St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 20, 2019

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held 
Sunday, January 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Refer to yesterday's Annual Meeting email for detailed election information!
Also, we are also making available the very detailed  Annual Report to the parish now if you'd like to begin reviewing it before Sunday. We will have printed copies available at the meeting but we welcome those of you who are tech-saavy to view it on your device/tablet during the Annual Meeting.
We look forward to seeing you all here on Sunday as we honor the work done in 2018.
Parish Office Closed
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The office will re-open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Thank you!
Operation Deep Freeze
February 4-10        March 18-24
When the temperature goes below 28 degrees, an emergency winter shelter is provided with a hot meal, shower, and overnight stay for the homeless.  Volunteers sign up to take a one week assignment.  If called, the food for the evening meal must be prepared at the Salvation Army's kitchen.  Sign-up sheets are located in the gathering hall. Liz Kennedy will contact those signed up if the temperature is expected to go below 28 degrees.

Please Take A Calendar!

The 2019 Liturgical calendars are here and you are welcome to take one home.  They can be found in the 3rd display bay in the Gathering Hall.
Last weekend Adrian Gonzalez drove up from Agua Prieta, Mexico armed with 116 lbs of freshly-roasted JustCoffee.  Coffee prices vary annually and the grower gets a fraction of the price while the roaster receives the lion's share.  (Hence their tag line:  "The difference is in the roasting") In the '90's twenty-five coffee growers took ownership of the entire production:  planting, growing, processing, roasting and shipping.  Directly selling to customers the coop ensures that the growers receive a living wage with benefits like health insurance.  The youth no longer migrate for work.  The children are in school instead of working on the "parcela".  

With every new partner church, more growers are able to join the coop.  As of last weekend there were 100 families (400 people) who are supported by JustCoffee.   St Luke's has changed that number.  You showed enthusiasm in embracing this ministry--buying 107 lbs of coffee! Parishioners filled out preference cards so that we can order the right type and quantity for next month.  The sale of 60 lbs of coffee (less than $500) supports one grower family for one month. It is feasible that St Luke's could sell 120 lbs of coffee per month --thereby "adopting" 2 new coffee growers' families!

On behalf of the Cafe'Justo Cooperative in Chiapas, Vera Cruz, and Agua Prieta Mexico, Adrian sends St Luke's a big THANK YOU!! 
"May I Have a Ride Please?"
This is the question that is posed to members of your Pastoral Care Commission  all too frequently. Imagine, if you will, having a chronic health condition that 
precludes your driving, but you feel fine, and want nothing more than to come to  church. Imagine, if you will, that your automobile needs thousands of dollars of  work, thousands which you cannot afford, and you want nothing  more than to come to church. These are just two of the many situations we have  encountered in recent months that have generated a need for rides to church, a  need that we are currently unable to meet. "Just call an Uber", a parishioner
suggested to me recently when I was discussing this need. Taxis and Uber are 
expensive, too expensive for most seniors living on a fixed income.   Please help these members of our parish come to  church. It doesn't have to be every Sunday, maybe one or two Sundays a month.  P lease, volunteer to drive someone to church in 2019. Contact  Deacon Chris Christy, or Lucy Kemper, if you are interested in helping.                                                 

Responding with Gratitude to the Gift of Grace and God's Call to Action
As we study Romans what new things might we gather for the year ahead? How will our faith grow? How can we respond with gratitude to the gift of grace freely given by God to us in the year ahead?
READ: ROMANS 6:1-8:8 
REFLECT:   Romans 7:4   "In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God."

DIG DEEPER: 1.What is stopping you from being BOLD in defying the death-dealing principalities of this world, and leaning into the vision of the realm of God that is ever before us?
2. Who are the partners in ministry that will join you out in the neighborhood, boldly living into the call of Jesus Christ? 
3.  How can you partner with other Gospel value-oriented organizations that are doing this work in your own city or town?
4. Public ministry is inherently political because of the nature of being people out in the public square. Are you willing to take on the slings and arrows of being called "political" for the sake of the Gospel? 

Resources for Romans can be found on the Library Cart in the Parish Hall.
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 enriches our worship space. You may sign up for a date on the Altar Flower Chart in the Narthex. The suggested donation is $55.00 (any donation is acceptable).  If you would like to have a person or event named in the Weekly Epistle, please notify the office.
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of January 17, 2019, 205  pledges have been received for a total of
$522,992.24.  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:, or by using the form '2019 Pledge Card' on the front page of our website
Seed to Supper Gardening Course
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Every Tues & Thurs in January from 5-7 pm, starting January 15th & 17th
Yavapai County Cooperative Extension-Prescott 
840 RodeoDrive Bldg C, 86305  This six session course is FREE to the public. 
Registration for limited seating is strongly encouraged.
Please call 928-445-6590 x221 to register.
Learn to grow your own food.  The program highlights practical, low-cost gardening techniques for building, planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting a successful vegetable garden. It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment or on acreage, everyone can learn something from this course.
A Rule of Life is simply a series of statements, written by you, which reminds you of how you want to live. The start of a new calendar year is a good time to consider starting, or revising, a rule of life.  Resources to help you can be found in a display window in the Gathering Hall.
Thank you Fry's
Many grateful thanks to Fry's Foods Community Gift Program for awarding St. Luke's Food Pantry with a $500 gift card. It will be used to purchase needed items for the Food Pantry.  
"Want What You've Got!" Women's Retreat, February 15-17, 2019
"Thou shalt not covet." For today's woman, there is plenty to wrestle with when it comes to applying the wisdom of the Tenth Commandment to everyday living. Brita Hammit, formerly of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, invites women of all ages to this weekend-long devotional journey toward embracing what we've got - which is everything! - in Christ.

Registrations are now being accepted for this 14th annual retreat event. Registration form is available in the parish office or by clicking here. Questions? See or email Beth Parknowitz as this has been an annual tradition for her for years!! 

Location:         Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott
Cost:                $125, due Feb. 1, 2019
Dates:              Friday February 15 (evening) - Sunday February 17 (ending at 1pm)

Young women (16 years and older) are invited to attend with an adult. This event is open to friends and family members as well!
Grief Support Group
The grief support group is continuing to meet weekly on Fridays starting at 1:30 and ending at 3:00 pm in the Conference Room, adjacent to the office.
Adult Formation Opportunities

  Book Study - On the Brink of Everything 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

  Romans Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Conference Room 

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. 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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 blue 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 January 13 49  food items were collected
   Thumb Butte Quilters: 100 food items were collected
This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
1/12 - 1/13 -  Attendance - 345
Pledge - $18,094   Plate - $570
Honoring Special Dates
January 20: Bill Branson, John Jewett, John Szelka, Toni Denis
January 21: Mary Petrock, Karen Kensing 
January 24: Phyllis Gee, Diane Kessler
January 25: Bob Nichol
January 26: Olivia Sweeney, Rachel Crawford, Pat Benedict

January 20: Gilbert & Joan Hedger
January 22: Alan & Diane Kessler
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Bee, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carmen, Carol, 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, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Gloria, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Helen, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Lawton, 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, 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,William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Diocese of Lakoja (Nigeria)
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Grace St. Paul's (Tuscon)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Deep Freeze, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, United Thank Offering

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Psalm 110
Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17
Mark 3:1-6
Worship Ministers for January 19 & 20, 2019

5:30 p.m. Service
 Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Larry Neece
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogb urn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Devena Reed
Usher:  Jim & Pam Damm

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Michael Staudt
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson & Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Rick & Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2: Barbara Lake
Prayers: Patricia Anderson
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Barbara Leonard
Welcome Table: Jean Ehlers & Barbara Lake
Ushers: Lawerence Allen & JoAnn Salem
Asst. Ushers: Becky Hansen & Larry Wheatley
Oblationers: Youth

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. 

January 20: 
Fellowship Committee

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 in the narthex.  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.
January 13:  Bill Bisig
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.

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 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 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

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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 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499