St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 16 , 2018
Christmas 2018 at St Luke's
December 21, 5:30 pm:  Blue Christmas Service, Chapel
December 24, 4:30 PM: Family Christmas Service, Sanctuary
December 24, 9:00 PM: Traditional Christmas Service with Choir 
(Caroling begins at 8:45 PM), Sanctuary
December 25, 10:00 AM: Simple Christmas Service, Chapel

Glad Tidings We Bring
Two fantastic concerts at St. Luke's tomorrow,   December 15, 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm.  Tickets available  online   or at the door!
Advent Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Throughout the season of Advent we will be gathering in the Chapel for Rite II Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday, December 17-21, at 9:00 am. A daily practice of prayer while gathered with others can be a helpful way to stay grounded in the presence of God during the holiday season. We hope you can join us for this time of prayer as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
Annual Christmas Bake Sale
Saturday December 15, & 
Sunday, December 16, after services
our wonderful bakers will strike again:
Pies, cookies, breads, chocolates,
you name it!
All proceeds will benefit our Youth Mission Trip
to San Diego, CA, in June 2019.

Christmas Movie Fun!
Sunday, December 16, 12:30 pm
All are welcome.  Please stay after the coffee hour and enjoy some quality time with our younger folks.
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Christmas Flowers
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
. Forms, on green paper, are also available in the Gathering Hall. Please return your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 17. You may also put it in the offering plate. You may also email the parish office at info@slecp.org with the following info: your name, thanksgiving/memorial, and/or other information to be included.

Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".
Blue Christmas, December 21, 5:30 pm in the Chapel

For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. Typical holiday festivities-merry carol singing, decorating, gathering with family and purchasing gifts-emphasize joy and cheer, leaving little room for pain and grief. In response, some churches offer special services leading up to Christmas that accommodate those for whom the season is trying and difficult. These services, called Blue Christmas or Longest Night services, emphasize the pain of loss felt by many at this time of year, and offer a somber, gentle space to gather. Symbolically, many of these services are held on or around December 21, the date of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. (from Anglican Journal)
The Wishing Tree
Prescott Valley Library is having a Christmas Tree contest and St Luke's Youth Group is participating!
Our tree is designed to receive people's wishes.
Please stop by the library and vote for #28 and make a wish!
Cookbooks still available! Raffle drawing this Sunday!

Remember to stop by the Funeral Reception Committee's table in the Gathering Hall, this weekend, to purchase our cookbooks and raffle tickets (2 tickets/$1).  Cookbooks are priced at $5.00 each At this low price, buy plenty; they make great gifts!

In addition to our raffle basket full of kitchen items, we have additional prizes generously donated by local restaurants: two  certificates for one whole pie each donated by Berry's Pie Pantry in Prescott and three  $10 gift cards donated by The Red Lobster Restaurant in Prescott

The drawing for the raffle will be Sunday, Dec 16, after the 10:00 am service
Proceeds will go to the Funeral Reception Committee. Thank you for your support!
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of December 13, 2018,190 pledges have been received for a total of  $500,000. 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
... I was in prison and you visited me. 
Matthew 25:36
As part of our outreach to prison inmates we have addressed and wrote messages in 484 Christmas cards for women inmates at Perryville. Thank you to eveyrone who helped with this ministry.  Thank you also to the Daughters of the King have decided to send birthday cards to inmates in their birthday months.
Garmisch Nut Stollen  and  Deacon's Mustard
 
You may pick up your Garmisch nut stollen and Deacon's mustard on December 15 and 16.  For questions, please contact Deacon Kimball at 778-7031.
U.S. VETS Social Gathering?
There are presently around 90 vets who would love to be engaged with volunteers to talk and socialize. As a loving community, perhaps St. Luke's could provide a social gathering for them once or twice a year such as a bingo night, ice cream social, game night or whatever you might dream up.
Please share your thoughts on this ministry.  
Contact Mary Hallford at mwhallford99@hotmail.com.
On Sunday  December 9, four St Luke's members of the Native American Ministry CommitteeMonte and Pat Anderson, Lynne Wells, Sherri Frances and pooch Amy drove 4 hours each way up to the Hopi Mesas/Hopiland--As reported by Sherri Frances: 

We were escorted  by our Hopi friend, Fil Kewanyama, to deliver Christmas Gifts to approximately 50 children and their parents---the gifts were generously appreciated---We had a long day of
rewarding delight --- Attended a Christmas Parade and Art Fair, Met some lovely
Native peoples and had much joy interacting with them----

Welcome to the Good Book Club! We invite you to explore Christ's redeeming love by reading Paul's Letter to the Romans each day throughout the season of Epiphany 2019. Join with tens of thousands of Episcopalians to learn about life in the early church and central principles of our Christian faith. The Good Book Club offers an opportunity to dive deeply into scripture and create a daily practice of engagement with God's Word. It's easy to join the Good Book Club:
Just open your Bible and start! To support you in your journey, there will be links to resources in next week's epistle.  

Click here to listen to Bishop Curry's invitation to the GOOD BOOK CLUB - Romans.
Grief Support Group
The new grief support group that met for the first time this past week will meet weekly on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Meditation Room (just off the Parish Hall) starting December 21.

Discipleship & Transition
Walking the Way of Jesus

12th Annual Lay Leadership Weekend
February 1-3, 2019
Chapel Rock Camp & Conference Center - Prescott
Junior Wardens ▪Senior Wardens ▪Clerks  Treasurers ▪Vestries ▪Bishop's Committees
This year's Lay Leadership Weekend offers the opportunity for those in leadership
roles to spend time with both Bishop Kirk Smith and Bishop-Elect Jennifer Reddall
and the Diocesan staff. We look forward to enhancing the important roles Lay
Leaders have in developing disciples in their congregations.
Office closures or delays in opening due to winter weather!
We wanted to let you know that, in the case of inclement winter weather, the office closes when the Prescott Unified schools close. We also work on a delay according to Prescott Unified School District (for their info on closures/delays, click here:  http://www.prescottschools.com/weather-school-closure/). 

On the weekends our aim is NOT to cancel worship services. However, we ask that you use your best judgment as to whether or not it is safe to venture to St. Luke's. PLEASE, exercise caution and keep your safety and well-being as your main priority.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner updates

For those who have items in the refrigerators in the Parish Hall kitchen, please clear your items by December 17 for the full use of the refrigerator by the DSCA committee!

"Christmas Quilt Raffle"  tickets available in the Gathering Hall.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.  Drawing will be held on December 16th.

The Don't Spend Christmas Alone (DSCA) dinner will be held on December 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Click here  for more info!

Let's make sure everyone is able to enjoy fellowship this Christmas. You can help us spread the news about DSCA by sharing the Facebook postings about this event to your personal timelines. Here is the link to our St. Luke's Facebook page.


Adult Formation Opportunities

Book of Job Bible Study  has finished.
  There will be no further Bible Study in December.

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 9:   93 food items were collected
    224 food items were donated by Thumb Butte Quilters

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna,canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
12/8-12/9 -  Attendance - 286
Pledge - $16,148   Plate - $1,566
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
December 16: Joan Lane
December 17: Angela Russ
December 18: Beth Newton, Judy Wallach
December 19: Charlotte James
December 20: Shane Denison
December 21: Barbara Leonard
December 22: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Sylvia McIntosh, Patrick Mora

Anniversaries
December 17: Francois & Deborah Maurice, Jennifer Benson & Colin Logsdon,
      Mark & Nancy Paola, 
December 22: Hank & Gloria Martin
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, 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, Em & Kate, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, 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, Wayne, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Diocese of Kivu (Rwanda)
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St Augustine's (Tempe)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Blood services, Blood Drive, Angel Tree

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
Third Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Psalm 85:8-13
Isaiah 45:5-8, 18-25
Luke 7:18-23
Worship Ministers for December 15 & 16 , 2018

5:30 p.m. Service
 Preacher: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Jane & Roger Peacock
Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Preacher:  The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister: Keehna Sture
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Preacher:  The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Sub-Deacon:  Ed Hume
Chalice Minister: Youth
Chalice Minister: Youth
Altar Minister: Sharon Tootle
Reader 1: Michael Bradbum
Reader 2: Lynne Wells
Prayers: Zibbie Wolter
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters: Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table: Carol Hardesty
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers: Lauree Birchmeier & Diane Mazmanian
Oblationers: Ted & Genell Lee

Altar Guild Team: Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson, 
Betty & Dan Phillips

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. 

December 16: 
Pat & Carmen Welter




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 on the bulletin board in the Gathering Hall.  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.
  
No flowers during 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.

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