St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of July 9 , 2017
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Dear People of St Luke's,
As I'm looking forward to the renewal of my wedding vows with Sophie this afternoon, I can't express how much this congregation means to me. Since we arrived at St Luke's I have felt the love of this congregation. You have accepted my family and me wholeheartedly, and we felt at home very soon. St Luke's is our spiritual family, and I'm so happy to share this 20th anniversary with you! I know that at first it was Sophie's idea. She had to convince me, and she was right! At this time,  Friday  about  noon , I feel a little nervous, and excited. I have no idea of what is going to happen since everything was organized by countless volunteers, and they kept that away from me!

This is the opportunity to tell you one more time how much I'm proud to be your rector. How grateful I am to know you and to journey with you trying to know Christ better and to make Him known by what we do together in the church, and in the community. So many things are happening, so many people are involved, I've seen so many acts of kindness, generosity, and love. I know that all is not perfect, but I think we are on the right path, trusting the Lord, and following his command to love.

Together we have been sharing joy and laughter, fellowship and friendship, but also pain, suffering, and grief. Together we are united in love and prayer. Thank you all for being a part of St Luke's family. Thank you for being a blessing to me and my family.

After the last service this  Sunday , I will be on vacation. I can assure you that I will keep you in my daily prayer, as I do all year long. During this time, our Senior Warden is in charge. Dwight Willman will work with the staff, and with the clergy, to be sure that everything is going smoothly. I won't check my emails. So, for administrative and pastoral questions, please contact Dwight ( Beth ( For pastoral emergencies, please contact Deacon Chris (

During the four Sundays I will be out of town, Father Bob and Father Jack will celebrate the Eucharist. You will have the chance to listen to four different voices for the sermons, as Fathers Bob and Jack, and Deacons Kimball and Chris will preach.  On Wednesday  mornings, Father Richard will be the celebrant.

In Christ's love,

Gratitude from the Membership Commission
Winston Churchill once quipped, "We make a living for what we get.  We make a life by what we give." 
On behalf of the Membership Commission, we applaud this amazing Parish and its generosity of time and talents making all our programs possible. We are bold to say that over 208 members have donated their God-focused efforts in service to others and that represents about 60% of our flock. We know that you serve for the love of this church family, this community and for the pure love of our Lord. Every year our Nation celebrates and recognizes its millions of volunteers for a week. We want you to know that you are a precious resource at St. Luke's and we are forever grateful to each of you every day of the year. May God reward you abundantly with a peaceful and joyful heart.  Thank you!!

Plan to attend a special coffee hour on Sunday, July 9, following the 10 a.m. service, as the Membership Commission says thank you!
Centering Prayer on Friday, July 14 at 9 a.m.
Contemplative prayer, the "umbrella" under which Centering Prayer exists, is the opening of our whole being to God, the Ultimate Mystery. Its purpose is personal transformation: to move us toward a life that is ever more closely united to, and reflective of, God. 
Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer that carries us beyond words, thoughts, feelings, and internal discourse to an encounter with the Divine Presence within us. The method itself is easy to learn. There are four basic guidelines* that serve as a springboard to move us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.  Centering Prayer is practiced twice a day for a minimum of 20 minutes during each prayer period. Its wordless nature helps us to understand that, as St. John of the Cross wrote in the 16th century, "silence is God's first language," and that, in silence, God speaks.  Centering Prayer helps us to listen.
St. Luke's Centering Prayer group meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 9:00-10:15 AM, in the Meditation Room, which is located next to the library in the Parish Hall.
*Centering Prayer's Guidelines:
(1)  Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God's presence and action within.
(2)  Sitting comfortably, and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God's presence and action within.
(3)  When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
(4)  At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé - Friday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
Want to experience a quiet and meditative form of prayer? Join us for our monthly Taizé service on Friday, July 14, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It takes place the 2nd Friday of each month. All are welcome!
Outreach for Children and Youth:  Operation Fair Start
From Mary Queen, parishioner and member of the Outreach Commission:

MEMORIES--One of the lasting memories of my childhood was the excitement of getting school supplies for the new school year. For 47 years as a teacher shopping for school supplies for the new school year recreated those memories. Now when I shop for school supplies to donate to OPERATION FAIR START I am again drawn back to those happy childhood memories.

I invite you to join me in donating a backpack filled with supplies or bringing individual supplies to donate. Donations should be brought to church by July 23. We have 12 empty backpacks at church that we would like to fill and donate. Click here to see a list of supplies.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED at 505 W Gurley in Prescott to sort donations on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (downstairs, Little Tree House); fill backpacks on July 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (upstairs, Esther Hall), or distribute backpacks on July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (upstairs, 9-1). Call 928 541-9304 for further information.
Next Outreach Commission Meeting on Monday, July 10
The next meeting of the Outreach Commission will be held on Monday, July 10, at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room. You are warmly invited to attend! For more information, please contact Mary Hallford at .
Stewardship 2017: Thank you for pledging!
Thank you for pledging! It's not too late! Make a pledge today! In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card by clicking here.You may also find it on our home page (above News & Updates) at . It's fast, secure, very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of St. Luke's and 100% participation is encouraged.
K~B Books at St. Luke's on Sunday, July 16
K~B Books will be with us after both services on Sunday, July 16. Kathryn Bunch's traveling book show is well known to many of you, but, if not, be sure to stop by her tables in the Gathering Hall to acquaint yourselves with this special ministry. Kathryn has always specialized in books for children from infants through sixth grade.

The inventory also includes various topics, to name a few: Spirituality, Health, Healing, Grief, Caregiving, and Contemplative prayer. She also has many different editions of the Book of Common Prayer including the BCP/Hymnal combination as well as Bibles, upon request. Also available are  CDs, crosses, a great assortment of cards including an icon collection.

Special requests for books can be received up to, and on, the Sunday of Kathryn's visit. She does not charge to ship and appreciates your business throughout the year. Website address is and email is You may also reach Kathryn by  phone: 619.235.9465.
Book Study on Native American History begins July 18
The first meeting of the Native American History and Discussion Group will meet Tuesday, July 18, in the Parish Library a t 2:00 p.m. The first meeting will share the book for study and the format of the group. Please email Sherri Frances  of your interest.
Grief Support
When a loved one dies, we are swept away by loss.  We feel engulfed by sadness-- too broken to endure the pain and loneliness ahead. Our lives are forever changed and we can't imagine how to go on.
Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Homes  offer a weekly Grief Support Group.  Our "New Beginnings Foundation" is a community outreach program and is open to anyone experiencing grief in their life. The group meets in the Carriage House Reception Center, located at 303 South Cortez Street in Prescott every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The group is on hiatus during August and will begin to gather again on Tuesday, September 5.

For over 13 years, Deacon Kimball Arnold has served as Bereavement Facilitator for New Beginnings Foundation and facilitates the weekly grief group. She is a Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator as well as a Spiritual Counseling Facilitator. Deacon Kimball's goal is to help those in pain to turn painful living into joyful living while working in a safe and secure, confidential setting.

Please call Deacon Kimball at 928-778-7031 if you have any questions. Please consider joining the group.
Donations Needed 

All items appreciated, most needed items at Prescott Area Shelter Services include:

Disinfecting wipes, floor cleaner, all purpose cleaner, mops, 13 gallon trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, quart/gallon size zip lick bags, copy paper, batteries, stamps, pillows

There is a collection box in the Gathering Hall to place your items. Click here for detailed info.

Thank you SO much for your generosity!
Native American Ministry Spiritual Retreat
Everyone is invited to join with the Council of Native American Ministries, The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, and Special Guest and Spiritual Leader, Mona Polacca on August 11-12 for an opportunity to experience Native American spirituality and continue to engage with Native traditional values and processes. Full details and registration information are available here:  
Register Now!
Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, Aug. 17-19
On behalf of Canon to the Ordinary, The Rev. Megan Traquair, please find the following message about the upcoming Catechumenate Training program offered this summer in Carefree AZ, and mark your calendars now if you would like to attend:

The  Faith Forming Faith Catechumenal Training Seminar, will equip congregations to:
- form adults who seek a relationship with Christ,
- shape them toward baptism or a renewed faith,
- build them to live as active disciples of Jesus,
- plant them as a regular partners in their faith community,
- who joyfully serve others.

Thursday, August 17- Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 7415 E. Elbow Bend Rd., Carefree, Arizona.

Pastor Paul Hoffman of Seattle, WA has served in the ELCA since 1981. He guided the process of Catechumenal formation at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle over the last eighteen years of his service as a parish pastor. During that time, the parish prayed for and received into its ministry a steady stream of new and renewed Christians.

This is an intensive two and a half day, morning-to-night training seminar. Costs for attending vary between $150 for commuters and up to $325 for single room on site hotel-type accommodations. All fees are included.

During your time in the beautiful desert campus of the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, you will worship, pray, study, and form life-changing relationships grounded in the lectionary Scriptures through the various seasons of the liturgical calendar, all under the leadership of Pastor Hoffman, trained lay catechists, and various other diocesan/synodical pastors and priests. Congregations who send a delegation of a parish pastor/priest and three to five lay members to attend and study will return prepared and inspired to begin a catechumenal process that will not only welcome newcomers, but will transform the parish from the inside, out.

Here is what a few attendees from the 2016 training seminar said about their experience:
- "It was the most meaningful conference I've attended in recent memory that takes the whole person into consideration, not just what you do on Sunday."
- "It is not a retreat, it is an intensive workshop."
- "You will get a great deal out of this conference for a very modest investment of time."
- "Go! Go! Go! Very powerful tool to bring the congregation closer to the Word of God."

For more information about the Catechumenate and to discern how it might be used in your parish or congregation, it is recommended that you read Faith Forming Faith by Pastor Hoffman, available online through or Cascade Books.

Registration for this event is open now: . For flyer, click  here.

If interested in this event, please sign interest form on red-skirted tables in Gathering Hall.
Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice Presentations
At Arizona ' s 2016 Diocesan Convention,  T he Very Rev. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans Cathedral, England, offered a quick look into Ignatian Spirituality. His comments sparked significant interest in Ignatius of Loyola and his related Spiritual Exercises. While there are several Anglican communities based on Benedictine and Franciscan Spirituality, there is lack of Ignatian opportunities for  Episcopalians . To that end, The Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford and The Rev Julie O'Brien will be offering the presentation,  " Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice."

Stafford is the Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and also the priest-in-charge at St. Peter's, Litchfield Park. O'Brien is the rector at St. Stephen's, Phoenix. Both have studied and practicedIgnatian spirituality in their own ministry and life. The Rev. O'Brien will be presenting "A Brief History and Background of the Practice of Ignatian Spirituality." Stafford's presentation will be on "Ignatian Spirituality,Spiritual Direction, and Discernment from a Jungian Perspective."

There will be two opportunities to learn more about this topic. The presentations will be held in Tucson and Phoenix on the dates listed below. Both presentations are open to the public without charge and Laity and Clergy alike are invited to attend:

Saturday August 5, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Grace St Paul
's Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St., Tucson, AZ

Saturday August 12, 2017
10 AM - Noon at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt
 St., PhoenixAZ

6th Annual Episcopal Night at the D-Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona along with their family and friends to an exciting division rivalry as the D-backs take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday, August 25 at 6:40 p.m.!

New this year: we're all sitting together in the same section, so everyone will have more of an opportunity to chat with fellow Episcopalians and Bishop and Laura Smith!

Seating Option: $22 - Lower Level Bleachers (section 141) (these seats do have backs)

A portion of every ticket purchased by using this special offer will be designated for the Diocesan Council for Native American Ministry.

The pre-game party has returned!  Join Episcopalians from all over the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, for a pre-game celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Parking at Trinity is available at select spots in the garage (read the signs!), in front of Diocesan House, and street parking in the neighborhood.

There will be food available for purchase from local food trucks. Gather for refreshments and fellowship, then take the light rail with other fans to the ballpark. Tickets are $4/person for an all-day pass and can be purchased at the light rail stop. The Central/Roosevelt Stop is adjacent to Trinity.

After the game, stay for post-game festivities that are part of the D-Backs Faith & Family Night. There will be fireworks, followed by a player Q&A. Special guest Newsboys will be performing a concert as the main act of the festivities.

The ticket order deadline is August 23, 2017Seating is Limited! Tickets can be purchased online at ,  by phone (the number is on the form), or by mailing the attached order form.
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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. Thank you for your ongoing support! 

For the week of July 1-2, 99 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
July 1-2, 2017
Attendance: 254

The pledge and plate figures for June 24-25 and July 1-2 will be included in the July 16 Weekly Epistle!
Honoring Special Dates
July 9: Andrew Ferraro
July 10: Rich Hoaglund, Barbara Sayle
July 11: Troy Crawford, Gary Herbert
July 12: Jenna James, Patrick Welter
July 13: Ann Bennington
July 14: Nicole Kurtz
July 15: Hannah Prophet

July 11: Dick & Barbara Weeks
July 12: Andy & Toni Denis, Warren & Joy Smith
July 13: Eddie & Tigger Gillam, Jim & Nina Muehleisen

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl,  Christopher, Connor, Daniel,  Denise, Donald, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Gus,Hank, Harris, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keehna, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Margaret, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Ray, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan B., Suzette, Tammy, Tawnya, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vic, Wally, 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 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Okinawa (Japan)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrews in Sedona
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Ministries, West Yavapai Guidance Foundation
Scripture Readings
* 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:11-18
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
* Wednesday July 12
Genesis 1:31-2:3
Psalm 104:25-32
John 1:1-5, 12-14, 16-18
Weekly Worship Assistants
July 8-9, 2017

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Sharon Neece
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Katie Staudt
Greeters:  Marjorie Hultberg & Carol Sweeden
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr. Bob Wills
Sub-deacon: Doug Pask
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1:  Marcia Reinhart
Reader 2:  Barbara Harber
Prayers:  Wini Larson
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters :  Susan Bray & Darrell Anderson
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Beth Shaw/Vera Mulnix
Asst. Ushers:  Ken & Peggy Wagner
Oblationers: Hannah Prophet and Sophie Buisson
  Altar Guild Team:  Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps,  Cynthia Moreno, Donna Bledsoe

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 July 9: Membership Commission
Thank you!

Would you like to give 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.
Flowers on July 8-9 given by Robin Borok
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. Next meeting of DBE is Sept. 5. 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. Next one is July 20. For more info, call AZ Children's Association at 928-443-1991.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79, which will begin meeting again after the summer months, 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. Information on the 2017-18 season available this summer! 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 more information. 
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, 
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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 Friday 6 pm              Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé
  • 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 section.
Our calendar is available at the Events section.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499