The Weekly Epistle
Week of January 12

Please pray for all those affected by the deadly earthquakes in Puerto Rico.  May God bless them with strength in this time of uncertainty and loss.  You can go the the Episcopal Relief and Development page online and scroll down to US Disaster Program if you wish to donate funds.
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 
Sunday, January 26,
 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 
   Please plan to attend this important meeting.
Voting at the January 26, 2020 Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting of St. Luke's Parish on Sunday, January 26, 2020, six members of the Vestry will be elected. Some may wonder who may vote in that election, and it is the St. Luke's Bylaws, Revised March 2014, that govern. Article IV, Section 5 tells us: "At every [annual] meeting, each communicant member in good standing who is present shall be entitled to cast one vote."   Article II, Sections c and d explain what a "communicant member in good standing is." First, Section c defines a "communicant member": "A communicant member is a baptized member who has received Holy Communion in The Episcopal Church at least three times during the preceding year."
  
Section d then further elaborates on what "in good standing" means: "A communicant member in good standing is a communicant member of at least 16 years in age who, for the previous year, has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause having been prevented from so doing, and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. A communicant member in good standing is eligible to vote on any matter duly brought before any Annual or Special Meeting of the Parish."
  
Thus, you are a communicant member in good standing and eligible to vote if you:
1. Have been baptized;
2. Received Holy Communion in the Episcopal Church at least three times in 2019; and
3. Have been faithful in worship, working, praying, and giving (pledging) for the spread of the Kingdom of God;
  
This explanation is not intended to be exclusive, but rather to demonstrate that the vast majority of St. Luke's parishioners are communicant members in good standing and therefore eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Mary Berkheiser, Chancellor
Meet Your Vestry Candidates
Resumes for each Candidate are posted 
on the Web ( stlukesprescott.church) and on the Bulletin Board
Lloyd
Needham
Roger Peacock
Larry Griffin

Ron Weiss
Nancy
Reynolds
Paul Nelson

60th Annual Diocesan Convention Delegates
We will take 5 delegates to the
Diocesan Convention  Oct.16 & 17 in Tucson.
Would you like to represent St. Luke's this year?
Call the Office for more information and/or to put 
your name on the ballot.
2nd Saturday Men's Fellowship 
is this Saturday, January 11. 
Please meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist, 
followed by breakfast and Bible Study. All men are welcome. 
For more information contact Don McKellar, 
Cell: 602-499-1471 or  donald@mckellar.biz
JustCoffee this weekend after all services
This weekend JustCoffee is celebrating its One Year Anniversary 
as a partner with St. Luke's.
We will be in the Gathering Hall after all Masses.  
We accept cash, check, AND credit cards.  
Keurig users, we have extended our offer of a free reusable cup 
with the purchase of JustCoffee. 
After this month we will continue to sell the cups for $2.50 each. 
Order of St. Luke
Beginning this Sunday, January 12th, confidential individual prayers will be available for anyone who wishes prayer immediately following the 10:00 Service. An Order of St. Luke Prayer Team 
will be available in the Chapel adjoining the Sanctuary.
 
Contact Person for The Order of St. Luke will be Claire Clark, who is the Convener.
Engaging With The Gospel Of John 
This Epiphany
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ~ John 1:1
Begin the new year with a commitment to some biblical strength training! Research shows that reading scripture is the perfect exercise for those who want to grow and strengthen their faith. The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to read the Gospel of John, with passages appointed for each day from Epiphany through Shrove Tuesday. Joining the Good Book Club is easy: Open your Bible and start reading!
Click here for list of readings
 
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
 
December's deacon formation activities were held the weekend before Christmas, so Advent expectation was at its peak! The Cathedral was beautifully decorated, and final preparations were being made for Sunday's liturgy, and a Blue Christmas service that evening. The Class of 2020 participated, as we always do, in the Sunday liturgies.
 
But I'm getting ahead of myself! Saturday, December 21st, we had the second class of a two-part Theology module, taught by Rev. Poulson Reed, Rector of All Saints' Church in Phoenix. What made Saturday's class special was that Rev. Poulson, just one week earlier, had been elected Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma! Although the Deacon Formation Academy has some truly great faculty, it never has had a Bishop-elect, so our class felt privileged to be with Poulson that day, knowing that he would soon be on his way to a new leadership role in the Church, and new challenges and joys in Oklahoma. Most of our seven-hour class was devoted to discussing four broad themes of Christian theology: Incarnation, Resurrection, Salvation, and the Trinity, using the presentations that Amy, Susan, and I had prepared as a springboard to discussion. Because it is impossible to "cover" theology in two classes, Poulson encouraged us to continue reading and studying theological books and journals, and to make sure that we have a thorough understanding of our Church's core beliefs and doctrines (easily accessible to anyone, at  www.episcopalchurch.org ).
 
In January, the Class of 2020 will be starting another two-part DFA module: Christian Ethics. Our textbook is Ethics After Easter, by Stephen Holmgren, which is Volume 9 of The New Church's Teaching Series, published by Cowley Publications. The series was written for not only Episcopalians, but for those who come from other religious traditions, or no tradition at all, and who want to know what Anglicanism has to offer.
 
As 2019 comes to a close, bringing us to the threshold of a new year and a new decade, may we carry the Light of Christmas-Christ himself-within us, to illuminate the path ahead of each of us, and all of us. New Year's blessings and peace!
 
-Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
Angel Quilts
This is a reminder to all who wish to participate in this Ministry that we will resume our monthly meetings next Thursday, January 16, in Classroom C from 9 A.M. 'till 12 Noon.  This is our regular meeting time and place for the third Thursday of each month. Remember, all quilters and would-be quilters are always welcome.

We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support we received in 2019 and look forward to working with all of you again to make this another memorable year.  My New Year's wish is that Phoenix Children's Hospital says they have more quilts than patients!  Since that hasn't happened yet, we still need your help to make sure every child at the Hospital gets a quilt of his/her very own.

Happy New Year to all!  Sharon Welker (928) 541-1074 
and Linda Leal (928) 717-1647.
*****ANNOUNCEMENTS*****
Enjoy a delicious homemade dinner
while listening and dancing to music 
for all ages!

Only $10 per person! 
Free for kids! (under12)

All proceeds go to our 2020 Mission Trip to 
Las Vegas
This Saturday, January 11, there will be cookies and coffee served 
after the 5:30 pm church service. 
New 2020 Episcopal Calendar is HERE!
Pick up your copy of the 2020 Calendar.  They are now on the Outreach table. There will be a basket with the calendars  for a free will offering to help cover costs.
2020 Offertory Envelopes are in a Gathering Hall Window
Envelopes are in alphabetical order and available for pick-up.  If your envelopes are not there , please contact the office at info@slecp.org  or  by phone at 928-778-4499.
*****HELP WANTED*****
Ladies and Gentlemen!  We need your help!
Ushers - 10 am S e rvice
Greeters - 10 am Service
Coffee Hosts - after 10 am Service
Vergers - 10 am Service
Money Counters - Monday mornings
Receptionists - Thursday afternoons 1-4 pm
Friday morning, 9-12 noon
*****This week at St. Luke's*****
Christian Formation
Saturday, January 11 -  2nd Saturday Men's Fellowship 7:30 am
Saturday, January 11 - TAEHS 4:15 pm
Sunday, January 12 - Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday, January 12 - TAEHS 11:30 am
Sunday, January 12 - DOK 11:45 am
Wednesday, January 15 - Just Faith 9 am
Wednesday, January 15 - Days of Awe and Wonder 4 pm
Wednesday, January 15 - Bible Study 5 pm
Thursday, January 16 - Woman's Cursillo Group 10 am
Thursday, January 16 - Nos Hablamos 12 n
Thursday, January 16, Ten Commandments, 1 pm
Friday, January 17 - St. Luke's Grief Support Group 10:30 am
Friday, January 17 - Stephens Ministry 1:30 pm
Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am  Eucharist with Choir (Youth In Service)

Weekday Services:
Wednesday, January 15,   Healing Service 10 am
Thursday,  January 16,   Morning Prayer 9 am

Scripture Readings
2nd Sunday after Christmas
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 15 
Acts 4:8-13
Psalm 23
Matthew 16:13-19
Worship Ministers for January 11 & 12

 7:30 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Jack M. Wolter
Chalice: Charles Covert

5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips

 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant :The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:  Devina Reed
Ushers: Cynthia Moreno& Carol Sweeden

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant :The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Bob Wills
Sub-Deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: James Schubert
  Reader 2: Susan Schubert
Prayers: Zibbie Wolter
Verger: Larry Griffin
Welcome Table: Cathy Carter & Paul Gregory
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Marilyn Henry-DeLisle
Ushers: Jean Ehlers  &  Lynne Wells 
Mary Ann Petrocik & JoAnn Salem
 
Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey-Smith, Katie Staudt,
Kathy MacKauley & Phyllis Maruna

Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
January 12:  Gib McIntosh, Michael Bradburn-Ruster, Kelly Breneman
January 14:  Raina Dass
January 15:  Penny Davis
January 16:  Clay De Ganahl, Elizabeth Arnold
January 17:  Neil Waterman
January 18:  Doris Schoeben, Betsy Whearley, Lauree Birchmeier
Anniversaries:
January 18: Bob & Cynthia Nichol
Weekly Data
12/ 28 & 29         Attendance  211      Pledge: $9977            Plate $1967
1/4 & 5               Attendance 265       Pledge  $36,581        Plate  $7965 
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.  Online donation.
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.
Our Prayer Lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Betty & George, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Camile, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Craig & Victoria, Daniel, Dave, Dawn, Donna, Dorothy, Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Gloria, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, JulieAnn, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Mike & Fran, Mike & Phyllis, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Phil, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shannon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Stephen, STeve & Freddi, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma
For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:   The Anglican Church of Australia
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   St. Stephen's in Sierra Vista
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Operation Deep Freeze, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity

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


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.

January 12 - No Coffee Hosts
  Coffee & Pie (Thanks DSCA)



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Outreach table 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 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.
 

January 12 - No Flower Sign-up
Community Groups 
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.


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 . (Meets off campus)

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.
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.



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 
(Word, Google Docs, etc., no PDF's please)

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 (no PDF's please). 
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