St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 9 , 2018
Harvest of Care Gardens
September 10th at 4:00 pm in the Conference room Patrick Grady will be sharing about how we can help the community through gardening.  Harvest of Care Gardens is a pilot project with three key guiding elements: the development and operation of vegetable/produce gardens on church property; the development of educational programming for all ages that makes the spiritual connection from the working of the garden to care for the Earth; and the provision of at least 50% of the garden's fresh produce to the hungry within our community.   If this is a project that speaks to you or tickles your fancy, then please come and join us.


The wisdom and the talents of those at  St. Luke's who are "four score and more" will be celebrated on September 16.   We respect and admire these fellow parishioners who have lived and loved,  worked and played, and have tales to tell that  will surprise and delight you.  I mmediately following the 10 a.m.  service there will be a luncheon for our "four score and more"  parishioners and the entire congregation. The stories of those elders  being honored are being compiled in a booklet that will be presented t o all attending. Come  and meet these esteemed and valued individuals. Sit, talk, eat, and enjoy  the festivities.  Food, that will delight your taste buds,  is being provided.  Please  put your name/s on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Hall if you are not an honoree or relative/guest of an honoree so we can approximate a head count for food and seating.

Upcoming Adult Formation Opportunities

Inquirers' Class begins September 16
Do you want to become a member of the Episcopal Church?

An eight-week series, led by The Rev'd Jack M. Wolter, will begin on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of 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.  Those who want to refresh their understanding of the practice of the Christian Faith in our tradition  are invited to join us for these presentations and discussions! We hope YOU will be a participant! 

Benedictine Spirituality: Creating a Rule of Life begins on September 19
"...Listen carefully, my child, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice"   - St. Benedict of Nursia (480- c.540). 

St. Benedict is considered by many to be the father of western monasticism. For more than 1500 years, Benedictine spirituality has guided Christians to live their faith centered around a rule of life. Beginning  Sept. 19 , Mother Denise will facilitate a five-week class guiding people in creating a rule of life that aligns with the ordinary rhythms of their lives. This class will include self-reflection, group discussion, and ultimately creating a rule of life that balances prayer, study, recreation, work, and hospitality. The class will meet  Sept. 19 and 26 Oct. 10, 17, and 24 at  5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.  Please sign up in the Gathering Hall if you plan to participate. 

Bible Study resumes on September 19

The Wednesday evening Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, September 19, at 5 p.m. in the Library. This study meets weekly and is facilitated by Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson.

Please consider participating in the ministry of hospitality by hosting the  coffee hour after the  10 am service. Coffee, hot water/ tea, and cool beverage are provided. You provide the munchies. Jim and Kathy Pessin have established the tradition of hosting coffee hour to  commemorate their anniversary every year. Perhaps you would like to host coffee hour for your birthday, anniversary, or other special day. A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Hall or you can contact Mary Queen for help, questions, or to sign-up. .
Adopt a Highway on National Clean-Up Day September 15, 2018

Volunteers meet at Gabby's  2235 AZ 89, Chino Valley at  7:00 am  9/15/18.   Clean up  8:00 to 12 noon  or sooner if too hot!   Wear long pants, hat, sturdy shoes, gloves and sunscreen.  Water, snacks and bags provided.
Call Eddie or Tigger Gillam 602-510-2621 for more information.
Voices at Vespers - An Evening of Spiritual Poetry
Saturday, 22 September, 2018, 3:00 pm.

An array of poetry from diverse centuries and countries, of saints and sinners, both seeking and celebrating the Divine Presence. Reading and discussion by Dr. Michael Bradburn-Ruster.
From Psalms to sonnets, from St. Augustine to John Donne, St. Hildegard to Dylan Thomas, from Rilke to Rumi, we explore poems befitting the ecumenical Season of Creation (Sept. 1 - Oct. 4), in the spirit of St. Francis, calling us to meditate upon the universe as God's theophany.

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St Luke's will host the first Walkabout to meet the bishop candidates for our diocese on Monday,  September 24, 6:00 to 9:00 pm . Walkabouts are gatherings where members of congregations and campus ministries have the opportunity to interact with our candidates and hear their positions on important issues. We will be hosting the event for the congregations and ministries in northern Arizona.
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We are pleased to announce that St. Luke's will be represented at Hope Fest, Saturday September 29th, at the Courthouse Plaza. Time: 10 am to 8 pm.
It is our goal to have representatives from various organizations and commissions present to talk to people as they come by our booth.  There is a signup sheet in the gathering hall to take a turn for two hours. We will need several men to help set up the booth and take it down.   We hope to make our booth interesting and to draw people to stop by and talk. St. Luke's participation will help to bring balance and present a Christian message to our community as well as let people know about our outreach in the community.   We are excited about our participation and hope you will join us.
If you have questions or ideas please contact Angeles Zarate (480) 319-2614 Texts welcome also.  or Rosaleen Runnalls at: ( ) You can also leave a voice message or text: 928-420-2786.
This year will be the 70th Anniversary of Scouting at St. Luke's  Episcopal Church!   Our Girl Scout Troop is active again.  We are looking  forward to two new Eagle Scouts this year in Troop 10, and have been  asked to revive Pack 10 to serve Cub Scouts in the northern half of  Prescott and Prescott Valley.

In order to keep Scouting alive and providing boys, girls, and  young men and women opportunities to grow and learn, we need  the help of St. Luke's parishioners and friends. First, we need your  children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, the kids next 
door and down the street to be invited to join Scouts. Many of you have  been Scouts, leaders, counselors and such over the years. We need your  experience to help new Scouting parents learn about our programs,  develop experience in working with boys, and someone to hold their hand  when a meeting doesn't quite go right. We also need members to serve on  the Pack and Troop Committees to bring the church and the Scouts closer  together.

You can help! If you have ever been a Scout, Explorer, Campfire,  Awana, Indian Guide, or what have you--Come serve and share the joy  of seeing young folks grow in duty to God, Country, and Community. Call  Kelly Parker at 928-772-1312 or email  for  questions. We will have a Join Scouts Night soon.
COMING SOON!! The annual distribution of warm winter clothing to low-income people in Yavapai County- through the Warm for Winter project sponsored by the Coalition for Compassion & Justice (CCJ) - will be Saturday, October 27 , from 9 am - 1 pm. St. Luke's is supporting this event with a collection of essential items the four weeks beforehand.  A large, colorfully decorated bin will be available in the Gathering Hall for donations from Sunday, Sept. 16 thru Sunday, Oct. 14.   New and gently used items for all ages are needed (Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, quilts & blankets), but there is a particular need for NEW coats and socks
for both boys and girls, ages 0-16.
For more information, contact members of our Outreach Committee: Carol Covert or Mary Hallford, or CCJ ( ).
Saint Luke's Weekend Food Pantry
is proud to report assisting with the nutritional needs of 17 children last week. There will be no food donation bin in the Parish Hall for the next two weeks. On behalf of the Pantry Committee we would like to  thank you for all of the prayers, encouragement and support.
Plan Ahead - Thursday, October 4, 2-3:30 pm
Native American Indigenous Cultures Book Study
Conference Room
Please email or call Sherri Francis for info about books    928 308 1333

The Fifth Annual Celebration of Thanks sponsored by Quad-City Interfaith Council will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on  Thursday, November 15.  Admission is free; however, a donation of a non-perishable food items would be appreciated and collected at the door to be distributed to area food banks.   
Are you replacing your towels? Have extra towels in cupboards that are not being used?
Yavapai Humane Society can use your used towels for the dog and cat kennels.  I took 2 - 33 gallon bags of towels in and they were so grateful and told me they were almost out of towels. No need to wash them as they use their own soap.
Towels may be dropped off at Yavapai Humane Society or placed outside the Deacon's office door at the end of the education wing, on the left.

In His Service, Deacon Kimball
Journey Jottings:  Notes from
St. Luke's Deacon in Formation

The Deacon Class of 2020 met for its monthly eight-hour formation seminar at the Cathedral on August 18.  The day began by sharing Morning Prayer with the senior deacons in formation: those who, God willing, will be ordained in June of next year.  The responsibility for leading Morning and Evening Prayer alternates randomly with individual deacons in formation, so by "the luck of the draw," Morning Prayer was led Pam Bell (Class of 2019), and Evening Prayer was led by me.  Following Morning Prayer, we split up into our respective groups and spent the remainder of the day with the faculty assigned to teach our respective curricula.

The topic/theme for the day was Part Two of a three-part series entitled "Transforming One's Sacred Spirit," taught by retired Archdeacon Veronica Ritson.

Thank you for your prayers and support on this journey!  It's a grace-filled path that we are walking together! -Keehna Sture


I must step down from the leadership of this ministry before the end of this year.  Currently, there is no one to take my place.
If you have, an interest in financial stewardship for St. Luke's, please call me at 928-717-8886 to discuss this opportunity.
Since the annual stewardship pledge season is about to begin, I would be your assistant for this year's annual campaign. Two important requirements for this position are:  You currently pledge and you have a reputation for maintaining confidentiality. T he vestry needs to approve any candidate for leadership of this ministry.
Ron Davis
Chairman of St. Luke's Stewardship Ministry
7th Annual Pick Your  Favorite Golf Tournament Charity presented by the Prescott Evening Lions Club - September 15, 2018
Greens fee of $75 per golfer includes putting contest, range balls for warm-up, shared cart,  golf balls, team prizes, silent auction, plus awards luncheon. 
Most important, additional contributions can be made to your favorite charity [501(c)3] and qualify for your tax credit under a qualifying charitable organization.  Teams will play "two-person best ball" on Antelope Hills North Course. 
ALL PROCEEDS from the Tournament remaining "Local" in the quad-cities area. For more info or to register for the Golf Tournament contact: Cynthia Moreno (928)776-8167 
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 September 1/2:  77 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
91/2  -  Attendance - 260
Pledge - $12,754  &  Plate - $1,685   
Honoring Special Dates
September 9: JoAnn Salem, Nancy Davidson, Victor Knapp
September 10: Angela Chamberlin, Giorgio Rey
September 11: Boo Nicholson
September 12: Fr. Jack Wolter
September 13: Becky Dill, Susan Snodgrass, Mary Lou Worley
September 14: David Lessard
September 15: Carol Hein, James Schenck

September 12: Jack & Jean Ehlers
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charles, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, courtney, Daniel,  Dave, David, Dawn  Ellen, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna,  Dorothy, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary,  Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, 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, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira,Kyle,   Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Megan,  Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele,  ike, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Philip, Reed, Renita, Rich Richard, Rick, Rob, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steven, Susan, Susan S., Susan R.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P.,Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Wally W, William, Zachary, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:   Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai-Apache Nation

...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Luke's (Prescott)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Undie Sunday/US Vets/Troop Support, Boy Scouts Troop #10, St. Luke's Educational Scholarships
Scripture Readings
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Psalm 145:10-13
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 6:20-26
Weekly Worship Assistants for September 8-9, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henri Buisson
Preaching:  The Reverend Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Bill Christy
Greeters: Dan & Betty Phillips
Welcome Table: Roger & Jane Peacock
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preaching: The Reverend Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Keejna Sture
Ushers:  Cynthia Moreno, Carol Sweeden
Welcome Table:  Bill Bisig, Georgia Gilbert
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preaching: The Reverend Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Youth
Chalice Minister:  Youth
Chalice Minister:  Youth
Altar Minister:Youth
Reader 1: Youth
Reader 2: Youth
Prayers: Youth
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters:  Jim & Kathy Pessin
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake, Linda Schwab
Ushers: Vera Mulnix, Beth Shaw
Asst. Ushers:  Brenda & Geoffrey Holden
Oblationers: Youth
Altar Guild Team: Elsie Tyree, Pat Easton, 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. 

Hosts for September 9:
Joann Salem and Larry Allen
Jean Ehlers

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: "With Special Memories" from 
Brenda Jones, David, & Tony;
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

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 

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Phone: (928) 778-4499