St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of May 19, 2019
Give Thanks for God's Simple Gifts, Give the Gift of .................."
Show your thanks for the abundant gifts you have received from God by sharing "Simple Gifts" of kindness & compassion, caring & listening, unconditional love, and thankfulness and with all whom you encounter, and by living a life of faithfulness and believing.

May 18-19:
Give Thanks for God's Simple Gifts, Give the Gift of Kindness and Compassion

Almighty God, you fill our hearts with love to share. Help our compassion to shine forth in kindness to all we meet in our daily lives, supported by our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer Provided by Judy Lovegren from Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
Kindness and Compassion

Compassion literally means "to suffer together." When we see another person suffering we desire to be with the person and are motivated to alleviate the suffering. Just as Jesus was moved with compassion when he encountered people who were sick and in need, we too are moved by the Spirit to have compassion for others we encounter. When we respond with compassion to others, we faithfully live into our baptismal covenant: we seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. Over the next week, I encourage each of us to pray our baptismal covenant and ask God how the Spirit is guiding us to offer compassion to others through United Thank Offering and other ministries at St. Luke's. 
- Mother Denise Muller

A Box That Is So Much More Than a Box
Use your UTO box each morning as a visual reminder to stop, take a few minutes to thank God for God's Simple Gifts and to think about how you will give the Gift of Kindness and Compassion to someone you encounter in the day ahead. 

When you put coins or bills into your UTO box your blessings become blessings for others.  All monies collected support God's mission in the United States and around the world by funding grants. Last year UTO awarded 34 grants totally $1,283,216.21.  Bridges Reentry in Arizona--a program for formerly incarcerated women was one of the grants funded.. 
Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations

We gave thanks to God for all the people from St. Luke's who discerned to be confirmed, received, and reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church. The group gathered with others from around the diocese at the cathedral last Saturday for this joyful and Spirit-filled service. 

These newest members of the Episcopal Church are: David & Bonnie Cain, Gary & Margaret Cole, Carl & Denise DeKemper. Terri Doran,  Jim & Eileen Klein, Bud & Dorcas Lawn, Mary Ellen Rivero, Gerald Schafer, Mark & Kathleen Tuttle

Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with  them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Hey Friends!
It's time to sign-up for our 2019 VBS MIGHTY FORTRESS. Just go to St. Luke's website and scroll to new or youth.
June 3rd to June 7th from 9:00 am to noon
At St Luke's Episcopal Church

Together we will look into the bible and God's Holy Word to discover that God is our Mighty Fortress, our Shield and our Deliverer!   Step back in medieval time and wear you knight or princess costume! It's going to be so much fun!

Bring your friends and make new ones!
Call Sophie for more info: 703-980-5314
I can't wait to see you again!
Just Coffee sales for last week were great
56 pounds sold!! 

We welcome volunteers to sell coffee after each service.  each month.

Contact Mary Ellen Rivero (maryellen.rivero@gmail.com)
with questions or for more information. 
CAMP GENESIS BACKPACK PROJECT
A big, hearty thanks to all who donated to the Camp Genesis backpack project.  Because of your generosity, we collected $1336.00 after all three services this past Saturday and Sunday! That was almost exactly what we needed in remaining funds to fill 18 backpacks.   Our youth ministry will be preparing an artful sign welcoming these kids to camp and writing notes of encouragement on handmade cards next weekend.  A great thanks to Jean Ehlers who is sewing the sign on which the youth group will do their handiwork. You all are amazing.  Thank you again for your love and generosity.
Becky Hansen
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A Rare Opportunity with an Angel Quilt
This is a photograph of St. Luke's very first Angel Quilt and little Jack Kensing with his quilt.  Karen and Gary Kensing asked for prayers for their 1 year old grandson, Jack Kensing.  Since the above photo was made in San Diego Jack has had an operation on his kidneys in San Diego and is home with his quilt.
St Luke's families with ill children or grandchildren WILL BE OUR FIRST PRIORITY ALWAYS!  We are a family here and we love each other! And those St Luke's children's quilts will always have a personal label! 
ME WITNESS?

If Christ's love has warmed your home, tell someone.
If in worship you have come close to God, declare it.
If prayer has shown you the power of God, say so.
If through Christ you have found forgiveness and the power to forgive, let someone know. If the church has given you a chance to serve the God you love, tell someone.
If God has worked a miracle in your life, say so.
Say so...in your business, to your friends, in your home, as you travel and while you play, through your church, with your lips, by your life. Whenever and wherever God gives you the chance, say so! No one else can be as effective a good news teller, an evangelist, to your friends as you can. With a genuine Christian you cannot tell where religion stops and living begins or where living stops and religion begins.
Anonymous
Submitted by Daughters of the King.
Stewardship University - Telecare Ministry - 
Saturday, May 18
Cancelled and rescheduled for the fall. 
Saturday Hospitality
May 25
Join us for coffee & cookies 
before the 5:30 service and
Game Night after the service
More information to follow
Our last day is Sunday May 26 th
We will end this wonderful year
together with a party so we hope to see
you then!
We will be back on Sunday August 11 th
for the Blessing of the backpacks!

Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke's Deacon 
in Formation

Because this year's Easter Triduum fell on the weekend that we normally have  deacon formation classes-the third Saturday of the month-we had the luxury  of an extra week to read, study, and complete assignments. As wonderful as  that additional time was, it also meant that there would be only three weeks until  our next class-which really made me agree with whoever said, "you can't rob  Peter to pay Paul!"  Our day started, as usual, with Morning Prayer in the chancel of the Cathedral.  What was not usual, however, was that we were joined by three transitional deacons who had come for the anti-racism training that was being given that day (required by canon law for ordination). It's part of the second-year DFA curriculum, so Amy, Susan and I will be receiving that training next year, at about this time. If you are not familiar with the term "transitional deacon," I can save you a Google search. Transitional deacons are priest candidates who have been  ordained deacon as part of their program of preparation for priesthood. Canon law requires that they serve as deacons for at least six months, but all the while, they are "en route" to being priests. This contrasts with "vocational deacons" (like Amy, Susan, and me; and Deacon Chris and Deacon Kimball at St. Luke's), whose final, and only, "destination" is the diaconate.
Click to read more
Adult Formation Opportunities

  Book Study - On the Brink of Everything 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

  Letter of James Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Conference Room
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  stlukesprescott.church/support/  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 Program
Thank you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits  three area food banks The counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of May 11/12: 81 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
May 11/12  -   Attendance: 263    Pledge: $8,339   Plate:  $450
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
May 19:  Laura Norman, Betty Gass
May 20: Brian Weir
May 21:  John Petrocik, Debbie Opitz
May 23:  Laura Schoeben, Carol Anderson
May 24:  Gwen Schenck, Bruce Burwell, Rocky Del Mar

Anniversaries:
May 20:  Larry Allen & JoAnn Salem
May 21:  Rich & Cathy Hoaglund, Cory & Sheila Willis
May 24:  Steve & Gerry Jarvis

Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alicon, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Beth, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carl, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Clare, Clay, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, 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, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Martha, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nolan (baby), Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rosey, Roxann and family, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sandy, Sean, Sally, Sharon, Shea, Sheri, Sherry, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, 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

Bob Bird, former parishioner, died on April 4, 2019.  The memorial service was held on Saturday, April 13, at St. Mark's in Moscow, Idaho. Please keep the 
Bird family in your prayers.

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Northern Izon (Nigeria)
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry (Flagstaff) 
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank, St. Luke's Food Pantry

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

Scripture Readings
Fifth Sunday of Easter 
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday 

Psalm 122

Acts 15:1-6

John 15:1-8

Worship Ministers for May 18 - May 19

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
Welcome Table:  Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev.Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Altar Minister:Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Patricia Anderson
  Reader 2:  Barbara Harber
Prayers: Doris Schoeben 
Verger:  Michael Staudt
Greeters: Gary DeLisle & Marilynn Henry-DeLisle
Welcome Table: Jean Ehlers 
Ushers: Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers: Mary Berkheiser & Becky Hansen
 
Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Syliva McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, 
Betsy Denison


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.
We are looking for coffee hour hosts for May!

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

Hosts for May 19:
Diane Mazmanian




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 
Chalys Stephens
 
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 prescottdbe.org for more info or contact   Diane Reddy.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons 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 .
Prescott Chamber Orchestra
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals and concerts at St. Luke's. Visit    prescottstrings.com 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.
Visit prescottchorale.org 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 .
 
Census 2020 needs you!
Make your next job count! The 2020 Census will count all the people living in the United States of America and your help is needed. A variety of positions are available with a pay range of $13.75 - $19.50/hour. Apply here:  2020census.gov/jobs.

Click here for informational flyer.
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:  epistle@slecp.org .

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 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499