Weekly Epistle
Week of February 16
In Observance of Presidents Day the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, February 17!
Pierre-Henry encouraged us to take the time to reread The First Reading from last Sunday.  So here goes...I SAIAH 58:6-12
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
  Enjoy a delicious homemade Spaghetti dinner  while listening and dancing to music for all ages!


Only $10 per person! 
Free for kids! (under12)

All proceeds go to our 2020 Mission Trip to Las Vegas
URGENT NEED
Operation Deep Freeze
From Sunday, February 16th - Saturday, February 22nd St. Luke's will prepare meals for approximately 25 people when the temperature goes below freezing.

The meals are simple. (e.g. sloppy joes, coleslaw, baked beans, chips and dessert) 
Food is prepared at the Salvation Army. 
You can create your own menu that you would like to serve. 
We need a minimum of 4 people per evening.
We need:
4 people for Sunday, February 16
3 people for Monday, February 17
4 people for Saturday, February 22

Sign Up in the Gathering Hall or Call Mary Hallford at 602-796-1177.
ST. LUKE'S EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS  
            We're entering scholarship season, when we at St. Luke's get to award scholarships to two or three high school seniors in the Quad Cities Area. Students who will attend college or trade school are eligible.  The applications for both types of schools are available on line at St. Luke's website and from each high school's academic advisors or guidance counselors.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Parish Office.  Finalists will be interviewed in late April, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the 10:00 service on May 3, 2020.
 
            The process of determining who will receive a scholarship depends on St. Luke's volunteers who read and score the application materials and required essay.  If you are reading this and think you would like to be a part of that process, we would welcome your involvement.   Just get in touch with Mary Berkheiser ar 702-271-3986 or zukor1949@gmail.com.  
Thank you for your interest.
Angel Quilts
Reminding all those interested in Angel Quilts -  Our next meeting is
Thursday, February 20, 2020, in Classroom C from 9 A.M. 'til 12 Noon.  All who are interested in participating are welcome, quilter or not.  If you know someone who might be interested, please bring her with you. Come and join us in this most rewarding ministry.

For more information, call Linda Leal at (928)717-1647 or Sharon Welker at (928)541-1074
Patches & Purlers
Patches and Purlers are looking for an individual who has a sewing
machine that is able to embroidery.  They would love to fancy up the  "Love and Comfort from St. Luke's Church" on their prayer quilts.  Patches and Purlers meet on the 2nd Thursday 9-11:30 am in the classroom wing of the Parish Hall.  Numbers of quilters have fallen off recently and they would love for more quilters to attend.  
Please contact Lynette Barnett  (928) 237-6123 for more information.
Adult Formation Lenten Program
St. Luke's will be offering two adult formation classes on Wednesday nights during Lent. Each class is a five-week series beginning March 4 and concluding April 1. We will all gather at 5:00pm for a soup supper and then classes will take place from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please review the descriptions of the two classes below and sign up for one of them in the gathering hall. Additionally,
Art Villemure will be leading a Stations of the Cross activity at 6:00pm on March 4.
 
Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
Signs of Life takes up the major themes and symbols of Christian worship, exploring the deep levels of meaning they convey and revealing how God is prepared to meet us in and through these sacred signs. Each week in Lent we will explore a fresh theme - Light, Water, Food, Shelter, Community - drawing form Scripture, tradition, and worship. We invite participants to consider the deeper meaning of these themes and of the symbols that convey them, especially as it relates to their own lives. This curriculum was developed by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and includes gathering for prayer, viewing a short video, discussion and reflection, as well as practices to engage throughout the week. The class will be facilitated by a different clergyperson each week. If you have questions about this class, please email Mother Denise at denise@slecp.org
 
Boundless Compassion
This class is an "opportunity" to look at your life in a new and dynamic way.  If you are not "happy, joyous and free...", why not? This five-week series is based on the book by Sr. Joyce Rupp entitled: "Boundless Compassion".  In her 2020 Newsletter she writes:
 
"As a gate opens to the new year, three words beckon: Live Life Fully. My deeper self urges, " Don 't waste a year on the foolish energy of needless worry or trying to control the uncontrollable. Be attentive to every fragment of joy, each revelation of nature' s splendor -however small-and to the mentoring goodness residing in people who enter your life."
 
The book contains writings and prayers that touch our souls and create new ways of being, including being more compassionate to yourself. I cannot give what I don't have! It all starts there:
 
At the end of the road they will ask me 
Have you lived? Have you loved? 
And not saying a word I will open my heart 
full of names.
(Dom  Pedro Casald ├áliga)
 
You will need to purchase the book and a journal to bring to the class.  And make a commitment to read the reading for each day of Lent.  After prayerful thought you are encouraged to make a journal entry on what moved your soul.
 
Each week as we meet, we will look at a video, touch on the readings that called to your hearts during the week (in your journal) and share with each other.  We will challenge ourselves with concepts that are on offer to change, or to do more of what has been working in your life. If this workshop is calling your name, sign up for a Lenten experience that will change your life! This course will be facilitated by Ruth Baker, an active member of St. Luke's who is a spiritual director and a retired psychotherapist. S he is influenced by Franciscan theology and has offered this course at several parishes throughout Arizona. If you have questions about this class, please email Ruth at
As in years past, I will be in the YRMC West, Chapel in Prescott from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Imposition of Ashes.  Beginning at 1 p.m.,  I will head 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.   In His service, Deacon Kimball
Inquirers' Class
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series of Inquirers' Classes will begin on Sunday, March 8, 2020 
at 1 1:30 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!                                 
                                                                   The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter

Handbell Polishing Crew 
All the handbells we dissembled,polished, and reassembled 
getting them ready to ring for worship.
Left to right Katie Staudt, Reeni Knudson, Barb Berle, Eileen Klein
The Ringers of St. Luke's will be providing our Communion Anthem on Sunday, January 9 at the 10 am service.  Jim Klein, Director
Native American Ministry activities
January 31 - Monte Anderson and Neil Patton hauled a trailer load of shiny new Trek mounta in bikes to the Community Building at the Yavapai-Apache Nation, bikes funded by St. Luke's parishioners with wonderful help from Cindy Allred of High Gear Bikes, and Trek Bikes.
Monte and Neil were met by Outdoor Wilderness coordinators Monica Marquez, Codell Norman, Cassandra Stouder and 18 lively kids. After handshakes and hugs from EVERYONE we began our meeting with ideas to name for our mountain biking team. After coming up with 10 or 12 imaginative submissions, we decided to go do some more thinking. Monte talked about learning to become a team of mountain bikers. Codell is planning a Bike Camp for two nights (three days) around Prescott, during the week of 3/9 to 3/13 (spring break) where we can really get into teaching the basics on site.
Then it was time for root beer floats followed by a short movie featuring none other than R J Ripper (Rajesh Magar), whose mountain biking career began in Kathmandu. Buying a mountain bike was beyond his family's means, so he built his own bike out of scrap metal parts and pieces. He went on to be a mountain bike guide and, later, Nepal's National Champion mountain biker. It didn't seem to matter to the kids that the language in the movie was Nepali because the things that R J can do with a bike are astonishing. Monica helped our understanding by interpreting the English subtitles. The movie over, Monte pointed out that R J Ripper never rode without a helmet, and neither will we.
The most memorable part of the evening happened as the kids left the building and saw our trailer loaded with bikes. They had to try them out, so we unloaded a few more. Soon there were bicycles whizzing around the parking lot in every direction. Our evening with the kids ended as we loaded the bikes back into the trailer to haul them to the storage shed. Kids and bikes; wherever you are in the world, they go together.   We're off to a great start.
Order of St. Luke
After receiving Communion at the 10 am service or at the end of the service you are invited to receive individual prayers in the chapel. 
The Order of Saint Luke prayer team will be available for you
 
Contact Person for The Order of St. Luke will be Claire Clark, who is the Convener.
Fr. Bob Wills
is available for counseling sessions on Mondays by appointment.  
Please call Fr. Bob at 928 227-2496 to make an appointment.
YARD SALE
It's happening: Saturday May 2nd 2020
Please consider getting rid of the "stuff" you don't need any more for it is our "treasure"!
We take everything BUT books and clothing.  
This fundraiser is to support all the ministries of our church.
 
We do not have spare space to store anything until the week prior to the sale but pickup trucks will be available to pick up your treasures.
*****HELP WANTED*****
Ladies and Gentlemen!  We need your help!
Coffee Hosts - after 10 am Service
Vergers - 10 am Service
Greeters - 8 am & 10 am Service
Money Counters - Monday mornings
Receptionist Substitutes - Any days Monday thru Friday 9am-12noon
Any day Monday thru Thursday 1pm-4pm
Call the office 928 778-4499 if you would like to volunteer for any of these ministries.  Thank you.
*****This week at St. Luke's*****
Christian Formation
Saturday, February 15 - TAEHS 4:15 pm
Sunday, February 16 - Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday, February 16 - TAEHS 11:30 am
Wednesday, February 19 - Just Faith 9 am
Wednesday, February 19 - Days of Awe and Wonder 4 pm
Wednesday, February 19 - Bible Study w/Pierre-Henry 5 pm  (Small Conference Room)
Thursday, February 20 - Woman's Cursillo Group 10 am
Thursday, February 20 - Nos Hablamos 12 n
Thursday, February 20  - EfM 5:30 pm
Friday, February 21 - St. Luke's Grief Support Group 10:30 am
Friday, February 21- Stephens Ministry 1:30 pm
Service Schedule
Weekend Services:  February 15 & 16
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with hymns
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Choir 

Weekday Services: 
Wednesday, February 19,   Healing Service 10 am
Thursday,  February 20,  Morning Prayer 9 am

Scripture Readings
6th Sunday after Epiphany
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, February 19   
Worship Ministers  
February 15
5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Greeters:  Doug & Pat Ogburn

February 16
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Ushers: Jim & Pam Damm

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Assisting Priest: The Rev. James Schubert
Sub-Deacon: Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Cynthia Dear
Chalice Minister: Steven Dear
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1: Eileen Klein
  Reader 2:  Zibbie Wolter
Prayers: Brenda Schwartz
Verger: Paul Nelson
Welcome Table: Jean Ehlers & Eva Klein
Greeters: Dick & Dianne Crowther
Ushers:  Geoffrey & Brenda Holden
Mary Berkheiser & Becky Hansen
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, 
Jane Peacock, Betsy Denison
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays:
February 17: Lynda Roundtree, Luann Herbert, Charlie Arnold
February 18: Alan Robertson, Peggy Wagner
February 19: Fred Brane, John Euson, Heather Dievendorff
February 20: Kathy MacCauley

Anniversaries:
February 19: Gary & Karen Kensing
February 20: Dr Andrew & Beth Newton
February 22: Dave & Bonnie Cain

Weekly Data
2/1 & 2/2             Attendance 270  Pledge  $7895   Plate  $2853
2/8 & 2/9             Attendance 269  Pledge  $7887   Plate  $3971
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.  Online donation.
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.
Our Prayer Lists
For those in need:   A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Alina & Audrina, Alison, Andrea, Angela, April & Raffy, Ashley, Baby Bryson, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Beth, Betsy, Betty & George, Bill, Bob, Brandon & Nikki, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Calvin, Camile, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Cindy & family, Claire, Clare, Clay & Muriel, Colleen, Connor, Courtney, Craig & Victoria, Daniel, Dave, Dave S., Dawn, Donna, Dorothy, Dottie, Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Elizabeth & Don, Etta, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorcas, Dorothy, Dottie, Doug and Pat, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Eve, Evelyn, Farrell families, Fran and Mike, Francis, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Gloria, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Herb & Louise, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jeanne, Jeff, Jennifer, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie, JulieAnn, Julia & Blake, June, Karen & baby, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kimberlee, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Larry & Mary,  Lea, Lee, Les G., Linda, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Maria & family, Marion,  Mark, Martha, Mary, Marty,  Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melania, Melissa, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Mike & Fran, Mike & Phyllis, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Olivia,  Pam, Patricia, Patty, Paul, Paul A., Paula, Peggy & family, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Phil, Reed, Renita, Rhonda, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sean, Sally, Sandy, Shannon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Stephen, Steve & Freddi, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Susie, Sylvia, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Toby, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma
For those in our Armed Forces:  Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:    The Church of the Province of Central Africa
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Church of the Epiphany in Tempe
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:   Prescott Area Shelter Services
Stagger Straight Emergency Shelter, St Luke's Food Pantry

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland

Host Coffee Hour!!
Special thanks to those who host coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church.

Coffee Hosts
February 16 - Arthur and Laura Reilly



Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2020 flower chart is on the
Large Table in the Narthex

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 in the narthex.  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.
 
February 16 - Lauren Crawford - In loving
memory of Lauren's brother,  Patrick Huff.
Community Groups 
Daughters of the
British Empire (DBE)
DBE meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm 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.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop, click here to email the troop leader, Donna Dotzler.


Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, click  hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here . (Meets off campus)

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 prescottchorale.org for tickets and more information.
Boy Scouts Troop 10

Troop 10 meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.


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.
The Parish Office will be CLOSED on Monday, February 17 
in observance of Presidents Day.  
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 
(Word, Google Docs, etc., no PDF's please)

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to:  epistle@slecp.org .

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 (no PDF's please). 
Thanks for your cooperation!

St Luke's Episcopal Church 

Email: info@slecp.org


Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499