St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of November 18 , 2018
Thank you for your generosity! Our pledge update as of November 16 is as follows: 165 pledges received for a total amount pledge of $452,348.

If you have lost your pledge card, we have them available at the office and in the Gathering Hall. You can also pledge online using this link. We also have a private email which you can use, , in this case, please write your name, address, the amount you want to give for the year, and if you want to receive pledge envelopes.

With continued gratitude, i n Christ's love,
Community Celebration of Thanks
We had a full house last night and celebrated many faiths as well as our abundance! Food was collected and many hands pitched in to make it a wonderful evening for all.

An update will be available next week on how much food was collected for St. Luke's Food Pantry.  Photos from the evening can be found on St. Luke's Facebook page:

Parish Office Closure
The office will be closed at noon Wednesday, November 21, and then remain closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Week Services Notice
Our regular Healing Eucharist will be held on Wednesday, November 21, at 10 am, using the readings for Thanksgiving Day (as listed below).  
Since we celebrated Thanksgiving this year with the Interfaith Service on November 15 there will not be an additional Thanksgiving Service.
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 purchase 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, Liz Kennedy, 928-632-3100, or email Liz, 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!  
Annual Reports Due November 30
We are looking for annual reports for the year 2018 from each commission chair and church ministries. 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, after the 10 a.m. service.

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Dress with Style
Polo shirts with the St. Luke' s logo are on  sale this weekend before and after each service. Mens and womens sizes are available at  $20  each.
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
The Don't Spend Christmas Alone  committee  
is proud to announce the "Christmas Quilt Raffle," which continues this week with 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.

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! 
US Vets is aiming to collect your artificial Christmas trees (with lights would be great!) that you no longer need! They are working to provide a special Christmas for their patrons. St. Luke's will NOT be a collection site for this project. We are just helping to get the word out!

If you have a tree to donate, please work directly with US Vets. You can call or email DiAnna Hardel at 928/899-0046 or at
Join the Advent Conspiracy at St Luke's on Dec 1, 10 am - 12:30 pm
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 counter-cultural 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

Episcopal Relief and Development - WHAT YOU CAN DO


Connect with Episcopal Relief & Development and do your part to help us heal a hurting world.  Give an entire community the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive with  Gifts for Life . Make a lasting impact with gifts ranging from medicine for children in need to farming tools that help families earn an income and improve their nutrition. Honor loved ones for Christmas with a gift from the Gifts for Life catalog. Catalogs will be available at the Advent Conspiracy workshop on December 1. Gifts for Life items can also 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.   .
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.
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. No meeting November 21.
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 11:   54 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
11/3-11/4 -  Attendance - 247
Pledge - $11,627,  Plate - $2,262   
Honoring Special Dates
November 18: Michael Loveland, Jean Messick, Andy Wallace
November 20: Colter Donovan, Rich Schwartz
November 22: Kyle Denison
November 23: Frank Davidson, Amy Thein
November 24: Stuart Harris, Joan Preston
November 25: Steve Jarpe, Cynthia Moreno
November 18: Stuart & Amber Harris, Steven Parker & Susan Hodge-Parker,
Jerry & Carol Sweeden
November 23: Roger & Cynthia Crull
Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Angeles, Ashley, 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, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Hal & Karen, Hannah, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les, Lisa, Lynn, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Moni, 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, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, William, Zachary, Zelma

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Episcopal Church of Cuba
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  All Saints in the Desert (Sun City)
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
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - Readings for Thanksgiving Day
Joel 2:21-27
Ps 126
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Matthew 6:25-33
Worship Ministers for November 17 & 18, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Greeters:Doug & Pat Ogburn
Welcome Table: Jane & Roger Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
Welcome Table: Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Ed Hume
Chalice Minister: Sharon Tootle
Chalice Minister: Angel Vandegrift
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Vera Mulnix 
Reader 2: Bonnie Rosa
Prayers: Doris Schoeben
Verger: Larry Griffin, Michael Staudt
Greeters: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Welcome Table: David Brubaker, Carol Hardesty, Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Rich Schwartz
Asst. Ushers: Lawrence Allen, JoAnn Salem
Oblationers: Brenda & Richard Schwartz

Altar Guild Team: Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno, Becky Hansen, Jennifer Benson,
Betty & Dan Phillips

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 18 
Angel Vandegrift will be the host of  coffee hour on Sunday, November 18, after the 10 a.m. service, in memory of Rev. Bob Greene (1925 - 2015). 

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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 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: Carol Sweeden

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

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St Luke's Episcopal Church 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499