St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of November 25 , 2018
Collect for Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.        BCP, p. 246

As a reminder, the Parish Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, as well as Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Six Songs on a Sunday

Mary Bowers, a member of St. Luke's Choir, will be presenting "Six Songs on a Sunday" on December 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Enjoy coffee in the Parish Hall then return for a short program of classical vocal music. A reception will follow in the Gathering Hall.

Be an Angel - Sponsor a Child for Christmas
You asked, We listened!  
The Christmas Angel Tree is our annual event presented in partnership with St. Luke's Outreach Commission to provide gifts to local children in need. In years past, we only had children from Prescott Schools and we typically ran out of sponsorships before the 10am service.  
In response to your enthusiasm and generosity, we are sponsoring 78 children in need!! We have children from Paulden, Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey. They range in ages 0 - 16 and include multiple sibling groups.  

The Angel Tree will be in the Gathering Hall for all three services the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25.

Choose your Christmas Angel and there will be instructions for you. Please join us and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in our neighborhoods. Thank you for your continued support of this program! 
Tri-City College Preparatory Leos Pancake Breakfast
We were honored to be able to raise $314 for Relay for Life with the pancake breakfast  served at St. Luke's this past Sunday. These generous offerings will help the local community in  the fight against cancer.   We would like to thank St. Luke's for sponsoring this fundraiser. The Leo's club was  excited to see such a great response!
Michael Staudt, Cassidy Leo, Ashton Burch, Arielle Hughes, Madeleine Huza
Garmisch Nut Stollen  and  Deacon's Mustard  for  the  holidays
Place your order for pickup: on Dec. 8 and 9,  Dec. 15 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 on Nov. 26 and 27 and December 1 and 2. Deadline for orders is Sunday, Dec. 2.

10% of all sales will go to support the many ministries of the Outreach Commission.

For questions or to phone in an order please contact Deacon Kimball at 778-7031.
Annual Reports Due November 30
We are looking for annual reports for the year 2018 from each commission chair,  and church ministries, to include in the report we'll distribute prior to our upcoming Annual Parish Meeting. Our aim is that St. Luke's annual report will be even more detailed than in years past! We'd like to include all church ministries so that the full scope our work here can be celebrated!
Will the heads of all ministries please submit a brief report of the commission's or ministry's 2018 activities/work to no later than November 30, 2018?
Thank you for helping us share all the wonderful things that happened at St. Luke's in 2018!
Also, please save the date for the Annual Parish Meeting! It will take place Sunday, January 20, 2018.

Advent Season  approaches.   Consider setting some time aside daily to prepare for the birth of Jesus. After the Angel Gabriel visited Mary, we are told in Luke that "Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart". You may want to select a devotional book to read and ponder for a few minutes  each day during Advent. There is a selection of books in the Parish Hall on the book cart outside the library door that offer many opportunities for spiritual growth. If you are not able to visit the Parish Hall please contact Mary Queen at and arrangements can be made to bring some books to you so that you can select an appropriate book or books.
Plan Ahead:  Weekdays during Advent there will be Morning Prayer in the Chapel, beginning December 3 at 9 a.m.
Watch for more details on this and the coming Advent season in next week's Weekly Epistle.
Join the Advent Conspiracy at St Luke's on December 1, 10 am - 12:30
Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? The Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple, but powerful countercultural concepts:   Worship Fully --because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less--and free your resources for things that truly matter.  Give More--of your presence:  your hands, your words, your time, your heart.  Love All--the poor, the forgotten,, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference.  Christmas can still change the world when you, live Jesus, give what matters most--your presence. Join Pierre-Henry on December 1 in exploring these concepts for a more meaningful Advent. 
Sign-up today in the Gathering Hall.  Light lunch to follow.  Bring a dish to share.  Questions, contact
Ladies and gentlemen, you will soon have the opportunity to buy our delightful cookbook written by past and current members of St. Luke's Funeral Reception Committee.These fantastic recipes include everything from appetizers to desserts.  These cookbooks will make excellent gifts for family, friends,or people you appreciate in your life. With such a great price of only $5.00 each-- buy plenty!   All proceeds go directly to the Funeral Reception Committee to help with reception decor and supplies, replace old tablecloths and purchase table flowers.   Cookbooks may be purchased before and after each service, beginning Dec. 8, in the gathering hall. Enjoy a sample of cookies, made with recipes from our cookbook, while you purchase. YUM!
     Buy raffle tickets--2 for $1.00-- to win a fantastic basket of prizes!
     Thank you so much for your support!
St. Luke's is participating this year in Prescott Valley Holiday of Lights Parade on Friday Nov. 30 and Prescott Holiday Parade on Sat. Dec. 1. We will be walking with our St. Luke's banner and handing out candy canes with our business card attached in both parades. So all willing, able, and interested walkers should call the office @ 928-778-4499 or Liz Kennedy @ 928-632-3100, email @ A signup sheet will be available in the gathering hall and in the parish office.You may participate in one or both parades. 
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Let's show our communities the Holy and Holiday Spirit!  
Prescott Harvest of Care Gardens is a part of a growing, national movement of faith ministries dedicated to food justice.  Come to the December 8 workshop (time and location below) to learn more about this ministry and see if you feel it is a good fit for St. Luke's. Let's explore together the connections between spirituality and care of the earth.

December 8, 9:30-11:00 am,  Center for Spiritual Living,  3755 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott

Christmas Spirit for Veterans
We are protected today because the brave men and women who cherish and love our nation and our freedom.   St. Luke's is partnering with the US Vets who serve our vets that have fallen on hard times. St. Luke's would like to help rekindle a light within their spirit of Christmas joy by providing a humble bag of essentials for their Christmas.   If you are willing to help, stop by the Outreach table to pick up a list of essentials for these brave men and women who served and protected our country .
Please return the bag or items by November 25 th .
??? Contact Mary Hallford at or (602)796-1177
Save the Date for Craftivity on Dec. 8!!
For flyer click here!
Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner updates
"Christmas Quilt Raffle" will continues this week, tickets available before and after all services. The Quilt is hanging in the Gathering Hall for your viewing enjoyment. Made and donated by Carol Sweeden.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.  Drawing will be held on December 16th.  We appreciate your continued support for this Outreach Program.

Also, regarding the Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner, which is on December 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall: volunteer sign-up sheets are now in the Gathering Hall! Sign up early to get your preference.
Flash Mob Christmas Caroling!!

Give your SONG and Heart to a few of our Homeless Veterans who could use your JOY!
December 9 @ 1:00 pm

Parking at U.S. VETS ADMIN & at Compass Bank,  917 E. Gurley in Prescott. We will walk up the street together.  Look for Di'Anna she will have a Sign.

Wear a Christmas sweater or Santa hat. Bring a red nose & a dollar to share (there will a donation bucket).  Sheet Music will be available with Di'Anna. Click here for more info!  You might be wondering, "How will this work???" Click the red link for logistics!
 ... I was in prison and you visited me.  Matthew 25:36
As part of our outreach to prison inmates we will be signing and addressing about 400 Christmas cards to women inmates at Perryville.
Please join us Wednesday, December 5 in the conference room at 4:00 pm to be a part of this ministry.
If you would like to sign and address cards at home contact Mary Queen at and for arrangements to be made to get cards, stamped envelopes, and a list of names.  


Gifts for Life, is an alternative giving catalog that offers tangible and meaningful ways to create lasting change this holiday season.
The  catalog features gifts ranging from $12 for mosquito nets to prevent malaria to $5,000 to provide clean water for a village through a well and water treatment as well as the training to maintain the system. Other gifts include animals, sugar beans for high-protein crops, bikes which allow volunteers in rural areas to provide services, disaster relief kits, vocational training and micro-credit loans to enable women to grow businesses.   Gifts for Life items can be purchased online at , and donors can choose to send a customizable e-card or a printed card to tell the recipient about the life-changing gift made in their honor. 
Gifts for Life catalogs will be available at the December 1 Advent Conspiracy workshop and in the Gathering Hall during Advent.
Hannah's Heart: a community play and fundraiser
Coalition for Compassion and Justice and Prescott Unified School District Family Resource Center present "Hannah's Heart," a play that has been adapted from the book by Prescott author, Diane Iverson. Start a new family Christmas tradition with this moving story for all ages, set in Depression-era Prescott, Arizona.

The play is by Melanie Ewbank. Peformances to be held at the Ruth Street Theatre at Prescott High School on November 30 and December 1 at 7 p.m. and on December 2 at 3 p.m. F or more info, click  here  for flyer and for t ickets click here.
Adult Formation Opportunities

Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Library. C lass resumes November 28. 
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 November 18:   54 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
11/17-11/18 -  Attendance - 281
Pledge - $9,460  Plate - $1,315   
Honoring Special Dates
November 25: Steve Jarpe, Cynthia Moreno
November 26: Darrell Anderson
November 29: Shelby Blake, Cynthia Nichol
November 30: Bill MacNamera
December 1: Kevin Lane, Kaylie Stearman, Pat McKee, Lolly Skinner 

November 27:Jerry & Rosaleen Runnalls
November 28: Donald & Sandra Crawford
December 1: Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Angeles, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Betty, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Hannah, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rocky, Ron, Rosaleen, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Wayne, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Kyle

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Lusitanian Church (Portugal)
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Emmaus Episcopal Church Plant (Surprise)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Angel Tree, Don't Spend Christmas Alone

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
Last Sunday Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Psalm 98
1 Daniel 5:1-6, 13-28
Luke 21:10-19
Worship Ministers for November 24 & 25, 2018

(This list below is current as of 11/21/18 and does not reflect any
possible substitutions that may come up later in the week.)
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Rich Staudt
Ushers: Marjorie Hultberg & Sally Phelps
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Lucy Kemper
Chalice Minister: Beth Shaw
Altar Minister: Keehna Sture
Reader 1: George Chesney 
Reader 2: Rich Schwartz
Prayers: Barbara Harber
Verger: Paul Nelson
Greeters: Eileen & Larry Griffin
Welcome Table: Brenda Schwartz, Genell Lee
Ushers: Jean Ehlers & Lynne Wells
Asst. Ushers: Vera Mulnix & Jack Parker
Oblationers: Brenda & Richard Schwartz

Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Betty Gass, 
Doris Schoeben, Barbara Brubaker, Tigger Gillam

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. 

November 25: 
No host.
Please feel free to bring something 
to share. 

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.
Flowers given by: Dee & Don Austin
dedicated to the glory of God in celebration of Joan Preston's 80th birthday

Mike & Georgia Franklin
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.

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

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 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