St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of February 26 , 2017
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Join the Mardi Gras Fun on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall!
Ash Wednesday - March 1
Repent and believe in the Good News
Services on Ash Wednesday will be held at:

7 :30 a.m. in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel
7:00 p.m. in the Church
Lent 2017
Our Lenten program, featuring  Wednesdays Together with Soup Suppers at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., begins Wednesday, March 8. Please sign-up each week for the Soup Supper so a count can be provided to the group coordinating that week's meal.

Weekly services include:
  • Wednesdays: Healing & Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross at 12 p.m. (The first session of Stations of the Cross will be on Friday, March 3, at noon.)
See the Lent 2017 flyer for more program information! They are also available in the Gathering Hall.

Lenten devotionals, Lenten Meditations 2017, from Episcopal Relief & Development, available in church this weekend! One per family, please.
Lenten Soup Suppers
The Fellowship Commission is looking for volunteer groups to provide set-up, clean-up and soups for St. Luke's popular soup suppers that occur each Wednesday during Lent. Sign-up to attend and, also, if you'd like to help host one of the weekly suppers!

Soup Suppers will start at 5 p.m. with program of study  at 6 p.m.  (see Lent 2017 flyer ).
Abstinence or Investment
Historically, many have thought of Lent as a time of abstinence--giving up something--in preparation for Easter. Consider giving up some time (a most precious commodity) and investing that time in prayer and reflection to enrich your spiritual journey.

Starting this Sunday (as well as on Ash Wednesday) there will be a library cart in the Gathering Hall with books to support you in your Lenten Discipline.  Select a book that speaks to you and take it home for Lent.  Spend some time reading and reflecting each day for forty days. When you are finished return the book to the basket in the library so you that it can be used by others.

You may want to extend your Lenten Discipline into Easter and beyond. Browse the shelves in the library for other resources to support you in your spiritual journey.  If you cannot find something that addresses your area of interest, please let me know. I would like to develop bibliographies that address individual interests.  (We currently have three bibliographies--Women in the Bible; Progressive Christianity; The Psalms)

Questions?  Contact  maryjqueen@icloud.com.
Membership Commission thanks you!
Dear St. Luke's Sisters and Brothers,

It is with grateful hearts that the Membership Commission extends its "THANK YOU" to each of you for your genuine, loving welcome to our newest guests and members each weekend during services. Without you, the numbers below would not be possible. 

The Membership Commission wants to share with you some historical data illustrating where we began and where we are today. These numbers reflect the compilation of the Guest Book signatures that we all invite visitors to sign as they join us for services and invitations sent to guests to join us at the, now three times a year, Newcomer's Luncheon. We have included the total number of Time & Talent surveys returned by parishioners as this indicates our successful follow-up on individual's interests to serve St. Luke's. These are all excellent indicators of how well our guests are being incorporated into various opportunities at the church and the great work our Vestry Liaisons and Commission Leaders are doing to get parishioners involved.

In 2012 the first Newcomer's Luncheon was offered with 20 attendees and 12 Time & Talent surveys completed. There was no Guest Book used.

In 2013 we did not have a Newcomer's Luncheon and collected no Time & Talent surveys.

In 2014, 104 guests were invited to the Newcomer's Luncheon, 40 attended and we received 111 Time & Talent surveys. The use of the Guest Book was introduced.

In 2015, 65 guests were invited to the Newcomer's Luncheon, 53 attended and we received 114 Time & Talent surveys.

In 2016, 108 guests were invited to the Newcomer's Luncheon, 74 attended and we received 95 Time & Talent surveys.

We thank you and we honor your warm, giving spirit which is allowing St. Luke's to grow in the love of God's service.
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 12, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in the parish 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!  "It is expected..."
Parish Pilgrimage on April 1
Open to all! Men...women...youth!

Save the date of Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, in Scottsdale. Join us for a time of spiritual refreshment, where we will take the time to breathe, pray, enjoy the silence, and explore spiritual practices like the Labyrinth and the Stations of the Cross. We will celebrate Eucharist in the Franciscan Chapel. Lunch is included. Cost for the day is $15. Childcare is available. Sign up in the Gathering Hall.

Third annual Lenten offering by The Daughters of the King.
Spring Clean-up Day on Friday, March 17
There will be a Spring Clean-Up Day at St. Luke's on  Friday, March 17  starting around  9:00 a.m . We want to clean up and make some improvements to our exterior grounds, and conduct our quarterly kitchen cleaning. Please bring gloves, tools and supplies! For questions or comments, contact Mike Franklin at  69hokie@gmail.com   for grounds items and Lois Hepner at  ljhepner36@gmail.com  for kitchen items.
Do you like to read? We need your help! 
St. Luke's Outreach Commission is excited to announce that two (2) $1000.00 dollar scholarships are being offered to two (2) graduating seniors in the Quad-City Area. To receive the scholarship, the applicant must write an essay. The Outreach Commission is looking for essay readers to help decide which applicants have written the best essay.  The commission is not asking you to do this alone or without guidance.
 
Do you find this a calling to help young people who are pursuing a higher education? If this is something you would enjoy doing, please call the church office at 778-4499 or Mary Hallford at 759-0227 or 602-796-1177.
Unique Opportunity!
Father William Meninger, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement, will be leading a one-day retreat at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Phoenix on Saturday, March 25th. Brochures about the retreat are available on the red-skirted table in the Gathering Hall.  Questions? Contact Keehna Sture, St. Luke's Centering Prayer Facilitator,   ksture5983@gmail.com.
Family Support Help Needed
In March, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) will begin to interview new families for the Home Owner program. PAHH is in need of a few special people with the heart to mentor a family through the process from their initial interview to their establishment in a home. As a member of the Family Support Committee, you will receive training and on-going support. Monthly committee meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the PAHH office. If you have good people skills and a desire to help families work their way out of poverty, please call the Director of Volunteer Services, Gail Martin, at 445-8003 x 14.
Summer Camp at Chapel Rock in Prescott
Summer camp at Chapel Rock is a special and holy time for children and youth to form Christian community with other Episcopalians around the state and deepen their relationships with Jesus. In the Gathering Hall on the red-skirted tables are 2017 Chapel Rock summer camp informational cards. Visit the Chapel Rock  website to learn more about the summer camp program as well as to register. Also, be on the lookout for info about the second annual Diocesan Family Camp, for kids of all ages, to be held July 6-9 at Chapel Rock.
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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 banks. Number of food items collected on February 18-19, 2017, was 184! Thank you!
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
February 18-19, 2017
Attendance: 247

Weekly Giving: Plate: $371.00; Pledge: $11,048.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Barb, Bee, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Connor, Dallas, Dan, Daniel, Dick, Donald, Donna, Dott, Ed, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jean, Josh, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Laura, Larry, Lea-Lea, Lisa, Lolly, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Percy, Pete, Preston, Ray, Renita, Richard, Rosemarie & friends, Rosey, Ruth, Sandy, Scott, Shea, Sheri, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Wally, 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, Nate, 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 Malek (Upper Nile, Sudan)

...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew's in Nogales
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Hungry Kids Project, Project Aware, Quixote's Garage, Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays: February 27: Georgette Heinz; February 28: David Brubaker, Nancy Reynolds; March 1: Christy Hastings, Dennis Houser, Dave Rothgery, Andrew Sweeney, Elsie Tyree; March 2: Charles Covert, Roger Messick, Roger Peacock; March 3: Sandra Arquette, Chuck Parknowitz, Jane Peacock, Vivian Spicer; March 4: Al Bjornstad, John Sanderson, Susan Youngblood

Anniversaries:  February 26:  John & Foy Minnema;  February 27: Becky & Dennis Dill, Brad & Jan Sundquist;  March 4: Fred & Donna Volpe, Neil & Jeanne Waterman
Scripture Readings for February 25-26
Last Sunday after Epiphany
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for February 25-26
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Devena Reed
Greeters:  Majorie Hultberg
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Bob Wills
Sub-deacon:  Debra Loder
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Trampus Tribbey
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Rich Schwartz
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Brenda Schwartz
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters :  Gil & Joan Hedger
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnells
Ushers:  Bob & Lois Hepner
Asst. Ushers:  Ken & Penny Wagner
Oblationers:  Rich & Brenda Schwartz  
 
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Eaton,  Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, Linda Rose
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 February 26:
Barbara Leonard, Donna Bledsoe, Darrell Griffin

 

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.

Flowers on February 26 given by:
Evelyn Pronko
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. 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 Mar.16. 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. The next concert of the 2016-17 season is April 7, 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. 
Mountain of Food

This is the time of year when the CCJ (Coalition for Compassion & Justice) pantry runs low of vital food items. Please help us fill the pantry so hungry families are fed. Mountain of Food will be held April 22 from 9 am to 4 pm at Prescott United Methodist Church Courtyard, 505 W. Gurley Street in Prescott. Click here for event flyer.
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. Call 445-2480 for more information.


Prescott Noon Lions Club
Prescott Noon Lions Club is a non-profit organization that provides sight and hearing exams and devices to those in our community who cannot afford it on their own. If you would like to join us and 'give back' to our community, please contact Mike Franklin, 69hokie@gmail.com for more information.
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