St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of June 17 , 2018
Vacation Bible School was a huge success!!!

I planned on having a maximum of 50 children never thinking we would reach this number and we actually registered 49!   The average was 43 kids every day!
Between teachers, shopkeepers, games, technology and snacks, 32 people ran VBS: it really takes a village. The children came from the quad-cities area and from Phoenix for those whose parents were counselors at Chapel Rock.  The children played outside games, painted a sheet wall, made crafts and learned about Daniel's faith in the one true God. Every day adults and kids experienced the power of prayer during our celebration time and were taught how to look for God sightings in their every day life.  This year we also had the chance to offer a special program for the 'Little Ones"(3-5 years old) which was directed by Diane Reddy and her team.

VBS is a wonderful spiritual adventure for everyone involved. Adults and kids get to know each other through the different activities, and special bonds are created. The children make new friends but are also thrilled to meet again the ones that they only get to see at St Luke's every year. Parents are happy to see their children  well cared for and having fun.   Some families said they were interested in joining St Luke's. Seeds have been planted, now God is in charge in making them grow.

St Luke's is really blessed to have such committed volunteers willing to offer their time and talent to the Children and Youth Ministry, I am humbled to be able to work with these amazing people.  Sophie Buisson
Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Calling all counters and recorders to work with a partner in crime! St Luke's is about to have its inventory taken .... Yes, from top to bottom!
You could really help make this project a LOT easier by agreeing to count and record! What do you need?  A willingness to help, a spirit of adventure with lots of smiles and laughter! Why are we doing this?  We've had some close calls (miles away) lately, and I would like to know we could access our resources (including insurance) to rebuild and refurbish our church! I figure that we only need 25 pairs:..come with your best friend, spouse, child, grandchild (old enough to count) or I will strive to find a partner for you!  If enough people step forward, we could be done in a few hours and then ... PARTY! First come, first serve:  the sooner you let me know you're able to participate, the more likely you can choose what or where you'd like to count! Sign up in the Gathering Hall or Call Katte Staudt (cell) 480 309 7648.
Oh yeah ... did I mention that I'll provide lunch for the participants?
Mark your calendar, please! July 20 (and hopefully NOT the 21 st ). Stay tuned for other opportunities for me to beg for your assistance! Thanks for your consideration and support, Katie Staudt
P.S. I should mention the Altar Guild, Music Department and "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" are well on their way to completing with their count.  Thank you to those who have counted and recorded!
Thank you for giving!

Many thanks to all who came out to support our blood drive!

The  next blood drive at St. Luke's is Thursday, December 14
Decembe 14Thursday December 13 . Charlotte Willman 
Are you up for a Challenge?
St. Luke's Outreach Commission is offering to match funds for
school supplies dollar to dollar up to $1000.00.
Many students in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Prescott School Districts are unable to purchase school supplies that are required of them to start the year.
Fair Start is reorganizing their program and going out and buying school supplies
in bulk so more students are served. This is why the Outreach Commission is putting up the challenge for a monetary donation rather than asking people to fill backpacks.

Are you willing to take the challenge???
The donation box will be on the outreach table.
If you write a check to St. Luke's put Fair Start on the memo line.
Cash will be deposited into the Fair Start account.
Donation Deadline: July 8 th
More information call Patti Bain @817-909-0565 or Mary Hallford @602-796-1177
Unplug and Reconnect - For Families with Children & Youth of All Ages 
July 5-8  at Chapel Rock
It is challenging in this over-programmed, screen-filled culture to take the time out to be present to the people in our families. 
Family Camp is an opportunity to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your children and with the God who made you a family.   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! Fees begin at $300 per family of two and include lodging and all meals.
For information or registration, please go to: and click on Family Camp or call (602) 254-0976 or

August 24, 2018 5:00 pm to August 25, 2018 4:00 pm 
Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 
Double Room Rate - $75.00 Commuter Meals - $50.00 

Register for this event by going to: Deadline for housing is August 3, 2018. If you need help to register, contact Dawn Jackson at 602-254-0976 or For more information on this event or Native American Ministries, contact The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals at 

Please join with the Council of Native American Ministries, The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals and Special Guest and Spiritual Leader, Steve Darden  Dine (Navajo), for an opportunity to experience Native American spirituality and continue to engage with Native traditional values and processes. We will gather the first night for ceremony; Steve will lead us in our dawn prayers; and he will close our time together in ceremony. The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals will lead us in a reflection of the work of the past year and guide us in the heart and wisdom of the council for the coming year.

News from St. Luke's Deacon in Formation

I began to sense that, even though I had retired four years earlier from a career that had been devoted to helping others, there might be another chapter in my book of life that God wanted to write.  That thought was amazing to me, but it persisted over time, and it eventually evolved into a question: might God be calling me to be a deacon?

Thankfully, the Church provides a pathway for discovering the answer to that question.  After discussing with Father Pierre-Henry what I was sensing in prayer, he registered me to attend the 2017 Diocesan Day of Discernment and Information (a forum held every May), where priests, deacons and lay people share the stories of their call from God.  The priests' presentations were interesting, but, truth be told, nothing spectacular stirred in my soul. Besides that, at a very practical level, I was above the age limit to begin the path leading to priesthood. However, when the deacons shared their stories, I felt such an identification with them that I was awestruck.  I came home with a lot to think and pray about, as the next step in the process was to submit, by mid-June, an official form (the first of many!) called "Declaration of Intent," which moves a person from "thinking about becoming a deacon" to officially and formally presenting oneself to begin the process. In the following weeks, I set aside extra time for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation, and I also had conversations with Father Pierre-Henry, and Deacons Kimball and Chris, about whether or not they could "hear" the same call that I was hearing.  All three encouraged me to begin the process, and leave the rest to God. That's what I did. I submitted the form, along with the names of two references, and left the outcome in God's hands. Several weeks later, I was notified by the Commission on Ministry (generally referred to as "the COM") that I could proceed with the subsequent steps in the application process, which, as I soon discovered, is quite rigorous. Here is what was required, in chronological order: parish discernment; nomination by St. Luke's vestry; regional discernment; submission of various documents (baptism and confirmation records; college transcripts; complete employment history; spiritual autobiography); psychological evaluation; physical exam; interview with the Bishop; and, at the very end of the process, a meeting with the COM, which, by that point, had evaluated all of the above-referenced reports and documents, with the exception of the psychological evaluation and physical exam, which are confidential documents owned by the Diocese, and are reviewed only by the Bishop.  Not even I was privy to what those reports contained.   Click to read more  
Wednesday Bible Study
There will be no Bible Study this Wednesday, June 20.  Summer break will continue until Fall.  Class will resume on Wednesday, September  12. 

Practicing Mindfulness Senior Group
The seniors who are meeting at St. Luke's (10:00 am - 11:30 am) to practice mindfulness in a relaxed and supportive environment will meet once more in June (June 26) and twice in July (July 10 and July 24).;Please call 928-445-5211,  ext 2672 if you have any questions.  
St. Luke's recently activated an automatic notification system. If you are a Chalice Minister, Greeter, Lector, Usher or serve at the Welcome Table, then 2 days before you are scheduled to serve you will receive an email reminding you of the date, Service and what you are scheduled for. If you are unable to serve, notify the system you are unable to serve. Then, an email will go out to all other qualified persons to let them know there is an open position. The first person to respond will be assigned.  The original person is kept in the loop as far as the person taking their position.
You should have received an email providing you with a logon name and initial password to get into the system. Someone will be available prior to the Saturday 5:30 Service and after the Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Services to demo and answer any questions.
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 role they play in the life of this region.
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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 banksThe counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of June 9/10:  82 food items were collected
Thumb Butte Quilters: 135 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
6/2-3:    Attendance - 283
Pledged - $16,137   Plate $ 1,359
Honoring Special Dates
June 19: Alexander Leon; Liz MacNamera, Barbara Weeks
June 20: Roger Crull, Bill Loughney, Bob Meyer, Lawson Soza
June 21: Daisun Wagmer
June 22: Sylvia Fuentes, Jim Rowntree, Brad Sundquist
June 23: Jennifer Benson

June 17: Paul & Sandy Nelson
June 18: Dick & Sherry Hibbard
June 20: Ryan & Jenna James
June 21: Pierre-Henry & Sophie Buisson
June 22: Bill  & Sharon Feldmeier Jr

Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J.,  Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Bob, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tim, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:   Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Deleware
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Christ Church of the Ascension
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Blood Services Blood Drive, Native American Ministries, Love in Action Ministry-Malawi
Scripture Readings
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Psalm 112:1-2
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Weekly Worship Assistants for June 16-17, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Susan Armer
Chalice Minister: Ed Hume
Greeters: Doug & Pat Ogburn
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Susan Armer
Chalice Minister: Keehna Sture
Greeters/Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Susan Armer
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-Deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister: Lucy Kemper
Reader 1: Michael Bradburn-Ruster
Reader 2:  Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Doris Highland
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters:  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Beth Shaw & Dave Brubaker
Ushers: Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Larry Allen & JoAnn Salem
Oblationers: Ken & Peggy Wagner
Altar Guild Team: Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno,
Betty Phillips, Becky Hansen

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. 

Hosts June 17:    No Host 

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 Duncan Weir
    in memory of his late wife, Teresa
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.
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. 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. 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.

The next performance, Return to Dresden, will take place on Saturday, June 9, at 3 p.m.

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 .

"Be Connected" Mental Health Summit
Strengthening Collaboration and Care in Support of
Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more information, email: or call 602-753-8802.

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 & 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