St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of July 2 , 2017
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Prayer of Thanksgiving in response to Goodwin Fire efforts
Bill Christy offered this prayer of thanksgiving:

On behalf of all the victims and volunteers affected by this most recent Prescott fire, I would like to sincerely thank the St. Luke's Episcopal Church for all their prayers and offers for assistance. Without your prayers, this recent disaster could have ended very differently with more tragic consequences. As the evacuees began pouring in, the presence of God's grace was overwhelming. God Bless you all for your willingness to serve those in tragic need!
July 4th Office Closure
In observance of Independence Day, the Parish Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Have a safe and happy holiday!

The office will be open on Monday, July 3, and will re-open on Wednesday, July 5, with regular office hours!
Celebrate 4th of July with us!
The 4th of July is just around the corner!  Please join us in the Parish Hall to celebrate Independence Day at 5 pm with a potluck, bingo and white elephant prizes. The Fellowship Committee will be providing fried chicken, so it is really important to sign up so we have enough.  The signup sheets are in the Gathering Hall. Let us know how many are coming and what side dish or dessert you are planning to share. You may bring your white elephant that evening - the stranger, the better!
Highway Clean-up on Saturday, July 8
Did you know St. Luke's has a NEW stretch of Highway 89 to keep clean, between mile posts 323 and 325, JUST north of the church?
The next clean-up of our NEW stretch of Hwy 89 will take place on Saturday, July 8, at 8 a.m. Bring your smiles and gloves and meet at the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Please contact Eddie & Tigger Gillam for more information, 602-510-2621, or Your help would be much appreciated!
Outreach for Children and Youth! Help a K-12 student have a successful school year!
When you shop for a new  backpack this year how about getting a second backpack  for a student who doesn't have a backpack  to start the year? You can even get ️, ️, crayons, markers, or whatever supplies you get for yourself to put in the backpack .

Bring all donations to the outreach table in the Gathering Hall; collection will take place July 2 through July 23.

Parents/Grandparents: this is a great way to help your child/grandchild make a concrete connection to helping those in need.

Next Outreach Commission Meeting on Monday, July 10

The next meeting of the Outreach Commission will be held on Monday, July 10, at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room. You are warmly invited to attend! For more information, please contact Mary Hallford at
K~B Books at St. Luke's on Sunday, July 16
K~B Books will be with us after both services on Sunday, July 16. Kathryn Bunch's traveling book show is well known to many of you, but, if not, be sure to stop by her tables in the Gathering Hall to acquaint yourselves with this special ministry. Kathryn has always specialized in books for children from infants through sixth grade.

The inventory also includes various topics, to name a few: Spirituality, Health, Healing, Grief, Caregiving, and Contemplative prayer. She also has many different editions of the Book of Common Prayer including the BCP/Hymnal combination as well as Bibles, upon request. Also available are  CDs, crosses, a great assortment of cards including an icon collection.

Special requests for books can be received up to, and on, the Sunday of Kathryn's visit. She does not charge to ship and appreciates your business throughout the year. Website address is and email is You may also reach Kathryn by  phone: 619.235.9465.
Book Study on Native American History begins July 18
The first meeting of the Native American History and Discussion Group will meet Tuesday, July 18, in the Parish Library a t 2:00 p.m. The first meeting will share the book for study and the format of the group. Please email Sherri Frances  of your interest.
Grief Support
When a loved one dies, we are swept away by loss.  We feel engulfed by sadness-- too broken to endure the pain and loneliness ahead. Our lives are forever changed and we can't imagine how to go on.
Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Homes  offer a weekly Grief Support Group.  Our "New Beginnings Foundation" is a community outreach program and is open to anyone experiencing grief in their life. The group meets in the Carriage House Reception Center, located at 303 South Cortez Street in Prescott every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The group is on hiatus during August and will begin to gather again on Tuesday, September 5.

For over 13 years, Deacon Kimball Arnold has served as Bereavement Facilitator for New Beginnings Foundation and facilitates the weekly grief group. She is a Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator as well as a Spiritual Counseling Facilitator. Deacon Kimball's goal is to help those in pain to turn painful living into joyful living while working in a safe and secure, confidential setting.

Please call Deacon Kimball at 928-778-7031 if you have any questions. Please consider joining the group.
Donations Needed 

All items appreciated, most needed items at Prescott Area Shelter Services include:

Disinfecting wipes, floor cleaner, all purpose cleaner, mops, 13 gallon trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, quart/gallon size zip lick bags, copy paper, batteries, stamps, pillows

There is a collection box in the Gathering Hall to place your items. Click here for detailed info.

Thank you SO much for your generosity!
Native American Ministry Spiritual Retreat
Everyone is invited to join with the Council of Native American Ministries, The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, and Special Guest and Spiritual Leader, Mona Polacca on August 11-12 for an opportunity to experience Native American spirituality and continue to engage with Native traditional values and processes. Full details and registration information are available here:  
Register Now!
Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, Aug. 17-19
On behalf of Canon to the Ordinary, The Rev. Megan Traquair, please find the following message about the upcoming Catechumenate Training program offered this summer in Carefree AZ, and mark your calendars now if you would like to attend:

The  Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, will equip congregations to:
- form adults who seek a relationship with Christ,
- shape them toward baptism or a renewed faith,
- build them to live as active disciples of Jesus,
- plant them as a regular partners in their faith community,
- who joyfully serve others.

Thursday, August 17- Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 7415 E. Elbow Bend Rd., Carefree, Arizona.

Pastor Paul Hoffman of Seattle, WA has served in the ELCA since 1981. He guided the process of Catechumenal formation at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle over the last eighteen years of his service as a parish pastor. During that time, the parish prayed for and received into its ministry a steady stream of new and renewed Christians.

This is an intensive two and a half day, morning-to-night training seminar. Costs for attending vary between $150 for commuters and up to $325 for single room on site hotel-type accommodations. All fees are included.

During your time in the beautiful desert campus of the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, you will worship, pray, study, and form life-changing relationships grounded in the lectionary Scriptures through the various seasons of the liturgical calendar, all under the leadership of Pastor Hoffman, trained lay catechists, and various other diocesan/synodical pastors and priests. Congregations who send a delegation of a parish pastor/priest and three to five lay members to attend and study will return prepared and inspired to begin a catechumenal process that will not only welcome newcomers, but will transform the parish from the inside, out.

Here is what a few attendees from the 2016 training seminar said about their experience:
- "It was the most meaningful conference I've attended in recent memory that takes the whole person into consideration, not just what you do on Sunday."
- "It is not a retreat, it is an intensive workshop."
- "You will get a great deal out of this conference for a very modest investment of time."
- "Go! Go! Go! Very powerful tool to bring the congregation closer to the Word of God."

For more information about the Catechumenate and to discern how it might be used in your parish or congregation, it is recommended that you read Faith Forming Faith by Pastor Hoffman, available online through or Cascade Books.

Registration for this event is open now: . For flyer, click  here.

If interested in this event, please sign interest form on red-skirted tables in Gathering Hall.
Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice Presentations
At Arizona ' s 2016 Diocesan Convention,  T he Very Rev. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans Cathedral, England, offered a quick look into Ignatian Spirituality. His comments sparked significant interest in Ignatius of Loyola and his related Spiritual Exercises. While there are several Anglican communities based on Benedictine and Franciscan Spirituality, there is lack of Ignatian opportunities for  Episcopalians . To that end, The Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford and The Rev Julie O'Brien will be offering the presentation,  " Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice."

Stafford is the Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and also the priest-in-charge at St. Peter's, Litchfield Park. O'Brien is the rector at St. Stephen's, Phoenix. Both have studied and practicedIgnatian spirituality in their own ministry and life. The Rev. O'Brien will be presenting "A Brief History and Background of the Practice of Ignatian Spirituality." Stafford's presentation will be on "Ignatian Spirituality,Spiritual Direction, and Discernment from a Jungian Perspective."

There will be two opportunities to learn more about this topic. The presentations will be held in Tucson and Phoenix on the dates listed below. Both presentations are open to the public without charge and Laity and Clergy alike are invited to attend:

Saturday August 5, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Grace St Paul
's Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St., Tucson, AZ

Saturday August 12, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt
 St., PhoenixAZ

6th Annual Episcopal Night at the D-Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona along with their family and friends to an exciting division rivalry as the D-backs take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday, August 25 at 6:40 p.m.!

New this year: we're all sitting together in the same section, so everyone will have more of an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop and Laura Smith!

Seating Option: $22 - Lower Level Bleachers (section 141) (these seats do have backs)

A portion of every ticket purchased by using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Council for Native American Ministry.

The pre-game party has returned!  Join Episcopalians from all over the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, for a pre-game celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Parking at Trinity is available at select spots in the garage (read the signs!), in front of Diocesan House, and street parking in the neighborhood.

There will be food available for purchase from local food trucks. Gather for refreshments and fellowship, then take the light rail with other fans to the ballpark. Tickets are $4/person for an all-day pass and can be purchased at the light rail stop. The Central/Roosevelt Stop is adjacent to Trinity.

After the game, stay for post-game festivities that are part of the D-Backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks, followed by a player Q&A. Special guest Newsboys will be performing a concert as the main act of the festivities.

The ticket order deadline is August 23, 2017Seating is Limited! Tickets can be purchased online at ,  by phone (the number is on the form), or by mailing the attached order form.
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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 banks. Thank you for your ongoing support! 

For the week of June 24-25, 74 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
June 24-25, 2017
Attendance: 206

The pledge and plate figures for June 24-25, 2017, will be included in the July 9 Weekly Epistle!
Honoring Special Dates
July 3: Patricia Brockert, Kim Pruitt
July 4: Mary Queen
July 5: Hank Martin
July 6: Mary McKellar
July 7: Dennis Dill, Georgia Gilbert, Leonard Hennigan, Gary MacCauley, Katie Staudt
July 8: Patricia Buys

July 5: Ray Clockel & Kathryn Bennett
July 6: Duncan & Julia Weir
July 7: Steve & Kathy Bracety
July 8: Dwight & Charlotte Willman

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl,  Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  Denise, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Pete S., Peter, Preston, Ray, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan B., Suzette, Tammy, Tawnya, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Todd, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, Walt, Zelma
...for those in our Armed Forces:
Josh, Mark, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Nate, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Ogoro-Magongo and Ohaji/Egbema (Nigeria)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale
...for our companion Diocese: 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
* 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42
* Wednesday July 5
Genesis 1:31-2:3
Psalm 104:25-32
John 1:1-5, 12-14, 16-18
Weekly Worship Assistants
July 1-2, 2017

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon: Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Ernie Howell
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  George Chesney
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters :  Ted & Genell Lee
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Trampus Tribbey
Oblationers: Dwight & Charlotte Willman
Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock

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 July 2: Pat & Carmen Welter

Thank you!

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.
Flowers on July 1-2 given by Jeanne Frederiksen
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. Next meeting of DBE is Sept. 5. 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 July 20. 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. Information on the 2017-18 season available this summer! 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 more information. 
In the Community
People Who Care
People Who Care is a not for profit organization that matches volunteers with enrolled clients in the community who  need a little help in order to continue living independently. Call 445-2480 for more information.

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact 
Mike Franklin, 
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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 Friday 6 pm              Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé
  • 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 section.
Our calendar is available at the Events section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
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Phone: (928) 778-4499