St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of January 8 , 2017
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Happy New Year!
Best wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy 2017!!

We hope this finds you well and looking forward to the promise of a new year.

Blessings from the Rector and Staff at St. Luke's
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Don't Spend Christmas Alone, 2016
St. Luke's Gift to the Community
DSCA - The anticipated event day had arrived.
 
Early morning of December 25th, the kitchen team was sending messages to each other reporting having trouble getting to church due to snow. The office phone was ringing off the hook as volunteers and guests called to cancel their participation due to weather conditions. The kitchen staff got to their destination two hours later than anticipated including the event Chair who called the Police department for a ride. Members of the meal delivery team got their boxes and snow and icy roads did not stop them from achieving their task. The Volunteer table got swamped with the challenge of delays, cancellations and phoning stand-bys. A cheerful holiday décor dining room opened its doors right on time with an inspirational opening prayer led by Pauline Buisson. Greeters, Coat Room helpers, Hostesses, Waiters and Waitresses, Bussers and youth dispensing dinner rolls, all rushed about in incredible coordination bringing guests' beverages, specially prepared foods and scrumptious slices of pies. Cheery carols in the background and a visit from Santa Claus further the joy of the moment. Satisfied guests left with a bag of cookies, a holiday wish Christmas card, and more importantly, they took with them reminiscences of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Prescott, who put together an event called Don't Spend Christmas Alone, exclusively for each one of them. Congratulations St. Luke's members; you are the gift!

DSCA-2016 will include a report in the annual January meeting.  You are welcome to visit a photo display in the Church Hall after this weekend's services.  For more photos, visit St. Luke's Face Book and Web Site.                                        

Happy New Year! Angeles Ramos Zarate, Chairwoman
2017 Pledge Envelopes
If you requested pledge envelopes for 2017, they are available now in the Gathering Hall.
Is God Calling You?
The Vestry of St. Luke's shares leadership with the Rector in creating a plan of action that will represent God's dream for our congregation. Being a Vestry member is a true exercise in collaboration as we discern what we believe God's dream is for St. Luke's. Three members of our current Vestry will be retiring and we are looking for people willing to be considered for a position during our annual election on January 22. In order to be considered, you must be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have been a member for 6 months, and be an active pledger. Please contact Lucy Kemper at  lucylee@cableone.net if you have questions and/or are interested in being of service.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Please save the date and plan to attend this important meeting!!

Annual reports due now! In order for your report to be included in the annual report to the parish, it must be received at the office no later than the end of the day Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Friendship of Women meets one more week!
The last discussion of the Friendship of Women class will take place on Wednesday, January 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Classroom Wing.
Progressive Christian Studies: New Session Begins Jan. 11
Fr. Bob Wills, using the book The Once and Future Jesus, will begin the winter session of Progressive Christian Studies. The winter session will meet for 6 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church beginning Wednesday, January 11.
Centering Prayer Resumes on Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.
St. Luke's Centering Prayer group meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 9:00-10:15 a.m., in the Meditation Room, which is located next to the Library in the Parish Hall. 

Contemplative prayer, the "umbrella" under which Centering Prayer exists, is the opening of our whole being to God, the Ultimate Mystery.  Its purpose is personal transformation: to move us toward a life that is ever more closely united to, and reflective of, God. 
 
Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer that carries us beyond words, thoughts, feelings, and internal discourse to an encounter with the Divine Presence within us.  
Monthly
Taizé Service - Jan. 13 at 6 pm
Want to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly Taizé service on Friday, January 13, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month. All are welcome!
Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

For information on Martin Luther King Week of events taking place in the Prescott area from Thursday, January 12, through Monday, January 16, please click  here.
Next Singles Dinner Night Out - Jan 18 - Sign up now!
The next Singles Dinner Night Out will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at 5 p.m. at Casa Sanchez, 1459 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. The cut-off date to sign up is January 15. Sign-up now in the Gathering Hall. Contact Sherri Frances by email  here for more information.
Save the Date: 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 during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, January 29, 2017. More details about his visit will follow!
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.
Desk Volunteers Needed
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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. The food count  was 123 items  for December 31-January 1, of which 48 items was collected by the Prescott Hiking Club during their annual "Souper Bowl" New Year's Day event held at St. Luke's.
 
This week's shopping list: canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, and canned beans
Weekly Attendance
December 24-25, 2016 
Attendance: 201

December 31, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Attendance: 208
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barbara, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Diana, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gizmo, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jack, Janice, Jean, Jim, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Philip, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tony and Linda, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vickie, Victoria, 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 Kuching in South East Asia 
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace Church in Lake Havasu City 
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: Jan. 8: Mary Hallford, Brenda Martin; Jan. 9: Wayne Hallford, Sandra Hennigan, Lyneal Nick; Jan. 10: Shannon Kocher, Marty McNaul; Jan. 11: George Chesney, Joy Cobb, Richard Lassiter, Doug Pask; Jan. 12: Michael Bradburn-Ruster, Douglas Jack, Gib McIntosh; Jan. 13: Alexander Cooke-Jack

Anniversaries: Jan. 10: Al & Mary Temme
Scripture Readings for January 7-8:  First Sunday after the Epiphany - The Baptism of Our Lord
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for January 7-8
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Dave & Ruth Rothgery
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan & Devena Reed
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr. Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Rich Staudt
Chalice Minister:  Katie Staudt
Altar Minister:  Debra Loder
Reader 1:  Barbara Sayle
Reader 2:  Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Intercessor:  Vera Mulnix
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters :  Susan Bray & Darrell Anderson
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Asst. Ushers:  Beth Shaw & Wally Wands
Oblationers:  Youth
Eucharistic Visitors:  Sharon Neece & Keehna Sture
 
Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Evelyn David,
Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben
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 8:
Feel free to host!! No one is currently signed up. Thanks!
 

 

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.
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 Jan. 19. 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 Announced
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.
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