St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 9 , 2017
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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

With Palm Sunday we are entering in Holy Week in which we will follow Christ from his triumphant entrance in Jerusalem, to his death and resurrection. With all that is happening in our world, and in our lives, we need, more than usual, to gather together to pray and celebrate the One who is at the center of our faith.

I know that we all have pretty busy lives, and it may be difficult to find the time to go to church during the week... However, I encourage you to join me and your fellow parishioners who will gather together on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. These three services are complementary to each other, and allow us to celebrate more fully the events of the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord.

Maundy Thursday is a meditative service in which we celebrate the Last Supper and the new command to love each other. This is the service in which we remember and reenact the foot washing. But this is not the only aspect. I have heard many people telling me that they don't attend Maundy Service because of the foot washing. Please, know that you don't have to wash feet or have your foot washed. This part of the service is a contemplative time where we sing Taize songs. The service ends with silence.

Good Friday allows us to follow Jesus in his passion, from his trial to his death. This is a quiet and meditative service, without communion, almost no music. The service begins and ends in silence.

On Holy Saturday there is no service, and sacraments are not celebrated. We remember the void after Jesus' death. It is a quiet day of meditation.

This day will end with the Great Vigil of Easter . This is the most joyous and beautiful liturgy of the Church year, and is, in fact, the first and principal celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. This is a quite lengthy but meaningful celebration in four parts: the service of light, in which the Paschal Candle is lit from the new fire; the service of Lessons, in which we listen to the story of salvation throughout the ages; the service of renewal of baptismal vows; and the first Eucharist of Easter. For centuries it was the only service of Easter.

And of course, on Easter Day we will celebrate the joyful event of the resurrection of our Lord. The joy of the resurrection, the singing of alleluias, the hymns and special music give the tone of this so special celebration.

As your pastor, I warmly encourage you to attend the liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and one of the services of Easter, either the Vigil or the Sunday service. I hope you will be renewed, refreshed, and strengthened in your faith by attending these services.

May the Lord bless you and yours,

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
Your brother in Christ,
Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule
Palm Sunday
April 8 5:30 pm
April 9 8:00 & 10:00 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
April 12 -  Holy Eucharist & Healing - 10:00 am
Maundy Thursday
April 13 -  9:00 am Morning Prayer
April 13 - 7:00 pm Holy Eucharist
Good Friday
April 14 -  12 pm & 7:00 pm,  Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
April 15 -  Time of rest and silence - no service.

Saturday April 15 -   7:00 pm  
The greatest celebration of the year!
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Sunday April 16 -  8:00 am & 10:00 am
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Good Friday Offering
As in years past, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in supporting our brothers and sisters throughout the Providence of Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. "The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers," Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. "The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places."

To read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's full letter, click  here.
Sunday School News
Thanks to all our parents and grandparents who came to our meeting last Sunday, April 2. We appreciate your input and Sophie will keep you informed on what we had discussed and the plans for the future involvement or our children in the church.

Mary and Diane traveled down to Scottsdale on Saturday for a very informative and educational training session to help us better serve our children in the Sunday school/Godly Play classroom.

This Sunday, April 9, Palm Sunday, Mary and I will be having class for the primary and elementary children. We are hoping to start class at 9:45 but will be joining the Palm procession as it starts with the children and then return back to the classrooms. I will be continuing with the Godly Play lesson of the Faces of Easter and Mary will be presenting the Godly Play lesson on Jesus and the Twelve (Last Supper). We hope that all or our children will be present for these important lessons. Palm Sunday is always well attended so come early to find your seat in the church and then we will all gather out front on the lawn weather permitting for the Palm Sunday procession.

Lastly, we are still hoping for several of our parishioners to come forward to provide care in our nursery. We do not often have young families with young children and infants coming to the 10 am service but when they do there currently is no one to care for them in our nursery and that is very sad indeed that St Luke's is not providing this service. If just a few of you were to come forward to volunteer you would only need to volunteer one Sunday out of the month. If several were to come forward as a team you would only need to volunteer one Sunday every other month. If there are no children or infants that come, then you are home free and can join the service in progress. Please contact Sophie Buisson if you are willing to volunteer for this ministry.
Daughters of the King meets on April 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Are you interested in experiencing "more" in your spiritual life?  If so, The Order of the Daughters of the King is something you may want to ask some questions about.
Yes, there is a very active chapter here at St. Luke's!

The Daughters of the King meet the second Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Room, just off of the Classroom Wing. You are welcome!

For more information on Daughters of the King, click  here for an informational flyer.
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year and for months to come. The live potted plants will be planted by the youth group in the beds around St. Luke's following the Easter services. Please mark your donation with Easter Flowers. 

Please provide the church with the following information - -
Your Name:
Memorial or Thanksgiving:
Other Information:
You may print the form here, fill it out, and place it in the offering plate on Sunday or call/email the church office with the information above no later than Tuesday, April 11. Thank you!
Easter Celebrations
We will be celebrating Easter with light refreshments following the 8 a.m. service and a brunch after the 10 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 16. All are welcome! Please sign up to bring a pot luck to share for the brunch. If you can't make something, please sign up that you are coming so we know how to plan! Thank you. 
Parish Office Closure
The Parish Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 14, and on Monday, April 17.  The office will re-open with normal office hours on Tuesday, April 18, at 9 a.m.
Next Singles Dinner Night Out on April 21
The next Singles Dinner Night Out will take place on Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Bonn Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley. Guest are always welcome!

Sign-up in the Gathering Hall by April 16.
There will be Taizé on April 21 at 6 p.m.
Please note that there will be Taizé on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.

In May, Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé will go back to its regular schedule of the 2nd Friday of the month, which will be Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m.
Jack Parker chosen for Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Jack   Parker, St. Luke's parishioner,  has been chosen for the Honor Flight to Washington D.C., because of his Army military service during World War II.  Jack  served in the Philippines during the latter part of the war. During the Korean War,  Jack  was in the Air Force and had flight training. His Flight Instructor was Gus Grissom, who later became an astronaut.  Jack  usually sits in the second or third row from the altar on the left side during the Sunday 10 a.m. service. He is the gentleman with the handsome handlebar mustache. Please thank  Jack  for his service and congratulate him for this honor.
Opportunities to Help!
Church Offering Counters
We need several counters who would be willing to volunteer one Monday a month (sometimes, two times) and spend about 2 hours that morning,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  counting our offerings from the previous weekend's services. If you can reconcile your checkbook, you can do this job. Thank you for your consideration. Contact Helen Henderson, bookkeeper, if interested, at

Outreach Committee
The Outreach Commission is looking for some new members! The meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room, next to the Parish Office. The next meeting will take place Monday, April 10, at 4 p.m. If that isn't a good time for you, your help is still needed. Please contact Mary Hallford at 928-759-0227 or Liz Kennedy at 928-350-8633 for more information or come to the next meeting and meet all the dedicated volunteers.
Fellowship Committee
The Fellowship Committee is looking for a few more people to help with planning and implementing our various fun events. Please call Pam Williams at 928-277-8226 or email
Attention Bakers!
We have two Cookie Funeral Reception teams who need your talents!  As a little twist on Hallmark-- "We care enough to serve the very best!"

Our two teams alternate serving at funeral receptions in our Parish Hall so you would not be asked to provide cookies for every funeral.  Please consider helping as we need: 1) people to bake just one batch of cookies for the reception 2) people to work at the reception, plating the cookies, etc. and, 3) people who would be able to help with both baking cookies and working.
This is a wonderful ministry. Please consider your time and talent, and contact Sally Phelps or Pat Eaton.  Thank you so much!
Volunteer Receptionists
The office is looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list. So, if you are not looking for a regular weekly or bi-monthly position, but would like to help from time to time, this would be perfect!! Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
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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. Number of food items collected on April 1-2, 2017, was 105. Thank you!
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
April 1-2, 2017
Attendance: 261
Honoring Special Dates
April 16 :  Art Lequesne
April 17:  Anita Pettenger, Sara Rosengren, Emily Skinner
April 19:  Christopher Cone, Jennifer Pescarino, Balthasar Ruster-Villa, Ronna Weaver
April 20:  Bruce Dievendorff, Rocky Pescarino Jr.
April 21:  Robert Hilb, Maureen Riley, Gary Snyder
April 22:  Scot Tomitz

April 16: Dick & Marcia Reinhart
April 18: Lou & Barbara Gennarelli
April 20: Bill & Lisa MacNamera
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Doris, Dott, Dottie, Ed, Enrique, Fred, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, Walt, Wes, 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: Church of Jerusalem (Jerusalem & Middle East)

...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo in Phoenix

...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Granite Creek Hunger Ministry

Thank you note we received from Rev. Emilie Finn after her visit with us March 18-19.

Scripture Readings for April 8-9
Palm Sunday
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

April 8-9, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Scott & Carol Hein
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Mike Franklin & Larry Griffin
Greeters :  Joyce Boden
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers:  Youth  
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 April 2:
Evelyn & Quentin David, Carol & Jim Hardesty, and Genell Lee

Sign up for 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.

No flowers during Lent.
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. Visit for more info or contact Diane Reddy. Their 7th Annual British Pub Night is Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at Prescott Elks in Prescott Valley. Click here for flyer!
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 April 20. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

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 April 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Visit 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 May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. 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. The next volunteer orientation will take place in Chino Vally on April 12, 1-3 p.m., at C.V. United Methodist Church, 735 E. Road 1 South.

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, for more information.
"Golf Fore Homes" - Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity Annual Golf Tournament

The Annual Golf Tournament for Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Prescott Golf and Country Club, with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. For event flyer and registration, please click here.
MAD Women Poets & Womansong

The MAD Women Poets, who present original poetry in everyday language, are being joined by Womansong, a group of local women who sing classical, folk, and traditional music, on Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Prescott Public Library. Bring an original poem to share at the Open Mic following the reading.
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