St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 6, 2019
  I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
  may have  power, together with all the Lord's holy people,  
        to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ,   
  and to know  his love that surpasses knowledge--that you 
  may be filled to  the measure of all the fullness of God.
                                             -Ephesians 3:17-19, NIV

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called the Church to  practice The Way of LoveThis is an invitation to all of us, young and old alike, to  "grow more deeply with Jesus  in the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world."

This is an invitation for a prosperous and fulfilling 2019.

A New Year....A New Ministry
As we begin a New Year, I encourage you to think about ways in  which you can help St. Luke's fulfill our mission of "knowing Christ and making Christ known". One of our real strengths is the way in which we welcome people. That includes, greeters, ushers and those who work the Welcome Table. Please consider a welcoming  ministry. Contact Jean Ehlers jean_ehlers921@msn.com for  new member ministry or Jan Casacchia 
jnjcasacchia@centurylink.net for  ushering opportunities . Marilynn Henry schedules greeters  pieblueberry@aol.com.   Our congregation is aging and that reality creates a greater than ever need for Pastoral Care. Consider  joining our  Pastoral Care Team and learn about the variety of ways to serve our family through 
Stephen  Ministry , Lay Eucharistic Visiting , or providing a meal for someone recovering from an illness or injury.   Telephoning parishioners and sending "love notes" lets people know that they are not forgotten. How  better to make Christ known? Contact Lucy Kemper lucykemper48@gmail.com or Deacon Chris cchristy1231@gmail.com .   Coffee hour following worship provides a means for us to connect with each other on a deeper level  through food and fellowship. Please make it a regular practice to sign up to host a coffee hour. Grab a  few friends and make it a team effort. Get creative and think of themes around the dates you choose.   Consider joining the Fellowship commission and you can help host parish parties all year!

An Advent Reflection closed with the question "In what ways can you be "the Lord's  servant" in your daily life? There are so many possibilities. Please choose one in the New Year!                            

Submitted by Lucy Kemper                                                                                 
A new ministry called  Just  Coffee is being rolled out at St Luke's on the weekend of January 12-13.  Adrian Gonzalez is coming up from Mexico to introduce us to the Growers' Cooperative and explain how our participation at helps cut down illegal immigration. He is bringing plenty of freshly roasted coffee for you to try and buy. Plan on attending Adrian's presentation at the Coffee Hour.  
Responding with Gratitude to the Gift of  Grace and God's Call to Action
A Refection Guide for Paul's Letter to the Romans has been prepared by the United Thank Offering & the Good Book Club.  Paul speaks of the gift of grace, explaining how faith is the path to salvation. It seems fitting as we begin a new calendar year to study Romans: What new things might we gather for the year ahead? How will our faith be strengthened? How can we respond with gratitude to the gift of grace freely given by God to us in the year ahead?
WEEK 1: JANUARY 7-13
READ: ROMANS 1:1-3:8 
REFLECT:  Romans 1:8: "I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world."

DIG DEEPER: 1. Whom do you thank God for every time you remember them?
2. Are there people who thank God because your faith has been proclaimed to them?
3. What first steps could you take to proclaim your faith throughout the world?

Resources for Romans can be found on the Library Cart in the Parish Hall.

Great Things are Happening at Our Southern Border

The Diocese of Arizona is on the ground in Nogales, Sonora to welcome and care for desperate asylum seekers at this legal point of entry. Individuals, families, and children arrive worn out,  terrified and hungry, but full of courage and hope. Cruzando Fronteras welcomes them with God's love in the form of food, warm clothes, medical attention, shelter and companionship.  There are four shelters for over 800 asylum-seekers while they await their "credible threat" interview with the Customs and Border Protection Agency. Please consider how you might support this ministry. There are three ways you can show compassion for the stranger and support this effective organization.

1. Give money to Cruzando Fronteras to buy food and supplies. Click the following link to donate money to support this ministry:  http://bit.ly/AZCruzando 

2. Donate needed supplies from this list. Items can be dropped of at St. Luke's Monday through Thursday, during office hours. 
Blankets
Warm jackets
Sneakers
Sleeping bags
Warm hats/beanies
Long pants/jeans
Pillows
Warm scarves
Sweaters
Hotel shampoo/soap/lotions
Slippers
Backpacks

3. Volunteer. Email Mother Denise at  denise@slecp.org to find out how you can get involved with this ministry.

Journey Jottings:  Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation, Keehna Sture
Deacon formation classes were held twice in December, with only two weeks in between, so there was a lot of reading and writing to be done in a compressed period of time.  The first class was held on December 1 st , as our November class had been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances that arose on the day we were scheduled to meet.  It reminded me of a quote of John Lennon:  "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans!"  In any case, the topic for the day was "The Deacon as Prophet."  Most of the class dealt with the content of Walter Brueggemann's classic book, The Prophetic Imagination .  To try to summarize this classic work in a sentence or two would be a great disservice to Brueggemann, but a basic takeaway is that the prophet's role is to both criticize and energize, and to speak in the language of a poet, using metaphors and images that stir people to repentance and conversion. 
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 enriches our worship space. You may sign up for a date on the Altar Flower Chart in the Narthex. The suggested donation is $55.00 (any donation is acceptable).  If you would like to have a person or event named in the Weekly Epistle, please notify the office.
The next  Outreach Meeting is on Monday, January 14 at 4 pm in the Conference Room.  Come and help with this extensive and growing ministry. Your input and support helps "make Christ known" to those both near and far.  Please join us.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 
Sunday, January 20,
 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 
                                              Please plan to attend this important meeting
The Revs Susan Armer and Richard Lassiter invite you-all into a discussion about a persons' journey from getting old through death and beyond.  This discussion will begin on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM in St. Lukes' library and continue every Wednesday until the group feels it is time to stop. 
To help in our  discussions, we will be using the book authored by Parker L. Palmer, titled ON the BRINK of EVERYTHING.  A copy of this great book can be purchased at the local bookstores or online at sites such as Amazon.com.  The church will help you with its cost if needed.
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of January 3, 2019, 204 pledges have been received for a total of
$519,872.24.  Thank you for your generosity!

If you have not yet submitted your pledge for 2019, you may do so by picking up a pledge card in the Gathering Hall this weekend and return to office during the week, submit it via email using this confidential email address: pledge@slecp.org, or by using the form '2019 Pledge Card' on the front page of our website
A Rule of Life is simply a series of statements, written by you, which reminds you of how you want to live. The start of a new calendar year is a good time to consider starting, or revising, a rule of life.  Resources to help you can be found in a display window in the Gathering Hall.
Christmas at the Weekend Food Pantry
The Friday before Christmas, the Pantry hosted a small party as well as supplying food items. There were coloring books and candy bags for each child. The Pantry Commission Volunteers supplied over 50 gifts for the Children as well as the Adults. Each person who came in received a gift. There were also homemade cupcakes and muffins and punch served. The smiles were abundant, some parents stated these would probably be the only gifts the family would receive. It was a very heartwarming experience. We are very excited about our food ministry and would like to thank those of you who have donated food and monetary gifts to this Ministry.
Christmas Visit to Hopi
We chose to help the Hopi kids at Christmas by delivering a load of toys, art supplies and knitted hats and scarves lovingly made by St. Luke's knitting group. I took charge of dispensing the hats and scarves. A tall girl appeared, looking anxious and clinging to a woman. I gave the girl a hat and draped the scarf around her neck. Her response was to give me one of the most beautiful smiles I've ever seen. After playing ball with some of the kids we attended the Hopi Christmas parade. As we made our way back to our cars people would ask from the sidelines, "Did you like it?" We loved it.
The mission statement of our Native American Ministry is -- "We build bridges of understanding through learning, caring, respecting and interacting with our Native American brothers and sisters." This is what we accomplished on December 9, and our lives were enriched. Submitted by Monte Anderson
Grief Support Group
The grief support group is continuing to meet weekly on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Conference Room, adjacent to the office.
Adult Formation Opportunities

Book Study - On the Brink of Everything will begin on January 9
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

Romans Bible Study  will begin on January 9
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Conference Room 

Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church 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 the role they play in the life of this region.
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 December 23:  51 food items were collected
    December 30:  90 food items were collected
    January 1: Prescott Hiking Club Souper Bowl (New Year's) Party,
         60 food items were collected
     
This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
12/22 - 12/23 -  Attendance - 276
Pledge - $8,475   Plate - $4,818
12/29 - 12/30 - Attendance 238
Pledge -  $13,811  Plate $1,579
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
January 6: Dan Phillips
January 7: Brenda Tillery, Jan Cassacchia
January 8: Mary Hallford, Brenda Martin
January 9: Sandra Hennigan, Wayne Hallford, Lyneal Nick
January 10: Marty McNaul
January 11: Doug Pask, Richard Lassiter, Joy Cobb, George Chesney
January 12: Gib McIntosh, Michael Bradburn-Ruster

Anniversaries
January 10: Al & Mary Temme
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Angeles, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carmen, Carol, Carol H., Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Helen, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren,William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Diocese of Arizona
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Christ the King (Tuscon)
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
Scripture Readings
The Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Psalm72:1-2, 10-13
1 John 4:11-19
Mark 6:45-52
Worship Ministers for January 5 & 6, 2019

5:30 p.m. Service
 Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Greeters: Betty & Dan Phillips

 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Devena Reed
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Carol Sweeden
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Michael Staudt
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: George Chesney
Reader 2: Barbara Lake
Prayers: Brenda Schwartz
Verger:  Paul Nelson
Greeters: Claire & Barrie Clark
Welcome Table: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Bruce & Geni Lequesne
Asst. Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers: Jan Casacchia & Rick Lassiter

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. 

January 6: 
Lolly Skinner,   Mary Queen
Gordon Snyder





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.
  
January 6:  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 p.m. 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 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  click here  to email the troop leader.

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 and for information for this event, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org 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 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 



Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499