St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of November 13 , 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Thank you to all who served this country!
Governor of Nations, our Strength and Shield:
we give you thanks for the devotion and courage
of all those who have offered military service for this country:

For those who have fought for freedom;
for those who laid down their lives for others;
for those who have borne suffering of mind or of body;
for those who have brought their best gifts to times of need.

On our behalf they have entered into danger,
endured separation from those they love,
labored long hours, and borne hardship in war and in peacetime.

Lift up by your mighty Presence those who are now at war;
encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home;
guard those in any need or trouble;
hold safely in your hands all military families;
and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home;

Give to us, your people, grateful hearts
and a united will to honor these men and women
and hold them always in our love and our prayers;
until your world is perfected in peace through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
                                                                              
-Compiled by The Rev. Jennifer Phillips Veteran's Day Prayer
We wanted to share with you this post-election letter we received from Bishop Kirk Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona:

November 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
 
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." -- 1 John 4:18
 
In the last few hours, we have all felt the ground shift beneath us with the results of the Presidential election. For about half our population, the unexpected results were greeted with jubilation, for the other half with dismay and disbelief. No matter what our position, we can all agree that this election has taken place against a background of fear. For many of those supporting Mr. Trump, there was much anxiety about being overwhelmed by outside forces threatening their families and way of life. Now after the election, supporters of Mrs. Clinton worry about the loss of gains they may have towards a more just society. And everyone, it seems, is anxious about what exactly is going to happen next!
 
Our faith, of course, has something to say about our fears. We remember first as Christians that our ultimate allegiance is not to any candidate or political party (none of whom can ultimately save us) but to Jesus. He is not president, but Lord. The perfect love he shows us means that we need to be especially aware of, and responsive to, the anxiety that is around us. We must face the fearfulness that is within us, remembering that God is always by our side, no matter what happens. We must also remember to reach out those who may be feeling especially vulnerable right now: Muslims, African-Americans, Hispanics, the LGBT community, women, and others.
 
I think we can all agree that during the past months, "our better angels" were not always at work. We all were swayed by rhetoric that had more to do with character assassination than with issues.
 
My prayer is that we begin to move on, not dismissing our fears, but not being overcome by them either, which will only leave us cynical, angry, and detached from the political process.
Whatever side we may be on, we now have the chance to prove to our divided nation that there is common ground to be found in our ministry! We do that through the simple, but courageous, acts of love and compassion that we show to our families, our congregations, and our neighborhoods.
 
Please know that my prayers continue for all of you, for our church, and for our country.
 
Faithfully,
[I would also commend to you the video from our Presiding Bishop, which may be found here.]

Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé is tonight at 6 p.m.
The monthly TaizĂ© service will be held tonight, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.  All are welcome!
Aloha GMC of St. Luke's tomorrow, Nov. 12, at 7:30 a.m.
Aloha GMC of St. Luke's (Men's Group) will meet tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist. Fellowship and light breakfast to follow in the Conference Room. All men of the parish are welcome! Call Ernie Howell or Doug Ogburn with questions.
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New! The deadline for submissions to the Weekly Epistle is the end of the day Tuesday for the week you would like it to appear.
For example, for the Weekly Epistle dated November 20, 2016, your deadline would be the end of the day Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The preferred method of submission is by email ( info@slecp.org). Thanks for your cooperation!
Veterans Day Choral Worship Service - Saturday November 12 at 5 p.m.
There will be a Veterans' Day Choral Worship Service at Prescott United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Prescott United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will be joined by our Choir of St. Luke's and the American Lutheran Church Choir. Prescott United Methodist Church is located at 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott.
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Honoring our Veterans and their families on Sunday
Please join us for a special coffee hour this Sunday, the 13th, following the 10 a.m. service as we honor our Veterans. There will also be a beautiful display that you must see!
Showing of The Champions tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Champions, a documentary, which will be shown on Saturday, November 12, at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall, is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon's star quarterback, Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressures from PETA and the Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second chances, redemption and hope. 
"Who is My Neighbor?" - Presentation on Sunday, November 13
You are invited to attend a special presentation: "Who Is My Neighbor", research and findings released by the Morrison Institute by The Rev. Richard Morrison, Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations on Sunday, November 13, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall.
 
We also welcome Canon Morrison as our guest preacher for both the 8:00 and 10:00 AM services. Again, the 30 minute presentation, which will specifically address northern Arizona demographics, will be held during coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service on November 13.
Pledge Update
We are so grateful for the 136 persons and families who have returned their pledge cards! To date, we have received $353,300. It's never too late to send your pledge card! All the cards received since our In-Gathering Sunday will be presented and blessed during the Thanksgiving Eve service on November 23.

May the Lord richly bless you and yours.

Pierre-Henry
The Truth About Cancer 
The nine-week series continues on Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's.
Many Voices of Thanks Interfaith Celebration Thursday, November 17 - 6:30 p.m.
This third annual celebration of thanks, on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, brings together all faiths in our community for a night of song and shared reflection. Please bring a non-perishable food item. Click here for flyer.

Mark your Calendars!
Friendship of Women, a 6-week class beginning Wednesday,  November 30  and ending  January 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. each week. The class will be  facilitated by Lucy Kemper.  Details to follow.
Save the Date - November 19!
Save the date of Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for Expecting Jesus, an Advent Workshop to be held at St. Luke's. Kathryn Bunch, of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, will present the workshop! There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall to sign up for this event. A count is needed as lunch will be provided!
Thanksgiving Eve Service November 23 at St. Luke's
There will be a Thanksgiving Eve Service at St. Luke's on Wednesday, November 23, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's.
Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closures
The Parish Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday which includes Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25. The office will re-open with normal office hours on Monday, November 28, at 9 a.m.
Give Blood Get a Pizza!
The next blood drive at St. Luke's will be on Wednesday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Don't delay - schedule your appointment today. Visit  www.bloodhero.com  (Sponsor code: StLukesEC) or email Darrell Anderson by clicking  here .

All December donors will receive a voucher for a free medium cheese pizza from Streets of New York Restaurant.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone - St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parish Members and Community Volunteers: I am happy to share more good news with you. Cynthia Crull was happy to offer to design a quilt to raffle, as it has been tradition. Details of raffle tickets will follow soon.
 
Marsha Douglas, Community Liaison Director for Adult Care Services (The Margaret T. Morris, Assisted Living for Memory Care, and The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Centers) offered to invite their professional Staff to donate baked goods for  Don't Spend Christmas Alone .
 
The Public Libraries are happy to partake as well; Jennifer Kim, Adult Services Librarian from Prescott Valley (PV) and Darlene Westcott from Chino Valley (CV) are already inspiring others to be a part.
 
As you know, we are blessed to have Shuttle Transportation from PV, CV and P; furthermore, business owner, Rod Lusk of New Horizons in PV, initially made available one Shuttle Van. He recently communicated that in anticipation of guests increase, he will have two more Shuttle Vans standing by.
 
Flyer Distribution  Committee Leaders, Wally Wands and Jim Damm finalized designing the flyer that
will be distributed in the quad-city communities early December. Scott Howard of Kwik Kopy was diligent to reproduce the 1,500 copies needed. He gave St. Luke's a substantial discount to the bill.
 
Words of appreciation come short when our gratitude is immeasurable. The kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of the people that take part in Don't Spend Christmas  Alone , is what makes this event one of a kind.  All thanks to YOU.
 
Please thank and support the businesses that join St. Luke's to service the Quad-city community .

Angeles Ramos Zarate, Chairwoman

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."  -Helen Keller
Help Needed with Distribution of Don't Spend Christmas Alone Flyers
We have our new flyers printed now but need people to give out to stores and such. Some of our past distributors have retired and we need new people. This is a job that takes about two hours. We have maps on the different areas we assign you and would welcome all volunteers. Please call Wallis Wands 775-2972.
Be an Angel - Sponsor a Child for Christmas
The Christmas Angel Tree is an annual event presented in partnership with St. Luke's Outreach Commission and the Prescott Unified School District's Social Worker. The goal is to help make Christmas a little brighter for children in our area who are in the greatest need and might not otherwise have much of a Christmas. The Angel Tree will be in the Gathering Hall for all three services the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26 & 27.

It's easy and fun! Choose your Christmas Angel and Lyneal Nick will have all the instructions for you. Please join us and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in our town.
Outreach Commission Notes
The next Outreach Commission meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room at St. Luke's. We would welcome your attendance at this or a future meeting to learn more.

Be a Santa to a Senior: For the last 12 years, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with
local non-profits to identify lonely, isolated and seniors in need to share a little holiday cheer.  We anticipate providing gifts to approximately 300 seniors in our community. Many seniors have difficulty opening packages. 
Please purchase a gift bag(s) and/or holiday tissue paper. 
Deposit bags and paper in the designated box in the Gathering Hall. For more info on Be a Santa to a Senior, contact Home Instead Senior Care at 928-708-9960.   
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks.
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
November 5-6, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 218
Weekly Giving - Plate:$726.00; Pledge: $9,401.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angie, Ashley, Barbara, Bee, Betty, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Rev. Deborah, Dick, Donald, Dott, Ed, Elijah, Enrique, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Jeanne, Joe, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Laurel, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marie, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Skip, special intention, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Tawny, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Michael, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, Adam, Benjamin, Kevin, Steven, Jared, Chris, Matthew, 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 Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start and Angel Tree, Paper collection, recycling program, highway cleanup volunteers, Prescott Valley Little League
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: Nov. 13: Quentin David, Nov. 14: Carl Anderson, Nov. 15: David Heinz, Malcolm MacKenzie, Betty Phillips, Nov. 16: Brenda Schwartz, Brynn Thein, Nov. 17: Peter Bourgois, John Evans, Nov. 18: Jean Messick, Andy Wallace
 
Anniversaries: Nov. 10: Greg & Mary Bowers, Nov. 13: Matthew & Nicole Kurtz, Nov. 15: George & Lynda Kinnear, Scott & Elaine Knox
This Week's Scripture Readings:  Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 28
Click here for readings 

Collect: B lessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen .
Next Week's Scripture Readings: 
Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King, Proper 29
 
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for November 12-13, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Roger & Jane Peacock
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Richard Morrison
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister:  Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Jim & Pam Damm
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Richard Morrison
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Doug Pask
Chalice Minister:  Rich Staudt
Chalice Minister:  Katie Staudt
Altar Minister:  Debra Loder
Reader 1:  Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters :  Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Bob & Lois Hepner
Oblationers: Youth
 
Eucharistic Visitors:  Lucy Kemper & Joy Ramsey-Smith
 
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg,  Brenda Holden, Evelyn David,
Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben

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 November 13:
Ed & Jan Hume
 

 

Altar Flowers
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 by phone or email.
 
Altar flowers on November 12-13 given... 
by Jim and Nina Muehleisen, with thanks for their many blessings
Community Groups 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 Nov. 17. For more info, call Joy Goff at 928-707-3749.

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 Dec. 3, 2016 at 3 & 7:30 pm. Visit prescottchorale.org 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. Click  
here  for more info.


Prescott Area
Habitat for Humanity
For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org.
Church Office Hours: 
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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Rector
Deacon
Deacon

Music Director
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Children's Ministry / 
Youth Director
Sexton
Senior Warden
Junior Warden
Vestry Liaison to Pastoral Care Commission
Vestry Liaison to Christian Formation Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Fellowship Commission
Vestry Liaison to Communications Commission
Parish Treasurer

Pete Kriger
Assistant Treasurer
Vestry Liaison to
Worship Commission
Vestry Liaison to
Outreach Commission
Vestry Liaison to Membership Commission
Parish Nurse

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499