St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 17 , 2017
Calling all Building & Grounds Clean-up Volunteers!
We will have our Fall outdoor and kitchens clean-up day tomorrow,  Sept. 16, starting at 8:30 a.m.  We need to have completed the kitchens by  noon  so another function can set up. Please bring cleaning supplies, gloves, hats, towels, and outdoor maintenance equipment.
Questions? Contact Mike Franklin at  703-887-4837  or email , or Georgia Franklin at  805-795-6334  or email .
Celebrate Elder Appreciation Sunday with us this Sunday
ELDER APPRECIATION will be celebrated at St. Luke's on Sunday, September 17th following the  10 am  service in the Parish Hall.  We hope you will join us this Sunday as we celebrate some wonderful people in our parish! 
Blood Pressure Checks this Weekend
Blood pressure checks will be available after all services this weekend-- on Saturday , in the Choir Room, and,  on Sunday , in the Library in the Parish Hall. 

Blood pressure checks are available the third weekend of each month.

Inquirers' Class Continues this Sunday!
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 September 10, 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!
The way of the pilgrim is often hard. As our bodies, minds and souls confront the difficulties of our journey, a loving word of encouragement can mean the world, both in the giving and the receiving. Spanish pilgrims would shout "Ultreya!" or Keep Going! to one another in encouragement and solidarity.  

On  Saturday, September 23, at 1 PM our Cursillo Community will be hosting an Ultreya, a time of encouragement, love and sharing. We will sing, listen to speakers, converse with each other, pray and celebrate communion together. 

Mrs. Sharon Welker will be our lay speaker for the Ultreya. She will be offering a thoughtful testimony about forgiveness and the Painted Bunting.  

Father Pierre-Henry Buisson will be giving the Clergy response and also leading us in communion.  

All are welcome. We hope all our St. Luke's Cursillo Community, and anyone interested in Cursillo or who just needs some encouragement, will attend and join with us. This will take place in the Classroom Wing of St. Luke's.

The Spirituality of Water: The Apache Story from Yesterday to Today, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Plan to attend a special presentation, The Spirituality of Water - The Apache Story from Yesterday to Today , on Sunday, September 24, at 11:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall, given by Vincent Randall, Apache Culture Director. This is part of the Diocesan Native American Ministry.
Attention Golfers!!
Please sign up to play golf at our September outing at Prescott Lakes and our October outing at Stoneridge.  All are welcome!!
Singles Dinner Night Out on October 6
The next gathering of the St Luke's Singles Dinner Night Out will be on Friday,  October 6 at  5:30 p.m. at El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin Street in Prescott. Email or call  Sherri,   or  928-308-1333. The d eadline for reservation is Monday, October 2. The Singles Dinner Night Out is the first Friday of the month!
Save the Date: Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 8
In honor of St. Francis Day, St. Luke's will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 8, at 2 p.m. Don't miss this special event! Event flyers are available in the Gathering Hall if you want to share one or a few with family, friends, or neighbors.
Join us at Hopefest AZ!
On Saturday, October 14, St. Luke's will host an information booth at the 6th Annual Hope Fest AZ. This event will be a  free community event and resource fair  festival of service agencies. This event will be held at the Courthouse Square in Prescott. We will be need volunteers to help host our booth between 10 am to 6 pm. A commitment of 2 hours speaking with visitors to our booth and handing out literature from our church is all that is required.  To learn more about this great event, visit .

There will be a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall starting this weekend.

Faithful Dissent: Loving Our Way into a Brighter Tomorrow
We live in increasingly divisive times. From politics to sports, the gift of human difference can quickly become a chasm that can invite serious discord and division. What does it mean for Christians to disagree? How do we do so faithfully? In this class we get answers from activist Ed Bacon and ethicist Stanley Hauerwas.

This free, 45-minute online class contains video lectures and discussions. No special software is required. Registration is free from September 11 - 24 and open to all. Go to --> Menu --> The Big Class to register.
Youth on a Mission!
Last Sunday the Youth Group was invited to the home Muriel and Clay De Ganahl's farm to pick up apples in their orchard.  After a copious and delicious lunch provided by our hosts, the group started working with joy and enthusiasm.

Lots of apples were picked up, lots of laughter and jokes were shared. We were able to gather 22 boxes of apples in 2 hours.  Everyone had a very good time working together!

The apples were delivered to the Yavapai Food Bank in Prescott Valley on Tuesday.

Thank you Muriel and Clay for welcoming our youth in your home and allowing them to serve our community! Enjoy a few more images of our fun below:

3rd Annual Taste for Mission - Sunday, October 29
Our 3rd Annual Taste for Mission fundraiser will be on October 29th. Volunteers are needed to make appetizers which will be served during the event. If you would be willing to help out with this please contact Pam Williams.

Some additional ways that you could donate to the silent auction other than your art or craft work:
  • a piece of art from your collection that you no longer need
  • offering to cater a dinner which could be auctioned
  • offering time at a vacation home which could be auctioned as well
To make donations, please contact Sharon Welker.

We are also looking to add items donated by local merchants into our silent auction.   We would need a few individuals to help make in-person calls to merchants to request these donations. If you would be willing to help out in this area contact Dwight Willman.

...and most importantly, we want you to know that just your presence at this fun event will be so appreciated! You are so important to all of us, and we love being a part of this great St. Luke's family with you!
Notes from the Nurse
The topic of this month's wellness column is one that most parishioners at St. Luke's are familiar with because it's a reality in their lives:  ARTHRITIS!  By the time you finish reading this, I hope that you will have learned something new about this condition, and some strategies for managing it.  My thanks goes out to Dr. Lorna Stuart, a member of my former parish in Florida, for most of the information below; she treated countless arthritis patients during her years of medical practice, and she loves to share her knowledge and experience with others to promote lifelong health and wellness.
Arthritis literally means "inflammation of a joint."  Arthritis is a nearly universal condition that has existed for thousands of years.  It has been seen in Egyptian mummies and in Neanderthal bones as well as in millions of present day x-rays of people living in all parts of the world.  There are two main types of arthritis:  OSTEOarthritis (OA) and RHEUMATOID arthritis (RA).  They are quite different in regard to their cause; their clinical presentation; and their treatment.
Osteoarthritis is the "wear and tear" condition of bones that causes most of our joint aches and pains as we age.  Besides what it does to the bones, OA often erodes the cartilage around the joints.  Symptoms of OA include:  gradually developing pain triggered by activity; stiffness on awakening (and after inactivity); and, for some people, joint swelling.  An x-ray is all that is needed for diagnosis.  By age 80 nearly everyone has some OA changes in their bones, but only half have any symptoms.  The joints most often affected are the distal finger joints (the ones nearest to the nails); thumbs; hips; back; and knees.  Treatment starts with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin).  Very often, these are enough to provide relief.  If pain persists, prescription-strength anti-inflammatories may help (e.g., Celebrex, Mobic, or Voltaren).  When OA symptoms and pain do not respond to pain medications, physical therapy and surgery (especially for large joints) might be suggested by your doctor.  Glucosamine and chondroitin have had mixed results in research studies; some doctors and patients swear by them, but, for others, they seem to be nearly useless.  Weight loss can help, as can massage, acupuncture, and over-the-counter capsaicin gels.  Experimental therapies that save cartilage are currently underway, so the future looks bright for OA treatment.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition that affects only 1% of the U.S. population.  Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop RA than men.  In this condition, antibodies and inflammatory chemicals are made by the body and affect the lining of joints (synovial tissue).  The cause of RA is still not known, although genetics have been found to play a role.  Typically, wrists and middle joints of the fingers are the first to be affected.  There is morning stiffness that lasts for at least an hour, and the joints are symmetrically affected-both sides of the body equally.  The joints are red and warm.  The goal of treatment is to prevent progression, and there are now literally dozens of medications that are available.  Good nutrition and ideal weight are also helpful.
So, if you have joint pain, don't suffer with it!  Go and see your doctor, and find out what treatments would be best for you!
With summer and the monsoons now behind us, there are more opportunities to spend time outdoors, so a happy, healthy, and "active-as-you-can be" September to all!

--Keehna Sture, R.N., Parish Nurse
News from the Diocese
The Gathering 2017
The disease of addiction touches us all, either directly or indirectly. Education and community are two ways we can fight back to help ourselves and others. This fall, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona is hosting the annual gathering of the international group: Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC). The 3-day event covers many aspects of all types of addiction. Topics will include: addiction within indigenous peoples; the current opioid epidemic in this country; codependency; updates on Episcopal recovery program actions and more. All are welcome to attend.

October 5 - 7, 2017; Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport, 4300 East Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Registration for this event, hotel accommodations and the meeting agenda can be found here:
(*Meals are included in the Gathering registration. Accommodations are billed separately. One-day commuter rates are available if needed.)

There will be a free to the public 12-step closing Eucharist on  Saturday, October 7 at 10 AM atTrinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ. 

For information on the Gathering Event, please contact Dawn Jackson at or call 602-254-0796. For more information on recovery ministry interest or needs, please contact The Rev. John Christopher, Recovery Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona at 602-757-9282.

Prison Ministry Program
Did you know the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona has a Prison Ministry Program? Visit prison.azdiocese.orgIf you have questions or need further information, contact Rev. Kim Crecca (, Convener of the Diocesan Prison Ministry Team.
Prayer List for those in the Armed Forces
As you look to the section below, "Your Prayers are Invited...," you will see there is a section for those in the Armed Forces. We would like to attempt to create an accurate list for those individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces. We realize that there are some names on that part of the prayer list that have been on our list for many years!  Will you please re-submit the names of your friends or loved ones that are actively serving in the military by Tuesday, September 19? Email the office at We would like to have a fresh, updated list in the September 24 Weekly Epistle!
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!
Stewardship 2017: Thank you for pledging!
Thank you for pledging! It's not too late! Make a pledge today! In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card by clicking here.You may also find it on our home page (above News & Updates) at . It's fast, secure, very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of St. Luke's and 100% participation is encouraged.
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 role they play in the life of this region.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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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 Sept. 9-10, 99 food items were collected!!
Thumb Butte Quilters:  143 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: Canned chicken. cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
September 9-10, 2017
Attendance: 255

 Pledge and plate figures: 
    Sept. 9/10:  Pledge-$7,365, Plate-$1,303
Honoring Special Dates
September 18:  Andy Denis, Brenda Holden
September 20:  Dan Cianfrani, Pat Fredrickson, Bob Hepner, Heath Thein  
September 21:  Aiyana Trammel, Sam Pruitt  
September 22:  Gilbert Hedger, Leigh Hunt Jr., Ned Welker  
September 23:  Ron Campbell   

September 23:  Bob & Laura Norman
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barbara + Scott,  Bea, Bee, Beth L., Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Connor, Dan, Daniel,  David, Denise, Don, Donald, Dott, Ed, Elderly man, Elizabeth, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gus, Hank, Harris, Heather, Hilary, Ileen S., Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jeanne, Jerry, Jocelyn, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, June, Karen, Kay ,Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lisa and child, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michael, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Penny, Percy, Peter, Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rosey, Sandy, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Sona + infant, Stephen, Susan, Susan B.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Vanessa,, Wally, Walt, Warren, 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, Nate, Rondale, Marcus, Tyler, Gregory, Ben, Rockie, Darin, Ross, John, David, Calic, Echo, Brian, Emily, Analise, Matthew, Dan 

...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Sodor & Man (England)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul's (Tombstone)
...for our companion Diocese: Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Granite Creek Hunger Potluck
Scripture Readings
* The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, September 20
Galatians 6:14-16
Psalm 67
Matthew 13:44-46

Weekly Worship Assistants for Sept. 16-17, 2017
Please refer to the list available in the Narthex on the usher table.
Complete list for current week will return to the September 24 Weekly Epistle!

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. 

Host on September 17: Elder Appreciation, Fellowship Committee
Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2017 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 $45.00 (however, any donation is accepted). If you would like to have a person or event named here, please notify the office.
Flowers on September 16-17:
     Cyynthia Moreno
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. Next meeting of DBE is Oct. 3. 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. Next one is Sept. 21. 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. First concert of the season is November 4 at 2:30 p.m. 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. First performance of the season is on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
Visit for more information. 
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Toolbelts & Tuxedos Annual Gala is Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Prescott Resort.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit

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  703-887-4837 or 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 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499