St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 23 , 2018
Thank You Report!
The youth are inviting you!
 This Sunday for Coffee Hour
We want to thank you all for your support!
We will show you pictures of the places we went to, the people we met, the work we did.
We will tell you about our experience and express how grateful we are for the opportunity to serve the community beyond our walls.

St Luke's will host the first Walkabout to meet the bishop candidates for our diocese on  Monday,  September 24, 6:00 to 9:00 pm . There will be moderated question and answer forums covering these topic areas:
*  Diocesan Life
*  The Church and The World
*  Personal Spiritual Life
We will gather as a large or plenary group in the Sanctuary for a brief introduction of the candidates followed by their responses to randomly drawn questions around "being a bishop". Next, we will break out into three groups (Sanctuary, Conference Room, and Parish Hall), that will cover pre-selected questions in each of the categories listed above.  The candidates will answer questions in each forum.Then the candidates only will rotate to another forum after 30 minutes.  A reception will be held after all three candidates have completed all three forums.  This is our opportunity to come together, share in fellowship, and meet the candidates in person.   We will be hosting the event for congregations northern Arizona.
Other helpful information on the Search process (click on links below):
Who would like to be chairman of the Greeters?
We need a person who could keep alist of the greeters for each service.  The schedule is set for 3 months ahead and all greeters keep the same tinme each month.  The list is prepared and given to the scheduler, Larry Neece.  You will meet the nicest people and it is a wonderful service for St. Luke's.  First come, first to get the job.
Contact Jean Ehlers, Volunteer  Coordinator, 928 778-1502 or 

Here's a new opportunity to help out  at St Luke's!

Friday, October 5 morning,  9 to 12, followed by lunch and fellowship!

Jobs:  Kitchen Clean-up
          Pet Cemetery Clean-up
          Flower Bed/Playground Clean-up
          Spot Painting 

Sign-up sheets in the Gathering Hall!
Thank you for helping with the care of our church home!
Adult Formation Opportunities
Inquirers' Class Continues
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?
Led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, this series continues (for seven more weeks) on Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room 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.  Those who want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition  are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope YOU will be a participant! 
Benedictine Spirituality: Creating a Rule of Life Continues
"...Listen carefully, my child, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice"   - St. Benedict of Nursia (480- c.540). 

St. Benedict is considered by many to be the father of western monasticism. For more than 1500 years, Benedictine spirituality has guided Christians to live their faith centered around a rule of life.   Mother Denise will facilitate the remaining four weeks, guiding people in creating a rule of life that aligns with the ordinary rhythms of their lives. This class will include self-reflection, group discussion, and ultimately creating a rule of life that balances prayer, study, recreation, work, and hospitality. The class will meet  Sept. 26 Oct. 10, 17, and 24 at  5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. If you missed the first class you are welcome to join, just contact  Mo. Denise to let her know that you plan to come

Bible Study on Wednesday evenings
Wednesday evening Bible Study continues at 5 p.m. in the Library. This study meets weekly and is facilitated by Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson.
Journey Jottings
Notes from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation
The monthly gathering of the Deacon Formation Academy is always a happy day for the Class of 2020, as the three of us have the opportunity to spend a whole day in community.  Usually, because we live in widely scattered parts of Arizona, we have to rely on email and texting to keep in touch, so it's a real treat to see each other face-to-face, as we did last Saturday for September's classes.  The day began, as it always does, with Morning Prayer, joining with the Class of 2019 and our DFA instructors before making our way to our respective classrooms.
Saturday morning was graced by the presence of Deacon Dorothy Saucedo, a Native American who grew up in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland, but came to our diocese for diaconal formation, and stayed here after ordination.  Deacon Dorothy engaged us in a multi-faceted discussion about Native spirituality that was based, in part, on papers we had submitted earlier in the month that included our questions about this very interesting and relevant topic.  
Because I moved to Arizona just two years ago, without any previous "exposure" to Native Americans, Deacon Dorothy's class was especially informative, interesting-and also unsettling, as I learned about a shameful part of our country's history from someone whose forbears lived through it:  the forced removal of Native American tribes from the land on which they had lived for centuries, in order to "make room for" European immigrants who wanted to settle there. For the Navajos, the process began in January of 1864, when the U.S. Army forced over 10,000 Navajo men, women and children from their homes and their homeland (the northeastern part of Arizona and northwestern New Mexico), making them walk about 300 miles to a desolate internment camp along the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico called the Bosque Redondo Reservation, where the U.S. Army maintained an outpost called Fort Sumner.  This forced removal came to be known as "The Long Walk," as the tribe was literally herded, like cattle, across the desert. Hundreds of Navajos died of starvation and exposure to the elements. The tribe remained there until 1868, when a treaty was signed that allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland-but with its boundaries greatly reduced, and with provisions that would impact their lives forever. (I encourage anyone, especially Arizona "transplants," to acquaint themselves with the history of the Navajo people, as they are among the original inhabitants of this beautiful part of God's creation.)
The thought that everyone at St. Luke's is on this journey with me gives me strength when my own energy is flagging. Thank you for all your support and encouragement!

-Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
Our Join Scouting Night for Troop and Pack 10 will be on  Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. We need more people to spread the word!   In order to keep Scouting alive we need  the help of St. Luke's parishioners and friends. First, we need your  children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, the kids next  door and down the street to be invited to join Scouts. We need your  experience to help new Scouting parents learn about our programs and how they can help . We also need members to serve on  the Pack and Troop Committees to bring the church and the Scouts closer  together.   Come serve and share the joy of seeing young folks grow in duty to God, Country, and Community. Call Kelly Parker at 928-772-1312 or email  for questions. Stop by on  September 25  to say hello.,h_309,al_c,lg_1/983f62_8b73e8cbd2854da0aefa4f518caf4f93~mv2.png
Hope Fest Arizona  will take place on   Saturday, September 29th, on the Courthouse Plaza.  Love Conquers ALL! is the theme--Sharing lasting hope, change  and compassion with  our neighbors.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church is honored to be present in the lives of so many families in the Quad-cities, thanks to the services and opportunities that our members generate. In our booth at Hope Fest leaflets and brochures will be  available for all. We need you and  your smiles to make this event complete. Signups are in the  Gathering Hall. Think about it this way, you will be at the booth for 120 minutes (that will pass quite fast) sharing about St. Luke's; then you're off to  continue the fun-checking out the Family Fun Zone and watching a Car and Motorcycle Show, all free of charge!   We would be delighted to have a couple of men to help set up in the morning. The tent and table are being provided but we have additional chairs and supplies to decorate our booth as well as refreshments to carry from our cars. Rosaleen has already volunteered her husband! Is there one more man who could help us?
Thank you all in advance! - Rosaleen Runnalls and Angeles Ramos Zarate

Thursday, October 4, 2-3:30 pm
Native American Indigenous Cultures Book Study
All The Real Indians Died Off 
(and 20 other myths about Native Americans)
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Conference Room

FEATHERNEWS71@GMAIL.COM    928 308 1333

Save the Date!!! Fr. Rohr will be presenting a day focused on "A Second Half of Life Spirituality" for parishioners aged 50+ on  Saturday, January 19, 2019, from  9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, at St. Barnabas in Scottsdale. Registration to be early in November, with only 300 seats, and is likely to close quickly.   This diocesan event is offered at a deeply discounted price of $40.00, with a discount to individuals 50+ for $32.00, including a box lunch.  This presentation is for individuals who are interested in further awakening their spiritual journey in new ways by engaging in deeper conversation and exploring opportunities for adding meaning and purpose to their lives. 
COLLECTION CONTINUES!! D istribution of warm winter clothing to low-income people in Yavapai County will be Saturday, October 27 th , from 9 am-1 pm. St. Luke's is supporting this event By collecting essential items. A large, colorfully bin is available in the Gathering Hall for donations until Sunday, Oct. 14 th .   New and gently used items for all ages are needed (Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, quilts & blankets). There is a particular need for NEW coats and socks for both boys and girls, ages 0-16. Fori information, contact Carol Covert, Mary Hallford, or CCJ at 
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church.  Individuals are invited to deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude by noticing the good things that happen each day, giving thanks to God for those blessings and making an offering for each blessing using a Blue Box. UTO receives the offerings, and disributes 100% of what is collected to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Future Epistles will highlight some of the missions and ministries supported by UTO.  
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website,, every so often! There is a great section at the bottom of the Home page entitled "News & Updates" that contains information on recent events at St. Luke's along with some wonderful photos. 
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 the role they play in the life of this region.
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 September 15/16:  73 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
9/15-/16  -  Attendance - 268
Pledge - $4,542  &  Plate - $1,084   
Honoring Special Dates
September 24: Linda Cheek
September 25: Dave Carmichael
September 26: Jim Pessin
September 28: Darlene Hernandez
September 29: Linda Kaul

September 23: Bob & Laura Norman Jr.
September 24: Trent & Elizabeth Denison
September 25: Anthony & Nancy Rispoli
September 27: Heath & Amy Thein
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, courtney, Daniel,  Dave, David, Dawn  Ellen, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna,  Dorothy, Dott, Dylan, Earl, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary,  Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H. Jack K., , Jean, Jeanne,Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kassidy, Kay, Kennedy, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira,Kyle,   Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Marls,  Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Megan,  Melissa, Meredith, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele,  ike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Philip, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Sharon K., Sharon R.,Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan & Avery, Susan R.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa,Terry, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P.,Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Wally W, William, Zachary, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:   Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Tanzania
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of the Natavity (Scottsdale)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Undie Sunday/US Vets/Troop Support, Boy Scouts Troop #10, St. Luke's Educational Scholarships
Scripture Readings
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Psalm 48
Ezra 9:5-9
Luke 9:16
Weekly Worship Assistants for September 22-23, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Denise Muller
Preaching: The Reverend Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Pierre-Henri Buisson
Preaching: The Reverend Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:Gib McIntosh
Ushers:  JMarjorie Hultberg & Sylvia McIntosh
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig & Deborah Maurice

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henri Buisson
Preaching: The Reverend Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Ed Hume
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Altar Minister: Keehna Sture
Reader 1: Doris Schoeben
Reader 2: Barbara Harber
Prayers: Tani Hendrickson
Verger:  Larry Neece
Greeters:  Larry & Eileen Griffin
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig & Linda Schwab
Ushers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Asst. Ushers: Jean Ehlers & Tani Hendrickson
Oblationers: J. Barrie & Claire Clark

Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, 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. 

September 16: Youth Mission Participants

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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 $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.
       Cynthia Moreno
Bill Bisig
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.

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. 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. 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

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

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.
Email Address for Epistle Submissions

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to: .

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 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499