St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 4 , 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Pledge Update
So far, we have received 158 pledges for $394,652.00.
 
Thank you for your commitment to support the community and ministries of St Luke's Episcopal Church. Every pledge is important and enables St Luke's to plan programs and events that will change lives in Christ's name. Your support of this parish is a blessing!
 
We have not yet reached our goal, but we are on the way! What a wonderful message we would send to our community if we had 100 % of pledgers this year! St Luke's is our church, and we cannot expend nor strengthen our ministries without your support.
 
 If you did not return your pledge card yet, it's not too late! Please, I invite you to prayerfully consider making a donation to St Luke's to support our ministries. Even the smallest amount is a great gift to our Lord and our ministries! So many parishioners shared with me the deep joy that comes with their giving. Through St Luke's lives have been changed; lives are changed because of the generosity of so many, because of your generosity.
 
If you prefer, this year you can pledge by email at pledge@slecp.orgIn this case, please tell us how much you wish to give for the year, the frequency and amount of your donations (by week, twice a month, etc.) your name and address, and if you would like envelopes.
 
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Pierre-Henry+
Prescott Chorale Performances today at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Prescott Chorale, joined by the Prescott Chorale Children's Choir and the Camerata Singers at the 3:00 PM performance; Prescott Chorale joined by the Camerata Singers at the 7:30 PM performance; both performances at St. Luke's.  Tickets are $20 at the door, $5 for youth ages 13-18 years old, and free to children 12 years old and younger. For more info visit prescottchorale.org.
Special Presentation during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 4
Debra Loder, Candidate/Intern to the Deaconate will present her ministry during coffee hour after the 10:00 a.m. service tomorrow, December 4.  This presentation describes a food ministry that Debra started in Wickenburg and will explain her calling to the Deaconate.  The presentation will take less than 20 minutes. 
2017 Calendars Available Now!
The 2017 Episcopal calendars have arrived and will be on sale after every service for only $5!
Two Book Sale Fundraisers
Sandy Nelson, a member of St. Luke's, will have her newest mystery novel More Than Gone (which is set in Kenya) available for purchase in the Parish Hall after both services Sunday, December 4. The price is $17.00, and Sandy will donate $3.00, or about 18% of every sale to St. Luke's. More Than Dead, the first book in the Luke Hudson Mystery series, will be offered as well. Sandy invites you to stop by her table, chat and take a look at the novels. Books make great gifts for the holidays!
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Having trouble selecting that perfect Christmas gift? We can help!  IT'S IN THE BIBLE !! Volume Two is a thoughtful and well researched examination of familiar and not so familiar Bible passages. Fifty one original illustrations and sixteen commentaries are woven together in a pleasing and instructive way. We hope you like humor 'cause there's a lot of it in there.
 
Learn how the word shibboleth was used as a type of passport. Walk with Ezekiel through the valley of dry bones. Learn what three intransitive verbs did in a bar. Discover what 16,000 poor citizens really died of in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It's all in there. IT'S IN THE BIBLE !! Volume Two is available for $12.00 with 25% of the price going to St. Luke's general fund. To order please contact François Maurice at fafmaurice@gmail.com or by telephone at 619-301-1925. Merry Christmas!
Make an appointment to donate blood on December 7
The next blood drive at St. Luke's will be on Wednesday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Don't delay - schedule your appointment today. Visit  www.bloodhero.com  (Sponsor code: StLukesEC) or email Darrell Anderson by clicking  here All December donors will receive a voucher for a free medium cheese pizza from Streets of New York Restaurant.
Angel Tree Gifts
You may start bringing your bagged and wrapped angel gifts this week to the Angel Tree in the Gathering Hall. They are due by December 10-11 so they may be delivered to the Family Services office for distribution before the holidays. Again, see you at the tree!
Friendship of Women on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. thru January 4
Friendship of Women, a 6-week class continues Wednesday, December 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. each week in the Classroom Wing. It is based on the book The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible by Joan Chittister. Where there is an overlap, Bible Women, will be supplemented. Lucy Kemper is facilitating the group.
Is God Calling You?
The Vestry of St. Luke's shares leadership with the Rector in creating a plan of action that will represent God's dream for our congregation. Being a Vestry member is a true exercise in collaboration as we discern what we believe God's dream is for St. Luke's. Three members of our current Vestry will be retiring at the end of the year and we are looking for people willing to be considered for a position during our annual election in January. In order to be considered, you must be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have been a member for 6 months, and be an active pledger. Please contact Lucy Kemper at  lucylee@cableone.net if you  have questions and/or are interested in being of service.
Centering Prayer on December 9
The next scheduled meeting of Centering Prayer will be on Friday,  December 9, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room next to the Library, just off of the Parish Hall. After December 9, the next meeting of Centering Prayer will be on the second Friday of January which is January 13, 2017, at 9 a.m.
Monthly Taizé Service on Dec. 9
Want to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly Taizé service on Friday, December 9, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month.  All are welcome!
Men's Group - Saturday, December 10
Come join the Men's Group on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist. Following the service, the group will head over to Manzanita Grille at Antelope Hills Golf Course for breakfast!
Come to Craftivity on Saturday, December 10!
This family activity is open to everyone in the parish and we hope you'll join in the fun on December 10, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. It'll be an afternoon full of fun: making crafts and ornaments and baking goodies! There will be decorating of the Christmas tree and even a special guest will visit!   See you on the 10th!  Merry Christmas!
The Truth About Cancer 
The nine-week series continues on Monday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's.
Don't  Spend  Christmas  Alone
St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Much excitement is building up as there are four weeks before Don't Spend Christmas Alone -2016.  Volunteers continue to step forward; Jim Hardesty gladly offered to share his professional expertise as our event Photographer. We thank everyone that graciously donated Christmas cards! The Youth of the parish and Youth Minister worked diligently to set up fun tables with stickers, markers, glitter and lots and lots of cards. A special note, signature and a written prayer was included with each card. We had a good time, pizza was delicious and the donations of beverages from Deacon Kimball were well received, plus we got all cards ready! We warmly acknowledge all the adults that came on Nov. 5th, including our Rector, Pierre-Henry and Deacon Kimball A very special word of appreciation for our creative youth; you are an inspiration to us all!

Volunteer Opportunities Below! We are counting on your help!!
Volunteer Sign Up Sheets............... Nov.23 to Sunday, Dec. 11 
Cookies and Pie donation sign up...... Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 11 (Bring bake goods Dec. 21 and 22)
Quilt Raffle................................  Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 18 (Raffle Dec.18 at Coffee Hour)
Ham Donation Jar........................  Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 18
Donation list .............................   Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 18
Event Set-up...............................  Saturday, Dec. 17 (Christmas decorations also)
Don't Spend Christmas Alone-2016... Sunday, December 25 (invite a neighbor)
 
On behalf of the Committee Leaders, wishes for a blessed and joyful holiday season,
Angeles Ramos Zarate
Christmas Service Schedule at St. Luke's
December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve 
4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
9:00 p.m. Evening Eucharist Service

December 25, 2016, Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Be a Santa to a Senior Collection Continues
Each year, Home Instead Senior Care sponsors a program called "Be a Santa to a Senior." Gift bags and tissue paper are still needed. Please consider donating these items. There is a collection box in the Gathering Hall. Thank you to those who have already donated!
Christmas Cards for the Forgotten Ones
The Season of Advent challenges us to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Remembering the marginalized, the needy, is definitely one way we can prepare and is something that may already be on your hearts. Many of us send out of Christmas cards to loved ones and acquaintances during this holiday season. Might you consider expanding your Christmas card list to include the ladies at Perryville Prison in Goodyear, AZ, who attend Episcopal worship services? Many of these women never receive a piece of mail during their incarceration. Holidays and birthdays come and go without any acknowledgement from the "outside world." They truly feel forgotten. The Sunshine Club was formed to meet this need. You can access a downloadable PDF address list for the ladies on the Diocesan Prison Ministry website under the  Sunshine Club menu - monthly birthdays or click this link:  www.prison.azdiocese.org/Sunshine.

For those who feel led to send a Christmas card to any of these women, please download the list. It is suggested that you use your church's address for the return address and simply sign the cards with a first name only or "Your family at (church name)." Those inmates who are able to afford to purchase stamps will reply and you can post their notes on a bulletin board at church.
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks. A total of 57 items was collected on November 26-27. Thank YOU!!!!
 
This week's shopping list: canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans 
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 26-27, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 225
Weekly Giving - Plate:$1,075.75; Pledge: $5491.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Axel, Barbara, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christine, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Deirdre, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Elijah, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gizmo, Greg, Hank, Harris,Jack, Janice, Jean, Joan, Jo, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Philip, Preston, Ray, Rebekah, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Sherry, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Michael, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, Thor, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Karnataka North in South India
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John the Baptist in Glendale 
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Arizona Sewing Works, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank and Granite Creek Hunger Ministry
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: 
Dec. 4: Monte Anderson; Dec. 5: Gloria Martin, Bruce Ohannesian, Paula Tomitz;
Dec. 6: Michele Claflin, Stephane Leon, Jeanne Miller, Evelyn Pronko, Lynne Wells; Dec. 7: Joni Cash, Randi Merrit; Dec. 8: Myron Brower, Georgia Franklin, Marilynn Henry; Dec. 9: Christi Armer; Dec. 10: Evelyn David

Anniversaries: Dec. 4: Christopher & Karen Cone; Dec. 6: Mark & Kimberley Neel
This Week's Scripture Readings: Second  Sunday of Advent
Click here for readings 

Collect: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings: Thir
d Sunday of Advent

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for December 3-4, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Carol & Scott Hein
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Mark & Nancy Paola
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Debra Loder
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Ernie Howell
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1: Wini Larson
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Barbara Lake
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters :  Maddy Cianfrani & Joyce Boden
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Lynne Wells & Evelyn David
 
Altar Guild Team:  Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Holle Campbell, Cynthia Moreno
Coffee Hour Host
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 4:
No one has signed up. Feel free to host!
 

 

Altar Flowers
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 by phone or email.
 
No altar flowers during Advent.  
Community Groups 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. 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 Dec. 15. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749.

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 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 2016-17 season is February 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Visit prescottstrings.com for more information.
 
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 concert of the 2016-17 season is Dec. 3, 2016 at 3 & 7:30 pm. Visit prescottchorale.org 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. Click  
here  for more info.


Prescott Area  Habitat for Humanity
Info Sessions in early 2017
There are 3 upcoming information sessions for prospective home applicants in early 2017: Saturday January 28th, Thursday February 2nd, and Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and contact info to reserve a place at a session, please click  hereTo view the Family Selection Criteria pamphlet with a basic description of the Habitat Home ownership qualification process (including residency, income and other criteria) please click here. 

For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org.
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Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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Fellowship Commission
Vestry Liaison to Communications Commission
Parish Treasurer

Pete Kriger
Assistant Treasurer
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Outreach Commission
Vestry Liaison to Membership Commission
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Email:  info@slecp.org
Phone: (928) 778-4499