90-97% effectiveness rate, compared with the older vaccine, Zostavax-on the market since 2008-which most of us who are 60 and older received.  Recent research has found that the effectiveness of Zostavax, which starts out at only 51%, declines to ZERO within seven to nine years of its administration!  In other words, depending on when you received your shingles vaccination (and, remember, Zostavax was the "only game in town" between 2008 and three months ago), you may have, at worst, NO immunity, or, at best, 51% immunity!
Given the above findings, both the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are urging everyone who is 50 and older to get the Shingrix vaccine, even those who were already inoculated against shingles with Zostavax.
Unlike Zostavax, Shingrix is not made from a live virus, so there are fewer side effects and risks.  It is manufactured from a non-live piece of the virus, combined with a chemical that boosts the immune system, making it easier to store and cheaper to make.  Shingrix is administered in two doses (like Zostavax), typically over two months.  Each dose costs $150 wholesale, but what patients are charged depends on their insurance coverage.  Shingrix IS covered by Medicare D.
So...what do you need to do to get a Shingrix inoculation?  First of all, you will need to obtain a prescription from your health care practitioner.  Bring the prescription and your insurance card to either a CVS or Safeway pharmacy, and a pharmacist will administer the vaccine.  I checked with all the Prescott and Prescott Valley pharmacies today (January 22), and it is only those two pharmacies-CVS and Safeway-that have the vaccine in stock right now.  Neither Walmart nor Walgreens could say when they would have it, and Fry's is waiting for a "Vaccine Information Statement" to be issued by the CDC before making Shingrix available to the public, so check to make sure that your particular pharmacy has the vaccine in stock before heading out the door.
Shingles is a nasty illness that can linger for weeks, and for 20% of those who get shingles, there is a residual complication called "post-herpetic neuralgia," which is extremely debilitating nerve pain that can last for months, or even years.  One out of every three people develops shingles in his or her lifetime; in any given year, there are about a million cases of it, so don't become a statistic.  Get your Shingrix shot as soon as you can!  Call or email me if you have questions, or need further information.
A happy and healthy 2018 to all!         -Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
Lenten Soup Suppers
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 are out now!
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!
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!

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!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page, , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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. 20-21,  125 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: 
Peanut Butter, Macaroni & cheese, Canned tuna, Canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
1/20-21:  Attendance - 204
                   Pledge - data next week
                   Plate - data next week
Honoring Special Dates
January 28: Regan Loughney, Steven Richardson Jr.
January 29: Ian Loughney
January 30: Wesley Denison, Carol Glover, Aimee Lequesne
January 31: Dorothy Eichbaum, Claire Ghan, Manny Hernandez
February 1: Erica Arnold, Joyce Boden, Dick Reinhart, Brian Riley
February 2: Rich Leon
February 3: Rosey Garrripee,Don McKellar III
January 28: Ted & Barbara Sayle

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, Enrique, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Gene, Geoff, Gerry, Grace, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Kay & Dennis, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Robert, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tracie, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those who have passed away

Mary Todd-Pendergast, passed away: 1/18/2018
   Memorial service on February 24, 2018 at 11:00 am, Emmanuel Lutheran (Prescott Valley)

Katie Williams (Lolly Skinner's mother) passed away: 1/13/2018
   She was an amazing woman and loved doing for others her whole life.
    Celebration of Life on March 3, 2018 at 10:30 am, lunch/reception to follow
    St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 56th Street & Oak, Phoenix, AZ
    RSVP at
...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: Dioceses of Central Florida & Central Gulf Coast
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Michael's (Coolidge)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Granite Creek Hunger Potluck
Scripture Readings
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17
Psalm 32: 1-8
Mark 6:1-6
Weekly Worship Assistants for January 27-28, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters: Scott & Carol Hein
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
Ushers:  Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wells
Sub-deacon:  Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Elizabeth Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Sharon Neece
Reader 1: Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Barbara Sayle
Verger:  Larry Griffin
Greeters:  Dave & Barbara Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Diane Mazmanian & Genell Lee
Ushers: Lynne Wells & Jean Ehlers
Asst. Ushers:  Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers: Gil & Joanie Hedger
Altar Guild Team:  Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith,
Katie Staudt, Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna

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 28: Pat & Carmen Welter

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 28:
   Given in thanksgiving for the love that abides at St. Luke's 
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 Feb. 15. 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
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 flyer on info meetings. For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click here.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, 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 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499