St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 25 , 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Rector and St. Luke's staff would like to wish you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas. We wish you safe journeys this holiday season! All our best to you for a Happy New Year!!

This will be the last Weekly Epistle of 2016. The next Weekly Epistle will go out late in the first week of January. Merry Christmas!

Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Christmas Service Schedule at St. Luke's
December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve 
4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
9:00 p.m. Evening Eucharist Service (8:45 p.m. Caroling with the Choir!)

December 25, 2016, Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner 2016 -
St. Luke's Gift to the Community - Sunday, December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dear friends,
The joyful and anticipated day is just around the corner. Please keep all dine-in, home bound guests, volunteers and all of their families in your prayers.  From the DSCA Committee Leaders and Chairwoman: may God bless everyone.  Merry Christmas!
Parish Office Closure
The Parish Office will be closed beginning at noon on Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2. The office will re-open as normal at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017! We wish you a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!!

For any pastoral emergencies, please call the Parish Office, 778-4499, then push '2' when you get to the main voicemail greeting. You will then be given the name and phone number for the on-call clergy person.
Annual Reports Due Now!
We are looking for annual reports now for the year 2016 from commissions, church ministries, and our outside groups to include in the report we'll distribute prior to this year's Annual Parish Meeting. We'd like the St. Luke's annual report to be more detailed in years past! We'd like to include church ministries such as Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner, Cursillo, Daughters of the King, Aloha G.M.C. of St. Luke's (Men's Group), EfM, and others not mentioned here! Will the heads of those groups please submit a brief report of the commission's or ministry's 2016 activities/work to  info@slecp.org no later than December 31? Thank you in helping us give a clearer picture of all that is happening at St. Luke's.
2017 Pledge Envelopes
If you requested pledge envelopes for 2017, they are available now in the Gathering Hall. They can be found in one of the display bays on the right-hand side just after you walk into the building.
Is God Calling You?
The Vestry of St. Luke's shares leadership with the Rector in creating a plan of action that will represent God's dream for our congregation. Being a Vestry member is a true exercise in collaboration as we discern what we believe God's dream is for St. Luke's. Three members of our current Vestry will be retiring at the end of the year and we are looking for people willing to be considered for a position during our annual election in January. In order to be considered, you must be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have been a member for 6 months, and be an active pledger. Please contact Lucy Kemper at  lucylee@cableone.net if you have questions and/or are interested in being of service.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Please save the date and plan to attend this important meeting!!
Desk Volunteers Needed
The St. Luke's office staff is looking for reception desk volunteers for Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, taking messages, and other tasks as may be needed. If you are interested, please call Ellie Lassiter at 928-778-9148 or leave a message for her at the office: 928-778-4499.
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
THANKS to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits three area food banks.
 
This week's shopping list: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 17-18, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 284
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barbara, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gizmo, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Philip, Preston, Ray, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vickie, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark,Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, 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 Diocese of Kitale in Kenya
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. George's Church in Holbrook
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Operation Fair Start and Angel Tree, Paper Collection / Recycling Program, Highway cleanup volunteers, and Prescott Valley Little League
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: 
Dec. 27: Terry LeQuesne; Dec. 28: Rich Staudt; Dec. 29: Michael Barber, Joe Brakke, Ross Tippett; Dec. 30: Ernie Howell, Bob Norman, Marianna Warner; Dec. 31: Diana Gager; Jan. 2: Tina Blake, Max Bledsoe, Cynthia Brower, Bill Feldmeier, Deven Heinz; Jan. 3: Flora Robinson; Jan. 5: Colton Tomitz; Jan. 6: Ray Clockel, Dan Phillips; Jan. 7: Jan Casacchia, Brenda Tillery

Anniversaries: Dec. 26: Jim & Susan Schubert; Dec. 27: Bob & Lois Hepner; Dec. 28: Harry & Joyce Boden; Dec. 31: Bill & Chris Christy; Gib & Sylvia McIntosh; Jan. 3: Tom & Susan Snodgrass; Jan. 4: Mike & Georgia Franklin, Ken & Peggy Wagner
Next Week's Scripture Readings:  Christmas Day
Scripture Readings for January 1:  The Feast of the Holy Name
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship assistants for December 24 and 25 services are listed in the specific worship bulletins.

Worship Assistants for December 31 - January 1
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Robert Wills
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters: Tom & Susan Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Bob Wills
Assisting Priest: Fr. Richard Lassiter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Cathie Carter
Chalice Minister: Keehna Sture
Altar Minister:  Debra Loder
Reader 1:  Wini Larson
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Barbara Lake 
Verger:  Lynne Wells
Greeters :  Ernie Howell & Linda Taylor
Welcome Table:  Brenda Schwartz
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Lynne Wells & Trampus Tribbey
 
Altar Guild Team:  Nina Muehleisen, Barbara Kriger, Sally Phelps,  Holle Campbell, Cynthia Moreno
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 January 1:
Feel free to host!! No one signed up. Thanks!
 

 

Altar Flowers
*The 2017 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 by phone or email.
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 Jan. 19. 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 May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. 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
Info Sessions in early 2017
There are 3 upcoming information sessions for prospective home applicants in early 2017: Saturday January 28th, Thursday February 2nd, and Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and contact info to reserve a place at a session, please click  here For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org
The 
deadline 
for 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 ( info@slecp.org). Thanks for your cooperation!
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
Organist
Parish Administrator
Bookkeeper

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 

Please contact the church office by email (listed above) or phone.
Phone: (928) 778-4499