St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of February 11 , 2018

Men's Group tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.
Aloha!! The Men's Group will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10 for a service in the Chapel followed by a light breakfast in the Conference Room.  All men of the parish are invited to attend!
Fellowship before the 5:30 pm service tomorrow
Arrive a bit early for some cookies and coffee prior to the 5:30 p.m. service tomorrow, February 10!
For our Music Ministry
There will be a jewelry sale in the Parish Hall following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, February 11. Designed and beaded by Mary Bowers, a member of St. Luke's Choir. 100% of the profits will benefit the Music Ministry. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

...in the Parish Hall at St. Luke's!
Ash Wednesday - February 14
Services
7:30 a.m. in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. in the Church
7:00 p.m. in the Church

Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will begin on Wednesday, February 21. Weekly services include the Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m., Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m., Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m. Daily, during Lent, Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Chapel from February 15 to Good Friday. There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings as well as a Sunday afternoon Video Series!! For details on all of this and more click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
From Deacon Kimball Arnold - Imposition of Ashes on 2/14
As in years past, I will be in the YRMC Chapel in Prescott from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Imposition of Ashes. Beginning at 1 p.m., I will be heading to the patient floors to take ashes to patients and staff. This is a wonderful ministry as I strive to meet the needs of many on Ash Wednesday.
 
In His service,
Deacon Kimball

Bishop Smith Surgery Update from the Diocese
February 8, 2018 -  Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Bishop and Laura Smith! We have received word this afternoon that Bishop Smith is doing well after his surgery. He will remain in the hospital overnight, which is standard procedure.

Bishop will need to recover for the next few days, so we ask that you only contact him 
via e-mail  ( bishop@azdiocese.org ) . This will allow him to respond when he is ready. If you need to discuss a pastoral emergency or church business, please contact the Diocesan Office at 602-254-0976 , and our staff will assist you. To reach someone after hours, there is an emergency phone number on the message. If you'd like to send a "get well" card, address it to Bishop at the Diocesan Office, 

Bishop and Laura would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, texts , and e-mails   before the surgery !

Nicole A. Krug  
Canon for Media & Communication s
Inquirers' Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?
An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes, to be led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on March 11, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church to prepare those persons who have not yet been sacramentally confirmed (coming from a Protestant tradition) or received (coming from a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox tradition) by a bishop in the Episcopal Church, or those who simply want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition.
YOU are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope you will be a participant!
What is volunteerism at St. Luke's?
First and foremost it is selfless service to both the congregation and the community that is highly revered, acknowledged and appreciated. It rises out of a prayerful desire to channel our God-given talents and that often results in deepening spiritual growth as we follow Jesus. Volunteerism takes many forms from Altar ministry and Fellowship activities to supporting local food banks and driving for People Who Care.
 
Along with the desire to demonstrate God's love to others through service come solemn responsibilities. Chief among these is to honor our commitments to ourselves and others. When life happens and we are unable to keep our committed promises, then we are charged with the responsibility to find a replacement. To demonstrate the devastating results of failure to do so, we need not look further than a recent Sunday worship service when 5 of 15 scheduled volunteers failed to honor their commitment. Thanks to our extraordinary Vergers, other trained volunteers in attendance were tapped to step up and fill in where needed. This last minute scramble creates unnecessary confusion and results in a disruption of our most reverent and cherished celebration of the Lord.   Volunteers are vital to the functioning of our church services and by extension, our church lives.
 
As Volunteer Coordinator at St. Luke's, I thank each and every one of you for the selfless and generous gift of your time and talents to your church family and your community. We are so blessed to have a remarkable number of dedicated servants for the Lord. The staff constantly voices its gratitude to you all. We are reminded that our most powerful demonstration of our love of Jesus is through serving others. Thank you my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Socks & Souls -  Warming Souls through Soles
The churches throughout the Diocese will be collecting socks over the next 2 weeks! They will be given to those served at a Foot Washing & Foot Care ministry on Maundy Thursday at Trinity Cathedral. Being collected are new, white, men's tube socks in packs of 3, 5, 6, 10 and 12 pairs. 

(Unused socks will be donated to ICM Food & Clothing Bank and Central Arizona Shelter Services.)
A note from Bill Christy
On occasion, God blesses us directly with his divine intervention and guidance which provides us with direction in how to best serve him. Working at Bradshaw Mountain High School, I sometimes am privy to insight into the students. The other day, I witnessed teenagers in need stealing food from the school trash cans to take back with them to wherever, or whatever, place they have to stay so they will have something to eat. Out of severe hunger, these same teenagers were eating thrown away food from the trash cans uninhibited by the perceived embarrassment of being seen by other students. Discussing this with school staff, I discovered that the school is working on developing a program of making extra food available (free of charge) to hungry students in an effort to combat this hunger problem. This is just one of the many school programs through which the school is struggling to combat the horrific problems facing our local teenagers. Additionally, I overheard a private conversation between two needy teenagers concerning St. Luke's Church. One student in desperate circumstances received gifts from St. Luke's in the Angel Tree program and shared Christmas dinner at St. Luke's Church during the "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" event. This outpouring of love, mercy and generosity from St. Luke's blessed him with hope and literally saved his life. 
God opened my eyes to the reality that St. Luke's, partnered with Bradshaw Mountain High School, can make a real difference in the tragic epidemic of local teenage homelessness and need due to circumstances beyond their control. On behalf of all those voices who are not heard, thank you St. Luke's Church for you're loving mercy, and may God bless and keep you!
-Bill Christy, St. Luke's parishioner and staff at Bradshaw Mountain High School
Outreach News
The Outreach Commission would like to remind everyone of the scholarships and grants due dates coming up in March.
 
The  2nd annual  St. Luke's Episcopal Church Educational Scholarship 
application is now available on St. Luke's website. The name was changed to Educational Scholarship rather than College Scholarship due to the fact it also encompasses trades schools. The qualification to apply has changed to include any accredited school in  any state rather than Arizona only. If you know a student graduating from a quad-city high school direct him or her to St. Luke's website to apply for the Scholarship which is due March 30, 2018 . Applications are also available in the Gathering Hall on the Outreach table.

Many of you may know or be involved in a group/program that helps others and may need a little financial help, direct them to our website to fill out a grant  application for assistance. This is due March 15, 2018.

The next Outreach meeting will be  Monday February 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
.

Please join us as we are always looking for new ways in which we can spread God's news throughout our community.
A Magical Journey
Michael Goodluck, Navajo Flutist and Story Teller
The father of two children, Michael has dedicated himself to combating alcohol and drug abuse in the Navajo Nation as a Youth Coordinator working with Fighting Back, Inc. He adheres to this personal statement; "Each one of us has a unique opportunity to make this world the best it can become-for ourselves and the people around us."

As for his music, Michael has crafted his own line of flutes for 25 years. The haunting melodies that accompany his stories add a special element to the experience.

You're invited to meet him in person on Saturday February, 17, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at St. Luke's in the Parish Hall.

Building Bridges of Understanding dedicated to Caring, Learning, Interacting, Participating.
Read, Mark, and Inwardly Digest
These words from the Book of Common Prayer remind us of a way to interact with scripture.
The Good Book Club is a church-wide program that invites us to read the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts during Lent and Easter this year. Calendars and individual books of the gospel of Luke are available in the Gathering Hall after each service this weekend. Click below to view an invitation to join the Good Book Club from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85MKTwjRcbk&sns=em            
Help Needed with Educational Scholarship Applications
As we did last year, St. Luke's will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the Quad Cities area.  The scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other expenses of attending an accredited college or university, junior or community college, or vocational/trade school.  Applications are due March 30, 2018, and the awards will be announced at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  Between the application deadline and the announcement of the awards, we need volunteers to serve in three capacities:
  • Reading and reviewing the applications for completeness
  • Reading and evaluating the required two to three page essays
  • Interviewing the finalists on Saturday, April 28, 2018
If you would like to participate in the scholarship review in one of these ways or have any questions, please get in touch with Mary Berkheiser at  zukor1949@gmail.com.
Reception Desk Help Needed
The church office is looking for a receptionist to work on Monday afternoons (1 - 4 p.m.) every other week. Computer experience helpful but not required! If you are interested, please contact Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or Beth Parknowitz in the office.            
Thanks for DSCA!
We wanted to share with you a recent Letter to the Editor in The Daily Courier: 
Editor:
     On Christmas Day just past, my wife and I, accompanied by a widow friend, had Christmas dinner as guests of St. Luke's Episcopal Church near the airport in Prescott. This is something we have done several times the past few years, and it is something St. Luke's has been sponsoring for many years as part of their "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" service.
     The church advertises this event and even provides transportation from downtown for those who don't have a way to get there.
     Our greatest appreciation, however, is for all those church members who dedicate their day to others. These folks are unfailingly gracious as they serve each and every guest.
     They surely exhibit the love and teaching of Christ to all who enter their doors.
                                                                                                         Bob Harris, Prescott
St. Luke's Episcopal Concert Series
Below is the current list of artists and offerings in our beautiful sanctuary at
St. Luke's Episcopal.

Sunday March 11, 2:00 pm -- Shrine of the Ages Chorale from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Dr. Edith Copley, Conductor - Free will offering

Saturday May 12, 3:00 pm -- Town Choir (Tour choir) of the Phoenix Boys Choir, Dr. Craig Westendorf - Free will offering

Sunday November 18, 3:00 -- Recital (Artists to be announced)
Becoming Beloved Community
THE JOURNEY AHEAD

On the road toward reconciliation there are four quadrants:TELLING THE TRUTH--Who are we?  What things have we done and left undone regarding racial justice and healing?  PROCLAIMING THE DREAM--How can we publicly acknowledge things done and left undone?  What does Beloved Community look like in this place?  What behaviors and commitments will foster reconciliation, justice, and healing?  PRACTICING THE WAY OF LOVE--How will we grow as reconcilers, healers, and justice-bearers?   How will we actively grow relationship across dividing walls and seek Christ in the other?  REPAIRING THE BREACH--What institutions and systems are broken?  How will we participate in repair, restoration, and healing of people, institutions, and systems.  All of these questions are worthy of consideration during this Lenten period of self-reflection.
Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Fire. Area power outage. Active shooter. Extreme weather.

These and other threats could affect your church facility, the congregation, and your
community. It's important to know what to do and who to call during a crisis. Don't leave it
to chance. Come learn how your church can prepare.

Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 322 N. Horne, Mesa, AZ, 85203. For flyer, click  here. RSVP at www.lss-sw.org/disasterworkshop.
Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) - Collection Continues
The wish list for Prescott Area Shelter Services includes things such as: laundry and dish soap, coffee, toilet paper, office supplies and more. Click  here to see complete list. Items can be brought to the Gathering Hall. Thank you for your help!
Photographers Wanted!

Have you taken any photos at a recent church event? The Communication Commission would love to share them on our media outlets! The photos can be of meetings, special events, and anything in between! Cell phone pictures are welcomed. Please email the largest size available photos to communications@slecp.org or text them to 734-771-2397. Thank you!

Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church 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.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
Go to the St. Luke's Episcopal, Prescott, AZ, page,  https://www.facebook.com/stlukesaz/ , and Like and Share posts that you feel comfortable supporting. By clicking on the link above or "Like us on Facebook" button below, you'll be taken directly to the St. Luke's Facebook page.
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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 Feb. 3-4,  100 food items were collected!!
                         
This week's shopping list: 
Canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
2/3-4:  Attendance - 261
                   Pledge - data next week
                   Plate - data next week
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
February 11: Tom Fuentes
February 13: Becky Hansen, Fred Lutz, Zibbie Wolter
February 14: Claude Baker
February 16: Ralph Jackson
February 17: Charlie Arnold, Luann Herbert, Lynda Rowntree

Anniversary
February 12: Ron & Laura James
February 14: Rich & Linda Leon
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Don, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn,  Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Grace, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Joann, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Juliann, 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, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Robert, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan,Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tracie, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces (Please send us the names of loved ones actively serving.):
Echo, Brian
 
...for the Yavapai Nation
 
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Aru (Congo)
 
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry (Flagstaff)
 
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of 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
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 103
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Weekly Worship Assistants for February 10-11, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Dan & Betty Phillips
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: Devena Reed
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
Ushers:  Cynthia Moreno & Carol Sweeden
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Sub-deacon:  Trampus Tribbey
Chalice Minister:  Elizabeth Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Keehna Sture
Altar Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2:  Youth
Prayers:  Youth
Verger:  Dwight Willman
Greeters:  Tani Hendrickson & Barbara Leonard
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake & Sandy McBride
Ushers: Beth Shaw & Vera Mulnix
Asst. Ushers:  Geoff & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: Youth
  
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. If you could take a turn, please sign-up in the Gathering Hall. 

Hostess on February 11: Sharon Tootle,
  Ed Hume



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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.
 
Altar Flowers on January 28:
   Given by Mary Queen in memory of her parents, Mary and Joe Queen
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 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. 15. 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. The next concert of the season is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Visit  prescottstrings.com 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 will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click here.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org



Prescott Noon Lions Club
Want to give back and help the less fortunate in our community?
Join the Prescott  Noon Lions Club, the most active Lions Club in 7 Western states. Contact Mike Franklin at  69hokie@gmail.com for more information on the club and how to come to a meeting as a guest to check us out.
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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 & 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.

St Luke's Episcopal Church 



Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499