St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of October 14 , 2018
Selling Everything for Freedom
by Nick Cuccia
In today's gospel, Mark tells us about a rich man who anxiously runs up to Jesus and begs to know what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. He says he's followed the commandments since his youth, but still, he's worried. Jesus then offers a simple, but
apparently very difficult, answer: Sell everything, give to the poor, and follow me.  Like many of us who withdraw on hearing an answer we don't like, the man walks away 
shocked, long-faced and sad. Giving up his wealth, it seems, is just too much. It's a story that comforts my ego when I need certainty or a useful clarification of who's in and who's out. Yes, I might sympathize with the poor rich guy who's been faithful but has less of a chance of getting through than the camel - but I'm not rich, so my path will be easier.
That smugness is deceiving because I know, as with every biblical story, that we are called to  find ourselves in the characters portrayed. So how am I like the rich man?   While I can't identify with his wealth, or at times his faithful adherence to the commandments,
something in his anxiety hits home. Despite all he has,  something is gnawing at him, something is missing, and he  worries that that will keep him from eternal life.   That sounds a lot like me and the world around me: We may  have all the comforts of life, yet something is always missing  and we get stuck, which only adds to our anxiety. "If only I  were richer, smarter, 10 pounds lighter, more athletic, more  certain ... then I would ...."   So how can we, in the 21st century, find peace in "Sell  everything"? Could it be that what Jesus is telling us is more like: "Abandon all of your  unhealthy attachments. Let go of the things, habits, thoughts, doubts, addictions, false security,  and fears that hold you back. Have faith. Stretch yourself. Seize the moment and take risks"?   As we assess what to make of our time, talents and treasure this season, we are called to make  sense of the words of One who says both "Sell everything" and "I have come that you might live  abundantly." It sounds confusing, but in the end we must trust Jesus when he says: "There is no  one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for  My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time." (Mark 10:29)  The kingdom of God, eternal life, true freedom are near. How can we not seize the momen t?
For Reflection...
* When was the last time you tried a new hobby or activity even though you knew you might not succeed or be good at it?
* What fear or worry is holding you back from living abundantly and generously right now?

Celebrating St. Luke's Day
Following both Sunday services and preceding Saturday's service the Men's Group will be hosting a celebration of St. Luke's Day!
Cookies and light snacks will be served at the 5:30 pm service.  Muffins and coffee cake will be served after the 8:00 am service.  Cake, ice cream, and assorted goodies will await the 10:00 am crowd.  Please feel free to bring something for others to enjoy!

The Deacon's Voice
Eighteen years ago, October 14, 2000, I was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons, following fourteen months of discernment; two years of formation:  reading, writing, study and hands on experiences, along with numerous other studies and preparation. It is my great honor to work and serve among you and our communities all these years and my heart is filled with happiness and joy to be with all of you.
Deacons actually work for the Bishop and he assigned me to St. Luke's, though the parish rector provides oversight.  Deacons model the Servant ministry of Christ, are non-stipendary, and we are to serve all people, particularly the poor, weak, the sick and the lonely.   My ministry focuses on Grief, Pastoral Care and Critical needs
    Thank you for your love, support and continued prayers for this ministry.   My life is filled with many of God's blessings and His grace. Thanks be to God. Amen.
In His Service,
Deacon Kimball Arnold


Many of us have been devastated by the aftermath of Florence on the Carolinas and the East Coast. We are still praying for those affected, those who lost a loved one, and those who lost their belongings or their property. Several persons have asked me what we could do. As Episcopalians we have the possibility to give to ERD,  Episcopal Relief and Development.  They have special funds for natural catastrophes, and they are working with the dioceses and parishes affected by Florence/Michael. An easy way to help is to send directly a gift to ERD, memo line Florence/Michael, or to write a check to St Luke's (memo line Florence/Michael).  
At this time ERD is establishing contact with organizations and churches in Indonesia to see how we could help there.
Thank you for any gift to support our brothers and sisters in need in our country and abroad.

In Christ's Love,
Walkabout with VI Bishop Candidates: Videos to View from Q&A Session at St. Peters in Litchfield Park
For anyone who was unable to attend the Walkabout held at St. Luke's, you can click the link below to hear the Bishop Candidates' positions on important issues. The candidates were asked different questions about the same topics in each forum.

Warm for Winter Collection
Only one more Sunday to gather new and/or gently used winter clothing for the Coalition for Compassion & Justice handout to low-income families.  Review your closets and dresser drawers for items (maybe those that don't fit anymore?) to donate.  CCJ will serve about 600 clients this year, so know that every cl othing contribution helps to meet the need.
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Volunteers Needed
Sign-up in the Gathering Hall to sort clothing and setup at Prescott United Methodist Church on October 25 or 26.  Help is also needed on October 27 for the distribution of clothing. You can contact Carol Covert with questions or to signup at
Quarterly Native American Presentation on October 20 at 11 a.m.
Featuring Manuel Lucero: U.S. Army Veteran, Native American Studies scholar, and Assistant Director of the Smoki Museum, speaking on Native American contributions and historical events no holds barred!   His one-hour presentation will be followed by 30 minutes of interacting with the audience. Click here for flyer!

Saturday, October 20, 11 AM to 12:30 PM Parish Hall

Sponsored by St. Luke's Native American Ministry Committee. "We build bridges of understanding through learning, caring, respecting and interacting with our Native American brothers  and sisters."

Click here to download/print flyer!
Adult Formation Opportunities
I nquirers' Class 
Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room (last class October 28)
Benedictine Spirituality: Creating a Rule of Life
  Oct.17 and 24 at  5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Library. 
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 the role they play in the life of this region.
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 October 7:  79 food items were collected
                                            151 food items from Thumb Butte Quilters

This week's shopping list: 
Peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
10/6-10/7 -  Attendance - 246
Pledge - $16,970  &  Plate - $1,201   
Honoring Special Dates
October 14:  Cathy Hoaglund, Francois Maurice
October 15: Josie Pike, Warrem Smith. Arthur Spicer Jr.
October 18: Zachary Denison
October 19: Cheryl Beck, William Bisig, Walter Epps, Ingrid Nasca, Shannon Rosenblatt
October 20: Susan Hodge-Parker, Sharon Welker

October 16:  Chuck & Beth Parknowitz
October 17:  Alan & Sue Robertson
October 19:  John & Ileen Szelka
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Beth, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Doug, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H. Jack K., Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kassidy, Kathleen & Philip,  Kay, Kennedy, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Marls, Martha, Matt, Mavereck, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Meredith, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Terry, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Kyle.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Church in Wales
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St Barnabas on Desert (Scottsdale)
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Warm for Winter, Highway Clean-up

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Psalm 62:12-18
Romans 2:1-11
Luke 11:42-46
Weekly Worship Assistants for October 13-14, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Denise Muller
Preaching: The Deacon Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Art Villemure
Greeters: Dan & Betty Phillips
Welcome Table: Roger and Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Denise Muller
Preaching: The Deacon Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Nancy Carmichael
Ushers:  cynthia Moreno, Carol Sweeden
Welcome Table:Bill Bisig

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preaching: The Deacon Chris Christy
Sub-Deacon:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Youth
Chalice Minister:  Youth
Altar Minister: Keehna Sture
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger: Sharon Welker 
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson, Barbara Leonard
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake, Sandy McBride
Ushers: Verna Mulnix-Head
Asst. Ushers: Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Oblationers: youth

Altar Guild Team: Elise Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, 
Betsy Denison

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. 

October 14: 
Men's Group

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: Sally Phelps, Cynthia Moreno
Bill Bisig
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.
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 .

Service Schedule
Sunday Services:  
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am  Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

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

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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
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Phone: (928) 778-4499