St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of November 24
The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
We bless you,
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always    AMEN
Update from Beth Parknowitz,
our Parish Administrator
Saturday, I participated in the Undy Run Walk in Phoenix, along with family and friends. This event was organized by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to create awareness and raise funds for the prevention of colorectal cancer. I walked with our daughters, Emma and Kasey, while Chuck, my husband, ran the 5-K. It was an amazing, fun, and inspiring day!  I loved every minute of it - sore feet and all. I even got to meet several other survivors! I definitely plan on doing the event next year.   I am undergoing treatment for stage 1 rectal cancer and have just completed my third round of chemotherapy with one to go. It will begin the day before Thanksgiving. For more detailed information on my journey, go to:   www.caringbridge.org/visit/bethpsjourney2health/journal I am thankful to Fr. Pierre-Henry for his support and prayers as well as that of the Vestry and. I am full of gratitude for your prayers and loving wishes. I am also so grateful to all the volunteers who keep the office running so smoothly. I look forward to the day I get to come back with this journey behind me.  Wishing each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving!
Journeying the Way of Love
Parish Library 9:30-10:30, Mondays in Advent
December 2, 9, 16, 23
Explore the first two chapters of Luke to develop an understanding of how to live The Way of Love. 
December 2- The Annunciation, saying yes to the journey;  December 9 - Mary & Elizabeth, journeying with family & friends;  December 16 - Birth of John the Baptist, journeying with the community;  December 23 - Birth of Jesus, journeying with the world. Signups in Display Window in Gathering Hall.
The 2019 Diocesan Convention Eucharist Sermon was delivered by The Rev. Canon Anita Braden, Canon to the Ordinary.
Christmas at Perryville
December 14, 10:30 am in the conference room
Again this year we will be addressing Christmas cards to send to the women imprisoned at Perryville.   It's hard to communicate just how devastating it is for these women and mothers not to be with their loved ones for the holidays. Some have even been cut off from their families and are especially lonely at this time of year. Cards mean the world to them and shed light into the darkness of isolation.  If you can't come December 14, contact me (maryjqueen@icloud.com) and I will make arrangements to get cards, stamped envelopes, and a list to you.  
Blood Drive - Thursday, December 5
Transform a life and, and your own.
Contact Charlotte Willman at 928-350-8475 or go to Bloodhero.com (Sponsor Code: StLukesEC) to sign up for an appointment time. To thank you for your blood donation, all donors will receive vouchers for a free 10" cheese pizza from Streets of New York AND a ticket to an Arizona Coyotes game this season. Click here for flyer
Garmisch Nut Stollen and Deacon's Mustard
for the holidays   Place your order for pickup: on Dec. 7 and 8;  Dec. 14 and 16 at St. Luke's.
Stollen:Bavarian nut filled coffeecake$20.00
Deacon's Mustard:$  7.00
Order sheets will be available in the Parish Hall
Nov. 23 and 24 and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
Deadline for orders is Sunday, Dec. 1
10% of sales support  St.Luke's Native American Ministry
For questions  or to phone in an order  please contact Deacon Kimball at 778-7031
or text at 928-273-3004
Episcopal Relief & Development
Please pick up a brochure from the display window in the Gathering Hall.  This year's Gifts for Life catalog is also available online.  Each item has something special to offer--a different way you can bring lasting change & joy worldwide while making a measurable difference in the three program priorities of ERD:  Women, Children, & Climate. 
Journey Jottings: 
Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
The dates of this year's Diocesan Convention impacted the Deacon Formation Academy's calendar, so there were only three weeks between DFA classes in October and November.  To someone unaware of the rigors of deacon formation, three weeks may sound like "no big deal," but, in reality, it truly put a "squeeze" on the Class of 2020 as we juggled internship responsibilities in our host parishes; wrote papers and sermons; maintained our prayer life and spiritual practices; read books; and did our best to keep our lives in balance!  Somehow we got through it, thanks to God's grace! click here to read complete article
The Order of St. Luke Healing Community's December meeting will be a Potluck at the home of the Rev.s Jim  and Susan Schubert. It is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m.. Participants are encouraged to bring their significant other and a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Please phone Susan at 928-308-5942 with any questions and to  let her know if you or you and a guest plan to attend.
Be an Angel - Sponsor a Child for Christmas!
In response to your overwhelming enthusiasm and generosity we are sponsoring 70 children (18 months--18 years), including multiple sibling groups.  We have students from Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey.  This year also includes many children in the foster care system. The angel Tree will be in  the Gathering Hall for all three services November 23 and 24.   Choose your Christmas Angel, sign up with Lauren, and instructions will be provided. Please join us and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in our neighborhoods.  Thank you to those who have already donated gifts and wrapping supplies, and for thinking of this program all year long. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of this parish. 
Our Wishing Tree  is a project for the "Christmas Tree Contest" at the Prescott Valley Library. The purpose is to recognize organisations, agencies or churches through an original/artistic tree.   I would like the whole parish to participate in the project by making wishes/prayers and putting them on the tree. You will see in the Parish Hall a couple of baskets filled with tags.   Please take some tags, write your wishes/prayers on them and put them back in the basket for me to collect. (They can remain anonymous)   The youth group will decorate the tree with the colorful tags on December 1st.   During the month of December you could go to the Prescott Valley Library to admire the tree and especially vote for it!   This is a fun project to make St Luke's known in the community!
Thank you for participating.  Sophie Buisson
The Deacon's Voice:
Likely you have seen the commercial showing a person on the floor saying:   "Help, I have fallen and cannot get up."  
The purpose of the commercial is to help  people be safe in their homes and obviously to sell fall alerts. These are amazing   pieces of equipment and can make a huge difference in helping people stay safe.
Sighs Too Deep for Words
 We have walked in love together on an unexpected journey these two weeks, but it is a holy walk. Jesus never leaves our side on this journey, but sometimes the reminder of Jesus' abiding presence is a quilt, or a card, or a text. My own prayer today is that every family who experiences such a tragedy or event will be similarly supported by their own communities; and my commitment as a Christian is to be ever more faithful in my own prayers for those who are ill or injured.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone  
volunteer sign-up sheets
Continuing through Sunday, December 8, volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Hall for DSCA.   There are many positions and different shift times from which to choose. We ask that you legibly print your first and last name along with a phone number next to the position for which you wish to volunteer. Someone will contact you to confirm.  Thank you for your continued support of this St. Luke's Christmas tradition!

Angel Quilters, don't forget.  We will meet this Thursday, November 21, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, in Classroom C.  Please be aware we will not meet in December. but will start up again on January 16, 2020.  On Monday Sharon and Linda took our second delivery of 20 quilts to Phoenix Children's Hospital and were given a tour of the hospital.  What an amazing place it is with children and their families uppermost in the minds of everyone connected with the hospital. The photos show  Sharon and Linda with Richard Garcia, the Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital.   Please feel free to contact either Sharon Welker at 928-541-1074 or Linda Leal at 928-717-1647 anytime for more info regarding this heart-warming ministry.
Thank You for Your Generosity!

372 pledge cards were sent; 140  pledges have been received

for a total of $422,255 pledged
Christian Formation
Sunday -   11:30 am (after service): TAEHS 
Wednesday - 9am: JustFaith, Conference Room
                      4 pm: Days of Awe and Wonder, Conference Room
 5 pm: Bible Study, Revelations, Classroom (class cancelled 11/28)
Thursday - 1 pm: Ten Commandments, Library
     5:30 pm: EfM, Conference Room
Friday - 9 am:  Centering Prayer, Meditation Room (second & fourth Fridays)
Saturday - 9:00 am Order of St. Luke's, Conference Room
    4:15 pm: TAEHS 
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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  stlukesprescott.church/support/  and click on the blue 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 the role they play in the life of this region.
Food Donation Programs
Thank you for your continued support of our food donation programs which benefit  three area food banks and our own Food Pantry .  Food count for 11/17 was 74,

This week's shopping list: 
canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Food Pantry Needs:
peanut butter, jam/jelly, soup, oatmeal, chili, pasta, sauce, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 16/17          Attendance: 247     Pledge: $5,168         Plate:  $1,576
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
November 24:  Joan Preston, Stuart Harris
November 25:  Cheri Lattimer, Cynthia Moreno, Steve Jarpe
November 26:  Darrell Anderson
November 29:  Cynthia Nichol, Shelby Blake, Eleanor Tubat
November 30:  Bill MacNamera                    
 
Anniversaries:
November 27:  Jerry & Rosaleen Runnalls
November 28:  Donald & Sandra Crawford


Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, Dawn Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike,  Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise,Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Leigh, Les G., Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Marian, Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike,  Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Oce & Lorna, Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey,, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Shanon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Dante (grandson of Carol Sweden)

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Ceylon
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:   St Mary's (Phoenix)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Angel Tree,
Episcopal Relief & Development

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Scripture Readings
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday
Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Psalm 19:1-6
Matthew 4:18-22
  
Worship Ministers for November 23 - 24

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Chris Christy
Chalice Minister:  Katie Staudt
Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Chris Christy
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon: Charles Covert
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Larry Neece
Reader 1: Michael Btradburn-Ruster
  Reader 2: Susan Schubert
Prayers: James Schubert
Verger:  Michael Staudt
Welcome Table: Genell Lee & Eva Klein
Greeters: Gary DeLisle & Marilynn Henry-DeLisle
Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Asst. Ushers: Jean Ehlers & Tani Hendrickson
 
Altar Guild Team:  Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson, 
Betty & Dan Phillips, Marjorie Hultberg


Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

Host for November 10:
Bill & Margaret Towne



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2019 flower chart is 
posted in the Narthex.

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 in the narthex.  The suggested donation is $55.00. This is a change due to increased cost (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
 
Flowers:
Community Groups 
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm at St. Luke's in the Conference Room, with the exception of the summer months.
Visit prescottdbe.org for more info or contact   Diane Reddy.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons beginning August 11th at 1:00 pm 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 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.



Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)
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 prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
Service Schedule
 
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

Weekday Services:
  • Wednesday 10 am           Healing Service with Communion
  • Thursday 9:00 am            Morning Prayer 
  • 2nd & 4th Friday 9:00 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.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to:  epistle@slecp.org .

The  deadline f or 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. Thanks for your cooperation!

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499