St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of August 20 , 2017
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No Blood Pressure Checks this weekend
Our parish nurse, Keehna Sture, is recovering from surgery, so blood pressure checks will not be available after the services this weekend. They'll resume next month, on  September 16-17 .
Card playing this Saturday after the 5:30 p.m. service!
Join the fun this Saturday, August 18, for some card-playing fun, after the Saturday night service in the Parish Hall. You are all warmly invited!
The Free Table
We are beginning a free table ministry. In the Parish Hall will be a table marked as the free table. The table itself is not free, however, items placed on it (or under it) are free for the taking. If you have some good, usable items at home that you don't need, bring them to the church and put them on the table. We all probably have some things at home we don't need or use that someone else could use and may even need.
Solar Eclipse Safety
In case you haven't seen this in the news...

If you plan on viewing the  solar   eclipse  on  August 21 , the following is a link to the AAS (American Astronomical Society) article on safely viewing the upcoming  solar   eclipse:

Parish Office Closed for Labor Day

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. 

Progressive Christian Studies Resume Wednesday, Sept. 6
The next session of Progressive Christian Studies entitled America's Religious Faith will resume on Wednesday, September 6, at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room. There will be 14 sessions from September 5 through December 13 on Wednesday evenings from 5 - 6 p.m. 

The upcoming study will be based on the book American Gospel by Jon Meacham. The series will be facilitated by Fr. Bob Wills. You may pick up an informational flyer in the Gathering Hall.
Next Inquirers' Class Begins Sunday, Sept. 10
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on September 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.

YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope you will be a participant!
Calling all Building & Grounds Clean-up Volunteers!
We will have our Fall outdoor and kitchens clean-up day on  Saturday, Sept. 16 starting at 8:30 a.m.  We need to have completed the kitchens by  noon  so another function can set up. Please bring cleaning supplies, gloves, hats, towels, and outdoor maintenance equipment. Questions? 
Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837  or email , or Georgia Franklin at  805-795-6334  or email .
Save the Date: Blessing of the Animals
In honor of St. Francis Day, St. Luke's will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 8, at 2 p.m. Be sure to save the date and watch for more details coming soon!
A Taste for Mission
The 3rd  annual Taste for Mission - a fundraiser for St. Luke's Church - will be held on October 29th .    We are looking for donations of fine art for the silent auction part of our fundraiser.    If you are an artist, photographer, or a crafts-person that would be willing to donate a piece of your work to benefit our fundraiser, please contact Sharon Welker.
Notes from the Nurse
With the amount of information (and misinformation) that is available on the Web, it is difficult to differentiate between what is biased; what is adequately researched; and what is simply opinion, based only on the writer's quest to have us buy something or believe something.  When we're talking about the field of medicine, it's doubly important to know that what we're reading on a given website is based on fact and scientific knowledge.  Here are some patient-friendly, reliable resources for your perusing pleasure:
1) is one of the best.  Once you're at the site, click on Patient Care and Health Info.  Under the heading, you can search alphabetically for information on symptoms; diseases and conditions; tests and procedures; and drugs and supplements.  Information is written in plain English, not medical jargon.
2)  Click on PATIENT CARE, and then on Diseases & Conditions.  You will be brought to a page where there is a collection of health information on over three dozen topics.  If a topic of interest  to you is not listed, you can use the search tools to the left of the topics list to find what you're looking for.  Like the Mayo Clinic site, information is provided in readily understood language for people who are not medical professionals.
Go to and click on Skin Resource Center.  You will find information on various kinds of skin cancers (and their prevention) as well as a host of other skin conditions.
Go to, which is the website of the American Cancer Society.   Click on the farthest left heading, CANCER A-Z, and you will be brought to a page where you will find a wealth of information on all cancers.
With August now upon us, and with school back in session, be alert, drive carefully, and make sure that your vision is being checked in accordance with your doctor's orders!
Due to unexpected surgery, I will not be available to check blood pressures after church services on August 19-20.  Hopefully, things will be back "on track" in September!  Until then, enjoy the "dog days" of summer, and stay hydrated!

--Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse

Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
Shop at Fry's to benefit St. Luke's Outreach Program
Shop at Fry's and swipe your V.I.P Card !

1.     To create or re-enroll,  c reate a Fry's V.I.P online account,  go to Enroll / re-enroll if you do have a Fry's V.I.P account,  go to

  2.     Select  St. Luke's Episcopal Church # 72721 2000 Shepherd's Lane, Prescott AZ, 86301
3.       Enroll today!!! 

For 2017, 39 households have helped Outreach earn $ 389.47 from Fry's Community Rewards.
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.
Stewardship 2017: Thank you for pledging!
Thank you for pledging! It's not too late! Make a pledge today! In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card by clicking here.You may also find it on our home page (above News & Updates) at . It's fast, secure, very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of St. Luke's and 100% participation is encouraged.
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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 banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of Aug. 12-13, 96 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: Peanut Butter, Macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
August 12-13, 2017
Attendance: 246
Pledge: $7,353.00
Plate: $905.00
Honoring Special Dates
August 20: Reeni Knudson
August 21: Andrew Bowers, Jeanne Frederiksen, Ted Lee, George Tyree
August 22: Jeff Bernatz, Carol Weeden, Ivan Tomitz
August 23: Bob Bird, Jonathon Harris
August 25: Louann Chamberlin, Charlie MacNamera

August 23: Bill & Christine Loughney
August 24: Chick & Christy Hastings
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Amy, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Blake, Bob, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel,  Denise, Donald, Dott, Doug, Ed, Eileen, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff,, Gordon, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Hilary, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Jerry, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julia, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Laurel, Lea, Lisa, Lisa and child, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan B.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa,, Wally, Walt, Willa, 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, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 

...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocesees of Rochester (The Episcopal Church) and Rochester (England)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Church of the Epiphany in Tempe
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Ministries, West Yavapai Guidance Foundation
Scripture Readings
* The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, August 23
Job 38:1, 4-14, 16-18
Psalm 33: 6-11
Mark 4:45-41
Weekly Worship Assistants for August 19-20, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
Ushers:  Marjorie Hultberg/Sally Phelps
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wills
Sub-deacon: Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Trampus Tribbey
Altar Minister:  Sharon Neece
Reader 1:  Barbara Lake
Reader 2:  Tani Hendrickson
Prayers:  Doris Schoeben
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters:  Linda Taylor/Ernie Howell
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw/Carol Hardesty
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Mike & Georgia Franklin
Oblationers: Ted & Genell Lee
  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 August 20: No one has signed up, so feel free to bring something to share.

Would you like to give 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.
Flowers on August 19-20 given by: Doug and Pat Ogburn
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. Next meeting of DBE is Sept. 5. 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. Next one is Sept. 21. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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. First concert of the season is November 4 at 2:30 p.m. 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. First performance of the season is on Oct. 14 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.

Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837 or for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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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 Friday 6 pm              Prayer in the Spirit of TaizĂ©
  • 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 section.
Our calendar is available at the Events section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499