St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 13, 2019
Dear Parishioners,

It is with regret that I accepted the resignation of Tom Ghan as our Sexton. Tom's daily presence on our campus made each day a little brighter.  His work as Sexton will be missed.  We look forward to Tom remaining with us as a faithful servant of God while he redirects his efforts toward other ministries in the church.  Thank you Tom, for your invaluable service as our Sexton.  You are a beloved brother to us all.

Pierre-Henry+
Men's Group: J anuary 12, 7:30 am Eucharist
All men of the parish are invited to attend
Eucharist only.  No regular meeting.  Please prayerfully consider the future leadership opportunities for the men of St. Luke's.
Don't miss the Just Coffee Presentation this weekend after services!

This weekend we are rolling out our newest ministry, Just Coffee. Adrian Gonzalez, has driven up from Agua Prieta, Mexico, with 100 lbs of freshly roasted Just Coffee to introduce us to the Cafe' Justo Cooperativa.   The coffee growers in Chiapas welcome St Luke's  as partners. They hope to meet some of you in Chiapas one day. 

In the meantime, this weekly epistle will be the venue to learn more about them and their product.   The ongoing success of Just Coffee to support of these growers rests on your decision to change your coffee-buying habits.  Here is what we are asking:
1.  Plan to purchase your coffee on the Second Sunday weekend of every month.
 2.  Experiment with the variety you like.  You are now buying the freshest coffee on the market and will experience the flavor difference.  Volunteers can help you choose.
 3. Buy only a month's supply.  Stocking up defeats the purpose of drinking the freshest coffee and we at St Luke's will avoid overstock or back orders.
4.  Have patience.  It may take a month or so until we get the ordering matched to your needs. Filling out a preference paper will help us with ordering.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on  Sunday, January 20,  at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please plan to attend this important meeting!!

As of January 11, 2019, the candidates for the open Vestry positions (three 3-year terms and one 1-year term) are as follows: Steven Dear, Ed Hume, Lloyd Needham, Mary Queen, and Lolly Skinner.

Watch for more detailed information, including candidate biographies, next week!!
"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, cchristy1231@gmail.com or Lucy Kemper,  
lucykemper48@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.                                                             

38th Annual Don't Spend Christmas Alone
The DSCA committee would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all the  parishioners and their family members for  making this year's event an enormous success.
Without volunteers 957 meals would not have been served to individuals who might otherwise have gone without a delicious and nourishing meal on Christmas Day in the Quad Cities. Of the 957 meals served, 420 meals were delivered to the homebound and 537 guests were served at St. Luke's. After the guests had enjoyed their meal and upon their departing the church, they were given a bag of delicious cookies to take with them donated by many of you.  The DSCA committee was honored to have been involved with this special event. It solidified our belief in how generous, compassionate and loving the congregation is at St. Luke's.  Photos of DSCA will be shared for all to view. Additional information regarding the event will be provided in the Annual Report.  Our wish for everyone is that 2019 is filled with many blessings and much joy.
Muriel deGanahl, George Chesney, Cynthia Moreno, Rob & Debra Creighton and Sue Fiorey
click here to read reflection
Responding with Gratitude to the Gift of  Grace and God's Call to Action
Paul speaks of the gift of grace, explaining how faith is the path to salvation. It seems fitting as we begin a new calendar year to study Romans: What new things might we gather for the year ahead? How will our faith be strengthened? How can we respond with gratitude to the gift of grace freely given by God to us in the year ahead?
WEEK 2: JANUARY 14-20
READ: ROMANS 3:9-5:21 
REFLECT:  Romans :1-2d: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand.."

DIG DEEPER: 1. In what ways can we show our gratitude to God for loving us so deeply?
2. How does your faith sustain you in your mission work?
3. How do we resolve the conflict between "in God's time"  and "in our time" when doing mission work??

Resources for Romans can be found on the Library Cart in the Parish Hall.

Great Things are Happening at Our Southern Border

The Diocese of Arizona is on the ground in Nogales, Sonora to welcome and care for desperate asylum seekers at this legal point of entry. Individuals, families, and children arrive worn out,  terrified and hungry, but full of courage and hope. Cruzando Fronteras welcomes them with God's love in the form of food, warm clothes, medical attention, shelter and companionship.  There are four shelters for over 800 asylum-seekers while they await their "credible threat" interview with the Customs and Border Protection Agency. Please consider how you might support this ministry. There are three ways you can show compassion for the stranger and support this effective organization.

1. Give money to Cruzando Fronteras to buy food and supplies. Click the following link to donate money to support this ministry:  http://bit.ly/AZCruzando 

2. Donate needed supplies from this list. Items can be dropped of at St. Luke's Monday through Thursday, during office hours. 
Blankets
Warm jackets
Sneakers
Sleeping bags
Warm hats/beanies
Long pants/jeans
Pillows
Warm scarves
Sweaters
Hotel shampoo/soap/lotions
Slippers
Backpacks

3. Volunteer. Email Mother Denise at  denise@slecp.org to find out how you can get involved with this ministry.


Happy New Year to all!
I've heard many people say that they're glad to see the 
old year end, and 2019 begin, so best wishes and blessings to all as the new year gets underway! May it be healthy, and happy, and bring you ever closer to God's  heart!  With the rigor of my diaconal studies, my monthly column has had to "morph"  into a quarterly column. It was a hard but necessary decision. The good news is  that another R.N. has joined St. Luke's-and she loves to write! Her name is Julie
Cargill, and she has volunteered to share her wealth of nursing experience and  knowledge in the writing of wellness articles for this column. Julie usually attends the 10 AM service, so please introduce  yourself and let her know of any specific health issues you would like to see  addressed in this column! It'll be a team effort. Thank you, Julie!
Notes from the Nurse - Julie Cargill

What IS Heart Failure? What does it mean to ME?
The term "heart failure" is a little misleading (as well as frightening!) because it implies that the heart is unable to work anymore. The fact is, heart failure-which affects about 6 million Americans-can be managed. It's a common malady for people who are 85 or older, so if you're at that age, or expecting to reach that age, the information below is especially valuable.  Our heart is a pretty miraculous organ. It increases its output-blood circulation to the rest of our body-when we exert ourselves physically, or put ourselves under stress. If we regularly exercise, that increased workload helps strengthen the heart muscle into better performance. As we age, however, our circulatory system may lose its responsiveness gradually, making the heart muscle less effective. 
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.
The next  Outreach Meeting is on Monday, January 14 at 4 pm in the Conference Room.  Come and help with this extensive and growing ministry. Your input and support helps "make Christ known" to those both near and far.  Please join us.
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.
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of January 10, 2019, 204 pledges have been received for a total of
$521,492.24.  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: pledge@slecp.org, or by using the form '2019 Pledge Card' on the front page of our website
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, 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.

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, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church/support/ 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 December 23:  51 food items were collected
    December 30:  90 food items were collected
   
Up-to-Date data will be posted next week
     
This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni & cheese. canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
1/5 - 1/6 -  Attendance - 222
Pledge - $15,445   Plate - $656
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
January 14: Raina Dass
January 15: Penny Davis
January 16: Clay deGanahl, Elizabeth Arnold
January 17: Neil Waterman
January 18: Doris Schoeben, Betsy Whearley, Lauree Birchmeier

Anniversaries
January 15: Fred & Sue Lutz
January 18: Bob & Cynthia Nichol
January 19: Angela & Louis Russ
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, 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 Lesotho (Southern Africa)
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of St Matthew (Tuscon)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Deep Freeze, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, United Thank Offeroing

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Psalm 105:1-15
Hebrews 2:14-18
Mark 1:29-39
Worship Ministers for January 12 & 13, 2019

5:30 p.m. Service
 Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Larry Neece
Greeters: Jane & Roger Peacock
Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn

 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Kathryn Barber & Carol Sweeden
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Ed Hume
Chalice Minister: Cynthia Dear
Chalice Minister:Steven Dear
Altar Minister: Bill Christy
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger: Sharon Welker
Greeters: Darrell & Susan Anderson
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake & Sandy McBride
Ushers: Vera Mulnix & Beth Shaw
Asst. Ushers: Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Youth

Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Syliva McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, 
Betsy Denison

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 13: 
No host





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 prescottdbe.org 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  prescottstrings.com 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 prescottchorale.org 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  www.prescotthabitat.org 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

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to:  epistle@slecp.org .

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
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499