St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of July 1 , 2018
Wear your name tag this weekend. Be sure to introduce yourself and welcome the Rev. Denise Muller as our new assistant rector. Denise graduated with a Diploma in Anglican Studies at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas in May 2018.

Hiking in nature, journaling about dreams and daily life, engaging in centering prayer, and noticing the presence of the Holy in the mundane are among the practices that nurture Denise's soul and keep her rooted in the Ground of Being. These practices complement and sustain her devotion to various forms of ministry. Her primary call in ministry centers on guiding people to dwell in the love of God and grow more deeply into who they have been created to be. She is passionate about the Church being a place where all people may experience a sense of belonging in community, encounter the loving presence of God, and be strengthened to seek and serve Christ in all persons.

Read more biographical details HERE.
Dear people of St Luke's,

I spent 8 amazing days with our Youth Group and their leaders for our Mission Trip in El Paso, TX. I'm sure Sophie, who organized and led this Mission Trip will share with the congregation her experience. Our main purpose was to serve those in need, and so we did sorting items in a Food Bank; planting and harvesting in a Farm; preparing food, distributing flyers, digging a tranche for a future garden,  serving meals, and more at the Mustard Seed Cafe where anyone can have a meal, even if they don't have money... We had the pleasure and honor to work with dedicated volunteers who put their heart and talents to serve in the name of Christ. In addition to serving, we had our own community times, with prayer, reflection and fellowship. To love 24 hours a day with the same group of 17 people is sometimes challenging, but the group learned how to live together, making efforts when needed, and willing to learn from each other. When we ended our Mission Trip, we really were one group, happy, proud of what we accomplished. We had the chance to be hosted by two very welcoming Episcopal congregations, Grace St Paul in Tucson where we slept in our way to and from El Paso, and St Francis in the Hill in El Paso. I hope this Mission Trip will help our youth to grow in their faith and their desire to serve. I'm grateful for all those who helped us in any way for this successful 3rd Youth Mission Trip. 

This weekend the Rev. Denise Muller will begin her ministry among us as Assistant Rector. She will bring her enthusiasm, talents, and experience, to helping us to find new ways to  Know Christ and to make Christ known . In addition to sharing with me in the liturgical and pastoral life of our congregation, I have asked Denise to help us develop a ministry for the young adults and college students, and to help us to reach out to the Latinos of the Quad Cities. The Rev. Denise has been ordained a deacon in June 2016, she will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Smith on Saturday, August 18  at St Luke's.

In order to welcome Denise, we needed to make room for her. The office for our two deacons has been relocated at the entrance of the Educational wing. It's larger and now Deacon Chris and Deacon Kimball have each their own desk! Helen, our bookkeeper is now the Deacon's former office, and Denise is in Helen's former office. A special thank you for the people from Buildings & Grounds who painted these offices.

In Christ's love,
. Register for a free online class taught by Bishop Michael Curry. Sign up now  here to take the class at home between July 2-15. Or come to the conference room on July 8 and July 15 from 9:05 to 9:55 to take the class with friends.  Find out about advancing the Jesus Movement.
This is a great opportunity to spend time with friends who attend a different service, instead of being parishioners who pass on a Sunday morning.  Light refreshments will be served.  Sign-ups in gathering hall will help us estimate how many are coming.  Questions: contact Mary Queen at  
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Through the Outreach Committee we donate to  Episcopal Relief & Development.  As caring people of faith we don't simply wish to live in a world where love, equality and justice prevail - we strive to create such a world.  We do this by embodying God's love in our actions, and by trying to ease the suffering of our brothers and sister wherever we meet it.  ERD is a powerful opportunity to express God's love on a global scale by empowering people to build a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.  More information, including a clean water and sanitation program in Angola, moving forward after the storm in Puerto Rico, and planned giving can be found in this  link.
Notes from the Nurse
This is a distillation of an article in last summer's AARP Bulletin :  "A Practical Guide to Nurse Practitioners," which Bill Johnson passed on to me.  With the recent difficulties that several of our parishioners have told me about in finding a primary care physician (PCP) in the Quad City area (which led to placing themselves under the care of a nurse practitioner (NP) without fully understanding what an NP is), the time has come to shed light on what nurse practitioners do, and to explain their role in the health care system, because chances are, we're all going to see a nurse practitioner at some point or another in our health care journey!  I have!

It is no easy task to become a nurse practitioner:  it requires a bachelor's degree in nursing; licensure as a registered nurse; a master's degree; and advanced clinical training.  However, it is not equivalent to the training that physicians receive, which is four years of college, four years of medical school, and three to seven years of residency.  Each is a profession in itself, and each has its own pathway to being credentialed and licensed. But less training does not mean less competence. In a study done over five years and published last year in the journal, Medical Care , NPs delivered the same quality of care as doctors; and in a study by the University of Michigan-Flint, patients rated nurse practitioners 9.8 out of 10 in satisfaction, while giving physicians an average score of 7.2.Read More

A happy and safe summer to all!      - Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
St Luke's Inventory
When:  July 20 (and hopefully NOT 21 st )
8:30 - Guidelines / Q&A
9:00 - 12:00 - Count and Record
12:00 - 1:00 - Feast & Camaraderie (Grub and Chill)
1:00 - 2:30 - Count and Record (OR if we are done, Relaxation!)
Why:  If we need an inventory for rebuilding and refurbishing, will we have the records to back our financial needs through the use of St Luke's insurance.
Who:  We're looking for teams of 2 people.  Working in pairs acts as "checks and balances" for the count and gets the numbers recorded as accurately as possible.  Find someone you like to hang out with or I'll introduce you to a partner. Make this fun! Bring your smiles and laughter!
Thank you to Altar Guild, Funeral Reception, Library, Music Department, and "Don't Spend Christmas Alone", who I know already have a jump on this project!
Incentive:   Did you ever wonder what in the world was behind all those locked doors? Now is your chance to find out! This would be insanely time-consuming to accomplish alone!  I welcome the assistance! Katie Staudt
Come and join your St  Luke's family for a celebration of our Independence on July 4 at 5:00 pm.  There will be a potluck in the parish hall followed by a fun evening of bingo.  Please bring a "white elephant" to share with the group as prizes.  The stranger, the better!  I still proudly display the weird ones I won.  Please sign up so we know how many to plan for. Call Pam Williams with questions.  928-775-5676
To see what our youth have been up to on their mission trip  in El Paso, TX this past week...
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Here's a snapshot of some of what our youth and their wonderful leaders have been doing this past week:
The UTO collection this spring totaled $1,016.82
THANK YOU to everyone who participated!
Are you up for a Challenge?
St. Luke's Outreach Commission is offering to match funds for
school supplies dollar to dollar up to $1000.00.
Many students in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Prescott School Districts are unable to purchase school supplies that are required of them to start the year.
Fair Start is reorganizing their program and going out and buying school supplies
in bulk so more students are served. This is why the Outreach Commission is putting up the challenge for a monetary donation rather than asking people to fill backpacks.

Are you willing to take the challenge???
The donation box will be on the outreach table.
If you write a check to St. Luke's put Fair Start on the memo line.
Cash will be deposited into the Fair Start account.
Donation Deadline: July 8 th
More information call Patti Bain @817-909-0565 or Mary Hallford @602-796-1177

From the Building and Grounds Committee
Our roadside shield that is facing southerly has a problem.  Due to sun exposure, the blue on our shield has faded out.  Is there anyone who would like to tackle this using the medium  of your choice, including, but not limited to, paints or or a mosaic  technique?  We would love to hear your ideas and find someone, who  would  enjoy embracing this project with joy and enthusiasm!
Interested? Inspired?  Please contact Katie Staudt, someone in the office, 
a vestry member, or member of the Building  & Grounds Committee!
                    Make checks payable to St. Luke's Episcopal Church
           Be sure to write Native American Ministry in Memo Line

On Saturday, June 16, The Council of Native American Ministries met at St. Luke's. Thirty representatives from Sedona, Surprise, Tucson and Prescott were present. Quarterly meetings of the Council are held to announce open projects and exchange ideas with one another. The state-wide group is headed by Canon Debbie Royals.The St. Luke's Committee, which has been active over the past year, is chaired by Monte Anderson; Vice-Chair is Sherri Frances. Projects completed were three quarterly teaching sessions that were open to the public, very well attended, and featured Native American teachers. Sherri Frances played a major role on behalf of St. Luke's in the 2017 Christmas youth celebration at the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Guests at the Council included Don Decker, Public Relations Director at the Yavapai-Apache Nation and flutists Syd Cregger and Sue Daniel. The meeting began with a Cherokee prayer by Syd Cregger and ended with a closing prayer by Barbara Sanchez, Lakota elder and sister of the famous Lakota author and activist, Vine DeLoria Jr.

Pictures from the event are below.
The Good Friday Offering...Thank you!
To read a letter of thanks from The Episcopal Church and how the funds collected for the Good Friday Offering have been used, please click  here.
Practicing Mindfulness Senior Group Will No Longer Meet Here
The July meetings have been cancelled.  Please call 928-445-5211,  ext 2672 if you have any questions.  
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 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 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 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 June 23/24:  102 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
6/23/24 -  Attendance - 289
Pledge - $11,005  -   Plate $903
Honoring Special Dates
July 1: Gayle Jarpe, Moreene Weber, Dick Weeks
July 3: 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 5: Ray Clockel & Kathryn Bennett
July 6: Duncan & Julia Weir
July 7: Steve & Kathy Bracety
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bob, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna,  Dott, Doug,  Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret and family, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Robert,  Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tim, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:   Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Down & Dromore (Ireland)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Paul's (Payson)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start, People Who Care
Scripture Readings
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Psalm 34:1-8
Genesis 25:5, 8-20
Matthew 8:28-34
Weekly Worship Assistants for June 30 & July 1, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Ernie Howell
Greeters: Carol & Scott Hines 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Michael Staudt
Altar Minister:  Katie Staudt
Ushers:  Les & Rosey Garripee 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson   
Sub-Deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister: Keehna Sture
Reader 1: Tani Hendrickson
Reader 2 Georgia Franklin
Prayers: Barbara Sayle
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters:  Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table:  Darryl Anderson & Susan Bray
Ushers: Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers: Dwight  & Charlotte Willman
Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Katie Staudt, Phyllis Maruna, Katie MacCauley, 
Joy Ramsey-Smith

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. 

Hosts June 1:   
 Fellowship Committee

Join us for refreshments and cake to welcome The Reverand Denise Mueller

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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 $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.
Flowers: given by 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.
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. 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. 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 .

"Be Connected" Mental Health Summit
Strengthening Collaboration and Care in Support of
Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more information, email: or call 602-753-8802.

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 & 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: .

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
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Phone: (928) 778-4499