St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of November 19 , 2017

Pledge Update
This week's update as of 11/16/17:  157 pledges have been received for a total of $402,123.00!!!

Pledge cards are still being received! 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!
Handbells have arrived!
On Monday, November 20, the Handbell Choir of St. Luke's officially begins weekly rehearsals at 4 p.m. in the Choir Room!

If you are a potential "Ringer," please email the director Jim Klein at

Please email Jim and come. The Lord opens doors for all of us.
Taste for Mission Update
We wanted to let you know that $5,500 was raised from the Taste for Mission fundraiser, which was held on Sunday, October 29.

Thank you for the countless ways you all supported this fantastic fundraiser!
Blood Pressure Checks this weekend
Blood pressure checks will be available after all services this weekend (Nov. 18-19) in the following locations: on Saturday in the Choir Room, and, on Sunday, in the Library in the Parish Hall.
Thanksgiving Eve Service at St. Luke's on November 22 at 7 PM!!
Please plan to attend the Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's!
Thanksgiving Office Closure and several cancellations
The Parish Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. Because of the holiday closure, the deadline for the next Weekly Epistle will the end of the day Monday, November 20.
On Wednesday, November 22, the Healing & Eucharist (normally at 10 a.m.) has been cancelled. The Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 22, will take place at 7 p.m. (please note corrected time - it IS at 7 p.m.).
The Bible Study for Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. in the Library on November 22 has also been cancelled.
Lastly, there will be no Centering Prayer on Friday, November 24.  The next meeting of Centering Prayer will take place on Friday, December 8. 
Coming soon...for the holidays...
Garmisch Nut Stollen and Deacon's Mustard
Place your orders November 18-19 or November 25-26  or by calling Deacon Kimball at 928-778-7031.
10% of all funds received will be directed to benefit St. Luke's Native American Outreach Ministry.
Garmisch Nut Stollen:  $20.00 per loaf
Deacon's Mustard:  $7.00 per 8 oz. jar
Delivery will be December 16 and 17 at St. Luke's.
Show Time Community Theatre performs Dec 1 & 2 at St. Luke's
The Christmas Season is fast approaching; start it off with a fun-filled modern rendition of Charles Dickens'  A Christmas CarolCome see  A 21st Century Christmas Carol,  presented by Show Time Community Theatre, on  Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m.,  and  Saturday, December 2, at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.  

Eleanor Scrooge, the bitter hard-hearted owner of a successful gift shop, must learn to be a nicer person and re-appreciate the joys of Christmas if she wants to escape the terrible end fate of her old business partner, Mr. Marley. Follow Eleanor as she encounters a germophobic Spirit of the Past, the Christmas-fanatic Spirit of the Present, and the retirement-ready Spirit of the Future, who all work to change Eleanor's ways. 

Show Time Community Theatre, a youth theatre group for kids, ages 7 - 17 years old, has met twice weekly at St. Luke's this fall to prepare for December's show. We hope you can come out and support them!

Tickets for  A 21st Century Christmas Carol  are sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under, and $25 for a family 4-pack. Come join us and get into the spirit of the holidays! 
New on the Market!
Gorgeous Victorian house for sale!

Completely furnished! Here is your chance to b ecome a homeowner!
Tickets are being sold for $4 per ticket or $20 for 6 tickets. Drawing will take place on Sunday, November 26, during coffee hour.
Call the office now to purchase your tickets! St Luke's Episcopal Church: 928-778-4499
This beautiful dollhouse was donated by Lyneal Nick. All the proceeds will go to the mission trip in El Paso Texas in June 2018.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner Announcements
The volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Hall for Don't Spend Christmas Alone. Reminder slips available also for you to complete and take with you. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Shaw, Volunteer Chairperson or any of the DSCA Team Chairs. Many hands make for light work.

Needed now are volunteers to assist Jim Damm for distribution of the Flyers, please contact Jim if you are available to be a part of this effort.

Raffle tickets for the Christmas quilt for Don't Spend Christmas Alone/Community Outreach are being sold in the Gathering Hall before and after each service. Another team effort by Carol Sweeden, Sylvia McIntosh, Jean Ehlers and Cynthia Crull. The drawing will be December 17th.

As a reminder the Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner is on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Please Sponsor a "Christmas Angel"

This year we 22 boys and 13 girls from 5 different schools.

The Christmas   Angel  Tree program begins next Saturday and Sunday at all three services. These children are all from the Prescott area and have been selected as children in the greatest need. Our help will mean that their Christmas will be a little brighter. Won't you please "be an angel and adopt a child?"
Next Men's Group meets on December 9
The next meeting will take place on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 a.m. with the Eucharist in the Chapel followed by breakfast and meeting at Manzanita Grill at Antelope Hills. It will be a wonderful time for fellowship, to give thanks, and to plan for next year!

All men of the parish are warmly invited.
Outreach Commission News
Olive Anderson, form the Chino Valley Hungry Kids Program, was informative about the school-age children in the schools in the Quad City Area. Did you know that 61% of the students in the area qualify to receive Free or Reduced lunch? In Chino Valley 260 students receive weekend meals to take home as they have very little or nothing to eat on the weekends. These students could be your child's classmate or your grandchild's classmate or good friend at school. Prescott Valley and Prescott have the same situation. It has been noticed in the schools. Students receiving these meals are having better attendance, getting to school on time, and are more alert.

Do you find this a calling? Chino Valley Hungry Kids Program could use your help packing the food bags. It is a 1-1½ hour commitment. The packing takes place at Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Rd 1 W., Chino Valley, AZ 86323 on Thursdays at 9:00 am.

Our sincere condolences go out to Barbara and the Gennarelli Family. The Gennarelli Family has generously donated many books to St. Luke's part of which have been incorporated into the Church library.

The next meeting for the Outreach Commission is Monday December 11 at 4:00 pm in the  Conference Room. The guest speaker will be Carmen Fredrick from Prescott Area Shelter Services giving a short presentation of their program which St. Luke's supports. Please come and join us to hear what's going on in the community.
We welcome everyone! Please join us! Bring a friend!
"Take the Credits" and support Episcopal School education
The Arizona Episcopal Schools Foundation is seeking your help! "Take the Credits" and support Episcopal School education with a modest gift to the Arizona Episcopal Schools Foundation. Contributions may qualify as Arizona state tax credits and as a federal deduction. Detailed information about the tax credits is currently available on the AESF website: AESF staff are also available to answer questions at 502-32-1386.

A handful of brochures are available in the Gathering Hall.
Annual Reports Due November 30
We are looking for annual reports in a few short weeks for the year 2017 from commissions, church ministries, and our outside groups to include in the report we'll distribute prior to this year's Annual Parish Meeting. We'd like the St. Luke's annual report to the parish to be more detailed than in years past! We'd like to include church ministries such as Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner, Cursillo, Daughters of the King, Aloha G.M.C. of St. Luke's (Men's Group), EfM, and others not mentioned here!
Will the heads of those groups please submit a brief report of the commission's or ministry's 2017 activities/work to no later than November 30, 2017?
Thank you for helping us give a clear picture of all that is happening at St. Luke's!!
Also, please save the date for the Annual Parish Meeting! It will take place Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Blood Drive at St. Luke's on Wednesday, December 6
Give blood! Save a life!

Make your appointment now to donate blood on Wednesday, December 6, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall!

Visit now! (Sponsor code: StLukesEC)
Notes from the Nurse
This month's column covers two topics: alternatives to blood transfusions, and how to boost immunity during the flu season. Although these topics may seem totally unrelated, what connects them is that new, life-saving information has recently come to light in both of these areas of medicine. Read on to find out more!
The first topic came to me by way of Bill Johnson, who has an avid interest in keeping up on the latest medical news, and sharing it with others. His curiosity was recently piqued by hearing that YRMC has a Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program, which I, a nurse, had never heard of until he gave me a brochure and DVD about it! In a nutshell, the Program develops a plan of care for individual patients who prefer not to receive a blood transfusion. While most of us know that blood transfusions have been an important and life-saving therapy for many years, little was known until recently that there is a significant "downside" to receiving a transfusion, even though a patient may not have an adverse reaction to it. There is documented evidence that patients who do not receive a transfusion have lower infection rates, as well as fewer kidney, lung and heart complications. YRMC is among the growing numbers of hospitals in the U.S. that offer patient blood management, so if you are facing an upcoming surgery that may require a transfusion, it might be worth your while to contact YRMC's patient blood management program (928-771-5109) and explore alternatives to blood transfusion. I have a number of brochures (with a DVD included) about YRMC's program, so please contact me if you would like one of them.
The second topic, relevant to EVERYONE, is how to minimize the chances of contracting a cold or the flu. Most of us understand that it's all about boosting our body's immune system, but there's some new knowledge "out there" about specific things that can be done to make it happen! Here are some of them:
  • Limit sugar intake. Consuming sugar in large amounts can wreak havoc on the immune system. How? Sugar is an inflammatory substance, so it presents the immune system with a second "problem" to simultaneously deal with as it tries to protect the body from the viruses that cause colds and flu.
  • Increase consumption of fresh vegetables, which boost gut health. 80% of the body's immune response comes from having a healthy gut, and fresh veggies provide your gut bacteria with the right nutrients for the gut to flourish.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Less than six hours has been shown to negatively impact the body's immune system.
  • Exercise. Make it as strenuous as you can tolerate, for at least 30 minutes, three days a week. If that's too much for you, do what you can, as every little bit boosts the immune system!
  • Keep anxiety and stress at a minimum. When we are under stress, the body produces cortisol (one of the stress hormones), and cortisol reduces the production of white blood cells-the "foot soldiers" of the immune system. What can YOU do? Meditate; do deep breathing; pray; visualize yourself calm; limit caffeine; turn off the TV. All of these things can counteract stress!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Not only on Thanksgiving, but every day, I thank God for the blessing of being St. Luke's Parish Nurse. Each of you is dear to me!
-Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse

Couple of missing table cloths!
There were two square tablecloths (one red and one white) removed from storage room off of big kitchen sometime in the last 4 weeks. They need to be returned to Ed Hume. He can be reached at 928-308-3392.
Native American History Book Study resumes in January
The monthly Native American History book study will resume the third Tuesday of the month in January (Jan. 16) at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room. A new book will be started at that time, as well! Save the date!!
A poem to share...
Beyond Words
What does it mean
to just
be myself
while searching for who
I am
I hear the organ playing
choir singing
voices lifted up
on high
a majesty
beyond words
beyond who
I am
something dormant
to light
in me
illuminating my question
by Diana Gager, St. Luke's parishioner
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. 
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!
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 Nov. 11-12,  127 food items were collected!!
Thumb Butte Quilters donated 204 items!

This week's shopping list: Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 11-12, 2017
Attendance: 281

Pledge and Plate figures for November 11-12, 2017:  Pledge-$11,109; Plate-$3,440

Thank you!!!  
Honoring Special Dates
November 20:  Colter Donovan, Rich Schwartz
November 23:  Frank Davidson, Amy Thein
November 24:  Joan Preston
November 25:  Steve Jarpe, Cynthia Moreno

November 21:  Tom Pendergast & Mary Todd-Pendergast
November 23:  Roger & Cynthia Crull

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Aileen, Albert, Alex, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Art, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Ian, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne,,Jerry, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lauraine, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty & family, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Melodie, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Richard, Rosey, Rosie, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen,Steve, Steven,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Tony, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, 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 Wad Medani (Sudan)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Philip's in the Hills, Tuscon
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  U. S. Vets/Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop #10
Scripture Readings
* The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, November 22
Ephesians 1:15-23
Psalm 98
John 17:20-26
Weekly Worship Assistants for November 18-19, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Sharon Neece
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
Ushers:  Marjorie Hultberg & Carol Sweeden
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister: Sharon Neece
Reader 1:  Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers: Barbara Harber
Verger:  Lynne Wells
Greeters:  Barbara Leonard & Anne Reynolds
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Carol Hardesty
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Mike & Georgia Franklin
Oblationers:  Joan Preston & Rich Schwartz
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 November 19: 

No Host, please feel free to bring something.
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2017 flower chart is
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 November 19:
   Carol Sweeden

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 Dec. 21. 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.
Showtime Community Youth Theatre
Showtime Community Youth Theatre, for children ages 6-18 years old, holds rehearsals twice a week at St. Luke's this fall in preparation for their performances on Dec. 1-2, 2017, in the Parish Hall. Further details forthcoming!
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. First concert of the season is November 4 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.
Visit 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

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.
F or the week of Thanksgiving, the deadline will be the end of the day Monday, November 20! Thank you!!

The normal 
for 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!
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
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Phone: (928) 778-4499