St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of February 5 , 2017
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Prescott Chamber Orchestra Concert at St. Luke's tonight, February 3 at 7 p.m. -- Winter Music Memories
The following description comes from the Prescott Chamber Orchestra's website :

"There's nothing like the rich sounds of a clarinet, and with our own Scott Richardson as featured soloist, he and the PCO will perform Finzi's Five Bagatelles Op. 23 as well as Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra by Rossini. The very talented Jackson Nichols will be our featured student musician as he performs with the orchestra Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. With Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, rest assured this beautiful program of music will warm your spirit this winter."

Tickets can be purchased at the door ($20 adults; $5 students).
Centering Prayer on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.
The next session of the  St. Luke's Centering Prayer group is on Friday, February 10, at 9 a.m. , in the Meditation Room, which is located next to the library in the Parish Hall.  This group meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 9:00-10:15 a.m. All are welcome and invited to give it a try!

Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
Want to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly TaizĂ© service on Friday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month. All are welcome!
Men's Group on Feb. 11 at 7:30 a.m.
All men of the parish are invited to Aloha GMC (Men's Group) on Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist. The group will then move over to the Conference Room for a light breakfast and fellowship.
Family Support Help Needed
In March, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) will begin to interview new families for the Home Owner program. PAHH is in need of a few special people with the heart to mentor a family through the process from their initial interview to their establishment in a home. As a member of the Family Support Committee, you will receive training and on-going support. Monthly committee meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the PAHH office. If you have good people skills and a desire to help families work their way out of poverty, please call the Director of Volunteer Services, Gail Martin, at 445-8003 x 14.
Vespers Scheduled for Wed., Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.
Vespers  will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel. Vespers is the early evening office of prayer in the church. The term is from the Latin word for "evening." Please join us!
Do you like to read? We need your help! 
St. Luke's Outreach Commission is excited to announce that two (2) $1000.00 dollar scholarships are being offered to two (2) graduating seniors in the Quad-City Area. To receive the scholarship, the applicant must write an essay. The Outreach Commission is looking for essay readers to help decide which applicants have written the best essay.  The commission is not asking you to do this alone or without guidance.
 
Do you find this a calling to help young people who are pursuing a higher education? If this is something you would enjoy doing, please call the church office at 778-4499 or Mary Hallford at 759-0227 or 602-796-1177.
Next Monthly Potluck on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.
The next monthly potluck will be held at the home of Mike and Georgia Franklin on Friday, February 17, at 6 p.m. Please bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage. All are welcome! It's a great way to get to know St. Luke's folks a little better! Sign-up in the Gathering Hall. Info on exact location of Franklin home available in the Gathering Hall.
Would you like to host a monthly potluck in 2017?
The St. Luke's monthly potlucks are held in the homes of parishioners on the third weekend of the month. You choose Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Guests bring an appetizer to share and their favorite beverage. The sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Hall. You choose the month you would like to host! Available months in 2017 are: March, April, July, and August. 
Next Singles Dinner Night Out on Feb. 17
The next singles dinner night out is set for Friday, February 17, at 5 p.m. at Augie's Restaurant in Frontier Village in Prescott. Reservations are needed. Please sign-up in Gathering Hall or contact Sherri Frances to sign-up. Guests are welcome! Cancellation notice needed, please.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone 2016 - St. Luke's Gift to the Community
Dear Parish Members:
 
I would like to share with you about my choice to chair the Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner.

  I had a vision that would challenge my abilities; a disposition to go beyond comfort, trust in those that offered to help, willingness to learn along the way and confidence that "God was already there."

The ground work throughout early months-building community relations was pleasurable. The last two weeks preceding the event were tough; the week prior to the event was quite edgy, and the day before, December 24th, seemed like an unquestionable prediction of an absolute chaos. Sunday, December 25th came and in despite all that was not even close to perfection, an amazing event took place. Deliveries to the home bound went out as scheduled, 314 meals to be exact. All got better as guests started to arrive and the dinning doors opened right on time. An inspiring opening prayer sat the tone of a fabulous start. Diligent helpers proceeded to serve and volunteers moved about like experts at their tasks. Adults, young adults and youth, guests and volunteers were driven in perfect coordination; a big family gathered in Jesus. Time seemed to stop as joy, service and love presented by the most significant and special holiday of the year was taking place. At this moment, I knew without doubt that this was exactly why I had volunteered to Chair; 425 guests and a couple of hundred volunteers-this was my gift.

Given the 36 years of outgoing commitment of St. Luke's members to host this event, I trust that there is not only one but several people in our congregation that have heard a call to Chair this remarkable outreach event. Pray, trust the call; a means for moving forward a precious gift that we have discerned as a congregation.

God will use what you have; you may face difficult decisions, but there too, you are in God's good hands.  Do your part and be confident that God will provide. Remember that Jesus did not call us to be successful-he called us to be faithful. You will look back and know that the joy that you brought to others comes back to you multiplied in many beautiful ways. 

Angeles Ramos Zarate, Chair, DSCA-2016
 
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  -Romans 8:28

Wheelchair Needed 
NEEDED:  a large-size wheelchair for use during medical emergencies during church services or activities in the Parish Hall.  If you, or anyone you know, have one that you no longer need, and are willing to donate it to St. Luke's, please contact Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse, at ksture5983@gmail.com.  THANK YOU!
Unique Opportunity!
Father William Meninger, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement, will be leading a one-day retreat at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Phoenix on Saturday, March 25th. Brochures about the retreat are available on the red-skirted table in the Gathering Hall.  Questions? Contact Keehna Sture, St. Luke's Centering Prayer Facilitator,   ksture5983@gmail.com.
A Women's Retreat at Emmanuel Pines Camp in February
"Life in the Zone," a women's retreat for women of all ages will take place February 17-19, 2017, at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott. Cost is $110 which includes lodging, meals, and supplies. Scholarship funds may be available. Invite a family member or friend to join you for this exploration of our lives-under-construction in Christ! Click  here for registration form or call Brita Hammit at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 772-4135, for more information.
Help Operation Deep Freeze week of Feb. 13 - 19
Operation Deep Freeze is an emergency shelter for the homeless held at the Salvation Army when temperatures are 25 degrees or less when dry outside, 30 degrees or less when wet outside and/or any night when there are two or more inches of snow on the ground.

St. Luke's is responsible for providing dinner for about 15 men during the week of  Feb. 13-19  when temperatures are as described above.  A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Hall. A number is provided to call to see what the anticipated temperatures will be. Food must be commercially prepared (Costco/Sam's Club/ etc.) or prepared in the Salvation Army kitchen.  Dinner is to be served at  7:00 p.m.   For additional information, see the sign-up sheet or call Kathy Pessin 771-2707.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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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 January 28-29, 2017, was 126! Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
January 28-29, 2017
Attendance: 257

Weekly Giving: Plate: $341.75; Pledge: $8,649.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carl, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jean, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kathy,  Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Renita, Richard, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, 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

...in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Diocese of Lomega in Loryko, Sudan
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Transfiguration in Mesa
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: US Vets / Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, Boy Scout Troop 10
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
February 5:  Tom Schmidt;  February 7:  Susan Bray,  Win Gee;  February 8:  Barbara Lake,  Linda Taylor,  Andrew Youngblood;  February 9:  Emma Parknowitz,  Celina Soza,  Jan Sundquist,  Alton Vergote;  February 10: Joan Hedger,  Renee McKnight,  John Minnema;  February 11:  Tom Fuentes

Anniversaries:
February 9: Ned & Sharon Welker
Scripture Readings for February 4-5
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 112:1-9
Acts 26:9-21
Matthew 5:13-20

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for February 4-5
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Dave & Ruth Rothgery
Greeters:  Scott & Carol Hein
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest: Fr Robert Wills
Sub-deacon:  Lou Gennarelli
Chalice Minister:  Beth Shaw
Chalice Minister: Angeles Zarate
Altar Minister: Debra Loder
Reader 1:  Marsha Reinhart
Reader 2:  Choir Anthem in place of Lesson 2
Prayers:  Barbara Lake
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters : Ernie Howell & Richard Schwartz
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Trampus Tribbey
Oblationers:  Ned & Sharon Welker
   
Altar Guild Team:  Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Holle Campbell, Cynthia Moreno
Coffee Hour Host
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 February 5:
No one is signed up; please feel free to host coffee hour!

 

Altar Flowers
The 2017 flower chart is now
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.
Flowers on January 28-29 given by:
No one; please sign up for flowers in 2017!
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 Feb.16. 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 February 3, 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 Truth About Cancer (& all Serious Diseases)

Another 10-week session of "The Truth about Cancer: A Global Quest" docu-series, facilitated by Dayana Leclair, DHM, DiHom, M.S., C.N.S., will begin on Sunday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. It will be offered each Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Choir Room at St. Luke's Church. Sign-up now in the Gathering Hall! Click here informative flyer!

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 Area Habitat for Humanity Info Sessions
The next information sessions for prospective home applicants is Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and to reserve a spot at the meeting please call 445-8003.

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.
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