St. Luke's Weekly Epistle

Week of March 4 , 2018

Chapel Rock Sunday is March 4
March 4 is Chapel Rock Sunday throughout the Diocese. Bishop Smith asks that, on this day, each church and individual member support the Chapel Rock Campership Fund for the benefit of our children and youth. Last summer, over $44,000.00 was awarded to campers in need of financial aid. Please join with us in changing lives and help send children and youth to camp this summer! For letter from Kelly Wood, Executive Director of Chapel Rock, with a bit more about Chapel Rock Sunday, click  here.
Please write "Chapel Rock" in the memo line on your check and drop that in the collection plate. You can also go to Chapel Rock's website, to contribute securely online.
Family Eucharist this Sunday
Our monthly Family Eucharist service (first Sunday of the month) takes place this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the Meditation Room.
Lent 2018
Our Lenten program, featuring our Wednesday Series with Soup Suppers in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m. and Study at 6 p.m., will continue on Wednesday, March 7. 

Centering Prayer will next take place on Friday, March 9, at 9 a.m. in the Meditation Room.

Weekly services include: 
  • Healing & Eucharist Service on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Celtic Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 9 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 12 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer will be offered at 8 a.m. in the Chapel every weekday (M-F) through Good Friday.
  • Sacramentum - Video Series on Sunday afternoons in the Parish Library (starts at 5 p.m. on March 4; starts at 4 p.m. on March 11, 18, 25)
There are also monthly or bi-monthly weekday offerings. For details on all of this and more, click here for our Lent 2018 program pamphlet.
Sacramentum - Forming Sacred Community to Explore Jesus
        . . . TO GO DEEPER?

Politics - Humans are political beings whose beliefs motivate their actions. This week we will look at how knowing Jesus informs our actions.  We will address social justice & Christian responsibility through the lens of Matthew 25:31-46 and the Baptismal Covenant.

(Matthew 24:34-36) Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."  Our video presenter is Heidi Kim.  

Please join us in the parish library this Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME. 
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 Sunday, March 11, 2018, 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!
Becoming Beloved Community

The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community.  It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. . . . It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.   (Martin Luther King)

An essential part of our work for racial justice, transformation, and reconciliation is the intentional gathering of Episcopalians and our neighbors to consciously share aloud the history and reality of race in a particular place.  This process of "re-remembering, retelling, and reliving is necessary to create space and time to collectively discern a shared, renewed narrative & vision of Beloved Community.  (Becoming Beloved Community" p.13)

Our diocese has speakers available to share stories about their current and ongoing experiences of race and racism.  What would a diverse community of people growing to love their neighbors as they love themselves look like and act like were we are?  What would the dream of God look like where we are?  What would the dream of God look like where we are?
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to HEAR them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior jess Christ; who lives and reigns with you and there Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
Amen.   (BCP 236)
This collect reminds us that the first-and primary-way that we encounter the scriptures is to hear them in community in our worship, read aloud and proclaimed as "The Word of the Lord."
Tips for hearing scripture -- 
*    Put down your bulletin and try to listen actively instead of reading. This can be uncomfortable or difficult but keep trying. You can always go home and read the biblical text later; this is the time to try to hear it.
*    Practice active listening. Try to focus on what is being said.
*    Close your eyes to listen better. Try to imagine yourself in the story/time.
(adapted from: Walk in Love by Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson Shobe)
Living Alone --  with no one to help in a medical emergency
by Nancy K. Smith, LCSW
As I slowly opened my eyes, I was shocked to see a blurry outline of the bottom of my dresser directly in front of me. That meant that I was lying on my bedroom floor! My heart began to pound. "Oh, no", I thought, "I must have passed out when I was getting out of bed!" I knew immediately that I was going to need help but there wasn't anyone living in my house who could come to my aid. My mind quickly shifted into gear as I acknowledged my predicament and considered my options. "My diabetes must have caused me to pass out from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)," I realized, "which means my physical coordination is so impaired that I won't have enough strength to stand up on my own. That eliminates all possibility of being able to get to a phone to call for help. It looks as though it's the middle of the night which means that no one is likely to hear me if I yell for help. How am I going to muster up the mobility to reach the necessary sugar supplies that I need to restore my body's physical strength?" With a great deal of effort and determination, I finally managed to drag my body across the bedroom floor to the nightstand on top of which my glucose (sugar) supplies lay. With labored and disciplined effort, I was able to reach up and knock the glucose tablets onto the floor so that I could clumsily get them into my mouth. After what seemed like an eternity, the combination of my body's fear-based adrenaline and the ingested glucose saved my life that night. But that terrifying experience made me realize that I had to come up with a medical emergency plan to better protect myself in the future. Living alone can be challenging on many fronts, but when it comes to medical emergencies, it can be life-threatening. People with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable because they're more susceptible to the chance that a medical emergency can occur. For this reason, it's very important to create a plan that will provide a "safety-net" in the event of an unexpected emergency.
Here are some options to consider in devising a medical emergency plan:
1. Have a medical alert system set up in your home. This is the type of system that is frequently advertised on TV (for the elderly). It is connected to your phone and you wear a necklace around your neck that contains a button you can push in an emergency. The button alerts the system to notify either a friend, family member or 911 that you need help.
2. Ask a close friend or family member to be your emergency resource. This requires a great deal of preparation and planning, but it can be preferable to having the system call 911. Your local fire department (paramedics) will have to force entry into your house to rescue you and they may not be familiar with your particular medical history or needs. A friend or family member can be instructed how to attend to your medical needs in an emergency and they can be given a key for easy access into your home. It helps to make a list of your medications, your doctor's number, and a step-by-step outline of what to do to help you in the emergency. Also, spell out instructions for locating the medical equipment or supplies you may need in such a circumstance. Give the list to this person in advance and explain any details.
3. Make provisions for emergencies in which this person may not be available to help. Create a "Plan B" for times during which your friend or family may not be available to help you. Most medical alert systems will ask you to list a second alternative to contact during emergencies. If 911 is your backup resource, call your local fire department in advance and let them know your medical needs in an emergency. Post medical instructions (including your medications, your doctor's name and number, and the location of any medical equipment or supplies you may need in the emergency) close to your front door and notify the fire department that they are there.
4. Make arrangements with more than one friend or family member to check in on you on a regular basis. A "buddy system" is really a must for people who live alone, especially for those with a medical vulnerability. Develop a plan in which you and a friend or family member check in with each other every day. If that responsibility seems too overwhelming for one person, recruit others to help carry the load. Perhaps 2-3 people could split up the week.
5. Understand the complications that come with these emergency strategies. These emergency responsibilities can feel like a burden to both you and your friends or family members. Loved ones can worry unnecessarily if they don't find you at home for extended periods of time and they can't reach you by phone. This may result in unnecessary trips to your home to check on you. It can feel quite burdensome to you to have to constantly inform these resource people of your whereabouts. You may forget to call them and your cell phone may be turned off and they can become annoyed with you for neglecting to check in with them and letting them know that you are okay. It's best to be prepared for a trial and error period with this type of plan. It's also important to remember that whatever inconvenience this type of plan creates, it's better than the possibly life threatening alternative.
Living alone doesn't have to be risky or dangerous if we take precautions to safeguard our health and well-being by being prepared in the event of an unexpected medical emergency. A few simple steps and a lot of forethought and preparation can put your mind at rest and ultimately save your life.
If St. Luke's received a call of your emergency, would we know whom to contact?
If you would be willing to provide contact information for a close friend, neighbor, family members, we would be happy and grateful to keep that information on file.
Please consider sending your name, contacts, phone numbers, and any other information you feel is pertinent, etc. to: Deacon Kimball at
NAU's Shrine of the Ages Choir Performs at St. Luke's on March 11
The next concert of the St. Luke's Concert Series will be on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. here at St. Luke's! We will be welcoming NAU's Shrine of the Ages Choir, Dr. Edith A. Copley, Conductor. There will be a free will offering at intermission. 
Men's Group on March 10 with presentation
Men's Club meeting on March 10, at 7:30 a.m. All Men of St Luke's are invited to attend the service in the Chapel, followed by a light breakfast in Conference Room. Guest speaker will be Larry Levenson, who will be doing presentation on Boys to Men Mentoring.  Please make time for this special presentation.  
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
March 24  5:30 pm
March 25    8:00 & 10:00 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
March 28
Holy Eucharist & Healing 10:00am
Maundy Thursday
March 29
9:00 am Celtic Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am
Vigil of Prayer in the Chapel
Good Friday
March 30
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
March 31
Time of rest and silence - no office
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
Saturday March 31
7:00 pm
The greatest celebration of the year!
Sunday April 1
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
Easter Flowers
Please join with others to remember loved ones at this most festive time of the year through the gift of flowers. We all enjoy the beauty of Easter flowers. Your gift will ensure they are beautiful again this year and for months to come. Please mark your donation with Easter Flowers. 

To give a gift of Easter flowers for the church and chapel this Easter, please click here for Easter flowers form. You may also pick one up in the Gathering Hall. They must be submitted by Monday, March 26.
What a special honor!

Flag presentation for the Buisson Family on Feb. 18, upon becoming naturalized citizens on Friday, February 16, 2018. Congratulations!
Quad City Interfaith Council Mission Statement
To promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community. To sponsor interfaith programs, engage in community service projects and inform and educate about community faith events. In all our efforts we strive to promote human dignity.

Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month -- 11:30 a.m. Socialize / 12 - 1 p.m. Meeting; Bring your lunch. All are welcome to join us. Questions? Contact Liz Kennedy, Parish Representative at or Deacon Kimball Arnold at
Help with Coffee Hour?

Looking for folks to volunteer to provide goodies for the coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. We just want something to munch on while we drink our coffee and visit with our St. Luke's friends. It is a very appreciated ministry.

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 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 Feb 24-25,  54 food items were collected!!
This week's shopping list: 
Canned beef, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, canned fruit
Weekly Attendance & Giving
2/24-25:  Attendance - 261
                   Pledge - $7,364
                   Plate - $832
Honoring Special Dates
March 4: Al Bjornstad & John Sanderson
March 5: Jack Knudson
March 6: Donna Bledsoe
March 7: Claire Donovan, Marcie Harris, Gerry Jarvis, & Devena Reed

March 4: Neil & Jeanne Waterman
March 7: Ron & Penny Davis
March 8: Don & Etta Parson
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Angela, April + baby & family, Art, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bea, Bee, Beth L., Betty, Brandon, Brien, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Chalys, Cheryl, Chris,  Christopher, Chuck, Claire, Connor, Daniel,  David, Denise, Dianne, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Enrique, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, Gerry, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank, Harold & Wilma. Harris, Harry, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jean, Jeanne, Jerry, Jim, Joann, Joe, Joel, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken,  Kimball, Kira,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea, Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margaret, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Matt, Maxine, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Miriam, Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Peter,  Preston, Reed, Renita, Rich, Rick, Ron, Rosey, Ruth, Salem, Sandy, Shea, Sheri,Shirley, Skip, Steve, Steven, Susan, Susan S.,  Suzette, Tammy, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Trey, Tricia, Sue, Sue & Wally, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Zelma

...for those in our Armed Forces:
Echo, Brian
...for the Yavapai Nation
...for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Bathurst (Australia)
...for the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Andrew's (Glendale)
...for our companion Diocese:  Diocese of Navajoland
...for the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Don't Spend Christmas Alone, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Amagoro Junior Academy

Scripture Readings
The Third Sunday of Lent
Click  here for readings!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Psalm 78:1-6
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 5-9
Matthew 5:17-19
Weekly Worship Assistants for March 3-4, 2018
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister: TBD
Greeters:  Tom & Susan Snodgrass
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Gib McIntosh
Greeters:  Duncan & Julia Weir
Ushers:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  The Reverend Susan Armer
Sub-deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister:  Charles Covert
Altar Minister:  Nancy Reynolds
Reader 1:  Tani Hendrickson
Reader 2:  Penny Davis
Prayers:  Andy Wallace
Verger:  Sharon Welker
Greeters:  Barrie & Claire Clark
Welcome Table:  Darrell Anderson & Susan Bray-Anderson
Ushers:  Bruce & Geni LeQuesne
Asst. Ushers:  Barbara Baker-Rosenberg & Rich Schultz
Oblationers: Ron & Penny Davis
Altar Guild Team:  Elsie Tyree, Pat Eaton, 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 on February 25:
    Vera Mulnix
    Pam & Murry Williams

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2018 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.
No Altar Flowers during Lent
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. Next one is March 15. 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. The next concert of the season is April 28 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.
The next performance will take place on Saturday April 21 at 3 p.m.
Visit for tickets and more information.
In the Community
Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity
Prescott Area Habitat issued a  statement of thanks to its Faith Partners which appeared in the Daily Courier's Feb. 25, 2018, issue.

For general information on Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity and for information for this event, visit For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .

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The preferred method of submission is by email. Thanks for your cooperation!
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 

Please contact the church office
by email or phone.

Phone: (928) 778-4499