St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 2 , 2018
Worship Fully
For many Advent is the time of the year to be ready for Christmas, ready for the parties, ready for the gifts to friends and loved ones, ready for the family meals... That means that for many of us, Advent is the time to buy and prepare what we need for a perfect Christmas. Let's face it, for most of us, Advent can be a very busy time leaving us exhausted and spiritually thirsty when Christmas comes. So, this Advent let us keep in mind that the reason of the season is Christ, and more precisely  the wondrous moment when God entered our world. Let us prepare ourselves for Christmas by setting aside a time for the Lord for prayer and reflection. Prayer does not have to be complicated! Some like to pray daily with the Daily Offices offered by our tradition, some like to use prayer books from various origins, some like to pray with their own words, some like to stay silent in front of the Lord. Whatever our needs or tastes, we need to pray. When we worship with all our hearts, when we pray daily, we are changed, transformed, and ready to receive Christ in order to share his love and light. This Advent season, let us make room for the Lord in our lives, let us worship fully, with our hearts, minds, and lives.

O Come, o come Emmanuel, 

Pierre-Henry+
FOR KIDS!
      Sunday December 2    
     9:15 - 9:45 am - Meditation Room

Bring your friends and family for a simple and warm service.
Six Songs on a Sunday
Recital Dec 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Mary Bowers, a member of St. Luke's Choir, will be presenting "Six Songs on a Sunday" on December 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Enjoy coffee in the Parish Hall then return for a short program of classical vocal music. A reception will follow in the Gathering Hall.
Advent Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Throughout the season of Advent we will be gathering in the chapel for Rite II Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday, December 3-21, at 9:00am. A daily practice of prayer while gathered with others can be a helpful way to stay grounded in the presence of God during the holiday season. We hope you can join us for this time of prayer as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
Advent is a time to take a few minutes each day to prepare for what is "to come"-Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth that begins on December 25 and continues until January 6. There is a collection of books (some newly arrived this week) on the book cart in the Parish Hall, to support you as you take time out from the frenzy of the commercial holiday to focus on turning from rampant consumerism to Christ-like compassion during this time of preparation. Check-out is easy: just take a book home and return it to the basket in the library when you are done. It is my dream that when I come next Sunday I will find no books on the cart, for then they will be where they truly belong--being used on someone's journey to Christmas. 
If you are not able to visit the Parish Hall please contact  maryjqueen@icloud.com and arrangements can be made to bring some books to you so that you can select one.

SEE GIFTS FOR LIFE IN ACTION!
Ever wonder just how powerful a simple gift can be?  When you send Gifts for Life, you are empowering people worldwide to transform their lives in lasting ways.  See for yourself! To follow the journey of a goat, care for moms and newborns, or a disaster relief kit .click here
Gifts for Life items can be purchased online at  episcopalrelief.org/gifts, and donors can choose to send a customizable e-card or a printed card to tell the recipient about the life-changing gift made in their honor.  Gifts for Life catalogs will be available at the December 1 Advent Conspiracy workshop and in the Gathering Hall during Advent.
Update on 2019 Stewardship Campaign
As of November 29, 2018, 182 pledges have been received for a total of  $485,968. Thank you for your generosity!

If you have not yet submitted your pledge for 2019, you may do so by picking up a pledge card in the Gathering Hall this weekend and return to office during the week, submit it via email using this confidential email address: pledge@slecp.org, or by using the form, '2019 Pledge Card' on the front page of our website

 ... I was in prison and you visited me.  Matthew 25:36
As part of our outreach to prison inmates we will be signing and addressing about 400 Christmas cards to women inmates at Perryville.
Please join us Wednesday, December 5 in the Conference Room at 4:00 pm to be a part of this ministry.
If you would like to sign and address cards at home contact Mary Queen at  maryjqueen@icloud.com for arrangements to be made to get cards, stamped envelopes, and a list of names.  
Great news and thanks to all the Volunteers and the Attendees who made Many Voices of Thanks, Interfaith Celebration, such a success.  Patti Bain, who heads up St. Luke's Food Pantry, did such a wonderful job with the reception for over 350 people.  466 pieces of canned and other donated goods, totaling approximately 350 pounds of food were collected to be distributed to those in need.  We are also delighted to report that John Schuderer, Chairman of the Yavapai County Suicide Prevention Coalition received $80 in checks and $549.38 in cash totaling $629.38.
Craftivity is coming up on December 8!!
For flyer click here!

Be an Angel - Sponsor a Child for Christmas

There are thirteen children who still need  a sponsor.

Stop by the Angel Tree in the Gathering Hall.

Please join us and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in our neighborhoods. Thank you for your continued support of this program! 
Garmisch Nut Stollen  and  Deacon's Mustard  for  the  holidays
 
Place your order for pickup: on Dec. 8 and 9,  Dec. 15 and 16 at St. Luke's.
Stollen: Bavarian nut filled coffeecake $20.00
Deacon's Mustard: $ 7.00
Order sheets will be available in the Parish Hall on Nov. 26 and 27 and December 1 and 2. Deadline for orders is Sunday, Dec. 2.
10% of all sales will go to support the many ministries of the Outreach Commission.
For questions or to phone in an order please contact Deacon Kimball at 778-7031.
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Christmas Flowers
Join with others and remember loved ones, memorials and thanksgivings at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. Click
here for Christmas Flowers form to print and complete
. Forms, on green paper, are available in the Gathering Hall, for those without access to a printer. Please have your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 17. You may also put it in the offering plate. For those who aren't able to get to church, but would still like to donate Christmas flowers, you may also email the parish office at info@slecp.org with the following info: your name, thanksgiving/memorial, and/or other information to be included.

Be sure to mark your check or donation with "Christmas flowers".

Prescott Harvest of Care Gardens is a part of a national movement of faith ministries dedicated to food justice.  Come  December 8 (9:30-11:00 am, Center for Spiritual Living, 3755 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott) to learn more about this ministry and see if you feel it is a good fit for St. Luke's. Let's explore together the connections between spirituality and care of the earth.
The  St. Luke's Funeral Reception Committee COOKBOOK  has fantastic recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts.  They make excellent gifts for family, friends,or people you appreciate. Minimum donation--at least $5.00!     Cookbooks may be purchased beginning Dec. 8, in the gathering hall. Enjoy a sample of cookies, from our cookbook, while you purchase.  Raffle tickets--2 for $1.00-- to win a fantastic basket of prizes!

All proceeds go to the Funeral Reception Committee.  
Men's Group Meets on December 8
All men of the parish are warmly invited...

The group will gather in the Chapel on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. and move over to Manzanita Grill Restaurant at Antelope Hills Golf Course (Prescott) for breakfast and fellowship.
Give Blood - Save a Life!

St. Luke's Episcopal Church's next blood drive is coming up on Thursday, December 13from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. To schedule a donation, call Darrell Anderson at 928-710-8932 or visit  vitalant.org .

Streets of New York would like to thank you for giving blood with a voucher for a free 10" cheese pizza.
Two wonderful Prescott Chorale Concerts on Dec. 15 at St. Luke's!

Tickets available online or at the door!
Are You Called to be a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are well-trained and supervised lay caregivers who provide one-to-one care to individuals experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life.  They are NOT counselors or therapists, and do not run errands or provide transportation, clean house, cook meals, or pay bills. Their role is that of  a companion on a difficult journey.   Each Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver and meets with that person on a regular basis (usually weekly) to listen, care, empathize, pray and provide emotional and spiritual support.  This caring relationship is completely confidential, and lasts for as long as the care receiver's need persists.  Training to be requires a commitment of 50 hours, once a week for 2 and a half hours with required reading before each class. Classes will begin mid-January and finish in early June.   Currently St. Luke's has seven Stephen Ministers providing care to members of our community.  One of our current care receivers has to said:   "I can't tell you how grateful I am for my Stephen Minister.  My only regret is that I didn't agree to it when it was first introduced to me.  I have been able to talk freely without fear of judgment. I look forward to spending time with my Stephen Minister every week."
If you have questions or wish to apply for the program, contact Deacon Chris Christy, 928 533-5012 cchristy1231@gmail.com or Lucy Kemper, 928 642-8831 lucykemper48@gmail.com.  If you have been trained to be a Stephen Minister and have been inactive for a time, there is a re-training program available for you.
Office closures or delays in opening due to winter weather!
We wanted to let you know that, in the office, in the case of inclement winter weather, we close when the Prescott Unified schools close. In the case of delays, we also work on a delay according to Prescott Unified School District (for their info on closures/delays, click here:  http://www.prescottschools.com/weather-school-closure/). 

On the weekends, related to the worship services, our aim is NOT to cancel services. However, we ask that you use your best judgment as to whether or not you decide it is safe for you to venture to St. Luke's. PLEASE, exercise caution and keep your safety and well-being as your main priority.
Don't Spend Christmas Alone dinner updates

For those who have items in the refrigerators in the Parish Hall kitchen, please clear your items by December 17 for the full use of the refrigerator by the DSCA committee!

Volunteer sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Hall.  Sign up early to get your preference.

"Christmas Quilt Raffle"  tickets available in the Gathering Hall.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.  Drawing will be held on December 16th.

The Don't Spend Christmas Alone (DSCA) dinner will be held on December 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Click here  for more info!

Let's make sure everyone is able to enjoy fellowship this Christmas. You can help us spread the news about DSCA by sharing the Facebook postings about this event to your personal timelines. Here is the link to our St. Luke's Facebook page:  Click


Flash Mob Christmas Caroling!!

Give your SONG and Heart to a few of our Homeless Veterans who could use your JOY!
December 9 @ 1:00 pm

Parking at U.S. VETS ADMIN & at Compass Bank,  917 E. Gurley in Prescott. We will walk up the street together.  Look for Di'Anna she will have a Sign.

Wear a Christmas sweater or Santa hat. Bring a red nose & a dollar to share (there will a donation bucket).  Sheet Music will be available with Di'Anna. Click here for more info!  You might be wondering, "How will this work???" Click the red link for logistics!
Adult Formation Opportunities

Book of Job Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. in the Library. 
Visit our website!
Be sure to visit our website, stlukesprescott.church, 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  stlukesprescott.church 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 November 25:   61 food items were collected

This week's shopping list: 
Canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
11/24-11/25 -  Attendance - 259
Pledge - $4,051  Plate - $2,740   
Honoring Special Dates
Birthdays
December 2: Tom Howell, Trampus Tribbey
December 3: Mary Bowers
December 4: Monte Anderson
December 5: Bruce Ohannesian, Paula Tomitz
December 6: Michele Claflin, Stephane Leon, Jeanne Miller, Evelyn Pronko, Joyce Taylor,
   Lynne Wells
December 7: Joni Cash, Randi McInnes
December 8: Myron Bower, Marilynn Henry, Georgia Franklin

Anniversaries
December 3: Roger & Jane Peacock, Arthur & Vivian Spicer Jr., Chuck & Linda Taylor
December 4: Christopher & Karen Cone
December 6: Mark & Kimberley Neel
Our Prayer lists
For those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Angeles, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Betsy, Betty, Bill, Bob, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gina, Gislela, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Hannah, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Jim, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kathleen & Philip, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kyle, Kristi, Larry, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rocky, Ron, Rosaleen, Rosey, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sally, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Wayne, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Kyle

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Episcopal Campus Ministries at ASU
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: United Blood services, Blood Drive, Angel Tree

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Scripture Readings
First Sunday of Advent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Psalm 23
Isaiah 40:25-31
Matthew 15:29-39
Worship Ministers for December 1 & 2, 2018

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Sharon Tootle
Greeters & Welcome Table: Doug & Pat Ogburn
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:   The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Chalice Minister: Gib McIntosh
Ushers: Katheryn Barber &  Marjorie Hultberg
Welcome Table: 

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:   The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher:  The Rev. Denise Muller
Sub-Deacon:  Liz Kennedy
Chalice Minister: Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister: Bill Christy
Reader 1: Doris Highland
Reader 2: Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Barbara Lake
Verger: Sharon Welker
Greeters: Claire Clark, Gary De Lisle, Joan Lane
Welcome Table: Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers: Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schwartz
Oblationers: Lynne Wells & Lauree Birchmeier

Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Betty Gass, Doris Schoeben, Barbara Brubaker, and Tigger Gillam

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. 

December 2: 
No host.
Please feel free to bring something 
to share. 




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.
  
No flowers during Advent

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 prescottdbe.org for more info or contact Diane Reddy.

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  prescottstrings.com 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 prescottchorale.org 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  www.prescotthabitat.org 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

First Sunday of the month 9:15 am Family Eucharist

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

Submissions for the weekly Epistle should be sent to:  epistle@slecp.org .

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 



Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499