St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of October 22 , 2017

Get your tickets for Taste for Mission now!
Our 3rd Annual Taste for Mission fundraiser, will be on Sunday, October 29, 3- 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall, to benefit the mission of St. Luke's. 

Tickets are on sale now after all 3 services!

You may also purchase tickets  here!
In addition to art and craft items, there will be a number of items in the silent auction donated by area merchants and organizations - a partial list would include  the Highlands Center, Phippen Museum, Verde Canyon Railroad, Prescott Tire Pros, Lamb Chevrolet, Planet Fitness, Antelope Hills Golf Course, Watson Lake Inn, Prescott Center for the Arts and Prescott Resort, Prescott Athletic Club, Crimson Chair, Yavapai Symphony Orchestra, Dancing Skeleton, and Prescott Chorale .
There will be a large selection of auction items. Thank you all for your very generous support in your donations! Opening bids on items will be low enough to enable all to bid. Additionally, there will be for auction a dinner prepared and donated by parishioners.

If you would be willing to help out with making appetizers that could be served during the event please contact Pam Williams.
If you would happen to have an easel at home that could be used to display artwork during the event, that you can loan, please contact Sharon Welker. Please be sure to put your name on it, so it can be returned to you after the event.
Flyers are available for you in the gathering hall to take with you to distribute/post at clubs, businesses, or other public places.
...and most importantly, we want you to know that just your presence at this fun event will be so appreciated! You are so important to all of us, and we love being a part of this great St. Luke's family with you .
Don't forget to get your pumpkins THIS weekend!
In addition to the St. Luke's Day barbecue and fun on October 22, there will be plenty of plump pumpkins for purchase! Proceeds will benefit the next youth mission trip to El Paso, Texas, in 2018.

Blood Pressure Checks this weekend - Oct. 21 & 22
Blood pressure checks will be available after all services this weekend- on Saturday in the Choir Room, and, on Sunday, in the Library in the Parish Hall.
Warm for Winter -  3rd Week Update
St. Luke's Youth Group has continued to help to count the various items donated for the Warm for Winter Collection. 

So far, 252 items have been collected!! Outstanding!!  Donations will be collected through   October 21 . Especially needed are coats in sizes for preschoolers!
The green "Warm for Winter" donation box is located in the Gathering Hall next to the Outreach table. Please continue to help others be warm during the winter.
Please note!! Coalition for Compassion and Justice needs about 5 more volunteers for Warm for Winter, Saturday,  October 28, at Prescott United Methodist Church, between 9 am and 2 pm.
                Thank you from the Outreach Commission and Youth Group!   
Christmas Cards for DSCA
St. Luke's annual Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner will be here in a few short 9 weeks plus a few days.

We are in need of Christmas Cards to accompany meals to those homebound.  If you have any to donate, please contact Carol Sweeden or Katie Staudt for arrangements to collect.

The youth participate in this endeavor and have made a very valuable contribution to our DSCA event.  Thank you!  
Next Monthly Potluck on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
The next monthly potluck will be held at the home of Earl and Julie Poole on Friday, October 27, 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage! Directions and sign-up sheet are in the Gathering Hall now.

You are all warmly invited! 
"Something old, something new, something's coming just for you!"
The Music Department of St. Luke's is announcing the re-creation of a hand-bell  choir. Jim Klein a noted hand-bell expert, will be directing a yet-to-be-named hand-bell choir here in our parish. Jim has taught hand-bells for over 30 years and he brings a wonderful gift to our church, hand-bell music. If you have played bells before or you would like to try hand-bell playing, please watch the Epistle for information that will be available soon. Rehearsals will start sometime after Thanksgiving and this choir will play during Advent and Christmas. You will want to join Jim, as he is a dedicated Christian man with a love of bells and the Lord.  Welcome, Jim Klein, you are blessing to St. Luke's Episcopal. Jim will play during Communion this Sunday, October 22 .
Minister to College Students
The  Membership Commission is starting a new program to minister to out-of-town college students. Our hope is by being a mentor to theses students they will find a home at St. Luke's.  If you would like to be a mentor/shepherd the requirements are simple. Meet the student at weekend service and sit with him or her. Invite the student to your home for a meal. Keep in touch as you would a friend. Call Jean Ehlers, 928 778-1502, or any member of the Membership Commission.
Diocesan Men's Retreat: Stories of Hope
On behalf of Bishop Smith and Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Jesse Villegas, you are invited to attend this year's Men's Retreat  at Chapel Rock in Prescott from Friday evening, November 17 to Sunday morning, November 19, 2017.

All men in the parish are invited to attend!! To register, click here. Informational flyer can be found here.
Notes from the Nurse
Flu season rides in on Autumn's coattails, so please make sure that getting a flu shot is on your "to do" list during the next few weeks!  While you're at it, you may want to consider (and talk to your doctor about) these other vaccines for the over-50 crowd:
Shingles (herpes zoster) Shingles is a painful, blistering rash along the pathway of one of the body's nerves.  It results from having had chicken pox as a child, and about 1 in 4 people will develop shingles at some point in his or her lifetime.  Although shingles itself usually lasts 2-4 weeks, some people have many years of continuing pain at the site of the rash.  The shingles vaccine is indicated for EVERYONE over 60 years of age.  It is a one-time vaccine, and you can receive it at the same time as you're getting the flu shot or any of the other vaccines discussed below.
Pneumococcal pneumonia There are hundreds of types of bacteria that can cause pneumonia, and over 18,000 adults die from this illness every year in the United States.  There are two pneumococcal vaccines, one with 13 subtypes and one with 23 subtypes.  Ideally, a person would receive both, one year apart.    Persons aged 50-65 who smoke, or have asthma or other chronic conditions should receive them, and EVERYONE OVER 65 should receive them.
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a food-borne virus that is fairly rare in the United States, but IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL, especially to the Caribbean or to under-developed parts of the world, you need to be immunized.
Flu (short for "influenza") Because I devoted an entire column to the flu and the flu vaccine last year, I won't bore you with a reprise of it, but suffice it to say that EVERYONE needs a flu shot EVERY year, because, each year, the vaccine is different.  In the Spring of any given year, scientists at the CDC hypothesize, based on medical research, the 3 or 4 strains of influenza that will most likely be prevalent in the country, come Autumn, when the flu season begins.  Vaccines are then mass-produced to immunize us against those strains, but because we have a population of 315 million, it takes several months for enough vaccine to be produced (thus the necessity of a Springtime "guess!").  And just before the flu season begins (any time now!!), when millions of doses are ready, people can begin to get immunized.  It takes about two weeks to develop immunity, so now is the best time to bare your arm!
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful and healthy October!  In the spirit of Halloween, let me finish off this column by saying, "Don't trick yourself into thinking that you're immune to the flu; instead, treat yourself to a flu shot!"

-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!
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Faithstreet. 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 and click on the green 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 role they play in the life of this region.
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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 Oct 14-15, 90 food items were collected!!

This week's shopping list: Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans 
Weekly Attendance & Giving
October 14-15, 2017
Attendance: 243

Pledge and Plate figures for October 14/15, 2017:  Pledge-$9,062; Plate-$1,720

Thank you!!!  
Honoring Special Dates
October 22:  Peter Eresman
October 23:  Bill Tompkins  
October 24:  Jim Casacchia, Chris Howell, Nina Clifford
October 27:  Sandy Caton, Bruce Lequesne, Frances Pruitt
October 28:  Art Villemure

October 22:  Bill & Joan Preston
October 25:  Jack & Reeni Knudson
October 27:  Steve & Gayle Jarpe
October 28:  Art & Terry Lequesne

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Jerry, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Melodie, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Rosie, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen,  Sue, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Tony, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa,, Wally, Walt, Warren, Zelma
...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Temotu (Melanesia)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Campus Ministry at U of A
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy
Scripture Readings
* The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, October 25
Eph. 3:14-19
Psalm 122
John 17:1-8, 17-18
Journey to Generosity --
Reflection for October 22
A leap into the abyss of God

by The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards
Jesus' detractors tried to catch him with the twin traps of rules and money. Is it lawful or not to pay taxes to the evil Empire? We use rules and money to keep us safe. Follow the rules and hang on to the money. Manipulate the rules so we can keep more money. If we get enough money, we get to make the rules. Then we can get even more money. It isn't that we're greedy. It's that we are afraid. Rules and money keep us safe.

But Jesus broke through the small-minded consciousness traps.
To read more, click here!
Weekly Worship Assistants for October 14-15, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Jack Wolter/Dn Chris to preach
Chalice Minister:  
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/Dn Chris to preach
Chalice Minister: Staudt Family
Greeters: Roger & Cynthia Crull 
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson/Dn Chris to preach
Assisting Priest: Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Beth Shaw
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Wini Larson
Reader 2: Vera Mulnix
Prayers: Barbara Sayle
Verger: Mike Franklin
Greeters : Linda Schwab & Tani Hendrickson
Welcome Table: Rosaleen Runnalls & Ann Reynolds
Ushers: Lynne Wells & Jean Ehlers
Asst. Ushers: Mike & Georgia Franklin
Oblationers: Ron & Penny Davis
Altar Guild Team: Robin Borok, Mary Hallford, Joy Ramsey Smith
Katie Staudt, Kathy MacCauley, Phyllis Maruna

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 October 22: 
Aloha Men's Group St Luke's Day BBQ
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.
Altar Flowers on October 22:
In loving memory of their mothers,
   Joan & Bill Preston

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 Nov. 7. 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 Oct. 26. 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.
Showtime Community Youth Theatre
Showtime Community Youth Theatre, for children ages 6-18 years old, holds rehearsals twice a week at St. Luke's this fall in preparation for their performances on Dec. 1-2, 2017, in the Parish Hall. Further details forthcoming!
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.
Visit for tickets and more information.

In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Toolbelts & Tuxedos Annual Gala is Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Prescott Resort.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit

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 & 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.

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Phone: (928) 778-4499