Good morning!
We have a lot of good stuff to share this week! See below for the latest happenings at St. Luke's. Be sure to click the red link below for the weekly calendar.

The memorial service for Fred Thatcher is this morning at 11 a.m. here at the church. 

Tonight, Centering Prayer will take place at 6 p.m. in our new Meditation Room (formerly Classroom A), which is just off of the Parish Hall next to the Library.

Of course, this Sunday, September 25, our gala fundraiser,  A Taste for Mission , takes place in the Parish Hall from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Do you have your tickets?

Have a nice weekend and week ahead!

The St. Luke's Office Staff
St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of September 25, 2016
Calendar for September 24-30 & "Looking Ahead" available by clicking here.
Social Media Sunday 2016
This Sunday, September 25, 2016, is officially known throughout the church community as Social Media Sunday.  Use the hashtag #SMS16 in your postings so that our social media participation becomes part of the worldwide conversation. We also encourage you to use the hashtag #SLEC1617 as this is the hashtag we will use for St. Luke's Church.  For informational flyer on Social Media Sunday, click  here .
Outreach Fair on October 1-2
The Outreach Fair will take place on October 1 and 2. Learn about the many projects that St. Luke's Outreach Commission supports and how you can become involved. Displays will be in the Parish Hall from Saturday afternoon on October 1 until after the 10:00 a.m. service on October 2.  Approximately 30 different programs will be highlighted. Don't miss this!
Inquirers' Class begins in October
 
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 October 2, 2016, 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 Truth about Cancer returns starting in October
A nine-part docu-series, hosted by Dr. T. Dayana Leclair, Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, will begin on Monday, October 3, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of St. Luke's Church. More detailed information to follow in next week's Epistle. Stay tuned!
Notes from the Nurse
What you're reading now is the inaugural edition of a monthly "wellness column," aimed at promoting the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our congregation by presenting information on a different health-related topic every month. It will also serve as a "megaphone" to communicate news, notes, and reminders about health-related events happening both within the parish and in the Quad-City area. Today's topic deals with sunscreen and its importance for all of us who live in the sunniest State in the U.S.!
 
WHAT'S THE REAL SCOOP ON SUNSCREEN?   Here are the answers to questions that you didn't want to ask out loud-provided by Lorna B. Stuart, M.D.

1. Sun contains UVA (aging/wrinkling) and UVB (skin cancer) rays.  Your sunscreen MUST say "broad spectrum" on the label to protect against both kinds of rays.
2. SPF 30 is generally enough; it protects against 97% of both UVA and UVB rays.  There is little or no medical evidence that "more is better."
3. IMPORTANT:  Re-apply every two hours, even if the label says "all day."  Most of the protective value of the SPF is gone in two hours.
4. Don't forget the top of your head if your hair is thinning (dry sunscreen spray works great for this area) and the tops of your ears.  Both are frequently forgotten, and both are common areas for skin cancer to occur.
5. Reapply after swimming, even if the label says "waterproof."
6. The most common areas for melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer) are on the back (men) and backs of calves (women). 
7. All God's children need sunscreen SPF 30, no matter their age or color of their skin!

And, shifting gears from sunscreen to hypertension, blood pressure checks will be offered in the Library in the Parish Hall after all services (including the 5:30 p.m. Saturday service) on the third weekend of the month. This "mini-ministry" got underway on September 17-18, with a good response from attendees of all three services. Hypertension is known as "the silent killer," so if you haven't had your blood pressure taken lately, mark your calendar for the weekend of October 15-16. It may save your life!
 
It's truly a blessing for me to be St. Luke's Parish Nurse, and to help bring to reality God's dream for all of us: health and wholeness! -Keehna Sture, R.N.
The Deacon's Voice
A widow and widower met, fell in love and married. His children loved her and they all enjoyed many family times together. She sold her house and the new couple merged their households into his home. She even paid $6,000.00 of her sale proceeds for a new driveway. He promised she could live in his house for the rest of her life.
 
Within several years he became quite ill and ultimately died. She had informed his children of the downward spiral of his health and they had gathered around their father. When he died, exhausted, she settled into a recliner after being up for 36 hours straight and noticed his children taking items out of the house. When she asked what they were doing, they responded, "We are taking Dad's things." She put a stop to that explaining they all needed to talk.
 
Three weeks later, the son serving as executor told her they were selling the house and she would have to move out.  It did not matter what his father had told her.  He also refused to reimburse her for the driveway expense. The children completely cut her out of their lives. She was heartbroken and moved to a rental only to learn the son had bought a place right down the street. Unable to continue living there, friends opened their home to her and she began a new life as she continued to mourn the death of her husband. 
 
Losing her husband was extremely painful as was losing the family she had loved and whom she believed loved her. She was completely cut off and though she had friends, felt very alone.

Someone suggested that she seek the help of a grief support group. Once she began attending, the group was able to help her cope with her complicated pain and help her begin to take back her life. After a period of time, she was able to put the pain behind her and move forward in her life. She knew she should have gotten the promises in writing but was naive enough to believe that she and her husband would have many years together and he would take care of her.
 
For nearly 16 years, I have been facilitating a grief support group and this is an example of what can happen in the lives of others. My goal is to help others turn painful living into joyful living, but it does take work to make it happen.
 
In His Service,
Deacon Kimball Arnold
Calling all Veterans / Families of Veterans
Veterans' Day, November 11, is fast approaching. Continuing the long tradition at St. Luke's of recognizing the many in our congregation who have served, last year we had a special coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service to honor them with a cake and some last-minute decorations. This year we would like to expand our observation by having a special coffee hour to honor our veterans by putting together a list recognizing current veterans and a list of remembrance for those no longer with us. Please email, post, or drop off at the Church Office or in the Gathering Hall the following information: your name, branch of service, dates of service, and a picture, preferably in uniform. For the spouses or children of veterans, please do the same for your loved ones. We need this information as soon as possible so we can compile our honor display. If you have original photographs and would like them copied for our display, we will be able to do so, just let us know. Also please let us know if you would like to help make this a very special celebration. Contact Ed and Jan Hume by email at edhume40@gmail.com
Follow-up on Eat at Augie's
Thank you to all who participated in Eat at Augie's on September 13. We had $1,500 in receipts which yielded $250 to the general fund which included an donation by Augie.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone - 2016 - St. Luke's Gift to the Community
Sunday, December 25 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others." - Robert Baden-Powell
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks.  The food count was 174 items  for weekend of September 10-11 and 161 items for weekend of September 17-18.
 
This week's shopping list: canned soup, hot cereal, rice, dried beans
Weekly Attendance & Giving
September 10-11, 2016
Weekly Attendance: 262
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $9,494.26

September 17-18, 2016
Weekly Attendance: 262
Weekly Giving (Operating Fund): $6,592.59
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Betty, Bob Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Cindy, Dan, Daniel, Dennis, Diana, Dick, Donald, Dott, Elijah, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Gayla, Geoff, Greg, Hank, Harris, Janice, Jean, Joe, John, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Keena, Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary Grace, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Paul, Percy, Peter Jr., Pete Sr., Preston, Ray, Raymond, Renita, Rita, Robert, Ron, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, Vic, Walt, Zelma
 
...for those in our Armed Forces: Josh, Mark, Michael, Jesse, Bo, Brian, Daniel, Robert, Brad, Thomas, John, Amy, Lori, Ryan, Eli, Nathan, Sonny, "Doc", Jody, Felecia, Valerie, Andrew, Frank, Evan, 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 Church in Wales
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Good Shepherd of the Hills in Cave Creek
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: US Vets / Troop Support, United Thank Offering, United Blood Services Blood Drive, and Boy Scout Troop #10

Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: Linda Cheek, Dave Carmichael, Jim Pessin, Darlene Hernandez, Gordon Mohr
 
Anniversaries: Heath and Amy Thein
This Week's Scripture Readings: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 21
Click here for readings 

Collect:   O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings: Twentieth  Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for September 24-25, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister:  Monte Anderson
Greeters:  Susan & Tom Snodgrass
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold
Chalice Minister:  Rich & Katie Staudt
Greeters:  Deborah & Francois Maurice
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Jack Wolter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold
Sub-deacon:  Doug Pask
Chalice Minister:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister:  Angeles Zarate
Altar Minister:  Sharon Neece
Reader 1:  Wini Larson
Reader 2:  Brenda Schwartz
Prayers:  Rich Schwartz
Verger:  Mike Franklin
Greeters :  Madelon Cianfrani & Joyce Boden
Welcome Table:  Rosaleen Runnalls
Ushers: Ron & Penny Davis
Asst. Ushers:  Brenda & Geoff Holden
Oblationers:  Holle & Kyle Campbell
 
Eucharistic Visitors:  Lucy Kemper & Joy Ramsey-Smith
 
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 September 25:
No one is signed up today - feel free
to host coffee hour! 

On a special note, thank you to the Elder Appreciation Committee for hosting a lovely reception on September 18.
 

Altar Flowers
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.
 
Altar flowers on September 17-18 given... 
by Joanie Hedger  and by Chuck & Pat Eaton

Altar flowers on September 24-25 given...
by Joan and Bill Preston in memory of their mothers (whose birthdays were Sept. 25 & 29)
and by John Euson
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 Oct. 20. 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 first concert of the 2016-17 season is November 4, 2016 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 first concert of the 2016-17 season is October 15, 2016 at 3:00 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.
Aid 4 Veterans

Click here to read more about a service for veterans that offers assistance with in-home care and other important tasks. For more info, click  here  to email Ron Edwards.

Prescott Area
Habitat for Humanity
For information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, visit  www.prescotthabitat.org .
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Friday 9 a.m. to noon

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