St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 22 , 2017
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Annual Parish Meeting tomorrow, January 22! 
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place tomorrow, January 22, 2017, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Please plan to attend this important meeting. Elections will take place for Vestry candidates as well as for delegates to attend Diocesan Convention in September 2017. Other important reports and information will be shared. There will also be a potluck so, please, bring a dish to share and join us! It will be a nice gathering!
Centering Prayer meets Friday January 27 at 9 a.m.
Centering Prayer, which meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, meets this coming Friday, January 27, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room, which is adjacent to the Parish Hall.
Food, Fun, & Fellowship meets on Friday, January 27 
The monthly meeting of Food, Fun, & Fellowship is Friday, January 27, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Upcoming Art Show on Jan. 28 to feature St. Luke's Artists
Pronghorn Ranch's Second Annual Art Show & Reception on Saturday, January 28, 3 -5 p.m., will feature three of St. Luke's artists and our St. Luke's teens will also be there in support of TAG (Teen Artists' Gathering). Local watercolor artist Caroline Linscott will be sharing her works along with other invited artists. This event is open to the public. It is will be held in the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse, 7051 N. Antelope Meadows Drive in Prescott Valley. Click  here  for flyer!
Bishop Smith to visit St. Luke's on Jan. 29
Please be sure to make note that Bishop Kirk S. Smith will be visiting St. Luke's on Sunday, January 29, 2017, during the 10 a.m. service. He will also hold a special informational forum. Watch for more details about his visit this week!
Family Support Help Needed
In March, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) will begin to interview new families for the Home Owner program. PAHH is in need of a few special people with the heart to mentor a family through the process from their initial interview to their establishment in a home. As a member of the Family Support Committee, you will receive training and on-going support. Monthly committee meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the PAHH office. If you have good people skills and a desire to help families work their way out of poverty, please call the Director of Volunteer Services, Gail Martin, at 445-8003 x 14.
Save the Date: The Truth about Cancer will begin on Feb. 12
Another 10-week session of "The Truth about Cancer: A Global Quest" docu-series, facilitated by Dr. Dayana Leclair, DHM, MS.CN, MS.ED, will begin on Sunday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. It will be offered each Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Choir Room at St. Luke's Church.
Wheelchair Needed 
NEEDED:  a large-size wheelchair for use during medical emergencies during church services or activities in the Parish Hall.  If you, or anyone you know, have one that you no longer need, and are willing to donate it to St. Luke's, please contact Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse, at ksture5983@gmail.com.  THANK YOU!
Notes from the Nurse
This month's topic deals with an activity that some may consider "childish,"but I wanted to write about it because: (1) it has health and brain benefits that have been scientifically proven; and (2) millions of adults currently engage in it. What is it? Coloring! Here are a few facts about this "hot" phenomenon: AARP has featured adult coloring in several of their publications; it is one of the most popular topics on internet search engines; and Amazon reported last year that 1/3 of the top 15 best sellers in its "books" category were adult coloring books. It turns out that, besides pure and simple pleasure, there are some psychological benefits of coloring-a fact that children may instinctively know!
 
Most children naturally love to draw and color, and most parents and grandparents actively encourage them to do it. Yet, around the time that children start first grade, the emphasis shifts to structured academic activities that don't nurture the creativity and focus that coloring brings to life. By adulthood, the idea of cracking open a coloring book seems almost laughable-except that scientists have been studying the benefits of this classic childhood activity for over a decade now. In fact, the renowned psychologist, Carl Jung, over a hundred years ago, used this technique to help his patients access their subconscious and increase their self-knowledge.
 
Coloring has been shown to have the following benefits: (1) Stress relief. Why? Coloring calms the amygdala, the part of the brain related to the fear/stress response, while stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for creativity and logic. A study done in 2005 documented a reduction in anxiety in subjects after just a short time of coloring certain geometric patterns. In fact, "coloring therapy" is being used in experimental studies for those with anxiety issues, PTSD, depressive disorders and addictions. (2) Increased focus and creativity. Even among high profile business professionals in high-stress industries, coloring has been shown to sharpen focus and spawn new ways of thinking. Some offices even make time for group coloring sessions for employees during big projects as a way to improve group focus, not just individual focus. (3) Promotion of social activity. Group coloring time is becoming an increasingly popular activity throughout the country as clubs and social groups pop up to engage in it. Institutions such as libraries, the YMCA, and senior adult centers are hosting adult coloring sessions as another way to socialize and keep both hemispheres of the brain stimulated. (4) Mindfulness. Because coloring offers the opportunity to "do" something without the need for active concentration, its relaxing, meditative effects on the brain are similar to what activities like knitting, drawing, playing a musical instrument, and crafts do.
 
So, if you want to add an activity to your life that is not only enjoyable but promotes relaxation, pick up an adult coloring book!
                                                            --Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
A Women's Retreat at Emmanuel Pines Camp in February
"Life in the Zone," a women's retreat for women of all ages will take place February 17-19, 2017, at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott. Cost is $110 which includes lodging, meals, and supplies. Scholarship funds may be available. Invite a family member or friend to join you for this exploration of our lives-under-construction in Christ! Click  here for registration form or call Brita Hammit at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 772-4135, for more information.
Unique Opportunity!
Father William Meninger, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement, will be leading a one-day retreat at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Phoenix on Saturday, March 25th. Brochures about the retreat are available on the red-skirted table in the Gathering Hall.  Questions? Contact Keehna Sture, St. Luke's Centering Prayer Facilitator,   ksture5983@gmail.com.
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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 January 8, 2017, was 150, and on January 15, 2017, was 138. Keep it up!
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans 
Weekly Attendance & Giving
January 14-15, 2017  
Attendance: 261

Weekly Giving: Plate: $414.00; Pledge: $7,722.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barbara, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jean, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kathy,  Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, , Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tony and Linda, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, 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

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Diocese of Lake Rukwa in Tanzania
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Peter's in Litchfield Park
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Arizona Sewing Works, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Operation Deep Freeze, Chino Valley Food Bank, and Warm for Winter
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
January 22:  Shirley Campbell; January 23:  Olaf Larson; January 24:  Phyllis Gee, Diane Kessler; January 26:  Rachel Crawford; January 26:  Olivia Sweeney; January 28:  Reagan Loughney, Steven Richardson, Jr.

Anniversaries:
January 22: Alan & Diane Kessler; January 28: Ted & Barbara Sayle
Scripture Readings for January 21-22: Third Sunday after Epiphany 
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 5-13
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23 
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for January 21-22
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Neece
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn

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 Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Beth Shaw
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Rich Schwartz
Reader 2: Brenda Schwartz
Prayers: Doris Schoeben
Verger: Mike Franklin
Greeters: Ted & Genell Lee
Welcome Table: Rosaleen Runnalls
Ushers: Bob & Lois Hepner
Asst. Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers: Jean Ehlers & Linda King
Eucharistic Visitors: Lucy Kemper/Joy Ramsey-Smith &
Lynne Wells/Trampus Tribbey
Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Syliva 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 January 22:
Annual Meeting Potluck on Jan. 22! 

 

Altar Flowers
The 2017 flower chart is now
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 January 21-22 given by:
No one; please sign up for flowers in 2017
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 Feb.16. 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 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 May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. 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. Call 445-2480 for more information.
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity Info Sessions
There are 3 upcoming information sessions for prospective home applicants: Saturday January 28th, Thursday February 2nd, and Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and to reserve a spot at the meeting please call 445-8003.

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, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
The 
deadline 
for 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 ( info@slecp.org). Thanks for your cooperation!
Church Office Hours: 
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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Rector
Deacon
Deacon

Music Director
Organist
Parish Administrator
Bookkeeper

Children's Ministry / 
Youth Director
Sexton
Senior Warden
Junior Warden
Vestry Liaison to Pastoral Care Commission
Vestry Liaison to Christian Formation Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Fellowship Commission
Vestry Liaison to Communications Commission
Parish Treasurer

Pete Kriger
Assistant Treasurer
Vestry Liaison to
Worship Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Outreach Commission
Vestry Liaison to Membership Commission
Parish Nurse

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499