St. Luke's Weekly Epistle
Week of December 11 , 2016
Click here for this week's calendar & "Looking Ahead."
Men's Group meets tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.
Come join the Men's Group on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel for Eucharist. Following the service, the group will head over to Manzanita Grille at Antelope Hills Golf Course for breakfast!
Craftivity tomorrow at 2 p.m.
This family activity is open to everyone in the parish and we hope you'll join in the fun tomorrow, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. It'll be an afternoon full of fun: making crafts and ornaments and baking goodies! There will be decorating of the Christmas tree and even a special guest will visit!  Merry Christmas!
2017 Calendars Available Now!
The 2017 Episcopal calendars have arrived and will be on sale after every service for only $5!
Angel Tree Gifts due this weekend
Your bagged and wrapped angel gifts are due by December 10-11 so they may be delivered to the Family Services office for distribution before the holidays. Please bring them to the angel tree in the Gathering Hall this weekend!
Book Sale: More than Gone
Sandy Nelson, a member of St. Luke's, will have her newest mystery novel More Than Gone (which is set in Kenya) available again for purchase in the Parish Hall after both services Sunday, December 11. The price is $17.00, and Sandy will donate $3.00, or about 18% of every sale to St. Luke's. More Than Dead, the first book in the Luke Hudson Mystery series, will be offered as well. Sandy invites you to stop by her table, chat and take a look at the novels. Books make great gifts for the holidays!
Book Sale: It's in the Bible !! Volume Two
Having trouble selecting that perfect Christmas gift? We can help! IT'S IN THE BIBLE !! Volume Two is a thoughtful and well researched examination of familiar and not so familiar Bible passages. Fifty one original illustrations and sixteen commentaries are woven together in a pleasing and instructive way. We hope you like humor 'cause there's a lot of it in there.
 
Learn how the word shibboleth was used as a type of passport. Walk with Ezekiel through the valley of dry bones. Learn what three intransitive verbs did in a bar. Discover what 16,000 poor citizens really died of in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It's all in there. IT'S IN THE BIBLE !! Volume Two is available for $12.00 with 25% of the price going to St. Luke's general fund. To order please contact François Maurice at  fafmaurice@gmail.com or by telephone at 619-301-1925.  François will also be selling books after services this Sunday!
Save the Date: Polar Express Movie Night
Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. in the  Parish Hall
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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. To participate, look for Christmas Flowers slip in this weekend's bulletin or to print it at home, click  here. Please have your completed slip to the office no later than Monday, December 19. You may also put it in the offering plate once completed. Please mark your check or donation with Christmas flowers.
Don't  Spend  Christmas  Alone
St. Luke's Gift to the Community
December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
35 years ago , the Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church was talking with a friend one morning about the need to serve an enjoyable, joy-filled community dinner on Christmas Day. The dinner would be served to local people who were alone, felt lonely or abandoned, were homeless, or who lacked the means to enjoy food and companionship at Christmas time.
 
So, in 1980, St. Luke's served its first Don't Spend Christmas Alone D inner in the basement of our small church building, which, at that time, was located in the center of downtown Prescott. The young people of the parish went out into the community on Christmas Day, to invite people to the celebration. Joyful church volunteers prepared and served 200 meals. All who came were welcomed and Don't Spend Christmas Alone became a St. Luke's tradition from then on.
 
These days, Don't Spend Christmas Alone  is a popular, annual community outreach event, at which St. Luke's parish members, public safety personnel from the Quad Cities and volunteer supporters from the community at large, all come together to make this special day a joyful one for those less fortunate. It is provided completely free of charge to our guests.
 
Volunteers now provide personal transportation and Shuttle pick-up at designated locations.
 
Fire and Police Departments, parish members and local volunteer citizens deliver hot meals to the homebound. Last year, approximately 300 meals were home-delivered, while approximately 500 guests dined at the Church. There is cheerful Christmas décor and festive carols; and yes, Santa Claus himself drops in. Guests head home with a handshake, a smile, a bag of cookies and comfort in the knowledge that on this joyous day, they are not alone.
 
Reminders: 
*** Parish members, Volunteer Sign Up sheets are available in the Gathering Hall and will be removed around noon on Sunday, Dec. 11
*** Approximately 200 pounds of frozen green beans, 310 pounds of ham, 10 gallons of milk, bagged cookies and pies will need to be stored.  Please remove all food items from the freezer and refrigerators for the Christmas dinner, no later than Friday, December 16. Thank you!
*** We are asking for diligent bakers to donate cookies, fudge and pies. Please sign up and bring goodies to the Gathering Hall on December 21, 22 and 23.
*** Please help defray Christmas Dinner expenses by purchasing Quilt Raffle tickets; 6 tickets for $5.00 or $1.00 each (Raffle Dec. 18 at Coffee Hour).
*** A jar accepting your generous donation towards the purchase of Ham will be at hand.

Happy Holidays and many blessings to you and yours!

Angeles Ramos Zarate, Event Chairwoman
Christmas Service Schedule at St. Luke's
December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve 
4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service
9:00 p.m. Evening Eucharist Service

December 25, 2016, Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Friendship of Women on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. thru January 4
Friendship of Women, a 6-week class continues Wednesday, December 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. each week in the Classroom Wing. It is based on the book The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible by Joan Chittister. Where there is an overlap, Bible Women, will be supplemented. Lucy Kemper is facilitating the group.
Is God Calling You?
The Vestry of St. Luke's shares leadership with the Rector in creating a plan of action that will represent God's dream for our congregation. Being a Vestry member is a true exercise in collaboration as we discern what we believe God's dream is for St. Luke's. Three members of our current Vestry will be retiring at the end of the year and we are looking for people willing to be considered for a position during our annual election in January. In order to be considered, you must be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, have been a member for 6 months, and be an active pledger. Please contact Lucy Kemper at  lucylee@cableone.net if you have questions and/or are interested in being of service.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall. Please save the date and plan to attend this important meeting!!
Quixote's Garage needs your help!
Can you help Quixote's Garage? Volunteers are needed to assist Kris Finn in providing daytime hospitality. Quixote's Garage, located in Prescott, is a clean, sober and peaceful environment for anyone who needs a safe place during the day. It is open from  8:30 am to 2:00 pm  six days a week, including weekends and holidays. It is only closed on Thursdays. If you have a few hours to volunteer, please call Kris at 771-2637.
Check out all our recent activity on Facebook!
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Food Donation Program
Thanks to each of you for your continued support week after week of the weekly food donation program which benefits the area food banks. A total of 136 items was collected on December 3-4. Thank YOU!!!!
 
This week's shopping list: canned chicken, cold cereals, pasta, powdered milk
Weekly Attendance & Giving
December 3-4, 2016 
Weekly Attendance: 274
Weekly Giving - Plate:$1,129.70; Pledge: $11,693.00
Your Prayers are Invited...
...for those in need: A.J., Adelaide, Albert, Amanda, Ashley, Axel, Barbara, Bee, Bob, Brenda, Brien, Brittany, Carol, Carolyn, Cathy, Chalys, Charlotte, Cheryl, Chris, Christine, Christopher, Dan, Daniel, Deirdre, Dick, Donald, Dott, Dylan, Ed, Elijah, Eric, Frank, Fred, Gary, Gaye, Geoff, Gizmo, Greg, Hank, Harris, Jack, Janice, Jean, Joan, Jo, Josh, Joy, Judy, Julie Ann, Karen, Kay, Keena, Keith,  Kristi, Kynleigh, Larry, Lea Lea, Linda, Lisa, Margo, Marian, Marilyn, Mark, Martha, Marty, Mary, Maxine, Melissa, Michele, Miriam, Nancy, Pam, Pat, Paul, Percy, Pete Sr., Philip, Preston, Ray, Rebekah, Renita, Rita, Robert, Rosemarie & friends, Ruth, Sandy, Sara, Sheri, Sherry, Skip, Stephen, Susan, Susie, Suzette, Tammy, Ted, Terri, Teresa, Tina, Trey, Tricia, Vanessa, 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 Diocese of Kericho in Kenya 
 
...in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John's in Globe  
 
...in the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: People Who Care, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Native American Ministries, and West Yavapai Guidance Foundation 

We ask for special prayers for Joe and Betty Bickman. Joe passed away on November 9, 2016, and Betty passed away on November 12, 2016. There will be a joint memorial service on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. at All Saints of the Desert, 9502 W. Hutton Drive, Sun City, AZ, 85351.
December 9, 2016: Today we received this prayer card from the staff and clergy at the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.
Honoring Special Dates This Week
Birthdays: 
Dec. 6: Harold Marchman; Dec. 11: Kayla Wagner; Dec. 12: Sofia Marmon, Deborah Pendleton-Maurice, Kimberley Neel, Cheryl Taylor; Dec. 13: Etta Parson; Dec. 14: Linda King; Dec.16: Joan Lane

Anniversaries: Dec. 11: Andrew & Susan Youngblood; Dec. 15: Harry & Marian Webster; Dec. 17: Francois & Deborah Maurice
This Week's Scripture Readings: Third  Sunday of Advent
  Click here for readings 

Collect:  S tir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Next Week's Scripture Readings:   
Fourth
Sunday of Advent

Worship Assistants, Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers
 
Worship Assistants for December 10-11, 2016  
5:30 p.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Chalice Minister:  David & Ruth Rothgery
Greeters:  Dan & Betty Phillips
 
8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Chalice Minister: Tom Ghan
Greeters:  Ed & Hedy Sullivan
 
10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant:  Fr Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assisting Priest:  Fr Richard Lassiter
Deacon:  Kimball Arnold/Chris Christy
Sub-deacon:  Monte Anderson
Chalice Minister:  Rich Staudt
Chalice Minister:  Katie Staudt
Altar Minister:  Bill Christy
Reader 1: Pat Anderson
Reader 2:  Vera Mulnix
Prayers:  Barbara Sayle
Verger:  Barbara Sayle
Greeters :  Dave & Barb Brubaker
Welcome Table:  Barbara Lake
Ushers:  Bob & Laura Norman
Asst. Ushers:  Ted & Genell Lee
Oblationers: Youth
 
Altar Guild Team:  Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden, Evelyn David,
Betty Gass, Doris Schoenben
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 December 11:
Bob and Lois Hepner
 

 

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.
 
No altar flowers during Advent.  
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 Dec. 15. 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 next concert of the 2016-17 season is February 3, 2017, 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 next concert of the 2016-17 season is May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7, 2017, at 3 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.


Prescott Area  Habitat for Humanity
Info Sessions in early 2017
There are 3 upcoming information sessions for prospective home applicants in early 2017: Saturday January 28th, Thursday February 2nd, and Saturday February 4th. For more information on the time, location, and contact info to reserve a place at a session, please click  hereTo view the Family Selection Criteria pamphlet with a basic description of the Habitat Home ownership qualification process (including residency, income and other criteria) please click here. 

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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Phone: (928) 778-4499