St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of December 17 , 2017

Come to Craftivity on Saturday!
Please join us tomorrow, December 16, at 2 p.m. for our annual Craftivity event! It will be held in the Parish Hall.  We'll be making crafts and ornaments, baking cookies, and decorating and blessing the Christmas tree. 

You are all warmly invited to join the fun!  It is open to all ages.

Don't forget our Annual Bake Sale, either!! 

After all 3 services this weekend! Proceeds benefit the youth mission trip in 2018. 
Holiday week closure, cancellations and Epistle info
The Parish Office will be closed from Monday, December 25, through Monday, January 1. It will re-open with normal office hours beginning on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Cancellations between December 25 and January 1 include: Healing & Eucharist Service and Bible Study on Wednesday, December 27.

The last Weekly Epistle before the end of the year, to be sent on Friday, December 22, will be the one for the week of Sunday, December 24. It will cover any announcements or information through the first week of the New Year! (Submit items by Tuesday, December 19, please.)
Christmas Flowers
Join with others and remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers!

Click   here  for Christmas Flowers form to print and complete . There are also forms, on green paper, available in the Gathering Hall. Please have your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 18. You may also put your form in the offering plate. Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".
Pledge Update
As of December 14, 2017, we have received $460,728 from 189 individuals or families. Thank you!

It's not too late to send your pledge for 2018 either by mail or online!   The 2018 pledge card is available online by clicking here:  2018 Pledge Card  or on our website . Thank you!
Normal Sunday Services for Fourth Sunday of Advent
Please note that the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services are scheduled as normal on Sunday, December 24, as it is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. 

Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner Announcements
Don't Spend Christmas Alone,  December 25 , dine-in hours are from  11:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Please join us for a wonderful meal, fellowship, Christmas music and a special visit from Santa. Wonderful cookies, warm greetings, and Blessings as a gift to take home.

If you have any items in the refrigerator or freezer in either kitchen off of the Parish Hall, please remove them by December 17th so that room can be made for all the DSCA fixings that must be refrigerated or frozen.

Pie donations need to be delivered to the Church on  Dec. 24th   and cookies on  Dec. 21st .

If you know of someone who needs homebound meal delivery, please contact the Church office as soon as possible. As in the past years, delivery is by our local Police Department, Fire Departments, and other volunteers.  Also, complimentary shuttle service is available throughout the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley communities.  More information is on St. Luke's Web site and Facebook page.

Parish volunteers will be contacted soon to confirm your time and duties. We appreciate your service to St Luke's and our communities. Thank you! We also look forward to sharing this blessed day and event with you; please stay and partake in our DSCA dinner.

The drawing for the beautiful old fashion Christmas Quilt will be on  Sunday, Dec. 17th , you still have time to get your tickets!

Don't Spend Christmas Alone, an annual St Luke's Community Outreach Dinner, will soon be here!
Vestry Candidates
For 2018 there will be three open positions on our Vestry due to retiring members.  We are currently looking for individuals willing to run in the election held during our annual meeting in January. To be eligible, the individual needs to be at least 18 years of age and a communicant member in good standing. According to St. Luke's by-laws this would be a communicant member who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. To view the complete job description and requirements please click here.

We are also looking for our new  Junior Warden, to be elected for a one-year term. One of the traditional responsibilities of the Junior Warden is to oversee the maintenance of the buidlings, and so to work in close relationship with the Chair person of Buidlings and Grounds Commission. To know more about this position you can contact our Curent Juinor Warden Ted Lee, our our former one, Earl Poole.

Please contact Dwight Willman if you have questions and you would be interested in serving.

Outreach Commission News
In July of 2017 the Outreach Commission voted on and unanimously approved a Vision/Mission Statement and a Commission Operational statement. The Outreach Commission would like to share this with all the parishioners along with the Grant application form on St. Luke's website. You may also click here for the Grant application form.

Many of you may 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.
 
Vision Statement
Seeking to serve Christ through serving our neighbor.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Outreach Commission of St. Luke's Episcopal Church is to bring parishioners together to help others, especially those in need of food, water, shelter, clothing, and educational opportunities.

Commission Operations
1. Service Opportunities
    The Outreach Commission offers service opportunities that every parishioner may engage in through  a variety of approaches, including:
     Organizing an overarching, inter-generational project that involves many parishioners in a single  endeavor.
     Supporting the outreach interests and passions of individual parishioners.
     Acting as a clearing house for community service opportunities, coordinating and channeling  parishioner participation.
     Seeking partnerships with other churches and organizations that will multiply the impact of all efforts.
2. Financial Support 
    The Outreach Commission provides financial grants to local and global organizations whose work is  consistent with the Commission's mission.
3. Development and Sharing of Knowledge
     The Outreach Commission learns about, discusses, and  participates in events related to local and  global issues, especially suffering, poverty, and social injustice, and provides information on these  issues to the parish.
4.  Core Programs 
      St. Luke's and its parishioners annually support several "Core Programs" with time, talent, and  treasure, including Granite Creek Hunger Potluck, Habitat for Humanity, People Who  Care,  Prescott Area Shelter Services, Prescott Community Cupboard, Project Aware, and  Quixote's Garage.  New "Core Programs" may be added upon request of parishioners and approval of the Outreach  Commission, and notification to the Vestry.
5.  Outreach Miscellaneous Fund
     The Outreach Miscellaneous Fund may receive gifts from grants, individual donors, St. Luke's  Endowment Fund, and other sources. The balance of the Miscellaneous Fund carries over from year  to year.
6.  Annual Operating Budget
     The Outreach Commission Annual Operating Budget, as provided in a line item in the parish budget, is  used in combination with the Outreach Miscellaneous Fund to provide funding for the Core Programs  identified above. Core Programs receive priority at the beginning of each budget year. The annual  operating funds provided in a line item in the parish budget, does not carry over from year to year.
 7. Grant Requests
     Each program seeking funding files a grant request form with the Outreach Commission by March 15,  except for emergency requests. 
    
An emergency is a natural disaster or other event that places persons at risk of being without food  or shelter.
      
Additional grants are awarded as funding permits.
A simple majority vote determines the awards given.
Funding generally is in the $200 to $2500 range.
Financial commitments are for only one year.
Photographers Wanted!
The Communications Commission would appreciate your help. We have a fabulous Photography team, but St. Luke's is blessed with more events than our mighty but small team can cover. If you are interested in helping the congregation by taking photos at events that you attend, please contact Lauren Crawford:  laurenmcrawford@gmail.com
Save the Date for the Annual Parish Meeting: January 21, 2018 Details to follow soon!
Membership Updates...
...in the life of our parish as of Nov. 28, 2017,...please click  here !
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!
Interested in Arizona Indian history, challenges, relationships?
In 2012 the General Convention of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese called for reaching out to Native American communities. Recently, Rev. Brad Hauff, who has a wealth of experience with Indian tribes, has been appointed to coordinate these efforts throughout the United States. Rev. Debbie Royals was appointed by the Diocese of Arizona to coordinate efforts in our state. She has organized the Council on Native American Ministries which meets quarterly. There is a long-standing Episcopal Diocese in Navajoland.

An informal group of interested individuals at St. Luke's has had several meetings to promote "Bridges of Understanding" between ourselves and the Native American community. This group organized a visit to St. Luke's by Apache Elder and Historian Vincent Randall. Member Sherri Frances has arranged for St. Luke's to be involved with Christmas gifts for reservation Children this year.

On November 28, 2017, the St. Luke's Vestry approved a designated Native American Committee. The goal of the group is to approach Native American communities as friends with a desire learn of their history and to do our best to assist with their needs, but only by working together upon their request. The committee will meet bi-monthly or as needed to organize quarterly informational programs to our congregation and to the general public as well. Some of us will travel to various reservations to establish relationships where they do not yet exist.

We will have a planning meeting in the near future. Please consider carefully. We need YOU!  If you are interested in this venture, please contact Monte Anderson at:  Anderson.montemd@gmail.com .
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 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,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , 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 Dec. 9-10,  150 food items were collected!!
230 food items Thumb Butte Quilters 
234 food items  Hikers Group

This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 9-10, 2017
Attendance: 286

Pledge: $5,365.00
Plate: $3,643.00

Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
December 17:  Angela Russ
December 18:  Harry Boden. Beth Newton, Judy Wallach
December 19:  Charlotte James
December 21:  Barbara Leonard
December 22:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Sylvia McIntosh, Patrick Mora
December 23:  Sarah Meyer
   
Anniversaries
December 21:  Mark & Nancy Paola
December 22:  Bob & Amy Bird, Hank & Gloria Martin
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alex, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Ginny, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jamison,  Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha,  Mary, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma
 
...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: Diocese of Wyoming
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St Raphael Episcopal-Lutheran Congregation, Benson
 
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Arizona Sewing Works, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Operation Deep Freeze, Chino Valley Food Bank, Warm for Winter 
Scripture Readings
* The Third Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Romans 3:21-26
Psalm 15
Mark 14:22-25
Weekly Worship Assistants for December 16-17, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Neece
Greeters: Scott & Carol Hein
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Jim & Pam Damm
Ushers: Cynthia Marino & Carol Sweeden
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Bill Christy
Reader 1: Zibbie Wolter
Reader 2:  Andy Wallace
Prayers:  Georgia Franklin
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters:  Dave & Barb Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Carol Hardesty
Ushers: Bob 7 Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Allen & Joann Salem
Oblationers: Barbara Leonard & Linda King
  
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden,
Evelyn David, Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben

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 December 17: Youth Group


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 December 10:
   Advent
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.
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 Jan. 18. 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  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.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
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



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  69hokie@gmail.com for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
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