St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of November 27 , 2016
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Thanksgiving Eve Service Tonight at 7 p.m.
Join us this evening (November 23) at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary for the Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist Service.

Warm wishes to you and yours for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closures
The Parish Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday which includes Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25. The office will re-open with normal office hours on Monday, November 28, at 9 a.m.
Membership Updates  (as of November 23, 2016)
Please click  here for the latest St. Luke's membership updates including Holy Baptism, Letters of Transfer, and Burials.
United Thank Offering
Thanks to all who contributed to the fall ingathering of the U.T.O. The total amount was $1,192.30 on October 31 and November 6.

You may pick up a new blue box in the Gathering Hall. Prayers and offerings make it possible for the U.T.O. mission to stretch in unexpected ways in this nation and abroad. Examples are kitchen equipment for a homeless shelter, playground for a childcare center, handicapped access in a church and service buildings.
Centering Prayer Update
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the  Centering   Prayer  Group will NOT  meet this Friday,  November 25 .  The next scheduled meeting will be on Friday,  December 9, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room next to the Library, just off of the Parish Hall.
Be an Angel - Sponsor a Child for Christmas
This is the week to adopt your Christmas Angel!!! The angel tree will be in the Gathering Hall for all three services this weekend, November 26-27. Come and choose your angel! Lyneal Nick will give you all the instructions. Your wrapped angel gifts need to be back at church by December 10 or 11 so they may be delivered to the Family Services office for distribution before the holidays. See you at the tree!
Advent Resources in Parish Library
"Do not be afraid...I am bringing you good news" (Luke 2:10). This is the most significant gift of Christmas. Christmas or confusion. Bethlehem or bedlam. Christ breaks into our chaos and confusion to bring Christmas, and Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam.
Source: Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam (James Moore)

The parish library has a selection of books to use as guides for reflection during the four weeks of Advent. After services on 11/26 and 11/27 stop by the table in the Gathering Hall to select a book to borrow for Advent.  Questions--contact Mary at maryjqueen@icloud.com.
Garmisch Nut Stollen and Deacon's Mustard
In time for the holidays, it's time to order your Garmisch Nut Stollen (Bavarian nut-filled coffeecake) for $20 and Deacon's Mustard for $7. Place your order for pickup December 3 and 4 at St. Luke's. Order sheets will be available in the Parish Hall on November 26 and 27. The deadline to order is December 1. Ten-percent (10%) of all sales will go to support the many ministries of the Outreach Commission. Questions? Contact Deacon Kimball by clicking here.
Friendship of Women
Friendship of Women, a 6-week class beginning Wednesday, November 30 and ending January 4, 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 will facilitate the group.
Notes from the Nurse
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, to be followed in the blink of an eye by Christmas, I thought that "healthy holiday eating" might be an appropriate topic for this month's wellness column, as the final five or six weeks of the year tend to be a time when indulging in the tasty foods that make this season special can lead to unwelcome news when we step on the scale in January! Weight gained during this season usually stays with us, but with some basic knowledge about good nutrition, it is possible to eat healthy, have fun, and not gain a pound between now and the New Year!
 
Whether your holiday schedule will find you at family gatherings, or at a company party, or at a New Year's Eve celebration, here are some tips to help you (and me!) enjoy the holidays and avoid undesired weight gain.
 
Party Tips:
(1)  Never go to a party hungry.  Eat a low-fat snack before you go.
(2)  Limit alcohol calories, which have no nutritive value, and are stored as fat. Go easy, too, on beverages such as egg nog or sugared punches. Zero-calorie choices include club soda, diet drinks, and water.
(3)  Exercise before going to the party. A brisk, 30-minute walk can reduce your appetite as well as burn calories.You can also cut back on eating the day before or the day after. Doing this during the holiday season can also help you to develop the habit of engaging in regular exercise year round!
(4)  Use small plates and take small portions.
(5)  Choose mostly fruits and vegetables, then add some of your favorite foods as a treat.
(6)  Use salad dressing sparingly. Avoid soups and breads.
(7)  Enjoy your favorite dessert, but watch your portion, and don't go back for seconds.
(8)  When socializing, move away from the buffet table.
 
Cooking and Preparing Holiday Foods:
(1)  Instead of butter, use butter substitutes such as Earth Balance. You can also reduce the amount of butter in a baking recipe by cutting the amount of butter in half, and substituting applesauce. There are countless heart-healthy, low-fat recipes that can be found on the internet.
(2)  Choose lower fat meats like turkey breast and lean ham.
(3)  Prepare stuffing outside of the turkey.
(4)  Use a gravy separator to de-fat gravy.
(5)  Use reduced fat milk and cheeses.
(6)  Flavor with lots of herbs and spices.
(7)  Use two egg whites rather than a whole egg in recipes.
(8)  Test low-fat versions of recipes a few days before (at least!) to be sure they taste good.
 
The most practical tip is this: don't try to lose weight over the holidays! This is an unrealistic goal that will set you up for failure and add to the stress of the holiday season. Since most people gain weight during the holidays, if you can just maintain your weight, you've done a fabulous job! Happy, healthy holidays to all!
 
I'll conclude this month's column with two other items, unrelated to the holidays: (1)  I have a new email address:  nurse@slecp.org , so please feel free to contact me via email with any issues or concerns; and (2) Blood pressure checks will continue to be available after all three services on the third weekend of the month, in the library. Mark your calendar now for December 17th and 18th to see how your blood pressure is doing amidst your Christmas preparations!  -Keehna Sture, R.N.
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!
The Truth About Cancer 
The nine-week series continues on Monday, November 28, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's.
Prescott Chorale Performances on December 3 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.  Lovely Christmas music: new arrangements of familiar carols, selections from Britten's  Ceremony of Carols , a special performance by the Children's Choir directed by Melanie McCally, Camerata Singers directed by Dan Boyce, a visit from St. Nick, and carol singing with the audience. Something for everyone! Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for youth ages 13-18 years old, and free to children 12 years old and younger. You may purchase tickets this Sunday after services in the Gathering Hall. Tickets also available, along with more info at prescottchorale.org.
Next Singles Dinner Night Out on December 14
The next singles dinner night out will be held on December 14 at 5 p.m. at Murphy's Restaurant (upper level), Prescott at . Please sign-up this weekend in the Gathering Hall and/or by contacting Sherri Frances at feathernews71@gmail.com. So reservations can be made, the count will be finalized this weekend!
Give Blood Get a Pizza!
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.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone - St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year old mother stared down at her 6-year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all of his dreams. Now, that was no longer possible.  The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true.
 
She took her son's hand and asked "Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?   Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life? "Mommy, I always wanted to be a Fireman when I grew up." Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can make your wish come true." Later that day she went to her local Fire Department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix. She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6-year old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the Fire Station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat (not a toy one) with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast."
 
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in the area that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic's van, and even the Fire Chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program.
 
Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.
 
One night, all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone - began to call the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The Chief replied, "we can do better than that.  We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time, and will you open the window to his room?" About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's floor open window. Six fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the Fire Chief and said, "Chief, am I really a fireman now?"  "Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand," the Chief said. With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing." With a smile, Billy closed his eyes one last time.
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Department of Public Service, Civil Air Patrol-First Responders, Disaster Services, all agencies that service communities around the world, may each of you be blessed. Happy Thanksgiving.

2017 Calendars
Episcopal calendars are coming! St. Luke's Episcopal calendars for 2017 will be arriving soon and going on sale after each service...a bargain at $5! Profit will support the mission of St. Luke's.
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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 77 items was collected November 12 & 13 and an astounding total of 221 items was collected November 19 & 20. Thank YOU!!!!
 
This week's shopping list: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit 
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 12-13, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 255
Weekly Giving - Plate:$726.00; Pledge: $9,263.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Axel, Barbara, Bee, Betty, 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, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Joan, Joe, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, 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., Preston, Ray, Rebekah,  Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Sherry, Skip, special intention, 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: The Diocese of Kansas 
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew's in Glendale 
 
...in 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

Please keep Deirdre Moulinier in your prayers. Her husband, Bob, passed away on November 17, 2016. Deirdre was previously with us at St. Luke's for her deacon candidate internship.
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: 
Nov. 29: Shelby Blake; Nov. 30: Bill MacNamera; Dec. 1: Kevin Lane, Pat McKee, Lolly Skinner; Dec. 2: Tom Howell, Trampus Tribbey

Anniversaries: Dec. 1: Geoff & Brenda Holden; Dec. 3: Roger & Jane Peacock; Arthur & Vivian Spicer; Chuck & Linda Taylor
This Week's Scripture Readings: First Sunday of Advent
Click here for readings 

Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings: Second Sunday of Advent

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for November 26-27, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Dave and Ruth Rothgery
Greeters:  Doug and Pat Ogburn
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Rich and Katie Staudt
Greeters:  Francois and Deb Maurice
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Cathie Carter
Chalice Minister:  Debra Loder
Altar Minister:  Sharon Neece
Reader 1: Brenda Schwartz
Reader 2:  Lynne Wells
Prayers:  Rich Schwartz
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters :  Ernie Howell and Rich Schwartz
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnalls
Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Asst. Ushers:  Ron and Penny Davis
Oblationers: Barbara Weeks and Sharon Welker
 
Eucharistic Visitors: Keehna Sture
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Eaton,  Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, Linda Rose
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 November 27:
Tina Blake
Tani Hendrickson
 

 

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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