St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of April 14, 2019
The office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
April 13  
5:30 pm
April 14    8:00 & 10:00 am
Monday Through Friday
9:00 am 
Morning Prayer

Wednesday in Holy Week
April 17
 9:00 am Morning Prayer in Spanish 
10:00 Holy Eucharist & Healing 
Maundy Thursday
April 18
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing
Good Friday
April 19
9:30-11:00 am, 1:30-4:00 pm Rite of Reconciliation 
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross
Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
April 20
Time of rest and silence  -  no office
Rite of Reconciliation 

"All may, some should, none must" is the common Anglican expression regarding the Rite of Reconciliation. While this rite is available for all who desire it at any time, it is common to seek this sacrament during Lent as more time has been devoted in examining one's conscience. Through the examination of conscience, there may be a lingering sense of guilt or shame where one feels stuck. Please pray and consider if the Spirit is inviting you to experience forgiveness and healing by receiving this sacrament. The rite is found on pages 447- 452 in the Book of Common Prayer. 

On Good Friday, priests at St. Luke's will be available to meet with parishioners for this rite as follows: Fthr. Pierre-Henry ( in the chapel from 9:30 to 11:00am, Mthr. Denise ( in the chapel from 1:30 to 4:00pm, and Fthr. Jack ( in the meditation room from 1:30 to 4:00pm. If you are interested in meeting with a priest, please email them directly to schedule a time. 
On Good Friday, offerings from across the Episcopal  Church support the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  Funds are used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region. Make checks payable to St. Luke's with Good Friday in the memo line.
Easter Service Schedule
Bring your bell to ring with the Easter Alleluias!
Saturday April 20
7:00 pm
The greatest celebration of the year!
Sunday April 21
8:00 & 10:00 am
Easter Holy Eucharist
FOLLOWING 10 AM SERVICE.  April 21 - Easter Day! 

Sign up for food and number attending  in the Gathering Hall. 
Deacon's Mustard for your Easter Ham
Deacon's Mustard is available for your Easter  dining pleasure.
Purchase Palm Sunday weekend  at all services. $7.00 per 8 oz. jar. 10% of sales  will go to Outreach Ministries.
Contact Deacon Kimball at 928-778-7031 with any
questions or for larger orders.
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 provide the church with the following information: your name, if it is a  memorial or thanksgiving, and any other information.  Mark your donation with  Easter Flowers  (in memo line if paying by check).     

You may access the Easter Flowers form by clicking here and place it in the offering plate, email to, or call the church office (778-4499) with the information above no later than Monday, April 15. 
Pastoral Letter from The Right Reverend Jennifer A. Reddall,
April 11, 2019 Feast of George Augustus Selwyn
The Bishop Diocesan may deliver, from time to time...a Pastoral Letter to the people of the Diocese....The Bishop may require the clergy to read such a letter to their congregations.* --Canon III. 12.3
Dear Friends in Christ,
At the 2018 General Convention, Resolution D034 temporarily lifted the statute of limitations against bringing new cases of misconduct against a member of the clergy for cases in which the victim was over the age of 21 at the time of the alleged incident. The suspension of the statute of limitations shall last from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. (There is no statute of limitation committed against people under the age of 21.) Misconduct can fall under many categories, and is not limited to sexual misconduct, but it was the strength of the #metoo movement that brought about this canonical change.
The Diocese of Arizona currently has only one Title IV Intake Officer, Canon Megan Traquair. In light of her departure, and in order to ensure that anyone who wishes to make a complaint is able to do so, I am appointing the following four people in our diocese to serve as Title IV Intake Officers for a period of three years:
The Rev. Ann Johnson (St. Paul's, Winslow); Mr. Clyde Kunz (Church of St. Matthew, Tucson); The Rev. Canon Martir Vasquez (St. Andrew's, Glendale); The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals (St. Raphael's, Benson)
You can contact the new Title IV Intake Officers through a new email address ( or new phone number (602-456-1578) we have set up just for this purpos e. Both will be checked daily for messages by the Intake Officers. When a new Canon to the Ordinary is appointed to my staff, he or she will also serve as a Title IV intake officer.
If you wish to know more about how our church handles discipline-for sexual misconduct as well as other issues-you can look it up at
Many of you know that last year I served on the House of Deputies Task Force on Sexual Exploitation and Harassment in the Church, The church is called to be a safe place for all people; but we know that all too often it has not been. As your bishop, my deepest desire is to ensure that there are sufficient pastoral and disciplinary resources available when sin enters our relationships, and exploitation, violence, or misconduct results. Healing, justice, and repentance are not vague concepts to us as Christians; they lie at the heart of the Gospel, and our approach to discipline incorporates all of them.

Men's Group will meet Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 am in the Chapel for Eucharist followed by breakfast and program in the conference room. Someone is needed to lead this group.
People Who Care
Volunteer Informational Meeting
April 17th- 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
People  Who Care  Office @ Prescott  United Methodist 
          505 W. Gurley   928-445-2480 (to enroll)
People Who Care volunteers provide caring non-medical assistance for adults in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, and Chino Valley unable to drive due to age-related and/or physical limitations.  This allows an individual to continue living in their own homes and remain independent as long as safely possible.   Volunteers help in the community where they and enrolled Neighbors live. The majority of our Neighbors live alone and  volunteers (in a one to one situation) help with:
transportation to healthcare/business appointments
grocery shopping
personal paperwork
caregiver relief, and more  
Reaching out and assisting our Neighbors is a "feel good" opportunity for both the person volunteering and the one receiving the volunteer assistance.  
Thank you!!
Dear people of St Luke's,

I don't know how to thank you for this amazing Birthday Surprise Party organized last Sunday for my 60th birthday. Apparently, I was the only one who did not know about it. Among all the cards received, there was one saying, "this is the official notice that the Buisson family is going to go to France this Summer." It took a couple of minutes to fully understand what it means. After 11 years my family is going to visit France and see parents, grandparents, siblings and relatives. Don't worry, we won't stay in France! We are going to France as US citizens, home is here for all of us now. I don't know how this trip has been made possible, so, from the bottom of my heart I thank all of you for your love and generosity. What a blessing to be part of St Luke's family. 

What a blessing to serve as your rector.

With love and thankfulness,
Your brother in Christ, Pierre-Henry

Surprise Party
Thank you!

I t was a success: Pierre-Henry had no clue!
You guys know how to keep a secret!

We are so grateful for your participation and
your help for making this party memorable!
Just Coffee is on sale after all services this weekend in the Parish Hall.  We currently accept cash or check.

On April 9 & 10 Keehna Sture and Mary Ellen Rivero participated in vigils on both the US and Mexican sides of the.  In Douglas we held a vigil for migrants whose remains were found since 2000 in the desert of Cochise County.  We commemorated all 313 by calling out available information.  At the wall in Agua Prieta we prayed for all the living refugees, migrants, families, border patrol, shelter volunteers and aid workers.  Cafe'Justo is a solution to the root cause of economic migration.  On our Cafe Justo tour we learned more about the coffee and processing.  Pictures of our trip will be posted next week.   If you would like to be part of the next delegation in October please contact Mary Ellen at
welcome all who come through our doors. 
They are   part of the Ministry Team and  form the first impression of St Luke's.   No meetings  are required, just a welcoming smile and arriving 20 mins before our Service.  It is a great way to get to know our fellow worshipers!  We are  currently looking for substitutes and Permanent Quarterly Greeters,  who alternate months.   You could serve occasionally, l(example: holy week services or 6 times a year.  A software directory would inform you, by email, on Wednesdays of openings or remind you on Thursdays, of your upcoming assignment.   Thank  you for giving it a try.  You will enjoy it.   
NEED 5 Parishioners -  Two Teams: Two positions- Team one, 3rd Sunday and Team Two, 4th Sunday 10 AM Service  (3 Sundays within 3 Months)  No Meetings! 
5th Sunday of Month- one opening  @ 4 times a year.
Marilyn Henry-De Lisle ,  Greeter Coordinator -  928-301-9248
VBS: Help wanted!
June 3rd to 7th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
VBS is one of the biggest outreach events of the year!
It is a powerful and unique opportunity for sharing the
gospel of Christ.
This is your chance to serve in many different ways:
Teaching, prepping the snack, acting and more!
Join us and see how fun and rewarding working with kids
can be!
Call or email Sophie and be part of the Wonder-Team!
The Prescott Community Cupboard is in need of packers. This is a job that would take you about 3 hours once every seven weeks.  St. Luke's is one of seven teams that packs groceries for our customers. Each team packs for one week (5 days).  As a team member, you and another person will be asked to pack one afternoon. It is an easy job and helps you to see how our Food Bank works.  You will be trained and will always be assigned with another person. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, call Sally Phelps, 928-776-9182, or Kathy Pessin, 928-771-2707.
Unplug and Reconnect, July 4-7
Family Camp is an opportunity to use your family vacation time to unplug from the busyness of daily life and reconnect with your family and with God. Experience prayer, music, free time exploring the beauty of nature, and old-fashioned camp fun, like arts and crafts, a campfire, the ropes course. Invest in your family, and come join us!  Sample f ees (including lodging, delicious meals and activities.  ADULTS AND TEENS (12+) starting at $110 CHILDREN (4-11) starting at $45 FAMILY OF 4* $525   Children 3 years and under attend for free  Choose between bunk lodging (shared rooms with dorm-style bathrooms) and linen lodging (private rooms with own bath)   Two-day and three-day options, starting Thursday or Friday. 
Further information and registration can be found at
Angel Quilts                                      Sharon and Linda cropped.jpg
A new and exciting group at St Luke's is starting in May.  Angel Quilts. There is a special need for quilts for children at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  This is the hospital where children with catastrophic diseases are lovingly cared for. They come from all over Arizona, and New Mexico as well as Mexico. Consequently, many parents cannot stay with their children, and many children are there all alone.  Sharon's friend, Allison West, had been supplying colorful quilts to these children for 15 years. Allison had found that children cling to a quilt which is all their own, and they can even take it home with them as well! This new ministry will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in the Parish Hall. Please come and make quilts with us. We also welcome your donation of new children's quilts.  New and seasoned quilters are welcome!  We will teach you how in no time! For more information you may call Linda Leal at 928-717-1647 or Sharon Welker at 928-541-1074.   
Time and Talent Survey 2019
Please turn in your completed TIME & TALENT SURVEY 2019 this weekend by placing it in the offering basket or in the box under the poster in the Gathering Space.  All forms need to be turned in by Easter Sunday, April 21.  Thank you all for taking the time and sharing your talents at St Luke's.  
Blessings, Lauree Birchmeier
Adult Formation Opportunities

  Book Study - On the Brink of Everything 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. in the Library

  Romans Bible Study 
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.(during Lent) in the Conference Room
Did you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Vanco. 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 blue 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
Thank you for your continued support each week of the weekly food donation program which benefits  three area food banks The counting of the food takes place each Monday and then is divided up for the three food banks.

For the week of April 7: 160 food items were collected
124 food items from Thumb Butte Quilters

This week's shopping list: 
canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
April 6/7  -   Attendance: 287    Pledge: $9,803   Plate:  $1,576
Honoring Special Dates
April 14: Meredith Hughes
April 16: Art Lequesne
April 17: Anita Pettinger,  Emily Skinner
April 18: Nancy Rispoli
Aoril 19: Jennifer Pescarino
April 20: Rocky Pescarino

April 20:  Bill & Lisa MacNamera

Our Prayer lists
For those in need:  A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Andrea, Angela, Ashley, Baby Nolan, Barb,  Bea, Beth, Betsy, Brandon, Brian, Brittany, Bruce, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cherie, Cheryl, Christine, Christopher, Chuck, Cindy, Claire, Clare, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Dave, David, Dawn Ellen, Ellie, David, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne, Don, Donald, Donna, Dorothy, Dott, Dyla, Ed, Enrique, Ephra, Ernie, Evelyn, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gavin, Gaye, Geoff, George, Gerry, Gil & Joanie, Gina, Gisela, Glory, Greg, Gregg & family, Gus, Hank,. Hal & Karen, Harris, Harry, Heidi, Ian, Ileen, Jack, Jack H., Jack K., Jade, Jason, Jean, Jeanne, Jeri, Jerry, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Josh, Judith, Judy, Julie Ann, Julieann, Julia & Blake, June, Karen, Karin, Kay, Keena, Keith, Ken, Kimball, Kira, Kristi, Lane, Layla, Lea, Les G., Lisa, Lynn, Madelon, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Mary, Martha, Matt, Max, Maxine, Megan, Melissa, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Mike, Miriam, Nancy, Nolan (baby), Pam, Patricia, Paul, Paula, Penny, Percy, Pete, Peter, Quentin, Reed, Renita, Ricardo, Rich, Richard, Rick, Rob, Rosey, Roxann and family, Ruth, Sabrina, Salem, Sandy, Sean, Sally, Sharon, Shea, Sheri, Shirley, Skip, Steven, Sue, Sue & Wally, Susan, Susan S., Susan R., Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Timothy, Tina, T.J. & Lane, Todd, Tom, Tom P., Tom & Moni, Tony, Trey, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Walt, Warren, Will, William, Zachary, Zelma

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St Matthew's  (Chandler)
St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank

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

Wednesday in Holy Week

Psalm 70

Isaiah 50:4-9a, Hebrews 12:1-3

John 13:21-32

Worship Ministers for April 13 & 14

5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Art Villemure
Greeters: Betty & Dan Phillips
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  Lucy Kemper
Greeters/Ushers:  Cynthia Moreno & Carol Sweeden

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Sub-Deacon:  Larry Neece
Chalice Minister:  Bill Christy
Chalice Minister: Nancy Reynolds
Altar Minister:  Sharon Tootle
Reader 1:  Susan Schubert
Reader 2:  Wini Larson
Prayers:  Lynne Wells
Verger:  Paul Nelson
Greeters:  Tani Hendrickson & Barbara Leonard
Welcome Table: Barbara Lake & Sandy McBride
Ushers:  Vera Mulnix & Beth Shaw
Asst. Ushers: Lawrence Allen & JoAnn Salem
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.
We do ask that you clean up at the conclusion of the coffee hour.

Sign-up sheet for coffee hour can be found on the red-skirted tables in the Gathering Hall.
We are looking for coffee hour hosts for April and May!

This is an important part of the fellowship of St. Luke's Church. 

Hosts for April 7:
Pat & Carmen Welter

Would you like to give Altar Flowers?
The 2019 flower chart is 
posted in the Narthex.

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 in the narthex.  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.
 There are no flowers on the altar 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 pm at St. Luke's in the Conference Room, with the exception of the summer months.
Visit for more info or contact   Diane Reddy.

Girl Scouts Troop 79

Troop 79 meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm 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 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information on the troop,  click here to email the troop leader.
Thumb Butte Quilters

Quilters meet the second Monday of the month in the Parish Hall at 9:00 am.  For more information email the current president by  clicking here .
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, click hereFor 2019 home ownership informational meeting dates, click  here . For Family Selection Criteria brochure, click  here .
Census 2020 needs you!
Make your next job count! The 2020 Census will count all the people living in the United States of America and your help is needed. A variety of positions are available with a pay range of $13.75 - $19.50/hour. Apply here:

Click here for informational flyer.
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 9:00 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: .

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