St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 2 , 2017
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Sunday School News
Ms Mary (Queen), Ms Diane (Reddy) and Sophie Buisson wish to welcome all St Luke's families to meet with us this Sunday, April 2, following the 10am service who are interested in learning more about our continuing plans for your children and grandchildren for children from grades PK through 6th grade; to learn more about what we are doing in the classroom and to share with us any questions, suggestions, concerns to help us better meet the needs of our children here at St Luke's.
 
To keep you better informed on what we are doing in the classroom we have decided to include a Sunday School page each week in the St. Luke's Weekly Epistle.
 
Currently, we are in the season of Lent and, as you already know, Lent is the season when we prepare for Easter. At this time the Godly Play lessons help our children to prepare for the mystery of Easter by hearing the stories of Christ's journey toward the cross and resurrection over the course of the 6 weeks of Lent. You can help us a great deal in this endeavor by bringing your children to class on time at 9:45 a.m. Additionally, you benefit by arriving with time to spare to meet and great fellow parishioners in the Gathering Hall before the service begins.
 
Parents and grandparents are always welcome to participate in the classroom to gain a better understanding of what happens in the Godly Play classroom.  Please let your child's teacher know if you would like to participate.
 
This Saturday, Mary and Diane will journey down to St. Barnabas in the valley for another practice session to work on improving our skills at presenting the Godly Play lessons to children.
 
Finally, we are in desperate need of a caregiver for our nursery to provide care for our younger children ages infant to 3 years. If we could find a few dedicated individuals who would be willing to volunteer their time once or twice a month it would be greatly appreciated. It is of great importance for us at St Luke's to provide this service to families with young children attending St Luke's and for them to know that there will be someone present in the nursery to care for their little ones in a safe and secure environment. Please prayerfully consider this ministry. You will be truly blessed beyond your imagination volunteering your time to care for the youngest in our midst.

-Sunday School Teaching Team 
Highway Clean-up on Saturday, April 1
Did you know St. Luke's has a stretch of Highway 89, between mile posts 307 and 309, south of Prescott that is kept clear of litter by a small group of our parishioners? St. Luke's is part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. The spring clean-up of our stretch of Hwy 89 will take place tomorrow at 8 a.m. We have permission to park in the Prescott Pines Mobile Home Resort at 1520 White Spar Rd. Please contact  Eddie & Tigger Gillam  for more information, 602-510-2621, or eavery1975@gmail.com. If this is for you, your help would be much appreciated!
Prescott Chorale performs with Gary Arbuthnot at Yavapai College on April 2 at 3 p.m.
The Prescott Chorale is performing with Gary Arbuthnot and his Orchestra, on  Sunday, April 2 , at  3 p.m.  at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. A lively selection of orchestral music, featuring Gary Arbuthnot, a renowed Irish Flautist, and choral works and show tunes where Gary will be joined by singers form the Prescott Chorale and the Yavapai College Master Chorale. Tickets are available at the YCPAC website,  ycpac.com .
Soup Supper & Study on April 5!
Our Lenten program, featuring  Wednesdays Together, with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., concludes on Wednesday, April 5. 

During Lent, weekly services include:
  • Wednesdays: Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m.
Great Visit with Phenious Chuma last Sunday!
We were pleased to have a second visit from Phenious Chuma last Sunday. Phenious, who prefers the shortened name of Pheni, comes to us from Malawi in southwestern Africa by way of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Az., where he is a graduate student working on his masters degree. Pheni represents an organization called "Love in Action, Malawi" and is associated with a larger United States charitable organization, "Mighty Hands, Inc." which is the United States charitable organization where donations from the US can be sent on to Malawi. Pheni spoke Sunday about Malawi and the struggle for the simple basics of life there. One of fifteen children he is the only member of his family to hold a university degree and following the completion of his graduate work in August he expects to return to Malawi to continue his work with the education and feeding of the many poor children in Malawi and with the furthering of the irrigation and gardens and building projects with which his organization is concerned. Pheni spoke of the massive poverty in his country and the daunting challenges all of the people face and especially the difficulties of growing up in poverty. Father Pierre-Henry suggested that if anyone would like to offer financial help to Pheni and his organization they could make out their check to St. Luke's Episcopal Church with the memo to: Love in Action/Malawi.
A couple of photos from our visit last week with Phenious Chuma of Love in Action/Malawi:


No TaizĂ© in April
Please note that there will be NO Taize service during the month of April. The Lent 2017 pamphlet indicated it would take place on Friday, April 7; it will not.

The next monthly  TaizĂ© service will take place on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.
Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule
Palm Sunday
April 8 5:30 pm
April 9 8:00 & 10:00 am
 
Wednesday in Holy Week
April 12 -  Holy Eucharist & Healing - 10:00 am
 
Maundy Thursday
April 13 -  9:00 am Morning Prayer
April 13 - 7:00 pm Holy Eucharist
 
Good Friday
April 14 -  12 pm & 7:00 pm,  Good Friday Liturgy
 
Holy Saturday
April 15 -  Time of rest and silence - no service.
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GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER
Saturday April 15 -   7:00 pm  
The greatest celebration of the year!
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
 
EASTER DAY
Sunday April 16 -  8:00 am & 10:00 am
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias.
Good Friday Offering
As in years past, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in supporting our brothers and sisters throughout the Providence of Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. "The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers," Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. "The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places."

To read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's full letter, click  here.
Easter Celebrations
We will be celebrating Easter with light refreshments following the 8 a.m. service and a brunch after the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome! Please sign up to bring a pot luck to share for the brunch. If you can't make something, please sign up that you are coming so we know how to plan! Thank you. 
Support St. Luke's Youth Group
We would like the youth group at St. Luke's to take over the responsibility for planting blooming flowers/bulbs - and then the ongoing maintenance -  of the raised flower beds along the walkway between the parking lot and the church. This is important to our appearance as it is the first thing you see as you enter our facility! We plan for them to plant the new plants on  Saturday, April 8. Please support them by bringing blooming plants, such as creeping/cascading dwarf roses, bulbs, pansies, or other perennials, or monetary donations designated to buy the same, to the church on  April 5-7.
 
Also, donations for Easter flowers this year will be used to buy live potted plants and these will also be planted by the youth group in the beds around the church following the Easter services!
Registration closing soon!
Family Camp-July 7-10, 2017
 - Unplug and Reconnect
Family Camp is an opportunity to use your family vacation time to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your children and with the God who made you a family. It is challenging in this over-programmed, screen-filled culture to take the time out to be present to the people in our families, to really listen so that unexpected conversations about God have space to happen. Chapel Rock is a place where screens are put away and there is space and time to listen to God and to each other. We will experience prayer, music, free time exploring the beauty of Prescott, and old-fashioned camp fun, like arts and crafts, a campfire, the ropes course, and games. Invest in your family, and come join us!
For more information or to register, visit Chapel Rock's website: chapelrock.net  or contact Jana Sundin, Canon for Children's Ministries, at 602-254-0976 or  jana@azdiocese.org
Help Wanted!
Fellowship Committee
The Fellowship Committee is looking for a few more people to help with planning and implementing our various fun events. Please call Pam Williams at 928-277-8226 or email pmwilliams123@gmail.com.
Greeters
Help! Two people are needed to help out at the 8 a.m. Easter Day service (Sunday, April 16) as greeters. Because April has five Sundays and we have several extra services during Holy Week, we are stretched to the limit! Easter Day will bring many visitors and we want to be sure they are welcomed and greeted properly. If you can help with this, please contact Linda Taylor at lindactaylor10@yahoo.com or at 928-379-5936.
Volunteer Receptionists
The office is looking to build up the substitute desk volunteer list. So, if you are not looking for a regular weekly or bi-monthly position, but would like to help from time to time, this would be perfect!! 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.
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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. Number of food items collected on March 25-26, 2017, was 120. Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
March 25-26, 2017
Attendance: 280
Weekly Giving: Plate - $917.50; Pledge $4.675.00
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays 
April 2 : Karen Wiggins,
April 3: Bill Johnson
April 4: James Kurtz, Linda Leon, Paul Rosenblatt
April 5: Pierre-Henry Buisson, Ellie Lassiter, Nancy Paola, Elizabeth Ruster-McGregor, Linda Schwab
April 6: Hilary James, Lynda Kinnear
April 7: Kaci Brown, Chelsea Ghan
April 8: Maxine Tartt

Anniversaries
April 2: Dennis & Renee McKnight
April 4: Amy & Angela Chamberlin
April 5: Tony & Nancy Reynolds
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bee, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Daniel, Denise, Dick, Donald, Doris, Dott, Dottie, Ed, Enrique, Fred, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack, Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Peter, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, Walt, Wes, 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

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Mityana in Uganda

...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints' Church & Day School in Phoenix

...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
 
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy
Scripture Readings for April 1-2
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Weekly Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers  

April 1-2, 2017
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Roger & Cynthia Crull
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Sub-deacon:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Altar Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Reader 1:  Vera Mulnix
Reader 2:  Lynne Wells
Prayers:  Barbara Harber
Verger:  Lynne Wells & Larry Griffin
Greeters :  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Oblationers:  Nancy Reynolds & Linda King  
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Eaton,  Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock
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 April 2:
George Chesney & Sue Fiorey

Sign up for 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.

No flowers during Lent.
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. 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 April 20. 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 April 7, 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. 
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra presents "Exotic Spring" on April 7 at St. Luke's

The Prescott Chamber Orchestra's next concert will be Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's. Tickets available at  www.prescottchamberorchestra.com. Adults: $20; Children (12-18): $5; under 12 years old: free. Reduced prices for online bookings!
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 Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact Mike Franklin, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
Mountain of Food

This is the time of year when the CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) pantry runs low of vital food items. Please help us fill the pantry so hungry families are fed. Mountain of Food will be held April 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church Courtyard, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. Click here for event flyer.
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